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John Wayne Harris

 

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Sunday, May 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Sunday, May 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

John Wayne Harris, 76, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  He was precededin death by his father, John B. Harris; his mother, Virginia C. Harris; and, younger brother, Richard D. Harris, all of Jarratt, VA.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the love of his life,Sandra Gephart Harris; his son, John W. Harris, Jr. (Lori) of Jarratt, VA; his daughter, Robin H. Heese (Russell) of Emporia, VA; his brother, Ralph T. Harris (Anita) of Farmville, VA; and, three

sisters, Joan H. Wojcikewych (Ray) of Peoria, IL; Linda H. Witt (David) of Chester, VA; and, Connie H. Young (Harold) of Stony Creek, VA; and, many nieces and nephews.

He retired from Allied Signal in Hopewell, VA, after 37 years.  He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, in Jarratt, for 63 years.  Wayne loved his family; and, when his children were small, he loved to take them “GOOFIN” to get ice cream, shopping, fishing, or just for a walk.  He was truly the wind beneath our wings.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26 Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour before the service. The service will be conducted by The Reverend Rick Franklin, minister of Centenary United Methodist Church, Jarratt, VA; and, by Pastor Kyle Bass, nephew, of Boykins Charge, Boykins, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 472, Jarratt, VA 23867; or, to AT Home Care Hospice, 629 Southpark Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834. 

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

John M. “Buz” Norwood, Jr.

Visitation

Funeral

5-7 pm, Wednesday May 22

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

11 am Thursday, May 23

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

John M. “Buz” Norwood, Jr, 69, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019. He is survived by a sister, Connie McKinney (Roger) and brother, Brian Norwood; three nieces, Dawn Jones (Coby), Faith Ash (Rel) and Hannah Godwin (David) and nephew, John McKinney (Chelsea).

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday May 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

John A. Newsome

Visitation Services

Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, Virginia

Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M.

First Presbyterian Church

210 S Main St

Emporia, VA

John A. Newsome., Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Ret) passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 78, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Edith, daughters Kimberly Fritz (Mike) of Biloxi, MS, and Pamela Allen (Mickey) of Emporia, VA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Crystal Carpenter, Lauren Aldridge, Jessica Aldridge, Katelyn Malone, A1C Stephen Malone, Michael Fritz, Kevin Allen (Loren), and Nicholas Allen. Also survived by siblings; Joanne, Richard, Donald, Frankie, and Butch. John was predeceased by parents Salem I. and Lucy W. Newsome, as well as brothers Irvin, RC (Spot), Albert, Oliver, and Robert.

John was a career Army soldier with twenty-two and one half years of service, much of which was served in Special Forces (Green Berets). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist’s Badge, Laotian Parachutist’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, etc.

John was a carpenter at heart; taught by his Grandfather Williams. He and his wife also established and operated Picture perfect for ten years before retirement. Prior to his illness, he traveled to Panama every summer to fish with military buddies. He was a member of Disabled Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Greensville Ruritan Club.

The family is grateful for the exceptional care from New Century Hospice, especially Brittany Edwards and the Oncology Nurses of SVRMC.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home. A Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M., at First Presbyterian Church, 210 S Main St, Emporia, VA, 23847.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Marie Doyle Bowen

November 4, 1930-April 29, 2019

Visitation Services

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 3 P.M. to 4 P.M.

Independence United Methodist Church
4438 Independence Church Rd
Emporia, VA 23847
 

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4 P.M.

Independence United Methodist Church
4438 Independence Church Rd

Emporia, VA 23847

Mrs. Marie Doyle Bowen of Emporia VA, passed away on April 29, 2019 at the age of 88. Mrs. Bowen was born on November 4, 1930 in Greensville County, VA. She was a retired operator for Weldon Mills.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Mattie Pair and Younger Doyle, her husband, Johnny Pascal Bowen, brothers, Willie “Baw” Doyle, Elwood Doyle, Jerry Doyle, Jimmy Doyle, and sisters, Mabel Boykin and Elaine Gregory. She is survived by her son, Gary P. Bowen (Lynette) of Bonita Springs, FL, her daughter, Nancy B. Pernell of Emporia, VA, sister, Ann Anglin of Emporia, VA, grandchildren, John Pernell of Charlottesville, VA, and Mathew Pernell of Emporia VA, and several nieces and nephews, along with special friends and caregivers, Rachael Allen and Ella B. Powell.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Independence United Methodist Church from 3 P.M. to 4 P.M. A funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 4 P.M. with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Interment will be held at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or Emporia-Greensville Vol. Rescue Squad.

