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.

 

Jimmy Lee Waldron, 89, of Bedford, died Saturday, September 7, 2019. He was born in Thaxton, VA on January 31, 1930, a son of the late Evelyn Anderson Waldron Bowyer and James M. Bowyer. In addition to his mother and step-father he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Hatter Waldron. He is survived by a brother, Elton Haney “Nitt” Waldron; Nieces, Betty Jean Burford, Tammy Small; nephew, Roger Lee Waldron; and friends, Darren and Kathryn Craig. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Bedford Humane Society Inc, 829 Ole Turnpike Dr, Bedford, VA 24523 or Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 6045 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

Joyce Elizabeth Abbott Ruff, 77, of Goode, died Monday, September 2, 2019. She was born in Bedford, VA a daughter of the late Calvin Joseph Abbott and Wanda Fullen Abbott.  Joyce was an active member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church. She graduated from New London in 1960 and was an active alumnus assisting with the class reunions. She worked for the brokerage firm Thompson McKenna and also New London Academy as a secretary for 5 years. After her daughter was born, she took care of the books for the family business. Joyce loved her cats, babysat for her grandchildren, and cared for her parents so they would not have to go into a nursing home. She is survived by her husband, Richard Harvey Ruff; daughter, Jennifer Patterson; grandchildren, Jarred Patterson, Luke Patterson, Kayla Patterson; brother, Wayne Abbott and wife, Barbara; sister, Brenda Davis and husband, Perry, and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Peaks Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Peaks Church Community Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

Daniel Richard Loyd went to be with his Heavenly Father on September 1, 2019.  His beloved Mom welcomed him home. Daniel had a huge heart. He made it his life’s goal to go out of his way for others and to always put himself last. He had an infectious smile that will never be forgotten. Family and friends were everything to him and he was continuously concerned with their needs. Daniel had a kind soul and he showed it daily to those he loved. To quote his lifelong friend Jason Overstreet, “Daniel Richard Loyd was an amazing human being”. He was a beloved husband to Brittany and the PROUDEST father to his sweet Ellie Grace. No words to describe how much he loved his Dad and his brother.  Daniel use to end his prayers, “Talk to You later God.” Daniel, we will talk to you later! John 3:16 A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 6, 2019 at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday and from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, at Simpson Funeral Home. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

Patton Montgomery Overstreet, 74, of Bedford, died Sunday, September 1, 2019. He was born in Bedford County, on March 18, 1945 a son of the late Willie Henry Overstreet and Emmie Ruff Overstreet. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Willie Overstreet and Ella Ruff. He loved spoiling the Sunday School kids at church with bubblegum, they all called him “the candy man”. He also enjoyed working on his wood work. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Goff Overstreet; daughters, Lee Hyatt and husband Bill, Marsha Lauer and husband Paul; son, Patrick Overstreet and wife, Lacy; grandchildren, Sabrina and Sarah Hyatt, Adam Lauer, Catherine, Hunter, and Cole Overstreet, Madison, Christian, Morgan, and Maxwell Sims; great-grandchildren, Paxton Hyatt and Piper Berg; two brothers, Jackson and Joe Overstreet; and one sister, Rose Creasy. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. John Hester and Rev. Ray Lyons officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Land Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

John Wilson Watkins 68, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019 after months of treatments for cancer. He was born in Big Island, VA on October 25, 1950 a son of the late Carl Bayse Watkins and Katie Comer Watkins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Lee Watkins, Earl Watkins; and sister, Rose Huskin. John proudly served his country in the United States Army, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Gayle Crouch Watkins; two daughters, Tina Mason and fiancé Joe, Mary McNew and husband Patrick; five grandchildren, Arielle and fiancé Justin, Kristen McNew, Austin and fiancée Savannah, Jonathan, Cassie; great-granddaughter, Cammie Rose Watkins; three brothers, Carl Watkins Sr., Charles Watkins both of Bedford, Jack Watkins of Martin, GA; numerous friends and other family members, including one close niece, Sarah Watkins. John’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 6, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St. Bedford, VA with Rev. Larry Ross officiating. Military honors by American Legion Post #16. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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Robert (Bob) John Ott, 80, of Forest, VA passed away peacefully on August 26, 2019 in the comfort of his home. He was surrounded by family as he stepped into heaven. Born January 5, 1939 in Muncy, PA, Bob was the son of the late John Kenneth and Eleanor Louise Hall Ott. Bob’s family was his world, and he, theirs. Those left to cherish his memory are his caring sister, Nancy Ott Hall; one brother, David E. Ott; his sweetheart, C. Diane Brown; two loving daughters, Wanda E. Ott of Forest, VA, and Debbie M. Moore and her husband Tony of Trinity, NC; and his best friend and son, Roger M. Ott and his wife Connie of Forest, VA. Bob is also survived by the loves of his life – his 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Bob was lovingly referred to as Pap, not only by his grandchildren, but all who knew him. He was partner and namesake of Pap’s Cigar Company in Lynchburg, VA. His favorite pastime was spending time with the friends who became family there. He is also the former owner of Nelson Run Campground in Potter County, PA, and Twin Hills Sports Shop in Montoursville, PA. As a retired pastor, Bob had the privilege of leading many to the Lord and officiating the weddings of several of his loved ones. An avid NY Yankees fan, Bob’s hobbies included watching baseball, hunting, fishing, and enjoying a cigar while surrounded by friends and family. He was a loving father and grandfather, an incredible brother, and a best friend to all who knew him. His greatest joy was spending time with Diane, his children, and his grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6:00PM to 7:00PM on Friday, August 30 at Sedgefield, located at 3088 New London Rd, Forest, VA. A memorial service will immediately follow at 7:00 PM, officiated by Dr. Vernon Brewer. A burial service will take place at a later date at Twin Hills Cemetery in Montoursville, PA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

Marion Mason Dawson, 97, of Bedford, died Sunday, August 25, 2019. She was born in Danville, VA on September 28, 1921, a daughter of the late William Stratton Mason and Lona Tucker Mason. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Malcolm Fox and her second husband, Howard Daniel Dawson. Marion was a secretary to the president of the ChapStick Corporation for 34 years. She was a member of Bedford Baptist Church and an honorary member of the Blue Ridge Garden Club. She is survived by her sister, Beatrice Mason Haymes; niece, Elizabeth Haymes Witt and husband, Stephen; nephew, William Hayden Haymes and wife Patricia; and great-nephew, Thomas Stratton Haymes. A funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Bedford Baptist Church with Dr. David L. Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Warren Shelton “Fuzzy” Andrews, 62, of Bedford, died Saturday, August 17, 2019. He was born in Bedford County on July 5, 1957 a son of the late Roy Lee Andrew and Viola Bowyer Andrews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, David, William, and Russell Andrews; and grandsons, Christian and Jeremiah Defibaugh. Warren was a truck driver for Pro Logging. He is survived by his daughter, Krystal Gail Defibaugh and husband Vincent, Jr.; son, Robert Kirby and wife Michelle; sisters, Carleen Tyree, Lelia Moss, Kathy Orange, Dora Mays; grandchildren, Andrew Kirby, Randal Defibaugh, Dakota Kirby, Tyler Defibaugh, Kayleigh Defibaugh, Audrey Kirby, Ava Kirby; great-granddaughter, Ella Mae Kirby; special nephew, Randy Moss; mother of his children, Carsia Gail Branham; and numerous other nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Family will receive friends following the service until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.