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Elsie Padgett Newsome

Elsie Padgett Newsome, 73, of Emporia, widow of Thomas P. “Tommy” Newsome, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Martha F. and Paulous A. Padgett and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Seamans and Shirley Jennette Padgett and three brothers, Charles A. Padgett, Arnold Padgett and Glenn Padgett. Mrs. Newsome is survived by her daughter, Tamera Newsome Jarratt; three grandchildren, Brooke Nicole Jarratt, Kayla Loraine Jarratt and Austin Craig Jarratt; two great-grandchildren, Lailah Cheyenne Baylor and Rilee Arielle Baylor; three sisters, Elizabeth “Lou” Harrell, Barbara P. Holloway and husband, Billy and Lovie McQuordale; brother, Clyde Padgett and wife, Mary Lou three sisters-in-law, Diane Newsome Jones and husband, Teeny, Betty Padgett and Juanita Padgett and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 Crater Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Jean Pair Grizzard

Jean Pair Grizzard, 79, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016.  She was the widow of Joel Carlton Grizzard.  Also, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Joanne Whitby and Sandra Daniels; two brothers, Herman Pair and wife Chistine and Roper “Dickie” Pair and wife Jean and one sister, Edith Smith and husband Horace. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Evans and husband Frank, three grandchildren, Penny Harrell and husband Hunter, Joel Ward, and Michael Parks, two step-grandchildren, Frankie Evans and Angela Wright, three great-grandchildren; Haleigh Parks, Brianna Parks and Aliyah Parks one sister, Doris Campbell and husband Johnny and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.  The funeral service will be held 2pm Friday, September 2, 2016 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Frances Robinson Collins

Frances Robinson Collins, 94, formerly of Emporia, VA, passed away peacefully at her residence, Brookdale Senior Living, in Staunton, VA. She was predeceased by her husband, Clem Joseph Collins. She is survived by her children, Sandra Briggs, Debra Lynch, and Michael Collins; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Earl Robinson; sisters, Doris Murfee, Geraldine Starke, and Elizabeth “Libby” Davis. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, 1 pm, at Echols Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a funeral service at 2:30 pm. Interment will be held in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Katherine Berkeley Dorsk

Katherine Berkeley Dorsk, 36, passed away due to a sudden, unexpected health issue on Sunday, July 31st. She was predeceased by her parents Helen Grizzard Dorsk and Edward Jay Dorsk, both of Richmond. She is survived by her uncle George Grizzard and wife, "Aunt" Becky, of Ashland, VA and cousins Chesney McCahill and husband Will, Morgan Grizzard and Erika Grizzard. She is also survived by an uncle Dr. Brian Dorsk of Maine and long-time friend Hunter Parker. Katherine graduated from VCU and worked several jobs before working as a barista at the Starbucks in Ashland where she was loved by both co-workers and customers. Katherine had a profound love of animals and had 3 beloved cats, Buddy, Gracie and Toby. A service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 2 pm at Bliley's Funeral home on Staples Mill Road, Richmond. Burial will be Sunday, Aug. 14 at 2 pm in Drewryville, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richmond SPCA.

Willie Mae Goodwyn

Willie Mae Goodwyn was one of six children born to Jimmy and Minnie Hux on October 15, 1936. On Monday, July 18, 2016, she took her last breath at 9:05 a.m. and decided to walk amongst the angels.

Until the death of her late husband, Roman Goodwyn, Jr., she lived in Jarratt, Virginia where she was a member of Hassidiah Baptist Church.  She subsequently relocated to be with family and was a devoted worshiper at Prospect Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN and, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, GA, where she lived with her son Beverly Goodwyn (Earlene) and her daughter Lynda Goodwyn.

Willie Mae was a strong woman; maybe not physically but by way of her tenacity and resilience.  She was called “Mother” by so many and affectionately known as “Ponkie” to just as many. She lived a full life with people around her – family, friends and even strangers – who were encouraged by her story and her spirit.  “I may give out, but I will not give in.” Those were the words she spoke only three days before she passed away. And, that is exactly what she did.  Her heart simply gave out, but Willie Mae did not give in.