 

 

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

William E. Ivey, III

Visitation Memorial Service

Saturday May 4, 2019, 2:00 pm

J. M. WHITE FUNERAL HOME

60 Zeb Robinson Rd

Henderson, N. C. 27536

 

Saturday May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm

J. M. WHITE FUNERAL HOME

60 Zeb Robinson Rd

Henderson, N. C. 27536

HENDERSON-William Edward Ivey, III, age 37, a resident of 140 Dabney Woods Lane, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  Born on May 8, 1981 in Petersburg, VA, he was the son of William Edward "Buck" Ivey, Jr. of Emporia, VA and Sherry Taylor Fraunfelter of Jarratt, VA.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army serving in Korea and Iraq.   He was a Correctional Officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Butner. Will was a devoted husband and father, loved to travel, and was an avid bow hunter and fisherman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 pm in the J. M. White Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Ken Thrasher.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon Lucy Ivey of the home; his daughter, Kristen Michele Ivey of the home; one sister, Melissa Harrison of Jarratt, VA ; his step-mother, Anita Ivey of Emporia, VA; two step sisters, Kelli Powell of Skippers, VA and Amanda Temple of Emporia, VA and families; several nieces and nephews; his father-in-law,

David Lucy of Dolphin, VA; mother-in-law, Sandra Griffin of Blackstone, VA; brother-in-law Shawn Lucy of Emporia, VA; sister-in-law, Crystal Redd of Coats, NC and families; and special friends, Daniel Thrasher and Steve Lewis.   

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Saturday from 1 until 2 pm and immediately following the service at J. M. White Funeral Home.  At other times they will be at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 666-75-8517.

Muriel Johnson Doyle

Graveside Service

11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Emporia Cemetery

 

Muriel Johnson Doyle, 98, died Saturday, April 20, 2019.

A Virginia native, Muriel was the daughter of the late Lloyd Turner Johnson and Annie Bell Gray Johnson. She was a retired homemaker and a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband; Larry Doyle Jr., two daughters; Martha Woodbury and Mary Virginia Doyle, a grandson; Larry Wesson, and two sisters.

Muriel is survived by her two daughters; Judy Gibson and her husband Roger and Sue Creswell and her husband Benny, three sisters; Eleanor Gill, Nancy Johnson and Iris Royster, grandchildren; Tony Wesson, Katherine Gibson, Beth Boyter, Adam Temple, nine Great Grandchildren and two Great Great Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Emporia Cemetery with Dr. Rick Hurst officiating.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Helen Frances Horne

April 29, 1923 - April 19, 2019

Visitation Services

Wednesday, April 24th, 1:00 pm

High Hills Baptist Church

215 South Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

Wednesday, April 24th, 2:00 pm

High Hills Baptist Church

215 South Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

Helen Frances Horne, 95, of Jarratt, Virginia died Friday, April 19, 2019 at Manorhouse Assisted Living, Henrico, Virginia. Helen was a lifelong resident of Jarratt and was a member of High Hills Baptist Church her entire life. She was born on April 29, 1923.

Helen was the youngest child of Jasper Person Horne and Helen Rochette Grigg Horne. She was preceded in death by her parents and her seven siblings; Daisy Horne Finney (Jarratt), Humphrey Horne (Emporia), Richard “Dick” Horne (Jarratt), Josiah B. Horne (Bluefield,WV), Lucy Horne Woodruff, (Rocky Mt. NC), Mamie Horne Briley (Jarratt), and Jasper (Sam) P. Horne Jr (Richmond). Nieces and nephews who predeceased her were Virginia Finney (Jarratt), Dorothy Finney Hall (Jarratt), David A.Woodruff (Wilmington NC) and Robert Woodruff (Jarratt). She is survived by two nieces, Elizabeth Horne Thomas (Midlothian), Patricia Horne Dresser (Vienna) and one nephew, J.P. (Jack) Horne III (Richmond).

A graduate of Jarratt High School, Helen joined the Home Telephone Company where she later became a Training Specialist that allowed her to be assigned to many localities throughout Virginia. She retired from Contel of Virginia (formally, Home Telephone Co) with 37 years of service. Helen has remained close to her company friends and met with them often at various events. She loved to travel, toured this country and others on wide ranging trips and developed a new group of highly regarding friends. Helen was a meticulous artist of significant repute. Her paintings and handwork are broadly represented in the community. She was in demand for commissioned paintings in oil as well.

As she grew older, care was provided by her nieces and nephew as well as many friends, for which she was grateful. Of special note is the immediate family of the late Bob Woodruff, specifically his wife, Mary, and their children who were Helen’s principal caregivers. Helen will be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor which will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Dr. Andy Brockelman, will conduct the service 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24th at High Hills Baptist Church, followed by interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be the charity of your choice.

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

Edith Christine Ferguson

Visitation Services

Tuesday, April 16, 1:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home

815 Brunswick Ave

Emporia, VA

Tuesday, April 16, 2:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home

815 Brunswick Ave

Emporia, VA

Edith Christine Ferguson, 95, died Thursday April 11, 2019 after a brief illness.

