Those beautiful blue eyes closed for the last time while surrounded by her family who held her hands as she transitioned to her Savior’s arms. Jeannette Rice Tomlinson Eubank passed away from this life on November 16, 2019. A fighter until her last breath, she had overcome numerous obstacles and endured tremendous pain but had an incredible will to live. Jeannette was predeceased by parents, Eric and Ethel Rice; and her son, Paul Tomlinson. She is survived by her son Brian Tomlinson (Mary); daughter, Lisa Mann (Jack); beloved grandchildren, Isaac Mann, Sarah Mann (Codie); brother, Ronnie Rice (Barbara); sister-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Finch (Ralph); father of her children, Wray Tomlinson; and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was blessed with dear friends Cathy, Doris, Mickey, Karen, Fay, and Kenny and caregivers, Rhonda and Polly. Her family would like to thank Paladin Transport’s angels, Lynchburg UVA dialysis angels, Kindred nursing and therapy, and Dr.’s Stowers and Ploch. She was a true inspiration to her family and loved them fiercely. A member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church, her visitation will be held there on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and a funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with light refreshments to follow in Camden Hall. The family requests consideration of financial needs to her Go Fund Me page or to Burch-Messier Funeral Home. No more suffering mama. We love you. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

Raymond Daniel “Buddy” Forgie, 90, left his earthly home to join his loved ones on November 15, 2019. Those that went before him were his wives, Hazel and Annie Mae; son, Daniel; brothers, Bill, Eddie, David; sister, Alice; and step-son, Carey. Buddy was born in Goose Creek Valley, Montvale, VA to William “Ray” and Bonnie Bell Forgie. He joined the Navy on November 1, 1951 and was discharged on October 30, 1958. Buddy was a loving father and step-father. He loved spending his time with his family and friends. He is survived by four sisters, Mary Sue, Nancy, Ruby, and Iva; step-children, Roger Fizer (Reva), David Fizer (Donna), Kathy St. Clair, Theresa Loyd (Chuck); step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Walnut Grove Union Church. Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00, on Tuesday, November 19, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Walnut Grove Union Church, 6867 Pike Rd, Montvale, VA 24122 in memory of Buddy. The family would like to thank the staff on 1 South and 1 West at Friendship Health and Rehab for the loving care shown to our step-dad and mom during their stay at Friendship. We are forever grateful. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

Connie Lynn Stamper Orange, 71, of Mount Airy, North Carolina died Thursday, November 14, 2019. Connie was born in Ohio on February 10, 1948 a daughter of the late Paul Stamper and Samantha Lewis Stamper. In addition to her parents, Connie was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Jerry “Trick” Orange. Connie is survived by her husband of 50 years Roger Thomas Orange; son, Christopher Orange; daughter, Kelly Orange McCormick and husband Danny; granddaughter, Hayden McCormick; brother, Larry Stamper and wife Yvonne; sisters-in-law, Regina Cheek and husband Troy, Denise Lang, Kay Orange; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Cool Spring Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastors Earl Ragland, Geoff Hubbard, and Eric Pennington officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.  

 

Vincent Philip Demshar, 84, of Forest, Virginia passed away peacefully in his home on November 10, 2019. He was the husband of Carol J. (Marolt) Demshar for 64 years. He was born on August 17, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio. Vincent’s first love, besides Carol and their chidren, was raising, training, and showing his Arabian horses. Vincent will be missed by his beloved dog, Penny.  Vincent managed the family business, Demshar Magnavox, in Euclid, Ohio for 30 years prior to retiring from Fed Ex. In 2012, Vincent and Carol began their retirement by relocating to Forest, Virginia. Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Viola Demshar. In addition to his wife, he is surivived by one son, Rex A. Demshar (Edith); two daughters Vicki L. Suhy (Raymond) and Kim M. Nicholson (Ronald); seven grandchildren, Steven R. Demshar, Erika O. King (George), Kevin R. Demshar (Lindsay), Ryan L. Suhy (Julie Toren), Alan R. Suhy, Nicole M. Nicholson, Nash E. Nicholson; four great grandchildren, Brody and Avery King, and Gabriel and Emerie Demshar. Vincent is survived by his younger brother, Ralph Demshar (Judy). The family will receive family and friends on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the home of Rex and Edith Demshar, 274 Runner Stone Drive, Evington, Virginia 24550. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Vincent P. Demshar to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Centra Health Hospice through Centra Foundation at 2097 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360 is assisting the family.

