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Obituary-Charlie Herbert Acree

Charlie Herbert Acree, age 61, of Valentines, Va. passed away August 10, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Lee and Ethel Rook Acree; a daughter, Charlene Acree; three brothers, Earl, Ray, and Wilbur Acree; and a sister, Joanne Poythress.  He is survived by his children, Becky Reed and husband Jason and Bobby Acree and wife Amy; six grandchildren, D.J. Reed, Makayla Reed, Nickolas Reed, Tyler Acree, Kobie Acree and Alayna Acree; his brothers, Sam , Bennie Lee, Thomas, and Cecil Acree; his sisters, Louise Thomason and Dorothy Jarratt; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the home of Becky and Jason Reed.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-William Horace Dunn

William Horace Dunn, 91, departed this life for his home up above peacefully on Sunday, August 3, 2014. He was born on January 14, 1923, the youngest of 11 children, to the late William James Dunn and Lula Grizzard Dunn. Preceding hime in death were sisters, Emma D. Harrup, Willie D. Gilliam, Ann D. Riley, Frances D. Tyler, Ruby G. Williams and Bertha D. Drewry and brothers, Alton Dunn, Byron Dunn, Claude Dunn and Howard Dunn, Sr. Mr. Dunn was raised in Yale, Virginia which he called home until he later moved to Emporia due to his brother’s failing health and to be closer to medical facilities. He was a farmer for most of his life and loved working outdoors. He had a garden up until the age of 91 and worked it by himself. He loved to cook baked goods and was always sharing them with other people. He never married and had no children of his own but was loved by his many nieces and nephews. After serving in the United States Army during World War II in Italy, he came home and spent most of his life taking care of his parents and later looking after two of his sisters, his brother and a brother-in-law. He spent his last years as a resident of The Bloom Center in Emporia where he made many, many friends. He was taken care of by a staff that always had his best interests at heart. Ann Temple, Debbie Mozingo, his nurses, Debbie, Pam, Tammy and especially his beloved Geraldine will always be remembered fondly by his family members. He made a special friend while there, Mrs. Elizabeth Cook whose friendship at this stage of his life was a blessing to him. A special thanks from the family is also extended to Lifestar Ambulance Service for their care when needed. “Uncle Horace” as he was known by most, was a member of American Legion Bulla Post #46 and was a past member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club. He leaves to cherish his memory, nieces, Kay Dunn Bryant, (Edward), Betty Jean Dunn Callahan, Nettie Lou Dunn Kitchen (Charles), Paige Withers (Bob); nephews, Howard Dunn, Jr. (Pat), Earl Dunn (Joyce), Charles Dunn (Janet), William J. “Billy” Dunn (Donna), a devoted brother-in-law, Louis Riley and his companion, Lauren and many numerous great-nieces and nephews as well as some great-great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Lifestar Ambulance Service, Inc, for the many kindnesses their father during his transports.  The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia officiated by Dr. Walter Laseter of Calvary Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 S. Main St, Emporia, VA 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

 

Obituary-Mary Watkins Morgan Little

Mary Watkins Morgan Little passed away on August 2, 2014.   She was born and raised in Emporia, VA to the late John Carter Watkins and Emma Ruth Webb Watkins, and sister to Emma Ruth Pritchard.  Mary is survived by a sister Jean Carter Saunders.  She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  She is also survived by daughter Emmy M. Vincent (husband H. Benjamin Vincent, Jr.); granddaughter Lauren Morgan Epps; Mary’s husband Robert Little, and very special nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased in death by husband Frederick A. Morgan.  Her greatest joy in life was her family.  Mary graduated from Longwood University and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.  She was a lifelong, active member of Main St United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir, Margaret Parker Circle and taught Sunday School.  Her church meant the world to her.  She also took pride in her civic work and was a founding member of what became the Meherrin River Arts Council, member of DAR, Riparian Woman’s Club, Greensville Memorial Hospital Auxillary and Greensville Historical Society.  Although most of her life was spent in Emporia, she lived for over 15 years in Natchez, Miss.  It remained a special place in her heart and was often the subject of stories of fond memories and friends.  Mary was blessed with many special friends, many more like family, because of her talent of making all feel welcome and wanted in her home.  She loved music, was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and decorating.  She was the ever gracious hostess and a true Southern lady.  Special thanks go to Geraldine Walton who was a much loved, and very comforting caretaker for Mary over the last trying times in her life.  A graveside service was held Monday, 2 pm, at Emporia Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association or memorials to Main St United Methodist Church in Emporia, VA.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Dorothy Marie Clary