She leaves to cherish her memories her son, Beverly Goodwyn of Atlanta, GA; her daughter Lynda Goodwyn of Alpharetta, GA; her daughter-in-law Earlene Goodwyn of Chattanooga, TN; her grand-daughter Candace Raleigh (Andre) of Cumming, GA; her grandson Lamar Pitmon Jr. (Kyria) of Knoxville, TN; two great-grandchildren, Kyree and Ahmari Pitmon of Knoxville, TN; a loving sister, Gloria Goodwyn of Baltimore, Maryland; a devoted sister-in-law, Ella Goodwyn of Jarratt, VA and an extended and loving community of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.   

Willie Mae lived a full, prosperous and abundant life and was a faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and she stood on His word.  Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23. She loved her family deeply and her family loved and cared for her with all their heart.

Funeral Services were conducted on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12 Noon at the Hassidiah Baptist Church, Jarratt, VA.

Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

Sarah Pearson Seaborne

The final chapter of God’s Book of Life for our beloved, Mrs. Sarah Pearson Seaborne, age 73, of the Pleasant Shade Community was concluded on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:03 A.M. 

Sarah P. Seaborne, the sixth child of the late Joe Thomas and Sarah (Kate) Elizabeth Callis Pearson was born on August 13, 1942 in Greensville County. A beautiful soul, a soft spoken voice and gentle spirit, found sweet rest and peace on Monday, July 18, 2016. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her. 

Sarah was trained in a Christian home and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Being obedient to the Church Covenant, when she moved from this place, she was united with Mount Zion Baptist Church in South Hackensack, New Jersey where she could carry out the spirit and principles of God’s word. She served under the leadership of two great Pastors: Rev. Joseph Osborne and Rev. Dr. Robert L. Curry. She was a member of the Young Adult Choir, Pastor’s Aide, Usher’s Ministry and New Member’s Ministry. She mastered the biggest adjustment of her life when she relocated back to this area in 1974. She was reinstated in this church shortly after her return and has been an active member of the Executive Ministry, has taught vacation bible school, member of the Willing Workers Ministry, member of the Missionary Ministry and Financial Secretary. 

Sarah was educated in Greensville County Schools, graduated from Southside Virginia College with an Associate Degree and was listed in Who’s Who Honor Society. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in early childhood education from Saint Paul’s College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also received certificates for extended studies: Bureau of Education and Research, The Education Training Network, Using Educational Technology and Child Abuse and Neglect offered by Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Sarah M. Pearson married her childhood sweetheart, John H. Seaborne, Sr. on December 23, 1961 and from this union, two sons were born. 

Sarah was employed for sixteen years in the accounting area of top firms while living in the city of Hackensack. Sarah found her true calling in 1983 when she began teaching and tutoring young children. She loved teaching and was an advocate for education. In July 2008, she retired from Mecklenburg County Public School System after 25 years of service. Not sure if she was ready to let go completely, she added her name to the substitute list right away. She mastered the art of multitasking. It was customary for her to walk several miles on the treadmill, cycle, clean house, plant flowers, cook meals and squeeze in a few hours of office work. She loved to travel and interact with quality people. The farthest she ever traveled was to Frankfurt, Germany. Her most enjoyable trip was a cruise on the Oasis to Hatti and Mexico with family and friends. She worked, ministered and mentored until an undetected medical problem changed everything. 

She was a member of the G.R.T.A. (Greensville Retired Teacher’s Association), Virginia Retired Teacher’s Association, National Retired Teacher’s Association, Georgia P. Kelley Temple #863 Daughters of Elk, Fifth District Unity Council, Virginia State Association Daughters of Elk, Past Grand Daughter Ruler Council, Pass State President Council and State Directress of Efforts for Youth. 

Sarah was preceded in death by three brothers; James, Robert and Wilson Pearson, three sisters; Vinie P. Walker, Grace P. McBeth and Geneva P. McKinnon, and two sister-like nieces; Otelia Pearson McWilliams and Ella Pearson Martin, one sister-like cousin; Evoria Ross Franklin. 

