James Hilton Cash, Sr., 90, of Madison Heights, passed away Monday, June 21, 2021. He was born in Madison Heights, VA on January 7, 1931, a son of the late Jesse Hilton Cash and Elsie Tolley Cash. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Cash, Jr.; and brother, Henry Edward Cash. James was a wonderful man who was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a self-employed mechanic. He lived his life to the fullest and will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Proffitt Cash; son, Steve Cash and wife Pam; grandchildren, Kerri Ruff and husband Dwayne, Joshua Cash and wife Jenna, Jenny Cash, Jacob Cash and wife Kim, Chelsey Cash; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Robert Rusher, 81, of Big Island, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on October 25, 1939 a son of the late Fred DeWitt Rusher and Lottie Camden Rusher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ethel Rusher and Hannah Rusher Bowling.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was retired with 42 years of service from Georgia Pacific.  John was a lifetime member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and treasurer for over 50 years. He was also a lifetime member of the Big Island Fire Department and was an active member for over 30 years. John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary “Mickey” Douglas Rusher; sons, Craig Rusher and wife Carole, Jeremy Rusher and wife Susan; grandsons, Jarrett Rusher and wife Ashley, Kyle Rusher and wife Ashley, Austin Rusher, Gideon Rusher; brother-in-law, James Willie Douglas and wife Carol; and nephews, Josh Douglas and Ersel Bowling, Jr. and wife Charlene. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Bledsoe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Tuesday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Everyone is encouraged to bring a covered dish to the church for the service for a meal to follow.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to Hunting Creek Baptist Church, Big Island Fire Department or the Big Island Emergency Crew. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Judith Ann “Judy” Sacco, 75, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021. She was born in Canonsburg, PA on November 20, 1945 a daughter of the late Joseph Sacco and Teresa Ducsay Sacco. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Mark Joseph Sacco; and nephew, Scott Hickman. Judy is survived by her sister, Teresa Sacco Love and husband Henry; brother, Henry Sacco Barbara Sacco; nephew, Joseph Paul Sacco; great-nephew, Trevor Scott Hickman; beloved cat, Auto; and many cousins. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021 a Bedford Christian Church with Pastor David Walton officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 9:00 a.m. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Carol Sue Dooley, 63, of Montvale, died unexpectedly in her home on Friday, June 18, 2021. She was born in Bedford, VA on February 26, 1958 a daughter of the late Rosco Edgar Dooley and Mae Cumbee Dooley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Malcolm Long, Jr.  Carol loved spending time with her family. She also loved animals, reading, and crossword puzzles.  She is survived by her children, Jennifer Meador (Mike), Jimmy Long (Sydney), Daniel Long; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Barbara Ann Bryant Frasik, 81, died peacefully June 17, 2021 at the Bedford Hospice House in Bedford, VA. She spent the majority of her life in Michigan and always considered it home. Having said that, she greatly appreciated the new and kind friends she met here in Virginia. Special thanks are necessary for the terrific staff at The Bedford Hospice House, including the wonderful nursing staff and the social worker, Angie. Our family would also like to thank Dr. Patricia Richardson, MD, who provided unsurpassed and compassionate care for Mrs. Frasik for many years. Barbara was born on April 5, 1940 in Cincinnati, OH. Her father was Blaine Bryant and her mother was Orpha Randolph Bryant. She was blessed with four kind and loving siblings, Irene Fagan (Tennessee), Edna Nelson (Virginia), Dave Bryant (Michigan), and Steve Bryant (Florida). She was also blessed with two wonderful and caring spouses. She was married to Noel MacGregor until his premature and untimely death on September 24, 1975. It is rare to find the love of your life but she won the marriage lottery twice when she married John “Jack” Frasik, who passed on June 14, 2004. Both departures left giant voids in Barbara’s life but she pressed on focusing on grandchildren, whom she doted on. She orchestrated elaborate birthday parties for her grandchildren and on one occasion donned a gorilla suit and chased her grandson around a busy restaurant. These are the lengths she would go to see smiles on the faces of her grandchildren. Barbara is survived by two sons, Michael Blaine MacGregor (Michigan) and Mark Douglas MacGregor (Virginia); grandchildren include Mike’s sons, Cullen MacGregor (Florida) and Noel MacGregor II (Michigan), Mark and Connie’s sons, Nathan MacGregor (Sarah) (North Carolina), Shane MacGregor (Washington, DC), and Logan MacGregor (Landyn) (Virginia); great-grandchildren, Mya Carole Ann MacGregor (3 yrs. old), and Jack Thomas MacGregor 1 ½ yrs. old). She was blessed to see them grow to the walking, talking, entertaining stage of life. Barbara Frasik was not the black sheep of the family but she could, on occasion lean toward a vibrant shade of grey. She was spunky and sassy, and at times incorrigible; but she had a heart of gold, loved to laugh, and got a great measure of joy out of life. She liked to travel, read, play ping-pong, and beat all comers at any game that required a terrific vocabulary. She will be missed. For those unable to attend her memorial service it can be viewed on Facetime. Flowers provided will be used at the memorial but in lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the American Heart Association in her honor. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, VA. A reception following the memorial will gather at the Neighbors Place, in Lynchburg, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Edwin “Ray” Trent, Sr., 86, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2021. He was born in Bedford, VA on February 9, 1935, a son of the late Marvin Griffin Trent and Ilene Spradlin Trent. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Little Trent; and his siblings, Marvin Lee Trent, Violette Gay Trent, Richard “Jack” Alexander Trent, “Roy” Eugene Trent, and Nancy Trent Johnson. He is survived by his children, Pamela Trent Cole (Randy), Edwin “Eddie” R. Trent, Jr. (Kathy), Gary M. Trent (Andrea), Lisa Trent Moneymaker (Mike); grandchildren, Sara Cole, Christopher “Chris” Cole, Marissa Moneymaker, Michael Moneymaker; and great-grandson, Robert “Lane” Campbell. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Suck Spring Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Michael Cox officiating. The family would like to thank Carriage Hill for their care and attention to Ray and thanks also to Dianne Spradlin Nichols for her many visits and care for their dad. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Suck Spring Baptist Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Chester “Frog” Davis August 14, 1962 – June 14, 2021 John Chester “Frog” Davis, 58 of Rice, VA passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021 in Dillwyn VA. He was born on August 14, 1962 to the late William Monroe and Hazel Grace Ashby Davis. He is proceeded in death by his parents; grandparents; and four brothers, James, Terry Wayne, Richard and Randy.  Mr. Davis was a beloved son, brother and uncle.  He is survived by his brothers, Andy Davis and Mary of Appomattox and Harry Davis of Green Bay, VA; along with six nieces and nephews, JD (Mayumi), Stephen (Laura), Amanda, Carlyon, Kelly, and Money (Robin) Davis.  The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Heritage Hall of Dillwyn for the compassionate care they gave over the last couple of years.  The family will be holding a family and friends gathering on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 5-7pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Buckingham, VA., and any other time at the residence of Andy Davis in Appomattox VA. His ashes will be spread at a later date.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Mark Allen Moran, 45, of Lynchburg, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021 after a brief illness.  He is preceded in death by his parents, John Moran and Lois Stultz Moran.  He is survived by a brother, David and wife Lisa; niece, Julia Moran; nephew, Andrew Moran and wife Chelsea; aunts; uncles; cousins; and Gail, his mate for the past 11 years. Mark will be greatly missed by his family and his friends at Roads to Recovery where he was an inspiration to many. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mark’s name to, Roads to Recovery, 3000 Langhorn Rd, Lynchburg VA 24501. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360

Johnny L. Carter, 78, of Bedford went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 7, 2021. He was born in Bedford, VA on October 30, 1942, a son of the late James Morris Carter and Geneva Wilkes Carter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Peggy L. Carter. Johnny was retired from Rubatex and was an avid Nascar fan. He was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. He was a devoted father and grandfather and will be missed. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Carter and Larry Flournoy; son, Timothy Carter and wife, Nancy; grandchildren, Emily Cook and husband, Petie, Dakota Carter and Lisa Coffey, Tiffany Wood; sister, Linda Goad and husband, Freddie; and many other family members whom he loved. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Robert Lee Fitch, 69 of Huddleston, VA. entered eternal rest on June 6, 2021@430pm.  He was born February 14, 1952.  Robert was a friendly man that had a way of making people feel accepted.  Robert never met a stranger and he cherished his relationships with his staff, friends, and family.  Robert loved fried chicken and he talked about eating at Bojangles and KFC every day.  He enjoyed attending church, listening to music, dancing and watching his favorite television programs (General Hospital and Westerns). Robert enjoyed creative storytelling as he often shared his adventures while living at Central Virginia Training Center.  He lived with his niece, Tracey and her husband, Brian Anderson, who own and operate Mountain View Residential, Inc.  for many years.  Robert loved his niece and often shared that she spoiled him. Robert was proceeded in death by his parents (James Fitch Sr. and Violet P. Fitch); four sisters, (Isabell Fitch, Mary Ana Fitch, Theresa Foreman and Betty Jean Mosley).  Robert leaves to cherish his memory his two brothers, (James and Frank Fitch); one sister, (Mattie Chambers); niece, Tracey and Brian Anderson; dedicated and loving caregivers; a host of nieces and nephews, friends and dedicated staff. Robert loved having a “cookout”.  The Anderson will host a cookout to share sentiments and memories of Robert at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Climbing Higher Ministries (CHM) at P.O. Box 202 Lynch Station, VA. 24571. CHM is ministry that is operated by Ray and Carla Eure.  CHM ministers to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360