Dorothy Marie Clary, 75, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 after a brief illness. “Dot” as she was known by her family and friends leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Allen Dale Clary and his wife, Julie of Rocky Mount, NC; her grandchildren, Casey Clary of Raleigh, NC, Jordan Clary of Greenville, NC and Ali Clary at home with her parents; also her sister, Connie Kanipe of Louisburg, NC as well as many friends that she considered as family. “Dot” was preceded in death by her husband, Willie that she missed dearly after 53 years of marriage. They were truly best friends and had a real passion for each other and their time together as thay raised their son and spent their lives in Emporia. She was also preceded in death by her loving mother, Lizzie; her Aunt Florence and brother, Calvin. “Dot” loved her work as a hairdresser for over 40 years and developed many loving relationships during that time. The funeral service will be held11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will also be at “Dot’s” home Friday evening 4-8 p.m.

Obituary-Joseph Marvin Harrell

Joseph Marvin Harrell, 75, of Jarratt, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce “Nita” Harrell; four sons, Chris Harrell and wife, Judy of Yale; Tony Harrell and wife, Cindy of Lewisville, TX, Darryl Harrell of San Francisco, CA and Todd Harrell and wife, Amy of Warwick, RI; eight grandchildren, Shawn Harrell and wife, Lauren, Richard Harrell and wife, Leesa, Joseph Harrell, Allen Harrell, Matthew Harrell, Vickie Martin and husband, Richard and Elizabeth and Judith Harrell; three great-grandchildren, Dillon, Kylie and Marvin; a brother, John Richard Harrell of Emporia; two sisters-in-law, Mary Strickland of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Barbara Spruill of Gaston, NC and a brother-in-law, Robert Moseley, also of Roanoke Rapids, NC. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, August 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Sunday, August 3 at Graves/Bobbitt Family Cemetery, 19133 Comans Well Rd, Yale, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct., Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Greg W. Webb

Greg W. Webb, age 51, formely of Emporia, Va., died July 22, 2014.  He was pre-deceased by his grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Shelton S. Webb and Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow W. Lifsey; one brother - Jonathan W. Webb.  He is survived by his mother Dorothea L. Webb; father James W. Webb both of Emporia, Va.; and sister Rose W. Lee (Southgate) of  Capron, Va.; numerous other relatives.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 2, 2:00 P. M., at Monumental United Methodist Church, Emporia,Va.  A private interment will be held at a later date.    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia, 23847.  Condolensces may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-David Hinton Barnes, Jr.

David Hinton Barnes, Jr., 90, of Dinwiddie County, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Grant Barnes; son-in-law, Steven B. Taylor, and two sisters, Louise Barnes and Kathleen Barnes. Survivors include one son, Curtis Grant Barnes and wife, Sherry; one daughter, Ann Marie Taylor; three grandchildren, Melanie Barnes Sheldon and husband, Matt, Grant Barnes and wife, Jennifer and Ellie Taylor; great-granddaughter, McKenna Blaire Sheldon; two sisters, Ann Clay and Adelle Morgan and husband, Gill; sister-in-law, Louise Grant and numerous nieces and nephews. A U.S. Army veteran, David was a retired farmer and a member of Concord United Methodist Church where he was active in the Methodist Men’s Club. He was an accomplished baseball player in his younger days and later in life enjoyed watching and coaching. He also loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Concord United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Alice Spiers, 25713 Courthouse Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

 

Obituary-Annie Lee Robinson

Mrs. Annie Lee Robinson, 87, of Canton, GA, went to be with our Lord, Friday, July 18, 2014.