Sarah leaves those who are grateful to have shared her life and will cherish her memory her husband; John H. Seaborne, Sr., two sons; John Seaborne, Jr. (Amanda) and Jeffrey Seaborne, Sr. (Amanda), three grandsons; Darius K. Seaborne of Richmond, VA, Jeffery Seaborne, Jr. of Norfolk, VA, and Justin Seaborne of Emporia, VA, one great-granddaughter; Kaliya Seaborne of Richmond, VA, one great-grandson; Keair John Seaborne of Richmond, VA, one brother; Eddie Pearson (June) of Richmond, VA, one daughter-like niece; Rev. Joann Pearson Collins (James) of Hackensack, NJ, one devoted niece; Natley McKinnon of Newport News, VA, two God-daughters; Glenda McBeth Burton (William) of Greensboro, NC and Chonita Pearson Hall (Will) of Hackensack, NJ, three step granddaughters; Blondia Curry, Breana Bradley and Patrice Roberts, one step grandson; Tyree Roberts, four step great-grandchildren; Donasia, Donavion, Destiny and Ja’zarion, one lifetime friend; Bernice Pace Jackson of Teaneck, NJ, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and associates. 

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 12 Noon at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Freeman, VA.
Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

Mabel Williams Thompson

Visitation:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt

Service:

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11 am at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt

Interment following the service at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Mabel W. Thompson, 86, widow of Calvin L. Thompson, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy R. Thompson and two brothers, Edward Williams and Billy Williams. She is survived by one son, William “Bug” Thompson and wife, Dianne; five grandchildren, Chris Thompson and wife, Kristine, Scott Thompson and wife, Julie, Stacy Thompson, Becky Parham and husband, Lawrence and Jamie Taylor and husband, Clay; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Heather, Alex, Amber, Carrie, Zach and Colton; great-great-granddaughter, Kaydence; daughter-in-law, Linda Thompson; a sister, Maggie Phillips and a brother, John Clifton Williams and wife, Ruth. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Edward Ray Ogburn

Edward Ray Ogburn “Red Bug, Ed, Big O, Papa Grumpy”, 75, of Emporia was called home to the Lord July 15, 2016.  He was born March 23, 1941 to Willie E. Ogburn and Lucy (Butler) Ogburn in Emporia, VA.

Ed Ray served in the Navy, he enjoyed NASCAR (especially #3), football and baseball.  He loved singing country music, shooting pool and an occasional Coors Light.  He had a great sense of humor and loved making people laugh.

Preceding him in death were his parents Lucy and Willie, one sister, Nellie Jean, and one brother, Joe.

He is survived by his long-term, devoted companion Sarah M. Staton, two sons, Willie (Jessica) Ogburn II and Edward (Crystal) Ogburn Jr., daughter-in-law Tammy Ogburn, three grandchildren, Drake, Tristan, and Emily and two brothers, James and John Brantley.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the caring personnel at Greensville Manor, Davida Dialysis and Dr. Mike Anderson and staff.

“Papa Grumpy” will be missed greatly by his family.  We love you, Pop.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Lorenza Easter

Lorenza Easter was born June 29th, 1935 in Greensville County, Virginia  and passed away in peace on July 9, 2016.  He was the son of the late Jerry and Helen Easter of
Emporia, Virginia.
 
Lorenza confessed Christ at an early age and attended the Greensville County school system.  Lorenza married Alice Mae Robinson in 1955 after they were high school sweethearts. As husband and wife, Lorenza took his young bride and they set out for life in New Jersey.  There, Lorenza joined the Trinity Baptist Church in the 70’s.  While there he served as a landscaper on the Trinity Beautification Ministry and was a faithful Charter Member until retiring and returning back home to Freeman, Virginia where he joined the New Hope RZUA Church.
 
Lorenza was a loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather that doted on his two grandchildren.

Lorenza was employed as a facility supervisor at Star Manufacturing Inc., in Little Ferry New Jersey for 44 years.  In addition, he enjoyed being his own boss.  He owned a business called Easter Landscaping for more than 30 years, with clientele throughout Bergen County, New Jersey.  Many of his clients would comment that “Lorenza works as though he has five children to feed.” In reality he had only one daughter,
Helen Otelia Easter-Wyche that adored him tremendously.

Lorenza was a quiet sole that leaves to mourn his wife of more than 60 years,
Alice Mae Easter; his only daughter Helen O. Easter Wyche (Benjamin W.); two beloved grandchildren, Benjamin Loren and Benita Alicea Wyche; two sisters, Zenobia Thomas and Maxine Easter; three brothers-in-law, Paul, Colonel and Richard Robinson; three sisters-in-law, Juanita Dugger, Polly and Shirley Robinson.

