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Donald John Bowen

Donald John Bowen, of Emporia, passed away May 14, 2018, at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center at the age of 65.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell (Honey) A. Bowen, Jr. and Olga Ondov Bowen, and two sisters, Dorothy Bowen Leonard of Suffolk, Virginia, and Judy Bowen Jones of Emporia. 

Donald is survived by his brother, William Bowen of Eure, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Donald L. Jones, Sr. and wife Carol; nephews, Gene C. Leonard, Jr. and Donald (Buck) L. Jones, Jr. and nieces, Sharon Leonard Adkison, Anne Marie Leonard and Mary Beth Bowen Maitland. 

Donald grew up working in his family’s business, Bowen Gas & Electric.  He graduated from Brunswick Academy in 1972.  In 1997, he started Computer Networking Services, following his love of all things electrical.  Donald will forever be remembered by his dear friends and clients, who were also his family.

A graveside service will be held at the Emporia Cemetery Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Robert W. Griles presiding.   Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.  Online condolences can be made to echolsfuneralhome.com.

 

Joan Liebold Dolloff

Joan Liebold Dolloff, of Queens, NY, died on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Greensville Manor in Emporia, VA. She was the daughter of the late Herbert Liebold and Margaret Schaffer Liebold. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Craig Charles Dolloff.

She is survived by her husband, Donald T. Dolloff of Emporia; two daughters, Diane Dolloff of San Francisco, CA and Cynthia Dolloff of Carmel, N.Y.; son, Donald T. Dolloff Jr. and wife Denise of Waterboro, ME; brother, Herbert Liebold of Cresco, PA ;   four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Dolloff, Allison Joan Dolloff, Amethyst Arbore, and Dustin Arbore. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

A visitation will be held in the Echols Funeral home Chapel on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 7:00 P.M until 8:30 P.M. A service will be held in the Echols Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Joker “Jong” R. Bayta officiating. Interment will follow at the Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, ME at animalwelfaresociety.org.

Condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Stephen Peter Skowronski

Stephen Peter Skowronski, 68, passed away at home on May 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by one son, Benjamin Andrew Skowronski.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Ligon Skowronski, and a sister, Donna Clymer of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, George Benjamin Ligon, Jr. (Mary), sister-in-law, Sandra L. Allen (Kenny), and many nieces and nephews.

Steve had a love for the game of golf and was an accomplished golf course and turf management superintendent.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. at the Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Ave. in Emporia, VA.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org, by phone 1-800-822-6344, or by mail at: 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Ronald Baldwin Hughes, Sr.

Ronald B. Hughes, Sr., 90, passed away early Tuesday in Virginia Beach. Ron was born in Havre de Grace, MD to the late Clinton and Lydia Hughes.

Ron was a United States Navy veteran of WWII and he later retired as a District Traffic Manager from the Civil Service. His hobbies include playing golf and duck hunting in the Chesapeake Bay.

He is also predeceased by his wife, Ethel Hughes. Ron is survived by his son, Ronald B. Hughes, Jr. and a granddaughter, Melanie Hughes.

A memorial service was conducted at 2pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. A private burial will take place at Emporia Cemetery in Emporia, VA at a later date. Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Richard Harold Deal

Richard Harold Deal died on February 6, 2018. He was a native of Emporia and a United States Navy veteran.

A graveside memorial service, with military honors, will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery with the Rev. Brad Barbour officiating.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Donna Mayo Smith

Donna Mayo Smith, 53, of Ivor passed away Monday, May 7, 2018. She was predeceased by her parents, Emma and Thurman Mayo; husband, Carl E. Smith; and sister, Deborah M. Crocker.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Elizabeth Smith of Clarksburg, WV and Elijah Smith of Emporia, VA; grandchildren, Emma, Ethan, and Elyssa; a brother, Thurman “Al” Mayo of Smithfield, VA; a brother-in-law, Curtis Crocker(Gina) of Ivor, VA; nephews, David and Daniel Crocker.

