Obituaries

Sean Rae Pair

June 11, 1938-September 23, 2020

Visitation Greveside Services

2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 27, 2020

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

3:00 P.M., Sunday, September 27, 2020

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Avenue

Emporia, Virginia

Sean Rae Pair, 82, passed away on September 23, 2020. He was the son of the late Thomas Wayne Pair and Lillie Mitchell Pair. He was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Pair, sister, Emmogene Morgan. He is survived by his two sons, Michael Wayne Pair of Roanoke Rapids, NC., Darryl Pair (Amy) of Roanoke Rapids, NC., six grandchildren, Michael Curt Pair, Stephanie Pair Mitchell, Lizzie Pair, Exia Pair, Rachel Pair, Landen Pair, all of Roanoke Rapids, NC., three great-grandchildren, Makayla Pair Luke Pair, Mckenzie Hamilton. Sean Pair served in the National Guard and was the owner of a retail furniture store (Mattress Center Discounters).

The family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at Echols Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, September 27, 2020, with Rev. John Kinsley officiating. Interment to follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Cameron Cole Pearson

March 26, 2005-September 20, 2020

Graveside Services

Saturday, September 26 at 1:00

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

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Cameron Cole Pearson went to be with God on Sunday, September 20. He was the sweetest boy and will be remembered by the many people he touched in his short life.

He loved hunting with his uncle and friends at the hunt club, fishing, spending time with Jackson and Kyle, playing Xbox with friends all over the world, listening to music, and he loved his mom most of all.

He will be greeted in Heaven by his granddaddy, William Pearson. He is survived by his mother, Pam Pearson, his grandmother, JoAnn Pearson, aunts Sandy Pearson, Susan Moore (Calvin), Jennifer Jones (Ted), cousins Brandon, Billie Jean, Jordan, Morgan, Jenna and Ava, his great aunt Evangeline Taylor (Harry) and his dog, Chloe.

There will be a small graveside service at Independence United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 26 at 1:00. The service will also stream on the church’s Facebook page. Donations in his honor may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The American Heart Association, or Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Mary Belle Harrison Parker Nye

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July 28, 1933-September 20, 2020

Visitation Services

5-7 p.m. Friday, September 25

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

11 a.m. Saturday, September 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Mary Belle Harrison Parker Nye, 87, of Jarratt, Virginia, departed this life on Sunday, September 20, 2020 to go be with her Father in Heaven, along with many departed loved ones and pets. Born to Claude and Pearl Harrison on July 28, 1933, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Garland Slade Parker. She was also preceded in death by her son, Garland Slade "Rusty" Parker and her second husband, Abner Alexander Nye. 

At a young age, Mary started her career at Johns-Manville Corporation in Jarratt. She retired from Georgia-Pacific Corporation, (which bought the Johns-Manville plant at Jarratt), after 43 years of service. She also worked as the Town Clerk of Jarratt and eventually became the Mayor after serving on Town Council. She was very active in her community and in her church, Centenary United Methodist Church in Jarratt where she served as Treasurer for many years and was also on several committees. She also served as delegate for the church conference. She was an officer in the Quarter Century Club of Johns-Manville. Earlier in life, she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Stony Creek Chapter. Mary was an incredibly talented person, as evidenced by her many accomplishments. She used to make her own fresh evergreen Christmas decorations, and even made her children's clothes. Mary loved God, her husbands, her children, stepchildren, her friends and her beloved pets. 

Mary is survived by her daughters, Sherri Dawn Parker and companion, Bill Dutton, Jr. and Sandra Slade Parker York and husband, Peter York of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and a number of nieces and nephews; step-sons, Paul Nye and wife, Diane and Peter Nye and wife, Valerie. She is also survived by her special friend, Hazel Ann Leonard and her beloved cats, who brought her much company near the end of her life. 

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 26. (Please consider all protocols of social distancing and face coverings). Private family interment will follow. 

