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Obituaries

Joyce Livesay Harding

Joyce Livesay Harding, of Emporia, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 23, 2017 after a long battle with dementia while at Hickory Hill Retirement Center. She was preceded in death by her brother Darden R. Livesay and mother Ella Maude Darden Livesay. She is survived by her husband of 55 years Robert W. Harding and her children Douglas W. Harding and Tricia L. Parker. She was a long-standing member of Main Street United Methodist Church.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, September 28th at 9:00 a.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia, Virginia. A Celebration of Life will follow at 10:00 a.m. with a reception afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Main Street United Methodist Church.

Moses Archie Clements

Into eternal rest, Moses Archie Clements, on September 23, 2017.  A lifelong resident of West Purdy, VA, Moses  graduated in 1971 from Brunswick Academy and was named a Merit’s Who’s Who Scholar.  He attended Virginia Tech and graduated from the School of Engineering in 1977.   While at Tech, he worked for the agricultural engineering department  and was a founding member of the National Chapter of the  Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

Moses was the son of the late local farmers  Archie B. and Ida Conner Clements, and from 1977-1989, he returned home and  operated the Clements family farm in Purdy.  He was named Farmer of the Year in 1983 by the J. R. Horsley Water and Soil Conservation Organization.  Like his father before him, Moses was an an excellent farmer who shared the bounty of his large garden, especially his excellent watermelons, with countless  friends and neighbors.     He accepted employment with Greensville County in 1989, eventually rising to become the assistant director of the Water and Sewer Authority, where he oversaw many projects that raised the standard of living for county residents.

Mr. Clements is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Debra; his sons Robert Archie Clements and wife Trista, and Adam Decker Clements and wife Michele;  and by five granddaughters:  Sumer, Cora, Alyce, Anna, and Caroline.  He is also survived by his sister, Connie Ellison and husband Andrew,  and two  nieces, Jean Prince Ellison and Stephane Dene Satterwhite, and two  nephews, James Moses Ellison and William Asa Rowland. As well, he leaves behind numerous faithful and loving cousins, inlaws, and friends.  The support and love of his community and friends  sustained Moses and his family  during his inevitably unwinnable battle with ALS.

Moses Clements  held strong convictions on the importance of education.  He served for many years as the treasurer and chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the Greensville/Roanoke Rapids  Tech Alumni Chapter.  Numerous recipients of the award, as well as many other college students, received regular notes and small monetary gifts from Moses during their years in college, along with the admonishments to: “Do us proud!”, “Study hard!” and “Get that degree!”  The Scholarship was renamed by the organization in July in honor of Mr. Clements.              As well, the Southside Virginia LandSharks Parrot Head Club, of which Moses was a founding and very active member, dedicated the Moses Archie Clements Memorial Scholarship in June, to be given annually to a local student who will be attending Tech.  Moses Clements loved life, and enjoyed being in three places above all others:  cheering on his beloved Hokies in Lane Stadium, singing along with Jimmy Buffett at concerts, and watching the sun set over the water at his “Metal Mansion” at Lake Gaston.  All of these were enjoyed more when he was  with the many friends he held near and dear.   He was one of life’s true givers.  The friends, family members, and complete strangers who benefitted from his acts of kindness are innumerable.   His only desire in the giving of his time, talents, and money was that the recipient “pay it forward”, spreading kindness to others.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, September 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 26. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Clements requested donations to Purdy Baptist Church, where he was a lifelong member, and long time  deacon, the ALS Foundation, or one of the scholarship funds mentioned above.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Troy Ray Allen, Sr.

Troy Ray Allen, Sr., 77, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017. He was the son of the late Henry Fletcher “Buck” Allen and Sarah Cook Allen and was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Mae Clements and two brothers, Thomas “Sonny” Allen and Robert “Bobby” Allen. He was a longtime member of Faith Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and was retired from VDOT after 38 years of service. 

Mr. Allen is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy J. Allen; two sons, Troy Ray Allen, Jr. and wife, Jessie and Christopher N. Allen and wife, Angel; daughter, Angela Mathers and friend, Joe Herbster; grandchildren, Cynthia Williams and husband, Randy, Kimberly Wilson, Haley Sturgeon and husband, Josh, Charlee Fore, Karolina Allen, Javier Allen and McKenna Allen; two great-grandchildren, Malina Wilson and Aurora Sturgeon; a sister, Peggy Jean Glenn and husband, Jimmy and a number of nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 15. Interment will follow at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Faith Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Frederick William Headley

Emporia- Frederick William Headley, 76, died Monday, September 11, 2017 at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, VA after a brief illness.

He leaves behind his wife and angel of 56 years, Marcia (Brookover) Headley; his two sons, Jeff Headley and Chris Headley; his brother Arthur Headley; his sister Debra Headley; his daughter in-laws Gail Headley (Jeff) and Rebecca Headley (Chris); five beautiful granddaughters and many close friends.

Fred was born and reared in Steubenville, Ohio, the son of Arthur and Emma (Wenner) Headley. After high school, he became an Ohio State Highway Patrolman then enlisted in the US Army during the Vietnam war. Fred earned a business degree at Youngstown State University. He also held roles at Aluminum Billets, Republic Steel and Kingsberry Homes before retiring.

