Roger Wayne Cheek, age 75, of Bedford died on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Bedford County on April 19, 1946 a son of the late Milton and Lillian Cheek of Huddleston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Sheron Allen Cheek and his brother-in-law, Arthur Hemmerlein. He owned and operated Cheek’s Body Shop for over 45 years. Committed to giving back throughout his life, he served in the US Army National Guard from 1967-1973 and faithfully served on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for 18 years from 1995 to 2013. A devoted member of Pecks Baptist Church, he never missed a day of Sunday School for over a decade. He is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, Michael S. & Debi B. Cheek, Evington; daughter & son-in-law, April Cheek-Messier & John P. Messier, Bedford; two sisters, Bonnie Hemmerlein and Rita Hackworth and her husband, Steve; seven grandchildren, Marah Cheek, Shane Cheek, Benjamin Messier, Emily Messier, Anna Messier, James Messier, Scott Messier. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who he took great pride in and loved dearly. The family will receive friends at Pecks Baptist Church on Thursday, July 29, from 6pm to 8pm where a funeral service will be conducted on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 2pm by The Rev. Bryan Sheehan. Memorials in Roger’s name may be made to Pecks Baptist Church, 1020 Pecks Road, Bedford, VA 24523 or the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, LTD, PO Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements are by Burch-Messier Funeral & Cremation Service, Bedford.
Randall Lee Wright, Sr., 67, of Rustburg, Virginia passed away July 12, 2021, at Fairmont Crossing. Randy was born March 22, 1954, in Lynchburg, Virginia a son of the late Otis Henry Wright and Janet Driskill Wright. He was preceded in death by a son, Adam Carthin Wright. Randy, an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, camping, drag racing, and Virginia Tech football. Most of all, he loved spending time with his sons and grandchildren. He is survived by two sons, Randall “Lee” Wright, Jr. (Courtney), Jacob Edward “Jake” Wright; grandchildren, Holston Wright, Barrett Wright, Livingston Wright; brothers, Steve and Brian Wright; special friend, Becky Harvey; best friend, Jack Staton; and numerous other family and friends. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel St. Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 or The National Wild Turkey Federation P.O. box 530 Edgefield, SC 29824. A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 2nd at Sedgefield 3088 New London Rd, Forest, VA 24551. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, VA 540-586-73
Cheryl Lee Godsie Wade, 62, of Lynchburg, VA, passed away in her home on Sunday, July 11, 2021. She was born in Lynchburg, VA and was the daughter of the late Cecil Willard Godsie and Mary “Tillie” Frances Griffin Godsie. She enjoyed being out and about and loved to talk. Her favorite season was Winter as she loved Christmas, the cold and snow. She is survived by her two brothers Norvell “Ike” Godsie and Mervin Godsie and her four children Jason Kane Wade, Regina Lee Long, Frank Victor Long, and Felicia Victoria Long. No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Douglas J. Campion on July 7, 2021, at home surrounded by family. Doug was born in Washington, DC, on April 26, 1946. Doug was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine Campion, his father, Harold Campion, and his brother, Brian Campion. Doug grew up in Springfield, VA, where he enjoyed pitching in the local baseball leagues. His love of guitar playing led to the creation of “The Castelles”, a rock and roll band that performed at military service clubs and local events. Doug graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and went on to earn a degree in Economics at the University of Tennessee. After a 40 year career in the Federal Government, Doug retired as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Commerce in 2010. In 2012, Doug and the love of his life, his wife Wendy, moved to Smith Mountain Lake and enjoyed the dream of lake living, family, great friends, and much laughter. Doug was an awesome and loving husband and best friend to Wendy, his wife of 14 years. He will be long remembered by family and friends for his quick wit, unique sense of humor, storytelling, guitar playing, and cooking. Doug was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. William of York Catholic Church in Stafford, Virginia, from 1981 to 2001, serving as Grand Knight from July 1987 through June 1988. Upon moving to Smith Mountain Lake, Doug and Wendy became members of Resurrection Roman Catholic Church in Moneta, Virginia. Doug was a card carrying member of the BUHBAs, the Boys of Union Hall Breakfast Association. Left to cherish Doug’s memory are loving wife Wendy, daughter Kelsey Campion and grandson Casen Sparacino, daughter Carla Shouse (Paul), and grandson Royce Johnson, step daughter Tracy Jenkins and granddaughter, Meaghan Jenkins, brother Neal Campion (Balisa), sister Gail Whear (Mike), Wendy’s sisters Charlotte Childress (Jerry), Diane Harrelson (Jimmy), and Sherry Oxley and husband Ty, special friend and fellow musician, and several nieces and nephews. Doug also leaves his oldest and dearest friends, Kip and Donna Boisot. An Evening Vigil for friends will be held on Wednesday, July 28, at 5:00 p.m. at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, in Moneta, Virginia 24121. Mass will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 11:00 a.m., also at Resurrection. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Heartland Hospice, 2800 Electric Road, Roanoke, Virginia 24018. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Jacob Alexandar “Jake” Williams, 24, of Big Island, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Ecorse, Michigan. He was born in Bedford, VA on September 19, 1996, a son of Brandy McGinn Knighting and husband, Roy. Jake was a free spirit who enjoyed exploring and traveling the country. He loved hunting with his Poppy Price, hiking, and camping. Jake had many talents and one thing he was very good at was cooking. He made quite a mess doing it but the family always loved his creations. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting by the train tracks and watching the trains go by with his sister. Some of his mother’s fondest memories are the weeks at the beach and all the salty kisses he would give. Jake lived life to the fullest and pursued his passion for traveling. He and his Nanny used to watch Peter Pan all the time. The second star to the right shines in the night for you, Jake, and we will always know where to find you. In addition to his mother and step-father he is survived by his sister, Christina Williams; niece, Sophia Coles; grandparents, Nancy and John Price, Jan and Phil Williams; uncle, Dan Williams and wife Maureen; and several cousins. No services will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Larry Gene Fowler, 62, of Lynchburg, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. He was born in Bedford, VA on October 16, 1958, a son of the late Carey Sossaman Fowler and Elizabeth Markham Green. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Fowler. He is survived by his son, Jason Lawrence Fowler and wife Monica; daughter, Amy Loretta Perry and husband Rich; brothers, Wayne Fowler and wife Elizabeth, John Fowler and wife Lucy; mother of his children, Linda G. Fowler; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Blue Ridge Community Church New London Campus, 2361 New London Rd., Forest, VA 24551 with Rev. Jack Dunn officiating. Family will receive friends following the service and an ice cream sundae reception will follow the visitation. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Jack Major “Bunk” Perrow, Jr., 71, of Big Island, passed away on Monday, June 28, 2021 on his farm in Sedalia, VA. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on September 12, 1949, a son of the late Jack Major Perrow, Sr. and Louise Lockard Perrow. Bunk was a cattleman, hoof trimmer and farmer. He lived the majority of his life on the family farm and spent many years working in the dairy industry alongside his father. He loved music and passed that love onto his sons. Bunk had many dogs over the years and few people loved their pets as well as Bunk loved his dogs. He loved spending time and telling stories with his tight-knit group of friends in Sedalia. Along with his parents, Bunk was preceded in death by his younger brother, Ashby Glen Perrow. He is survived by his son, Ashby Perrow, his wife Whitney; grandson, Major; step-granddaughter Kate; and son, Andy Perrow and Jennifer Massie; as well as his former wife, Joyce Reese. He was beloved in his community and beyond and will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends on Saturday July 10th at Perrowmont Farm, 1342 Ayrshire Ln., Big Island, Virginia from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Bunk’s honor to the Sedalia Center or your local humane society. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Melvin Clay McLain, 77, of Bedford, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021. He was born in Bedford, Virginia on June 13, 1944, a son of the late Nicholas Lafayette McLain and Lelia Chittum McLain. He proudly served his country in the United States Army; serving in the Vietnam War. He enjoyed farming and was a lifelong farmer. Melvin is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Spradlin McLain; four sisters, and one brother. A private burial will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Raymond “Pete” Lewis Hatcher, Jr. of Lynchburg, VA., died peacefully June 24, 2021. He was born March 7, 1936 in Charlottesville, VA. to the late Raymond L. and Mary Jane Miller Hatcher. Pete first attended McIntire High School in Charlottesville and then Dana High School after moving to Indiana, starting college at Washington University in St. Louis but transferred to Auburn University after his parents move to Alabama. Pete graduated from Auburn with a degree in engineering, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and the music honor society Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After graduation, Pete worked in engineering at the Newport News shipyards later relocating to Amherst to work at the American Cyanamid. When the General Electric (later Ericsson) plant opened, he applied and worked there until his retirement. He was an active civic leader. Serving as president of the Amherst Jaycees, Amherst Rotary Club, and Lynchburg Rotary Club where he was twice a Paul Harris Fellow. He was on the board of several organizations, an elder at First Presbyterian Church, and a Shriner and Mason, but his most committed volunteering was to the Boy Scouts. Pete was the scoutmaster of Troop 43 in Amherst and then the scoutmaster of Troop 7 in Lynchburg for over 25 years. He was honored with the Silver Beaver award and trained countless leaders through the Wood Badge program. Pete raised two Eagle Scouts and was the proud grandfather of two more Eagles. Pete also had a passion for music, self-taught in playing the accordion, piano, guitar, and the five-string banjo. In the 1960’s he played professionally in a local folk band, the Hanalei’s. Pete loved to perform and enjoyed being in front of a crowd. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Rowland Hatcher, his grandson, Matthew Robert Hatcher, and his brother, Harold Miller Hatcher. Pete is survived by two brothers-in-laws, Francis “Buddy” Graham Rowland of Childersburg, Al. and Hugh Phillip Rowland of Helena, Al.; children, Raymond “Ray” Lewis Hatcher, III (Holly Bishop Hatcher) of Midland, VA., Graham Rowland Hatcher, and Julie Hatcher Brammer (James H. Brammer, III) of Lynchburg; grandchildren, Ashley Elizabeth Hatcher of Warrenton, VA., Katherine “Katie Gray” Graham Brammer, James “Jeb” H. Brammer, IV, and Roland Lewis Hatcher, all of Lynchburg; nieces and nephew; June Rowland Woodrum, Mary Kathryn Hatcher Rife, Jill Rowland Smith, Graham Rowland, Courtney Rowland Nice, Loren Hatcher, Suzanna Hatcher and Carrie Rose Hatcher. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1215 V.E.S. Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503; followed by a reception. Scout uniforms are encouraged for any Scouting friends. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make donations to Troop 7, care of First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Charlotte Christine Key Wood, 71, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2021. She was born in Albemarle, VA on December 18, 1949, a daughter of the late James Whitney Key and Luttie Reynolds Key. Charlotte’s words: Always share your wealth with family, friends and Jesus, and I will meet you at the gate. There is never a last supper, there is plenty of food up there where we will share a table with Jesus; everything we need on our plate of life will be peaceful. I can hardly wait. I’ll love you forever; keep a little piece of me in your heart; for you will be in mine forever and we will never part. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Wood; children, Kevin Gosnell, Kathy Gosnell, Frank Wood, Jr., Dawn Beverly Wood; sister, Debbie Jarratt; grandchildren, Angela Gosnell, Dewey Franklin, Kyle Franklin; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 28, 2021 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, with Rev. Rock Chocklett officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.