Floral tributes are welcomed, as Mary loved her flowers, but if you prefer a memorial donation please make it to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O Box 472, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Joanne Newsome House

May 25, 1936-September 18, 2020

Visitation

Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Joanne Newsome House, 84, passed away on September 18, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. House, son, William Smith, brothers, Robert Newsome, Albert Newsome, John Newsome, Russell Newsome, Irvin Newsome, Oliver Newsome. She is survived by her sons, Robert Smith (Tracy) of Colonial Heights.VA, James Smith (Bobbie Jo) of Hopewell, VA., brothers, Richard Newsome (Stalla) of Emporia, VA., Donald Newsome (Marion) of Emporia, VA., Frankie Newsome (Linda) of Sedley, VA., Butch Newsome (Ruth) of Myrtle Beach, SC, along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Echols Funeral Home, Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of ones’ choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Raymond Martin Prince,

July 23, 1941-September 14, 2020

Graveside Services

Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 2:00 P.M.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery
16489 Dry Bread Rd
Emporia, VA 23847

Raymond Martin Prince, 79, passed away suddenly on September 14, 2020. He is the son of the late, Edward Martin Prince and Mildred Louise Slagle. He is survived by his wife, Betty Mitchell Prince of Emporia, Va., son, Larry Wayne Prince of Emporia, Va, daughter, Melissa Prince Evans of Rocky Mount, NC., son-in-law, Joel Scott, brother, Billy Prince of Emporia, Va., sister, Frances Butler of Emporia, Va., grandchildren, Victoria Christian, Wayne Scott Evans, Mindi Marie Prince, great-granchildren, Kaylie Marie Batchlor, Jordan Gilbert, Nathan Wade Caraway. Raymond was a member of Mt. Vernom Baptist Church and worked as a mechanic for Powell Tire.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. with C. W. Bing officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Louise Shaw Ellis

August 25, 1933-September 17, 2020

Graveside Services

Monday, September 21, 2020, at 2:00 P.M

Emporia Cemetery
Brusnwick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Louise Shaw Ellis, 87, passed away on September 17, 2020. She was preceded in death by beloved son-in-law, Eddie Leinwand. She is survived by her son, Mike Ellis (Lauren Shearin) of Emporia, VA., daughters Kaye Whitehead of Boykins, Va and Betty Leinwand of Suffolk, VA.  Grandchildren Keith Tomlin (Joyce) of Franklin, VA., Tori Hargrave of Emporia VA, Angela and Wayne Whitehead of Fayetteville, NC.  Great grandchildren Nate and Zak Tomlin.   Special nieces Joyce Gardner, Frances Vincent, Novella Casey and Marybelle Lynch.  Special nephews Walter Rook and Calvin Ramsey.

Louise was best known for how much she loved her family and friends. Everybody who knew her loved her famous biscuits.  She was a very special person.  Life was not always easy for her but she persevered and stayed true to her beliefs.  Her passion for travel and family gatherings left her with many great memories.  She will forever be missed.

A graveside service will be held Monday, September 21, 2020, at Emporia Cemetery, 2:00 P.M., with Rev. Jeremy Kobernat officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park PI Ct, Glen Allen, VA, 23060.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Charles Martin, Sr.,

June 1, 1937-September 17-1937

Graveside Services

2 p.m. Saturday, September 19

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Charles Martin, Sr., 83, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020. He was the son of the late Wilbur Lawrence Martin and Ruby Gill Martin and was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Betty B. Martin; son, Charles Martin, Jr.; two daughters, Lelia Boney (James) and Tammy Veliky (Stewart); grandchildren, David, Tiffany, Joseph, Lisa and Anthony; four step-grandchildren, Brent, Brad, Eric and Leslie; fifteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Suggs (Gene) and Martha Blankenship and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, September 19 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Lucy Mitchell Davis

June 4, 1922-September 15, 2020

Graveside Services

September 17, 2020, 11:00 A.M.

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Lucy Mitchell Davis passed away on September 15, 2020 at the age of 98. She was the daughter of the late, Peter and India Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett L. Davis, sisters, Nell Spence, Elie Smith, Alice Hale, brothers, Shelby Mitchell, Beauford Mitchell, Fred Mitchell. She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Gordon of Roanoke Rapids, NC., grandchildren, Donna Dixon (Jimmy) of Chocowinity, NC., Carol Dildy of Roanoke Rapids, NC., great-grandchildren, Kyle Barnes, Brandon Dixon, great-great grandchildren, Ella Blake Barnes, Graham Barnes.