Lorenza leaves behind many who will cherish all the encounters and loving memories to include many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope RZUA Church in Freeman, VA.

Interment in The Robinson Family Cemetery, Freeman, VA 

Arrangements were handled by the professional staff of the R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services, INC, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162, www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com 

Veonia Elizabeth Seaborn

Veonia Elizabeth Seaborn affectionately known as (Sis) was born  on July 5, 1930 to the late Major Colonel and Lola M. Jolly Walker in Brunswick County.  She departed this life quietly on her birthday July 5, 2016 at the Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. 

Veonia was educated in the Brunswick County Public School System.

At an early age Veonia gave her life to Christ and joined the Piney Grove Baptist Church where she was faithful until her health failed. 

A quiet and sweet woman, Veonia loved life to the fullest.   Through out her life she was a farmer and a became a child care provider.  She always made sure that her children were loved. The children in the neighborhood even took to her.

Along with her parents, Veonia was preceded in death by her only brother, Robert Walker.

Veonia leaves to treasure her memory her children, John Seaborn (Sarah), Robert Seaborn (Mabel), Marion Whyte, James C. Seaborn , Barbara M. Wilson, Ronald Seaborn, Clarence Seaborn (Connie); grandchildren, John Jr., Jeffrey Valarie, Veronica, JaiAnna, Robert, Bobby, Stephanie, Jolanda (Harold), Robby, Michael, Sonora, Markus, Clarence, Jr., Tobias, Clarence R., Terrance & Cedric; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.       

Funeral services were conducted at  Piney Grove Baptist Church, 6828 Old Stage Road on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Pastor Yvonne Woodson presided over the service and Rev. Kenneth Carter offered the Eulogist.  Interment at the Seaborn Family Cemetery on Brunswick Rd followed the service.

Arrangements were handled by the professional staff of the R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services, INC. 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162.  www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

John “Eddie” Allen

John “Eddie” Allen, age 70, of Emporia, lost his battle with lung cancer on Thursday, July 14, 2016. He was the son of the late Frank Richard and Lucy Collins Allen. Eddie, born July 13, 1946, was the youngest of ten children; Alice Moore (deceased); Lois Taylor (deceased); Frank Allen Jr. (deceased); Margaret Watson; Jeannette McArdle; Eleanor Stone (deceased); Joyce Major; Peggy Myrick (deceased); and Martha Harris.

Eddie was a graduate of Greensville County High School and began his career with the telephone company in the early 1960s. He then decided to pursue a career in construction with Newsome Brothers, Inc. In 1995, he and his wife, Brenda, founded Allen & Allen Contractors, Inc. and operated it until recently when his health began to fail.

Eddie was a member of the Virginia National Guard from 1965 to 1971, a longtime member of the Gravel Pit Hunt Club, and a member of the Meherrin Bassmasters.

He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda, of 50 years; their son, Brian and his wife, Cheryl; their daughter, Mary Beth Allen Cobb and her husband, Gary; three grandchildren, Sheree Mitchell Wood, Nicole Allen, and Garrett Cobb; and a great-grandson, Bradley Wood.

Some of Eddie’s happiest moments were working, hunting, and fishing. In recent years, he especially enjoyed sharing his sportsman skills with his grandson, Garrett.

Eddie will be remembered for his love of his wife and family; his dry sense of humor, and how he loved to pick on people he liked.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452.

Kimberly Marie Privette and Madison Marie Privette

Kimberly Marie Privette, 35, and her daughter, Madison Marie Privette, 9, of Hopewell, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Kim was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Hamel Blake; She is survived by her husband, Phillip Privette; father, Charles “Chuck” Blake; brother, Kevin Hamel (Sherry); sister, Melissa Bowles (Mike); and several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Madison was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother. She is survived by her dad, Phillip; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Barbara “Gram-Gram” Privette; maternal grandfather, Charles “Pop” Blake; and numerous aunts, uncles and extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Southside Baptist Church, 2007 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at church. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday at the Delbridge Family Cemetery, Emporia, VA. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

