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Obituary-Laura Ann Stainback

Laura Ann Stainback, 74, of Emporia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Born July 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Ellen Powell; she was also preceded in death by her loving husband, James T. “Jimmy” Stainback; brothers, Sammy and Buddy; and sister, Margaret. Laura Ann is survived by her daughters and son, Donna Jeffries-Castro and husband, Mauricio, Tommy Stainback and wife, Carolyn; and Glenda Rawlings and husband, Mike; five grandchildren, Shaun Glenn, Tiffany Ricks and husband, Chad, Clifton Whitby and wife, Heather, Brandon Rawlings, and Shannon Rawlings; five great-grandchildren, Ella and Skyler Ricks, Ryland, Kellan, and Aydan Whitby, and brother, Bobby Powell and wife, Laura. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, October 1. Interment will follow at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

2015 Peanut Festival Highlight Slideshow

Rain, at times heavy, did dampen the festivities, but those of us that braved the weather enjoyed the 2015 Virginia Peanut Festival.

New Circulation Desk at Library

The Richardson Memorial Library located in Emporia, Virginia recently completed the purchase and installation of a new service desk.  This new public service desk is constructed at varied height which now offers library users of all heights and needs easy access to the librarians.  Instead of the older desk which was at a standing height only, the new desk is lower and allows for approachability for comfortable patron-staff interactions.  The new desk also provides a better staff workflow and this means a more effective and efficient public assistance to library patrons.  The old stair steps children had to use to get their books to the top of the desk for check-out are gone, no longer necessary.  The funds for this new public service desk were provided to the Richardson Memorial Library by an anonymous donor expressly for the purpose of improving public service through better design and materials.  The Meherrin Regional Library thanks that donor for thinking of the Richardson Memorial Library and its contribution to the community.  Everyone please come into the library and check out the new desk.

Virginia Peanut Festival Car Show Winners


2015 Special Awards

2015 Dash Plaque Recipient: Roy A. Roberts Jr. “Big Al”






Least Chrome

`37 Chevy 2 dr. Sedan

Bruce Tudor


Lowest Ride

`86 Mazda B2000

Larry Banks


Most Original            

`89 Chevy Corvette

Mason Bradley


Best Interior

`86 Chevy Astro Van

Willie Davis


Pam’s Choice Award

`52 Chevy Styleline Cp.

Cindy Vann


People’s Choice Award

`52 Chevy  Styleline Cp.

Cindy Vann


Best Appearing, Ford

`63 Ford Galaxie 500

Donald Dade


Best Appearing, Ford Truck

  2010 Ford F-150 p/up

Bennie Acree


Best Appearing, Import

  2013 Subaru BRZ

Felicia Goode


Best Appearing, GM Product

`55 Chevy Bel Air

David Carter


Best Appearing, Mopar

`95 Dodge Dakota p/up

Lester Brannan


Best Appearing Antique

`51 Chevy Sedan

David Turner


Best Appearing, Motorcycle,  “Daily Rider”

2010 Harley Ultra       Classic


Lee Seymour


Best Appearing, Motorcycle

2005 Harley Electra Glide

                        Dennis Halderman


Best Appearing, New Model

2005 Ford Mustang

Jason Poythress


Best Appearing, Race Car

`84 Camaro Drag Car

Timothy Briley


Best Appearing, Street Rod

`68 Chevy Chevelle

Bobby Cherry


Billy Harrup Memorial Award “Make a Buck Truck”

                                         2011 Ford F-150

                           Tony Wesson


Seein’ Nothin’ But Taillights

`65 Ford Comet

Mello Davis


Good Guys Award

`37 Chevy Sedan

Bruce Tudor


Special Interest Award

`57 Chevy Handyman

Jack Neal


Best In Show, Street Rod                                                  

`37 Chevy Business Cp.

Thurston Vann


Best In Show, Motorcycle

 2001 Harley Trike

Linda Childress


Best In Show, Truck

 2005 Chevy SSR

Mel Ogburn


Best In Show, Car

`52 Chevy Styleline Cp.

Cindy Vann





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