Lucy was a longtime member at Forest Hill Baptist Church, She loved her family, and loved when her church family came to visit.

A graveside service will be held on September 17, 2020, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Linda Beale Thompson

April 18, 1947-September 7, 2020

Visitation Services

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Wrenn, Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Services
1015 West 5th Street
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Thursday, September 10, 2020, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Forrest Hills Baptist Church
2103 Pine Log Road
Skippers, Va, 23879

Linda Beale Thompson, 73, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clara Davis and Carole Quinton Beale, along with her two brothers, Linwood C. Warrick “Bubba” and Eddie W. Warrick. Linda was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and was a retired employee from the City of Emporia.

She is survived by, her husband, Allen W. Thompson of Emporia, VA., sons, Jason D. Rook (Rhonda) of Emporia, VA., Allen W. Thompson, Jr. (Crystal) of Lexington, SC., grandchildren, Joshua D. Rook, Emma L. Rook, Devin W. Thompson, Cassie H. Thompson, along with her two pets, Muff and Lady.

The family will receive friends at Wrenn, Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Services, Wednesday, September 9, 2020, from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

A funeral service will be held at Forrest Hills Baptist Church, 2103 Pine Log Road, Skippers, Va, 23879, on Thursday, September 10, 2020, starting at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Terry Corder and Rev. Rick Ragan officiating with an interment to follow at Forrest Hills Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Emporia/Greensville Human Society of Emporia, 206 Industrial Dr., Emporia, VA, 23847.

Evelyn Woodruff Moore

February 26, 1936-September 7, 2020

Visitation Services

10 a.m. Thursday, September 10

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

11 a.m. Thursday, September 10

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Evelyn Woodruff Moore, 84, of Jarratt, widow of Wilbur H. Moore, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020. She was the daughter of the late William Albert Woodruff and Verna Braxton Woodruff. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Frank, William “Bill”, Cecil, Charles “Tuck” and Daniel Woodruff and sisters, Sue W. Odom, Betty Jarratt Fitzgerald and Katherine “Kitty” Ehrhart.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her children, Wilbur H. Moore, Jr. (Peggy), Kathy M. Carroll (Mike), Richard D. “Doug” Moore (Sherri) and Albert “Keith” Moore (Renee’); grandchildren, Melissa Moore, Michelle Carroll, Danny Moore, Ricky Moore, Rebecca Moore Chester and Bryan K. Moore; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way; brother, Onnie L. Woodruff (Brenda); sisters, Shelia W. Pierce (Bobby) and Ann W. Floyd (Luke) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 10 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery.

Please consider all protocols for covid-19 including masks and social distancing.

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

 

Robert W. Harding

December 3, 1932-September 2, 2020

Graveside Services

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Emporia Cemetery.

Robert W. Harding, of Emporia, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, after being diagnosed with ALS this spring following months of early symptoms. Bobby, as everyone knew him, was a long standing member of Monumental Methodist Church in Emporia. His favorite place to be was outdoors, either hunting, fishing, or golfing. He also loved to cheer on his favorite sports teams throughout the year. Bobby was born on December 3, 1932, and lived most of his life in Emporia. He earned his Eagle Scout as a child and graduated from Emporia High School. He then earned a Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech in 1956. He was drafted into the Army in 1956, and spent 2 years in active duty at the Pentagon, and 4 years in the reserves. He married his sweetheart, Joyce Ann Livesay, on September 20, 1962. They were married for 55 years until Joyce went to Heaven in 2017. Bobby worked in the telephone industry his entire career.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Vance Harding, Jr and Louise Poole Harding, and his wife, Joyce Livesay Harding. He is survived by his children, Tricia (Rob) Parker of Alto Boquete, Panama, Doug (Diane) Harding of Mableton, GA, and three grandchildren: Jaeson Moore and Joshua and Taylor Harding. In celebration of Bobby’s life, there will be a graveside service on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Emporia Cemetery.

If you feel led to give a donation, any donations to Monumental Methodist Church are appreciated.

Floyd Lee Hobbs, Jr.,

October 8, 1939-August 30, 2020

Graveside Services

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 2:00 P.M.

