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Obituary-Harland James Belfield

Mr. Harland James Belfield, 70, of Emporia, Virginia died on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Roanoke Rapids location of H.D. Pope Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent via:  www.hdpopefuneralhome.com

Obituary-Thomas William Matthews, Sr.

Thomas William Matthews, Sr., age 86, born April 8, 1929, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015 surrounded by family.  He was a Veteran of the Army and Air force.  He was stationed at Andrew Air force Base and Japan.  He was a retired volunteer firefighter for over 50 years and sold cars for Brunswick Chevrolet, M & W Chrysler Plymouth Dodge and Williams Auto Sales.  He was known to all as “Honest Tom, Walking Man’s friend”.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Lena Matthews; brothers, Elmer, Albert, Warren and Wilbert; and a sister, Ethel M. Stainback.  He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Earline Bowen Matthews of Lawrenceville, Va.; two daughters, Judy Egeland and husband Ray and Linda Jones; his son, Thomas William Matthews, Jr. and wife Kimberly; four grandchildren, Paula Jones, Marty Lewis (Dave), Melissa Egeland, and Michelle Mavis (Tony); great grandchildren, Haley, Ethan, Hannah, Kylie, and Michael; and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Glenda Gray and caregiver, Sara Jane Clary, who gave her time and love to dad.  He was a special man who cared for others, loved selling cars and enjoyed life.  He will be truly missed.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Independence United Methodist Church, Emporia, Va. with interment in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/donate.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-Jerry Blowe

Jerry Blowe of Emporia, VA closed his eyes peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, VA.  He was born on February 14, 1948 in Sussex, VA to the late Jodie, Sr. and Inell Hunnicutt Blowe.  He was preceded in death by his wife Emma Blowe.  

Jerry attended Central High School and graduated with the class of 1967.  He started work at Belding Hausman Textile after high school.  He was employed there over 40 years before retiring.

Jerry enjoyed cooking, lots of talking, going to church and spending time with family.

He leaves to cherish in memory, a daughter, Andrea Briggs (Ardie III) of Hopewell, VA and son Michael Blowe (Monica) of Alberta, VA; two brothers, Jodie Blowe, Jr (Shirley) of Sussex, VA and James Blowe of Richmond, VA; four grandchildren, Andra and Akira Briggs of Hopewell., VA, Destinie and Samera Blowe of Alberta, VA; one great grandson, Stephen Sellers Harris, Jr., a host of nieces nephews, cousins and friends

Funeral Services will be held onMonday November 23, 2015, 11 AM at Knox-High Chapel

Obituary-William J. Hines, Sr.

Born: January 04, 1940
Died: November 18, 2015

William went home to be with the Lord at 2:12pm . The Hines family home address is 212 Low Ground Road. The time of his passing leaves the family with confirmation from God that he is indeed home. 

He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Mark 2:12 (NIV)

WILLIAM J. HINES, SR., (Snag) departed his life peacefully on November 18, 2015 with his wife Cora at his side. He was born January 4, 1940 to the late Linwood and Georgia Williams Hines in Emporia ,VA.  He is survived  by one sister Rosine Davis of Philadelphia, PA.

William received his education in the Greensville County Public School System. In his latter teen years he met and married the love of his life , Cora Jean Starks. From their union four children were born: William Jr, Lavoris Laverne (deceased), Beverly (James) and Barry Shawn. He also reared four nieces: Debra (Herbert) , Kimerly (Andre), Donna, Tameka (Ronald). His wife and children were his top priority and he provided for them abundantly. Five grandchildren share in loving memories : Rashawn , Cierra , Keeshawn , Cameron , Jalana and Levi (great grandson). 

William accepted Christ at an early age and joined Claresville Baptist Church. He kept a strong faith throughout his life . 

Those left with loving memories of William are: three uncles ; George Solomon Williams of Newark, NJ ; Luther Williams (Rose) of Fredricksburg, VA; Thomas Williams of Brooklyn , NY. One aunt : Dorothy W. Wilks of Emporia, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins relatives and friends. 
 
Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

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Obituary-Frank Lee Roach, Sr.,

Frank Lee Roach, Sr., 74, of Stony Creek, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015. He is survived by his son, Frank Lee Roach, Jr. “Sam” and wife, Sherie of Hopewell; and a brother, Shannon Roach and wife, Jean of Waverly. Mr. Roach was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Anne Presson Roach. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and also served in the  U.S. Army overseas in Korea. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, November 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd Jarratt, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Rd, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

Obituary-Elizabeth “Susie” Fajna

Elizabeth “Susie” Fajna, 78, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015. She is survived by her children, Robert A. “Buck” Moore, Dreama Justice, Terry Lynn Fajna, Donna Marie Rae, Joel “Frog” Fajna, Michael “T-Bird” Fajna and Larry Wayne Fajna; nineteen grandchildren, Justin Daniel Moore, Paula Beth Moseley, Jesse Aaron Lynch, Amanda Gayle Lynch, Ashley Nicole Lynch, Joel Lunceford, Brandon James Dean McCorkell, Angelina Julia McCorkell, Zandy Thomas Lunceford, Ray Lynn Lunceford, Myra Alvarez, Dina Dyson Cersley, George Fajna, Brandy Musgrave, Kimberly Kitchen, Brittany Kitchen, Tiffany Wells, Jessica Pierce and Dannielle Hughes; numerous great-grandchildren, among them, Mila Rose Moore, Aaliyah Garrett, Isaiah Garrett, Imani Ridley, Alexander Hicks, Violet Lynch, Jaron Lynch and Alex Lynch; three brothers, Otto Moore, , William “Butch” Moore and Jerry Donald Moore; a sister, Beatrice “Tina” Robbins and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 6, at Calvary Chapel Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Dorothy Lewis Taylor

Dorothy Lewis Taylor, 76, of Amherst and formerly of Northern Virginia went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. She was wife of the late MSGT Elmo M. Taylor, USAF.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Emporia, October 29, 1939 to the late Lillian Anderton and Thomas Edward Lewis. She was a homemaker and a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Manassas where she was very active and especially enjoyed serving with the prison ministry. She was a Den Mother for her sons while involved in Scouting, and was very involved with the School Band Boosters. Mrs. Taylor moved to Amherst in 2008 and began going to Clifford Baptist Church.

Surviving are her two sons: John Taylor (Roxanne) of Amherst, and Melvin Taylor of Amherst; three grandchildren: Keith Taylor, Gina Taylor and Greg Taylor; Five sisters: Francis Leonard of Chester, Phyllis Beasley of Richmond, Virginia Wrenn of Emporia, Nancy Castellow of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Mable Gillam of Jarratt, two brothers-in-law: Ernest Taylor (Hilda) of Cedarville, OH and Carl Ray Taylor (Evelyn) of Richmond, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 pm Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Clifford Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Michael Fitzgerald officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Quantico National Cemetery.

Thank you to the Staff of Runk & Pratt – Forest, Lynchburg General and Virginia Baptist Hospitals and everyone involved in making Mom’s final years with Alzheimer’s more comfortable.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1022 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, VA  24504 or Seven Hills Hospice, 2250 Murrell Road, B-2, Lynchburg, VA   24501

Driskill Funeral Chapel, Amherst is in charge of arrangements.  www.DriskillFuneral.com

Obituary-Virginia Bain Barnes

Virginia Bain Barnes, 104, widow of Byrtice Rideout Barnes, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 3, 2015. She is survived by her daughter, Judith B. Owen and husband, Ben; two granddaughters, Tracey Shenk and husband, Rob and Sally Vincent; four great-grandchildren, Owen and Taylor Shenk and Caroline and Guy Vincent. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Thursday, November 5 at High Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Judy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 472, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Glen “Red” Buckner, Sr.

