Echols Funeral and Creamation Service

Sidney Stanley "Stan" Prince

October 16, 1946 – June 24, 202


Sidney Stanley "Stan" Prince, October 16, 1946 – June 24, 2020. A native of Emporia, VA, he graduated from Greensville County HS in 1965. A member of the class of 1969 at VPI, he graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture in 1970. Stan was a retired Licensed Architect in the Commonwealth who practiced commercial architecture in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Richmond, where he retired as Corporate Architect for the Covington Company, having served as Corporate Architect for Heilig-Meyers Furniture for 23 years, and an Associate with Williams and Tazewell in Norfolk, where he managed projects for the building of Scope and Chrysler Hall, and subsequently for 3M Architects, designing furnishings for Kuwaiti Air Force Bases. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Dr. Anita H Prince, and only child, daughter, Meghan E P Bryant (husband, Blanton F Bryant, Jr). Stanley was a devoted Hokie, having rarely missed a game in more than 30 years after he became a season ticket holder. In remembrance, any act of kindness or support would honor him because he was a kind and decent human being. He had a special love for Feed More, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boy Scouts of America to which he belonged as a youth and young man achieving Eagle Scout, God and Country, and Order of the Arrow. Arrangements are pending with Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, Virginia.


Mary Evelyn Moore

June 12, 1924-June 17, 2020

Graveside Services

Friday, June 19, 2020, at  at 11:00 A.M.

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Mary Evelyn Moore, 96, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. She was born in Greensville County, VA, on June 12, 1924. Mary worked for many years at Franklin Braid Manufacturing where she worked in both the plant and as a secretary. She also was a former member of the Independence United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest C. Moore, as well as her parents, George W. Anderton and Mary Allen Anderton. She is survived by her only son, Jerry Moore and his wife Ann, along with two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 19, 2020, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Tim Jones officiating.

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Margaret (Peggy) Brothers Slate

December 9 1945-June 6, 2020


Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:30 am

First Presbyterian Church
210 South MAin Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Margaret (Peggy) Brothers Slate of Emporia, VA passed away on June 6, 2020. She was born on December 9, 1954 and was the daughter of the late Lyman Riddick Brothers, Jr. and Sudie Dunton Brothers of Emporia, VA. She is survived by her devoted son, William Robert Slate, Jr., and wife Katie as well as her beloved grandsons, Hudson and Barrett, all of Emporia, VA. She is also survived by her brother Lyman R. Brothers III (Jane) of Sedona, AZ; sister Ames Brothers Tillar (David) of Emporia, VA; as well as 6 nieces and nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews, many cousins, and friends who she considered family.  

Peggy was a 1977 graduate of Madison College (now James Madison University) and the University of Virginia School of Medical Technology. She was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. She loved her church, First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, VA, where she served as an elder, on the worship committee, and was an honorary lifetime member of the Presbyterian Women. She loved her family dearly and was extremely proud of her two grandsons who she enjoyed playing with. 

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Greensville Health and Rehabilitation, Kindred Hospice, and Dee Anthony for her unwavering care of Peggy during her illness.

 A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, VA on June 13,2020 at 10:30am followed by a graveside at Belle Haven Cemetery on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church 210 S. Main St, Emporia, VA.  Anyone attending services must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and wear a mask due to COVID-19.

Richard “Rick” William Young,

December 19, 1953-May 25, 2020

Richard “Rick” William Young, 66, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Marcia Jean Rankin and John R. Young. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Anne Greene of Hampton, VA, son, Richard William Young, Jr. (Shawnda) of Chesapeake, VA, brother, John Robert Young (Nina) of Colorado, sisters, Carol Richardson (Thomas) of Tennessee, Janet Shadrick (Timothy) of Georgia, Teresa Goins of Florida, granddaughters, Nicole, Shenene, Natalie, along with daughter-in-law, Josie Toro of Portsmouth, VA.

Rick served in both the Army and the Air Force as well as being a member and Commander of the American Legion, Post 46. He worked at O’Reilly Auto Parts of Emporia, VA, as well as Echols Funeral Home for many years, where he helped those in the community in a way that not many people could bare.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time due to the coronavirus limitations. The family would like to express a special thanks to Barbara Street and Kathy Tuck for looking after Rick the past few weeks.

