Obituaries

Gary Wayne Davis, Sr.

December 20, 1951-April 19, 2021

 

Visitation

5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 22

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Gary Wayne Davis, Sr., 69, of Skippers, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021. He had recently retired after 21 years’ service with the Virginia Department of Corrections. He was preceded in death by his father, Emmett and stepfather, Jack.

Gary Wayne is survived by his wife, Denise M. Davis; daughters, Tracy Sison (Thiery) and Tanya D. Clary (Al) and son, G.W. Davis, Jr. (Megan); four grandchildren, Jonathan & Anna Sison and Hannah & Luca Davis; his mother, Rose Phillips; sister, Glenda D. Creath (David); his beloved canine companion, Spanky and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a large extended family and the many friends made in the ball community and in the time he spent hunting and fishing.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Sylvia Cullins Morris

June 14, 1934 - April 14, 2021

Graveside Service

11 a.m. Saturday, April 17

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

 

Sylvia Cullins Morris, 86, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, April14, 2021. She worked for Continental, GTE and Verizon phone companies and for 25 years as switchboard operator at SVRMC. She enjoyed her time spent as a member of the Red Hat Society.

Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Clayton Morris; her parents, Ella Johnson Cullins and John Cullins; also four sisters and a very dear sister-in-law.

Left to cherish her memory are daughter, Terry Anne Morris Joyner and special friend, Terry Pulley; son Winfield Morris and special friend, Mari; grandsons, Clayton Earl Boles, Jerry Mcintyre and Joseph Mcintyre; granddaughters, Libby and Kiara and numerous nieces and nephews and special friend and helper, Tammy Simmons.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the home, 7700 Little Lowground Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Community Fellowship, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Pat Bivens Clary

October 1, 1960-April 8, 2021

Celebration of Life

Friday April 16th at 3 pm

The Clary Home
405 Laurel Street
Emporia, Virginia

Pat Bivens Clary, 60, of Emporia, beloved wife, mother, grandmother “Roowah”, sister, aunt, and friend to so many, passed peacefully surrounded by family on April 8, 2021.

Born on October 19, 1960, in Emporia, she was the daughter of the late Billy Joe and Alice Bivens.  In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her brothers Mike and Joey.

Left to honor and cherish her memory is her husband of 37 years, Wilson Clary, three daughters, Katie Richardson (Allen) of Gasburg, VA, Kelly Clary of Emporia, VA,  Kendall Nunnally (Scott) of Sutherland, VA and two grandchildren; Kenzie Clary and Ace Nunnally.  She is also survived by her sister Amy Lifsey and niece Heather Barnes (Brooks), three great nephews and many special friends.

In addition to raising three girls and Wilson, Pat worked as the Office Manager at Wilson Clary and Associates for 25 years where she loved helping people and solving problems.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Emporia Ballet where she played a prominent leadership role in the operations of the dance school.   Pat also volunteered 8 years of her time as a layperson to the Virginia State Bar Association’s Disciplinary Committee.

Helping people in need was second nature to Pat.  She was always so giving to friends, family, and strangers alike and never sought recognition for it.  For this reason, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Emporia YMCA at 212 Weaver Avenue, Emporia, VA 23847 where Pat Clary’s Helping Heart Fund has been established to continue her legacy.

A celebration of life will be held outdoors for all that wish to attend at the family home located at 405 Laurel Street, Emporia, VA on Friday April 16th at 3 pm. 

Karen Ann Gregory

October 24, 1945 - April 03, 2021

Memorial Service

3 p.m. Sunday, April 11

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Mrs. Karen Ann Gregory, 75, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nelson and Virginia Fuller and a daughter, Valerie Starke Newsome.