Fred enjoyed woodworking, music, computers, reading and Virginia Tech football. Fred lent his technology talents to many friends and local businesses. He was a member of Monumental United Methodist Church. Despite suffering a significant spinal cord injury in 1976, Fred was known for having a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. His entertaining Christmas letters were eagerly anticipated by family and friends. He was a connoisseur of black coffee, Mississippi mud cake and Ben Hegge chocolates.
 

A Memorial service to celebrate Fred’s life will be held Thursday, September 14th at Echols funeral home Chapel with Pastor Rachel Plemmons officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 P.M. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Monumental United Methodist Church at 300 Southampton Street, Emporia, VA 23847.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

David Lee Barnes

David Lee Barnes, born December 15, 1939, went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 10, 2017.He is survived by his loving wife Bobbie T. Barnes, his loving and devoted daughter Patti Lynn Barnes, a brother Tommy Barnes of Oceanside,  California, and two granddogs, Carmel and Bizzie.

A native of Emporia, Mr. Barnes was predeceased by his parents, Rufus T. and Ruth Hobbs Barnes and a sister Marguerite Hoskins. He retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections after 30 years of service and was a longstanding member of Three Shot Hunt Club. A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Barnes joined American Legion Post # 46 in Emporia in 2003. During his 14 years of service with the Legion he served several terms as Commander and Vice-Commander, giving up his current term as Commander on June 30th of this year due to poor health. His passing has left a great void to Post # 46. RIP Brother David.

Funeral Services will be held Friday September 15th at 2 P.M. in the Chapel of Echols Funeral Home with Pastor Mitchell Norville officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 P.M.  untill 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Gary Jay Dix

Gary Jay Dix, age 84, of Emporia, VA passed away September 9, 2017.  He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Capps Dix; his son, Todd Dix and wife Ann; and his two granddaughters, Lauren D. Rook and husband Christopher and Meredith A. Dix.   A memorial service will be conducted 6:00 p.m. Thursday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  The family will receive friends Thursday after the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, VA  23847.

Calvin Elmore Edwards, Sr.

Calvin Elmore Edwards, Sr. age 88, of Brodnax, VA passed away September 4, 2017.  He is the son of the late John and Nora Edwards.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Rose Stainback Edwards and his siblings, Marian Connell, Rosa Edwards, Bryant Edwards, Wilton Edwards, Jasper Edwards and Melvin Edwards.  He is survived by his children, Rita E. Baird and husband Nelson and Calvin E. Edwards, Jr. and wife Kim; his grandchildren, Dylan Edwards, Craig Baird and wife Toni, Holly White and husband Chris and Julie Hawley and husband Logan; his great grandchildren, Tyler and Zachary Baird, CJ and Ross White and Lily Hawley; his siblings, Magoline Daniel, Celia Baird, Joe Edwards, Rachel Parrott and Shelby Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Matthews Chapel United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, VA with interment in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 386, Gasburg, VA  23857.  

Dalia Torres Menendez

Dalia Torres Menendez passed away peacefully at her Emporia home on September 1, 2017. She is survived by her son Joe Menendez and wife Tara, daughter Kathleen Menendez Burgess and husband John, and two granddaughters Ashley Menendez Morales and husband Hector, and Olivia Lee Menendez, and two great grandchildren Jordan Xavier Morales and Liliana Thalia Morales.

She was born on March 21, 1931 in Tampa, Fla., the third daughter to Jose and Generosa Torres, who immigrated from Asturias, Spain. After graduating from Hillsborough High School, she attended the nursing school at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La. which was run by the Sisters of Charity, a group of Catholic nurses, along with the Medical College of the University of Louisiana. She studied with the Nuns and graduated with a Registered Nursing Degree. Charity Hospital was the second largest and longest continually running hospital in the country until August 2005.

She returned to her home and parents in Tampa, Fla. and worked as a nurse. It is there that she met her husband, Dr. Reinaldo Rojas Menendez. They were married on Sept. 7, 1951. After marriage they moved to the Norfolk, Va. area where she worked as a surgical nurse and he completed his surgical residency. It is there that they began their family with the births of their two children.

They moved to Emporia, Va. in 1961 when the community built Greensville Memorial Hospital. She worked as her husband’s office nurse until the creation of the Emporia Medical Associates. She retired from her career in nursing at that time.

She was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and was at times a featured soloist. She was in the community choral group, and was also a soloist at numerous weddings, community events, and dedications.

She was an active and dedicated member of the Greensville Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, where she also served her time as president. The planning, preparation, and execution of the Auxiliary Ball and Higher Fever Follies brought not only much needed donations to the hospital, but so much excitement, joy, and comradery within the community.

She was very proud and honored to serve her community by helping the local police dept. and court system by serving as a Spanish interpreter.

She was a mother, who was very active in her children’s extracurricular activities through the years. A fabulous 50’s – 60’s kind of mom with a little bit of “Lucy and Ricky Ricardo” for flavor. She will be missed dearly by all of her family and friends. Her family finds comfort in that she is now back where she longed to be, with her late husband, Reinaldo, of 53 years who preceded her in death.