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John Stuart Prince, M.D.

November 30, 1922-May 19, 2020

John Stuart Prince, M.D. of Emporia died May 19, 2020 at the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center in Emporia. He was born in Stony Creek, VA on November 30, 1922, the third son of William Daniel Prince, M.D. and Grace Houser Prince. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jane Holland Prince; their four children, John Stuart Prince, Jr., M.D. of Richmond; Martha Jane Prince of Emporia; Nancy Prince Riddick (William H. Riddick III) of Smithfield, VA; and David Holland Prince of Emporia.

He was especially proud of his five grandchildren, Anne Stuart Riddick, William Henry Riddick IV, Thomas Whitfield Riddick, John Stuart Prince III, and Jordan Elaine Prince. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Virginia Anne Prince, and four brothers, William Daniel Prince, Jr., David Milton Prince, Joseph Dugger Prince, and Benjamin Thomas Prince, M.D.

John grew up in Stony Creek, enjoying a life of hunting, fishing and baseball. He graduated from Stony Creek High School in 1940 and attended Virginia Tech until 1943 when he left to join the U.S. Navy. After the war, studying under the G.I. Bill, he completed an agronomy degree at Virginia Tech and post graduate studies in preparation for the entrance to the Medical College of Virginia, now Commonwealth University. He received his M.D. degree in 1952.

He and an MCV classmate established a medical practice in Emporia, the Prince Squire Medical Center, where he worked for sixty years and retired at age 90. He helped to organize and establish Greensville Memorial Hospital in Emporia and was a charter member of its medical staff. He served three terms as chief of the medical staff and later was on the board of the Southern Virginia Medical Center.

His medical affiliations included the Southside Medical Society, Virginia Medical Society, American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

John was a longtime member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Southside Virginia from 1976 until 1998 when he was elected its first director emeritus.

He was an avid reader. He never lost his interest in agriculture and he was always interested in history, preservation, genealogy. Playing golf was a favorite pastime.

The family would like to thank his caregivers and the staff of Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center for his excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute in his memory to a charity of your choice. Due to the coronavirus, a graveside service for the immediate family was held at Emporia Cemetery.

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Gwendolyn Francis Vincent

October 4, 1950-May 4, 2020

Gwendolyn Francis Vincent, 69, of Skippers, VA., entered Heaven already with a pair of wings to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 1, 2020. Gwen was born on October 14, 1950 in Colonial Heights, VA. She was preceded in death by her daughter Amanda Emerson. She is survived by her devoted husband, James Vincent, two grandsons, Dillon and Owen Emerson, her son-in-law, James Emerson and many extended family members. Gwen worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Petersburg, VA., Community for over thirty years.

A private graveside service will be held at Corinth Church Cemetery with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

A celebration of Gwen’s life will be held at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or plant a flower or tree in her memory.

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Dorothy Parrish Moseley

August 19, 1942-April 16, 2020

Dorothy Parrish Moseley, 77, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020. She was born in Greensville County, VA, and was a retired employee of BB&T Bank. She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Hubert Parrish, Sr. She is survived by her mother Lavinia N. Parrish, husband, Frank N. Moseley, brother, Jesse Hubert Parrish, Jr. (Patsy), Nieces, Christine P. Johnson (Mike), Michelle P. Crane (Ed), along with numerous great-nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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Jean Fitchett Clarke

June 9, 1933-April 6, 2020

Jean Fitchett Clarke, 86, of Emporia, VA, passed away on April 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, L.C. Clarke, two daughters, Pat Clarke, and Debbie Marshall and one grandson, Philip Marshall. Survivors include grandsons, Steven Selph and his wife Getra, Clarke Weeks and his wife Shannon, Andrew Marshall and great grandson Cole Weeks. Jean retired from the VA Department of Corrections where she served as Operations Officer for Greensville Correctional Center. A graveside service will be held at Matthews Chapel United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Reese St. Emporia, VA, 23847, where she was a lifelong member.

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Jason Billy Vincent

April 18, 1974-April 1, 2020

It is with deepest sorrow that we say goodbye to Jason Billy Vincent, age 45, our beloved son, brother, family member, and friend who passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at his home in Skippers, VA.