 

 

 

Annie Mae Carter Forgie, 89 of Roanoke, died Thursday, October 31, 2019. She was born in Bedford, VA on September 22, 1930 a daughter of the late Melvin Henry Carter and Elsie Ann Carter. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Alfred Bud Fizer; son, Carey Fizer; and sister, Virginia Everson. She was a retired nursing assistant. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Daniel Forgie; sons, David Fizer and wife Donna, Roger Fizer and wife Reva; daughter, Kathy St. Clair; daughter-in-law, Theresa Fizer Loyd and husband Chuck; brother, Ambrose Carter and wife Grace; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Walnut Grove Church in Mom’s name. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Linda Mary Houde, 58, of Bedford, VA went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Bedford Memorial Hospital.  She was born on May 3, 1961 in Youngstown, OH.  She was preceded in death by her father, David Torella and her mother, Agnes Diba. She is survived by her husband, David Houde; her stepdaughter, Alyssa Houde; her stepson, Justin Houde; her sister, Roslyn Torella and husband Ron Reese; her mother-in-law, Betty Lu Houde; her sister-in-law, Peggy Fridley and husband Bill Fridley; her brother-in-law, Alan Houde and wife Ann Brickfield-Houde; and numerous other family members and friends. Linda loved Virginia, the beauty of nature, and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.  She loved to cook, watch cooking shows and The Young and the Restless, help plan her family’s yearly vegetable garden, visit Liberty Lake Park (especially when the Christmas decorations were up), and participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count.  She loved the Cleveland Indians baseball team and rarely missed a game on TV.  She also loved her collection of duck statues and figures, as well as the other decorative critters that graced the rooms of her home.  Linda was David’s soulmate as well as his best friend. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Linda’s name is encouraged to consider the Bedford Christmas Station, (540) 492-0382. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, (540) 586-7360.

 

 

Sally Ann (Uttaro) Cuvelier passed away October 30, 2019, at the age of 68. Sally is predeceased by her parents, Salvatore and Grace Uttaro and her nephew, Christopher “CJ” Salva. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Jim Cuvelier; son, Michael Cuvelier (Adrienne); granddaughters, Lucille Cuvelier & Alexandra Cuvelier; sister, Sandra Salva (David Orcutt); step-grandmother, Virginia Bellucci; sister-in-law, Carol Volkmar; and several nieces and nephews.  Sally received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lynchburg College and she taught for over 30 years at various levels from preschool to high school and college. She retired from Dearington Elementary school where she was a kindergarten teacher. At all levels she was known for the love of her students and she enjoyed cooking, baking, bowling, Smith Mountain Lake and being with her close friends.  She was especially devoted to her granddaughters. Her family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the entire nursing staff of the oncology floor at Lynchburg General Hospital, as well as Dr. John MacNeill, Cynthia Hedrick and the nurses at the Pearson Cancer Center for their excellent and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of your choice. A Mass celebrating Sally’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, November 4, 2019 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 1307 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA with Father Stephen J. McNally celebrating.  Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Sunday at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, at Resurrection Catholic Church Cemetery, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Phyllis Ann Fannon Chauvin, 69, of Huddleston, died Tuesday, October 29, 2019. She was born in Pennington Gap, VA on March 31, 1950 a daughter of the late Wirt Fannon and Pearlie Moore Fannon. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Kincannon, Sue Slagle, and Mary McNeese. She was a retired Registered Nurse at Carilion and was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church. Phyllis is survived by her husband, Charles Lawrence Chauvin; daughters, Jo-Ann LaClair and husband Andrew, Penny Doddemeade and husband Jack; son, Daniel Chauvin and wife Tina; grandchildren, Alexandra, Raigan, Joseph, Michael, Matthew, and Emily; great-grandchildren, Killian and George; brothers, Cecil Fannon, Morgan Fannon and wife Nancy, James Fannon and wife Laura, Tommy Fannon, David Fannon, Otis Fannon and wife Margaret; sister, Virginia Lynn Roark; and brother-in-law, John McNeese. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, VA 24121 with Father Salvador Añonuevo celebrating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Frank Anthony Amoroso, 88, of Moneta, died Monday, October 28, 2019. He was born in Donora, PA on August 11, 1931, a son of the late Joseph Amoroso and Louise DiLembo Amoroso. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Kowall Amoroso; son, David; sisters, Amy Altemara and Mary Baggiani; and brothers, Mitch Amoroso, Lou Amoroso, and Alfred Amoroso. Frank retired nearly 20 years ago, following a long career as an electrical engineer, working primarily for the US Postal Service. He was an active member of Resurrection Catholic Church. Over the years, he was chairman of Parish Council and a member of the Tuesday group. He served as a counter and was involved in RCIA. He helped to plan and execute the prayer labyrinth that sits behind the church. He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Harris and husband Steve, Kris Sallade and husband Doug, Lynn Davies and husband Scott; grandchildren, Andrew Harris and wife Becky, Lauren Harris, Matthew Harris, Jason Sallade, Sam Davies, Ben Sallade, and Megan Davies; siblings, Virginia Sovich, Yvonne Bodnar, and Anthony Amoroso, numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m., at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, VA 24121 with Father Louis Benoit celebrating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Catholic Relief Services or Lake Christian Ministries. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Glenna Naomi Metcalf Sparks, 78, of Thaxton, died Sunday, October 27, 2019. She was born in Flag Pond, TN on July 3, 1941 a daughter of the late Ulys Metcalf and Carrie Hensley Metcalf. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Sparks. She is survived by her son, David Sparks and wife Michelle; two grandsons, Joshua Sparks, Ryan Sparks; granddaughter, Brigitte Sparks; brother, George Metcalf and wife Shirlene; two sisters, Catherine Collera, Aldree Slagle and husband Jack; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. A funeral service will be held 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St. Bedford, with Rev. Mike Houff officiating. A burial will follow on Thursday at Divide Cemetery, Flag Pond, TN. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.