• William J. Warren, 84, Memphis

    William Jefferson Warren, 84, spokesman, philosopher and peddler, died peacefully May 4, 2012 after a grand and full life. He was born on Sept. 14, 1927 to Pete and Faye Warren.
    He was a veteran of WWII and married to his bride Hope Keller Warren for 44 years, before her death in 1998.

  • John L. Tolley, 66, Bedford

    John Lewis Tolley, 66 of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. He was a son of the late Clarence L.Tolley and Willie Goff Tolley.
    He is survived by his wife, Judy Abbott Tolley; two daughters - Tamatha (Tammie) Tuck, Theresa Lynn Tolley.
    A graveside service was conducted on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

  • Nancy A. Turner, 66, Bedford

    Nancy Anders Turner, 66, of Bedford, formerly of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2012 after a lengthy illness.
    Born on Jan. 3, 1946 in Roanoke, she was the daughter of Robert Curtis Anders and Virginia Thomas Anders. Nancy graduated from Pikeville High School, Pikeville, KY and attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY and National Business College in Roanoke.
    She worked for 20 years at Carilion Clinic, retiring as Payroll Manager.

  • Andrew D. Johnson, 4, Concord

    Andrew David Johnson, 4 of Concord, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. He was a son Michael B. Johnson and Jocelyn M. Billi.
    In addition to his father and mother, he is survived by his sister, Hailey Johnson.
    A memorial service was conducted on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford.

  • Joyce Detamore, 66, Bedford

    D. Joyce Detamore, 66, of Bedford, died Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Lynchburg General Hospital. Born on Nov. 25, 1945 she was the daughter of the late Arlie Elmer Mullins and Beatrice Mullins.
    In addition to her father, Joyce was preceded in death by two granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.
    She was a member of Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church in Bedford. Joyce was the owner and operator of Joyce’s Beauty Salon where she dedicated 30 years of service to her devoted clients.

  • Marvin D. Ashwell, 55, Thaxton

    Marvin Dale Ashwell, 55, of Thaxton, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012. He was born in Bedford on Sept. 4, 1956.
    He is survived by his mother, Coretta Booth Lawhorn; his fiancée, Natalie Williamson; his children, Roberta Ashwell Latempa and husband, John; Griffin Ashwell, grandchildren, Donte’, Briana, Jadon and Hannah; brothers and sisters, Richard Wayne Sinclair, Wayne Lawhorn, Glenda Crouch, Karen Evans and Patricia Delgado.
    Visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with a brief memorial service beginning at 3:45 p.m.

  • ObamaCare is still a bad law

        A few weeks ago a fellow stopped by and handed me three sheets of paper which appeared to be the contents of an e-mail that he printed. The source seems to be a Web site called askmarion. I located an article at http://askmarion.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/dhimmitude-on-page-107-of-obam... . It was about “dhimmitude” and its contents closely, but not precisely, match the wording of what I was given.

  • Fighting to cut government spending and balance the budget

  • Mary W. Spradlin, 94, Altavista

    Mary Virginia Woodford Spradlin, 94, of Altavista, died Monday, May 21, 2012 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. She was born Nov. 23, 1917 in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Ella Catherine Wood Woodford and Joel Shepherd Woodford. She was the last of thirteen children surviving.
    Mary was a member of Ephesus United Methodist Church. She was employed at Rubatex Corp. for over 20 years.
    In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John Aubrey Spradlin.

  • Ronald L. Browne, Bedford

    Ronald Larry Browne, 80, of Bedford died May 26, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn D. Browne, his children, RonlynL. Browne and Bonny Lynn Browne, grandchildren, Sarah B. Durham (Samuel), Brooke N. Browne, Cheyenne Browne Smith, Lilly Browne Smith, Faith Browne, Nicholas Browne-Price, Natalie Browne-Price and Noah Browne-Price, and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 1534 Link Rd, Bedford. Friends may call the funeral home after 12 noon Friday for viewing.