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Luncheon will be served after each Wednesday Noon Service for a small donation.

March 20 - 12 Noon Monumental United Methodist Church Rev. Rick Franklin

March 27 - 12 Noon First Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Rick Hurst

April 3 12 - Noon Calvary Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Doretha Allen

April 10 - 12 Noon St. Richard’s Catholic Church Rev. Tom Durrance

April 18 - 7 pm Elnora Jarrell Worship Center Rev. Harry Zeiders

April 19 - 11 am Calvary Baptist Church (Radio Baptist) Various Pastors and Leaders Hour of Prayer

The offering: we have given two $500 scholarships to seniors in the past. We will contact these two students and if they are still at their schools with passing grades, we will give them another $500 each and any money above $1000.00 we be given to Thomas Family Boots On the Ground Outreach.

Carlton A. Rae

Carlton A. Rae, 73, of Jarratt, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019. He was the son of the late John M. and Dorothy H. Rae and was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Tracy Diane Rae; sister, Ann Harrison and two brothers, Jackie “Goose” Rae and Howard Rae.

Carlton is survived by his devoted companion, Sue Maitland; daughter, Kim Rae (Scott); son, Mike Rae (Bobbie Jo); three grandchildren, Katie Rae, Hunter Rae and Tyler Rae; sister, Jane Barrows; brother, Wayne Rae (Sandra) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emporia/Greensville Humane Society or to Purdy Baptist Church.

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

Elizabeth Follette Frye Hopson

Elizabeth Follette Frye Hopson, 46, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019. She is survived by her devoted and beloved companion, Ronnie Coleman; two daughters, Haley Nicole Hopson and Lauren Kelly Hopson; sisters, Karen Geiger, Priscilla Wiggins, Sandy Pond and Lynne Pond; brothers, Mac McAllister and Ricky Miller; the father of her children, Kenneth Hopson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Ethel Bowen Malone Gauldin

Ethel Bowen Malone Gauldin passed away on January 1, 2019. She was born in Greensville County On August 24, 1918, the daughter of Joseph and Daisy Newsome Bowen. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her first husband, Garland M. Malone and her second husband , Carl W. Gauldin, Sr., sons Garland Lee Malone and Carl W. Gauldin, Jr., daughter-in-law, Maxine Phillips Malone, as well as two brothers and eight sisters. She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie G. McWilliams (Peter) of Durham, NC, grandchildren Robin McWilliams of Raleigh, NC, Allison McWilliams of Winston-Salem, NC, Cathy Malone Adcock (Jim) of Tifton, GA, Lee Malone (Rose) and Chris Malone (Belinda) of Chesapeake, VA, Timothy  Gauldin Crawley (Stephanie) of Raleigh, NC, former daughters-in-law, Peggy Gauldin Crawley and Joyce Malone Spears, six great grandchildren as well as one sister, Nellie Roberts of Blackstone, VA, and one sister-in-law, Marie Bowen of Emporia, VA, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Early in her life she enjoyed sewing, making most of her daughter’s clothing, working in her flower and vegetable gardens and helping out on the family farm. She grew up and was baptized at Independence Methodist Church. As an adult, she moved to Brunswick County and became a member of James Square Baptist Church, where she was a member for many years. Upon moving back to Emporia about twenty years ago, she became a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or New Century Hospice.

Visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m on Saturday January 5, 2019 in Echols Funeral  Home’s Chapel, followed by a funeral service.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00P.M. at Crestview Cemetery, in La Crosse, VA.

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

Doris B. Proctor

Doris B. Proctor, 75, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maude Braswell and was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Lou Dunn.

Mrs. Proctor is survived by her husband, Bobby W. Proctor; daughter, Donna Troyer; two stepsons, Tommy Proctor (Sue) and Dale Proctor; step-daughter, Lisa Proctor; three grandchildren, Arron Jarratt, Caleb Troyer and Megan Proctor; two sisters, Mary Frances Stinson (Bud) and Sylvia Lewis and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

After a career in the garment industry, Doris worked in home health care. She became a great source of support to those in need in her family and community.

A Celebration of Life reception will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Forest Hill Baptist Church in the fellowship hall. Private interment at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Sarah Edwards Wrenn

Sarah E. Wrenn passed from this life on Friday, December 28, 2018 at the age of 94 years old.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Jane Edwards, her sister Catherine Dunn (Spouse: Robert Dunn, Jr.), her sister Paxina Edwards (Spouse: R.G. Edwards, Jr.), her brother George Edwards (Spouse: Mary Edwards), and her brothers Phillip Edwards and P.B. Edwards.

After graduating from high school, Sarah was employed as an agent for the Virginian Railroad for about one year, before marrying J. Reid Wrenn of Emporia, to whom she was married for seventy three years.

