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Obituary-Donald Thomas Starke

Donald Thomas Starke, 77, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, February 04, 2014. He was the son of the late Ashby and Florence Starke and he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Valerie S. Newsome, a brother, William “Billy” Starke and a sister, Loretta “Chick” Starke. Survivors include  his wife, Carolyn Starke; two daughters, Penny S. Holland and husband, Al and Barbara S. Wyatt and husband, Danny; a son, Nelson Thomas Starke; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Evelyn Hall and Regina Ashby; two brothers, Ashby “Red” Starke and Roger D. Starke and his extended family of caregivers at Greensville Manor. A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 8 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Yale, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Phillip Bruce Beville

Phillip Bruce Beville, 65, of Stony Creek, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Phillip was born April 7, 1948 to Emmett Ashton and Carrie Lee Price Beville, the ninth of eleven children. Phillip was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and three brothers. Phillip is survived by his brothers, Henry, William, Peter, Richard and George Beville; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank Audrey Hall and Mary Frazier, Phillip’s caregivers while he was home at Stony Creek, and who continued to visit him regurlary and cut his hair. These two ladies were a God-send and truly blessed Phillip with their compassionate and dependable care. In July, 2007, Phillip became a resident of Hopewell Health Care Center in Hopewell. For the last six years, this was home to Phillip. The nurse, aides, social workers, and other staff members at Hopewell Health Care Center were very loving and compassionate to Phillip and his daily needs. May you all be richly blessed for being part of Phillip’s extended family. The family will receive friends at the Beville home, 12507 Church St., Stony Creek, Virginia on Thursday, February 6, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Visitation will be at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia on Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m. followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Fort Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 145, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. Online condolences may be made

OBITUARY-Percy Lee House, III

Percy Lee House, III, passed away Saturday, Feb 1, 2014. He is survived by his fiancee’, Roxanne Barr; his parents, Percy and Maxine Daughtry House, sister, Bonnie House Ransone and husband, Randy; brother, Steven Floyd “Moose” House; nephew, Steven Floyd House, II and neice, Garnette Maxine Ransone. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 4 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 5 at Golden Leaf Commons, 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia. Private interment will follow at House Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-William Michael Holland

DREWRYVILLE - Mike Holland, age 62, of Southampton County formerly of Virginia Beach, died January 30, 2014, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia.  He was born October 24, 1951, in Alaska, to the late Marjorie Matthews Holland and Willie Morgan Holland.
Mike spent the later years of his life raising and selling meat goats on Holland Farm in Drewryville. He started the 4H Meat Goat Club in Chesapeake and later initiated the meat goat show for the Virginia State Fair. He was an active board member of the Greensville Emporia Ruritan Club. Previously, he was a mechanic, a softball player and an avid Redskins fan.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Nancy Naigle; a son, Michael Holland of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Michelle Justice and her husband, Tom, of Virginia Beach; his in-laws,  Bettie Coffin of Emporia, VA and Gary Naigle and Greta Gustavson of Norfolk; two sisters  Patricia Dianne Bateman of New Bern, N.C. and Margaret Ann Owen and her husband, Darrold, of South Mills, N.C.;  two brothers, Richard Stephen Holland and his wife, Sheryl, of Port Orchard, WA and Jon Allen Holland of Virginia Beach; a brother-in-law, Richard Thomas of Camden, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Juanita Thomas, and a brother-in-law, Sidney Bateman.
Visitation will be held at the Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA from 12-1pm on Thursday February 6, 2014. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VCU Massey Cancer Center who provided treatment throughout his illness Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Milton “Lightening” Edward Harrell

Milton “Lightening” Edward Harrell, 83, of Emporia passed away peacefully on January 28, 2014. He was predeceased by his parents Battle and Ada Harrell of Jarratt and his 10 siblings. He is survived by his wife Edith “Billie” Harrell; stepdaughters Rita Robinson Rowell and Kathy Robinson Drummond; grandchildren Betsy Rowell Mathews (Mark), Kimberly Rowell Borkat, Christopher Harris, Frederick Fisch, Jr., and Bradford Drummond; and 7 great-grandchildren.  He was a charter member of Brink Ruritan Club, served in the Army and National Guard, was a former security guard for Greensville Memorial Hospital and he loved his family, church and country music.  A visitation will be held 1pm, Friday, February 7thin Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A memorial service will be held at 2pm following the visitation.  Interment will follow in Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.  Condolences may be sent to

Obituary-Mary West "Molly" Sturt

Mary West “Molly” Sturt, 91, of Jarratt, widow of Frederick Sturt, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Elijah ‘Eli” Davis. Survivors include a son, David G. Sturt of New Jersey; a daughter, Ricci Sturt of Jarratt; five grandchildren, Patrick Sturt and wife, Yvonne of Michigan, Michael Sturt and wife, Jackie of California, Corie Davis of Emporia, Virginia, David H. Sturt of Texas and Brooke Sturt of Virginia; seven great-grandchildren, Samantha, Reme, Kailee, J.R. , Xavier, Trystan and Gia and two sisters, Dorothy and Margaret, both of Florida. The family will receive friends at her daughter’s home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 11620 Busy St., N. Chesterfield, Virginia 23236. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Johnny Cain

Johnny William Cain (July 9, 1929 - January 16, 2014) was a native of Greensville County. He was the fifth child out of seven siblings born to the late Jonah Forrest and Alberta Adams Cain on July 9, 1929. On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the Angel of death touched Johnny and whispered off his terrestrial body for his celestial life where their is neither moth or decay.

