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Elishi (Eley) Jr

Born : Aug 03, 1941

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Bedford, VA

Elishi Yaple Giles, Jr. (Eley), 82, of Evington, moved on from this life on October 27, 2023. He was the son of Elishi Y. Giles, Sr. and Ida Virginia Culley. He was born in Richmond, VA on August 3, 1941. He retired a maintenance supervisor from Flowers Baking Company of Lynchburg. Eley was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of many years, Marie Martin Giles, his sister, Birdie Abrahms and brother, Henry Giles, his son Linwood Giles and his grandson Tony Bryant. Eley is survived by his c...Read More

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Randal Howe Bailey

Jan 01, 1956 - Feb 18, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Randal Howe Bailey, 67, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at his residence. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

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Peggy Ann Fischer

Feb 11, 1954 - Jan 29, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Peggy Ann Fischer passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 69 in Bedford, VA. She was born Peggy Fisher on February 11, 1954 at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey to William Thomas Fisher and Elsie Mae Bryden. Peggy grew up in South Plainfield, New Jersey and graduated from South Plainfield High School. She later moved to Bedford, Virginia where she worked at Peebles department store and Walmart, retiring in 2023. Peggy was preceded in death by her father; mother; and husbands, Charles Burt and Conrad Fischer. Peggy’s beautiful sunny smile will be deeply missed by her son, Brian Burt; sister, Betty Fisher Kaminski; grandsons, Brian and Devin Burt; nephews, Tommy and Michael Palfrey; goddaughters, Shannon Donavan Crans and Cheryl Donovan Zolnowski and their brother Patrick Donovan. There may be a celebration of life in Bedford later this year. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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Peggy Ann Fischer

Feb 11, 1954 - Jan 29, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Peg Peggy Ann Fischer passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 69 in Bedford, VA. She was born Peggy Fisher on February 11, 1954 at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey to William Thomas Fisher and Elsie Mae Bryden. Peggy grew up in South Plainfield, New Jersey and graduated from South Plainfield High School. She later moved to Bedford, Virginia where she worked at Peebles department store and Walmart, retiring in 2023. Peggy was preceded in death by her father; mother; and husbands, Charles Burt and Conrad Fischer. Peggy’s beautiful sunny smile will be deeply missed by her son, Brian Burt; sister, Betty Fisher Kaminski; grandsons, Brian and Devin Burt; nephews, Tommy and Michael Palfrey; goddaughters, Shannon Donavan Crans and Cheryl Donovan Zolnowski and their brother Patrick Donovan. There may be a celebration of life in Bedford later this year. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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Sherry Elaine Wilson

Oct 04, 1942 - Feb 11, 2024

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Bedford, VA

| | Sherry Elaine Wilson, age 81 of Wirtz died unexpectedly albeit quietly at Oakwood Health and Rehab, Bedford, VA. She was born October 4, 1942 and was preceded in death by her son, Gregory Hardin Wilson; father, Burnis L. O’Brien; and mother, Daisy E. Jackson. Sherry graduated from Milby High School class of 1961 and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Corpus Christie, TX. She maintained a nursing license in Texas, California, and Virginia. Her passion though was always finance which she used in her job at Fannie Mae from 1982 to 2007 where she was an analyst in the Treasury Dept. Sherry held office in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls in the state of Texas. She was also a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta. Sherry loved being by the water which is why she and her husband retired at Smith Mountain Lake, VA. Her favorite thing to do was watch the moon rise over the lake. With her love of the water, she and Joe would vacation often at many beach locations in the Caribbean and Mexico. Sherry also loved her family so well, her children and grandchildren meant everything to her. She is survived by her husband, Joe H. Wilson of Wirtz, VA; daughter, Alisa Elaine Moseley and her husband Johnny D. Moseley of Hamilton, VA; four grandchildren, Mads E. Bisignani and her husband Alex W. Bisignani of Tulsa, OK, Kaitlynn D. Moseley, Jordan D. Moseley and Logan D. Moseley of Hamilton, VA; and one great-grandchild, Fitzgerald W. Bisignani of Tulsa, OK. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to: DAR&E, Doberman Assistance, Rescue & Education. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2024 at Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Herndon, VA. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