A native of Brunswick County, she was born January 27, 1924 to the late Edward Esua “Teso” Wrenn and Allie Richard Hobbs Wrenn. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Marshall Jackson Ferguson, four brothers and three sisters.

A Homemaker’s Homemaker, she was an accomplished seamstress, making dance costumes for her children and others. Christine excelled at housekeeping, cooking, gardening, canning, freezing, making pickles, jams and jellies and needlework. She was a longtime active member of Main Street Methodist Church where she was instrumental in the creation of Chrismons for the church Christmas tree. She assisted with Girl Scouting for many years and chaperoned while her late husband drove the bus for the Greensville County High School Band.

Christine is survived by her daughters; Joyce Potter and her husband Robert of Charleston, SC, and Bonnie Ferguson of Florence, Alabama, a sister Marjorie Wrenn Sheppard of Portsmouth, VA, grandchildren; Wendy Gordon and her husband Ken of Midlothian, VA and Tracy Edgerton and her husband Todd of Crozet, VA, great grandsons; Julien, Simon, and Marshall Gaudet, and Potter and Alton Edgerton.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday April 16, 2019 in the Chapel of Echols Funeral Home at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Tom Durrance officiating. Entombment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 1:00 P.M. until Service time.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

George Thomas Delbridge, Sr.

Visitation Services

1:30 PM, April 14, 2019

Liberty PH Church

1468 American Legion Rd.
Roanoke Rapids, NC

3 PM, April 14, 2019

Liberty PH Church

1468 American Legion Rd.
Roanoke Rapids, NC

George Thomas Delbridge Sr., 81, of Gaston, North Carolina, formerly of Emporia, Va. Passed away Friday April 5, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center.  He was preceded in death by his mom, dad, and two siblings.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 59 years Alice Patrick Delbridge of Gaston; his children Wanda Brown of Lake Gaston, and her two daughters Amanda Yarborough of Roanoke Rapids and Amber Keeter and husband AJ, of Knightdale, NC; Tommy Delbridge. Jr. and wife Gail  of Augusta, Ga, and their children Tommy Delbridge and wife Amanda of Greenville, TN, Elaine Martinez of Albuquerque, NM, James Delbridge, and wife Ashley, of Pineville, LA, Brandon Delbridge of Augusta, Ga, and Samantha Brown and husband Marcus, of Las Vegas, NV, Joseph Delbridge of Midlothian, Va; and Doris Delbridge and daughters Megan of Roanoke Rapids, two sisters Molly Harrup of Emporia, VA, and Brenda Romines and husband Olin, of Franklin, VA, Christine Williams of Sidney, OH. Fifteen great grandchildren, multiple nieces, nephew and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 3 PM, April 14, 2019 at Liberty PH Church, 1468 American Legion Rd. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 PM prior to service at church.

In lieu of flowers make monetary donations to Hockaday Funeral Service, 507 US Hwy 158, Roanoke Rapids, NC, 27870.

Helen Harvey Bass

January 25, 1926-April 2, 2019

Visitation Services

6-8 pm, Thursday, April 4

Owen Funeral Hime

303 Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

12 Noon, Friday, April 5

Zion Baptist Church

974 Zion Church Road
Skippers, Virginia

Helen Harvey Bass, 93, of Skippers, widow of Walter F. Bass, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019. She is survived by her son, Clarence E. Bass of Skippers, VA; two daughters, Gail B. Veliky and husband, Wayne of Jarratt, VA and Joanne B. Callaway and husband, Larry of Powhatan, VA; five grandchildren, Shannon Phelps and husband, Chad of Jarratt, VA, Jennifer Askew and husband, Ryan of Stoughton, WI, Heather Knicely of Charleston, SC, Brandon Callaway and wife, Shaina of Chesterfield, VA and Brittany Callaway of Richmond, VA; six great-grandchildren, Amber Defibaugh of Starkville, MS, Jackson Knicely of Mars Hill, NC, Madison Phelps of Skippers, Cameron Phelps of Jarratt and Logan and Nicholas Callaway of Chesterfield, VA; great-great-grandson, Martin Padgett of Starkville, MS; step-grandson, Mason Colley and wife, Lori, and step-great-grandson, Trevor Colley, all of of Raven, VA.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 12 noon, Friday, April 5 at Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Rd., Skippers, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Ada King Newsome

October 27, 1926-April 2, 2019

Graveside Service Celebration of Life

11 am, Saturday, April 6

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

Saturday, April 6, Folowing Graveside Service

Victory Fellowship Church - Social Hall

Ada King Newsome, 92, widow of Moses L. Newsome, gained her angel wings Tuesday, April 2, 2019. She now is with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and has joined her loved ones that left her behind. She was preceded in death a brother, Edward King; and sisters Amelia Harris

