Timothy James Rutman, 78, of Rustburg, VA, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. He was born in Harrisburg, PA on July 7, 1941, as the son of the late Daniel Rutman and Emma Idessia Hoffman Rutman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deneen Rutman; and a sister, Nyla DeArmitt. Tim received Christ as his Savior when he was 12 years old and served Him throughout his lifetime. He was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church and also faithfully served, with his wife Cathy, as a Missionary to Ireland, with Community Bible Study International for 11 years. Tim proudly served in the United States Air Force for 23 years and achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant before retiring. In wartime, he served as a Combat Medic in Vietnam. Tim enriched the lives of those who survived him; wife of 57 years, Cathy Byrne Rutman; his children, Debbie Johnson and husband Richard, Colleen Helmick and husband Jerry, Joanne Edwards and husband Barry; sister, Miriam Martin of PA; eleven grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren, and countless beloved friends and extended family members. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Thomas Road Baptist Church inside Pate Chapel, with Rev. Gary Stewart officiating. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion Post 16. Interment will be at a later date. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family – however, any floral condolences should only be sent directly to the memorial service location, on the date of the service. In lieu of flowers / plants – the family has requested that donations be made to Community Bible Study International to support the missionary work in Europe–specifically, Ireland. Donate online at – communitybiblestudy.org/ “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants” Psalms 116:15 




Monty Allen Hubbard, 52, of Glasgow, Virginia died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Thursday, October 10th, 2019. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue Crouch; grandmother, Alpha Persinger Crawford; sister, Jennifer Clements; and father, Lloyd Albin Hubbard.Monty is survived by his wife Melissa Suzanne Hubbard; two sons Forrest Allen Hubbard (Crystal) and Jared Anderson Hubbard (Lacey); four granddaughters Jozalyn Jade Hubbard, Kaelin Grace Hubbard, Ayliva Faith Hubbard and Elizabeth Skye Hubbard; two sisters, Pamela Clark and Tammy Crouch; and two brothers Dave Hubbard and Steve Hubbard.Services will be held at Glenwood Holiness Church on Thursday, October  17th, 2019 at 6 pm. Monty was a dog whisperer. His little dog Elliot was his best friend and misses him very much. He loved nature and was very good at finding beauty in his surroundings. He was always pointing out the moon, sunset, or an interesting grouping of clouds. He was the king of duct tape, a chess champion and a doting grandfather. He was a beloved husband of more than 30 years and will be sorely missed by his friends and family.


Mickie F. Lester, 71, of Rocky Mount, VA departed this life October 7, 2019. She was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Bettina Dillon; her parents Ruth and Chester Lester, and a brother, Dickie Lester. She is survived by her sisters, Margie Mayhew of Montvale, VA, Mary Ann (Jim) Keene of Iaeger, WV, Maggie Church of Moneta, VA; two brothers, Nickey Joe Lester of Hanover, WV, Ricky Dean (Bev) Lester of Wharncliffe, WV; daughter, Stephanie McArdle of Bedford, VA; two grandchildren, Makayla Lester and Justin McArdle; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be sadly missed by all. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Haley Ann Wilson, infant, of Bedford, died Friday, October 4, 2019 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. She was born in Lynchburg, on October 4, 2019. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jeffrey “Bo” Spradlin. She is survived by her father, Tony Lee Wilson; mother, Sylvia Ann Spradlin; grandparents, Edward Overstreet and Becky Wilson; grandmother, Sandra Spradlin; brothers, Noah Wilson, Carlton Spradlin, Ronald Deese, Jr.; sisters, Adrianna Wilson, Rebekah Wilson, Myrah Wilson; aunt, Crystal Thomas and fiancé Richard Blankenship; and numerous cousins; great-aunts and uncles; and lots of friends. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Donald Rogers Markham, 80, of Goode, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was born in Bedford County on June 3, 1939, a son of the late Roy Markham and Eula Bryant Markham. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Linda Angus Markham; and brother, Gerald Markham. Donald is survived by a daughter, Patty Jo Spinner, two sons, Donald Bennett Markham and wife Jennifer, Joshua Alan Markham, Sr. and wife Katherine; grandchildren, Gabrielle Nicole Spinner, Christopher Chase Markham, Tray Bennett Markham, Derek Alan Markham, Joshua Alan Markham, Jr.; brothers, Bobby Markham and wife Loretta, Jackie Markham, and Mackie Markham. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Timber Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Gillette and Pastor Phil Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Donnie Markham memorial fund c/o Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Barbara May (Franklin) Hassell passed peacefully in her sleep during the early morning hours on Saturday, September 28, 2019 during a stay at Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford, Va. Barbara grew up in Radford, Va., the daughter of Robert and Helen Austin Franklin.  She attended the Radford schools and graduated from Radford College in 1957 with a BA Degree in Education.  On August 28th, 1958 Barbara married her soulmate of 50 years, Phillip Martin (Tom, Tommy) Hassell and together they raised two sons. Barbara in her youth was a member Grove Avenue United Methodist Church of Radford, Va. and later joined Grace Episcopal Church also in Radford. In more recent years, she and her family have been members of St. James Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Va. During the years the Hassells lived in Radford, Barbara taught English at Radford High School while serving as the sponsor for the student newspaper, The Acorn. Barabra was also among the first teachers serving in the inaugural classrooms at the John N Dalton Middle School. Inspired in the early 80’s by her own continuing education and participation in The Southwest Virginia Writing Project along with her student’s curosities surrounding writing and literature, she was very proud to launch and publish an enduring, award-winning, annual student literary magazine known as  Kaleidescope,  for students who had a particular interest in publication and writing. She loved working with students at all ages in the Radford School system for over 30 years. Barbara was an accomplished musician and served as the organist of her church for many years.  Along with her passion for music, she was a voracious reader of many great writers including Charles Dickens, Tennyson, Shakespeare, Whitman and Wolf.  She is also remembered as an avid collector of antiques which developed into the home furnishing business “Country Cupboard”  that she owned and operated from her and Tom’s country home in Belspring, Va. After retirement, Barbara enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Dustin and Molly Hassell. She was their devoted fan, attending as many of their basketball games as possible, even traveling out of state to attend tournaments.  She continued to follow them throughout their college basketball careers at Roanoke College. In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Hassell and her brother William Franklin.  She is survived by her son Paul Martin Hassell and wife, Suzan Stojakovich Hassell of Daleville, Va.;  her son, Phillip Howard Hassell and his wife, Debbie Vaden Hassell, of Troutville, Va.; and her grandchildren, William Dustin Hassell, of Boston, Ma. and Molly Leanna Hassell, of Troutville, Va. A funeral service will be conducted by the Reverend Susan Bentley at St. James Church on 4515 Delray Street, NW, Roanoke, Va.  24012,  Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2 p.m.  The family will meet friends in the Church Parish Hall one hour before the service.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be given in Mrs. Hassell’s memory to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund of St. James Church.  Interment will follow at Trinity Cemetery.  Arrangements by Burch & Messier Funeral Home of Bedford, Va.