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Reverend Floyd Gross

Jul 23, 1924 - Feb 09, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Reverend Floyd Gross, 99 of Bedford, Virginia, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2024 at Oakwood Health and Rehab. He was born on Wednesday, July 23, 1924 in Bedford County, a son of the late Irvin Gross and Fannie Vaughn Gross. He is preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings Ollie Toms, Lola Toms, John Gross, Royal Gross, Florine Wood, Helen Croft, Shirley Gross, and Buford Gross; wife of 44 years, Margaret Ray Gross; sons David and Samuel, and grandson Benjamin Gross. He is survived by four of his children, Martha Williams, Jonathan Gross (Pam), Mary Scruggs (Ken), Timothy Gross (Anne), grandchildren, Tamara Scott (Nevin), Joseph Williams (Yacquelin), Emily Scruggs, Abby Schlatter (Simon), Claire Williams, Joy Scruggs, Andrea Scruggs, Julia Rolston (Cody), Jessica Gross, Caroline Gross, Michaela Gross, and great-grandchildren, Alana Tapley, Laila and Avery Scott, Easton and Oakley Williams, Brayden and Emma Scruggs, Eleanor and Jude Schlatter, and Sophia Rolston. Floyd served four years in the United States Army during World War II. He traveled through North Africa and then into Europe, where his combat experience started in Italy. He spent about 3 and a half months at Anzio Beachhead; he also spent time in France and in Germany. He was a truck driver and artillery gunner, achieving the rank of Tech 5 (current day Corporal). When WWII ended, he was honorably discharged and returned to the family farm in Bedford for several years. After this, he felt called into ministry and left for seminary at Tennessee Temple University where he met his wife, Margaret. Their ministry began in Woodstock, Virginia at Humpston Baptist Church before their growing family made the move to Carlisle, Indiana where he pastored Temple Baptist Church for a little over 20 years. He finally returned to the family homeplace in Bedford in 1988. While no longer in full-time ministry, his exuberance to share the gospel never waned. Even in his final days, he faithfully shared the love of God with doctors, nurses, and anyone who came into his room to visit and continued to share Bibles with anyone who was receptive. Floyd loved to write poems, sing hymns and play pranks or make jokes. His quick wit and humor will be remembered by many. His favorite verses included John 1:1-16, Psalm 37:1-8 and 23-26, and Psalm 40:1-17. His favorite hymn was No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus (lyrics listed below) I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true. I would tell you how He changed my life completely; He did something no other friend could do. No one ever cared for me like Jesus; There's no other friend so kind as He. No one else could take the sin and darkness from me; O how much He cared for me The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Oakwood Health and Rehab for their outstanding care and support throughout Floyd’s entire stay, specifically Kristin, Shelby, Adam and Ray. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford with Pastor Ross Gilfillen officiating. Interment, with military honors by the U. S. Army Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM at Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford on Monday, February 12, 2024.

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Clyde Howard Toms

Nov 06, 1928 - Feb 09, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Clyde Howard Toms, 95, of Bedford, died Friday, February 9, 2024 in Oakwood Health & Rehab. He was born on November 6, 1928, a son of the late John Guy Toms and Mary Lucy Karnes Toms. Howard retired from Rubatex Corp. He loved all animals and just being outdoors, working with his hands and visiting family and friends. He always left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He is now reunited with his wife of 53 years, Margaret Anne Kennedy Toms and our Heavenly Father. Howard is survived by two sons, Thomas Clyde Toms of Montvale; Terry Lee Toms and fiancée, Doris Hurt of Vinton; his grandson, Michael Cole Toms, attending Thiel College in Greenville, PA and his mother, Carol Toms of Thaxton; many nieces and nephews. Special Thanks to niece, Virginia Royal for your home cooked meals and special desserts. Thanks to Doug Carter and J.T. Laughlin for being there for Dad and making him smile. Thanks to Emily Payne for being Dad’s assistant for the last four years. Thank you to Dustin Michael Dooley and Tina Dooley Lawson for making Dad’s life great. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2024 in the Kennedy-Toms Cemetery, 1143 Lauralane Dr.Bedford, with Margaret Key officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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Linda Epperly Webber

Jan 31, 1952 - Feb 03, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Linda Epperly Webber, 72, of Bedford, went to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 3, 2024. She was born on Thursday, January 31, 1952, a daughter of the late Frank Epperly and Cornelia "Doris" Mussleman Gills. She is also preceded in death by her son, Michael Turpin and step-son, Jeff Webber. Linda was a member of Bedford Church of God where she also helped with the food bank. She retired from Armour Meat Company as an office manager. Linda loved animals, especially dogs. She was fun, loving, very giving & considerate of others. Linda loved to laugh and never met a stranger. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Roger M. Webber; daughter, Jody Eckart (Stephen); grandson, Shane Turpin (Mary); step-grandchildren, Ervin Buchannon, III, Holly Eckart, Hunter Eckart, Tiffaney Webber, Brittney Webber & Erin Webber; great-granddaughter, Ember Turpin; step great-grandchildren, Hayden Turpin & SaRhia Barrow; brother, Frank Lynwood Epperly (Carolyn); nephew, Dwayne Epperly; niece, Tracey Epperly & other family members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, 1307 Falling Creek Road, Bedford, VA, 24523; Bedford Fire & Rescue Squad, 1185 Turning Point Road, Bedford, VA, 24523 or Bedford Church of God - Food Pantry, 1212 E Main Street, Bedford, VA, 24523. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Bedford Church of God with Pastor Dave Metz officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