Jason was born April 18, 1974, in Emporia, VA and he spent most of his life in nearby Skippers. Over the course of his career, Jason served in the US Army in Ft. Benning, GA where he attended Infantry Training and later worked with Bradley Fighter Vehicles.  After discharging from the Army, Jason worked in Computer Science, graduated from Welding School, and most notably in recent years worked in his family’s business, The Good Earth Peanut Company in Skippers, VA.

Those who knew Jason, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Jason will be sorely missed everyday by his father and mother, Lindsey Somner Vincent and Janet Scott Vincent; his sister, Claire Vincent (Brian Gilligan); his brother Benjamin Vincent; his nephew, Avett Gilligan; his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many wonderful friends.  Jason will also be greatly missed by his Good Earth Peanut Company “family” who he saw, loved, and worked with closely every day.

Jason is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Billy Ben Vincent and Frances Somner Vincent and his maternal grandparents William Edmunds Tucker and Della Elder Tucker. 

Some of Jason’s favorite things were his dogs (and animals in general), Sun Drop, motorcycles, Chicken Tetrazzini, video games and listening to music.

Due to COVID-19 a private service will be held now, but a full memorial service is planned to honor Jason’s life once the COVID-19 social distancing bans are lifted.

Because of Jason’s love of animals, contributions in memory of Jason may be made to the non-profit organization, Luv4Pawz Animal Rescue, 552 North Main St., Emporia, VA 23847 or online @

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Gale Poole Moore

October 24, 1942 - April 2, 2020

Gale Poole Moore, 77, died Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Gale was the daughter of the late Wesley C. “Jimmy” Poole and Ruby Wray Poole. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward A. “Arnie” Moore, a brother, Clarence Wesley “Sonny or Little Jimmy” Poole, and a sister, Helen Poole Gibson.

Gale loved her Church and her Church Family, her work at Echols Funeral Home, where she was the Office Manager for over thirty years, she loved the beach, bingo, and travelling, but most of all she loved her daughter and grandson and her extended family.

Gale is survived by her loving daughter and grandson, Kimberly Moore Downing and Morey Ray Downing, both of Virginia Beach, a special grandson Ed Powell,  her brother, William Boyd Poole and his wife Lori of Emporia, cousin, Nancy Poole Reyes, an aunt, Mable Wray Mizzell of Petersburg, her sister in law, Jean Moore Bennett and her husband Alton, special nephews, Dean Moore and his wife Lori, Albert Calvin “Plug” Moore Jr. and his wife Susan, niece, Deanna Moore Babb and her husband Michael, and many more nieces and nephews who she loved dearly and a special friend, Reni Hobbs of Emporia.

A private Graveside Service will be held at Zion Baptist Church, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Husband Arnie. A public Celebration of Gale’s life will be held at a later time.

Echols Funeral Home is taking care of the arrangements, and online condolences may be left at

Joe Garnet “Jody” Whitley, Jr.

July 11, 1949-March 1, 2020

Joe Garnet “Jody” Whitley, Jr., of Emporia, VA passed away on March 1, 2020, after a short illness.

He was born in Page, VA., on July 11, 1949 to the late Joe Garnet and Julia Wallace Whitley, Sr. He was preceded in death by his sister, Irene “Pat” Whitley Pearson. He is survived by his sister, Brenda Whitley Klassen of Placentia, California; nephew Martin (Ari) Klassen and niece, Michelle Klassen (T.R.) Lind; his brother, Reese J. (Bonnie) Whitley of Bedford, VA.; nephew Reinor Jay (Patricia) Whitley of Brambleton, Virginia and niece Jennifer Whitley (Rob) McCarthy of Tampa, Florida.

Jody graduated from Garden High School in 1967, and attended two years of Diesel Mechanic School in Abingdon, VA. He spent the majority of his working years in Ford-Mercury-Lincoln dealerships and heavy duty truck and earth moving equipment dealers.

While he described himself as “Just an auto mechanic”, Jody, throughout his life, loved building engines for professional race cars. He enjoyed years of friendship with people involved in NASCAR racing. As a hobby, he enjoyed rebuilding old cars to the point where they appeared to have just rolled off the assembly line. His favorite “rebuild” was a 1967 Mustang “Boss” model, painted candy apple red and white. When something broke around the house, be it a lawn mower, the washing machine, a stove, or even a watch, Jody could fix it. He also enjoyed reading and spending time with “Fuzz”, his cat.

