Donna Sue Rider Aliff, 69, Montvale, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday May 22, 2024.  She was born in Bath County VA on January 26, 1955 a daughter of the late Norman Elmo Rider and Mary Keyes Wade.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad Griffin Aliff (Bud); dad, Warren Franklin Wade, and brother, Curtis L Rider. Donna was a faithful active member of Victory Baptist Church in Spout Spring VA until her health wouldn’t allow her to be.  She loved to cook, read recipe books, and start her day off with bible devotions. Daily Donna could always be found sitting on the porch reading in her rocking chair. Donna could always be counted on to take care of her family members in their moment of need.  Donna had a heart of gold and knew few strangers. Donna’s favorite titles were “Mom” and “Grandma”. She is survived by a daughter, Heather I. Willoughby and husband David; son, Curtis W. Cadd and wife Teresa; grandchildren, Hunter D. Willoughby, Leslie Cadd; brothers-in-law, Dave Aliff (Norma), Tommy Bolick, Raymond Aliff (Brenda); sister-in-law, Nancy Aliff; nieces; Catherine Minnix (Jeff), Evelyn Luck, Traci Aliff, Angela Robertson (Jason), Addie Burns, Dawn Marie Moore (Michael, Amanda Bliss (Jeremy); nephews, Tim Aliff, Mike Aliff; and many great-nieces and nephews. Special friends Mike and Sharon Smith and Dale and Crystal Moore. A special thanks from the family to all her nurses (5 west & 6 west) and mobility team at Lewis Gale these individuals were more than employees and will never be forgotten. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am., on Tuesday May 28, 2024, at Montvale Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Pastor Bill Mitchell officiating. The family will receive family and friends at the church after the graveside. Arrangements by Burch Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.



Alma Claudene Honaker Cassell, 85, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. She was born in Keen Mountain, VA on May 25, 1938 a daughter of the late Belford Honaker and Pinkie Matney Honaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin James “Jim” Cassell; brother, Jack Honaker; sister, Bevelene Hale; and great-grandson, Jasper Featherston. She is survived by her three sons and their wives, James Cassell (Phyllis), Charles Cassell (Lisa), Gregory Cassell (Linda); grandchildren and their spouses, Britani Cassell, Zachary Cassell, Kari Davis (Brian), Alexander Cassell, Jaime Hill (Jonathan), Carly Featherston (Tarvaris); great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Olivia, Tanner, Carson, Tripp, Camdyn; sisters, June Horne (Ken), Pam Lewis; and many great-nieces and nephews and grand dog, Copper. A special thanks to our niece, Kay Street and husband, Homer. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St. Bedford, with Rev. Larry Ross and Rev. Danny Holdren officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Monday, May 27, at Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St. Bedford. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Disabled American Veterans or Bedford Humane Society. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-736

Mary Magdalene MacMichael (Mary Mac, Miss Mary) was born on April 19, 1931. Mary passed to her heavenly home on Sunday, May 19 surrounded by her adopted family, the Burke family.  Mary was preceded in death by her son Samuel (Sammy) and husband, Harry.  She is survived by her son, Bill Connolly and two granddaughters Jennifer Smith and Megan Davis as well her many friends.  Before moving to the area, Mary worked at the City of Cleveland Water Department testing water. Mary was a humble and nurturing person. She had a great sense of humor and wit. Mary had a love for animals and took care of many who found their way to her home. Mary was well loved by many members of the Smith Mountain Lake community.  Mary was always willing to help no matter how big or small the task.  Mary was a faithful communicate of Resurrection Catholic Church.  She worked tirelessly anywhere she was needed.  Mary laundered and ironed the linens and vestments for the sacristy.  For each Memorial Day, Mary honored all those that served in our Armed Forces by placing an American flag on their grave. Mary will be missed by those who were lucky to know her. Services will be held on Thursday, May 30th at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m.  The service will be live-streamed on the Resurrection Catholic Church Facebook page.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m.  A Reception will follow in the Marrow Hall of Resurrection Catholic Church. Please join us to celebrate her life. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mary Jane Adams, 70, of Big Island, VA passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024. She was born in Williamsburg, VA on December 21, 1953, the daughter of Edna Lucille Goff and the late John Posey Adams. In addition to her father, Mary was preceded in death by her son, John Ronnie Wilson; her sisters, Sandra Blair, and Joann Camden; and her step-father, Lawrence Goff.  Mary spent many years of her life as a devoted caregiver, first to her family, and later sitting with elderly patients, and most recently as a caregiver to her mother. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her life companion, Jared Farmer; her grandson, John Paul Wilson; her sister, Donna Wright (Kevin); and several beloved nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Thursday, May, 16, 2024 at the Tabernacle Church of God in Big Island with Rev. Sam Jones officiating. A burial will follow in the Hunting Creek Baptist Church cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Bledsoe officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. MarArrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.



