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.

 

 

 

James Kahle “Jimmy” Mitchell, 62, of Goode, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019. He was born on November 13, 1956 in Sparta, NC. He was preceded in death by his father, J.V. Mitchell. He is survived by is mother, Norma “Jean” Mitchell; brother, David W. Mitchell (Lisa); three daughters, Chrissy Richey (Sean), Jessica Walker (Daniel), Jamie Frank (Jon); eight grandchildren, whom he adored, Daniel Jr., Ajay, Nathan, and Kayla Walker, Devon and Tyler Richey, Addison and Lilly Frank; special niece, Amanda Schmitt (Jason); and great-niece, Nora. He worked for many years at Somerset Farms before becoming the maintenance supervisor of Virginia Memorial Park. He spent all of his free time behind the wheel of a tractor on Mitchell Family Farms. Family will receive friends for a visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

 

William “Terry” Gilliland left this earthly existence in the early morning of Friday, October 25th at Lynchburg General Hospital, surrounded and supported by loved ones. Born on April 3, 1950 in Pineville, West Virginia, Terry was the son of the late Leola Faye Cook Gilliland and William Oliver Gilliland. Having lived a self-proclaimed “long and full life”, attending Concord College in West Virginia, writing songs and playing the guitar as a hobby, working in the West Virginia coal mines and on oil and gas drill rigs, discovering the intricacies of studying lymphology and massage therapy, and lastly working as a cable engineer and project manager both with Nesbe Cable and Shentel.  Terry worked hard, lived fully and loved well. He was the “smartest man he had ever known”, giving beyond measure, funny, and one incredible human being. He will be missed greatly. Terry was preceded in death by his wife Crystena Rosser Mikles Gilliland, his parents Leola and William Gilliland, close friends and beloved pets. He is survived by his stepdaughter Willow-Mina Mikles, stepson Jonathan Mikles, stepdaughter Angelina Mikles, uncle Gene Gilliland of Oceana, WV, his sister and brother-in-law Gray and Regina Honaker of Monterey, VA, 2 nephews, Gray William Honaker and wife Katherine and great nephew Henry Honaker of Southern Shores, NC, and T.J. Honaker and wife Laura, and great nephew Thomas Owen Honaker , and great niece Lucy Gray Honaker of Blue Grass, VA, and  kindred friend and companion, Susan Allen. A memorial service will be held on November 30, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Lynchburg Humane Society in his honor. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

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.