In keeping with Jody’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. There will be a private family burial service later at the family burial site in Bluefield, VA.

Robert Thomas "Bob" Morris, Sr.

September 20, 1921-January 18,2020

Visitation Services

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Wednesday, January 22, 2:00 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, Virginia

Robert Thomas (Bob) Morris, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 98 after a brief illness. A native of Scottsboro, Alabama; he was the son of the late Ernest and Beatrice Morris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Arline Davis Morris, daughter Carol Morris Hostetter and his three brothers, Bryce, Gene, and Billy.

A loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is survived by his children; Sharon M. White (Allen), Robert T. Morris, Jr. (Lori), Richard Keith Morris (Vicki), Cindy M. Hodge (Jeff), Lori M. Moore (Dean), Glenn Hostetter (son-in-law); grandchildren; Chris White (Jenna), Emily Hostetter, Benjamin Hostetter, Kelsey M. Bowden (Randy), Meredith Morris, Brian Morris, Erika Morris, Tori Morris, Nolan Hodge, Hannah H. Mueller, (Matt), Callie Hodge, Arlie Beville (Adam), and Tyler Moore; and great-grandchildren; Tripp Bowden, Jack Bowden, and Hailey Beville.

A special thanks to Hospice of Virginia for overseeing his care and his longtime housekeeper Daisy Grey. The family also would like to thank Debra Nicholson, Peggy Branch, and Laurie Stith for their assistance during the past three weeks.

Our father, to whom we lovingly referred to as “The Boss,” was a born mechanic. He acquired his knowledge of refrigeration equipment at an early age while working at the family owned ice plant. After his parents sold the ice plant, he began working after school at the local Ford dealership and thus began his lifelong interest in automobile mechanics. After moving to Emporia, Virginia in 1949, he began Morris Refrigeration from which he retired at the age of 93 and was a lifetime member of the American Society of Heating, Air Conditioning – Refrigeration Engineers. He was responsible for introducing air conditioning in its early years to many of the Emporia merchants and residents. Even at the age of 98, his mental alertness and physical stamina were amazing to all who knew him. In addition to restoring antique automobiles, he was an avid reader and a wonderful source of wisdom and knowledge to his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by many.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home.

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 2:00 P.M., at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ricky Hurst and Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Following the Service the family will have a reception at Mr. Morris ‘s residence.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church or any Charity of your choice.

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Caroline R. Tobias Manear

September 10, 1922 - 15 January 2020

Visitation Services

18 January 2020, 12:00 Noon

Main St. United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

18 January 2020, 2:00 pm

Main St. United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street

Emporia, Virginia 23847

Caroline R. Tobias Manear, 97 born September 10, 1922 in Grafton, W. VA was granted her angel wings on 15 January 2020. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that loved and cared for her deeply.

Mrs. Manear was born to the late Harvey U. Tobias and Rosa Elizabeth Jacobs Tobias and was educated in public schools in W. VA. After graduation she was employed as a secretary for the Taylor Co. Judicial System.

In 1942 she married her High School sweetheart and love of her life Rev. Carl E. Manear and were blessed with 3 children, Edward Lee Manear, Barbara Jean Manear Chapman and Carol Ann Manear all deceased. After moving to Virginia in 1963 she was a bridal consultant for the Modern Bridal Shop in Falls Church, VA. She was honored to be a Ministers wife for 6 different churches in Virginia and was married for 73 years. She was very active in all choirs, the United Methodist Women and Main St. United Methodist Women. She was a member of Chapter #12 order of the Eastern Star and Woodman of the World. She loved crafts of all kinds, gardening, sewing, quilting handmade quilts and was a charter member of the Merherrin Peace Makers Quilt Guild.

She is survived by 4 grandchildren Allen Milburn of Summersville, SC; Jennifer M. Milburn of Emporia, VA; Kelly A. Chapman of Chattanooga, TN; Cindy L. Cherry and husband Joe Cherry of Honolulu, HI and 3 great grandchildren Jayden, Madison and Hope.

Viewing will be held at the Main St. United Methodist Church 18 January 2020, 12:00 pm followed with Service at 2:00 pm with burial at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. 

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