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Floyd Lee Hobbs, Jr., 80, passed away on August 30, 2020. He was an Army veteran, and was a contractor in the construction industry. He was the son of the late, Floyd Lee Hobbs, Sr., and Elsie Morriss.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Cooper Hobbs, son, Lee Hobbs (Joy), grandchildren, John Lee Hobbs (Nikki), Ashlei Hobbs True (Justin), great-grandchildren, Olivia Grace True, John David True, Leiana Nichole Hobbs, brother-in-law, Norman Cooper, along with four nieces and two nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, at 2:00 P.M., with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greensville County Fire Department.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

 

Joe Kiser Robinson

May 13, 1936-August 30, 2020

Graveside Services

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 11:00 A.M.

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Joe Kiser Robinson, 84, of Emporia, VA., passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020.  He was a member at Forrest Hill Baptist Church. He worked as a Loom Fixer at J.P. Stevens/The Bibb Company for over 40 years and retired from Franklin Braid. He was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 52 years, Vadie Louise Hobbs Robinson, daughter, Vanessa Robinson Raiford, grandson, Donald Keith Raiford, son-in-law, Donald Lee Raiford, sister, Christine Robinson Butler, brother, James Henry (Frog) Robinson.

He is survived by, his son, Craig Robinson (Jackie) of Roanoke Rapids, NC., grandchildren, Casey Raiford (Penny) of Courtland, VA., Justin Robinson of Roanoke Rapids, NC., great-grandchildren, Ava Raiford, Elena Raiford, Kaley Raiford, Jason Raiford, all of Courtland, VA.

Kiser Robinson loved his family and friends, and enjoyed spending time with them. He always had a joke or something funny to say. He also loved to watch baseball, and he talked to everybody and never met a stranger.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forrest Hill Baptist Church, 2103 Pine Log Road, Skippers, VA., 23879.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

 

Audrey Faye Howell

May 6, 1961-August 24, 2020

Audrey Faye Howell, 59, of Emporia, widow of Marvin Wayne Howell, Sr., passed away Monday, August 24, 2020. She was also preceded in death by her father, Jerry Leonard Draper, Sr. and two brothers, Jerry Leonard Draper, Jr. and Donald Wadell Draper.

Faye is survived by two daughters, Sherry Jarratt (Ron) and Tiffany Byrum (Hunter) and son, Marvin Howell, Jr. (Tiffany); eight grandchildren, Stephanie Powell, Chris Jarratt, Natalie Jarratt, Jordin Jarratt, Logan Howell, Conner Howell, Noah Howell and Isobella Byrum; great-granddaughter, Ma’Kenzie Fox; her mother, Virginia Frances Draper, sister, Barbara Woodard and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 26 at the home of her son, Marvin Howell, Jr.

The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Thursday, August 27 at Drewryville Cemetery officiated by the Reverend Jeremy Slagle.

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

Calvin Turner Draper

March 4, 1925-August 20, 2020

Calvin Turner Draper, 95, died August 20, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.

Mr. Draper was a native of Northampton County. He was born, March 4, 1925, to the late Elizabeth Beale Draper and Carlton Wingate Draper.

Mr. Draper served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He also joined and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves when he reached the rank of Major.

He retired from the Jackson Fire Department where he served as Chief for many years as well as a NC state fire instructor. He was appointed and served as Postmaster in Jackson, where he served for thirty-five years.

He was a member of Creeksville Baptist Church where he served as deacon, choir member and Sunday School teacher.

He was predeceased by three sisters, Blanche Galloway, Margaret Conner, Geraldine Draper, a brother John Draper, son, Douglas Draper, and beloved fur companion, Sandy.

Survivors include his wife Judy Draper, son, Calvin Draper (Betsy), two daughters, Brenda Byrum (Joe), Donna Newsome (Glenn). Two stepsons, David Strickland (Becky), Kent Wiggins (Charlene), a stepdaughter, Trudy Hatcher (Donald).  He was blessed with ten grandchildren, Chris Glover (Barbara), Brian Glover (Denna), Sheila Glover, Lisa Glover, Mike Barnes (Kari), Steve Barnes, Crystal Davis (Jason), Emily Ligon (Brian), Kelli Wyatt (Lance), and Allison Draper. He also had five step-grandchildren, Christina Hebert (Ashley), Lindsay Johnson (Rich), Brittany Strickland (Caleb), Shannon Wiggins, and Matthew Wiggins.