Annie was born on August 14, 1926. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and active at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arldon L. Robinson. She is survived by her children, Marian Hawkins of Raleigh, NC, Douglas L. Robinson of Canton, GA and C.G. “Robbie” Robinson of Canton, GA; three grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 ½ great-great grandchildren.

A memorial graveside service will be announced at later date at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA, is honored to serve the family. Sosebeefuneralhome.com 770-479-2131.

Obituary-Merle Stevens Jessee

Merle Stevens Jessee, 73, of Emporia, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Lilmer and Laura C. Stevens and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Howard, William “Billy” and her twin, Frank. Mrs. Jessee is survived by her husband, John D. Jessee, Sr.; son, John D. Jessee, Jr. (Mary Hill); daughter, Lynn Jessee Moseley and husband, Troy; granddaughter, Heather Leigh Moseley (Dave Smith) of Portsmouth; three brothers, Thomas Stevens of Pennsylvania, John Perry Stevens of Catlett, Virginia and Lilmer “Tuck” Stevens of Bealeton, Virginia and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 21. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-William Todd Grizzard

William Todd Grizzard, age 66, of Valentines, Va. passed away July 13, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his father, Norfleet Grizzard; two brothers, Wayne and Robert Grizzard; and his favorite pet, Chance.  He is survived by his wife, Peggy W. Grizzard; his mother, Kathleen R. Grizzard; his son Billy Grizzard; his daughter, Candice Bryant and husband Michael; a step-son Ken Francis; a step granddaughter, Cameron Francis; a nephew, Ricky Grizzard; and two sisters-in-law, Cathy Grizzard and Sue Grizzard.  A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the National Wildlife Foundation, www.nwf.org.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-Beverly Poole Morris

Beverly Poole Morris, 52, of Carson, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014. She is survived by her husband, James E. “Eddie” Morris; son, Dustin Morris (Ashley); daughter, Allison Morris Spivey (Matt); her parents, A.R. “Billy” and Betty Martha Poole; sister, Carolyn Poole Messier; mother-in-law, Kathleen Morris; sister-in-law, Nancy White and a number of nieces and nephews. Beverly was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Poole and grandmother, Alice Poole. She was employed at Richard Bland College for 28 years and was currently the Director of Financial Aid. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. Interment will follow at Concord United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 20015 Halifax Rd, Carson, Virginia 23830. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

 

Obituary-Mason (May-May) Bayne Taylor

Mason (May-May) Bayne Taylor was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, June 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his loving granddaddy John Fajna and Charlie Taylor, grandma Mavis Taylor, godfather Charles Taylor, and his cousin Avery Drew Swenson. Mike and Trina were blessed to be Mason’s parents for 9 years.  He also impacted the lives of his big sisters Chelsea Dayne (JakeKing) and Caroline Layne, his big brother Michael Wayne (Amanda Earp). He leaves behind his grandmother Carolyn Fajna, godmother Diane Taylor, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was a joyful, energetic, and in-the-moment little boy. Mason took advantage of every second of everyday and was always going from sunup to sundown. He had many loves in his life including hunting, fishing, being on the farm, music, and baseball. Mason was excited to have made the Emporia-Greensville All-Stars this year and played as number #33. As a prankster, Mason loved making people laugh whether it was acting silly, dancing, or singing terribly. He wasn’t shy and always took the opportunity to meet and become a friend to everyone he knew. At a young age, Mason impacted the lives of many and will always be remembered by his goofy grin, wide eyes, blonde hair, and his one-of-a-kind personality.
The family will receive family and friends 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Road, Jarratt, VA. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church, 1351 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA. He will be laid to rest at St. John Lutheran Cemetery on Purdy Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. John Lutheran Church or the Mason Taylor Scholarship Fund which will be handled through First Citizens Bank. The family asks that checks be made to the Mason Taylor Scholarship Fund and mailed to 2550 Chapmans Ford Road, Emporia, VA. The money will be donated as a scholarship to the 2022 graduating class. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Lewis Wayne “Chip” Shifflett

