• Richard Straile, 88, Bedford

    Richard Straile, 88, of Bedford, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 586-3443.

  • Joseph A. Ovsenik, 84, Martinsville

    Joseph Adam Ovsenik, 84, of Martinsville, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Resurrection Catholic Church.

    Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Smith Mountain Lake, 540-721-9377.

  • Charles F. Mens, 79, Bedford

    Charles Frederick Mens, 79, of Bedford, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at his residence. He was born in Minnesota on Oct. 10, 1928, a son of the late William J. Mens and Elda Ikoff Mens. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Mens.

    Charlie was a greeter at Wal-Mart and had many friends. Charlie was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

  • Nelda M. Lugar, 90, Bedford

    Nelda Maxine Lugar, 90, of Bedford, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in Woodhaven Nursing Home. She was born in Bedford County on Feb. 16, 1917, daughter of the late Charles Kinley Lugar and Mary Jane Simmons Lugar.

    She was a member of Thaxton Baptist Church and a retired employee of Rubatex Corp. with over 45 years of service.

    In addition to her parents Nelda was preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth L. Lugar and Eris D. Lugar and her longtime companion, Everett James Bays.

  • Ruth H. Pulley, 92, Bedford

    Ruth Josephine Harris Pulley, 92, of Bedford and formerly of Marion, Illinois died on Sunday, Jan.13, 2008. She was born on May 11, 1915 in Creal Springs, Illinois a daughter of the late Dr. David Hampton Harris and Ruth Josephine Herrin Harris.

    Her husband, Robert Lee Pulley, three sons, one sister and six brothers, preceded her in death.

  • Deane S. Dyson, 90, Bedford

    Deane Saunders Dyson, 90, of Bedford died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at Bedford Memorial Hospital. She was born in Bedford County on Oct. 14, 1917, one of eight children of the late Samuel Henry Saunders and Mary Pattie Watson Saunders. Her husband was the late James Marshall Dyson.

    Deane was a lifelong member of Bedford Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and participated in the life of her church prior to moving to the Atlanta area.

  • Rebecca C. Carpenter, 86, Bedford

    Rebecca "Becky" Czok Carpenter, 86, of Bedford, died on Jan. 7, 2008, after a short but brave bout with cancer. Her husband, John predeceased her by 15 years after almost 50 years of marriage.

  • Everette W. Bryant, Sr., 82, Bedford

    Everette W. "Ed" Bryant, Sr., 82 of Bedford, formally of Troutville passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008.

    He is predeceased by his first wife Alsie S. Bryant and his daughter Barbara Paderick.

    Ed is survived by his wife, Mary J. Bryant, children, Eddie Bryant, Jr. and his wife Cindy, James Bryant and his wife Crystal, Michael Bryant and his wife Cheryl and Patrick Bryant and his wife Ruthie, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

  • Donald H. Frazee, 83, Bedford

    Donald H. Frazee, 83, of Bedford, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. He was born in Leominster, MA on Oct. 1, 1924, a son of the late Herbert Goodson Frazee and Ida Cony Frazee.

    Donald was a Navy veteran serving in World War II on the USS St. Paul in the Pacific Theatre. Before moving to Bedford, in 1978 he was a resident of Vernon, CT.

  • Judith C. Weaver, 63, Greensboro, NC

    Judith Chafin Weaver, 63, of Greensboro, NC (formerly of Bedford) passed away peacefully in her sleep at Beacon Place Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Sept. 9, 1944, she was the eldest daughter of the late Dewey O. and Otelia O. Chafin of Bedford.