We know her soul left this earth knowing that she had truly been loved and had also lovingly touched the lives of others. What more could one want from a blessed and richly lived life.

We sincerely and most heartfelt want to thank the devoted caregivers and the hospice staff of many years for their excellent care. We are so grateful for these individuals who make it possible to live out one’s life in the comfort of their home.

Those serving as pallbearers are Keith Morris, George Grizzard, David Prince, Dennis Allen, Bobby Ferguson, Ted Lee, and honorary pallbearers Bob Wayne Mitchell and Tommy Hunt Rose.

The Menendez family will have visitation at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave. in Emporia, Va. 23847, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on September 4, 2017.  A private graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Rev. Charles Moore officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to the Dr. Reinaldo Menendez Scholarship Fund at Richard Bland College 11301 Johnson Rd. Petersburg, Va. 

Irene Holt "Miss Hope" Morrison

Irene Holt “Miss Hope” Morrison died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA.

She was born December 21,1926 in Pulaski, VA, the second of five children to the late Randall Clinton Holt and Elsie Ann Hall Holt.

She graduated from high school at the Christiansburg Industrial Institute, Christiansburg, VA in 1945 and attended and graduated Morristown College, Morristown, TN in 1947.  Upon completion of her degree at Morristown, Irene had received a scholarship to study pre-med at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, with the hopes of one day becoming a doctor. Upon returning to Pulaski, VA, after graduating from Morristown, she found her mother gravely ill and decided to stay in the area to assist in caring for her ailing mother, father and two minor sisters. Her mother died shortly after Irene's return from Morristown.  She was recruited for a position as a teacher, receiving an appointment to the one-room Rich Hill School in Allisonia, VA. At Rich Hill, Irene wasn't much older than many of her students, and was younger than some, but commanded respect from both students and parents alike.  On her first day of instruction, she informed the students that her name was “Miss Holt,” however, the students insisted on calling her “Miss Hope” - to many of whom she was their “Hope.” During her time at Rich Hill she encouraged the parents to petition the School Board to provide a bus for the students so that they could pursue furthering their education beyond Rich Hill.

Irene continued to further her own education by attending  Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA and eventually obtaining her Bachelor's of Science in Education in 1977.  She pursued her degree by attending various colleges in the Summers that included Virginia State University, she was the first African American undergraduate student to enroll at the then Radford College, Radford, VA, and Virginia Tech. She also took continuing education courses at New River Community College, Wytheville Community College and through the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Throughout her career she was certified and taught many grade levels and served as the acting principal at Calfee Training School.  After de-segregation she served as the librarian at Claremont Elementary School and as a computer instructor to the elementary aged children at Claremont.

On June 16, 1950, she eloped and married a friend from high school, George Emmet Morrison, Jr. After nearly 9 and one half years their first child was born and nearly five years after that, they completed their family with the addition of the second and final child. Her family was her pride and her most important accomplishment.

In her early teen years Irene professed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined New Century Methodist Church in Pulaski, VA.  After her marriage she joined Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Dublin, VA and was instrumental in the merger of Mt. Pleasant and Dublin Methodist Church into Dublin United Methodist Church on April 19, 1970.

In the three churches she belonged to she was a beloved and active member. From 1970 on at Dublin United Methodist Church she served as a Sunday School Teacher, member of the Council on Ministries, Administrative Board – where she was eventually Chairman, she was a member of the Adult Choir, a member of the Seekers group of the United Methodist Women, Cheerful Adults and helped to establish the church's first Prison Ministry.  Irene was also a Certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church and served as Pulpit Supply for the Wytheville District UMC. She was a member of the Pulaski-Dublin Cluster and was instrumental in organizing area participation for the Annual Revival at Page's Camp Meeting House.

For the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Irene served multiple Bishops on the Board of Episcopacy, COSROW (Commission on the Status and Role of Women), Higher Education Committee and as a District Delegate to the Holston Annual Conference.

She and her family worked together in many community organizations, including the GEM City Garden Club – where she served many years as the Club's President, Federated Colored Women's Club, Pulaski County Democrats – serving as President of the Democratic Women's Club for many years and a Delegate to numerous District and State Conventions, Pulaski County Clean Community Council, Church Women United (President), Pulaski County Retired Teachers Organization, Pulaski County NAACP, National, Virginia and Pulaski County Education Associations, Christiansburg Industrial Institute Alumni Association, and the Red Cross of Pulaski County.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 42 years, George E. Morrison, Jr. her parents, Randall C. Holt and Elise A. Hall Holt, two brothers: Randolph Holt (infant) and Cecil E. Holt, one sister Mary D. Holt Davis (Alonzo), and nephew Randall Holt. She was also preceded in death by her parents-in-laws Mr. and Mrs. George E. (Rosa) Morrison, Sr., sisters-in-law Mrs. Charlotte M. Williams, Mrs. Helen M. Hampton (Kenneth), Miss Kathleen C. Morrison, Mrs. Clara M. Booth (William), brothers-in-law Mr. Winslow Morrison and Mr. Nathan J. Sokolow.