Kathleen Phillips Morris

Kathleen Phillips Morris, 92, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was a devoted member of Main Street Baptist Church.  Mrs. Morris is survived by a daughter, Nancy White; two sons, James Edward “Eddie” Morris, and James Franklin “Frankie” Harrison; two sisters, Mary Elaine Newsome and Francis Christley; ten grandchildren and 9 great-granchildren.  A memorial service will be held 4 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina where the family will receive friends two hours prior to the service.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 South Main St. Emporia, VA 23847.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Charles R. “Tuck” Woodruff

Mr. Charles R. “Tuck” Woodruff, 72, of Jarratt, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016. He was the son of the late William A. and Verna Braxton Woodruff and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Ehrardt and Sue Odom, three brothers, William E. “Bill” Woodruff, Sr., Frank Woodruff and Cecil Woodruff and a son, Charles R. Woodruff, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Darlene D. Woodruff, son, Ricky Woodruff; two daughters, Tracy Woodruff and Sharon Rich; three grandchildren, Savannah Cook, Montgomery Cook and Marshall Cook; four step-children, Bruce Decker, James Decker, Roni Decker and Coni Young; ten step-grandchildren; a step-great-grandson; brother, Onnie Woodruff; four sisters, Shelia Pierce, Ann Floyd, Evelyn Moore, Betty Jarratt and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service, led by Pastor Wilson G. Conwell will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Rev. Dr. Robert Paul Wyatt

The Reverend Dr. Robert Paul Wyatt died on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. He was born on March 23, 1934 in Danville, Virginia to the late Emmett Jackson Wyatt and Bessie Elliott Wyatt. He graduated from Friend High School in South Boston, and the University of Richmond, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Union Presbyterian Seminary where he received Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He also studied at Mansfield College, Oxford, England and Princeton Presbyterian Seminary. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Brenda Owen Wyatt, and their children, David Owen Wyatt, Joan Elisabeth Wyatt, William Michael Wyatt and Robert Andrew Wyatt; his twin sister, Betty Wyatt Grant and husband, Jim of San Diego as well as many nieces and nephews who were attentive and kind to him. He was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers and son, Ronald Charles Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt served three congregations: Mill Swamp Baptist, Ivor, Virginia, Druid Hills Mission, Danville, Virginia and for 29 years at High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt, Virginia. In retirement, he served several churches as interim pastor, including several years as part-time pastor of Adams Grove Baptist Church in Emporia. He was active in associational life, serving as a member of the Board of Missions of the Baptist General Association, moderator of the Petersburg Baptist Association, parliamentarian of the association for 14 years, and chair of the History and Archives Committee. He edited the centennial history of the Petersburg Baptist Association. Dr. Wyatt enjoyed teaching, and taught for off-campus schools of the University of Richmond and Bluefield College. He taught seminary courses in local churches for many years as a co-chair of the Seminary Extension Department of the Petersburg Association. He was a life-long student of history and wrote on the life of Robert E. Lee. He was active in local religious and civic groups. He was a member of the Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association, Jarratt Ruritan Club and was a founding member of the Greensville-Emporia choir, where he enjoyed singing Christmas programs for 30 years. He served as chaplain for the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center and its predecessor, Greensville Memorial Hospital. Known to many as “Preacher Bob”, he loved Southside Virginia and the people who live there. He had many friends in Jarratt and Emporia and treasured each one. A memorial service will be held at High Hills Baptist Church, Jarratt, Virginia on Saturday, July 23 at 11:a.m. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service and a reception will follow in the Sharon Room of the Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to High Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia, 525B South Main St, Emporia, VA 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Michael Leonard Herman

Michael Leonard Herman, age 63, of Littleton, NC, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT.
 
He was born March 27, 1953, in Williamston, NC. Mike graduated from Greensville County (VA) High School and graduated from Richard Bland College, where he studied business. After working as a life guard and as a drug store supervisor, Mike moved to Pinetops, NC, where he opened a retail clothing store with his father.

Mike also was a dedicated public servant to his community working as a volunteer fire fighter and with the rescue squad. Mike served as the mayor of Pinetops from 1983-1987, and also served as a member of the Edgecombe County ABC Board. Mike served a year as President of the North Carolina ABC Board.

