Harry Woodrow Ryan, Jr., 84, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021. He was born in Washington, DC on August 10, 1937, a son of the late Harry Woodrow Ryan, Sr. and Ilene Arrick Hickerson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his very special companion, Miss Sally Moen. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was retired from B & W (BWXT). He also worked part-time for a client transport company in Bedford. He enjoyed duck hunting and fishing. Harry is survived by his son, Tony Ryan and wife, Lisa; mother of his son, Dorothy Looney; special friends, Ronnie Fowler, Zeph Cunningham, Billy Gross, Bonnie and Vincent Hite, and the rest of the “Good Time Gang” at the YMCA; and numerous other family, friends, and neighbors; including Rev. Henry A. Henderson. Per Harry’s wishes no services will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

David Scott Pilcz, 51, of Bedford, went home to join his heavenly family on Saturday, September 11, 2021. He was born on August 31, 1970, in Jersey City, NJ. The son of the late Michael Pilcz. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, August and Doris J. Langhage and Joseph and Rose Pilcz. David graduated from Pequannock Township High School, NJ and Morris County Vocational Technical School, Denville, NJ in 1990. He worked at Food Lion in both the Bedford and West Lake locations. He is survived by his mother, Doris G. Pilcz; brother, Michael R. Pilcz; sister, Nancy A. Pilcz; and aunts and uncles, Frances and John Roth, of Hungary; Robert and Joyce Langhage of Maryland; and many cousins. The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to, Sissy Parker and all the very wonderful people of Centra Bedford Hospice for 3 ½ years of the most wonderful, kind of care anyone could have “God bless them all”. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Resurrection Catholic Church with Father Nixon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends an hour and ½ prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. A reception will follow in Morrow Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you consider a donation to Centra Bedford Hospice, 1621 Whitfield Dr, Bedford, VA 24523, or Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue Suite 902 New York, NY 10018 (HDSA.org.). Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Leonard Jeff “Len” Dooley, 66, of Thaxton, went home to join his heavenly family on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. He was born on July 6, 1955, a son of John Robert Dooley and Callie Carter Dooley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his partner, Peggy Steptoe. Len was always an adventurous and active person. He played softball for big Orange Market for many years and was an active member of the Moose Lodge. He is survived by his two daughters, Tiffany Steptoe and fiancé Ryan Isom, Shannon Board and husband Jason; three granddaughters, Daphne Isom, Taylor Parker, Brianna Gallier; three brothers, John “TopCat” Dooley and wife, Mel, Rucker Dooley and wife, Karen, Marvin “Dudie” Dooley; one sister, Anita Robertson; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Cool Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Eric Pennington officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dorothy Mae Polk entered eternal rest on September 4, 2021. She was born on December 16, 1939, in Bedford County. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Pannell; and her father, Duvall Kyle. Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Michael Brown, James Polk, Jr. (Towana), and Harold (Yulita); one daughter, Carolyn, and devoted granddaughter, Keisha Polk, all of Lynchburg. She also leaves one brother, Rodney Payne of Richmond, VA; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two devoted friends, Darnell Paige and Annie Casey. Dorothy Polk was a devoted member of Fifth Street Baptist Church and attended faithfully until her health failed. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Fifth Street Baptist Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Paul Douglas Johnson, 44, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021. He was born on March 9, 1977 a son of Frances Overstreet Johnson and the late James Thomas Johnson. He was employed at Aqua Pros and was a hard worker and always there for everyone. He loved all of his family but his pride and joy was his granddaughter. In addition to his mother, Paul is survived by his daughters, Katelyn Johnson, Victoria Johnson; granddaughter, Addilynn Davis; sister, Patsy Sines; former mother-in-law, Elaine Kennedy Parrish; and numerous other family and friends. A private family service will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Barrie Wendell Whitt, 81, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 3, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Ellen Rhoten Whitt; parents, Thomas Jefferson Whitt and Vaughne Rea Johnson Whitt; sisters, Edna Pendleton, Shirley Tucker, Evangeline Bishop, Ruth Andrako; and brother, Thomas Whitt. Words from his grandson, James Edgar Wade, “My grandpa was an amazing man. He was very well known and respected in the community. Everyone loved the care he put into his garden, especially his tomatoes. He shared a connection to nature like no other. He taught me how to shoot and took me to kill my first deer. He loved going to baseball games, fishing and taking walks in the woods. He never met a stranger. He loved everyone. My grandpa was like a father to me and I will miss him more than words can say.” Barrie is survived by his close friend, Evelyn Spurlock; son, Jeffery Wendell Whitt; daughter, Kimberly Karen Hinkson; granddaughter, Kristina Ashlyn Richards; grandson, James Edgar Wade; great-grandchildren, Lacey Ray Richards, Hunter Jace Richards; sisters, Martha Edwards, Vaughne Rea Orange, Myrtle Seibel, Pauline Ferris; and brothers, Jimmy Whitt and Theodore Whitt. A graveside service honoring Barrie will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Glade Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Larry Ross officiating. A large tent and extra chairs will be provided. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Alvie Mae Carter Brown, 92, of Blue Ridge, VA departed this life on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Bedford County Nursing Home. She was born on March 19, 1929 a daughter of the late Charles P. Carter and Edith Welch Carter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everett A. Brown; brother, Calvin Carter and his wife Chris; and sister, Pauline Carter. She is survived by her niece, Sharon Carter and family; nephew, David Carter and family; and numerous cousins. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5737 Airport Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 with Rev. Mel Bautista officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360