Karen is survived by her children, Penny S. Holland (Al), Nelson T. Starke and Barbara S. Wyatt (Danny) and stepdaughter, Rebecca Gregory Taylor (Nathanael); grandchildren, Christopher Holland, Lori Harrup (A. C.), David Wyatt (Lauren), Lance Wyatt (Kelli), Zachary Shannon (Tori), Amanda Butler (Gene), Brandon Holland (Anthony), Danielle Donovan (Brian), Travis Starke and Austin Wyatt (Jill); great-grandchildren, Valerie, Alayna, Presley, Emersyn, Mason, Brad, Broady, Brayden, Elijah, Sydney, Bryn and Wyatt; a brother, Charles Fuller and a special cousin, Charlet Grace.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

All those attending are asked to please adhere to safety precautions (mask wearing and social distancing.)

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

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

Shirley Whitehead Walton

June 9, 1939 - March 17, 2021

Shirley Whitehead Walton, 81, of Emporia, VA passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 17th at Southside Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Presley J. “Milly” Walton, her parents, Waverly Curtis Whitehead and Ruth Faison Whitehead and her sister Peggy Ruth Whitehead.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children, Edward Darrell Walton and wife Kim; Amy Walton King and husband Stacy; and Brian Curtis Walton; grandchildren; Kirby Dale King, Grayson Lane Walton, Presley Dakota Walton, her siblings; Ann whitehead Temple and Virginia Whitehead Pruden, as well as three nieces and two nephews.

Graveside Services will be held Saturday, March 20th, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

William Fredrick Clary

December 2, 1968 - March 13, 2021

Memorial Service

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at

Fountain Creek Baptist Church

William Fredrick Clary, 52, died Saturday, March 13, 2021.

William was the son of James Julian Clary and the late Alva Ann Fulcher Clary. He was a Wastewater Treatment Operator and enjoyed hunting with his friends at Sturgeon Creek Hunt Club.

In addition to his father, William is survived by his wife; Jennifer Clary, his son; Blakely Clary, his brothers; Jimmy Clary and his wife Debbie, Ricky Clary and his wife Teressa, and Stevie Clary, nephews; Christopher and Jordan Clary, Caleb Litchfield, nieces; Addison Clary and Tristin Litchfield.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Fountain Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Griles officiating.

The Family will receive friends after the Service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

KENNETH JACKSON GOODFELLOW

Kenneth Jackson Goodfellow, 75, of Skippers, VA died Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital, in Richmond, VA.

Mr. Goodfellow was born in Halifax County, NC the son of the late Chester Alexander Goodfellow and Mary Wills Goodfellow. He was a retired U.S. Navy Chief and was a former employee of the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Surviving are: his wife Wanda Frisk Goodfellow; two step sons, James Calvin Rummage of El Cajon, CA and Kevin Allan Rummage of San Diego, CA; two sisters, Jeanette Sledge and Margaret Johnson, both of Roanoke Rapids, NC; two grandchildren, Logan Rummage of El Cajon, CA and Reilly Rummage of AZ; three nieces, Lynn Conner (Mike of Gaston, NC, Lou McEver (Rich) of Manteo, NC and Andrea Johnson of Roanoke Rapids, NC and all of his fur babies.

Memorial services will be private.

Arrangements in the Care of Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Services.

Online condolences may be sent to the Family at: wrennclarkehagan.com

Mary Carroll Lipscomb

March 03, 1938 - March 10, 2021

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Saturday, March 13

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Saturday, March 13

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

Mary Carroll Lipscomb, 83, of Jarratt, widow of Charles Lipscomb, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021. She was the daughter of the late William and Eva Mae Catlett and was also preceded in death by one son, Marvin Carroll and her former husband, Herbert Lee Carroll; brother, Jimmy and sisters, Mattie and Glenda.