Mike moved his family to Garner, NC where he worked for several years at the North Carolina ABC Warehouse in Raleigh, NC. This position started Mike’s career in transportation, distribution and logistics. Mike worked for Long Transportation in Raleigh, before accepting a position with Best Cartage in Raleigh, NC in 1991. He managed the Raleigh office for Best Cartage for several years before moving to their home office in Kernersville, NC

 
Mike Herman worked for Best Cartage (later became Best Logistics Group) for over 24 years before retiring as President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2015. Mike became a full time resident on Lake Gaston after retirement.

Mike was involved with numerous organizations throughout his life. Mike was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church, and was an active member of Littleton United Methodist Church for the last several years, serving on numerous committees and as a Sunday school teacher. He was also active in the Heart of Carolina Emmaus community for numerous years, and participated in C12, a Christian roundtable organization for business leaders, for over a decade leading up to his retirement from Best.

Mike Herman was a friend to everyone he met in life. He was always willing to help anyone in need, and always offered words of encouragement. Mike loved to travel, especially to St. Thomas, loved living on the lake and loved spending time with his family and friends.
Michael Leonard Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Elizabeth Herman, and by his younger brother, Jim Herman. Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kaye Herman; his son, Joey Herman and his wife, Kim (Kernersville, NC); his son, Tim Herman and his wife, Dana (Garner, NC); his older brother, Steve Herman and his wife, Joan (Clarksville, VA); his uncle and aunt, Erik and Becky Gummesson (Asheville, NC); his father and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Jean Clay (Emporia, VA); and by his step-mother, Clyde Herman (Pinetops, NC). Mike is also survived by four grandchildren that brought him abundant joy, Claire Herman (Garner, NC), Avary Anne Herman (Kernersville, NC), Jasper Herman (Garner, NC) and Ainsley Herman (Kernersville, NC).

A funeral service will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2016, 11 AM at Littleton United Methodist Church in Littleton, NC. The family will greet visitors immediately following the funeral in the Littleton UMC fellowship hall. Michael Herman will be laid to rest the same day at 4 PM at Independence United Methodist Church in Emporia, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to Littleton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 26, Littleton, NC 27850.

Ethel P. Taylor

Ethel P. Taylor, 87, of Emporia, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016. She is survived by one daughter, Esther Hirschberg and husband, Andy; three sons, Gerald Taylor and wife, Tricia, Donnie Taylor and wife, Donna and Robbie Taylor and companion, Terri; six grandchildren, Keith Driver and companion, Pam Allen, Megan Miller and husband, Ryan, Loren Allen and husband, Kevin, Kellen Taylor, Kirk Taylor and wife, Nancy and Michael Harrington; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, George Powell and wife, Irma and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main St. Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard

May 24, 1936 - June 24, 2016

Visitation: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 2:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard, 80, of Capron, entered into the arms of Jesus Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was the son of the late Ollie and Sarah Hall Grizzard and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Zimmerman and Louise G. “Tudie” Bryant and a brother, Robert O. “Bobby” Grizzard. Mr. Grizzard is survived by his wife, Joanne Briley Grizzard; daughter, Joanne Elizabeth Grizzard; two sons, Edward Lee “Eddie” Grizzard and wife, Amanda of Chesapeake and Russell Timothy “Tim” Grizzard and wife, Julie of Capron; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Grizzard Crafton; a brother, George A. Grizzard and wife, Ruby of San Juan, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at Capron Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Capron Baptist Church, P.O. Box 273, Capron, Virginia 23829. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Marie Wright Morgan

Marie Wright Morgan, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Douglas Ira Morgan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, John Peebles Wright and Irene Brewer Wright of Valentines, Virginia; a sister Rebecca W. Browder of Dolphin, Virginia and two Brothers, Robert Wright and Willie Wright both of Valentines, Virginia.

Marie is survived by five children: Johnny Morgan and wife Paige of Emporia, Sylvia Allen of Dolphin, Virginia, Michael Morgan and his wife Anne of Midlothian, Virginia, Julian Morgan and his wife Susan of Petersburg, Virginia and Martha M. Belmonte and her husband Vince of Wake Forest, N. C .; 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Marie was a loving wife and mother. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia where she served as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Women’s Missionary Union and the Friendship Class.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3 p. m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, Va. 23847. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Echols Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Edward Thomas Lee, Sr.