Lewis Wayne “Chip” Shifflett, 65, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2014. He was the son of the late Robert and Ruth Shifflett and was also preceded in death by five brothers, Carlton “Beetle” Shifflett, Jay Shifflett, Pleas “Petey” Shifflett, Terry “Monkeyman” Shifflett and Robert “Robin” Shifflett. He is survived by his wife, Doris Charrette Shifflett; son, Robert “Robbie” Shifflett and wife, April; three grandchildren, Gregory Jarratt, Brandon Goodwin and Corey Goodwin; three brothers, Larry Shifflett (Yvonne), Timmy Shifflett (Debbie) and Neil Shifflett, all of Rockbridge County, Virginia; sisters-in-law, Barbara Shifflett, Nancy Shifflett, Joan Parrish (Marvin), Nancy Simpson, Carolyn Williamson (Gene), Sandra Jarratt (Kenny); mother-in-law, Cecile “Sis” Charrette and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bon Secours Hospice, 7229 Forest Ave, Suite 200, Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Pattie Warren Wood Tillar

Pattie Warren Wood Tillar, 70, of Emporia, Va, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her husband and daughters, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, after a courageous struggle with Alzheimer's disease and Lewy Body Dementia. 

Born on July 13, 1943, in Richmond, Va, she was predeceased by her parents, Edward Massenburg and Jessie Watkins Wood.  Pattie was a devoted wife and mother, always putting her family first.  She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Dr. William Thomas Tillar, III; and daughters, Anne Warren Tillar, and Julia Leavelle Tillar; grandchildren, Alexander Thomas Younger, Meredith Claire Younger and Christian Timothy Younger, of Waxhaw, NC, and brother, Edward Massenburg Wood (Carolyn), of York, SC. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Donaldson Preston Tillar (Hazel), of Williamsburg, VA, and David Billingsley Tillar (Ames), of Emporia, VA, and several nieces and nephews. 

Pattie graduated from Greensville County High School in Emporia in 1961 and Westhampton College in Richmond in 1965, earning a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She married her high school sweetheart, Bill, on August 15, 1964. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Emporia. She began her career in Franklin, Va, as a first grade teacher. After returning to Emporia, Pattie was active the Junior Woman's Club and the Presbyterian Women of the Church. She worked part-time at the old library and was instrumental in the formation of the Richardson Memorial Library.  She went on to become librarian at Brunswick Academy, retiring after 28 years.  Pattie was a voracious reader and loved reading stories to children, especially her grandchildren, whom she always had books on hand to give to them. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at Echols Funeral Home.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, with graveside services immediately following at Emporia Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church following the burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Rd, Lawrenceville, Va, 23847, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047. The family would like to thank Hospice of Virginia for their outstanding care over the last few months, and would also like to thank her caregivers, Hattie Lee, Delphine Hall, and Teri Vaughan.

Condolonsces may be sent toecholsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary-Doris Rawls Miller

Mrs. Doris Rawls Miller, age 86, died June 22, 2014.  She was born Sept. 21, 1927 in Southampton County. Mrs. Miller was a former Director of the Community Action Program in Danbury, Conn. , she was also  a long time member of Persons United Methodist Church.   Mrs.Miller was married January 13, 1946 to John Gaines Miller, III in Galena, Illinois. She was predeceased by her parents, Charles Person and Hattie Grizzard Rawls, 2-sons John Gaines Miller, IV and Charles Russell Miller, 1-daughter Sharon Leigh Miller and brother Charles Person Rawls, Jr.  She is survived by her husband John Gaines Miller, III, son Dwane Henry Miller and wife Dee B. Miller, brother Melvin Lee Rawls, sister Connie Temperance Rawls, Daughter-in-law Karen Fitzsimmons Miller, grandchildren ; Jennifer  O’Neill Howard and husband Sloan Howard  ,  Erica Trout and husband Joe Trout, Russell F. Miller, Laura M. Ross and husband Jason Ross, and Eleanor M. Robertson and husband Tim Robertson.; Great-grandchildren; Cierra Howard, Chayne Howard,  Nathan Trout, Natalie Trout, Gracyn Ross, Coral Ross, Gabriella (Bella) Robertson, and Burkley Robertson.