He was also survived by sixteen great grandchildren, Christie Glover (Payton), Will Glover (Caroline), Logan Glover, Madison Glover, Savannah Beltrami, Lucas Barnes, Karlie Barnes, Conner Barnes, Deborah Barnes, Alec Barnes, Chelsea Barnes, Cheyenne Davis, Jaxon Davis, Matthew Ligon, Charles Maxwell Ligon, Sydney Wyatt and one great-great grandchild, Carlie Doyle and four step-great grandchildren, Philip Johnson, Phoebe Johnson, Lane Christo, and Everett Hebert. Mr. Draper also had a special caretaker, Phyllis Bracy.

Rev. Andy Sloan and Pastor Matt Ledbetter will conduct a graveside service Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm in Creeksville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions you are requested to share a memory and sign the online register at www.askewfs.com. Social distancing is also requested at the graveside.

Lucille Slagle Taylor

January 27, 1927 - August 19, 2020

Lucille Slagle Taylor, age 93, passed away August 19, 2020 while in the care of Greensville Health and Rehabilitation. She was preceded in death by her husband Irvin Taylor. She is survived by her daughter, Romine Braswell and husband Dennis; son J.H. Taylor and wife Delia; granddaughters Candy Gordon and husband, Keith and Alison Phillips and husband, David; great-granddaughter Caitlyn Gordon and great-grandsons Barker and Taylor Phillips.  She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Henry Slagle, and was also preceded in death by brothers Andrew Slagle, Lawrence Slagle, David Slagle and Parker Slagle, and sisters Mildred Prince, Helen Prince, and Mable Loftis. She is survived by sisters Edna Newsome, Marion Wright, Nell Prince, Lorine Bradley, and Lily Ruth Mitchell as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service officiated by Pastor Larry Walczykowski will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetary on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11 am for immediate family.  Any monetary contributions can be made in her memory to Word of Life Assembly of God, 707 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, VA 23847. 

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

 

Gordon Franklin Barnes

January 12, 1939-August 7, 2020

Visitation Services

Saurday, August 8, 2020, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home Chapel
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.

 

Monumental United Methodist Church
300 Southampton Street
Emporia, Virginia, 23847

 

Gordon Franklin Barnes, 81, of Emporia, Virginia left his earthly home and entered his heavenly home on August 7, 2020 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy Wendell Barnes. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Terry Barnes Braddy and husband Bubba, son Douglas Gordon Barnes and wife Lynn, along with his grandchildren Hannah (Blake), Holton, Ethan, and Elizabeth Grace Barnes “aka his doodlebug”,  his brother Donnie Barnes (Linda), sister Shirley Barnes Phillips (Homer), sister inlaws Wilhelmina Barnes, and Mary Hattan (Jake), and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Gordon Venable Barnes and Lois Harrell Barnes, and brother Ronnie Albert Barnes.

Gordon married the love of his life Nancy, after only six months of dating, on January 18, 1959, six days after his 20th birthday.  His mother Lois had to sign the marriage license for him because at the time you had to be 21 to get married. Gordon loved cooking, gardening, ball games, racing, hunting, the rescue squad, his church, and fishing. Before his children started playing ball he loved going to races on the weekends.  Another one of his favorite past times was fishing with his buddies even though he couldn’t swim. If you had to describe him with a word it would be service, he loved serving his community any way that he could. He was a charter, lifetime and master member of the Greensville County Volunteer Rescue Squad and was an active member for approximately 30 years. He also served in the National Guard for 8 years. He coached football and baseball for the EGRA for many years. He was chairman of building and grounds at Monumental United Methodist Church where he served for many years and would always help cook for fundraiser dinners too.

Gordons pride and joy was his family. He loved cooking for his family and watching any kind of ball game. He spent most of his time following his children and grandchildren to ball games. You could always find him with a wagon packed down with goodies for everyone at the field. When he was at travel ball games for any of the grandchildren on the weekends, he was considered the team Papa. He always had soup when it was cold and country ham sandwiches in the summer. Later in his life you could find him outside riding his scooter with the flag around the yard.

