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Obituary-Samuel Webster Adams, III

Samuel Webster Adams, III, 64, of Emporia, Virginia died on March 19, 2014 after a long illness. Born on February 6, 1950 in Morristown, Tennessee and reared in Martinsville, Virginia, he was the son of Dr. Samuel Webster Adams, Jr. and the late Catherine Price Chambliss Adams. He was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara Wornom Adams.  He is survived by his father Samuel Webster Adams, Jr. and step-mother Elva Adkins Adams; wife Shelby Pair Elliott Adams of Emporia; sons Boyce Webster Adams and his wife Katie of Charlotte, NC and William Randolph Adams and his fiancée Whitney Clarke Jester of Richmond; step-sons Logan Elliott and Jason Elliott of Emporia; sisters Susan Adams Oliver and husband Kenneth Oliver of New York, Margaret Adams Joback and husband John Joback of  Leesburg; brothers William Chambliss Adams and wife Phyllis Adams of Cary, NC, John Randolph Adams and wife Mary Adams of Richmond, David Adams and wife Michelle Adams of Albuquerque, NM; George Adams and wife Kim Adams of Galax; grandson Samuel Parker Adams of Charlotte, and many nieces and nephews.

A local banker and businessman, Sam graduated from Randolph-Macon College where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. At the time of his election to the Emporia City Council in 1974, he was the youngest councilman ever elected in Virginia. He served on the Emporia City Council for 38 years, and was Mayor for 20 of them.  He was a leader in Emporia-Greensville County economic development, serving on multiple boards and commissions. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Emporia YMCA. Sam was a past president of the Virginia Municipal League, and was a founding member and past-president of the Virginia Municipal League’s Insurance Programs Member Supervisory Board. He officiated at high school basketball games throughout southern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina for many years. He was a long-time member and vestryman at Christ Church (Episcopal) and later at Church of the Resurrection (Anglican).

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 23 from 3 until 5 pm at the Echols Funeral Home Chapel located on Brunswick Ave.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 24 at 12:00 noon at Main Street Baptist Church with interment at Emporia Cemetery, followed by a reception at First Presbyterian Church, Emporia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Emporia-Greensville Rescue Squad or the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department.

Mayor, City Council Remember Larry Epps

At Tuesday's City Council Meeting, Mayor Person presented the family of Larry Epps with a resolution celebrating his life and service to our community.



A Resolution In Memory of Larry Epps


Whereas,Larry Epps departed from this life on Sunday, October 13, 2013; and

Whereas, Larry Epps was employed by the City of Emporia on February 26, 1980; and

Whereas, Larry Epps began working in the Utility Department as a Meter Reader; and

Whereas, on November 3, 1980, Larry Epps was promoted to Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator; and

Whereas, in 1985, Larry Epps was promoted to Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent until he departed this life; and

Whereas, for his skills, punctuality, dedication and easy going personality, Larry Epps quickly earned the respect of his coworkers; and

Whereas, he has faithfully served this community for many years touching the lives of others and providing unconditional love and support to family and friends; and

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved,by the City Council of the City of Emporia, Virginia, meeting in Regular Session this 18th day of March, 2014, that the life of Larry Epps, a community leader whose influence and dedication left an indelible mark on this community that will never be diminished, is hereby recognized, and City Council expresses its gratitude for his many contributions to the betterment of our community.

Done this 18th day of March 2014.

Obituary-Marie Dianne Tarbert

Marie Dianne Tarbert, 68, of 515 Peachtree St., a retired Public Librarian and mother, died Wednesday early morning March 19, 2014 at Vista park Memory and Respite Facility in Petersburg, Virginia. Mrs. Tarbert was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and attended Princess Anne High School class of 1963. Both she and her husband attended Aberdour Presbyterian Church in Jarratt. Survivors include Malcolm E. Tarbert, her husband of 43 years; 3 sons; 2 stepdaughters; 11 grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Immediate family includes 2 brothers and 2 sisters residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Sierra Vista, Arizona. A funeral service and reception that follows will be conducted 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Aberdour Presbyterian Church in Jarratt, Virginia with The Reverend Terry Woodard as Pastor. In lieu of flowers, contribute to the Alzhiemers Association so this horrible disease can find a cure. Dianne’s mother, Thelma Hancock, also died from Alzheimer’s just a year ago. A family’s future is put on hold while this disease runs its course. Thank a “Caregiver” for their service….truly a full-time job. Online condolences may be made at

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