Visitation will be held 11:00 A. M. Wednesday , June 25,  at the Persons  United  Methodist  Church , 27642 Old Church Rd., Drewryville, Va. where funeral service will follow 12:00 P.M. (Noon)  with burial to follow in church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers family request Memorial donations be made to Persons United Methodist Church , Attention Mark Person, Treasurer, P. O. Box 14121, Richmond, Va. 23225.

Condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary-Margie Harp Ferguson

Emporia, Margie Harp Ferguson died Monday, June 09, 2014.  She was born in Roanoke Rapids, N. C., the daughter of the late Walter P. and Allie Parks Harp.  She was preceded in death by husband Henry Clayton Ferguson and brother Alfred Lee Harp.

She was a member of Forest  Hill Baptist Church.  She loved her Lord and Savior, family church family and everyone.  She dedicated her time to serving the Lord as an Adult Sunday School teacher, pianist, organist, music director and various other committees at Forest Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son Michael W. Ferguson and wife Carolyn, daughter Debbie F. Moseley and husband Leslie.  Six grandchildren; Craig Ferguson, Clay Ferguson and wife Teresa, Chris Ferguson and wife Stephanie, Kirk Moseley and wife Erica, Kristen Moseley and eight great-grandchildren , Skylar, Tucker, Tyler, Tori, Haley, Joshua, Bailey and Ashlynn, all of Emporia.  One brother, Mason Harp and wife Helen of Roanoke Rapids, N. C., a nephew Timmy Harp, cousins and many friends.

The family will receive family and friends at Echols Funeral Home, Wednesday June 11th 6:00 P. M. till 8:30 P. M.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12th at 2:00 P. M. at Forest Hill Baptist Church, with Reverends Marcus Daly, Terry Corder and Lamar Boulware officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to:  Forest Hill Baptist Cemetery Fund, 5010 Brink Road, Emporia, Va. or Greensville Rescue Squad, 513 South Main St., Emporia, Virginia .

Pallbearers, Timmy Harp, Robert Story, Len Hobbs, Kennon Ferguson, Jr., Charles King, Glen Bradley, Danny Rook, & Thurston Vann.  Honorary Pallbearers, Mason Harp, Arnold Vincent, Bernard Lee, Steve Ferguson, Gene Frazier, Bobby Lee, Dave Driver, Elwood Vincent, G. L. Rawlings, Pender Smith, Jr. and Jimmy Ferguson .  Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, Va., will be in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneral home.com.

Obituary-Grace O’Neal Acree Wright

Grace O’Neal Acree Wright, age 74, died Saturday, June 7, 2014.  She is survived by 1-daughter Wendy Wright (Michael Shearin) of Emporia; 1-son Randy Wright (Donna) of Emporia; special companions Toby and Jenny.   Visitation will be held Monday night June 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 P. M. at the Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va.  A graveside service will be held  Tuesday, June 10 , 2014, 11:00 A. M. at the Mt. Vernone Baptist Church Cemetery,  16489 Dry Bread Road, Emporia, Virginia .

Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary-RANDY KIETRON POPE

RANDY KIETRON POPE better known as "Loki" departed this life on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Randy was born to Juanita Pope and Randy Dobie on October 19, 1989 along with his twin brother; Shawn Pope. He received his education through Greensville County Public Schools Systems. Randy was a very talented young man and was viewed as a role model for many younger men in town.

Randy was raised with an abundance of respect for his elders through the guidance of his grandmother; Mrs. Emma Dean Smith.

Randy leaves to cherish his beloved memories a loving mother: Juanita Pope of Emporia, VA, his father; Randy Dobie of Maryland, his loving and devoted grandparents; Emma Dean and Ronnie Smith of Emporia, VA, a fiancé; Tiffany Woodruff, two sons; Elijah and Kietron Pope all of Emporia, VA, seven brothers; Shawn D. Pope, Leo Pope, Christopher Rodgers, Marcel Rodgers, Derek Pope, Author Maryland and Tyron Everett, one sister; Felicia Pope, one devoted aunt; Julia Pope and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Obituary-BENJAMIN FRANKLIN JEFFERSON

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN JEFFERSON was called to his heavenly home on Monday, June 2, 2014 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, VA. He was born April 9, 1928 to the late Benjamin and Annie Taylor Jefferson in Greensville County, Virginia.

