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Vicki Jean Lounge

On the 2nd of November, following a stroke, Emporia resident, Vicki Jean Lounge, was called to her Lord. She was 62.

Vicki was born in Houston, Texas on May 31st, 1956, to her loving parents, Mother, Christine Brannon nee Pearson, of Valentines,VA, and her father, Thomas Burns Brannon of Houston, TX.

Vicki had innumerable accomplishments during her life. Amongst some of her proudest achievements, her 22 years of service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. She began as a secretary in the Astronaut office, quickly moving up in rank through her meritorious service and dedication, ending her career as Facilities Manager of AOD, in Ellington Air Field, Pasadena, Texas. She served her government, her family, and future generations through her passion for Aerospace exploration, expansion, and safety. Vicki took great pride in her country’s accomplishments. Vicki was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, volunteering her time as a member of the “Horsepitality” Commitee. She loved the Rodeo, with its pageantry and positive effects on the state she loved so dearly. The live music, one of her deepest and most abiding passions, was something she shared with all of her family and friends. She would arrange for tickets to shows, making gifts of her time and effort to all who wanted to attend a George Strait or Selena concert, as she put it herself, “dance like no one is watching, and then hope they sing along...” She participated in community events, instilling through action community spirit, state pride, and many family memories were made that will live on in everyone who knew her. Perhaps more than any other achievement, Vicki was a mother. She was known lovingly as “Mimi” to her five granddaughters. Her deep bond with her children and grandchildren is perhaps the greatest testament to her character and life. Two generations have thrived under her tender and compassionate maternal care. She was a mother and Mimi first, instinctively,and without reserve. The loss of such a bastion of love leaves her children bereft, but for the knowledge of her goodness and its guarantee of her place in Heaven. Vicki lost many close family members and friends in her life, and with a life so well lived, her surviving family know she is resting happily with a Loving God, her father, brother, and many friends. It is with regret and grief that we say farewell to her, but the gratitude and hope in our hearts, the eternal flame of love she lit in us will keep us warm until we are all joined again. To have had You, Daughter, Mother, Mimi, Friend, was an honor and blessing. You are etched on our innermost selves. We grieve because we love.

Vicki was preceded in death by her brother, John Eric Brannon, her father, Thomas Burns Brannon, and her children’s father, Mark Joseph Spenla. She lost many friends before their time, Diana, Pat, Jeannie, and others. She is survived by her mother, Christine Rivas of Emporia, VA, her son, Marcus Ian Spenla, his wife, Tiffany Spenla, daughter Lauren Jean Woodruff, and her husband Jason. Her precious granddaughters, Brittany Erica Ann, Madison Faith, Meadow MacKenzie, Ivey Nichole, and Evelyn Virginia. Vicki will remain in the hearts of her family,with her ashes to be placed according to her wishes. The family appreciates the condolences and kindness of her friends and neighbors after this sudden loss.

Clara Inez Whitby

Clara Inez Whitby, 66, of Emporia, passed away Friday, November 2, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Lonzie and Clara Tomlin and was also preceded in death by her younger brother, William “Popeye” Tomlin for whom she was loving primary caregiver during his lifetime.

Inez is survived by her husband, Richard E. Whitby, Sr.; son, Richard Whitby, Jr.; daughter, Mary Lou Whitby Phelps (Craig); grandsons, Jonathan Taylor Whitby and Dalton Camm Whitby and his mother, Rhonda Wells Fitchett; granddaughters, Dallas Morgan Phelps and Savannah Nicole Phelps; god-daughter, Adrienne Doyle and two brothers, Willie “Tiny” Tomlin and Temple Tomlin.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 6. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or through their website, www.stjude.org.

Jerry Semones

Jerry Semones, our beloved husband, father and grandfather “crossed the bar” October 31, 2018.  The poem “Crossing the Bar” by Lord Tennyson expressed his feelings of final departure.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years Delores (Dede); daughters Angela Adams (Johnie), Sarah Semones (Kenny), Mary Ligon (Benny); grandchildren Logan Adams, Mary Katherine Pratt, Laine Elliott,  William Pratt and his beloved dog Sophie.  His family was his greatest love and pride.

Jerry was born in Pulaski, Virginia to James Guy Semones and Ella Jane Williams Semones on February 5, 1939 and raised in Wytheville, Virginia.  He graduated from East Tennessee State University and started working for Sussex County Schools in 1961 as a teacher and coach.  He later became the director of instruction, and in 1969, after the untimely death of William J. Mayes, he became the youngest public school superintendent in the state of Virginia at the age of 30.

He had a wonderful career and with William J. Story (Assistant Superintendent) and Herbert Winn (Director of Instruction) focused his efforts at open governance, recruiting excellent personnel, improving academics, and establishing a first-class sports program.  Jerry’s proudest achievement was implementing desegregation in the Sussex County school system.  Jerry was also active in promoting education at the State level.  Another of his achievements was working closely with the state superintendent to facilitate the passage of legislation prohibiting corporal punishment in the public schools.

