2020-6-22

Elsie Harrell Edwards

September 11, 1925-Jun2 22, 2020

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Elsie Harrell Edwards, 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 22, 2020 surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Dudley Grizzard Edwards; her parents, Henry Edward Harrell, Sr. and Emily Proctor Harrell; her brother, H. Edward Harrell, Jr. and son-in-law, Earl C. Baldwin. Mrs. Edwards is survived by her three daughters, Connie Harrell and husband, Donnie, Terri Branch and husband, Bobby and Sharon Mattox and husband, Tim. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jeremy Branch and wife, Melissa, Daniel Mattox, Erin Byrum and husband, Ryan, Matthew Harrell and wife, Carla, and Jordan Mattox and fiancée Kristin Whiting. Her three great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Henry Branch, and Graysen Byrum were a great joy to her. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jean Harrell, and cousin, Gladys Morris who was more like a sister to her.

Elsie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She worked beside her husband on their peanut farm in Sussex County near Jarratt. She and Dudley raised their children in a Christian home on that farm teaching them lessons that guide them through life today. She loved to cook for her family. Her grandchildren used to tell her, “You sure are a good cooker, Gran.” She loved her family deeply. We will miss her every day.

She was lifelong member of Lebanon United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years. As she aged and could no longer attend church, she always would tell the pastor  and others, “I miss going to church. I wish I could go.”

Her wish, if you so desire, is for any memorials to be sent to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 Blue Star Highway, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

A service officiated by the Reverend Donna Smith will be conducted at the gravesite at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Rd, Emporia, Virginia 11 a.m. Friday, June 26.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Nancy Elliott Roach

September 27, 1937-June 21, 2020

Graveside Services

Thursday, June 23, 2020, 12 Noon

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia
 

Nancy Elliott Roach, 82, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Obie B. and Anne Archer Elliott and was also preceded in death by her son, Charlie Taylor, brothers, O. B. Elliott, Bud Elliott and Jimmy Elliott; sister, Dolly Sasser and sister-in-law, Christine Elliott

Mrs. Roach is survived by her son, Sam Roach (Sherie); sister, Bell Sadler (Herman, Jr.); sisters-in-law, Martha Elliott and Deelaine Elliott; brother-in-law, Leroy Sasser and a number of nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved feline companion, Buttercup.

The funeral service will be held 12 Noon Tuesday, June 23 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Zion Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Social Security Unveils Redesigned Retirement Benefits Portal at socialsecurity.gov

The Social Security Administration announced the first of several steps the agency is taking to improve the public’s experience on its website.  The newly redesigned retirement benefits portal, at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement, will help millions of people prepare for and apply for retirement. 

“We are working hard to continue improving our website to provide people with clear, helpful information and easy access to our online services,” said Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security.  “Our new retirement portal is more user-friendly and easier to navigate, whether someone is ready to learn about, apply for, or manage their retirement benefits.”

The redesigned portal will make it easier for people to find and read about Social Security retirement benefits, with fewer pages and condensed, rewritten, and clearer information.  The portal also is optimized for mobile devices so people can learn and do what they want from wherever they want, and the portal now includes the ability to subscribe to receive retirement information and updates.

Click on www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement to find out how to Learn, Apply, and Manage retirement benefits, and learn how to create a personal my Social Security account online.

More improvements to Social Security’s website are planned for later in 2020 as the agency seeks to continuously improve the public experience at www.socialsecurity.gov

Paycheck Protection Program Lending Window Closing

SBA Asks Lenders to Prioritize Underserved Communities

BY: SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator (acting) Steve Bulger

The last two weeks of the Paycheck Protection Program are upon us. The U.S. Small Business Administration continues to work with lenders to prioritize access to capital and loan forgiveness for those who qualify. Key to the success of this program is ensuring the cash infusion reaches all areas of our economy, including underserved borrowers such as socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, military veterans and their spouses, women, and rural communities.

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza recently reached out to our lender network to ask them to redouble their efforts to assist underserved and disadvantaged businesses and nonprofits with PPP financing, thus allowing us to expand economic opportunity before the upcoming deadline of June 30, 2020. We’ve seen success in these areas thanks to the dedicated $10 billion of Round Two funding provided exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions.

We recognize that SBA-approved PPP institutions like CDFIs, Minority Depository Institutions, Certified Development Companies, and Farm Credit System lenders are leading the way to serve individual entrepreneurs and small businesses in underserved communities. As it stands, SBA has already served more than 4.5M businesses and nonprofits through PPP, infusing more than $500B into the economy. Last week’s surprise drop in unemployment is a direct result of PPP keeping Americans on the payroll.

SBA is dedicated to sustaining our nation’s small businesses and retaining tens of millions of employees – a key priority for President Trump. With more than $100B still available, now is the perfect time for underrepresented small business owners to work with their preferred lender, or find a new lender at https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find  to apply for their own PPP loan to help their business and their employees survive and thrive.

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