Sarah was very interested in furniture restoration and antiques.  She loved to sew, cook, garden and travel, especially to visit family.

Sarah leaves behind one son, James R. Wrenn, Jr., (Spouse: Karen Wrenn), and one daughter, Rebecca Wrenn Adam, (Spouse: Michael Adam).  Sarah also leaves behind three grandsons:  Brian Wrenn (Spouse Adriana Wrenn and great-granddaughter Maria Wrenn), as well as grandsons Elliott Wrenn and Ryan Adam.

Visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home at 806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, VA on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

A funeral service will be held at the Echols Chapel on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm, with burial to follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery located on U.S. highway 301 South, also in Emporia.

Following the burial, friends and relatives will be welcomed at the Wrenn home at 426 Laurel Street, Emporia, VA.

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

William Stuart Howell

William Stuart Howell, 75, of Emporia, VA, died December 27, 2018, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Howell, was born in Radford, VA, and worked with Nationwide Insurance Company for forty-eight years.

He is survived by his wife, Teen Quesenberry Howell and numerous friends. Howell was a former member of the Emporia Jaycees and Emporia/Greensville Rescue Squad. He served as a board member of the Emporia/Greensville Chamber Of Commerce since the early 70’s and also served as Treasurer. In 2012, Howell was awarded the Eugene H. Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Echols Funeral Home, at 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 3, 2019, with Rev. Rick Franklin officiating. The family will receive at the funeral home following the service.

The family request memorial donations be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Irene Mitchell Phillips

Irene Mitchell Phillips, 79, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Neal Phillips; one son, Randy Lynn Phillips and a brother, Parker Mitchell, Jr.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by herson, Kevin Phillips (Sherry); grandson, Justin Neal Phillips; sister, Betty M. Prince (Raymond); brother, Roy Lee Mitchell (Martha Jane); sister-in-law, Lilly Ruth Mitchell and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 2 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

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

Bettie Sue Neal

Mrs. Bettie Sue Neal, 94, died peacefully at her home in Lawrenceville on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.

Born and raised in Clover, Va., Mrs. Neal was one of 10 children born to Sallie Blanch Throckmorton and Tom Steven Neal. She had been an active and revered resident of Lawrenceville for more than 70 years, having settled there after World War II and her marriage to Harold Jones Neal Sr. in 1942.

While busy raising her family of four children, Mrs. Neal was also involved in the civic life of her adopted hometown. She was the first president of Town and Country Garden Club, and was also a member of the Lawrenceville Women’s Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Lioness Club, and the Firemen’s Auxiliary.

Her membership in Lawrenceville United Methodist Church was one of the most meaningful of her life. In addition to being a regular Sunday morning church-goer, she was president of the United Methodist Women, a Sunday School teacher, and chairman of her circle. She also helped decorate the church with flowers for special occasions and she assisted with refreshments whenever there was a reception. If the church doors were open, Mrs. Neal was there.

Mrs. Neal’s greatest joy was her family, which had grown to include 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was never happier than when surrounded by her family, and she took great delight in hosting the entire family in her home, whether for a festive holiday gathering with everyone’s favorite dishes or a bowl of Brunswick stew at the kitchen table.

She loved to cook, and Thanksgiving especially showcased her talents in the kitchen as well as her loving spirit. Besides turkey and all the trimmings, her sideboard groaned with every vegetable known to man, in order to satisfy the preferences of every single family member. There were also multiple desserts, and though she enjoyed trying new recipes, her famous chocolate pie was her signature treat. She often baked the tasty concoction of chocolate custard topped with meringue for bereaved families, shut-ins, and church bazaars.

Mrs. Neal loved her circle of friends and she loved socializing. She played bridge on a regular basis for many years, and she once remarked that she sometimes had trouble concentrating on the game because she got caught up in conversation. 
 She also was a member of the local Red Hat Club and she joined in on every excursion that her schedule allowed. She enjoyed excellent health until recent months, and she continued to take pleasure in outings with her family as well as trips to shop, go out to eat, or have her nails and hair done.

Mrs. Neal was predeceased by her husband, who died in 1975. In addition to 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, she is survived by her four children and their spouses, Bettie Brent Neal Vaughan (Charles) of Lawrenceville; Dr. Harold J. Neal Jr. (Jamie) of Emporia; John C. Neal (Susan) of Fredericksburg; and Russell C. Neal (Nancy) of Dinwiddie.