He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at a very early age. He was baptized and joined Rocky Mount Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia. He was a dedicated church member and we knew he was going to be at Rocky Mount Baptist Church when the church doors swing opened. He remained an active church member even when his health began to fail. During his vibrant years, Johnny served on the Board of Trustees, as church custodian , treasurer and was the first President of the Rocky Mount Senior Choir. One could immediately identify his baritone voice when he sang his favorite song, "God is Able " during church services and choir anniversaries.

His resume' of work experience included a faithful servant of God, Farmer, Logger and Mechanic. He finally retired from Franklin Braids Textile Company after 19 years of service of dedicated service as a mechanic.

Johnny and Gladys was united in Holy Matrimony on September 23, 1952 in Emporia, Virginia. Johnny was married to the former Gladys Adams for 61 years and they were blessed with six children.

Johnny (better known as Butt) can be remembered as a kind - hearted man who always enjoyed supporting his family , helping others and faithfully working in the church. Anyone who needed a ride to town, to make a housing repair, or needed a favor could always call on Butt. When you visited him at home, he was going to make sure you were comfortably and had plenty to eat. He was a man not rich in wealth, but rich in service and spirit.

Johnny leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife, Gladys, two sons, Thomas (Pearly) Cain Emporia , Virginia, Lorenzo ( Darlene) Cain, Emporia, Virginia, three daughters, Delegate Roslyn (Rufus)Tyler, Jarratt, Virginia, Valerie (Carl) Neal, Woodbridge, Virginia, Barbara( Larry) Thomas, Freeman, Virginia. One son preceded him in death at the age of 3, Johnny Cain, Jr.

Grandchildren: Takisha Carr (Torrance), Brian Cain, Rufus Tyler, Jr., Ronecia Tyler, Dazman Cain, Rosche Tyler, Carl Neal, Jr, Christian Cain, Rameka Tyler, Carl Neal, Jr., Shamaya Cain, Cain Neal.

Great grandchildren: Kiyale Carr, K'hari Carr, Dazman Cain, Jr., Bria'Asia Cain, Amaiya Cain, Mackenzie Cain

Siblings: Two brothers: Linwood Cain and Nathan (Ella) Cain of Emporia, Virginia.

Two brothers preceded him in death, Thomas Henry Cain and Amos Cain both of Emporia,Virginia. Two sisters: Rosa Mae Powell, Emporia, Virginia and Plummer Brown, Baltimore, Maryland and host of relatives, nephew, nieces and cousins.

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned on Friday, January 17, 2014 in the Memory and Honor of Johnny William Cain.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from the sanctuary of Rocky Mount Baptist Church at 1 PM where Reverend Arthur Vincent is the Pastor. Interment will follow at the Macedonia Baptist Church cemetery.

The staff, of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, 556 Halifax Street Emporia, Virginia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Obituary-Gene Cooper

Gene Cooper, 76, passed away on January 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by a daughter and a son.  He is survived by his wife Gail Cooper, 4 step-sons, a step-daughter, 10  step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, a sister and a brother.  A memorial service will be held  at Main Street Baptist Church, on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Obituary-Jacqueline Paige Grizzard Sledge-Services Today

Jacqueline Paige Grizzard Sledge, 79, of Emporia passed away on January 16, 2014.  She is survived by her husband Wilmer Sledge; stepchildren Buffy Lynn Long of Franklin, Va and Jodie Morgan Sledge of Magaretesville, N.C. and step-grandchildren Taylor Sledge and James Manley Long IV.  A graveside service will be held Monday, 2 pm, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 24463 Adams Grove Rd, Emporia, VA 23847.  Condolences may be sent to