Frances Nona Taylor Butler was born on June 1, 1935.  On May 11, 2024, God called her home to join her Heavenly Father. She was one of fourteen children born to Lewis and Mary Katherine Taylor in Shenandoah, Va.  She worked from a very young age sewing and cleaning for local families.  She spent many years working at the Blue Bell plant in Luray, which was a source for then USA made Wrangler jeans. She met Thomas Butler when she was a teenager and from there would start a love affair that endured until his passing in 2015.  Seven children were born into the family.  Years later, grandchildren and great grandchildren joined the tribe. Mom could crochet like her mother and made many beautiful dollies and table scarves.  She could also cook the best macaroni and cheese and her coleslaw would make you weep.  Her beautiful yard is a witness to her green thumb.  She could stick a rock in dirt and it would produce a gorgeous flower. After Dad passed, Mom lost her passion for many things.  When the Covid pandemic struck the country and Mom was isolated, the effects of dementia started to pull her away from us.  She fought the hard fight and is now rejoicing with Dad and her family in heaven. She is survived by three sisters, Shirley, Mary and Doris Jean; her children Carolyn (John), Ed, Dee (Sam), David (Patti) and Crystal.  She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas, her son Charles and daughter Sue Ann (Mike).  Also surviving her are her grandchildren Karen (Harold), Dustin (Crystal), Jeremy (Marcia), Carrie, Kelly, Kathy Jo (Dwayne), Pamela (Kenneth), Rebecca (Justin) and Zachary, Josh (Christina), Zack (Chelsea), Will (Sarah), Christina, Leslie, and David Alan along with numerous great grandchildren. A private remembrance was held with close family, friends and caretakers.  Her remains will be buried next to her husband in Evergreen Cemetery, Luray, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Edna Louise Bilyeu Shaffer, age 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, VA.  She was born October 20, 1937, in Springfield, TN to parents Will and Edna Bilyeu (Moore).  Louise attended Woodland Street Elementary School and later on Springfield High School. At 18 she joined the Army WACS where she was trained as a medic and met her future husband, Alvin D. Shaffer. They were married a little over a year later and moved to Baltimore, MD. There she worked as a home maker until her four sons were raised, Dr. Barry D. Shaffer, Dr. Michael B. Shaffer, Dr. Mark A. Shaffer and Daniel L. Shaffer. Later on, she worked as a private caregiver and also as a CNT at Medford Lees Nursing Home. Louise, or “Mutt” as she was known to her sisters growing up, had a zest for life, only to be surpassed by her love for God and dedication to her faith, her friends and most importantly, her family. She loved to volunteer, first with Seeing Eye Guide Dog foundation, then with Prison Fellowship and finally as area coordinator for Angel Tree. She also went on mission trips to Guatemala, Germany and Russia. She spent any spare time she had going on adventures with her sons, grandkids and family or friends. She loved the outdoors, camping, going to the lake, reading, crafting, sewing, thrifting and going to yard sales, amongst many other things. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin D, Shaffer, Willie James Bilyeu (brother), Tommy Wayne Bilyeu (brother), Mary Sue Bilyeu (sister) and Wanda Bilyeu Keith (sister).  She is survived by her four sons and their wives, her sisters, Ruth Bilyeu Adams, Barbara Jean Rawls and Shirley Bilyeu Carroll. She also leaves many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many cousins. Family, friends and those whose life she has touched are invited to watch an online Celebration of Life. The time and link will be posted on all her sons Facebook pages. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that you send donations in her honor to Wounded Warrior Foundation, whose link will also be posted on her sons FB pages. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.