Jerry was a man of all seasons and a true gentleman who always saw the best in people.  Jerry was an active member of the Emporia Country club for 57 years.  He loved the game of golf where he had been a scratch player and enjoyed playing the 19th with his buddies.  He loved to bird hunt, and he traversed many miles with his friend Herb Winn through the cut-overs in Sussex County.  Jerry was an avid reader of history and politics.  He also loved to socialize with his friends often hosting Wednesday night dinners at the Harrell’s Mill Pond cabin.

The family would like to thank all his care givers for their compassionate care.  At Jerry’s request, there will not be a service.  Instead, the family will host a ‘celebration of life’ at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department would be welcome. 

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

Margaret Veliky Dianis

Margaret Veliky Dianis, 90, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John and Anna Veliky and was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Matthew Dianis and her four brothers. Mrs. Dianis is survived by four sons, Matthew Dianis, Jr. and special friend, Evelyn, David Dianis, George Dianis and wife, Debbie, and Walter Dianis and wife, Amy; grandchildren, Mandy Jones and husband, Dwayne, Andrea Horsley and husband, Alex, and Morgan and Daniel Dianis; great-granddaughter, Jamison Jones and great-grandson, Ben Horsley; five godchildren, Wayne Veliky, Betty Lou Seward, Linda R   upp, Andy Hromyak and Suzanne Conway and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3 at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church with interment to follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Mollie Spence Roberts

Mollie Spence Roberts,80, died Saturday, October 20, 2018, at her home. A native of Greensville County, she was the daughter of the late Dick Spence and Maggie Jane Robbins Spence. She was a longtime member of Spring United Methodist Church and the Director of Medical Records at Greensville Memorial Hospital, and after her retirement worked several years for Greensville County. Mollie was also a longtime dedicated volunteer with the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia.

In addition to her parents, Mollie was preceded in death by her loving husband Marvin Edward Roberts, brothers; Hansel, George, Calvin, and Edward Spence, sisters; Virgie Driver, Maude Spence and Nellie Spence, son in law; James C. Allen Jr.

She is survived by her daughters; Cynthia R. Allen, and Sherry R. Scott and her husband Mike, sister; Daisy Lambert and husband Marshall of Mechanicsville Va., grandchildren; Tiffany Marie Scott Slagle and husband Jason, Laural Jane Allen Davis, and Jeremy Edward Scott and wife Elizabeth Lee Scott, great grandchildren; Hannah Jane Davis, Nathaniel Parker Slagle, Colton Jase Scott, Ava Marie Slagle, and Olivia Morgan Scott, special great niece and caregiver Paula Copeland, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Clyde officiating. Burial will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, October 22, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Lillie E. Langley Pearson

Lillie E. Langley Pearson,95, died Friday October 12, 2018, surrounded by her family and friends. Lillie was born in Brunswick County to the late John Temple Langley and Ola Mosley Langley.

She spent her childhood at the Jackson-Feild Episcopal Home Walnut Grove where she was well cared for and connected with other girls who became like sisters.

Lillie attended Greensville County Schools where she met her future husband, George Gilbert Pearson. Gilbert and Lillie were married in November of 1945 and lived in Emporia, where they raised two daughters. She worked at Virginia Dye Plant until her retirement and was a member of Main Street Methodist Church. Lillie spent her free time developing the perfect recipe with her husband for their locally famous pound cakes. She continued to provide cakes to the community throughout her life and passed along her recipe to her family.

Left to honor Lillie and remember her love are her daughter; Gay Taylor and husband Melvin, grandchildren; Patricia Watson and husband Rick, Robert Taylor, Allison Travis and husband Walker of Gordonsville, VA, five great-grandchildren; Taylor, Jordan, Tanner, Lily, and Lauren; and many nieces and nephews. Lillie was preceded in death by her loving husband Gilbert Pearson, a daughter, Ann Pearson, God Parents , Arch and Gay Campbell, four sisters and a brother.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to New Century Hospice aid Candice Pride and nurse Ann Mathews for their care and dedication.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at Main Street Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Durrance and Rev. Joseph Klotz Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Emporia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. until Service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lillie’s name to Main Street Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Jean Robbins Prince

Shirley Jean Robbins Prince, 73, died Monday, October 1, 2018 at Southside Regional Medical Center.

A native of Watauga County North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Lillie Dotson Robbins and was also preceded in death by three sisters; June Robbins, Sue Parton, and Evelyn Whisenant.