Joyce Anne Spradlin Williams, 75, of Huddleston, died Monday, September 23, 2019. She was born in Bedford, VA on March 16, 1944 a daughter of the late John Russell Spradlin and Willie Skinnell Spradlin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Montgomery Lawrence Williams, Sr.; sons, Montgomery Williams, Jr. and Gregory Williams. She is survived by her sister, Emma Hollie; niece, Karen Russell and husband Bud; grandchildren, Brandon Williams, Candice Jackson and husband Chad, Taylor Burnett, Chelsea Richardson and husband Eric, Dakoda Williams; daughter-in-law, Kris Williams; step-grandchildren, Courtney Eubank, Zachary Abbott; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Bentlee, Annabelle, Wyatt, Logan, Micah, and Jaxon. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Rev. Chad Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Ephesus United Methodist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Hugh Andrew Pritchard, 79, of Bedford, died Friday, September 20, 2019 after a short illness. Hugh was preceded in death by his parents, George and Anna. He is survived by a son, Wayne; and daughters, Teresa, Angela, and Jeannie; and multiple grandchildren.

No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Gail Elizabeth Dean, 45, of Montvale, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019. She was born in Roanoke, VA on November 3, 1973, a daughter of James Edward Dean and May Alphin Dean of Montvale. She was preceded in death by an uncle, William Bernard Alphin. She worked security at Walmart and was a member of Montvale Presbyterian Church.  Gail was a lifetime member of Montvale Rescue Squad. She was very actively involved in Relay for Life and volunteered with police work. In addition to her mother and father she is survived by a brother, Wayne Dean and wife Robin; special friend, Lisa Stewart; uncle, Richard “Dick” Alphin and wife Nancy; aunts, Carol Alphin, Jean Dawson; and cousins, Valeria Alphin, Jeff Alphin, Lynette Dawson. The family wishes to give a special thanks to the nurses on 10 South at Roanoke Memorial Hospital for their loving care to Gail. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Montvale Recreation Club, 1182, Pike Rd., Montvale, VA with Rev. Rodney Wilson and Steve McChesney officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Relay for Life or your local Fire, Rescue, or Police Department. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.



On September 10, 2019, Sabrina Rená Roarke, age 56, passed into her heavenly home, after a brief illness. Born on August 13, 1963, she is the beloved daughter of Patricia Owen. Preceding her in death was her father Tommy Roarke, and maternal grandparents, Billy and Edith Owen, and paternal grandparents, Eva and Willard Peake. Sabrina is survived by her daughter, Amanda Haskins (Brandon), her son, Thomas Haskins (Mary), and the son of her heart, Caleb Gunnell. Sabrina has two adored grandchildren, Edward and Alyssa Haskins. Left to mourn her passing are Sabrina’s siblings, Tony Roark (Susan), Phillip Roark (Robin), Deneatta Roarke, Robin Blair, and Roblyn Perkins (Brandon). She had 17 nieces and nephews, 9 great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins and friends, who all loved BB for her radiant spirit and fierce heart. Sabrina was kind and nurturing to all of God’s creatures, loved dancing, and made instant friends everywhere. In her final days, she was surrounded by the love of many to lift her upwards to her next journey. Per her wishes, a private service will be held for the family. Family and friends will be received at 6300 Telegraph Rd Hurt VA at various times and again on Sunday September 15, 2019 between 1-3 and a celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Sabrina asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.