Benjamin accepted Christ at an early age and joined the St. Paul Church of God In Christ under the leadership of the late Elder R. N. Johnson, Sr. He later moved his membership to St. John Church of God In Christ in Jarratt, VA, where he became ordained as a deacon. Deacon Jefferson served faithfully as a Deacon and Trustee of the church until his health began to decline.

In 1957 Deacon Jefferson married Thelma Iola Harding of Pleasant Hill, NC and to this union one daughter was born; Sandra Faith Jefferson.

Benjamin was a hard worker and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also worked at Georgia Pacific for over 20 years before retirement. After retirement Mr. Jefferson could be found working over the grounds of Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, sitting under the carport or often down at the late Deacon Billy Potts Church Supply Store. Deacon Jefferson also ran Chapel Hill Grocery, Halifax Grocery and worked at the Emporia Dye Plant.

Mr. Jefferson was preceded in death by his three sisters; Alma J. Morgan, Lelia J. Washington and Suretha J. Jones and one nephew; Alvin "Pee-Wee" Washington.

Left to cherish his loving memories a loving and devoted wife; Thelma H. Jefferson, one daughter Sandra F. Jefferson of the home and friend Gilbert P. Lucas, one grandson; Najah R. Travis of Ettrick, VA, one granddaughter; Adrienne G. Giles (Lamar) of Great Bridge, VA, four sisters-in-law; Lola Ferguson of Capital Heights, MD, Martha Scott of New York, NY, Georgetta White (Arthur) of Brooklyn, NY and Marie Harding of Richmond, VA. He also leaves to cherish his memories an adoptive brother; George Milton (Brenda) of Richmond, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

A wake will be held on Friday June 6, 2014, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Knox-High Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday June 7, 2014, 12:00 Noon at Knox-High Mortuary Chapel with Interment following at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Obituary-Mabel Lewter Grizzard

Mabel Lewter Grizzard of Emporia, Va., born on May 23, 1921 in Pendleton, N. C.,passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, Emporia.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Swanson Grizzard, Jr.  She leaves behind  to cherish her memory 3-sons; Swanson Grizzard of Williamsburg along with his son Kyle, Wiley Grizzard and his wife, Nita of Emporia along with their sons Brian and Joshua, Ben Grizzard and his special friend Kim Mousa of Emporia along with his children Amanda, Michael and Tiffany, and two daughters, Angie Claire Grizzard and her special friend Pam Thomas of Oakland, California, and Christine Williams of Roanoke Rapids, N. C. along with her two children Jason and Kim; also left to cherish her memory are seven great-grandchildren as well as many special nieces and nephews and her church family at Adams Grove Baptist Church.  Visitation will be held 1:00 P. M.  Saturday, June 7, 2014 with funeral service to follow at 2:00 P. M. at the Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia,  with interment to follow in the Emporia Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church, 24463 Adams Grove Road, Emporia, Va. 23847 or the Emporia-Greensville Vol.Rescue Squad, 513 South Main St., Emporia, Va. 23847.  Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary-Steven B. “Steve” Taylor

Steven B. “Steve” Taylor, 57, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014. A Virginia Tech graduate of 1979, he worked over 30 years with Ted Lee, Inc and was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy Buck Taylor, Jr. and Frances Gay Stansbury and stepfather, Horace L. Stansbury. Steve is survived by his wife, Ann Marie Barnes Taylor; daughter, Ellie Taylor; four sisters, JoAnn Williams and husband, Eddie, Sue Ivey and husband, Rick, Sherry Fraunfelter and husband, Bill, and Donna Pulley; one brother, Bill Taylor; father-in-law, David Barnes; brother-in-law, Curtis Barnes and wife, Sherry and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at Concord United Methodist Church, 18591 Concord-Sappony Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia. The family will receive friends at Steve’s home in Dinwiddie 5-8 p.m. Friday; 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and at church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Alice Spiers, 25713 Courthouse Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Daniel Parker Slagle