She is survived by son, Howard Boney and wife, Virginia daughter, Barbara Allen and devoted and loving son-in-law, Gerald Allen; son, Jimmy Boney and wife, Lelia; step-daughter, Connie Moore and devoted and loving son-in-law, Hubert Moore; stepson. Larry Newsome and wife, Carolyn; grandchildren, Wayne Boney, Michael Boney and wife, Mary, Brent Boney and wife, Britany, Brad Boney, Lisa Crickenberger and husband, Josh; step-grandchildren, Larry Newsome, Jr. and wife, Karen; great-grandchildren, Megan Peterson, Tiffany Spenla and husband, Ian, Matthew Boney, Mckaley Boney, Haylee Boney, Courtney Boney, Daniel Boney (Caitlin Rose), Lyndsee, Josh, Emma and Ryan Crickenberger; Owen and Paisley Boney; great-grandson, Zachary, step-great-granddaughter, Mattie Newsome and great-great granddaughters, Ivey and Evie Spenla; two sisters, Sallie Allgood and Lucille Taylor; numerous nieces and nephews; special and loving friend, Maria Ferguson. She is also survived by her beloved furbaby, Angel and grand–furbabies, Tiny, Spitzy and Ellie May.

The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a Celebration of Life visitation immediately following the service at Victory Fellowship Church social hall. Mrs. Newsome loved people, especially her family and her church family. She will be remembered for her bright and cheery smile, her generous spirit and devotion to her church. She had requested that her funeral not be a sad occasion, that people attending dress casually and allow a chance for them to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Victory Fellowship Church or to the American Cancer

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

 

Kinston Jordan

Services

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 3:00 PM

Rising Star Baptist Church
3931 Brandy Creek Road
Emporia, VA 23847

Mr. Kinston Jordan, 82, of Emporia, Virginia, departed this earthly life on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Johnston Willis Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.

Kinston was born on Sunday, March 14, 1937, in Greensville County, Virginia, to the parentage of the late Howard Jordan and Florence Rebecca Harris Jordan.

Survivors include:  his wife, Jacqueline Jordan of the home, four children, Priscilla Parker and Charlene Anderton both of Petersburg, Virginia, Kendra Jordan of Las Angeles, California and Willie D. House of Emporia, Virginia; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his siblings, Dorothy Matthews of New Jersey, Louise Cummings (Leon) of South Carolina, Ernie 'Susie' Bullock  and Roger Jordan (Barbara) both of Emporia, Virginia, Christine McNeil (Lardell) of Pennsylvania and Shirley Worrell of Georgia; a host of other relatives and friends. 

Rev. James H and Ann Alsop

The interment of Rev. James H Alsop and his wife Ann Alsop will be held at the cemetery of Zion Baptist Church in Skippers VA on April 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Alsop passed on July 21, 2009 and Ann passed on February 7, 2019.

Zion was the Alsop's first full time church.

Larry Grizzard will be doing a memorial service and the family welcomes anyone who would like to attend.

Laura Barnes Velvin

 

June 18, 1920 - March 23, 2019

Graveside Service

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 11:00 AM

High Hills Cemetery
215 N. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, VA

Laura Barnes Velvin, 98, of Jarratt, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Velvin and her two sons, James Venable “J.V.” Velvin and wife, Charlotte, and Lawrence Everett Velvin.

She is survived by three grandchildren, James T. Velvin (Christy), Randy Dean Velvin (Jeannie) and Andrea Velvin (Jason Williams); step-grandchildren, Scott Pritchard (Crystal) and Hope Wood; seven great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Evelyn “Scottie” Velvin and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at High Hills Cemetery, Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 562, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

Marjorie Baird “Margie” King

January 19, 1943 - March 19, 2019

Visitation Services

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

Main St. United Methodist Church

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 12:00 noon

Main St. United Methodist Church

 

Marjorie Baird “Margie” King, 76, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Margie was a native of Lawrenceville and lived most of her adult life in Emporia. She was the daughter of the late Hobart Maryland and Blanche Edwards Baird. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother; Leroy Baird and his wife Elaine and three brothers in law; John Hartley, Carter Harris, and George Roberts.

Margie was a longtime active member of Main St. United Methodist Church and the founding Member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Emporia. She loved her family, friends, and her community and always had a gracious smile and hug for everyone she met.

Margie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Malcolm Lee King, Jr., daughter; Michelle King Edmonds and her husband Scott and grandson Ryan Scott Edmonds all of South Hill, brother; Joseph Edgar “J.E” Baird and his wife Cordie of Colonial Heights, sisters; Catherine Hartley of Charlotte, NC and Mary Carter Harris Roberts of Freeman, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Main St. United Methodist Church in Emporia with Rev. Tom Durrance officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from Noon until service time.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, C/O Barbara Moore, Treasurer, 626 Madison Street, Emporia, VA  23847 or Main Street United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, Emporia, VA  23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Sallie Inez Young

August 25, 1932 - March 20, 2019

Wake Celebration of Life

R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service, Inc. - Emporia

556 Halifax Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Diamond Grove Baptist Church
127 Diamond Grove Road
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Ms. Sallie Inez Young was born to the late Walter Young and Junita Young-Cooke of Greensville County, Virginia on August 25, 1932. She joined Antioch Baptist Church at an early age. Inez truly loved the Lord and this was often witnessed through her spreading the gospel and singing old hymns.   