Shirley was a retired homemaker and is survived by her devoted husband of 37 years; Roy Lee Prince, son; David Butler (Tammy), daughter; Rebecca Curry (James) of Roanoke Rapids, NC, a brother; David Dotson (Tammy) of Maiden, NC, grandchildren; Destiny Morriss, Isaac Butler, Harley Butler and Devin Butler.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Echols Funeral and Cremation Service Chapel at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Walter Glenn Rainey

Walter Glenn Rainey, Sr., 78, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018 after a brief illness at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Almeda and Leonard Rainey, brothers, Bart and James and a niece, Beth Allen.

Walter is survived by his wife, Brenda; son, Glenn Rainey and wife, Tina; brother, Marion; step-daughter, Kellie Kirby and step-son, Wayne Smith and a number of beloved nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Walter was a veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard and worked in auto sales until his retirement. He loved the outdoors and greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services and interment will be private.

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

Shirley Pearson

Shirley Pearson, surrounded by family and friends, died September 17, 2018 at Beason Place in Greensboro, N.C.   Shirley was born in 1932 in Emporia, Va.  She lived there all of her life except the last three years when she moved to Greensboro to be near her daughter.

Shirley graduated from Greensville County High School.  Much of her adult life, over 30 years, she and her husband owned and operated a family style restaurant.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Pearson of Greensboro. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gertrude and Billy Bowen, brother William and her husband T.J. Pearson.

Shirley loved to play bingo and acquired the nickname of BINGO by her fellow residents at Heritage Greens Assisted Living.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel and followed by interment at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 A. M. until time of the service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Edith Ferguson Harrell

Edith Ferguson Harrell 91 “and a half” passed away peacefully at home on Friday morning September 7th surrounded by family.  Survived by her two daughters Rita Robinson Rowell (husband James Rongers) and Kathy Robinson Drummond, grandchildren; Betsy Rowell Mathews, Kimberly Rowell Borkat, Christopher Harris, Derick Fisch, Brad Drummond, great grandchildren; Nick and Emily Mathews, Michael, Brandon, and Bailey Borkat, Autumn and Reagon Fisch, several nephews, her faithful furbaby Andy, and special friend and caregiver Tim Hobbs. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Milton “Lightening” Harrell.  As a long time Emporia resident and member of Forrest Hill Baptist Church, Edith lived in Brink for the last 50+ years and retired from Emporia Garment factory.  Better known as “Billie” to friends and family, she travelled frequently to visit her five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and her large extended family.

One of four daughters to Winfrey Wayland and Lacy Wyche Thompson Ferguson of Emporia, Billie was a vital member of her community, a devoted daughter, loving mother and proud grandmother. On September 22nd, her family would be honored if you would join them to celebrate a life well lived at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, VA.  Visitation will be from 1:30-2:30 and memorial service at 3:00.  A processional to Forest Hill Baptist Church, Skippers VA for a brief graveside remembrance before refreshments in the fellowship hall.  

David Meade Fuller Jr.

David Meade Fuller Jr., 71, died Saturday, September 8, 2018.

David was the son of the late David Meade Fuller and Eddie Viola Householder Fuller.  After earning a degree in criminal justice, he worked as a police officer for the City of Emporia and as a Greensville County deputy sheriff.  As a graduate of the sniper school at Quantico, he taught marksmanship in the Department of Corrections where he retired as a Captain and was a member of the PERT team. Also an avid hunter, he taught marksmanship for many years as a volunteer with 4-H. David was a loyal member and Deacon of Victory Fellowship.

David is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Bonnie Fuller, children; David Fuller III and his wife Jackie, Julia Caish and her husband Brian, Victor Fuller and his wife Jennifer, grandchildren; Dakota Lawson and wife Briana, Megan Fuller, Haley Hitt, Trevor and Joshua Caish, and Riley, Meade, and Morgan Fuller.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Victory Fellowship with Rev. Bradley Barbour officiating. Burial will follow in the Field Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Echols Funeral Home Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 6:30 until 8:30 P.M.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Stephanie Rook Williams

Stephanie Rook Williams, 28 of Emporia Va. was a loving mother, daughter, sister, friend, and a beautiful amazing wife. She passed away due to unfortunate circumstances on September 3, 2018. She was born on July 24, 1990 to Walter B. Rook and Deborah Whiting. Stephanie was the sweetest, kindest , most generous woman that God could have graced upon this family. She loved her children with all her heart and they brought so much joy to her. Stephanie is survived by her husband of two years Kurt T. Williams, her 8 year old son Grant Michael Simmons, daughters, 2 year old Adalyn Michelle Williams and 1 year old Emmalyn Leigh Williams. Numerous family members including but not limited to, her father and mother Walter Rook , and Deborah Whiting, step-mother Kristi Rook, mother and father-in-law Jenny Renner Williams and Kenneth Lee Williams, brothers; Dylan Whiting (Jamie Whiting), Kyle Rook (Hannah Lovell), Justin Rook (Jessica Robinson) and CJ Pridgen (Madison Millwee), sisters; Heather Phillips, Kelsey Rook, Amber Thompson and Katie Pridgen. Grandparents ; Janice and Daryll Moss, Charlie Rook Sr., Deloris and Wayne Harriss and Roger and Judy Jacquelin. Close cousins Taylor, Joey (Alexis), and Christian Dickens as well as numerous other cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, and co-workers.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Pastor Earnie Taylor officiating . Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to Stephanie’s Memorial Fund, 4034 Brandy Creek Rd., Emporia VA, 23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Gordon Jones

