Send news tips, story ideas and advertising questions to

Emporia News is best read in LANDSCAPE view on Mobile Devices. Please rotate your phone or tablet.

Current Weather Conditions

Seven Day Forecast for Emporia, Virginia

Community Calendar Sponsored By...



Allen R. Guy

March 5, 1952-January 5-2020


2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia


Allen R. Guy, 67, of Skippers, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020. He is survived by his son, David Allen Guy (Dawn Callahan); daughter, Tammy Guy Moseley (Caleb); grandchildren, Brittany Carroll, Tristan Council and Camryn Council; sister, Darlene Stepp; brothers, Benny Guy (Paula) and Lewis Guy (Debbie) and six nieces and nephews.

Allen is also survived by his longtime companion, Peggy Loveless and her family, daughters, Nikki Rhinehart (Billy) and Lynn Jones (Ricky); sons, Glenn Taylor and Scotty Loveless, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends and family at other times at the home of Allen’s son, David, 2997 Rolling Acres Rd, Emporia, Virginia.  

Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Mary Alice Ellington Thomas


Visitation Services

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesadym January 7

Williams Funeral Home
410 Windsor Avenue
Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 8

Edgerton United Methodist Church Cemetery
92 County Pond Road
Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868

Mary Alice Ellington Thomas, age 84, of Lawrenceville, VA went to be with her Lord on January 5, 2020.  She is the daughter of the late Raymond and Lilla Ellington of South Hill, and is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Eugene Thomas.  


A graduate of Longwood College, Mary Alice married her high school sweetheart Gene before they both embarked on their professional careers in Richmond. Mary Alice served as Secretary for Judge Ralph Catterall of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. When Gene and Mary Alice moved back to Lawrenceville, she taught full time at Brunswick Senior High School until her first son was born. She continued to teach part time as a substitute English teacher. Mary Alice later served for many years as the Secretary-Treasurer of Brunswick Insurance Agency.

Mary Alice was active in community life through civic and school organizations, including as Worthy Matron of Brunswick County Chapter #20, Order of the Eastern Star.

Mary Alice and Gene were members together of Edgerton United Methodist Church  for nearly 60 years. For many years they led the youth fellowship group and taught Sunday School. It was a rare occasion for a church activity to take place without one or both of them participating.Mary Alice loved her Lord and modeled his love to her family, her church, and her community.

Her family, however, was #1 in Mary Alice’s life beginning with her husband Gene. Her two favorite titles were not professional ones - they were “Mom” and “Memaw”. Whether in health or sickness, Memaw always gave sacrificially of herself to serve her family, and treasured every visit by child or grandchild. She considered herself blessed to see the birth of so many grandchildren, who seemed to just renew her youth beyond her actual years.

Her family has been blessed to know and learn from her. While we will miss her dearly, we have the sure hope of being with her again in Heaven.


She is survived by her sons, Michael Thomas and wife Stacey and Ray Thomas and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Alec, Ariel, Katie and Ellie; seven great grandchildren, Aiden, ChloeLise, Paris, Beck, Delilah, Calvin and Jesse; and her caregivers, Eva Wilson and Bernadette Stith.


A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Edgerton United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville, VA.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, VA  23868 or The Gene and Mary Alice Thomas Scholarship Fund, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA  23821.  

Subscribe to RSS - 2020-1-7

Emporia News

Stories on are be searchable, using the box above. All new stories will be tagged with the date (format YYYY-M-D or 2013-1-1) and the names of persons, places, institutions, etc. mentioned in the article. This database feature will make it easier for those people wishing to find and re-read an article.  For anyone wishing to view previous day's pages, you may click on the "Previous Day's Pages" link in the menu at the top of the page, or search by date (YYYY-M-D format) using the box above.

Comment Policy:  When an article or poll is open for comments feel free to leave one.  Please remember to be respectful when you comment (no foul or hateful language, no racial slurs, etc) and keep our comments safe for work and children. Comments are moderated and comments that contain explicit or hateful words will be deleted.  IP addresses are tracked for comments. serves Emporia and Greensville County, Virginia and the surrounding area
and is provided as a community service by the Advertisers and Sponsors.
All material on is copyright 2005-2019 is powered by Drupal and based on the ThemeBrain Sirate Theme.

Submit Your Story!

Emporia News welcomes your submissions!  You may submit articles, announcements, school or sports information or community calendar events via e-mail on 

Contact us at is hosted as a community Service by Telpage.  Visit their website at or call (434)634-5100 (NOTICE: Telpage cannot help you with questions about Emporia New nor does Teplage have any input the content of Emporia News.  Please use the e-mail address above if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the content on Emporia News.)