Donna worked for the Commonwealth’s Department of Corrections in Sussex County as a Corrections Officer. She loved to cook, animals, and her God. Memorial donations may be made to the Isle of Wight County Humane Society, 13044 Poor House Rd, Windsor, VA 23487. A graveside service will be held in Windsor Cemetery on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2:00PM. Online condolences can be registered at www.RWBakerFH.com

Evelyn Bryant Newsome

 

Evelyn Bryant Newsome, 99, of Emporia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. She is survived by her daughter in law, Cynthia M. Newsome of Amelia; granddaughter, Kimberly N. McCall and husband Jeffrey of Emporia; grandson, John David Newsome of Amelia; step grandson, Kevin Bryant of Amelia; 3 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Newsome and son Wesley Newsome.

Evelyn was a lifelong member of Main Street United Methodist Church and a member of the choir for over 75 years.

Visitation will be held in the Echols Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Funeral services will be held at Main Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Tom Durrance officiating. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Michael Fields

Michael Fields will be celebrated with his family on Friday, May 4th at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville, NC.   Visitation will be at 12; celebration of life beginning at 1:00 with homecoming in Battleboro Cemetery.  Please feel free to join us in the celebration of our beloved STAR, Michael.    We will be accepting visitors at our home in Emporia tonight from 6 until; Thursday 12 p.m. until.  Friday, friends will be accepted at 3462 Lonesome Pine Rd, Whitakers, NC 27891 following his celebration.  He loved us all and we love you all.

Nettie Roella McDonald

Nettie Roella McDonald, 54, of Emporia, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 29, 2018. She was preceded in death just last month by her mother, Charlene Owen McDonald. She had been a CNA and more recently was primary caregiver for her grandmother, Roella Hines Owen and her mother until their deaths.

When Nettie wasn’t taking care of others, she had a love for drawing abstract art, photography and enjoyed doing research in the courts or the library. She also wrote poems and had become a published poet. She had a love for and communicated with all God’s creatures in the animal world.

She is survived by her siblings, Virginia E. McDonald, John “Chipper” McDonald and Sarah E. Berryman and husband, Steve; two nieces, Jessica Owen Day and husband, Ercell and Farren M. Burchett; an aunt, Geneva Owen Woodard; a number of cousins and her six loving cats.

The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 11-1 prior to the service. A reception for the family will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church following the funeral. A private interment will be held at a later date.

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

Erma F. Vincent

Erma F. Vincent, 85, of Emporia, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Joseph W. and Annie Harrell Ferguson and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Kennon Ferguson, Wade Ferguson and Clayton Ferguson and sisters, Mamie Driver and Avis Frazier.

Mrs.Vincent is survived by her husband, Arnold S. Vincent; two daughters, Vicki V. Story and husband, Robert “Bobby” and Cindy V. Holloman and husband, Ricky; two grandchildren, Brandon R. Story and wife, Kristin and Eric L. Holloman; two great-granddaughters, Allison Grace Story and Anna Morgan Story; two sisters, Ruby Pearson and Bettie Veliky; a brother, Melvin Ferguson and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Forest Hill Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2103 Pine Log Rd, Skippers, VA 23879.

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

Marvin Dallas Caish

Marvin Dallas Caish, 91, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

A native of Greensville County, he was the son of the late William Henry Caish and Mary Pearson Allen Caish. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives; Adrinne Lynch Caish and Annie Kidd Caish, his brother; Lewis Caish, and sisters; Rebecca Weaver Caish and Lillian Carpenter.  A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Caish retired from Georgia Pacific in Jarratt, and was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church. An avid gardener, he also enjoyed fishing and swimming with his family.

Mr. Caish is survived by his son; Marvin D. Caish Jr. of Ruckersville, Virginia, grandsons; Christopher D. Caish of Barboursville, Virginia, and Timothy J. Caish of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Great-grand-daughter; Charlianna Caish of Barboursville, Virginia.

Graveside Services , with military honors, will be held Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Andy Cain officiating.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

BETTY CLARKE HARRIS

Betty Clarke Harris, 60, of Bath, NC, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Betty was born Richmond, VA., the daughter of the late W. Lawrence Clarke and Evelyn Weaver Clarke.

She graduated from Furrman College in Rocky Mount, Va., then graduated from the Nursing Program at Wilson Community College.

She obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing, and her Master of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University.

Her Nursing career included serving as a Flight Nurse for East Care; working in different departments at Vidant and was currently a Nurse Education Specialist in the East Carolina Heart Institute.

Betty loved the ocean, sand, and fishing. Most of her spare time was spent at the coast casting her fishing rod and taking in God’s beautiful creation.

Surviving are: a brother, Edward Lawrence Clarke and his wife, Janet Tindall Clarke, of Roanoke Rapids, NC; a niece, Nicole Clarke Luck and her husband, John Michael Luck of Houston, TX. Also, two great nephews; Colin Clarke Luck and Noah Graeme Luck of Houston, TX. and all of her nursing family at Vidant.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28at 4:00 pm in the Inter-Faith Chapel at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC. with Rev. Jane Rose officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:  College of Nursing Scholarships at East Carolina University. Make checks to: ECU MHSG and make notion on check in memory of Betty C. Harris. Mail to:  Elizabeth Maxwell, 525 Moye Blvd., Mail stop 659, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 27834-4354 or you can go online to make a donation at: http://www.ecu.edu/csdhs/nursing/support_us.cfm

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com

Ethel Mae Prince Allen

Ethel Mae Prince Allen, 80, widow of Nathan Allen, passed away Friday, April 13. She was also preceded in death by brothers, James Prince and Billy “Buck” Prince; and sisters, Mag Banner, Shirley Allen and Jean Veliky.

Mrs. Allen is survived by two sons, Babe Allen and wife, Cindy, David Allen and wife, Sherri; three grandchildren, Brian Allen, Brett Allen and fiancée, Lacey, and Logan Whitley; two sisters, Louise Phillips and Bernice Phillips; a brother, “Preacher” Prince and wife, Nellie and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, April 16 at Faith Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Floral tributes are welcomed or memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 951 W. Atlantic St, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

JOHN A. ST. SING

John A. St. Sing, 74, of Emporia, VA, died Thursday, April 5, 2018. He was born in Halifax County ,NC, son of the late Thomas J. and Katie Carter St. Sing. Mr. St. Sing  retired as Sergeant with the Emporia Police Department with more than 33 years of service. He loved his family and  community.

Preceding John in death were his wives, Carolyn Taylor St. Sing and Doris Willis St. Sing.

Surviving are his son, David St. Sing (Pheobee); step daughter, Kaye Jackson; grandchildren, David N. St. Sing, Dustan Jarratt (Emily), Sarah Jackson (Daniel),Lynsey Overstreet (Keith); six great grandchildren, among them, Hudson Jarratt, Reed and Audrey Overstreet.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Monday, April 9,2018, at Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Monday from 11:00 am until 1:00pm

Richard T. Harrell

Richard T. Harrell, 83, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Harrell. Mr. Harrell is survived by his wife, Shelvia E. Harrell; two daughters, Donna Cluesman and husband, Jerry “Goose” and Debbie Gilliam and husband, Paul; five grandchildren, Chelsea Cluesman, Makenzie Cluesman, Andy Gilliam, Chase Cluesman and Wesley Gilliam; two brothers, Jett Harrell and wife, Ruth and Albert Harrell and wife, Kathy; a sister-in-law, Joyce Harrell and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Joyner United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Capron Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Mr. Harrell’s home 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 and at church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Joyner United Methodist Church, c/o Jeannette Everett, 17413 Everett Rd, Capron, 23829. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Joyce E. Whitehead

Joyce E. Whitehead, 76, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018. She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Grizzard and a sister, Frances Dixon. Mrs. Whitehead is survived by her devoted companion, Raleigh Jones; two daughters, Tammy Jarratt and husband, Bill and Lori Poole and husband, William; son, Doug Whitehead; seven grandchildren, Casey Jarratt, Billy Jarratt, Christel Gordon, Elizabeth Justice, Angel Poole, Wayne Whitehead and Angela Whitehead; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Grizzard “Baby” and Sally Velvin and husband, Jimmy. She also leaves behind her cherished pets: dogs, Lacy and Tiny and cat, Bear Kitty. The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Adams Grove Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family atwww.owenfh.com.
 