Ruby Gordon Jones, 83, of Skippers, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018.  She was a life-long member of Forest Hill Baptist Church where she served in many roles and a retired Greensville County Public Schools employee.  Her family will always cherish the memories she leaves behind from the deep love she bestowed upon her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her late husband, Alamance Jones, Sr. and one brother, Gilbert Thomas Gordon, Sr. She is survived by her children, Alamance “Buck” Jones, Jr., Betty Lane Jones, June Luczynski and husband Mike, Cheryl Allen and husband Brian; Grandchildren, Sheree Wood and husband Lance, Michelle Jones, Faye Waller, Nicole Allen and fiancé Andrew Acree; Great-grandchildren, Jonathan Jones, Haley Jones, Jayshon Waller, Jermaine Jones, Hakeem Jones, Bradley Wood and KeMiyah Marley; One sister Alicia French; One brother, William A “Bill” Gordon; and special friends Mary Ann Fuller, Katie Ferguson, and Linda Paulson.  The family will receive friends 6:00-8 p.m. Saturday, September 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 3p.m. Sunday, September 2 at Forest Hill Baptist Church and the interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Helen Mowbray Good Tusing

Helen Marie Mowbray Good Tusing, 87, of Elkton, died peacefully, Thursday, August 30, 2018, at her home.

She was born June 1, 1931, in McGaheysville, VA, and was the daughter of the late Jesse Lee and Isla May Magalis Mowbray.

Helen worked at Shenandoah Manufacturing for 15 years before retiring in 1989 due to health issues.  She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, photography, and family time.  In 2010 she wrote a story about her family which was published in the book, “The Good Ole Days”.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dale William Tusing, whom she married May 7, 1988; two daughters, Donna Good Hayslett (Neil) of Linville and Lisa Good Junkins (Jim) of Broadway; grandchildren Heather Boyer Curry (Earl) of Harrisonburg, Elyse Campise of Michigan, Lena Campise of New Jersey, Kyle McDorman of Harrisonburg, Erek Mowbray of Elkton, Ryan Hensley of Elkton, Laura Hayslett Montanez (Josh) of Linville, Megan Hensley of Elkton, and Adam Hayslett (Sydney) of Lebanon, Tennessee; 12 great-grandchildren and a great-granddaughter due January 2019.

Helen leaves behind five siblings, Kathleen “Kitty” Propst (Charles) of Weyers Cave, Joyce Carol Morris (Robert) of Grottoes, Leon Mowbray of Mt. Crawford, Nelson Mowbray (Brenda) of Harrisonburg, and Faye Lauria of Florida; father-in-law Reuel Tusing of Broadway; numerous nieces and nephews, and sisters-in-law, Marguerite Good Mangum of Jarratt, VA. and Patricia Hawkins (Lewis) of Harrisonburg.  She also leaves behind her rotund orange tabby cat, Mustang 5.0.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ray Compton Good, on April 29, 1985 and a daughter, Yvonne Rose Good Williams, on March 11, 1991.

Pastor Margaret Michael along with Nathanael Kelley will conduct the funeral service on Sunday, September 2, at 3:00 p.m. at Kyger Funeral Home, Elkton, with visitation from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Interment will be at Mill Creek Church Cemetery in Port Republic following the service.

Helen loved roses and invites attendees to bring a single rose of any color to be placed in vases.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Sentara Hospice and to the following who assisted in her care:  Ryan and Megan Hensley, Carolyn Lewis, Lynne Rhodes, Laura Spitler, Linda Swecker, and Penny Wilhelm.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.

Milton Eugene Allen

Milton Eugene Allen, of Emporia, born July 30, 1935 in Greensville County to the late Floyd Allen and Anna Newsome Allen, passed away on August 27, 2018, leaving behind his loving wife of 62 years, Martha Moore Allen.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, David Carlton Allen.

Eugene graduated from Greensville County High School in 1955 and served in the Virginia National Guard from 1958 until 1964. He was employed at the American Box Company as Plant Manager before retiring from Toll Brothers in 2002 as a supervisor. Eugene was a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church where he served in many leadership positions and sang in the choir.