Inez attended school in Greensville County. She moved to Brooklyn, New York in her early 20’s. She continued serving the Lord by attending church in New York. Also while living there, she was employed with Lloyd and Taylor for over 20 years. She retired with hopes of one day moving back to her hometown of Emporia, Va.

Inez had two daughters, Diane Young and the late Esther Young-Adams. She had one granddaughter, Crystal Adams and a devoted grandson, Craig Young who was a dedicated caregiver to Inez for over 18 years.

Inez was a very caring, strong-willed, tough woman. She always tried to be there for her family before becoming ill. One of her grandson’s most memorable moments was his first year in law school and he was low on money. Inez would call to check on him and send boxes of food to ensure he ate. That is just one way she showered her love of kindness.

Inez was preceded in death by her brothers; Curtis Young, Joe Young, Johnny Ben Young and Cecil Young and sisters; Loretta Young and Rosa Young.

Inez leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, Diane Young who expressed her love, a devoted grandson, Craig Young, granddaughter, Crystal Adams, great-grandson Ze’Marion D. Finnell, great- granddaughter, Zariah D. Finnell; two sisters; Mabiel Coe and Dorothy Newman, one brother, Eddie Young and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

Ruby Estell Ferguson Pearson

November 4, 1921-March 18, 2019

Visitation Services

Friday, March 22, 2019, from 1:00 – 2:00

Forest Hill Baptist Church

Friday, March 22, 2019, from 2:00

Forest Hill Baptist Church

Ruby Estell Ferguson Pearson, at the age of 97, went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2019. She was born November 4, 1921, the oldest daughter of the late Joseph Wyatt and Annie Harrell Ferguson of Emporia VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Major B. Pearson and daughter Virginia P. King, brothers, Kennon Ferguson Sr., C. Wade Ferguson, and H. Clayton Ferguson, sisters, Mamie F. Driver, Erma F. Vincent and Avis F. Frazier.

She is survived by her Son-in-law, Charles P. King, Grandsons, Stacy L. King (Amy Walton) and Stephen E. King. Great-Grandson, Kirby Dale King, sister Betty F. Veliky and brother Melvin L. Ferguson.

She was an active member of Forest Hill Baptist Church until her health started to decline several years ago. She loved her Lord and Savior, family, friends and Church family. She worked at Emporia Garment Factory until she retired. She loved family history and researched and gathered information for picture albums of the Ferguson and Pearson families.

Ruby loved and appreciated the staff at Northampton Nursing Home Complex, Jackson NC. Pauline, the Director of Activities encouraged her to play BINGO, and she did play twice a week up until about two weeks ago. The family thanks Emily Spence for being such a special care giver.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 1:00 – 2:00 at Forest Hill Baptist Church with Funeral Service at 2:00 with Rev. Terry Corder officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 5010 Brink Road, Emporia VA 23847

 

 

Echols Funeral Home of Emporia VA will be in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Online condolence may be made to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Edmond “Bob Jack” Hicks

December 31, 1943 - March 18, 2019

Visitation

Celebration of Life

R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service, Inc. - Emporia

556 Halifax Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Emmanuel Worship Center
 
4910 East Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Edmond “Bob Jack” Hicks was born to Napoleon Hicks and Isabelle Arrington Hicks on December 31, 1943 and he returned home to be with the Lord on March 18, 2019 at the VCU Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, VA.

Bob Jack was a farmer with a fourth grade education for P. I. Rook and G. B. Ligon. Later in life, he worked for the Emporia Foundery as a welder for twenty years.

Bob Jack loved dancing, singing and playing cards. He also loved laughing and telling jokes. His favorite phrase was “I ain’t never lied!” while lying the whole time. He was so   funny and he enjoyed life to the fullest. He will truly be missed.

Bob Jack was preceded in death by eleven siblings, two whom died at birth; Robert “Toboro” Hicks (Dorothy), Junious “Bubba” Hicks (Daisy), Roosevelt “Pap” Hicks (Betty), Willie “Peter” Hicks (Bettie), Archie “Sack” Hicks, Eddie Lewis “Manna” Hicks (Dorris), Rebecca “Sis" Washington (Tommie), Thelma “Duke” Robinson (Albert), and Blanch Barbara “Alene” Hicks (Bufford).

