Robert H. Wheaton, 96, of Huddleston, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021. He was born in Pompey, NY on January 27, 1925 a son of the late Francis Xavier Wheaton and Helen Austin Wheaton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Long Wheaton; and a daughter, Amy Wheaton Cardoza. Robert proudly served his country in the United States Navy, serving during WWII. He was retired from General Electric. He is survived by his children, Kathleen A. Wheaton, Thomas M. Wheaton, Eileen W. Haungs (Jim); grandchildren, Brodie M. Williams IV (Dawn), Lisa Kibler Martin (Tim), Brooke N. Williams (Adam), Seth B. Williams, Emily Casdorph (David); great-grandchildren, Nicholas S. and Ellery A. Martin, Cassidy M. Williams, Kennadi M. Liskey, Owen F. and Cora A. Casdorph. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA with Father Salvador Añonuevo presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Resurrection Catholic Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Karia Susan “Sue” Garner Bays, 77 of Bedford, VA gained her heavenly wings on Friday, April 9, 2021. She was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on June 12, 1943, daughter of the late Earl Jack Garner and Helen May Branham Garner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers (twins), Billie and Jimmie Garner, Tommie Garner, Jerry Garner, Jackie Garner; (twins) Bobbie and Barbara Garner; sisters, Bettie Garner Trammel and June Garner Aunspaugh. She retired from Cintas after 30 years of service. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Bays, Tammy Bays Lawhorne (D.W.), Stephanie Bays (Dale Caldwell); grandchildren, Justin Eubank, Jordan Eubank, John Cash, Maegan Cash, Chase Lawhorne, Karia Caldwell, Camryn and Cassidy Caldwell (twins), Kendall Caldwell; great-grandson, Chase Lawhorne; and many nieces and nephews. No services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to Centra Bedford Hospice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Donald “Donnie” Lee Gray, 83, of Bedford, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021. He was born in Bedford, VA on March 10, 1938 a son of the late Oscar Lee Gray and Jessie Cullen Gray. In addition to his parents Donnie was preceded in death by his son, Mike Gray; sister, Jean Gray Swain. Donnie is survived by his wife, Inis “Sally” Amos Gray; sons, Mark Gray, Mike Mehaffey and wife Leslie; daughter, Kathy Gray Overstreet and husband David; granddaughter, Kelly Overstreet;; cousins, Janet Whitehearst Miles, Mark Russell Gray and other family members.  A private Memorial service will be held at Safe Harbor Church.  In lieu  of flowers please consider Memorial contributions to Alzheimers Association.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-73

Murrill Lyle Johnson, 90, of Bedford, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021.  He was born in Bedford on December 28, 1930 a son of the late Robert and Annie Mason Johnson.  He served his country in the U.S. Air Force.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William Lyle Johnson.  He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen Mayhew Johnson; three daughters, Mary Lou Laughlin (Greg); Amy Galaini (Mitch); Laura Ruff (John); seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; a brother, Bobby Johnson (Shirley); a sister, Priscilla Goff (Jim); many nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021 in Virginia Memorial Park with Rev. Russell Alden officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.

James G. Williams, of Lynchburg departed this life April 3, 2021.  Born December 6, 1925 in Cushing, Oklahoma, Jim was the first of five sons of his parents, Alice Miller Williams and James G. Williams, Sr.  Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Alice Heard Williams; brother Jan Williams of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; daughters, Daisy Warnalis (Mike) and Holly Williams; grandchildren, Challey Mielke (Steven), Tyler Warnalis, Leah Williams (Peter Mate), Anna Warnalis and Arrien Williams; great-granddaughters, Miranda, Lydia and Maeve; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by brothers Jean, Jack and Jerry Williams, and grandson, Adam Warnalis. Alice and Jim met at Oklahoma State University and were married following Jim’s tour of duty in the Army Air Force. After his graduation from the University of Oklahoma, the family moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where Jim began a life-long career at Phillips Petroleum.  His work as a corporate attorney took him to 61 countries, including England, where he worked and resided with Alice for ten years, negotiating North Sea oil contracts. Jim was a man of many interests and lightened the lives of those around him with his sense of humor and pleasant demeanor. A private service will be held at a later date for the family in remembrance of him. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Christine Goff, 86, of Big Island, died, Friday, April 2, 2021. She was born in Bedford, VA on August 17, 1934 a daughter of the late Buck and Mary Whorley Goff. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Allen Goff and daughter, Christine Sue Goff. She is survived by her sons, George Allen Goff and his wife, Nancy; Timothy M. Goff and his wife, Bonnie; several grandchildren; great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Josephine Davis and husband, Joe; Edna Goff and husband, Lawrence; several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2021 in Hunting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Samuel F. Jones officiating. Family and Friends may come by Burch-Messier Main Street Location between 4 – 5 pm Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to pay their respects.