It is with mixed emotions that we are to inform you that Glen “Red” Buckner, Sr. departed Planet Earth yesterday shortly before noon but arrived immediately in heaven. We rejoice for his race is over, we grieve because of our love for him. Glen “Red” Buckner, Sr., 59, of Emporia, VA passed away on October 31, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Buckner; his children, Glen Buckner, Jr. (Stacy), Tammy Burnette (Mark), Christopher Buckner and Charles “Ben” Buckner (Kimberly); stepchildren, Jennifer Loetz (Santi) and Michelle Aycock; mother, Virginia Buckner-Wrenn; brother, Arthur Buckner, Jr.; sisters, Lois Rook (Jimmy) and Kay Lynch (R.B.); thirteen grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from noon to 8pm at the Buckner residence, 4625 Doyles Lake Road, Emporia, VA 23847, on Monday, November 2, 2015. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, 2pm at Emmanuel Worship Center followed by interment in Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Emmanuel Worship Center. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Lois Harrell Barnes

Lois Harrell Barnes, 96, went to be with God on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. She was born August 2, 1919 to Maude and Willie Harrell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon V. Barnes; her son, Ronnie A. Barnes; five sisters and three brothers. Mrs. Barnes is survived by her children, Gordon F. Barnes (Nancy), Shirley B. Phillips (Homer) and Donnie V. Barnes (Linda); nine grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; her brother, Horace Harrell and sisters in-law, Leona Harrell and Laura Velvin. She was a faithful member of Centenary United Methodist Church where she loved serving and working as long as she was able. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 31 at Centenary United Methodist Church with interment to follow at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 472, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Claude Miller, Jr.

Born: June 21, 1946 - Died: October 24, 2015

On October 24, 2015, Claude Miller Jr. peacefully transitioned from his earthly home into Heaven. He was born on June 21, 1946 to the late Claude Miller Sr. and Mary White Miller.

At an early age, he joined Royal Baptist Church in Emporia Virginia. He attended the Greensville County Public School System. He loved to fish and watch sports. His favorite teams were the LA Lakers, New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was proceeded in death by three brothers; William, Robert and Eugene Miller.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Judy Miller of Emporia, Virginia, two sons; Jeremiah Miller of Charlotte, North Carolina and Isaac Miller of Emporia, Virginia, one brother; Freeman Miller of Emporia, Virginia, and one sister; Dora Crawley of Hackensack, New Jersey, mother-in-law; Beatrice Wright, two brothers-in-law; Clarence Wright of Newport News Virginia and Moses Wright of Emporia, Virginia, sister-in-law; Jean Miller of Emporia, Virginia and a host of nieces, nephews and a dear devoted loved one whom he treated as a brother Arthur Wiggins and other relatives friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Miller will be conducted on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 12 Noon at Royal Baptist Church, 106 West Atlantic Street, Emporia, VA 23847. Reverend Nathan Brooks, Pastor. Reverend Dr. A. E. Wiggins, Eulogist. The Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emporia, VA.

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

Obituary-Alice Griffin Mitchell

Alice Griffin Mitchell, 76, of Emporia, VA passed away on October 26, 2015.  She was preceded in death by her husband Julian Penn Mitchell, Sr. and son Julian “Mitch” Penn Mitchell, Jr. She is survived by daughters Joy Mitchell and Sydnee Mininno; daughter-in-law Brenda Mitchell; sisters Doris Boersig and Sally Cramer; brother-in-law Bob Wayne Mitchell and wife Susan; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Bernier and husband Louis, Barbara Mitchell and Jane Mitchell; grandchildren Shannon Mitchell (Lee), Cody Mitchell (Emma), Justin Mitchell, Noah Mininno, Brandi Ogburn (Eddie) and Christopher Gay; great-grandchildren Alex Mitchell, Allison Turner, Dylon, E.J., and Jackson Ogburn and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Friday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Emporia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Southside Crater Hospice. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Brandy S. Brown

