Warren Shelton “Fuzzy” Andrews, 62, of Bedford, died Saturday, August 17, 2019. He was born in Bedford County on July 5, 1957 a son of the late Roy Lee Andrew and Viola Bowyer Andrews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, David, William, and Russell Andrews; and grandsons, Christian and Jeremiah Defibaugh. Warren was a truck driver for Pro Logging. He is survived by his daughter, Krystal Gail Defibaugh and husband Vincent, Jr.; son, Robert Kirby and wife Michelle; sisters, Carleen Tyree, Lelia Moss, Kathy Orange, Dora Mays; grandchildren, Andrew Kirby, Randal Defibaugh, Dakota Kirby, Tyler Defibaugh, Kayleigh Defibaugh, Audrey Kirby, Ava Kirby; great-granddaughter, Ella Mae Kirby; special nephew, Randy Moss; mother of his children, Carsia Gail Branham; and numerous other nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Family will receive friends following the service until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

 

Ray Edward Bentley, 76, of Appomattox, died August 17, 2019 at Lynchburg General Hospital. Ray was born on July 29, 1943 in Roxboro, NC and was the son of the late Ray Paul Bentley and the late Mary Lee Dunnaway Bentley. Ray was a mechanic by trade and spent most of his life working on cars, tractors, and everything in between. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Raye Bentley; grandson, Adrian Scott Bentley; sister, Brenda B. Jordan; two great-grandchildren, Grayson Alexander and Gabrielle Faith Bentley; niece, Teresa H. Hall; and nephews, Darrell and Gerald Hamlett. Ray was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Bryan Bentley; daughter, Jennifer Marie Bentley; and nephew, C.E. Hamlett. At his request a private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Caroline (Carol) Elizabeth Wells, 73, of Charlottesville, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2017 at Hospice of the Piedmont Facility in Charlottesville. She was born on May 12, 1946, in Charlottesville, a daughter of the late Irene Elizabeth Morris (Wheeler) and Arthur Swanson Brown; and, was raised by her grandmother, Laura Bessie Morris, who taught her many life lessons including charity. Carol would often make or bake gifts to brighten the day of someone in need. She loved to garden and had two Star of Bethlehem plants that were special to her. She loved children and her country, regularly giving to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Disabled American Veterans, and the Wounded Warrior Project. In her early years, Carol traveled and saw the United States, making many dear friends along the way. When she returned to Charlottesville she met and eventually married Lloyd Wells. Together, they raised his granddaughter, Jamie Leigh Wells of Charlottesville. They were married for almost forty years. Carol never knew a stranger and, if she talked to you for more than a few minutes, she would inevitably invite you to visit her church, Lighthouse Charlottesville, where she was a faithful member for over twenty years. She displayed courageous faith and will be remembered as a hero to many. Even going through chemo and radiation; she was faithful to her relationship with her Savior. Carol had a motto which she frequently repeated: “If I die, I’m a winner; and, if I stay, I’m a winner.” Her favorite Scripture can be found in 2 Timothy 3:16; “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Carol was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Lloyd Wells of Charlottesville; two brothers, John Wheeler and wife, Joyce, Donald Wheeler and wife, Sharon; four children, stepdaughters Sharon Marie Sacre, Annette Wells Brown, and Benita Gay Wells and stepson Lloyd Wells Jr.; five grandchildren, Jamie Leigh Wells, Anthony (Tony) Wayne Wells, Samuel (John) Wells, Brian Keith Sacre, and Tiffany Nicole Sacre; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; three nephews, Derrick, Duane, and Scott Wheeler; special family friends, Lew Brown and family, Roger Rodriguez and family (who she thought of a sons) and very special friends; Rebecca Scott Childress and family, William and Eddie Love and Diane Fox; and a number of extended family members and friends. A celebration of life will be held at Lighthouse Charlottesville (3460 Worth Xing, Charlottesville, VA) on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 1:00 pm with Pastor Chris Fitzwater officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Lighthouse Charlottesville for the establishment of the “Caroline Wells Benevolence Fund”.

Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Bonnie Jean Lowrey Arnold, age 80, of Bedford, Virginia, passed away in her home on August 2, 2019 in Bedford, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Arnold, Sr.; son, James F. Arnold; sisters, Ellen Cox and Juanita Cuevas; and brother, Troy Lowrey. Bonnie was born in Gulfport, Mississippi to James and Elsie Lowrey on May 29, 1939. She married John Lawrence Arnold, Sr. She worked as a housekeeper for Campbells and Carriage Hill Retirement Center in Bedford, Virginia for many years. Bonnie is survived by daughter, Debbie Carrico; son, John L. Arnold, Jr. (Karen Arnold); grandchildren, Amy Edwards (Rev. Josh Edwards), Anna Carrico (Allen Hayes), and Rebecca Wiseman (Preston Wiseman); great-grandchildren, Logan Edwards, Parker Edwards, Wyatt Edwards, Sophia Edwards; and her dogs, Maggie and Holly. Memorials may be given to Bedford Humane Society or Thaxton Baptist Church building fund. The family of Bonnie Arnold wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the countless doctors, nurses, church members and friends who visited, called, and helped take care of Bonnie. The family would also like to thank everyone for the prayers, meals, cards/notes, love and support. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 9, 2019 at Thaxton Baptist Church in the Heritage Chapel with Pastor Mark Giganti of Thaxton Baptist Church, officiating. No graveside service will be held. Burial will be at Thaxton Baptist Church cemetery. Arrangements are by Burch-Messier Funeral Home in Bedford, Virginia.