 

Nell Mattox Whitlock Mitchell

Nell Mattox Whitlock Mitchell, age 93, passed away peacefully in her home on March 31, 2018. She was predeceased by her parents Percy and Lucy Mattox, 2 brothers, P.J. Mattox and Gilbert “Sprout” Mattox, 2 sisters, Leola Fisher and Margaret Duckworth, and 2 husbands, Robert K. Whitlock and William T. Mitchell.

She is survived by daughter, Carolyn Whitlock Myrick; son, Robert K. “Kenny” Whitlock (Carolyn), and daughter Ginger Mitchell Smith. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, John Myrick (Jennifer), Robert Myrick, Wendy Whitlock Gilbert, Brian Whitlock (Kelly), Jason, Jeremy, and Amanda Smith; 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Mitchell retired from the City of Emporia after serving 33 years as a City Clerk. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 66 years.

Special thank you to Gloria Meyers, Gail Spence, Glenda Rawlings, Francis Drummond, and Hospice of Virginia (Joyce Lynch and Queen Washington).

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Andy Cain officiating. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the chapel from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, VA.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Amelia K. Harris

Amelia K. Harris, of Emporia, VA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 30, 2018, at the age of 80, after a courageous battle with ALS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin G. King and Betty L. King, and brother Ed King.

Amelia is survived by three sisters, Ada Newsome, Sallie Allgood, and Lucille Taylor; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves to cherish her memory; three children, Robert Harris (Cristy), Denise Harris, and Amy Clary (Andy); four grandchildren, Cassie Modlin, Christopher Moseley, Lee Harris, and James Harris; great grandchildren, Natalie Harris, Liam Harris, Carter Modlin, Kensleigh Rae Moseley, and her namesake Caroline Amelia Modlin.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 2, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at Monumental United Methodist Church with Rev. Rachel G. Plemmons officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville, VA. A reception and visitation will be held at the church from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Amelia’s name to: Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St. Emporia, VA 23847.

Peggy Harrison Allen

Peggy Harrison Allen, of Emporia, died Friday March 30, 2018, at the age of 85. A native of Greensville County, she was the daughter of the late Fredrick and Ethel Mae Brantley Harrison, and the widow of the late Frank Richard Allen Jr. Peggy was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired secretary with the Federal Government.

She is survived by her sons; Darrell Allen and his wife Monica of Richmond, and Mark Allen and his wife Darlene of Elk Park, N.C.; a sister, Polly Wray of Lebanon Virginia; grandchildren, Madison, Harrison, Winfield and his wife Ansley, Eric and his wife Kathryn, Michael, and Stephen Allen; great-grandchild, Luke Allen; Goddaughter, Cindy Caldwell and her husband Frankie; daughter she never had, Dana Snow and her husband Steve; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral and Cremation Chapel with Pastor Andy Cain officiating. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, April 2, 2018 from 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. at Echols Funeral and Cremation Service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Paige Matthews Mento

Paige Matthews Mento of Henrico, Virginia, died on March 19, 2018 at the age of 75. She was predeceased by her father, Albert L Matthews and is survived by her mother, Eleanor "Rivers" Johnson Gill and her three children, Maria L DeShazo, Niki Loupassi and G. Manoli Loupassi, all of Richmond. Memorial Services will be Private.

Bessie Ann Wright

Mrs. Bessie Ann Wright, 67, of Emporia, Virginia, died on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

A Visitation for Mrs. Wright will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Friday, March 30, 2018, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 Noon, on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Royal Baptist Church, 106 W. Atlantic Street in Emporia, VA.  The Interment will take place immediately after the Service in the Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia, VA.

Condolences may be sent via:  www.hdpopefuneralhome.com

Charlene Tempa Owen McDonald

Charlene Tempa Owen McDonald, 83, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Lewis Owen and Roella Hines Owen. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1934, she returned with her family to Greensville County, Virginia in 1937.

She was involved with 4-H for many years and received several awards. She graduated from Greensville County High School in 1953 and then attended VPI (Virginia Tech) and Richmond Professional Institute. She worked for the Virginia Department of Health for 24 years and in 1995 took early retirement.