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Teresa Parrish Lavoie

Aug 23, 1967 - Feb 01, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Teresa Parrish Lavoie, 56 of Bedford, VA passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024. She was born on Wednesday, August 23, 1967, a daughter of the late James Earl Parrish and Laura Jean Craig Brads of Bedford who survives. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Melinda Gale Hale. Teresa was known as the "black widow" and enjoyed gardening, refurbishing furniture, farming, traveling and camping, especially at the beach and was the life of the party. She also enjoyed being with and loving on her grandchildren. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughters, Laura Jean Mawyer (Carson), Amy Rene Mawyer (Dustin); mother, Elaine Kennedy Parrish; her step-father, Vincent Brads; sisters, Angela Overstreet, Patricia Jones, Crystal Stuart, Ellen Parrish; brothers, James Parrish, Timothy Parrish; step-brother, Timmy Brads; as well as 5 grandchildren and many nieces & nephews. The family will receive friends beginning at 12 noon on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at New Beginnings Pentecostal Holiness Church and a funeral service will follow at 2 PM with Rev. Richard Kingrea officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Land Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford

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Rudolph Chester Abbott

Sep 10, 1943 - Jan 31, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Rudolph "Rudy" Chester Abbott, 80 of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at his residence. He was born on September 10, 1943 a son of the late Chester Hawthorne Abbott and Elaine Falls Abbott. He was also preceded in death by a son, Larry Wayne Abbott and a brother, Carroll Abbott. Rudy was retired from the Thomasville Furniture as an electrician at the age of 65 and was also retired from Rubatex Corporation having worked in maintenance for 10 years. He was a part-time mechanic and was an avid Harley Davidson rider and a U. S. Army veteran. He liked to travel, loved going to the beach and visits to Golden Corral in Lynchburg. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He is survived by his wife, Carol Payne Abbott; his daughter, Melissa Mayhew & her husband, Jody; his grandchildren, Julianna & Austin Mayhew; sister-in-law, Cathy Abbott as well as other family members and friends. The family would like to thank their church family at Calvary Baptist Church for the many thoughts and prayers. The family will receive friends beginning at 1 PM on Monday, February 5, 2024 at Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford and a funeral service will follow at 2 PM in the chapel with Pastor John Hester and Pastor Ray Lyons officiating. Interment will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

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William Davis Preston

Oct 20, 1956 - Jan 28, 2024

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Bedford, VA

William Davis Preston was born on October 20, 1956 to the late Bertha Mae Cunningham Preston and Garland Arelius Preston. He grew up in a large, close-knit family that consisted of eleven siblings. William was affectionately known as “Wild Bill” due to his immense energy and incessant need to be on-the-go. He was educated in the Bedford County School System and was a 1976 graduate of Staunton River High School. While there, he was a star athlete in football and track. He would often remind family and friends of the records he set, which he assumed remained unbroken.As a teenager, William began employment with Bunker Hill Foods. He later was employed with Webster Brick Company and Golden West Foods, where he was employed for many years. William ultimately made his career with Wheelabrator Abrasives (Winoa USA) where he retired after nearly 30 years. He met his devoted wife, Vanessa Lorraine Johnson in 1974, and they were married in 1984. William loved life and was a blessing to many. He gave his life to Christ and regularly attended Spirit of Life Church International and occasionally, Washington Street Baptist Church. William was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He would not hesitate to give a helping hand to anyone in need. An encounter with William was sure to leave you with a smile. He was filled with kindness and often funny without intention. William found joy in being busy. According to him, there was always something that needed to be done, even when he could rest. William loved to have a good time and wouldn’t hesitate to show off his dance moves while dressed to impress. In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Barbara Josephine Johnson and sister Donna Preston Goode. Left to celebrate and cherish his memories are his wife, Vanessa; children Barbara Watkins (Leander), William Preston (Sherry), Cheyney Preston (Katrina), Victor Thomason, and Cassandra Thomason (Loai). He was passionately adored by his grandchildren Jamaal, Alexia, Josie, and Kaydence who spent considerable time with him. He also leaves grandchildren Kaylah, Vzhinea, Victor Jr., Xavier, Giovanni, Zaria, Aleah, Dashia, DaQuantas, Camille, and Deville; great-grandchildren Micah, Jadiel, Jakobe, DaQuantas Jr.; siblings Darlene Yarbrough, Raymond Preston, Priscilla “Pixie” Ray (Warren), Tazewell “Taze” Preston, Delores “Lorie” Harris (Joe), Ethelda “Minnie” Davis (Johnnie), Derwin Preston (Sabrina), Ronald “Big Boy” Preston (Karen), Donald “Little Bit” Preston (Debbie); Aunt Emma Brown; Uncles John Newbill (Ellen) and Winford Newbill; father-in-law Willie Kirkland (Renee), a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He will be missed throughout the community and remembered fondly.

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