 

Otis Henry Wright, 92, of Lynchburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Heartland Nursing Home. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on November 30, 1926, a son of the late Edward Henry Wright and Virginia Jackson Wright. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Janet Dolly Driskill Wright; brothers, Ottie Wright, Elmo Wright; sister, Edith Wright; and a grandson, Adam Wright. Otis was a proud veteran of World War II serving his country in the United States Navy. He is survived by three sons, Randy Wright, Steve Wright and Brian Wright and his wife, Toni; six grandchildren, Lee Wright, Cody Wright, Bobbie Ramsey, Ashley Irish, Jake Wright; and sister-in-law, Barbara Almond. In lieu of flowers please consider the Alzheimer’s Association, 355 Rio Road West, Suite 102, Charlottesville, VA 22901. The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the home of Brian and Toni Wright. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Peggy Ann Key Overstreet, 85, of Hardy, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 25, 2019. She was born in Bedford, VA on December 26, 1933 a daughter of the late Bernard “Bennie” Key and Estelle Brown Key. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Lois K. Gray.

Peggy worked in administration at Lewis-Gale Hospital and she loved her fur-babies, Kesha and Lulu.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Altizer; granddaughter, Allyson Cincioni and husband, Jacob; grandson, Ryan Altizer; great-grandsons, Nolan and Luke Cincioni; sister, Nancy Thomlinson; brother-in-law, Fred Gray; son-in-law, Ronnie Altizer; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., on Monday, July 29, 2019 at Halesford Baptist Church, 2485 Lost Mountain Rd., Wirtz, VA 24184.

Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

 

James Howard “Jim” Smith, 83, of Rustburg, died Monday, July 22, 2019. He was born in Wakenva, VA on April 12, 1936 a son of the late Vernon R. Smith and Mary Ann Hammond Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra Bonds Smith. Jim is survived by his wife, Kathy Williams Rusk Smith; children, Dr. James R. Smith (Tammy), Becky Wescoat  (Allen); step-children, Karla White (John), Joy Andrews (Kenny), Christopher Rusk (Christine); grandchildren, Michael Smith, Chelsea Beach (Jeremy), Nathan Wescoat (Lindsey), Katelyn, Aaron, and Rachel Wescoat, Bethany House (Daniel), Kristin Kabatov (Vlad), C.J. , Noelle, Cody, Coulton, Grace, and Charles Rusk, Elizabeth Andrews; great-grandchildren, Owen and Ava Grace Wescoat, Lincoln and Colton House, Alek and Ark Kabatov; sister, Judy Conti (Wayne); and many precious nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 1:00 P.M., Monday, July 29, 2019, at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Pate Chapel, with Pastor Jonathan Falwell and Jerry Edwards officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Rosemary Borck Goodwin of Smith Mountain Lake, VA, died peacefully in her sleep on July 22, 2019.  She was at home, surrounded by her family and her caregivers.  She was a beautiful, kind 96-year-old woman, devoted to her family, friends and faith. Rosemary moved to Smith Mountain Lake in 2010.  She enjoyed music, singing, dancing and being with people.  She especially loved going out to lunch every day and thanks to her companions, Norma Jean and Leroy, Tommy, Marilyn, Linda and Virginia, she was able to do just that.  You may have seen Rosemary around town in a pink outfit, always with a hat. Rosemary was born in Michigan, the eldest of three children.  As a lifelong learner, she went to junior college in Minnesota before moving to Alaska where she met her future husband, Ralph Goodwin, an Air Force officer.  She loved being an Air Force wife and meeting new people.  They settled in Annandale, VA where she completed her bachelor’s degree in sociology from George Mason University.  She later earned her master’s in education from Virginia Tech.  Rosemary and Ralph spent 55 wonderful years together and were active members of Annandale United Methodist Church. Rosemary is survived by two daughters, Nancy Goodwin Griffin (Tim) of Annandale, VA and Barbara Ann Boatwright (Rick) of Huddleston, VA; her beloved grandson, Daniel Clark Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her brother, Robert, and her sister, Ruth. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Monday, August 12, 2019, at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta, VA 24121.  The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Trinity Ecumenical Parish with the note “Door of Hope” which is a girl’s school in Tanzania supported in part by Trinity.    

 

Ted Lewis Goff, 65, of Big Island, VA passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019. He was born on August 25, 1953 in Bedford County, a son of the late Owen Silas Goff and Ruth Goff Robertson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Winfred Goff, Dalmase Goff, Guy Goff, Tommy Goff, and sister, Patsy Weatherford. Ted is survived by his brother, Lawrence Goff (Edna); sisters, Elsie Andrews, Jeannette Goff, Patricia Pederson (Arvid); sister-in-law’s, Janie Goff, Virginia Goff; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Bledsoe officiating. A burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Frances Marie Orange, 89, of Bedford, died Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at her residence.  She was born in Bedford on December 22, 1929, a daughter of the late Jasper Orange and Audrey Carter Orange.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd W. Orange, Sr.; and her daughter, Dianne Nester.  She is survived by a brother, Russell Orange; two sisters, Lois Dye and Betty Reno; four children, Junior Orange, Jerry Orange and his girlfriend, Charlotte Stevens, Darrell Orange and Tina Abbott and husband, Eddie; her grandchildren, Chris Orange, Kimberly Nester, Kayla Marie Abbott and Josh Orange; two great-grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held 12:00 noon on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Burch Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford (540-586-7360) is assisting the family.