Surviving grandchildren and their spouses are Sloan Canaday (Brian) of Richmond; Meredith Sawyer (Tom) of Alexandria; Charlotte Crane (Adam) of Ashland; Harrison Vaughan (Danielle) of Wake Forest, N.C.; Sallie Vaughan of Lexington, S.C.; Taylor Neal (Rachel) and Gordon Neal (Katherine), both of Richmond; Katherine Neal of Fredericksburg; Elizabeth Mims (Weston) of Mount Sidney; and Sarah Phillips (Blake) of Franklin. She also is survived by a sister, Elsie N. Griles of Clover; her sister-in law, Violet M. Neal and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mrs. Neal’s caregivers over the past two years enabled her to remain in her beloved home, and the family sincerely appreciates their devotion to her well-being. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Lawrenceville United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the church at 12 noon prior to the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lawrenceville United Methodist Church Elevator Fund, P.O. Box 2, Lawrenceville, VA  23868.  Mrs. Neal wished to be cremated and her remains will be buried alongside her husband at Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville is handling arrangements.

Walter L. Wyatt

Walter L. Wyatt, 83, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Sherba “Polly” Wyatt; two sons, Danny Wyatt (Barbara) and Tommy Wyatt; five grandchildren, David Wyatt (Lauren), Lance Wyatt (Kelli), Danielle Donovan (Brian); Austin Wyatt and Jessica Harrison (Brian); five great-grandchildren, Bryn Donovan, Sydney Wyatt, Brayden Wyatt, Logan Harrison and Brooklyn Harrison; a brother, R.C. Wyatt, Jr.; two sisters, Sarah Milligan (Jimmy) and Alma Louvene Norman and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, December 27 at Independence United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Ervin M. “Snake” Harris

Ervin M. “Snake” Harris, 86, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah W. Harris. He is survived by a son, Ervin Harris, Jr. “Casey”; two daughters, Michele H. Cogbill and Heidi H. Geary; a brother, Herman Harris; two sisters, Dean Riggan and Anne Florence Harris and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 18 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

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

Norman Rex "Buddy" Turner

Norman Rex "Buddy" Turner, also known as "Leg Man" of Garysburg, NC, passed away on December 12, 2018. Buddy was born in Roanoke Rapids on October 15, 1952.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest R. Turner, Sr., mother, Dorothy L. Otten, stepfather, Fletcher O. Otten, and granddaughter, Jessica Turner.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon R. Turner of Garysburg; four children, Sandra Blick, Angel Hayzlett, Christy Alston, all from Richmond, VA, and Ashley Turner Gray and her husband, Tom, of Freeman, VA; one sister, Janet T. Davis of Pendelton; two brothers, Ernest R. Turner Jr. and wife, Jackie, of Littleton, and Gary W. Otten of Emporia, VA; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one special cousin, Bobby "Punk" Turner, of Roanoke Rapids.

Buddy loved trucking, music, fishing, boating, and cooking his famous stew. He loved life in general, and his family so very much. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations for expenses.

The family will have a visitation on Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Askew Funeral & Cremation Services, 731 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids.

Alberta Jones Rook

Alberta “Bert” Jones Rook, 94, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

A native of Wake County, she was the daughter of the late Luther Henry Jones and Annie Grey Jones. She retired as a teller with Central Fidelity Bank. In addition to her parents, Bert was preceded in death by her husband; Walter Daniel Rook Sr., her son; Walter Daniel “Danny” Rook Jr., sisters; Rachel Odom, Mary Alice Nicholson, and Edna Wood, brothers; James Minton Jones and Henry Jones.

Mrs. Rook is survived by her daughter; Patsy R. Brown and her husband Lee of Emporia, Virginia, Grandchildren; Melanie Brown Owen of Emporia, Ryan Brown of Emporia, Jason Rook of Emporia, Christopher Rook of Jarratt, Virginia, and Kyle Rook of Emporia, Great Grandchildren; Joshua Rook, Adam Owen, Taia Brown, Emma Rook, Allie Jarratt, and Jillian Brown.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Forest Hill Baptist Church in Skippers, Virginia with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 7 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. at Wrenn Clarke and Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service.

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com.

Kenneth T. Herrick

Kenneth T. Herrick, 68, of Emporia, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Connie L. Herrick; his father, Albert Herrick; brother, Olin Herrick of Lawrenceville, VA; two sisters, Carolyn Montgomery of Florida and Martha Hall of Raleigh, NC; sister-in-law, Gail A. Mainwaring and husband, Frank of Emporia; niece, Christina Lake and husband, Ron; nephew, Jonathan Lynch and wife, Laci and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, December 21 at First Christian Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after funeral services in the church social hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 427 Ruritan Rd, Emporia. Virginia 23847.

