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Floyd Wright Jr

Dec 13, 1949 - Nov 10, 2023

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Bedford, VA

Floyd "F. C. " Carrington Wright, Jr. , 73, passed away Friday, November 10, 2023 peacefully at his home. He was born December 13, 1949 in Lynchburg, Virginia to the late Floyd Carrington Wright, Sr. and Louise Jamerson Wright. He was also preceded in death by his brother Edward J. Wright. He is survived by longtime companion of 26 years, Kathryn Kinzie, daughters Crystal (Nick) Overstreet, April (Kevin) Mann and Brandy Wright; four grandchildren Brandon Gmach, Hailee Campbell, Haiden Wright and...Read More

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Maria Desimone McKinney

Dec 30, 1956 - Feb 26, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Maria Desimone McKinney, 67 of Bedford, passed away Monday, February 26, 2024 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. She was born on Sunday, December 30, 1956 in New Jersey, a daughter of the late Americo Desimone and Josephine Caprio Desimone. She was also preceded in death by her father-in-law & mother-in-law, Willie & Alice McKinney and her brothers-in-law, Willard Wood, Donnie McKinney, Dack McKinney & Buggs Bowyer; nephew, Ronald Wood. She was employed by her families businesses, the Rainbow & Dairy Queen for over thirty years and retired as a shift supervisor at CVS after twenty-one years. She loved her customers, loved shopping and going out to eat. She will surely be missed by the many friends and acquaintances she met over the years she met through her employments. She was a faithful member of New Beginnings Church. She is survived by her husband, Roy Lee McKinney; her daughters, Joni McKinney Boyd (Jamie), JoAllison McKinney Ruff (Bubba); her grandchildren, Troy & Bridgette Ruff; kitty cat, Silver Bells; her siblings, Corinne Richards (Tom), Gary Desimone, Donna Ramsey (John), Johnny Desimone (Trisha); her sisters-in-law, Gina Wood, Linda Carr, Faye Bowyer, Cheryl Bush (Bob), Wanda Goin (George), Lisa McKinney, Judy McKinney; brothers-in-law, Jimmy McKinney, David McKinney (Mary), Biddy McKinney (Debbie) as well as numerous nieces & nephews. The family requests those wishing to make memorials to consider Bedford Humane Society, 829 Ole Turnpike Road, Bedford, VA 24523. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at New Beginnings Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Richard Kingrea and Pastor Earl Ragland officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until service time at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

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Catherine M. Simons

Dec 25, 1930 - Feb 27, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Catherine M. Simons 93, of Bedford, formerly of Port Jervis, NY died Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at her residence. She was born on December 25, 1930 in Port Jervis, NY a daughter of the late William and Anna (Eckler) Livingston. On April 17, 1949 she married William F. Simons, and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2019. She is survived by two daughters: Sally Simons, of Richmond, VA and Kelly Yeager and husband John, of Bedford; three grandchildren; and two siblings: Vincent Livingston and Mary Boyd. Catherine was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Jervis. She was involved with the Catholic Daughter of America, and enjoyed making crafts for the Little Lambs group at the church. A memorial service will be held in Port Jervis at a later date.

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Judy Ann Bowden Andrews

Sep 28, 1956 - Feb 22, 2024

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Bedford, VA

Judy Ann Bowden Andrews, 67, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024. She was born in Bedford VA on September 28, 1956 a daughter of the late Joseph Perry Bowden and Betty Jean Gray Bowden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Terry Bowden; and her special kitty, Boo-boo. Judy worked at many restaurants over the years as a cook. She loved doing flower arrangements and tending her flower gardens. She loved the mountains and the beaches and all her Harley rides with Kenny. Most of all she loved her family with everything she had. We will forever remember you and keep your memory alive. She is survived by her life partner of 17 years, Kenny Grubbs; sister, Jennifer Wilkerson & Clay; daughter, Crystal Creasey and husband Brandon; son, Terry Harris and wife Teresa; her bonus children, Matt, Andrew, Heather & Mary Carter; grandchildren, Josh, Cassie, Tyler, Autumn, Haylee, Luke, Ethan Alex; bonus babies, Riley, Hunter, Harley, Logan; great-grandchildren, Cammie, Jemma, Karsyn, Luna, Mason; special friend and cousin, Vicky St. Clair; and many other friends and family. A Celebration of life will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Glenwood Center, Huddleston, VA. If you would like to bring a covered dish you can do so at that time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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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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