Kathleen Bernice Heizer, 97, of Fairfield died March 5


Kathleen Bernice Garnand Heizer, 97, of Fairfield died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Havenwood Manor.

Born Nov. 4, 1921, in Roanoke, she was a daughter of the late James Garnand and Hattie Scott Garnand.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Carlton Heizer, who died in 1995; son-in-law Melvin Cason; and her brother Wilbur Garnand.

Bernice and J.C. built Lee Hi Truck Stop in 1958 and ran it until 1973.  They developed land and built dozens of houses in Rockbridge County.  She was a member of Fair Hills Garden Club for many years and loved her roses.  She attended Vesuvius Baptist Church.

She joined the Stonewall Jackson Hospital Auxiliary in 1970, and received her 28,000-hour volunteer pin, making her the have the most hours of anyone. Bernice was especially proud of her work with the Thrift Shop. Bernice and J.C. opened Redwood Quik-Food in Fairfield in 1977, and she also ran a yard décor shop. She was the 2003 People’s Choice Volunteer of the Year with the Lexington-Rockbridge County Chamber of Commerce.

As the Yard Sale Queen, she loved having and helping with yard sales.  She was still mowing her 3 acre yard at 94 years of age.

Bernice and J.C. enjoyed attending professional baseball games and NASCAR races, and she never missed a race on TV.

Surviving are her daughters, Robin Heizer-Farris and husband Victor Farris, and Jeams Ann Cason; grandchildren, Donna Glasser and husband Jim, Susan Cooke and husband Rick, Melody Taylor and husband Andrew, Tim Cason and wife Ruth Marie, Damien Farris and wife Kara, and Caleb Farris and wife Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Eric Cooke and wife Melyssa, Kevin Cooke, Hunter and Sierra Taylor, Caitlyn and Lena Cason, Zac Farris; brother Jim Garnand; and Muffy, her beloved dog.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory.



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