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

 

Linda Faye Ricks Malone

Linda Faye Ricks Malone, 70, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 following several years of declining health. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Fannie Ricks and her husband of thirty years, Paul Malone. She is survived by her faithful companion of 20 years, Donald Mountjoy and his family; stepdaughter, Sabrina Baker; brother, William E. "Mac" Ricks; two sisters, Barbara Nelson and Debra Carroll; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Linda was a quiet, simple and gentle woman that loved her animals, family and her jellybeans. She will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, December 3 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will will be held  11 a.m. Tuesday, December 4 at  Victory Fellowship Church, Emporia, Virginia. A private interment will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at  www.owenfh.com

Ellen Carrier Rose

Ellen Carrier Rose, 63, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ronnie Rose; daughter, Sue Rose Harrison (Chris); granddaughter, Madilyn Harrison and grandson, Dalton Harrison; devoted niece Karen Ferguson (Craig) and their children, Chase and Georganna sister, Betty Scott; numerous nieces and nephews and also her beloved dog, “Buster”.

Ellen was an amazing lady touching many lives with humor, love, wisdom and scripture.  Smiles, laughter, and love is what she bestowed on all that knew her.  She was a loving wife, devout mother, caring Nana, aunt and friend; always encouraging in a Godly manner to help others. She provided strength and support in ways that seemed effortless on her part but making a great difference in others’ lives. Her smile and encouraging manner uplifted all who came in touch with her.  Everyone that met her loved her and she loved them right back.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, November 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich

Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich, 79, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Lamar and Nettie Watson and was also preceded in death by four brothers.

Our MOTHER was an example of the Proverbs 31 Godly Woman.  She was a great Mother and Wife. She was our Father’s business partner and “life coach” lol, while taking care of the family and her home with perfection.

She could execute any task she was given with sheer determination and with a smile on her face. Our Mother loved her girls more than life and gave us the greatest JOY that life brings. She held a “special place” in her heart for each one of her grandchildren. Her smile was big and bright like the sparkle in her eyes. Strength and Honor will guide us for the rest of our days because of “OUR MOTHER”

She is survived by her husband, Frederick Joseph Helfrich, III; three daughters, Mary Jane Yeattes (Mark), Sue “Pickles” Green (Troy) and Brenda McCrary (Daniel); step-son, David Helfrich (Theresa); nine grandchildren: D. J. , Troy, Jr., Sammy Jo, Mark, Jr., Danielle, Mary Elizabeth, Freddy, Sarah, Faith, five great-grandchildren; brothers, Douglas, Sammy, Shang; sisters, Virginia, Elizabeth and Margaret; sister-in-law and best friend, Harriette Burks; sisters-in-law, Brenda Worley (Wayne) and Delores Taylor (Dave) and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25 at Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia where the family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church.

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

DENISE HARRIS

Denise Harris, 55, of Emporia, VA, died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at her residence.

Denise was born in Petersburg, VA the daughter of Herman Marshall Harris and the late Amelia King Harris. She Graduated from Greensville County High School and Old Dominion University as a Dental Hygienist, also with a B. S Degree.

In addition to her father she is survived by: her lifetime soul mate, Randy Everette; sister, Amy Clary and her husband Andy, of Brodnax, VA; brother, Robert Harris and his wife Cristy of Crofton, MD; a niece, Cassie Modlin and her husband  Jim, of Sedley, VA; nephews Christopher Moseley and his wife Juli, of Boydton, VA, Lee Harris, and his wife Elysa, of Rockville , MD; James Harris and his significant other Kelley, of Cambridge, MD; and several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive at New Testament Christian Church, 615 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Funeral services will follow in the Church at 1:00 PM, with Minister Daniel West officiating. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.                                                                                                                                          

Memorial donations may be made to: Family Violence/Sexual assault Unit, 401C South Main Street Emporia, VA, 23847 or Jackson-Field Home, 546 Walnut Grove Drive, Jarratt, VA 23867

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

Mary Taylor Simpson

Mary Taylor Simpson, 94, died Friday, November 16, 2018, at Capital Caring Center in Washington D.C.

A native of Greensville County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse B. Taylor and Mary Cordle Taylor. Mary was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Ronald Carlton Simpson. A retired public school teacher, she had lived for many years in the southern Maryland area.

Mary is survived by several distant relatives.

Funeral Services will be private.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Vicki Jean Lounge

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

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

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

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

Clara Inez Whitby

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

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

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

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

Jerry Semones

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Veliky Dianis

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

Mollie Spence Roberts

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Lillie E. Langley Pearson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Jean Robbins Prince

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Walter Glenn Rainey

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

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

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

Services and interment will be private.

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

Shirley Pearson

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Edith Ferguson Harrell

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

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

David Meade Fuller Jr.

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Stephanie Rook Williams

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

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