Mrs. McDonald is survived by her four children, Virginia E. McDonald; John “Chipper” McDonald; Sarah E. Berryman and husband, Steve; and Nettie R. McDonald; two grandchildren, Jessica Owen Day and husband, Ercell and Farren M. Burchett; a sister, Geneva Owen Woodard; three nieces; a nephew and several cousins. She also leaves behind her six beloved cats.

The family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery.

A reception will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church after the interment service.

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

Lena M. Short

Lena M. Short, 91, of Emporia went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, she was a longtime member of Monumental United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Elton A. Short; son David Short and wife, Kathy; grandson, Taylor Short and fiancée, Natalie, ; granddaughter, Mallory McCall and husband, Uriah and great-grandson, Hassan McCall.

The family will receive friends 3-6 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Short The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at Monumental United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Bernard Spates Lee

Bernard Spates Lee, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at his home. He was 89.

A native of Northampton County, he was the son of the late James Millard Lee and Gracie Ferguson Lee. Bernard retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after many years of service.

Mr. Lee is survived by his wife; Doris High Lee, a daughter; Brenda L. Daughtrey and her husband Doug, of Emporia Va., a son; Larry M. Lee and his wife Cindy D. Lee of Petersburg, Va., a sister; Shelby Jean Clements of Roanoke Rapids, four grandchildren; Lori Beth Hargrave of Roanoke Rapids, Stacey L. Clements, Danielle Reeves and Christian Lee, all of Emporia, Va., five great grandchildren; Grayson Hargrave and Ellasyn Letters of Roanoke Rapids, Holden Lee, Dakota Lee and Layla Clements of Emporia, Va. and Jody Allen of Washington, D.C.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 9, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. at Forest Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Ragan officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Church one hour prior to the Service.

The family would like to give special thanks to Community Hospice for their thoughtful and caring service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2103 Pine Log Rd., Skippers, VA 23879.

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com

Alice Blake Eason

Alice Blake Eason, 92, wife of the late Perry Edward Eason, passed away Sunday March 4, 2018, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.

Alice was born on July 11, 1925 in Richmond and moved to Emporia at the age of fifteen. She graduated from Greensville County High School in 1943 and attended Pan American Business College in Richmond. After raising her daughters, she went to work at Central Fidelity Bank, retiring in 1990 as Assistant Branch Manager and Customer Service Representative. Following retirement Alice was an active member of Main Street Baptist Church, member of the Order of Eastern Star and Honorary member of Meherrin Quilting Peace Makers Guild.Alice played the violin beginning at the age of six and sang in the church choir for fifty-plus years. She enjoyed sewing, cross-stitching, crocheting, quilting and spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, Henry T. and Ruby Dickerson Blake and a brother Henry T. Blake Jr.

Alice is survived by her loving daughters; Carolyn E. Roach (David), and Martha E. Jones (Woody). Brother; Bernard Hooker Blake, Grandchildren; Lori R. Jarratt (Timmy) and Jeffrey C. Roach (Jackie). Great grand-daughter Carleigh Jarratt, all of Emporia. Step grandchildren; Terry Brown (Kelly) of Colleyville, Texas, Dustan T. Jarratt (Emily) of Emporia, and Lynsey Overstreet (Keith) of Farmville, step great grandchildren; Hudson Jarratt of Emporia, Katherine and Abigail Brown of Colleyville, Texas and Aubrie and Reed Overstreet of Farmville, Alice will also be forever remembered by her six nieces and numerous great nieces, great nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Main Street Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Ricky R. Hurst and Rev. Rick Regan officiating. Burial will follow in Emporia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service.

Donations can be made to Main Street Baptist Church or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Brian Trent Clary

Brian Trent Clary, died Tuesday February 20, 2018, at his home in Hope Mills, N.C.

Trent was born on December 8, 1969, to Eileen Hallingshead Clary and Roger Clary. He was a talented professional musician, specializing in Christian music, and along with his parents was a longtime member of Faymont Baptist Church in Fayetteville. He was preceded in death by an uncle, James E. Hallingshead.