Bob Jack leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Martha Anne Hicks, children; Ricky Mills (Nadine), Aaron Stewart (Qreatha), step-children; Diane, Doreatha and Isabell, grandchildren; Shamila Beslow (Vernon III), Antione Ingram (Cindy), Corey Faulcon, Aaron Stewart, Jr., and Rico Stewart, great grandchildren; Joshua Bane (Defontney), Christopher Maga, III, Kenneth Thompkins, Jr., Antoine Ingram, Jr. and Arianna Ingram, one great great granddaughter, Esma Bane, one sister, Rosa “Missy-Gal” Franklin (George) and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

 

Norman Eugene Kramer

 

Norman Eugene Kramer, 84, of Emporia, Va. passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was the son of Lester Kramer and Gesina Norman Kramer. Norman was a retired communication specialist with the United States government.

Norman is survived by his loving wife, Mary Frances Derring Kramer of Emporia, Va., daughter, Laura Kramer Rose (Russell) of Vienna, Va., son, Mark Kramer (Gina) of Vienna, Va., Stepsons, Richard H. Short III (Betsy) of Emporia, Va., and John C. Short (Janet) of Bracey, Va., grandchildren, Ryan Rose, Sean Rose, Naomi Kramer, and Angela Kramer, all of Vienna, Va., step grandchildren, Ryan Short (Paula) of Littleton, NC., Alex Short and Allison Short of Emporia, Va., Parker Short of Smithfield, Va., and Nicholas Short of Blacksburg, Va., and a step great granddaughter, Mary Katherine Short of Littleton, NC.

A celebration for Norman Kramer will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 2:00PM, at Lakeside Lutheran Church, 2427 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, NC 27850.

Memorials may be made to: Lakeside Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Milton Alan Cain, Jr.,

July 24, 1991 - March 15, 2019

Visitation Services

R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service, Inc. - Emporia
556 Halifax Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

 

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Macedonia Baptist Church
30 Quarrell Road
Emporia, Virginia 23847

 

Milton Alan Cain, Jr., also well known as “Junie” or “Junior”, was born July 24, 1991 in Emporia, Virginia to Milton and Demetrice Cain.  He  departed this life on Friday, March 15, 2019 after a short illness at Chippenham Medical Center.

Milton received his education in the Greensville County Public School System along with the Brunswick County Public School   System and graduated from Greensville County High School. He  furthered his education at Virginia State University where his     major was Computer Engineering. He further enlisted in the United States Army as a Corporal. After being in the military, he worked at McDonald’s of Emporia for a few years and later transferred to McDonald’s of Lawrenceville until they closed it’s door in 2014 and then moved on to Amazon of Chester, VA. Later on, he went to work for the Department of Corrections (Greensville Correctional Center) as an Officer and then went on to the Emporia Police Department until his illness.

Milton accepted Christ at an early age and joined Macedonia Baptist Church where he served as a Drummer and Treasurer for the Junior Choir.  He later moved his membership to the Rising Star Baptist Church as the Minister of Music and remained there until his health failed. He was a kind, quiet, loving, humble and faithful servant.

Milton also ministered at the following churches:  First and Third Sunday; Rising Star Baptist Church Choir of Ante, VA, Second and Fourth Sunday; Rocky Mount Baptist Church Mass Choir, Emporia, VA, the 75th District Choir, Emporia, VA and also the Community Male Chorus, Emporia, VA.

Milton leaves to cherish his memories his loving father and mother; Milton and Demetrice of the home, one child, Cameron Drake of Emporia, VA, one brother, Marlon Ricks (NaTasha Brookins) of Daytona Beach, FL, two nieces; Ajha and Kamani Ricks of Kannapolis, NC, his grandparents; Matthew and Corrine Merritt of Valentines, VA, Nathan, Sr. and Ella Cain of Emporia, VA, godparents; Robert and Dorothy Webb of Skippers, VA, six aunts; Frances (Lawrence) of Richmond, VA, Deborah Merritt of Chesterfield, VA, Wanda Nollie (James) of Okinawa, Japan, Doris Dillings (Alvin) of Bristow, VA, Audrey Hart (Joseph) of Fairfax, VA and Rebecca Andrews (Ted) of Emporia, VA; four uncles; Nathaniel Roberts (Kelly) of Norlina, NC, Nathan Cain, Jr. (Paulette) of Emporia, VA, Wayne Cain (Claree) of Emporia, VA and Eric Cain (Nina) of Manassas, VA his best friend and son’s mother, Daja Drake of Emporia, VA, four great aunts; Leslie Mae Phipps of Fayetteville, NC, Ida Mae Gillus (Neil) of Fayetteville, NC, Rosa Mae Powell of Emporia, VA and Gladys Cain of Emporia, VA and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Milton had valued friendships, especially from his cousins; Stephen Taylor and Zedavion Taylor. He also had support from his cousin, Sam Easter and many others.  The family extends gratitude to Dr. Theopolis Gilliam, Jr. and his staff, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center staff, McGuire Hospital staff and especially the staff at Chippenham Medical Center.