In addition to his wife, Eugene is survived by a son; Milton Eugene “Mickey” Allen Jr. and his wife Pamela Newsome Allen, grandchildren; Kevin Blake Allen and wife Loren Taylor Allen of Jarratt, , Nicholas Eugene Allen and special friend Courtney Lewis of Brodnax, , Katelyn Malone of Richmond, Stephen Malone and wife Heather of Okinawa, Japan , and Crystal Carpenter of Emporia; great grandchildren , Bryson Blake Allen and Macy Rain Allen of Jarratt Va.; sisters-in-law, Peggy Blankenship of Emporia and Helen Rose and Shirley Lamm, both of Richmond;  a special nephew Ted Rose and wife Melinda of Harrisonburg and two special nieces Ginger L. Hawthorne of Richmond and Candy L. Harrison and husband Billy of Chesapeake.

Memorial Services will be held Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in the Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Hurst officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 1:00 P.M. until service time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church Youth Group Fund, 310 N. Main St. Emporia, Va. 23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Theodore George Brna

Theodore George Brna, 85, of Cary NC departed this world on Monday, August 20, 2018. He was born in Emporia, Va on March 14, 1933. He graduated from Emporia High School as a multi-sport letter athlete. He then served his country as a veteran of the Korean Warand completed over 30 years in the service of his country in the US ArmyReserve before retiring with a rank of colonel. He obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech where he also taught mechanical and environmental engineering following completion of his doctorate from NC State University. In 1976, he relocated to Cary and joined the inaugural Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an environmental engineer. His EPA career included extensive domestic and international consultation activities in the control and recovery technology field. Professionally, he was also very involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), serving as regional vice president before his retirement in 2004. Ted was also a dedicated leader at Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Raleigh where he continued to serve in many capacities after his retirement. A loving and devoted father and grandfather, he will be most sorely missed at his grandchildrens' sporting events, the NC State Fair and Christmas Eve gatherings. He is survived by his 4 children, Theodore George (Jr) of Bailey; Brenda of Loveland, CO; Ronald Paul of Youngsville; and Thomas Eric of Raleigh; 9 grandchildren Stephanie, Merri, Andrew, James Matthew, Kaitlyn, Jennifer, Roxann, Madison, and Elli; and a sister, Ellen Dillard of Richmond,VA. Funeral service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh on September 1 at 11 AM with reception. This will be followed by a graveside commitment service at the St. John's Lutheran Church cemetery in Emporia, VA at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Raleigh, and St John's Lutheran Church, Emporia, Va.

Emma Jean Allen Moss

Emma Jean Allen Moss, 79, of Skippers, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 24, 2018. A faithful member of Zion Baptist Church, she retired from Greensville County Sheriff’s Department/Southside Regional Jail.

Mrs. Moss was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Mary Allen; her husband, Rudolph Moss; sisters, Bessie Richardson and Virginia Goodfellow and brother, Robert Allen.

She is survived by a son, Wayne Moss (Jean); daughters, B J Sasser (Hunter) and Amy Sopko (Paul);  six grandchildren, Cassey Taylor (Richard), Brandy Huskey (Jim), Eric Moss (Heather), Brent Moss (Crystal), Amanda Sopko (Mike) and Tara Moss; nine great-grandchildren, Blade, Logan, Ciara, Alexis, Bryson, Briar, Serenity, Harley and Noah and a sister, Shirley Doyle (William Neal).

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 28 at Zion Baptist Church in Skippers with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805.

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

Cecile “Sis” Charette

Cecile “Sis” Charette, 97, of South Prince George, formerly of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Friday, August 24, 2018, peacefully in her home.  She was born January 6, 1921 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Francis “Frank” Charette; son, Francis A. Charette; son-in-law, Lewis “Chip” Shifflett; her parents; five sisters and two brothers.

Cecile and her family moved to Emporia, Virginia, in 1951. She worked at Weldon Mills for over 30 years until retiring. She was a member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church until moving to South Prince George, where she became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mrs. Charette is survived by five daughters, Carolyn Williamson (Gene) of Atlanta, Georgia, Nancy Simpson of Midlothian, Virginia, Doris Shifflett of Emporia, Virginia, Sandra Jarratt (Kenny) of Branchville, Virginia and Joan Parrish (Marvin) of South Prince George, Virginia; daughter-in-law, Jillian Delaney of Martinsburg, West Virginia; one brother, Roland Quintin (Peggy) of Rhode Island; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Saturday, August 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, 9300 Community Ln, South Prince George, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to assist the family of hospice nurse Jim Grumblatt through Gofundme.com.

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

Lewis D. Allen

Lewis D. Allen, 87, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Vincent Allen; his son, Larry Allen; daughter, Wanda Lankford and brother, Benton Allen.