Mrs. Lipscomb is survived by two sons, Mike Carroll (Kathy) and Robert Carroll (Lisa); daughter, Renee’ Moore (Keith) and daughter-in-law, Debra Carroll (Jim); grandchildren, Michelle Carroll, Christopher Moore, Robert “Patton” Carroll (Michelle), Kayla Tisdale (Adam), Bryan Moore, Andrew Tisdale and Blake Carroll (Felicia); eleven great-grandchildren; brother, Gene Catlett and sister, Joyce Plott and a number of nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by three step-children, Ron Lipscomb (Debbie), Theresa Meyers (Steven) and Rickey Lipscomb (Renee’) and their families.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private.

Please respect all protocols regarding the ongoing pandemic (mask wearing and social distancing)

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emporia/Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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


 

Sandra Ann Wicks Allen

February 04, 1951 - March 01, 2021

Sandra Ann Wicks Allen, 70, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021. She is survived by her husband, Jeffery Neal Allen; her children, George Squires, Timothy Squires (Brenda), Jamie Squires, Cassy O’Neill (Chris) and Darlean Brown; step-children, Jessica Petry (Elliott) and Leanna Collins (Dave); eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fountain Creek Baptist Church, 8099 Brink Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Sarah Mckinney Staton

January 02, 1941 - February 26, 2021

Graveside Services

2 p.m. Monday, March 1

Grace Church Cemetery
9886 Purdy Rd
Jarratt, VA 23867

Sarah Mckinney Staton, 80, of Emporia, widow of James Richard Staton, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021.

Sarah is survived by two sisters, Peggy M. Powell and Betty M. Oakley; special nieces, Tracey Oakley Moore and Meghan Ownley Trueblood and numerous other nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Monday, March 1 at Grace Church Cemetery.

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




 

Cyran Lee “P Y” Wong

 

February 05, 1954 - February 24, 2021

Cyran Lee “P Y” Wong, 67, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ah-Ching Wong and Sally and Franklin Grizzard and by a brother, Franklin F. Grizzard, Jr.

P Y is survived by devoted companion, Laura Torgeson; two daughters, Kapunahele Wong (Richard Spears) and Jennifer Wong-Chapman (Christopher); son, Jason Wong; three grandchildren, Malana Chapman, Miles Chapman and Kahekili Spears; brothers, Wayne Wong, Dale Grizzard and Carl Grizzard; three sisters, Aisley Daniels, Lorna Wong and Christina Wong and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Emporia/Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Edward C. Velvin, Jr.

Dates

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Saturday, February 20

GReensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

 

Edward C. Velvin, Jr., 78, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021. He served his country as a member of the National Guard and retired from the Army Reserve and also retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a longtime member of Greensville Volunteer Fire Department as well as Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. He was a longtime member of Adams Grove Baptist Church where he served in many capacities.

Mr. Velvin is survived by his wife, Sally G. Velvin; son Chris Velvin (Audrey); daughter, Carol Grizzard (Carl); six grandchildren, Brandon Grizzard (Samantha), David Grizzard (JoJo), Megan Wilson (Josh), Chris Velvin, Jr., Dawn Hibbard and Brooke Velvin; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Joyner, Mary Pinner; a brother, Bobby Velvin and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Saturday, February 20 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church, 24407 Adams Grove Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Earldean Allen

April 22, 1939-February 9, 2021

Graveside Celebration of Life

2 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021

Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery
4438 Independence Church Road
Emporia, Virginia

Earldean Allen, 81, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in a local hospital after a brief battle with complications of Covid-19.

She was born April 22, 1939 to John and Gladys Nowell Newsome in Halifax County, NC. Earldean was married to Sonny Allen and worked as a textile worker. She loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Fountain Grove Baptist Church in Emporia attending regularly as long as her health permitted. She loved her little dog, Lilly, gardening, sewing, hummingbirds, baseball and helping others. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. Her family was the center of her world and she was a friend that will be truly missed.