Daniel Parker Slagle, of Emporia, Virginia, age 71, died Monday, June 2, 2014.  Mr. Slagle was a mechanic for Life Star Ambulance Service; a member of Emporia Vol. Fire Dept. since 1962,and Fireman of the year 1979.   He is survived by 1-son Jason Parker Slagle and wife Tiffany of Emporia; 1-daughter Stacy Slagle True and husband James of Palymra, Va.;6 sisters; Lucille Taylor, Marion Wright, Nell Prince, Lorine Bradley, Lily Ruth Mitchell all of Emporia, Va.and Edna Newsome, of Kernersville, N. C.; 1-grandson Jacob Russell True, Palymra, Va.  Visitation will be held at the Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va., Wednesday, June 4, from 6 to 8:00 P.M. where funeral service will be held Thursday 11:00 A. M. with interment to follow in the Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Emporia Vol. Fire Dept.,  411 Halifax St., Emporia, Virginia.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary-Mary Louise Pair Whiteside Edwards

Mary Louise Pair Whiteside Edwards, age 82, of Emporia, Va., died Sunday May 25, 2014.She is survived by 1-daughter; Linda Colleen Whiteside, Emporia; 2-sons; Robert Edward Whiteside of Zebulon, N. C. and Benjamin Whiteside of Tampa, Fla and a brother, R. Henry Pair. of Emporia.  A memorial service will be held, Thursday, May 29, 2014 ,2:00 P. M.,  at the Calvary Chapel, North Main St. Emporia, Va.  Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome. com

Obituary-Bernadine Bowden Brookover

Bernadine Bowden Brookover, age 98, of Tarboro, NC died peacefully on Friday May 23, 2014.

She was born on July 12, 1915 in Zanesville, OH to Mary and Howard Bowden. She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Bernadine is survived by three daughters, Marcylyn Kleinberg (Michael) of Sequim, WA; Marcia Headley (Fred) of Emporia, VA; and Kay Shew (Richard) of Pullman, WA; six grandsons, one granddaughter and nine great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Adamsville High School in Adamsville, OH where she was active in 4-H and played women’s basketball. She was married for 53 years to Charles Milton Brookover and lived in Wintersville, OH and retired to Pinellas Park, FL. Charles proceeded her in death in 1990.

As a homemaker, Bernadine enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening and playing cards. She was active in Wintersville United Methodist Church and served as a 4-H leader.

A memorial service was held on May 25th at The Fountains at the Albemarle in Tarboro, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Monumental UMC, 300 Southampton Street, Emporia, VA 23847.

Obituary-Margaret Fulcher Grimes

Mrs. Margaret Fulcher Grimes, age 87, died May 24, 2014.  She was the widow of William Grimes.  Mrs. Grimes was a drawend for a Textile Co. Visitation will be held 1-hour prior to a 11:00 A. M. funeral service at St. John's Lutheran Church, Emporia, Va, Wednesday, May 28, with interment to follow in the church cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary-CHRISTINE ALLISON ROBERTS

CHRISTINE ALLISON ROBERTS departed this life on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the family home on Sussex Drive in Greensville County, Virginia after a lengthy illness. Christine was born on April 12, 1920 to the late Ferdinand Vincent Allison, Sr. and Elizabeth Rae Allison, in the Orion area of Greensville County. She moved to Emporia with her family when she was eight years old.

Christine received her formal education in the local public schools and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, VA, and a Master's Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.

Christine was married to the late Willie "Dinks" Roberts. This union was blessed with two sons, Willie Eugene and Alfred Allison. She faithfully cared for her husband during his extended illness, and was a loving and supportive mother to her "boys". She poured into her sons an enduring sense of faith, family, community, purpose and self-worth. In later years, she shared these same values with her grandchildren.

Christine accepted Christ at an early age and attended the Royal Baptist Church, Emporia, VA. After attending St. Paul's College, she moved her church membership to St. James Episcopal Church where she served faithfully as a choir member and leader of the Episcopal Church Women until her illness.