Mr. Allen is survived by four sons, J. W. Allen and wife, Patricia, Randy Allen, Stanley Allen and wife, Cindy, and Barry Allen; seven grandchildren, Ashley Burns and husband, Adam, Jessica Hevener and husband, Michael, Kathleen Crowder and husband, Dwayne, Ryan Allen, Brianna Allen, David Allen and Lee Hunter; five great-grandchildren and a half-brother, James Allen and wife, Pam.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 25 at Calvary Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Raleigh R. Jones, Sr.

Raleigh R. Jones, Sr., 84, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine T. Jones and all five of his brothers. He was also preceded in death by his longtime devoted companion, Joyce Whitehead just earlier this year.

Mr. Jones is survived by two sons and their families, Raleigh Jones, Jr. and wife, Lillian and Patrick Jones and wife, Kathy; six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service with full military honors will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 21 at Emporia Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Clarice Elizabeth (Betty) Padgett

Clarice Elizabeth (Betty) Padgett, 81, of Jarratt,  died Wednesday, August 15, 2018. She was the widow of the late Preston Arnold Padgett. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Alma Gregory, a granddaughter, Blair Alexis Padgett, and a niece, Angie Gregory. She is survived by three daughters, Karen Padgett of Emporia,VA; Pat Padgett of Ridgeway,VA;and Shirley Slagle  and fiancé Gerald Lee and son Blake of emporia,VA; one son Michael Padgett and wife Sherry of Jarratt,VA; five grandchildren, John Banty and wife Brandy of Windsor, VA, Megan Davis and husband G.W. of Emporia Hunter Padgett of Chesapeake,VA, Brianna Padgett of Jarratt,VA, and Patton Carroll and wife Michelle of South Port N.C. and one great-grandson Jase Banty. The family will receive friends Friday August 17, 2018 at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt,VA from 6:00 P.M.until 8:30 P.M.  where the funeral service will be held Saturday, August 18, 2108 at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

WARREN CARLTON RAWLINGS

 

 

Warren Carlton Rawlings, 75, of Emporia, VA, died Friday, August 10, 2018.

 

 

Warren was born in Greensville County, VA the son of the late George Clifton Rawlings and Mildred Wills Rawlings. He served in the Virginia National Guard and was the former Chief of the Greensville Volunteer Fire Department.

 

 

He was the owner and operator of Rawlings Truck Line and Crestline Equipment Company. Presently he operated Southern Cars, Inc. of Emporia.

 

 

Surviving are: three sons, William Scott Rawlings, Warren Christopher Rawlings and his wife Leanne, and Jeffery Watkins Rawlings and his wife Stephanie, all of Emporia, VA; five grandsons, Justin Watkins Rawlings, William
Chase Rawlings, Logan Warren Rawlings, Seth Ryan Rawlings and Christopher Graham Rawlings; a uncle Robert E. Wills of Emporia, VA.

 

 

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave. Emporia, VA , Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Troy Green and Mr. Charles Kasper,  officiating. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

 

 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: echolsfuneralhome
@telpage.net

Joyce Ann Whitby Clary

 

Joyce Ann Whitby Clary, age 87, of Gasburg, VA passed away August 7, 2018.  Joyce was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. until she married her love, Aubrey Lewis Clary, and moved to Gasburg, VA.  Throughout her life she worked hard. She was the first secretary of the Roanoke Rapids Recreation Center and secretary for J. C. Lucy Lumber Company. She then worked with her husband at Aubrey L. Clary, Inc and Clary Trucking, Inc. which she eventually owned and operated.  Joyce was a lifelong member of James Square Baptist Church, where for many many years she taught Sunday school, was the choir director, and was also a WMU leader. She loved to travel and was a lifelong member of the Southside Homemakers.  Family was everything to Joyce.  She loved her grandchildren and her family. They will always cherish memories of her favorite holiday, Christmas, weekends at the lake, her Easter Egg Hunts, and endless family gatherings.  Joyce is the daughter of the late William Rogers Whitby and Tressie Revelle Whitby Traylor.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Lewis Clary and her brother, William E. Whitby.  She is survived by her children, Sherry C. Dail and husband Kenneth and Kerry L. Clary and wife Angelia; her grandchildren, Kenneth Layne Dail, Aubrey Evan Dail, Hunter Lewis Clary, Hannah Carol Clary and Parker Benjamin Clary; her great grandson, Morgan Landen Rethman; her sisters, Betty W. Mitchell and Helen W. White; her brother, George Michael Whitby; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends Friday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA.  Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday at James Square Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, VA with interment in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James Square Baptist Church Playground Fund, P.O. Box 643, Lawrenceville, VA  23868. 

Arthur Edward Avent, Sr.