While his loss leaves a hole in our family that will never fill, we will always cherish the thousands of memories we have with him. 

Visitation will be on August 8, 2020, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., at Echols Funeral Home, and the funeral will be at Monumental United Methodist Church on August 9, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Monumental United Methodist Church or Greensville Rescue Squad.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Geraldine Allen Bass

August 15, 1929-August 6, 2020

Services

11 a.m. Saturday, August 8

Fountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery

11539 Lowground Rd
Emporia, VA 23847

Geraldine Allen Bass, 90, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Bass, Sr.; her daughter, Mitzi Cantrell, a sister, Audrey Whitehead and two brothers, Elton Allen and Calvin “Butch” Allen.

Mrs. Bass is survived by her daughter, Janie Kitchen of Skippers; son, Thomas E. Bass, Jr. of Little Elm, TX; grandson, Duane Kitchen (Robin) of Orange County, CA; sister, Mildred Pittard (Don) of Murfreesboro, TN; three brothers, Troy Allen of Rocky Mount, NC, Graham Allen of Wake Forest, NC and Gilbert Allen of Roanoke Rapids, NC; sister-in-law, Faye Allen of East Point, GA and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8 at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Anne “Bobs” Bass Dodd

August 20, 1920 - August 5, 2020

Anne “Bobs” Bass Dodd, 99, passed away on August 5, 2020. Mrs. Dodd was the daughter of the late Maude Beaty Bass and Mack G. Bass, Sr. of Wilson, NC. She survived her husband of 59 years, Felix V. Dodd, her grandson, Paul N. Masters, and great-grandson, Barry T. Lamm.

She died peacefully attended by her daughter, Linda. Mrs. Dodd died in her own bedroom at the home of David and Linda Chandler where she had resided over four years.

Before she married “Bobs” Bass was born and raised in Wilson, NC., and graduated from Charles L. Coon High School in 1937. She went to Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, NC., where she met her future husband. She then attended Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

On February 29, 1940, she exchanged vows at the First United Methodist Church in Wilson, NC., with the love of her life, Felix V. Dodd. “Bobs” and Felix enjoyed traveling and liked playing golf. No one was more surprised than “Bobs” when during a woman’s tournament, she got a hole-in-one. She also enjoyed traveling overseas to many different countries with family and friends.

Mrs. Dodd leaves behind three daughters: Julia D Masters (Edwin P.), Linda D. Chandler (David W.), Martha Dodd – Slippy (Thomas). She has three grandchildren: Lori Lamm, Travis Masters, and Anne Barmer. Mrs. Dodd had seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Dodd was a member of several clubs and organizations in the community as well as an active member of the Main Street United Methodist Church. She belongs to the UDC and DAR as was her mother. Reading was a hobby of hers, and for many years she taught American Red Cross First Aid. In Lieu of flower donations in the memory of Anne B. Dodd to be given to the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsFuneralhome.com

 

Brent Elliott Watkins

June 9, 1982-August 3, 2020

Brent Elliott Watkins passed away Monday, August 3, 2020. He is survived by his fiancée, Ashley Townsend; son, Brent “Boo” Watkins, Jr., daughter, Haylee Watkins; his mother, Barbara Britt; two sisters, Rebecca Allen Moore and April Watkins; brother, Charles R. Allen; nephews, Steven Allen, Raymond Cottrell and Gavin Allen and niece, Layla Allen.

The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date.

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

Thomas James Floyd

December 23, 1962-August 1, 2020

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2020

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

Thomas James Floyd, 57, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bettie Lynch Floyd and William Luther Floyd.

Mr. Floyd is survived by his sister, Ann Floyd Barnes; his brother, Lawrence Floyd (Ann); numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and his extended family and caregivers at Arch Support Residential Services including special friend, Alyce Chambliss.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 7 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

Narcissa Petterossi Callahan “Cheesa”

June 19, 1939-July 30, 2020

Visitation Services

12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, August 6

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Thursday, August 6

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Narcissa Petterossi Callahan “Cheesa” 81, from Emporia, Virginia went to her heavenly home on July 30, 2020 surrounded by her family at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Cheesa was born on June 19, 1939 in Endicott, New York to Mercedes Hurt and moved with her mother and family to Richmond, Virginia when she was four years old.  She graduated from John Marshall High School in Richmond and worked at Shell Oil company before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Melvin and moving to Emporia in 1968.  Cheesa worked for several local lawyers, Clary Realty, First Citizen’s Bank, and New York Life Insurance before beginning a job for Greensville County as an Administrative Assistant where she retired in 2006.