 

Michael Wayne Moore

Michael Wayne Moore

 

February 9, 1969 - March 10, 2019

 

Visitation Services

Friday, March 15, 2019. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Saturday, March 16, 2019. 2:00 PM

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Michael Wayne Moore, 50, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Sanford Moore, Jr.; grandparents, Louis Sanford Moore, Sr. and Ruby Moore and Willie Fajna and Pearl Wrenn Fajna; Aunts, Patsy Moore, Barbara Moore Jones and husband, Russell; Mary Poarch; Lorraine Norwood and husband, Sonny, and uncles, Linwood “Squirrel” Moore and Charles Eugene Wrenn.

Michael is survived by his mother, Joyce Wrenn Moore; brother, Robert Earl Moore and friend, Christopher Upton; sister, Angela Moore Grizzard and husband John; nephews, Nathaniel and Nicholas Grizzard; niece, Bryanna Grizzard; five step-children, Crystal Seymour and husband, Brian, Jillian Bradshaw and husband, Joe Bradshaw, Jr., Christopher Poole, Kacie York and Cynthia Marie Moore; two step-grandchildren, Jayden York and Bentley Stephens; uncles, Franklin “Doo” Moore; John W. Moore and wife, Deanna and William S. “Billy” Poarch; aunt, Debbie Moore. He is also survived by his longtime friend, Randy Moss and a number of cousins and extended family.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

Teresa Wray Welsh

April 24, 1957 - March 12, 2019

Visitation Services

Friday, March 15, 2019, from 6:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. at

Echols Funeral Home

Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2:00

Emporia Cemetery

Teresa Wray Welsh passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the age of 61. She was a senior reporter for the Independent Messenger. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edla Mae Hobbs Wray, Robert Holmes Wray, and Daughter, Wendy Jenise Gordan. She is survived by her brother, Roger Wray (Cathy) of Emporia, Va, granddaughter, Kelly Michele Finn of Louisburg, NC, great granddaughter, Candi Jenise Finn of Louisburg, NC, two nieces, Amy Hobbs and April Clarke of Emporia, Va, nephew, Robbie Wray of Emporia, Va, five great nieces, Carly Clarke, Morgan Clarke, Emma Wray, Ella Mae Wray, and Bailey Black of Emporia, Va, great nephew, Nick Hobbs of Emporia, Va.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 6:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. at Echols Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Emporia Cemetery, Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2:00P.M. with Rev. Ken Arrington officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

John Wayne O’Berry

September 23, 1945-March 9, 2019

Visitation Services

6-8 p.m. Monday, March 11

Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd.

Jarratt Virginia

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12

Calvary Chapel Branchville

15198 Broad St.

Branchville, Virginia 23828.

Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. John Wayne O’Berry, 73, of Jarratt, died Saturday, March 9, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene O’Berry, son, John Wayne O’Berry, II.; daughter, Amy O’Berry; grandson, John Madison Lynch; brother, William O’Berry and sister, Mildred King.

Mr. O’Berry is survived by his wife, Ruth O’Berry; son, Greg O’Berry  and wife, Sharon; daughter, Susan Harrison and husband, Richard; two step-daughters, Brenda Kitchen and husband, Owen and Ginger Ridout; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and brother, Charles Lee O’Berry and wife, Linda and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for the loving care and support provided by caregivers, Shannon and Erica with the New Century Hospice.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Calvary Chapel Branchville, 15198 Broad St, Branchville, Virginia 23828. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Century Hospice, (www.newcentury.curohs.com).

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

Catherine Pulley Pair

April 22, 1928-March 4, 2019

Visitation Services

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:00 pm

Calvary Baptist Church

301 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 1:00 pm

Calvary Baptist Church

301 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

 

Catherine Pulley Pair, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019, at the age of 90. Mrs. Pair was born on April 22, 1928 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A loving and devoted wife and mother and dearly loved by her family. She was a Secretary at Continental Telephone Company and later was a nurse at Greensville Memorial Hospital, Guardian Care Nursing Home, Perdue Inc. and Boars Head Provisions Inc.

Catherine was preceded in death by her son, Robert “Bobby” Henry Pair, Jr., along with her mother and father, Hattie Sue Johnson and George R. Pulley. She is survived by her husband, Robert Henry Pair, Sr., her 3 daughters, Constance P. Murray (David) of Swoope, Va., Deborah P. Allen (Ronnie) of Emporia, Va., Shelby E. Adams of Emporia, Va., 8 grandchildren, Shelby Wyatt (Don) of Emporia, Va.,  Brandon Murray (Colleen) of Verona, Va., Derek Murray (Carianne), Kevin Murray of Richmond, Va., Daniel Allen (Brinkley) of Emporia, Va., Catherine “Katie” Slate (Will) of Emporia, Va., Logan Elliott (Meggie) of Henrico, Va., and Jason Elliott (Sarah) of Mechanicsville, Va., along with 11 Great Grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, from 6 to 7:30 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, at 1 P.M. at Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Andy Cain officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Robert Jennings “Bobby” Howerton Jr.