Edward Thomas Lee, Sr., 78, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, June 12, 2016. A Greensville County native, he was a member of Grace Community Fellowship Church. He was an innovative lifelong farmer having won numerous awards over the years for the crops he raised. Mr. Lee is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Barbara C. Lee; two sons, Edward Thomas Lee, Jr. of Miami, FL and David Bryan Lee of Emporia; two granddaughters who were the apple of his eye, Kacy Elizabeth Lee and Sienna Grace Lee; his sister, Barbara Drake and husband, Carroll of Boykins and brother, Southgate Lee, Jr. and wife, Rose of Drewryville. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Entombemt will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or to Grace Community Fellowship, 8014 Little Lowground Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Donnie Fuller

May 26, 1948 - June 09, 2016

Visitation: Saturday, June 11, 6-8 pm. Service: Sunday, June 13, 2 pm

Donnie Fuller, 68, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Fuller and a brother, Larry Fuller. He is survived by his wife, Judy Fuller; son, Jimmy Pair, Jr. and wife, Mary; three grandchildren, Jimmy Lee Pair, Allison Pair, Christina Martin and husband William, who are expecting his unborn great-grandson, Brayden Martin; his mother, Elizabeth Fuller; sister, Vicky Hall and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Johnny Pascal Bowen

7/8/1926 - 5/20/2016

Memorial Service, 2:00 pm, Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Independence United Methodist Church.

Johnny Pascal Bowen, 89, of Emporia, VA passed away on May 20, 2016. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Alexander Bowen and Daisy Newsome Bowen. He is survived by his wife, Marie Doyle Bowen; son, Gary P. Bowen and wife Lynette of Naples, FL; daughter, Nancy B. Pernell of Emporia, VA; grandchildren, John A. Pernell and Matthew P. Pernell; sisters, Ethel Gauldin and Nellie Roberts and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bowen was member of Widows and Sons Masonic Lodge, Independence United Methodist Church, and a charter member and life member of Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. He had a large family he truly loved and they loved him in return. A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, Thursday, May 26, at Independence United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Crater Community Hospice, or Independence United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Shawn Keith “Skip” Penley

March 09, 1992-May 21, 2016

Visitation: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6-8 pm.  funeral Service: Thursday, May 26, 2016 2 pm.

Shawn Keith “Skip” Penley, 24, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Reid Boone Trail; paternal grandparents, Donna Gene Penley and Lionel Drace Penley and uncle, William Reid Trail. Skip is survived by his parents, Keith Douglas Penley and Donna Trail Penley; sisters, Katie Penley Wrenn and husband, Robert and Betty Anne Ramsey and husband, Jason; brother, Michael Ray Cousins and companion Cathy Butler and their children, Sonya Phillips and William Perkinson; his grandmother, Betty Trail; aunt Vickie Mollicone; uncle, David Penley and cousins, Vincent Mollicone and companion, Taylor Riley, Jennifer Jensen Walker, Josh Jensen and Drace Penley and lifelong friends, Ginger Beatty and Jamie King The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26. . Interment will follow at Drewryville Cemetery

Aleise Hawkins Ligon

Aleise Hawkins Ligon, 101, of Emporia passed away on May 18, 2016. She was predeceased by her husband, Jeffery Paul Ligon, Sr.; her parents, F. W. Hawkins and Ada S. Hawkins; brothers, Russell W. Hawkins and James F. Hawkins and sister, Mattie H. Williams. She is survived by her sons, Jeffery Paul Ligon, Jr. and wife Peggy H. Ligon and Gerald Hawkins Ligon and wife Patricia W. Ligon; grandchildren, Kennon P. Ligon and wife Sandy, Brian C. Ligon and wife Emily, and Shelley L. Rideout and husband Jason; great-grandchildren, Matthew H. Ligon, Charles Maxwell Ligon, and Caroline E. Rideout. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held 1pm, Friday, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Leslie T. “L.T.” Turner

Leslie T. “L.T.” Turner, 79, of Emporia passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Jearline M. “Judy” Turner; two sons, Leslie Keith Turner and wife, Cindy of Roanoke and Wayne Peterson and fiancée, Tammy Williams of Richmond; three daughters, Gwen T. Edwards, Sarah T. Combs and husband, Mike, all of Emporia and Kathy Turner of Winston-Salem, NC; two granddaughters, Nicole Edwards and Crystal Edwards; a sister, Rose Edwards and husband, Marshall of Littleton, NC; a brother, Bill Turner and wife, Rachel of Seaboard, NC; a number of nieces and nephews and his beloved feline companion, “Big Boy Turner”. Mr. Turner was the owner/operator of Turner’s Emporia 66 service station in Emporia for 45 years. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Beechwood Cemetery in Boykins, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Lydia Gerusa Norwood Riolo

8/26/1940 - 5/16/2016

Celebration of Life, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 11:00am, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.