She is survived by her children Kathleen Georgianna Morrison and George Emmett Morrison, III, her sister Mrs. Gladys Holt Sokolow and sister-in-law Mrs. Mattie P. M. Holmes, her God-daughter Mrs. Sharon B. Dabney (Trey), and nieces and nephews Jacqueline Moore (Julius III), Kenneth Hampton, Sandra Pittman Dobson (Spouse), Randall Grey (Sherie), Tyrone Holmes (Jackie), Alethiea Williams Taylor, Charlayne Williams Thompkins, Joanna Hampton Claytor, Marcellus Hampton (Laurice), Troy Hampton (Thelma), Emmett Hampton (Edith), Rosalia Williams Davis, Brenda Lewis-Holmes, William Booth, Sharon Booth Dabney (Trey), Edgar J. Claytor, Bateman Davis (Jim), Kenneth Holt, Sandra Holt, Derrick Holt, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and a host of other relatives and friends to cherish her memory.

The family will greet visitors on Sunday, September 3, 2017, beginning at 1:30 pm before a Celebration of Life Service at 3:00 pm at Dublin United Methodist Church, 424 E. Main Street, Dublin, Virginia. Interment will follow the service at Highland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Irene Holt Morrison Scholarship Fund, c/o Dublin United Methodist Church, 424 E. Main Street, Dublin, VA 24084.

Mrs. Annie Mae Turner

Mrs. Annie Mae Turner, 94, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away on August 24, 2017, at the Health Care Center Lucy Corr Village in Chesterfield, VA.  The place where Mrs. Turner made her home, Sunny Side Community on Horton Road, in Greensville County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Harold Turner, to whom she was married for over 60 years.

Mrs. Turner was a GOD fearing woman, faithful servant of the Lord, and the Mother-of-the-Church at Royal Baptist where she served many years at an usher and missionary member until her health failed and even then she showed her love for the Church by attending whenever she could.  She worked hard all of her life and cared deeply for her family by always putting them first.  Mrs.

Turner retired from the Emporia Garment Factory and never missed a beat.

Mrs. Turner is survived by seven children; James Turner of Plainfield, New Jersey; Annie Louise Lee (Albert Deceased) of Emporia; John Turner of Plainfield, New Jersey; Betty Hunter (Douglas) of Emporia; Harold Lee

(Vanessa) of Hopewell, Virginia; Joyce Austin (Eugene) of Chester, Virginia, and Shelia Washington of Richmond, Virginia, and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and a village of community patrons.

There will be public viewing Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, and a Wake Service from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia 23847.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 12 pm at Royal Baptist Church, 106 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, Virginia 23847.  Mrs. Turner will be laid to rest in the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery on 700 Taylors Mill Road, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Pauline “Polly” Harris Vincent

Pauline “Polly” Harris Vincent, 82, of Emporia, went Home Wednesday, August 23, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Robert Elwood Vincent; two sons, Robie L. Vincent and wife, Brenda and Timothy E. Vincent; three granddaughters, Rebecca V. Merritt and husband, Tyler, Katherine V. Green and husband, Troy and Brittany V. Aerni and husband, Adam; two great-grandchildren, Caroline Green and Connor Merritt and a sister, Cecelia H. Whitehead and husband, Thomas. The family will receive friends 12:30 – 2 p.m. Saturday, August 26 at Fountain Creek Baptist Church where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Gloria Mae White Smith

Gloria Mae White Smith, 86 of Emporia, Va., passed away August 22, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, Va.

She was born May 28, 1931 in Mobjack, Va., to the late Luther Clyde White and Lola Brooks White. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Walter Murden Smith, her sister Juanita White Johnson, and one step-great grandchild, Geneva Ward.

Gloria is survived by her two sons, David Wayne Smith and wife Bertelle Pugh Smith of Wendell, N.C., and Colonel (retired) Stephen Clyde Smith of Huntsville, Al. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Emily Ann Smith and Ryan James Smith; four step-grandchildren, Curtis Forrest, Cindy Price, Bonnie Bruno, and Joe Forrest; and four step great-grandchildren, William Ward, Hillary Forrest, Jennie Forrest, and Isabella Bruno.

Gloria graduated from Mathews High School in 1949. She married her husband David in 1953 and was married for 54 years. During their marriage David and Gloria lived in Mathews, Va., Lively, Va., Miskimon, Va., and finally, Emporia, Va.

The family would like to thank all of Gloria’s friends in Emporia, Va. but in particular her close friend Ms. Shirley Temple for her dedication throughout Gloria’s bout with cancer. The family would also like to thank the personnel at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center, and the Bloom Center.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday August 24, 2017 at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, Va. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday August 26, 2017, at Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home in Mathews, Va. The family will also receive visitors prior to the service from 10:00-11:00. Interment will follow at Old Field Point Cemetery in Moon, Va.

James Allen Peden, Jr,

James Allen Peden, Jr, 19, of Boykins, passed away suddenly on August 20, 2017. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Archie and Annie Peden and maternal grandfather, Waverly Porch.

James Allen is survived by his parents, James and Sandy Peden; brothers, Jeffrey and Jacob Peden; grandparents, James Thomas “Gomer” and Betty Cooke; uncles and aunts, W.J. and Amy Porch, James Thomas and Mandy Cooke, John and Julie Peden, Amelia Covington and a large extended family of cousins, great aunts and great uncles.