 

Terry Davis Ruff, 59, of Glen Allen, VA, born February 27, 1962, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2021. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Ruff; and daughter, Tera A. Ruff. His mother loved him very much & sends prayers that he will rest in peace. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Floyd Winford “Junior” Orange, Jr., 73, of Thaxton, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021. He was born in Bedford, VA on July 6, 1948 a son of the late Floyd Winford Orange, Sr. and Frances Orange. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dianne Marie Orange. He was retired from Rubatex. Junior was survived by his son, Christopher Orange and fiancée Brittany; girlfriend, Bettye Metzler; sister, Tina Abbott and husband James Jr.; brothers, Jerry Orange and girlfriend Charlotte; Darrel Orange; nieces, Kayla M. Abbott, Kimberly Nester; and numerous other family and friends. Per his wishes no services will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mildred Kennedy Taylor, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Noah’s Landing in Goode, VA. She was born in Bedford County on January 30, 1931 to James Austin and Katie Minnick Kennedy. She was married for 61 years to Rogers L. Taylor and was a proud Navy wife. Mildred worked at the Bedford County Lake, Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, and the Elks National Home. Thereafter, she graduated from Central Virginia Community College. She worked for 25 years in medical records as Director of Health Information Management for Blue Ridge Community Services. During her work, she participated in the Virginia Medical Records Association and held elected positions with that organization. She traveled to state and national medical records meetings with her professional friends. She was an active member of Lynchburg Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 321 and a lifetime member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Rogers; her beloved son, James R. Taylor; six sisters, Kathleen J. Kennedy, Frances K. Chappelle, Eleanor K. Manning, Jane K. Waid, Ann K. Dickens, Betty K. Nash; brother, James H. Kennedy; and three nephews. She is survived by her daughter, Dreama T. Gehman and son-in-law, Dean; daughter-in-law, Susan R. Taylor; three grandsons, David Gehman (Jessica), Joshua Pinto Taylor (Emily), Robert Taylor (Baylee); one granddaughter, Katelyn Dolieslager (Chase); two great-grandsons, Dylan Gehman, Ezekiel Pinto Taylor; one great-granddaughter, Trinity Pinto Taylor; two brother-in-laws; five sister-in-laws; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude for her many caregivers over the last several years concluding with Donna Hearn, Noah’s Landing and Gentle Shepherd Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1118 Ebenezer Road, Bedford, VA 24523. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Wilkerson officiating. Family will receive friends from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.