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2016-10-20

Sam Billy Barnes Sr

Sam Billy Barnes Sr. made his final Journey home today, October 18th 2016. Sam Billy is survived by his 3 children, Dale B Rhodes, Sam "Billy" Barnes Jr. and wife Vickie, Kimberly Creech-Mitchell and four grandsons, Kent Christopher Trader, Anthony R. Hux, Kyle A. Barnes and wife Megan, Rodney K. Mitchell and wife Tiffany and 7 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Capron Cemetery in Capron Virginia at 1pm on Friday, October 21, 2016. Arrangements by Williford Funeral Home, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

2016 Riparian Home Tour Starts at Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn, in Purdy, VA is the home of Mike and Dawn Veliky, who purchased the property in the summer of 2013.  Mike is the Greensville County Building/Fire Official and Dawn is the Register/Director of Veterans Affairs at Halifax Community College.   

The Southern Colonial home was constructed in 1953 by Wiley and Francis Cole, who operated a working cattle farm on the original 200 plus acres.  Most locals came to know the home a the “The Cole Place”, although it was named Oak Lawn by Mrs. Cole, cue to the many oak trees that once existed in the front yard. Only one massive oak remains today.

The planning and designing of the home was ahead of its time, incorporating such features as walk in cedar lined closets throughout, double vanities in the master suite, a walk in shower, ceramic tiled bathrooms, circuit breakers instead of fuses, and under floor electric radiant heat throughout the home.  The home was constructed with steel and concrete floors over the basement, four fireplaces, a 12 inch thick poured concrete basement with over 8 feet of headroom, slate roof, insulated interior walls, nine foot ceiling throughout both stories and a full room width built in china cabinet in the large dining room. 

    

When the Velikys purchased the property in 2013, the home and grounds had unfortunately suffered from several years of neglect, due to the failing health and eventual passing of first, Mr. Cole, then Mrs. Cole a few short years later.  Even so, the Velikys were able to recognize the excellent quality of the materials and workmanship that went into the original construction, and decided to take on the challenge of restoring the home to its original splendor and charm.  Their vision is to keep the traditional southern architecture prominent, but to enhance the rear yard area with landscaping and features that personify their love of the outdoors and tropical lifestyle.  In the summer months, Mexican Petunias, banana and palm trees, night blooming Primroses and soft accent lighting add to the tropical feel out back, while the blooming crepe myrtles, fragrant hydrangeas, slate walkways, rockers, and shy blue ceiling of the front porch recreate a Charleston like atmosphere at the main entry.

Mike and Dawn are slowly restoring and renovating everything themselves, and thus far have remodeled the kitchen, added an in-ground fiberglass kidney shaped pool, outdoor shower, pool house/Tiki bar and stamped concrete patio.  Future plans include modifying a rear den into a sunroom overlooking the pool area, and renovating all three bathrooms.  Mike is interested in energy conservation and new technology, and has equipped the home with a security system and cameras, wifi, and is currently installing a hybrid solar heat pump system, which uses solar energy to convert the refrigerant from a liquid into a gas, reducing the load on the compressor.  He also plans to install a reflective radiant barrier in the full height attic, to assist with energy conservation. 

This is a gorgeous home and will be decorated for the Christmas holidays in evergreen swags up the curving banister leading to the second floor and around all four fireplace mantels.  There will be several decorated Christmas trees throughout and a snowman in the entryway to greet the guests.

The tour will include the home of David and Rosemarie Bland and the Historic Masonic Lodge located in Emporia, the home of Jamie and Robin Rawles of Southampton County (Drewryville), Timothy and Stephanie Dunlow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Kurt Whitehead of Jarratt.

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, VA will once again present the 15th Christmas Home Tour. The tour will be Friday, December 2 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at the Masonic Lodge on Saturday. The proceeds will go toward the Community Improvement Project, a two year project, to make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Tickets are $13 and are available from Riparian members, Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce or Paws, Purrs, and Hers, Nottoway House, Courtland or by calling 434-594-4369.

Crater Community Hospice and Comfort Zone Camp to Host Holiday Family Grief Program in Petersburg

Richmond, Va. (Oct. 11, 2016) — Comfort Zone Camp, in partnership with Crater Community Hospice (CCH), will host a Family Grief Program that is designed to help families navigate grief during the holiday season. The program will help those who have experienced a death in the family learn fun, safe and creative ways to honor their loved one through dynamic activities.

The Family Grief Program will take place at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (512 W. Washington Street in Petersburg) on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.The program is free of charge, though space is limited and advance registration is required.

“The holiday season -- the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s -- can often be a difficult time for families who have experienced a death,” said Mary Beth McIntire, chief executive officer of Comfort Zone Camp. “We are happy to be partnering with a wonderful community organization to help families find ways to support each other during this time and find healthy ways to cope.”

“CCH has been providing adult support groups for many years. The entire family really is the unit of care for hospice and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to collaborate by joining efforts and reaching out to all family members who are grieving a loss,” said Brenda Mitchell, chief executive officer of Crater Community Hospice.

In addition, the program is seeking volunteers for the Family Grief Program. Atraining session for volunteers will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The training session takes place at Crater Community Hospice located at 3916 S. Crater Road in Petersburg.

Toregister for the Family Grief Program, or for more information, contact:

Ally Singer | asinger@comfortzonecamp.org | (804) 377-3430

Patti Cox | pcox@cratercommunityhospice.org  | (804) 840-6454

About Comfort Zone Camp

This year Comfort Zone began the 17th year of its camp program, which was born out of a desire to provide a caring community and safe haven in which children who are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling are heard, understood, andtaught healthy ways to process their grief. Since its founding, over 14,000children have attended its camps across the country.

Comfort Zone Camp provides children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or legal guardian with professional therapeutic services, peer and mentor support, and healthy coping skills. Programs are held year-round in locations throughout the United States. Comfort Zone also partners with local community nonprofits and foundations across the country to provide specialized programs for children, teens, and young adults. For more information, visit www.comfortzonecamp.org.

About Crater Community Hospice

Crater Community Hospice is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the community on serious illness and end of life concerns and provide families and patients with quality care and supportive services. CCH was established in 1995 after a need for hospice services was identified by both John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell and Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg. At that time both facilities were community hospitals and recognized that a community-based hospice could better serve the local community. With a vested interest in the community, CCH strives to provide not only high quality hospice services but also multiplecommunity services necessary to improve upon the overall quality of life to all who reside in the area. For more information, visit www.cratercommunityhospice.org.

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