Earldean was preceded in death by her grandparents, James and Floy Nowell; her parents and her husband of 48 years; her sister, Elaine; stepdaughter, Teresa and stepson, Thomas Allen.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Allen of Emporia; brother, Haywood Nelson of Halifax, NC; aunt, Myrtle Nowell of Weldon, NC; stepdaughter, Wanda of Pennsylvania; son-in-law, Thomas Edward Allen of Emporia; sisters-in-law, Dorothy, Rosa, and Jean. all of Emporia; and numerous nieces, nephews; great-nieces and nephews; cousins, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, February 20 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery on Independence Church Rd, Emporia, Virginia officiated by Pastor Tom Spizzirri. Due to circumstances of the pandemic, masks and social distancing will be followed.

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

 

Kandy Bryant Poarch

May 30, 1973-February 7, 2021

Kandy Bryant Poarch, 47, of Pleasant Shade in Emporia, Virginia, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021. Kandy graduated from Greensville Co. High School, where she also began her education to become an LPN. She later became a RN and obtained her Master’s Degree in Nursing. Kandy has worked locally for over 25 years as a nurse at GMH, SVRMC, and presently served as Director of Nursing of Accordius Health at Emporia. Kandy was a dedicated nurse and is well known for her compassion for others and her patients.

Kandy is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Byron and Betty Dunn; paternal grandparents, Robert and Pattie Bryant; and father-in-law, Randolph Poarch.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ron Poarch; daughter, Shirlkay Poarch; son, Bryant Poarch; loving dog, Elvis; parents, Edward and Kay Bryant; brother, Frankie Bryant (Tonya); brother-in-law, Brian Poarch (Mary Beth); mother-in-law, Shirley Poarch; nieces, Sarah Poarch, Jane Poarch, and Natalie Bryant; and nephew, Nikolas Bryant.

A private funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021, with private interment at Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Kandy Bryant Poarch Memorial Foundation to benefit nursing home patients in need. Contributions can be mailed to the foundation in care of Frankie Bryant at 1941 Sussex Drive Emporia, VA 23847.

Mrs. Jane Brett “Mimi” Mitchell

October 12-1936-February 4, 2021

Mrs. Jane Brett “Mimi” Mitchell, 84, of Emporia, widow of Don Mitchell, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Mitchell Coleman (Steve); two sons, Gary Donald Mitchell (Dana) and Kenneth Vernon Mitchell (Gynelle); five grandchildren, Megan Mitchell, Mariah Mitchell, Bridget Kinney (Sean), Emily Coleman and Cassidy Coleman and a sister, JoAnne Brett.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Monumental United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

 

Mabel Lewis Gillam

August 25, 1931-February 7, 2021

Graveside Services

Day, Date and Time

High Hills Memorial Cemetry
Kientz Road
 
Jarratt, Virginia

Mabel Lewis Gillam, 89, of Jarratt, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, James and son, David.

Mrs. Gillam is survived by two sons, Wayne (Connie) and Curtis (Susan) and three daughters, Dianne, Judy (Lynwood) and Martha (Jim); one granddaughter; three grandsons; six great-grandchildren and two sisters, Frances Leonard and Nancy Castellow.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 9 at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Betty Little Delbridge

April 9, 1942-January 30, 2021

Betty Little Delbridge, 79, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Betty was born on April 9, 1942 and was raised in Pleasant Hill, NC and later moved to Emporia, Virginia, married and raised a family.

Betty loved her career as secretary of the Greensville County Public Schools Elementary School where she was devoted to teachers, parents and children. She retired on June 30, 2007 after 25 years service.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Jarman Delbridge; her parents, Jesse Lee and Dora Webb Little; two sisters, Irene Turner and Mildred Pettway; four brothers, Dean Little, Harward Little, Joe Little and Lewis Little.

She is survived by a son, Walter ‘Jack” Deldridge (Melissa); daughter, Betty Jo Ridout (Ray); six grandchildren, Hunter Delbridge (Taylor), Mackenzie Delbridge, Jacob Gwaltney, Samantha Delbrdige, Emily Ridout and Ethan Ridout; a great-grandson, Mason Lee Delbridge, all of Emporia; two sisters, Rebecca Edwards and Verla Rainey (Edward) and a special niece, Sharon Simmons (Charles).