Lydia Gerusa Norwood Riolo, 75, of Emporia, VA passed away on May 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Matteo Riolo and her two brothers, Eduardo Gerusa, Jr. and Ramon Gerusa. She is survived by her daughters, Pat Norwood Cocke (Raymond), Lynda Norwood Crabtree (Paul), and Debbie Denice Norwood; step-daughter, Pat Riolo Baker; brother, Reynaldo Gerusa; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and Robert “Bobby” C. Norwood, Jr. A Celebration of Lydia's Life will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11am, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Cynthia Lynn Johnson

Cynthia Lynn Johnson, 42, of Gaston, NC, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016. She is survived by her son, Dillon Johnson and fiancee’, Emily Ogburn; her parents, Dale and Cynthia Johnson; two brothers, Tony Johnson and wife, Joanna and Billy Johnson and wife, Shanika; half-sister, Patricia Clary and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 12 noon on Saturday, May 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Daisy Belle Bradley Newsome

Mrs. Daisy Belle Bradley Newsome, 95 died on Sunday, May 1,2016 at her home on 305 West York Dr., Emporia, Virginia. She was born in Greensville County to Martha Buckner and James Richard Bradley, both deceased. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert James Newsome. She was a member Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include five sons and their wives, Bob and Barbara Newsome, Tom and Sue Newsome, Jerry and June Newsome, Mike and Carolyn Newsome, and Frank and Jill Newsome. Grandchildren are Debbie Newsome, Geoff Newsome (Kaye), Misty N. Dunlap (Dennis), Wendy N. McDowell (Lynwood), Christy Newsome, Mark Newsome (Jennifer), Beth N. Thompson (Mason), Joey Newsome, Jason Newsome (Kimberly), Blake Newsome (April), Brooke N. Markevicius (Edgar), Page Newsome, and Arnie Newsome. Great grandchildren are Gabriel Dunlap, Joshua Dunlap, Lucas Newsome, Veronica Newsome, Cecilia Newsome, Becket Newsome, Lindsay Thompson, Leah Thompson, Braedon Thompson, Maddie Newsome, Graham Newsome, Darcy Newsome and Lily Newsome. She was also preceded in death by a son, William Dean Newsome, a sister, Ella Sadler, and four brothers, Charlie Bradley, Jesse Bradley, Thomas Bradley, and Eddie "Pete" Bradley. The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel in Emporia. The family will receive friends from 1:30 - 2:30 prior to the Service of Remembrance. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family is grateful for the loving care given to her by Mary Adams, Sabrina Burnes, Rosa Carson, Jennifer Watson and Geraldine Walton as well as Joyce Lynch of Hospice of Virginia.

Obituary-Evelyn P. Allen

Evelyn P. Allen, 79, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. She was born December 22, 1936, daughter of the late Russell and Ora Proctor. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Simmons; three brothers, Bynum, Arnold and Pete Proctor and wife, Martha; two sisters, Doris Bankie and Jean Pair and husband, Roger “Dickie" Pair. Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband, Sherman Allen; their children, Marian StClair (Tim), Mary Smith (Howard), Doris Ozmar (Jim), Lois Hobbs (Mike), Ronnie Allen (Linda) and Kenneth Allen; a brother, Bobby Proctor (Doris); a number of grandchildren; great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 Friday, May 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Independence United Methodist Church or to Lebanon United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Martha Walker Moore

Martha Walker Moore, 65, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Moore Rook and husband, Jason; grandson, Joshua Daniel Rook; granddaughter, Emma Lane Rook; three sisters, Barbara Futrell and husband Paul, Patricia Parker and husband, Greg, all of Murfreesboro, NC; Robin White and husband, Jimmy of Margarettsville, NC and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her brother, Cliff Walker. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to VCU Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, Virginia 23298-0214. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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