Obituary-William A. "Bill" Partridge-Services Today

William A. “Bill”Partridge, 72, of Drewryville, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Mr. Partridge was the son of the late Allen and Mildred Partridge and was also preceded in death by brother, Eddie A. Partridge and brother-in-law, Ronnie Lumsden. He is survived by his wife, Sandra M. Partridge; three daughters, Michele P. Reedy, Monica P. Flickinger and husband, Marc and Jennifer P. Barnum and husband, Nathan; son-in-law, David L. Reedy; six grandchildren, Murphy Nicole Reedy, Hayden Lee Reedy, Hannah Michele Reedy, Mackenzie Paige Flickinger, Murfee William Flickinger and Eli Allen Barnum; one sister, Sarah P. Savedge and husband, Buddy; two sisters-in-law, Nancy E. Partridge and Linda M. Newsome; a brother-in-law, Frankie Newsome; four nephews and three neices. Bill was a retired farmer and was a charter member of Drewryville Volunteer Fire Department and a past president of Drewryville Ruritan Club. He served on the J. R. Horsley Soil and Water Conservation District and on the Board of Southampton Academy and was a past member of Little Texas Hunt Club. The family will receive friends at his home in Southampton County. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 18 at Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia or to the American Cancer Society or to the Southampton Home Health and Hospice, Franklin, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Janice Marie Barnes Short-Services Today

Janice Marie Barnes Short, of Emporia, Virginia, formerly of Richmond, Virginia passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.Janice was born May 29, 1948 and lived a very fruitful and inspiring life. She was blessed with three children and four grandchildren. Her life changed November of 1997 when she had a heart attack and had many complications but she defied the odds. She survived many obstacles that came her direction and instilled those traits in her children and grandchildren as well. Janice endured more pain and suffering than many were aware, yet she always had a smile on her face and always wanted to make sure her family was taken care of and she always put others’ needs above her own. In 1998, Janice decided to give her life to Christ and was baptized at Forest Hill Baptist Church by Pastor Terry L. Corder. She began a new life, an everlasting life and began placing her worries and pains in God’s hands. The family would like to thank Dr. John Prince, Jr., Dr. Adel Bishai and staff, SVRMC staff, MCV CICU and Palliative Care staff and Lifestar Ambulance Service, Inc. for the care, attention and support through the years. May God bless each and every one of you as you care for the loved ones of others. Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Margaret Barnes. She is survived by her three children, Troy Reickard, Tammy Jasper and husband, Eric and Teresa Ferguson and husband, Clay; grandchildren, Amber Jackson, Taylor Reickard and her mother, Allison, Tyler Ferguson and Tori Ferguson; one sister, Patsy Johnson and husband, Randy; two brothers, Jimmy Butner and wife, Patricia and Ricky Kinzer and wife, Jeanne; a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews dear to her heart; the Short Family whom she also held dear through the many changes in life and a special family friend, Gerri Joyner and sons, Doug and Chucky and also her beloved pet friend, Shadow. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt. A celebration of Janice’s life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 18 at Forest Hill Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Lorraine W. Norwood-Services Today

Lorraine W. Norwood, 73, of Emporia, widow of Shelton A. “Sonny” Norwood, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Lynch; son, Shelton A. Norwood; two granddaughters, Ashley and Kaitlyn Lynch; two sisters, Mary Poarch and Joyce Moore and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, January 17 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-James P. Wilson, Jr.-Services Today

James P. Wilson, Jr., of Emporia, VA, died peacefully Saturday, January 11, 2014 at home after a long illness. Jim was life-long educator in Virginia. He began his career as the band director at Newport News High School, where his bands won numerous awards around the state. He became a school administrator in 1969 and served as an assistant principal and principal at several high schools in Virginia. He retired as principal from Greensville County High School in 1988. After retirement, he taught at Southside Virginia Community College for 10 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara. He is also survived by his daughters Stephanie Vassar (Tim) of Glen Allen, VA, and Meg Lumpkin (Brent) of Emporia and his four grandchildren:  Rachel Vassar, Mason Lumpkin, Isaac Vassar, and Haley Lumpkin. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to his caregiver, Joy Mallory, and to Crater Community Hospice. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to and 1 hour after the service. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, VA 23847.  Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Edward Ray (Eddie Buck) Davis

Edward Ray (Eddie Buck) Davis, age 83, went home to Heaven on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Born in Rocky Mount, he was the son of the late Van Jefferson Davis and Iva Bell Pridgen Davis.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rena Bell Davis and several siblings.

Eddie Buck loved to play his music and in his early years, he enjoyed playing for his church family at Vick’s Chapel.  He later moved his membership to Shenandoah Baptist Church.  A true family man, he loved his family and home but mostly he loved the Lord and serving Him.  Eddie Buck worked at Burlington Mills for many years and then went to work at Tharrington Industries until his retirement.

He leaves behind two sons, Dawsie Davis and wife Lori of Rocky Mount and Stanley Davis and wife Dale of Emporia VA; four grandchildren, Dennis Davis, Chris Jobe, Benjamin Davis and Nathaniel Davis; two great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Jerry and Timmy Davis.

The family will receive friends 7:00pm to 8:30pm Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home.  A service to remember Eddie Buck will be held at 2:00pm Friday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Glenn Hill and Pastor Tim Parker officiating.  Burial will follow in the Davis Family Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shenandoah Baptist Church Building Fund, 3894 Shenandoah Drive, Rocky Mount NC 27803.

Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804.  You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting


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