The family will receive friends at the home of his grandparents, Gomer and Betty Cooke. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Sunday, August 27 at Beechwood Cemetery, Boykins, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to Boykins Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Lois Cohen Bloom

Lois Cohen Bloom, 78, of Boynton Beach, Fla., passed away after a short illness surrounded by her family, on August 20, 2017. Lois was born in Richmond, Va. to the late Jesse and Esta Cohen. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Va. and moved to Emporia, Va. after getting married to Richard Bloom on November 18, 1961. A long-time resident of Emporia, Va., Lois also resided over the years in Las Vegas, Nev., Virginia Beach, Va. and most recently in Palm Beach, Fla. She was a great wife to Richard and loving mother to her three children and grandmother to four grandchildren. Lois is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Richard, son Charles Bloom (Cindy and grandchildren Lindsey and Maxwell Bloom) of Blythewood, S.C.; daughter Sari Bloom of Lake Worth, Fla.; son Jared Bloom (Sandy and grandchildren Jordan and Maddux Bloom) of Longwood, Fla; and special friend Jeannie Blazevige-Horn of West Palm Beach, Fla. She was predeceased by her sister, Betty Ann Pinchefsky of Locust Hill, Va. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations sent to the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation (hpbcf.org). A family-only celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date.

Betty D. Norman

Betty D. Norman, 77, of Jarratt, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward C. Norman and a daughter, Renee’ N. Swiger. Mrs. Norman is survived by a son, Edward L. Norman and wife, Angela of Chester; daughter, Lesha L. Booden of Jarratt; three grandchildren, Amanda Stepp and husband, Andrew, Tommy Norman and Carly Norman; great-grandson, Mattox; a brother, Roger Dowdy and wife, Judy of Christiansburg, VA; two sisters, Linda Wallace of CT and Susan Martin and husband, Danny of Woolwine, VA and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Norman was retired from the Norfolk Police Department. She had a talent for embroidery, stitching, and enjoyed fashioning crafts.

Her family trusts that Mom is on her next journey, with God, and envisions her picking flowers, one of her great joys in this life.

A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Lawrence Olson Carter

Lawrence Olson Carter, 90, AKA Mr. Camp Kehukee, of Stony Creek, Virginia entered eternal rest  in the House of The Lord  to join his beloved wife, Mae on Saturday, August 19, 2017. He was the son of the late Lloyd and Fannie Carter and was also preceded in death by two brothers, L. J. Carter and Homer W. Carter; five sisters, Emily Howard, Evelyn Modlin, Jean Worrell, Barbara Harrell and Marjorie Burgess.

Mr. Carter is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Gregory-Adams and devoted friend, J. N. Gibbs, Jr. of Dolphin, Virginia; son, L. Chester Carter and devoted friend, Joyce Williams, both of Stony Creek; three loving and beautiful granddaughters, Ashley Stainback and husband, Ryan and their daughter, Lillie Mae  all of Stony Creek; Crystal Carter of Newport News and their mother Sylvia B. Carter of Stony Creek who was a devoted daughter -in-law for many years and Sammantha Thomas and husband, Dustin and their son, Easton Cole of Jackson, NC; a sister, Juliette Moore of Richmond; sister-in-law, Mary Reed of Churchville, Virginia; three brothers-in-law, Eddie Jarratt of Salem, Virginia, Henry Jarratt of Stuart, Virginia and W. C. Burgess who was especially devoted to Lawrence;  and a number of nieces and nephews; also devoted friend and caretaker, Keith Urquart; and caretaker Taylor Williams and special friend to the family Gerald (Juicy) Taylor.

Mr. Carter was a retired farmer and builder and a lifelong Deacon at Readville Baptist Church and along with his wife, Mae worked diligently to build and maintain Camp Kehukee with the Petersburg Baptist Association. His remains will lie in state Wednesday, August 23 at Camp Kehukee 17414 Shands Rd., Petersburg, Virginia where the family will receive friends 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m and where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Readville Baptist Church Cemetery, Sussex, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Readville Baptist Church Building Fund or to Camp Kehukee in memory of Lawrence and Mae Carter, c/o Petersburg Baptist Association, P.O. Box 3117, Petersburg, Virginia 23805.

Louise Robinette Selfe

Louise Robinette Selfe, age 101, of Skippers, VA passed away August 20, 2017.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Millard and Martha Robinette; her husband, Jasper Alderson Selfe; her brother, Richard Robinette; and her sister Alice Rezeau.  She is survived by her daughter, Martha Selfe Hughes; her grandchildren, Judy Edwards, Michael Robert Hughes and Danielle Hughes Dillow; two great grandchildren, Jennifer Edwards and Brandon Hughes; one great great granddaughter, Riley Dillow; and her brother, Millard R. Robinette.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.  

Tony Darrell Moseley

Tony Darrell Moseley, age 54, of Emporia, VA passed away August 16, 2017.  He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Willard Moseley.  He is survived by his wife, Melinda Lewis Moseley; his daughter, Shannon Gibbs and husband Brandon; his grandchildren, Aaron and Addison Gibbs; his mother, Sandra Wrenn Edwards; his brothers, Troy L. Moseley and Cathy Baird and Randy Moseley and wife Jeanne; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to chordomafoundation.org.