Robert Arnold “Bob” Pfaff, Sr., 93, of Smith Mountain Lake, died Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was born in Johnstown, PA on October 19, 1927, a son of the late Georgia Sheldon Pfaff. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Jane Orr. He served his country in the US Army and was a retired butcher with Giant Foods. After retirement, Bob and Marie enjoyed traveling through all 50 states and Canada. Bob was a devoted and loving husband to his wife of 60 years, Marie; Loving father to, Rob Pfaff and his wife, MiMi. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Resurrection Catholic Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Richard Albert Crouch, 79, of Evington, VA passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.  He was born in High Point, NC on May 7, 1941, son of the late, Albert Rosser Crouch and Violet Gertrude Ferrell Bass.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger E. Crouch and Robert Wayne Crouch, Sr.  He is survived by his children, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Violet Garner and Sara Hall and brother, David M. Crouch.  No services will be held at this time.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

 

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Gary Claude Phillips, 74, of Bedford, died Thursday, July 9, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Bedford, VA on May 14, 1946 a son of the late Claude Milton Phillips and Helen Virginia Sarver Phillips. He was owner/operator of Phillips Trucking in Bedford. Gary served his country in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his sisters, Wanda P. Goff and her husband, Robert; Debra P. Chappell; his special friend, Pat Bitter; nieces and nephews, Ron Goff and his wife, Sally, Jennifer Taylor and her husband, Berkley, Cindi White and husband, Jason, Tiffany Knight, Leif Chappell; great-nieces and nephews, Thomas Goff, Holly Goff, Courtney Shell and husband, Jonathan, Gracie White, Kaylee Chappell, and Ariana Chappell; great-great nephew, Beckham Shell; and his beloved dog, Clyde, who was his best companion and always by his side. A Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2021 in Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Bill Owsley officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Betty White Woolfolk, 77, of Bedford, passed peacefully at home on March 27, 2021.  Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Lee Woolfolk.  One of 11 siblings, Betty was the last remaining child of the late Asa Russell White and Nora Orange White. Betty is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Markham, and Gregory Markham; a granddaughter, Summer Markham; three sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families each of whom she loved fiercely, including a niece, Bonnie Carter who looked after her in countless ways.  Betty had also come to consider her three primary caretakers as family, as well as her nurses with Bedford Hospice.  A retired Bedford County school bus driver, Betty often reminisced about all the children she had known and enjoyed hearing about their successes and the families they had raised.  Immediately after retirement, Betty and Irvin enjoyed multiple tours throughout the country via motorhome, making numerous friends, but always found greatest pleasure in returning to the Bedford farm.  When not on the road, Betty was inseparable from her sisters, in particular her twin, JoAnn with whom she shared a home in their final years, and all came to know you did not see one without the other.  Mention must also be made of JoAnn’s late husband Johnny Barfield whom she thought of as another White sibling, and her surviving cousin Ronnie Orange a lifelong best friend.  Betty loved her church, Cool Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church, her Taylor’s Mountain heritage, and was never shy to tell of how well her father Asa had raised their family.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Eric Pennington and Dr. Rusty Craig officiating.  The family will receive friends at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to Cool Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church or Centra Bedford Hospice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.