Deborah Gowen Miles, 74, of Evington, died Sunday, October 30, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in Huntington, WV on December 26, 1947, a daughter of the late, Samuel Thomas Gowen, Jr. and Charlene Dameron Gowen.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Miles.  Deborah was a retired Case Worker with the City of Lynchburg with over 30 years of service.  She is survived by a daughter, Shannon Shepard;  step-son, Jeffery Miles; three grandchildren, Steven Foster, Jr.; Samuel  (Koty) Goodman; Raven Miles; her good friend, Bonnie Wade; and all of the members of the Lunch Bunch who had a special place in her heart. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

James Wallace Overstreet, 88, of Thaxton, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 23, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Bedford County on February 15, 1934, a son of the late Amos Overstreet and Gola Chesterfield Dooley Overstreet.  James was a lifelong member of Cool Spring Pentecostal Holiness Church and was retired from Blue Ridge Stone after 39 years.  James loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his family.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred Virginia Dinkel Overstreet; a son, Michael Todd Overstreet; and his granddaughter, Leanna. James is survived by his daughters, Pam Brown (Pete Uzelac); Wendy Bramlett (Ronnie); two sons, James Allen Overstreet (Linda); Barry Overstreet (Kathy); a daughter-in-law, Delores Overstreet; six grandchildren, Ricky Smelser (Bonnie); Todd Overstreet (Brandy); Sherry Orange (Mikey); Beth Ann Overstreet (Will); Christopher Price (Heather); Jennifer Price (Mitch); his sister, Eunice Barton; seventeen great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; and his special cat, Sassy. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street.  The funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at Cool Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Shane McSweeney and Rev. Earl Ragland officiating.  Burial will follow in Peaks Church Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Walnut Street Chapel.

Robert Barnes “Killer” Shepherd, 78, of Bedford, died Sunday, October 16, 2022 in Lynchburg General Hospital.  He was born in Bedford on January 7, 1944, a son of the late Admiral Wiley Shepherd and Eunice Irene Hensley Shepherd.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Pendleton Shepherd; three sisters, Margaret S. Douglas, Lucy Kathleen Shepherd and Frances Isabelle Wilson.  Robert was retired from VDOT after 42 years and was still employed with the County Waste Dept. for 16 years.  All who knew Robert knew him as a social, kind and a very hard-working man.  He was an accomplished hunter with many trophies and even killed 3 turkeys with one shot.  Robert was a good friend but spoke his mind, stood his ground and never backed down from a challenge.  He is survived by his special friend, Cathern Geiger; two daughters, Roberta Leigh Shepherd Heap (Jeff), Angela Rhea Shepherd Davis (Stuart); four grandchildren, Courtney Simone Knight (Ron), Kelli Lynn Brubaker Jessee, Leslie Marie Davis (Daniel), William Ethan Davis (Rachel); three great grandchildren, Lily Reagan Simonian, Zen Meadow Jessee, Eyrie Moon Jessee; numerous nieces and nephews and his Shih Tzu babies, Sissy and Terri.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.   A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at Sedalia Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Jones officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Lois Lee Byers, who loved to be called “Momma” by her kids, departed her loving family on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Lois was born in Bedford County on July 22, 1934 to John H. Hudson, Jr. and Lily T. Hudson. She was a member of Big Island Baptist Church for over 60 years. Lois was mother to Bill Byers and his wife Pam, Kathy Byers, David Byers and his wife Susan, Johnny Byers and Nancy Byers. She raised her children as a dedicated homemaker with love and devotion in Big Island with her husband Billy Byers. Lois is survived by her five children; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. She leaves behind her sisters, Marion Weeks and her husband George and June H. Wilson. Special thanks to her good friend Gail Mabe and her caretaker, Jamie Blankenship. The family is especially grateful to Big Island Baptist Church and Bedford Hospice for the comfort and care provided. A visitation will be held 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., on Friday, October 21, 2022 at Big Island Baptist Church. Lois requested no service as she wanted to be remembered in death as she was in life, full of spirit and verve. In lieu of flowers please consider Big Island Baptist Church, Big Island Fire & Rescue, or Bedford Hospice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