William Carlton Connell, Jr.

William Carlton Connell, Jr., of South Brunswick, Virginia, born July 18, 1957, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 10, 2017. “Carl” as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, worked for Woodman Life Insurance Company for over 33 years. It was during that time he helped build the East Virginia Youth Camp. An avid outdoorsman, Carl loved to cook, fish and hunt and could often be found doing all three with his buddies at Taylor Mill Hunt Club in Emporia. A man of few words, he was never interested in praise but was always doing good deeds.

Carl is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ann; a son Andrew, and wife Krystle; daughter Lesley Nunn, husband Patrick. Perhaps his greatest joys in life were his five grandchildren, Drew Connell, Kelsey Carter, Harper and Van Walker Nunn, and the newest addition, Ava Marie Connell. He enjoyed school programs, football, softball and baseball games, golf tournaments and having them visit the farm.  He is also survived by his mother and father, Carlton and Ella Connell; two sisters, Amy Clary and her husband David, Beverly Washburn and her husband Kent; one niece, Laura Eddings and her husband Chris, and three nephews Chase and Alex Clary, and Collin Washburn.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at James Square Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  

Albert Randolph Jarratt

Albert Randolph Jarratt, 79, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Adele Jarratt of Capron; his wife, Patricia S. Jarratt and daughter, Teresa J. Ferguson. Mr. Jarratt is survived by a son, Keith Powell of Monticello, Georgia; daughter, Rebecca Jarratt of Emporia; three grandchildren, Ethan Powell, and Amanda and Vanessa Gaynor; five step-children; two sisters, Louise Wells, Rebecca J. Newsome (Dennis); brother, Alfred Leroy Jarratt (Loretta), all of Emporia.

“Buddy”, as he was known by family and friends, retired after 40 years as a long-distance truck driver. For the last seven years, he had been a resident of Emporia Manor where they assisted him living with the effects of Alzheimer’s. He was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.

The family will receive friends 11-12 p.m. on Friday, August 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 12:30 p.m., also on Friday August 11 at Capron Cemetery officiated by Pastor Troy Green. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Adam Bryant Harrell

Adam Bryant Harrell, 33, of Emporia, Virginia passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017.  His passing was heartbreaking to those who knew and loved him.  Adam was born on March 8, 1984 in Emporia, Virginia where he was raised on a small farm by two loving parents whom he cared for deeply.  Growing up, he developed a passion for the outdoors.  Adam was the definition of an outdoorsman, spending many days with family and friends hunting, hiking, camping, and fishing.  Adam excelled at athletics, acquiring numerous accolades in football and helped lead his high school football team to a state title.  Adam graduated from Brunswick Academy in 2002 before leaving to study at High Point University in North Carolina, earning a degree in Criminal Justice 2006.  After college Adam started a career in loss prevention culminating in him overseeing more than 80 stores throughout the state.  Perhaps Adam’s most significant moment was when he followed in his father’s footsteps when he married the “rose of his life” in 2010. 

Though Adam will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, he will be best remembered by those who knew him as a “shirt-off-his-back guy,” a steadfast Christian, a faithful and supportive husband, a loving son, and a devoted friend.  The joy and excitement he had for life was contagious as anyone who knew him knew.  His story will live on in each and every person his life touched.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Nelson and Elsie Harrell; grandfather Tom Jarratt; and grandfather Richard Jones.  He is survived by his grandmother Etta Jarratt; beloved parents, Ricky and Joan Harrell; loving wife and hunting companion, Jo Swartz Harrell along with their unborn child and family dog, Molly; father in-law and mother in-law Mark and Mary Jane Yeattes; uncle Benji Jones; uncle Benji Jarratt and wife Hope; aunt DeEtte Gordon and husband Brent; cousin Eric Jones and wife Brandi, cousin Leslie Sabo and husband Chuck; cousin Courtney Moseley and husband Brian; brother-in-law Mark Yeattes; sister in-law Mary Yeattes; sister in-law Sarah Yeattes, and numerous cousins.

A visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8that Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2pm on Wednesday, August 9th.  Interment will be private.

Doris Marie Carlisle

Doris Marie Carlisle, 68, formerly Doris Carlisle Tomlin, of Skippers, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017.  She was preceded in death by her parents, James Acey Carlisle and Mary "Pig" Finch Carlisle; her former husband, Sam Patton Tomlin; a brother, Daniel H. "Danny" Carlisle and a sister, Shirley Diane Fisher.

Mrs. Carlisle is survived by two daughters, Terry D. Tomlin-Vaughan and husband, Austin and Samantha Tomlin and wife, Carla Aphayboun-Tomlin; grandchildren, Korye Aphayboun-Tomlin and Bianca Oliva-Tomlin; Brittany Myers; great-grandchildren, Riley Myers and Kitai;  a sister, Sandra Kaye Tomlinson; two brothers, James F. Carlisle and Walter "Butch" Carlisle and wife, Beverly and numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Monday, August 7, 2017 at Harvest Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2767 W. 10th St, Roanoke Rapids, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the SPCA  or to a local animal shelter. 