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

 

Gilbert L. “Skip” Rawlings

April 13, 1932 - January 30, 2021

Services

2 p.m. Wednesday, February 3rd

Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
1919 Reedy Creek Road
Freeman, Virginia

Gilbert L. “Skip” Rawlings, 88, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Martha Cifers Rawlings; two daughters, Joyce Driver and husband, Dave and Sandra Journigan; two sons, Michael Glenn Rawlings and wife, Glenda and David Wayne Rawlings and wife, Christie; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be graveside 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 3 at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

William Joseph Bivens, Jr. (Billy Joe),

September 19, 1932 - January 21, 2021

Graveside Services

2:00 PM on Sunday, January 24, 2021

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Rd.
Emporia, Virginia

 88 of Emporia, VA, passed away on January 21, 2021.

Billy Joe was born September 19, 1932 to William J. Bivens, Sr. and Mary Bivens Kanipe in Hamlet, NC.  After graduating from Greensville County High School, he attended Virginia Tech where he played football.

He worked for the State of Virginia and the USDA supervising fruit, vegetable and peanut inspections for 43 years.  Billy Joe enjoyed coaching Pee Wee football, watching his children and grandchildren on the ballfield and was known to have played an occasional hand of cards. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alice Bivens and sons, Joey and Mike Bivens.  He is survived by his daughter Pat Clary (Wilson) of Emporia, VA; step-daughter Amy Lifsey of Roanoke Rapids, NC; grandchildren, Katie Richardson (Allen) of Gasburg, VA, Kelly Clary of Emporia, VA, Kendall Nunnally (Scott) of Sutherland, VA, Heather Barnes (Brooks) of Lucama, NC; five great-grandchildren and special friend Randy Sirles.

A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 24, 2021.  The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville County Fire Department, 209 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847.  Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Jessica Nicole Davis

July 10, 2001 - January 6, 2021

Graveside Services

2:00 pm on Saturday, January 23, 2021

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

JESSICA Nicole Davis, 19, passed away on January 6, 2021. She was preceded in death by her mother, Kay Gordon Davis. She is survived by her father, Roy Michael Davis and step mom, Tina B. Davis of Capron, VA., maternal grandparents, Linwood Gordon and Daisy Mae Gordon of Emporia VA., step-grandmother, Marlene Holland of Capron, VA., brothers, Jeffrey M. Davis and Joshua M. Davis of Emporia, VA., step brother, Cody J. Henderson of Capron, VA., step sister, Shana Lambert of Franklin, VA., along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. Jessica graduated from Greensville County High School.

A private graveside service will be held, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. John Kinsey officiating.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

Due to covid-19 regulations, wearing a mask and social distancing will be required.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Andrew Earnhardt

August 17, 1950 - January 15, 2021

Jerry Andrew Earnhardt 70, passed away at his home on January 15, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin Earnhardt and Louise Shupping, one sister Shirley McIntyre and two grandchildren Whitney Nicole Gaultney and Aubree Curry. He is survived by is loving wife Patricia P. Earnhardt, two sons Tommy Gaultney (Jennifer) of Emporia, VA, James David Earnhardt (Gretchen) of Salsbury, NC , three daughters Angela Earnhardt of Kannapolis, NC, Crystal Mureno (Roberto) of South Hill, VA and Michelle Cifers (Frankie) of Emporia, VA. One niece Melissa Miller (Tod) of Salsbury NC.
Also, 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He worked as an electrician for many years.

Otis B. Chaffin

March 3, 1934 - January 12, 2021

Otis B. Chaffin passed away at the age of 86 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Otis was born on March 3, 1934, in Mississippi. He was a retiree of the Georgia-Pacific plant in Emporia, Virginia. 