Meda Elizabeth Goode Hicks, wife of Thomas Winston “Tinker” Hicks (March 18, 1918 – October 18, 2010).  Meda Elizabeth Goode Hicks, 103, of Bedford, VA died on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.  She was born on November 25, 1920 in Bedford County, the youngest child of the late George David Goode and Dolly Margaret Andrews Goode.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Winston “Tinker” Hicks, her husband for 69 years; her four brothers, Bruce A. Goode, infant Jack Goode, Charles W. Goode and Ralph P. Goode; her two sisters, Odessa Goode Witt and Margaret Goode Brown; her daughter, Stephanie Sue Hicks Kennedy; her sons-in-law, Ralph P. Kennedy and Hubert F. Healy; her grandsons, Stephan Kennedy and Nathan Healy; and her great-grandson, Garrett Aman.  She is survived by her two daughters, Meda Alica Hicks of North Carolina and Marcia Linnette Hicks Healy of Bedford; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew. Meda graduated from Huddleston High School in 1939, attended the University of Virginia, and later attended business school.  She was very active in her church and the Strawberry Baptist Association, where she served as secretary until her retirement in 1985.  The family wishes to thank Sandra Franklin, Becky Strothman, and Jennifer Dodson for the loving care they gave Meda. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Greenwood cemetery with Rev. F. Wilson Brown officiating.  In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.



It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother and Grandmother. Helen Wilson Steen, 77, of Bedford, VA, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Helen was a faithful woman who loved the Lord, her family, friends, and church. She was born on August 25, 1946 in Bedford, VA. She was joined in marriage to the late George Preston Steen on August 23, 1963. They spent 45 years together until his passing in 2008. Together they had one son who entered heaven at birth, and five daughters. Many grandchildren and great grandchildren were also welcomed with love and joy over the years. Helen was a dedicated employee and retired from Sam Moore Furniture after 35 years. She was a lifelong member of the Bedford Church of God where she served in many capacities. Notably, she served as the Vice President of Women’s Ministry, proudly contributed as a Food Pantry Assistant, and spent many years as a Sunday School teacher. Helen was a true woman of God and exuded a servant’s heart. Helen leaves behind her children, Cindy (Ron) Hackman, Teresa (Danny) Little, Linda (Glynn) Witt, and Virginia “Jenny” Steen; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Gibson and Joella DeWitt; and a brother, Ronald Wilson. She also leaves many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. Helen is preceded in death by her husband, George P. Steen; infant son, Timothy P. Steen; daughter, Sharon L. Steen; parents, Herman and Alice Hopkins Wilson; brothers, William (Katherine) Lewis and Clark Wilson; and sisters, Betty Gowen, Lila (Wesley) Hill, Rose (Howard) Milton, Bernice (Jim) Reynolds, and Elizabeth (Vernon) Craig. The family would like to express gratitude for the many thoughts, prayers, and condolences they have received. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at Bedford Church of God with Rev. Dave Metz officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360



Barbara M. (Streeter) Scott, age 86 born August 8, 1937, to her parents Rufus G. Streeter and Charlotte (Skoglund) Streeter of Brookfield, Massachusetts, passed away April 28, 2024 in the stillness of the early morning very peacefully and her Joy coming in the morning at her residence. She is preceded in passing by her parents, her older brother Rufus G Jr (Sonny) and her younger sister Judy. She is a graduate of Tantasqua Regional High School, class of 1956, Sturbridge, MA and Salem State College, class of 1962, Salem, MA, Summa Cum Laude in Business Education. Her lifetime profession in the field of secondary education was her passion. She was always teaching. She had a heart of gold and was an inspiration to so many. She leaves behind her husband David of 66 years. Her son, Alan and his children David III and Shanna. Her daughter, Amy, her husband Jerry and their son Ian. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at Bedford Christian Church, 1928 Moneta Road, Bedford. Family will receive friends 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, at their residence, 971 Ashland Avenue, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Moses Henry Roberts, Jr., 77, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2024. He was born in Bedford, VA on January 23, 1947 a son of the late Moses Henry Roberts, Sr. and Bessie Saunders Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Latimer Roberts; son, Mark Edward Roberts; and siblings, Debbie Roberts and “Moon” Roberts. He is survived by his son, Michael Lynn Roberts (Carolyn); daughter, Barbara Marie Roberts (Bill); siblings, Lula Dooley, George Roberts, Odell Roberts, Betty Roberts, Jessie Roberts, Judy Roberts, Lousie Longworth, Steve Roberts, Mary Jane Sink, Jimmy Swanson; two grandchildren, Tuesday Dawn Carter, Chloe Mae-Dawn Newcomer; and two great-grandchildren, Damon Andrews and Danica Andrews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Land cemetery. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post #16. Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday at Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360