Arthur Edward Avent, Sr., 99 ½ passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Shelby, NC.  Born in Sussex County, he was the son of Gracie Grizzard Avent and Vernon Thomas Avent.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He loved the Lord, his family, and his friends as well as his church, Adams Grove Baptist, where he taught Sunday school for over 55 years.  Arthur spent most of his life in Southampton County.

Left to cherish his memory is a daughter, Dot A. Griffith, son, Art E. Avent, Jr. (Patsy), and daughter, Diane A. Seward (Wilson).  Also left to cherish his memory are his seven grandchildren: Stacy A. Young (Michael), Stephanie S. Rose (Randy), Dee P. Greene (Kevin), Stephen C. Seward (Pamela), Christy A. Powell (Tom), Kimberly A. Wyngaard (Todd), Patty A. Wyngaard (Peter).  These grandchildren blessed him with 22 great-grandchildren.  The Young’s:  Timothy, Zachery, Benjamin, Hannah:  The Powell’s – Tyler, Madisen, Ryland, Blakely, Joshua, Dawson:  The Todd Wyngaard’s – Jacob, Gracie, Kyndall Rose, Kyle: The Peter Wyngaard’s – Makena, Ike, Edy Rose:  The Rose’s – Kelsey, Nick:  The Greene’s – Kaylee, Marshall, and Garrison.  His special family also includes Greg Sledge (Barbara), Randy Woodruff (Faye), and Albert Delbridge Jr. (Rebecca). 

Arthur was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 73 years, Ada Belle, and brothers, Leroy, Irvin, and William and sisters, Alice, Rosaleen, Louise, and Virginia Belle. 

Arthur was a member of Adams Grove Baptist Church and served the Lord in as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member, and a faithful steward of the Lord.   Arthur served in the US Army in WWII, was a charter member of the Adams Grove-Grizzard Ruritan Club and a member of the Gideons.

We would also like to thank the caregivers, Clara Clark, Carolyn Clontz, and Nancy Griggs that made Arthur’s life much easier and made him very loved.  A special thanks goes to Clara Clark for being with Arthur at hospice. 

The funeral will be at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, VA.  The funeral will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, July 31.  Visitation will be just prior to the funeral from 12:00-1:00 pm with burial in the Greensville Memorial Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to organizations of your choice or Adams Grove Baptist in memory of Arthur Avent.  Flowers are also welcomed. 

Frances Dunlow Scott

Frances Dunlow Scott, 85, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Jack Scott, and two sons, Donald Lee Scott, and Lynn Scott and also a sister and three brothers.

Frances is survived by a daughter, Diane Nunnally and husband, David; two sons, Tommy Scott and William Scott; eight grandchildren, Tracy Bullock, Joey Scott, Jennifer Lozy, Scott Nunnally, Ashley Walker, Derica Donofrio, Michael Scott, and John Scott; eight great-grandchildren and a great-great- grandson; two sisters, Nettie Moseley and Ann Rook and husband, Donald; daughter-in-law, Betty Scott; a number of nieces and nephews; and her longtime dear friend, Hazel Conn.

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service 1:30 – 3 p.m. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery.

Carolyn Faye Brinkley Ferguson

 

Carolyn Faye Brinkley Ferguson, 69 of Emporia, Virginia passed away at home surrounded by family on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Carolyn was born in Littleton, NC to the late Woodrow and Lillian Brinkley and raised there. She met Mike Ferguson, fell in love and they married on July 30, 1967.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 51 years, Mike, their three sons; Craig Ferguson, Clay Ferguson (Teresa), Chris Ferguson (Stephanie); six loving grandchildren; Tyler Ferguson, Tori Ferguson, Joshua Kim (Victoria), Skylar Ferguson, Haley Ferguson, Tucker Ferguson, two great grandchildren Emili and Alex; her sister, Betty Sue Freuler (Randy), sister-in-law Debbie Moseley (Leslie) and several dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Carolyn had a sweet soul, generous to a fault and made friends easily. She always saw the goodness in everyone. She was a member of Forest Hill Baptist Church where she faithfully served the Lord until the time of her illness. She was well known for witnessing through singing; not only in church but her community as well. She was previously a member of the Riparian Woman’s Club and took advantage of any opportunity to be involved with the community.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Echols Funeral Home located at 806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Virginia 23847. The Celebration of Life Service will be Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Forest Hill Baptist Church located at 2103 Pine Log Rd Skippers, VA 23879.

In Lieu of flowers; memorial contributions can be made to the Forest Hill Perpetual Care Cemetery Fund, 5070 Brink Rd Emporia Virginia 23847. 

On line condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Fannie Newsome Doyle

Fannie Newsome Doyle, age 92, died Wednesday July 25, 2018. She was born July 12, 1926 to the late W.T. Newsome, Sr. and Pattie Thorpe Newsome.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Tom Doyle, three sisters; Virginia Renner, Frances Newsome and Eloise Drummond, two brothers; W.T. Newsome Jr. and Archie Newsome.