Otis is survived by his wife of 39 years, Frances Mitchell Chaffin; daughter Sylvia Chaffin; son, Earl Chaffin; step-daughters, Debra M. Roach (Wayne) and Brenda M. Rieley (Jerry); two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and four step-great-grandchildren. 

A private graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 16 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery officiated by The Reverend Tom Williams of Adams Grove Baptist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church, 24262 Green Plains Rd, Emporia, VA 23847.

Maggie Lane Ligon

November 30, 1977 - January 5, 2021

Visitation

Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Maggie Lane Ligon, 43, passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 2021. She is survived by two sons, Mother Joan Ligon, Father Ray Ligon, Grandmother Bernice Ligon, Sister Cindy Fox, Brothers Lonnie Ligon and David Maitland, five nephews and one neice. She was dearly loved by family and friends.

Visitation will be conducted Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, Virginia.

Charles I. “Billy Gene” Gregory, Sr.

March 31, 1935-January 6, 2021

Charles I. “Billy Gene” Gregory, Sr., 85, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

He loved his Lord, his family, his church, and his community and served each one well.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty M. Gregory; his children, Donna Gregory, Tammy Gregory Kidd (Garry), and Charles I. (Chuck) Gregory, Jr. (Kim); his grandchildren, Stacy Hardester (Drew), Mark Ferguson (Amanda), Samantha Thomas (Dustin), Charles I. Gregory, III and Claire Gregory; his great-grandchildren, Katie and Darby Hardester, Easton and Gunner Thomas; his step-grandchildren, Megan K. Deal (John), Lovie E. Kidd and his step-great-grandchildren, Ari, Knox and Everlie Deal, Tyler Thompson and Eli Thomas and two sisters, Sandra Comer and Dama Jones.

Billy was a member of the National Guard and a Scoutmaster for many years. He was a member of the Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department and an honorary member until the day of his death. He was a deacon in his church and a member of Jarratt Town Council for many years. Billy retired after 44 years with Georgia-Pacific Corporation as the boiler house supervisor.

A private graveside service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Main St. Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia or to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Charles Ruffin Sykes

Graveside Services

Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.

Hollywood Cemetery
Middlesex, NC

Charles Ruffin Sykes, 92, passed away on December 7, 2020. He was the husband of Betty Brantley Sykes. He was the son of the late Garland Reid Sykes and Annie Lou Marshbourne Sykes. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, J.G. Sykes, Alvin Johnson Sykes, sisters, Alice Edwards, Julie Sykes Upchurch, Pauline Sykes. He is survived by his daughters, Debra Day (Jimmy) of Emporia, VA., Gail Kansler (Mike) of Raleigh, NC., brother, Everett Sykes (Sallie Ann) of Reidsville, NC., along with two grandchildren, Jamie Poythress (Jason) of Emporia, VA., Alexandra Kansler of Raleigh, NC. Charles was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church. He worked for many years in HVAC and Plumbing Supplies business but his true love was farming, gardening, and sharing his produce with his neighbors. He was a man of integrity, character, and strong work ethics.

Charles and Betty were married for 67 years and are now together in their heavenly home.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021, for Charles and Betty Sykes, at Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex, NC., at 11:00 A.M.

Memorial Donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, VA., 23847.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Betty Brantley Sykes

Graveside Services

Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.

Hollywood Cemetery
Middlesex, NC

Betty Brantley Sykes, 87, passed away on December 12, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Bernice Marvin Brantley and Lona Murray Brantley. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles Ruffin Sykes, sisters, Dorothy Brantley Kemp, Geraldine Brantley, brothers, John Brantley, Pete Brantley. She is survived by her daughters, Debra Day (Jimmy) of Emporia, VA., Gail Kansler (Mike) of Raleigh, NC., sister-in-law, Bertie Mae Brantley of Middlesex, NC., two grandchildren, Jamie Poythress (Jason) of Emporia, VA., Alexandra Kansler of Raleigh, NC. Betty was a longtime Member at Calvary Baptist Church. She had a long and distinguished career in Banking and her most cherished role in life was being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Betty and Charles were married for 67 years and are now together in their heavenly home.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021, for Betty and Charles Sykes, at Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex, NC., at 11:00 A.M.