Josy M. Moore

Josy M. Moore passed away at home after a brief illness on August 3, 2017.  Josy was born December 16, 1932 to Thomas C. and E. Maie Moore of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Josy is survived by her husband of 66 years, the Reverend Charles A. Moore of Emporia and their children Charles A.(Andy) Moore, Jr. (Connie) of Kenbridge, Dr. Kathy M. Baker (Tim) of Chesterfield, and Betsy M. Draper (Calvin) of Emporia; grandchildren Tracy Moore, Emily Ligon (Brian), Kelli Wyatt (Lance), Zach Baker, Kait Baker and Allison Draper; and great grandchildren Matthew and Max Ligon.  Josy was a retired sales associate with Peebles Department Store and worked at the Samaritan House Thrift Store until her final illness.  Charles and Josy served God together at Warfield Baptist Church in Warfield, Virginia for more than 60 years and thereafter have enjoyed a fulfilling membership at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia.  Visitation will be held at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at Main Street Baptist Church on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2 pm with internment to follow at Warfield Baptist Church Cemetery in Warfield, Virginia.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.

Elizabeth Williams Luke

Elizabeth Williams Luke of Emporia, VA died July 27th at Medical College of Virginia after a brief illness. Daughter of the late Elmer Marks and Mary Sledge Williams, she was born May 21, 1933, a graduate of Louise Obici School of Nursing, she practiced her profession in Franklin, VA and in Emporia, VA with family practitioners until retiring. Betty is survived by her husband, Judge James A. Luke; son, Douglas Daughtrey and his wife Brenda; sisters, Joyce W. Owen and husband Glen and Alice W. Hughes; three nieces, Terry Hughes, Kim Valentine and Vickie Britt and five great-nieces. A faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Emporia for over fifty years, she had taught Sunday School, active in Presbyterian Women and sang in the choir. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Emporia, VA, July 31st at 11:00 AM. A visitation will be held at 10:30 AM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider First Presbyterian Church, 210 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847 or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 513 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com 

Robert Luther Saffelle Jr.

Robert Luther Saffelle, Jr., 86, of Burlington died on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Originally from Emporia, VA, he was the son of the late Dr. Robert Luther Saffelle and Virginia Vincent Saffelle. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Islin Saffelle; son Robert Nelson Saffelle and wife Constance Hall Saffelle of Richmond, VA and their children Elizabeth Hall Saffelle and Katherine Virginia Saffelle; and daughter Ginger Saffelle Elliott and husband John VanTuyl Elliott of Winston-Salem, NC and their children Ashley Elizabeth Elliott, Anna Virginia Elliott, John Robert Elliott and Mary Elizabeth Elliott.

He is also survived by his sister, Patsy Saffelle Ferguson, of Emporia, VA and predeceased by his sisters, Bette Saffelle Milam and Virginia (Ginger) Vincent Saffelle.

He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1955, where he was captain of the tennis team and a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He was a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps., stationed in Quantico, VA. He started his 35-year career with Wachovia Bank and Trust Company in Winston-Salem, NC, transferred to Salisbury, NC and then to Burlington where he served as City Executive for the Burlington and Alamance County offices. He was a 1974 graduate of the Executive Program of Professional Management Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After retiring from Wachovia in 1989, he served as Treasurer of Carolina Biological Supply Co. until 1994.

He was a member of Front Street United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Directors of Alamance County Hospital, the Burlington YMCA and the Burlington-Alamance County Merchants Association. He also served as President of the United Way-Burlington/Alamance County, the Cherokee Council-Boy Scouts of America and the Alamance Country Club. He received the Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year award and the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America, the highest volunteer award in scouting.

The family wishes to thank the many caregivers, including the private nurses and those from Home Instead Senior Care and Hospice/Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, for their heartfelt care and support. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Front Street United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. A private burial for the family will be held at Alamance Memorial Park prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 S. Fisher Street, Burlington, NC 27215; and Hospice/Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.

Frances Elizabeth Wyche Carter

Frances Elizabeth Wyche Carter was born April 4, 1939 to the late Dora Wyche Easter and the late Sidney Stith in Emporia Virginia.

Frances formative years were spent in Emporia, more specifically in "White City". At an early age she accepted Christ at Royal Baptist Church. She was a 1956 graduate of Edward W. Wyatt High School. It was at Wyatt she met the love of her life.

In 1960, Frances married the late Joseph Harrison Carter and without reservations moved to the state of New Jersey to start their life. Their union was blessed with four daughters and a son. After many years in New Jersey they returned home to Emporia. 

Upon returning to Emporia, Frances became actively involved in the community. She reunited with Royal Baptist Church where she became the first female to be ordained a Deacon. Along with her childhood friend Mary Anderson and cousin Elosie Moore, she became an entrepreneur and they opened "CAM Hair Replacement Center . France's involvement in the community did not stop there. She was an active member of the Democratic Party, Save the Training School Committee, and the Black Pot Catering Service. Frances remained in Emporia until her health begin to decline. 

On the morning of July 14, 2017, the 24th Anniversary of her husband's departure, France transitioned. She was preceded in death by her daughters Sheree W. Moody and Gina C. Turner.