Cheesa was a devoted and loving wife and mother to Melvin and Dawn and always very kind and welcoming to everyone she met.  She enjoyed reading her Bible and following her family and friends on social media.  She enjoyed bowling, playing golf, horse racing, doing puzzle with her husband, watching Dancing with The Stars, The Voice, and going on shopping trips with her daughter and granddaughter. She loved watching baseball and college football and would pull her favorite teams, the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Washington Nationals to victory.  One of the highlights of her love for watching baseball was when the Washington Nationals won the World Series and she was able to rag her grandson who pulled for the NY Yankees.  Although there were many things that Cheesa loved, she loved nothing more than her family, friends, Johnny Mathias, and the movie Dirty Dancing.

Cheesa leaves to cherish her loving memory to her husband of 54 years Melvin Callahan, her daughter Dawn Guy and husband David, her grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Laurel Wright (Dustin), Jake Pope (Sara), and Ashley Pope.  She is also survived by her great- grandchildren that brought her so many special blessings and smiles, Emerie and Ellison Wright, Grady Pope, Kendall Hedgepeth, Bryson, Austin, and Weston Pope, brothers–in-law Bob Callahan (Sarah), Pat Callahan, Mike Callahan (Bernice), several cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She also leaves to cherish her memory, her best friend who was like her sister, Ann” Jenks” Pollard and her goddaughter Kristen Petty.

She was predeceased by her mother Mercedes Hurt, her step brother Michael Hurt, her brother-in-law Jerry Callahan and sister-in-law Kay Callahan.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 6 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends 12:30 – 2 prior to the service.

Christian Lee Brock

January 14, 1989 - July 26, 2020

Visitation Graveside Services

Sunday, August 2, 2020, from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Monday, August 3, 2020, 11:00 A.M.

Forrest Hill Baptist Church
2103 Pine Log Road

Skippers, Virginia

Christian Brock Lee aka (Tubbz) 31, passed away suddenly on July 26, 2020. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Bernard Spades Lee; Maternal grandfather, Marvin Gay; and his aunt Frances Mountjoy.

He is survived by his paternal grandmother, Doris H. Lee of Garysburg, NC., maternal grandmother, Irene Bass of Emporia, VA., mother, Marie Lee of Garysburg, NC., father, Larry M. Lee of Petersburg, VA., sister, Alicia Lee Reeves (Steven) of Skippers, VA., nephews, Holden B. Lee, Dakota Lee, along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends at Echols Funeral Home, Sunday, August 2, 2020, from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020, 11:00 A.M., at Forrest Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Rick Ragan and Rev. Brad Barbour officiating.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Ola Mae Parks Draper

Graveside Services

1:00 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020

Warfield Baptist Church
7318 Flat Rock Road
Warfield, VA

Ola Mae Parks Draper died on July 27, 2020 at the age of 91. Mae is survived by her children, Brenda Byrum (Joe) of Margarettesville, NC, Donna Newsome (Glenn) of Huntington, WV, and Calvin Draper (Betsy) of Emporia, VA, ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Warfield Baptist Church in Warfield, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.

Walter C. Whitehead, Sr.

April 10, 1935 - July 26, 2020

Graveside Services

2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

 

Mr. Walter C. Whitehead, Sr., 85, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne; sister, Linda and a brother, Bill.

Mr. Whitehead is survived by his wife, Carolyn D. Whitehead; daughter, Betty Turner; (Cleveland) three sons, Cliff Whitehead (Carolyn), Bryan Whitehead (Lisa) and Anthony Whitehead (Sandra) nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Audrey and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held graveside 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Robert Edward “Bob” Etheridge

July 15, 1944-July 19, 2020

Services

11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

 

Robert Edward “Bob” Etheridge, 76, passed away peacefully July 19, 2020.