David William Stanley, 79, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from cancer. He was often referred to as Pops, Papa, or Granddaddy. He was born in Bedford County on January 5, 1943 a son of the late David R. Stanley and Ollie Stevens Stanley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Benjamin Wayne Stanley and Richard Lee Stanley. He worked at Rubatex for over 40 years, during his time there he was injured in the explosion in 1986. William was known and loved by everyone who knew him. He appreciated the owner and president of Fostek, Phil Foster, for everything he did for him and his family and also to the Fostek Corporation for giving a scholarship to CVCC in William’s name. William is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances Wood Stanley; four sons and their wives, Dale Stanley (Becky), Dennis Stanley (Tina), Devin Stanley (Cheryl), Dallas Stanley (Tina); seven precious grandchildren, Dexter Wright (Davon), Ariel Stanley-Reed (Matthew), Taylor Stanley, Dylan Stanley (Jessica), Amanda Stanley-Yates (Steven), Ethan Stanley (Peyton), Harley Stanley Ashman (Kyle); five great-grandchildren, Maliha Reed, Brayden Stanley, Jamie Reed, Kymberlynn Reed, Emory Yates, and an additional two that are on the way; sister, Genny Stanley Humphreys (Bob); brother, Kenneth Ray Stanley (Karen); sister-in-law, Dorine Stanley; aunt, Nancy Orange (Jessie); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and his Longwood Avenue Baptist Church family that he loved so much. Family will receive friends 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at Longwood Avenue Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, October 10, 2022 at Longwood Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor Ross Gilfillen officiating. Burial will follow at Timber Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Longwood Avenue Baptist Church, 1304 Longwood Ave., Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Larry Allen Goff, 70, of Big Island, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. He was born in Bedford County on June 15, 1952 a son of the late Maxie Andrew Goff and Addie Wilson Goff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Fitzgerald Goff; and two brothers, James Goff and Floyd Goff. He retired from Georgia Pacific. Larry is survived by his sons, Corey and Anabelle Goff, Dustin Goff; grandchildren, Michael Colinayo and wife Jessica, Matthew Goff; sisters, Daisy Byers, Bernice Kay, Dora Painter, Cheryl Foster; and his dog, Janie. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at Chestnut Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 13771 Lee Jackson Hwy, Big Island VA. A reception will follow the service at the cabin at 1321 Ivory Grove Road, Big Island, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Johnny Boyd Gallier, 79, of Appomattox, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2022. He was born in Appomattox Co. on August 7, 1943 a son of the late Hubert Gallier and Hazel Brooks Gallier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Ferguson Gallier; son, Ronald Gallier; brothers, Claude Gallier, Benny Gallier; and sister, Margaret Gallier McCormick. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. He is survived by his sons, Kevin Gallier and wife Betsy, Richard Gallier; Richard Gallier and girlfriend Sharon Bryant; daughter-in-law, April Gallier; and grandchildren, Andy Gallier, Zach and Brittany Gallier, Lainey Cobb, Lexi and Brody Ranson; sister, Nancy Gallier Whitehead and husband Arnold; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 16, 2022 at the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Appomattox VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Gracie Marie Zimmerman Heyse, 94, of Bedford, VA went to be with her Lord Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Oakwood Health and Rehab. She was born in Bedford, Va. September 2, 1928. Gracie Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Darrell Zimmerman, Sr., and Fannie Fogle Zimmerman; her first husband, Red Mayhew; and second husband, Gunther Karl Heyse; and brother, Leslie Darrell “Wimpy” Zimmerman, Jr. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Bedford, Virginia. She is survived by good friends, Nancy “Libby” and Craig Lawrence.  As per Gracie’s request there will be no services.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

William Patrick “Pat” Karnes, 77, of Huddleston, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022. He was born in Bedford, VA on August 3, 1945 a son of the late Walter Clay Karnes and Margaret Kane Karnes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Elizabeth Chaleki. Pat proudly served his country in the United States Army and he then retired from Wheelabrator Abrasives in Bedford, VA after 19 years of service. He had an unfailing love for his Heavenly Father and he loved hunting, deep-sea fishing and working with his honey bees. He is survived by his wife, Karen M. Bottomly Karnes; children, Sherri Given (Hartley), Patrick William Karnes (Julie), Alec Karnes (fiancée Melissa Walton); grandchildren, James Karnes, Naomi Bland, Tyler Champe, Kassidy Given, Timothy Karnes; great-grandchildren, Winston Bland, Godiva Bland, Kenleigh Karnes; and siblings, Walter C. Karnes, Wallace E. Karnes, Margaret Pearl O’Hare, Mattie Cummings, Joseph W. Karnes. A Mass of Resurrection will be said at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, October 3, 2022 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA with Father Nixon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

David August Kopp, 79, of Appomattox, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born in Maryland on November 21, 1942, a son of the late James Lester Kopp and Josephine Frances Kopp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Kopp; and sister, Juantia Mackley Kopp. He is survived by his son, Dennis Kopp; two daughters, Cynthia Kopp, Rosalique Kopp; brother, James Kopp; sister, Gloria Gladfelter Kopp; grandchildren, Justin Kopp, Nicholas Kopp, Jenny Kopp, Kimberly Riggleman, Amanda Riggleman, Tina Riggleman, Cory Hamm; and several great-grandchildren. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at Appomattox Moose Lodge, U.S. 460, Appomattox, VA with Cheryl Randall officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.