In addition to his parents, Trent is survived by a brother, Herbert Balquet Jr., of North Augusta, S.C., an aunt, Nancy Ann H. Mckee and her husband Leonard, of Fayetteville, uncles, Rev. Arthur David Hallingshead and his wife Glenda of Palmyra, VA, Ray Justice and his wife Nancy of Gasburg, VA, and Delaine Wilkey of Marietta, S.C.

Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery in Gasburg, VA with Pastor James Cunningham officiating. The family will receive friends at Wrenn, Clarke, & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon Wednesday before the service.

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com.

Vida Rodgester Fajna

Vida Rodgester Fajna, 73, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Charlie Lee and Mabel Rodgester and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dot Hobbs and Nellie Bradley. Mrs. Fajna is survived by her husband, Wayne Fajna; daughter, Kathy Fajna; brother, Cliff Rodgester and wife, Jane; two sisters, Emma Bradley and Linda Tuck and husband, Steve; and a large loving extended family including sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; cousins and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved family of furbabies.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, February 26 at Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Rd, Emporia, Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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

Margaret Ann Turner Conley

Margaret Ann Turner Conley, 76, of Kilmarnock, Virginia  passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  She was born June 12, 1941 in Emporia, Virginia,  daughter to the late Joe Turner and Josephine Sopko Turner.  She retired after 20 years with VIMCO and enjoyed her retirement from gardening to traveling along with spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Samuel Roy Conley for whom she greatly missed.  She is survived by her two sons, David Lee Conley of Rockville, Va. and Jeffrey Scott Conley and wife Diana Lynn of Glen Allen, Va.; four grandchildren, Curtis Lee Conley and wife Laura, Lindsey Paige Conley, Jessica Blair Conley and Amber Lynn Conley and two great grandchildren Cason and Adalyn Conley as well as her two favorite grand dogs Gypsy and Panda.

Mass will be held 11:00 a. m. Monday, February 26, 2018 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Kilmarnock, Va.  Interment will follow the service at Morattico Baptist Church Cemetery, Kilmarnock, Va.  The family will receive friends 2:00 to 4:00 p. m. Sunday, February 25th at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, Va.

Margaret Lee Williams Edwards

Margaret Lee Williams Edwards of Greensville County, died February 19, 2018. She was the daughter of the late George Thomas Williams and Olive Rawlings Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Floyd Edwards; brother, Reeves Williams; three sisters, Frances Wagner, Ida Barnes, and Audrey Blalock.

She was a homemaker and lifetime member of Monumental United Methodist Church. “Maggie”, as she was called by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. She is survived by two daughters, Merilyn E. Newsome (Wesley) of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Judy E. Rushing (Leon) of Cary, NC; sister, Agnes Murrill of Newport  News, VA; five grandchildren, Cynthia Browder, Ray Poole, Tripp Nunnally, Bryan Rushing, Megan Hare; and eight great grandchildren.

A service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Rick Franklin and Rev. Rachel Plemmons officiating. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff of Greensville Manor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church/Organ Fund.

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

Aubrey Neil Temple

Aubrey Neil Temple of Emporia, died February 20, 2018. He was the son of the late Johnnie Mercer Temple and Olivia Clyde Ferguson Temple. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Sarah Klugel Temple.

He was the General Manager of Sadler Travel Plaza for 40 years and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He is survived by two sons, Aubrey Neil Temple, Jr. (Nancy) of Emporia and Thomas M. Temple, Sr. of Emporia; brother, Glenn Temple (Arlene) of Valdosta, GA; four grandchildren, Thomas Mason Temple, Jr.(Amanda) of Emporia, Star Temple Nienaber (Brent) of Denver, CO, Nicholas Evan Temple (Margaret) of Emporia, and Jonathan Eli Temple (fiancé Brittanie Jones) of Emporia; seven great grandchildren, Cassidy, Nicholas, Gracey, Sarah Breelyn, Easton Neil, Naomi, and Eli.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Andy Cain and Rev. Brad Barbour officiating. Family will receive visitors on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the residence of Aubrey Neil Temple, Jr., 312 Miles Circle, Emporia, VA 23847.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 513 South Main Street, Emporia, VA.

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

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