Memorial Donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, VA., 23847.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

William Lee Carter

November 13, 1929 ~ December 9, 2020

Visitation Services

Sunday, December 13, 2020, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM and

Monday, December 14, 2020, 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Monday, December 14, 2020, 11:00 AM

Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

William Lee Carter took his earthly rest to begin his heavenly life in God’s infinite wisdom on December 9, 2020. William Lee Carter was born November 13, 1929 as he turned 91 years young. William L. Carter was the fourth child of 13 children to the late Herbert Lee and Alsie Jordan Carter in Southampton County, Virginia. 

At an early age, William Lee joined the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jarratt, VA. William Lee loved God and often quoted scriptures or a favorite song. William Lee attended the public schools in Sussex, VA. At the age of seventeen, William Lee left Virginia and moved north to Plainfield, New Jersey, where he worked as a machinist. During this time, in 1966,  William Lee met and married the love of his life Mary Edna Burts formerly of Greenville, SC.

In 1992, William Lee and Mary Edna left New Jersey to build a home in Emporia, Virginia, on a portion of land formerly owned by his father, Herbert L. Carter. They had a relaxing life of farming, family and fellowship.

William Lee was a loving and dedicated husband, brother, father, uncle, cousin, grandfather and friend. William Lee was a man of quiet strength and integrity. William Lee was a genuine person with a heart to help his fellow man. William Lee’s compassion, kindness and generosity was extended to all he encountered. William Lee was a simple man who enjoyed peace, encouraging young people and supporting his community.

William Lee was preceded in death by: his parents, Herbert L. & Alsie Carter; daughter, Celestine Carter and siblings, Clarence Carter, Ruby Maryland, Willie Carter, Joseph Carter, Susie Moore, George Carter, Albert Carter and Fannie Parham. 

Cherishing his memory is: his wife of 53 years Mary Edna Carter;  four children, Deborah Ferguson (Anthony) of Maryland, Cornell Brown (Laverne) of Hopewell, VA, Faye Hines of Emporia, VA and Darin Hester (Wanda) of New Jersey; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his siblings, Carroll Carter (Clara) of Emporia, VA, Shirley Powell (George) of Hampton, VA, Margaret Robinson of Emporia, VA and Richard Carter (Christine) of Jamesburg, NJ, sisters and brothers-in-law, Susie Carter (Clarence-deceased) of Emporia, VA, Milton Burts, Douglas Burts and Evelyn Burts all of Greenville, SC; close cousin, Reginald Carter;  a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Norma Jones Vacca

February 23, 1932 - December 9, 2020

Norma Jones Vacca, 88, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Gerald Jones and Grace Starkey Jones and was a longtime member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Vacca was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Daniel Vacca. She is survived by her two daughters, Gay Little, Christy Suttles (Don), two sons, Danny Vacca (Ann), Steven Vacca (Lu), two brothers, Keith Jones (Marie), Jerry Jones (Jean), along with seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, along with two great-great grandchildren. The family would like to send a special thanks to Mrs. Vacca’s primary caregiver, Mona Drake, for the excellent care she provided.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Timothy “Tim” Sparrow

April 14, 1969-November 30, 2020

Mr. Timothy Paul Sparrow, age 51, a resident of Emporia, VA and a former resident of Beaufort County died Monday November 30, 2020.

A private graveside service will be held for the family officiated by Pastor Shad Watters.  Pallbearers will be Kelly, Everett, Gary Chrismon, Brad Smith Daniel Lewis Jeremy Surratt and Tony L. Whitlock.  Honorary pallbearers will be Redwine International VA family.  A public visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday December 6, 2020 at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington.