Those left to cherish her memories are her son Sherown Carter (Caprice); her daughters Lisa Saunders, Debra Carter and Jo Monique Drikard; her son-in-law Rickey Turner, her brother S. Delacy Stith (Leah); twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; numerous cousins, countless friends and acquaintances. 

Elizabeth “Lib” Suiter Robinson

Elizabeth “Lib” Suiter Robinson, 87, of Skippers, VA, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on July 21, 2017 surrounded by the love of her family. Elizabeth was a native of Garysburg, NC; daughter of the late John Arthur Suiter, Sr. and Myrtle Anderton Suiter. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, William Augustus Robinson, Sr.; sister, Peggy Watkins Slade; and brother, John Arthur Suiter, Jr. She is survived by her children: Susan Meares of Raleigh, NC and husband, Gary; William Augustus Robinson, Jr. of Skippers and his wife, Betsy; Martha Williamson of Chesapeake, VA and husband, Mark; Alice Kish of Manakin Sabot, VA and husband, Wayne; and Mary Strickler of Manakin Sabot, VA and husband, Charles; her grandchildren, Allison Meares Colquitt and husband Joseph; Matthew and Emily Robinson; Tyler, Brian and Stuart Williamson; Richard Kish and his wife Brooke; Mary Katherine and David Kish; and William Strickler; her sister-in-law, Joyce B. Suiter and many nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom she cherished dearly.

Elizabeth graduated from Weldon High School in 1948 and St. Mary’s College in 1950, and attended the Pan American Business School in Richmond, VA. She was a devoted wife and mother whose greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. All who experienced the warm embrace of her gracious hospitality were truly blessed. Elizabeth enjoyed serving in her community as a member of Spring United Methodist Church, the Riparian Women’s Club, the Women’s Committee of the Greensville County Farm Bureau, a Girl Scout leader, and a Cub Scout leader. In 1983 she began a Real Estate career in Emporia, VA which provided numerous opportunities for her to welcome and befriend many newcomers.

A special thanks is extended to the caregivers who loved and cared for our Mother while she was on hospice. Your compassion and many acts of kindness were a blessing.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Sunday, July 23rd at the Robinson's home (2385 Spring Church Road, Skippers, Virginia). A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11a.m., July 24th, t Spring United Methodist Church, (697 Spring Church Road, Skippers, Virginia 23879). Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spring United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Wanda Allen Lankford

Wanda Allen Lankford, 61, passed away on July 20, 2017 at VCU MCV in Richmond, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Vincent Allen, and her brother, Larry Dean Allen. Wanda is survived by a daughter, Jessica Lankford Hevener and her husband Michael; her father, Lewis D. Allen; and brothers, J. W. Allen (Patricia), Randy Allen, Stanley Allen (Cindy), and Barry Allen; nieces and nephews, Ashley (Adam) and Ryan, Kathleen (Dwayne), Brianna and David; great nieces and nephews, Elijah, Dyson and Sarah; Rachel and Nate.

Wanda was a Nurse Practitioner who recently worked at Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. She also worked at Lawrenceville Correctional Center in Lawrenceville, Virginia and worked for many years at Greensville Memorial Hospital in Emporia, Virginia.

Wanda was a caregiver to people and animals alike.  She loved her family and friends and would lend a helping hand to anyone.

Wanda was an active member of Purdy Baptist Church in Purdy, Virginia, where she sang in the choir.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Purdy Baptist Church, 186 Smoky Ordinary Road, Emporia, Virginia 23847.  The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Purdy Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice. 

Judy Wrenn Daughtrey

Judy Wrenn Daughtrey, 70, of Brink, VA, passed away on July 10, 2017 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Percy and Ida Wrenn. She is survived by her husband, F. Jerry Daughtrey; daughter, Sandy Webb and husband David; sisters, Linda Smith and husband Ashley, and Nancy Powell; grandchildren, Lauren Ashley Collins and Dylan Allen; special nieces and nephew, Penny Powell, Kenny Powell, Shay Smith and Angel Allen; many great-nieces and great-nephews and her beloved dog, Smokey. A graduate of Greensville County High School, Mrs. Daughtrey was a life-long employee of the banking industry in Emporia, working as both a loan officer and a branch manager. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 2 p.m., at Fountain Creek Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Greensville County Fire Department.

Diane Ruth Vaught

Diane Ruth Vaught, 60, of Emporia, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017. Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Woodruff and Lois Harrell Bosher.  She is survived by her husband, Chester Vaught; sons, Tripp Vincent and fiance’ Leslie and Jason Vincent; two grandchildren; Brianna Michelle and Vanden James Vincent and their mother, Desiree Trujillo; a sister, Debbie Korosi and husband Dave; two brothers, Dennis Woodruff and wife Terri and David Woodruff; two brothers-in-law, Wayne Vaught and wife Carol and Keith Vaught and wife Debby; and sister-in-law, Lois Bryant.  The family will receive friends 6pm – 7:30pm Thursday, July 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia.  The funeral service will be held 2pm Friday, July 7 at Roselawn Cemetery, 2880 N. Franklin St. Christiansburg, VA 24073.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

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