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Obituary-C. Elmore Saunders

C. Elmore Saunders, 85, of Emporia passed away on July 26, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ritchie and Edith Saunders and his brothers, Robert Saunders and Curtis Saunders.  He is survived by his wife, Jean Watkins Saunders; daughter, Mary Meade Saunders; his sons, Carson E. Saunders, Jr. and wife Sherry and Jim Saunders and wife Michelle; his grandchildren, Annecurtis Saunders Vinson and husband Daniel, Mary Warren Saunders, Carter Saunders, and Reagan Saunders. A memorial service will be held 11am, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Main Street United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow the service in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church or the Emporia YMCA.  Condolences may be sent to


The W.E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library, Emporia will be closed August 6, 2015 to prepare for the installation of a new circulation desk. The library apologizes for the disruption of service during this construction phase.

Bikes and Ice Cream on A Hot Summer Night

Twelve members of the Colonial Heights Rotary Club traveled to Jackson-Feild August 22nd to deliver 16 brand new bicycles.  With help from several of our residents the Rotarians worked tirelessly in the hot sun assembling all the bicycles. The bikes are Road Master bicycles with large tires which are needed to ride the gravel roads around the Jackson-Field Campus.

The funds to purchase the bicycles were provided by a grant from Rotary District 7600. Local Rotary Clubs can request grant funding for needs within their communities. A grants committee within the District must approve all grant requests.

After the bikes were assembled residents, guests and staff gathered in Robinson Gym for an old-fashion ice cream social. The Rotarians provided ice cream and all the toppings which brought smiles to the faces of residents.  Everyone had a great time.

Rotary International is an organization consisting of 34,282 service clubs with 1,200,000 members world-wide. Colonial Heights Rotary is one of 62 Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 7600.  Their club members embody the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.

Obituary-Dennis Bryant

Dennis Bryant, 64, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. He is survived by a brother, Raymond L. Bryant, Jr. and wife, Twyla; sister, Sandra Noel and husband, Bruce; two nephews, Michael Bryant and Jamie Bryant; niece, Allison Hayes; four great-nieces and a great-nephew. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church or Greensville Rescue Squad or to the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at

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