Bob is survived by his wife of 17 years Donna Falls Etheridge, his son, Mark Etheridge (Jodie), His grandchildren, Joshua, Caroline, and Christian.  His brothers Jimmy Etheridge (Sue) and Ricky Etheridge (Doris). His wife's children Melody Thorpe (Henry) and Byron Falls. His wife's grandchildren Matthew Thorpe, Todd Thorpe (Jordan), Jackson Falls and Waverly Clements-Falls and a great grandchild Watson Thorpe.

Bob was born in Martin County, North Carolina on July 15, 1944 to Esther Ruth and James Clinton Etheridge. He loved working on his cars and playing his guitars.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22 at Calvary Baptist Church 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia. A graveside committal will follow at 3:00 pm at Hamilton Cemetery, North South St. Hamilton, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia.

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

F.J. "Jerry" Daughtrey, Jr.

October 25, 1930 - July 18, 2020

F.J. (Jerry) Daughtrey, Jr. of Emporia and Greensville County, Va. died on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the age of 89.

He was the son of F.J. and Gertrude B. Daughtrey who preceded him in death as well as his wife Judy W. Daughtrey. He is survived by his son Douglas Daughtrey and his wife Brenda, a step-daughter Sandy Webb and her husband David, two grandchildren, Lauren Ashley Collins and Dylan Allen, all of the Emporia area. Jerry was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, where he served as Elder for a number of years. He was quite active in public service, civic organizations and local Government where he served as president of City Council during his two terms. He served on a number of boards including the Industrial Development Corporation, as its president, the board of Citizens National Bank, the Emporia Country Club and the Virginia Automatic Merchandising. He was a member of the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow and chairman of Explorer Post #222, a former Jaycee and Rotarian, and a member of the R & R Hunt Club. Jerry was among the founders of the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad and served as the first President. He was President and developer of the Emporia Shopping Center. Jerry enjoyed boat racing, golf, fishing and hunting. He was passionate about hisyears in politics, the Rescue Squad as well as his love for his church.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date due to the Covid 19 pandemic. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad of Emporia or First Presbyterian Church of Emporia.

 

Sandra Kay O’Bannon,

September 24, 1958 - July 17, 2020

Visitation Graveside Service

9 a.m. Monda, July 20, 2020

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

10 a.m. Monda, July 20, 2020

High Hills Memorial Cemetery
Kientz Road
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Sandra Kay O’Bannon, 61, of Emporia, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. She was the daughter of the late William Watson Masterson, Sr. and Pearline Masterson and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Jackson Masterson and William Watson Masterson, Jr.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Robert O’Bannon; daughters, Priscilla Ann O’Bannon and Brittany O’Bannon; grandchildren, Kameron Jace O’Bannon and Messiah O’Bannon and several more grandchildren; sister, Patricia Mounce and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Owen Funeral Home.

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

Faye Kitchen Francis

September 25, 1944-July 17, 2020

Services

11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Faye Kitchen Francis, 75, of Emporia, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Owen and Virginia Kitchen and was also preceded in death by her sister, Ann Scarboro and brothers, Waverly, Herman, James and Donnie Kitchen.

Faye is survived by her son, Robert “Robbie” Francis, Jr. (Deste); grandchildren, Tyler Francis and Kim Gillam; sister, Anita Jarratt (C.D.); brother, Clyde Kitchen (Shelby) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21 at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St. in Emporia. Interment will follow at Capron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

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

Doris Williams Allen

December 4, 1925-July 12, 2020

 

Doris Williams Allen, 94, of Skippers, Va., passed away on July 12, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Williams and Laura Woodruff Williams, as well as her husband, John William Allen. She is survived by her loving family, Daughter Belinda Bullock (Don), Son William Allen (Connie) Granddaughters, Shelia Gay (Bubba), Sandee Newsome (Don), Rolanda Sasser (Alicia), Tracee Williams (Michael), Tanya Brown (Ryan), Summer Dickens (Doug) and Grandson Michael Huff and twelve Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by her Sister Jeannette Carroll.

A private graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Griles officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fountain Creek Baptist Church or Kindred Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at echolsfuneralhome.com.

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