Tim was born in Beaufort County on March 14, 1969, son of the late Jacob Cedric Sparrow and the late Carol Faye Waters Sparrow.  He was a graduate of Bath High School and continued his education at Beaufort County Community College.  He was a service and parts manager with Redwine International in Emporia.  Tim attended First Presbyterian Church of Emporia.  His hobbies included watching Dallas Cowboys football, attending theme parks, riding rollercoasters, and watching NASCAR racing.  His love of NASCAR prompted him to pursue and fulfill his dream of driving Richard Petty’s car.

Survivors include his stepchildren: Kelsey N Whitlock, Hillary M. Whitlock who affectionately called him Paw Paw; a niece: Rhesa Jo Walston (Ryan) of Chocowinity; a nephew: Cameron David Sparrow of Chocowinity; a great niece: Breelyn Walston of Chocowinity; a sister-in-law: Michelle Brown of Washington;    a grandchild: Adelaide Britt; a special friend Nora Lynch Smith and numerous cousins.  Tim was predeceased along with his parents by his special parents: Hubert and Helen Johnson, a sister: Elisabeth C. Sparrow and a brother: David M. Sparrow.

Flowers are welcome and the family asks that any memorial contributions be made toThe Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Avenue, Oxford, NC  27565.

Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com

Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve Tim’s family.

William Sherrod “Billy” Harris, Jr.,

November 23, 1938-December 1, 2020

Visitation Services

Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.

Greenaville County Rescue Squad Building
513 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

2:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 6, 2020

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

William Sherrod “Billy” Harris, Jr., 82 of Emporia, VA, departed from his earthly life on Tuesdday, December 1, 2020 to enter his Heavenly home for eternity. 

Billy was transported by his fellow squad members to the local hospital on November 14th and was then transported to Southside Regional Medical Center, in Petersburg, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.  He fought to survive, but succumbed to his illness and went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was the son of the late William Sherrod and Elva Everette Harris.  He was their only child. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Martha Allen Harris, their daughter Sherron Lane Harris Talbott (Michael), and two grandsons, Edward Grant and William Cole Bradley.

Billy was a graduate of Greensville County High School.  He attended East Carolina University, where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.  He then transferred to Campbell University where he graduated in 1965. 

He was a lifelong member of Monumental United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Lay Speaker and as the Chairman of the Administrative Board.

He began his career with the City of Emporia as Deputy Treasurer in 1967, and was then elected Treasurer in November 1969. He served as Treasurer until the time of death. 

He was one of the original 33 Founding Members of the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1963, where he continued to proudly and unselfishly serve his community for 57 years, serving 35 of those years as President.  During his years with the Rescue Squad he served as a mentor, leader, teacher and friend to all of its members.  In 1978 he was certified with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health as an EMT Instructor and was awarded Life Membership to the Squad in 1978.  He was also a Governor’s Award nominee from the Office of EMS.

During his lifetime, he served as President of the Local Rotary Club, where he was recognized by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, and he also served as President of the Emporia Jaycees, where he was recognized with the National Distinguished Service Award.  He was later honored and proud when he received the Eugene H. Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award which he was presented by the Emporia Greensville Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his leadership, professionalism and eagerness to serve his community, as well as being a living example to others.  In addition, he was also awarded the 2013 Hometown Heroes Award by Allen and Allen Law Firm. 

He also received the Community Hero Award from Virginia Tech and Virginia State University through the Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

Billy will be remembered for his love for his family, his love for serving the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, his love for Monumental United Methodist Church, and his tireless and unending love for his local community.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” – John 15:13

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Monumental United Methodist Church.

A visitation will be held at the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad Building on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.

A funeral service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 6, 2020 with Rev. Rick Franklin and Rev. Jerry Wicker officiating. Masks will be required for those attending the funeral service. The service will be broadcast on FM 90.7 while in the church parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Monumental United Methodist Church.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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