Fannie is survived by a daughter, Patsy Cooper and a son Tommy Doyle and his wife Te, 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Fannie was a retired salesperson for Bloom Brothers Department Store.

Fannie’s family would like to give a special thanks to the employees at Greensville Health and Rehab for taking such good care of Fannie so well over the past few years.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 28, 1:30 P. M. at Emporia Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

John "Jack" Gaines Miller, III

John Gaines Miller, III (Jack), died on July 1, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.  He was 95.   He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Rawls Miller (Dot), his mother Evelyn R. Miller, his father, John Gaines Miller, Jr, his son John Gaines Miller IV, his daughter, Sharon Leigh Miller, and his son, Charles Russell Miller.   He is survived by his sister, Paula M. Burnett (Tom), his son, Dwane Henry Miller (Dee), his daughter-in-law, Karen F. Miller, his granddaughters Jennifer O. Howard, (Sloan), Erica M. Trout (Joe), Laura M. Ross (Jason), Eleanor M. Robertson (Tim), and his grandson, Russell F. Miller (LaCrissa); great-grandchildren, Cierra Howard, Chayne Howard, Nathan Trout, Natalie Trout, Jonathan Gavin Miller, Gracyn Ross, Coral Ross, Gabriella Robertson, and Burkley Robertson.

Jack was born on April 10, 1923 in Rolla, Missouri and grew up on the plains of southeastern Kansas, where he showed his early love of flying by building model airplanes. During World War II he left the University of Kansas to join the Army, where he entered flight training. It was during this time while in Richmond that he met Doris. On the third night after they met, as he was walking her home across the bridge to Manchester, he asked her to marry him. During the war he flew his beloved P-38 “Lightning” in the China Burma India Theater, routinely flying the Hump. 

After the war, Jack returned home, eloped with Dot, then completed his education at the University of California, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for many years for the Berol Corporation, headquartered in Danbury Connecticut.

After retiring, Jack and Dot moved to Deltaville, Virginia, acquired a Hunter sailboat, and for several years sailed to the Bahamas in the fall, returning each spring.  They then moved to Southampton County, Virginia, living on land that backed up to the Meherrin River, on which over time he navigated a johnboat down to the Albemarle Sound.

His most recent experience in the air took place when he leaped out of an airplane at 11,000 feet to skydive over southside Virginia. He was only 88 at the time.  

Services will be on Thursday,12:00 P. M., July 5,, 2018  at Persons United Methodist Church, 27642 Old Church Rd., Drewryville, VA 23844  Visitation will be 11;00 A. M. to 12:00 P. M., prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Persons United Methodist Church, Drewryville, Virginia, c/o Mark Person, Treasurer, P.O. Box 14121, Richmond, Virginia 23225.

Jesse Neal Allen

Jesse Neal Allen, 85, of Brink Road, Emporia, Va., departed his earthly home on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Virginia Allen.  His sons: Lorn and wife Annie Allen; Jeffery and wife Sandy Allen. His daughters, June Walker and Frances and husband John Edwards.

His grandchildren, Jesse and his wife Kelly Allen with son Neal and daughter McKenley; Aaron and his wife Elaine Allen with sons Asa, Troy, Silas and daughters Cora and Vera of Richmond; Krystal and husband Jeff Miller with son Beck and daughter Lashley of Lawrenceville; Jessica and her husband Elliott Petry with daughter Isabelle and son Noah of Christiansburg; Leanna and husband Dave Collins with sons Blake and Jase of North Tazewell; Carrie Walker of Richmond; John Jr and his wife Brittney with son Carter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Marguerite Allen; His sister, Frances Allen; His brother, Lorn Allen; His son-in-law, Ricky Walker; His granddaughter, Amanda Jane Edwards.

He was a very active member of Fountain Creek Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher.  He and his wife share many special memories together including large family holiday gatherings and family trips to Disney World. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Echols Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Fountain Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Griles officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Amanda Jane Edwards Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 325, Gasburg, VA 23857.

Audrey Sitterson Kei

Audrey Sitterson Kei, age 80, formerly of Emporia, died in Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, Va. , June 28, 2018.  She was born in Brunswick County the daughter of the late John Ashby and Bettie House Sitterson. She was the widow of Charlie Lee Kei.  She was a retired Deputy Commissioner of Revenue for Greensville County.  She is survived by her brother Ashby Sitterson and wife Martha of Dolphin, Va.; and numerous nieces & nephews, special Great-niece, Hope Townsend and special great-nephews, Grant and Ryan Townsend.

Graveside Funeral service will be held Monday, July 2, at 11:00 A. M. at Emporia Cemetery, with  Rev. John Willard, V officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday 7:00 to 8:30 P. M. at the Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va.

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

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