Christine devoted over 40 years of dedicated service to Greensville County Public Schools, starting her career in a multi-grade, one-room school house. After many years as a first grade teacher at Greensville County Training School, she finished her career teaching first grade at Emporia Elementary School. She was a caring and nurturing teacher who had a heart and passion for her students who needed her most.

Christine was also an active member of the community, giving unselfishly of her time to organizations such as the Community Youth Center, American Red Cross, Meherrin River Arts Council, Virginia and Greensville Education Associations, Greensville Teachers Association Federal Credit Union, Greensville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Democratic Party of Virginia, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Christine was a champion of the local civil rights movement and was especially committed to voter registration and voter participation, ensuring that the voices of all citizens of Greensville-Emporia were heard in local, state, and national elections.

Christine is survived by her two sons and a daughter-in-law, W. Eugene Roberts, and Al and Janet Roberts, all of Emporia, VA; three grandchildren, Ross P. Roberts and his wife Cassandra of High Point, NC, Scott A. Roberts and his wife Jennifer of Suitland, MD, and Lauren Roberts Haire and her husband Bryan of Norcross, GA; and one great-granddaughter, Nia Roberts.

She is also survived by one sister, Rosie B. Caves of Washington, DC; one sister-in-law, Lovonia E. Allison of Durham, NC; a devoted caregiver, Doreatha Carrington; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday May 17, 2014, 11:00 AM at Knox-High Mortuary Chapel, 568 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.  

Obituary-Evelyn V. Gerke

Evelyn V. Gerke, 92, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died May 12, 2014 in Richmond, Va.. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard R. Gerke; her parents, Fred and Frieda Kruse; and a sister, Marjory Schwartz. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Gerke Povar and her husband, Tedd; grandson, Matthew Johnson and significant other, Celinda Gardner, of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson, Philip Johnson and wife, Lisa, of Mooseheart, Illinois; granddaughter, Laura Lawal and her husband, Akins, of Alexandria, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Kadin and Haley Johnson, Isaiah and Aderemi Lawal; brother-in-law, Mel Schwartz; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was an executive secretary for 27 years and retired in 1978. A war bride, she was married in 1943 in Walla Walla, Wash. Evelyn was a charter member of Zion Girls club, a lover of all things chocolate, especially Hershey's chocolate bars, a fast walker at Gayton Terrace, and a good and faithful steward. The family will receive friends at Hockemeyer-Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind., on Monday, May 19. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 20, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1505 Bethany Lane, Fort Wayne, Ind. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne, Ind. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., St. John Lutheran Church, Emporia, Va., or Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Obituary-Jennifer Harris Haddaway

Jennifer Harris Haddaway, 36, of Emporia, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014. She is survived by two sons, Daniel Wayne Haddaway and Aaron Michael Haddaway; her parents, Wayne and Delores Harris; sister, Debbie Whiting; brother, John Whiting and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Grace Community Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

 

Obituary-Eunice E. “Jeanie” Wilson

Eunice E. “Jeanie” Wilson, 78, of Emporia; widow of Benjamin F. Wilson, Jr., passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014. She is survived by two sons, Charles Wilson and Wayne Wilson and wife, Melanie; daughter, Wanda Wilson and husband, Gene Jordan; five grandchildren, Joshua Wilson, Joseph Wilson, Amanda Stone, Ashley Wilson, Anthony Wilson and Heather Jordan. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14 at Greensvile Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to The Caring House, 2625 Pickett Rd, Durham, NC 27705. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-James Emerson “Gene” Hallingshead, Jr

James Emerson “Gene” Hallingshead, Jr., 70, of Emporia, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Augustine “Tina” Hallingshead; daughter, Dowanna “Dee” Powell; son, Clayton Wayne Hallingshead; three grandchildren, Charles David Martin, Brian Joseph Martin and Emerson Blake Carroll; four great-grandchildren, Harleigh, Aden, Abby and Colton James; brother, Arthur David Hallingshead; two sisters, Sue Eileen Clary and Nancy Ann Hallingshead McKee and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. The family will receive friends at the family home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the James Hallingshead Cancer Fund, c/o First Citizens Bank, Emporia, Virginia. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

 

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