August 23, 1930-March 2, 2019

Visitation Services

Monday, March 4, 2019, 1:00 pm

Independence United Methodist Church

4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA, 23847

Monday, March 4, 2019, 2:00 pm

Independence United Methodist Church

4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA, 23847

 

Robert Jennings “Bobby” Howerton Jr., 88, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Howerton was the son of the late Robert Jennings and Mary Howerton Sr. A native of South Boston, he retired after many years of service as an auto mechanic. Bobby was a longtime active member of Independence United Methodist Church and in his later years enjoyed cutting grass and working in his yard at home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Earline Phillips Howerton, and a son, Charles Michael Howerton.

Bobby is survived by his sons; Clyde Jeffrey Howerton and his wife Katherine, Robert Wayne Howerton and his wife Mary of Chesterfield, a daughter; Linda H. Thomas and her husband Harry of Delaware, a daughter in law; Lynn Howerton, 9 grandchildren, 12  great grandchildren and his special fur baby Daisy.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Independence United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Independence United Methodist Church, 4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA, 23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Frederick T. Bare

December 19, 1938 - February 23, 2019

Graveside Services

Friday, March 1, 2019, 2:00 PM

Cobb-Whitehead Family Cemetery 

22311 Southampton Parkway

Courtland, VA 23837

Frederick T. Bare, 80, of Emporia, died Saturday, February 23, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Wilma W. Bare; two sons, Gary Bare and Fred W. Bare and two nieces, Judy Hall and Tessie Allen.

A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the Cobb-Whitehead Family Cemetery in Southampton County.

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

Richard Peyton Bloom

Richard Peyton Bloom, 81, of Boynton Beach, Fla., passed away on February 23, 2019. “Richie” was born on May 2, 1937, in Norfolk, VA to the late Charles and Alice Bloom. He graduated from Greensville County High School in Emporia, VA.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Cohen Bloom, and his brother, Larry.  He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Sue Green, of Boynton Beach, FL.  Richie and Lois were married on November 18, 1961. A long-time resident of Emporia, VA, Richie also lived over the years in Las Vegas, NV, Virginia Beach, VA and most recently in South Palm Beach, FL.  Richie and Lois were married for 56 years and had three children, son Charles Bloom (Cindy and grandchildren Lindsey and Maxwell Bloom) of Blythewood, SC; daughter Sari Bloom of Lake Worth, FL; son Jared Bloom (Sandy and grandchildren Jordan and Maddux Bloom) of Longwood, FL. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations sent to either the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County (https://jewishpb.org/fed/index.php/tzedakah-fund-tribute-cards/) or the Democratic Party of Palm Beach County, Fla. (http://pbcdplegacyblue.org/).  A family-only celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.

Gerald Roberson

July 22, 1930 - February 23, 2019

 

Visitation Services

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867

 

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Gerald Roberson, 88, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019. He was preceded in death by a brother, Graham Roberson. Mr. Roberson is survived by his wife, DeEtte Roberson; son, Jerry Allen Roberson (Melissa); daughters, Kippa Hladky (Randy) and Gail Hayner (Terry); grandson, Sammy Fields (Jenny) and sister, Doris Sumerlin.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27 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 Emporia Cemetery.

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

Roger Kent Woodruff

 

Roger Kent Woodruff

May 23, 1965 - February 17, 2019

 

Visitation Services

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Virginia

 

Friday, February 22, 2019, 2:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home Chapel

806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Virginia

Roger Kent Woodruff passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 53. He was born on May 23, 1965 in Halifax County, North Carolina. Roger was an equipment operator for Enviva Pellets. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tabitha Woodruff. He is survived by his father Vasser Lee Woodruff, Jr.  (Linda) of Emporia, mother Phyllis A. Woodruff of Emporia, son Brandon Woodruff (Amber) of Emporia, daughter Tiffany Woodruff of Emporia, brother James Woodruff (Julie) of Emporia, Sisters Gail Seward (Billy) of Emporia and Brenda Murphy (Bryan) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Echols Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, February 22, 2019 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Kinsey officiating. An Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Brandon Keith Simmons

May 23, 1989 - February 19, 2019

Visitation Services

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12:oo Noon

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia

 

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia

Brandon Keith Simmons, 29, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019. He is survived by his mother, Kendra Tomlinson (Barry Edwards); his father, Billy Simmons; brothers, Josh Simmons, Jason Simmons, and Christopher Tomlinson; sister, Emily Simmons; paternal grandmother, Grace Clark; a very special cousin and friend, Heather Malone; uncle, Randy Stainback (Melanie) and a number of other uncles and extended family. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12 – 2 prior to the service. Interment will be private at First Christian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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