Brandy S. Brown, 40, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015. She was preceded in death by her mother, Pam Moseley Skinner and her devoted companion, James Denny, III. She is survived by her children, Harley Butler, Devin Butler and Holden Denny; sister, Brooke Brown and brother, Brian Brown and her father, Greg Brown. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. Online condolences may be made www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Rebecca (Beckie) Smith Lewis

Rebecca (Beckie) Smith Lewis, 91, of Stony Creek, widow of J. Russell Lewis passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015.  She was preceded by her daughter, Susan Lewis Whitfield.  Survivors include her son-in-law, Thomas Whitfield, of Decatur, GA and numerous nieces and nephews.  The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Sappony Baptist Church, Stony Creek, VA.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sappony Baptist Church, c/o Luise Brucato, 10048 Reed Rd, Stony Creek, VA.

Obituary-Serena Bailey Brockwell Legere

Serena Bailey Brockwell Legere, 87, passed away October 1, 2015, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.  Mrs. Legere was born in Skipwith, Virginia, January 30, 1928 to the late Marvin and Louise Bailey.  She lived in Ashland, Virginia from 1967 until 1996 when she returned to Emporia, Virginia.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Benjamin (Runt) Brockwell, and a daughter, Pam Pippin.  Serena will be missed by all who loved her.  Survivors include her husband, Richard Legere; a daughter, Sheila Ferguson (Jim), all of Emporia; son, Ben Brockwell (Celeste), Lavallette, NJ; son-in-law, Taylor Pippin, Sr. (Rita), St. Petersburg, FL; 6 grandchildren, Jamie Ferguson (fiancé Jessica), Shannon Dunn (Chris), Benji Brockwell, Bailey Pippen, Spencer Brockwell, and Taylor Pippin, Jr.; 3 great-grandchildren, Tyler Dunn, Emily Dunn and Ashtyn Dunn.  Also surviving Mrs. Legere are a sister, Pauline Moss, and a brother, Robert (Bobby) Bailey (Stella), along with several nieces and nephews.  Serena donated her body to science for research.  Per Serena’s wishes, private family services and cremation rites have been accorded.  May you rest in eternal peace Dear Mama.  The family thanks the staff and management at Greensville Manor Nursing Home for their loving care and support over the past year.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the charity or church of your choice.  Family and friends may express condolences at the home of Serena’s daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Jim Ferguson and online.  www.Echolsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary-Laura Ann Stainback

Laura Ann Stainback, 74, of Emporia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Born July 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Ellen Powell; she was also preceded in death by her loving husband, James T. “Jimmy” Stainback; brothers, Sammy and Buddy; and sister, Margaret. Laura Ann is survived by her daughters and son, Donna Jeffries-Castro and husband, Mauricio, Tommy Stainback and wife, Carolyn; and Glenda Rawlings and husband, Mike; five grandchildren, Shaun Glenn, Tiffany Ricks and husband, Chad, Clifton Whitby and wife, Heather, Brandon Rawlings, and Shannon Rawlings; five great-grandchildren, Ella and Skyler Ricks, Ryland, Kellan, and Aydan Whitby, and brother, Bobby Powell and wife, Laura. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, October 1. Interment will follow at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Dr. Morris Garland Wray

Dr. Morris Garland Wray, 73, entered into eternal life on Saturday, September 12, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and William Wray and is survived by his brother, Aubry Wray. Morris spent his childhood on a farm in Greensville County, Virginia and much of his youth was spent working in a country store. Having graduated from Greensville County High School in Emporia, he entered Mars Hill College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and History with Minors in Education and Religion. Upon graduation from Mars Hill College, he enrolled in Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. He was admitted into the Graduate School of Religion at Vanderbilt University, where he later earned the degree master of Arts and the degree Doctor of Philosophy. As an ordained minister, Dr. Wray served a church in Claremont, Virginia and during his ministry there, a sanctuary was constructed. Dr. Wray served as President of Andrew College in Georgia, as Dean of Brevard College in North Carolina, as Associate Dean of students at William and Mary in Virginia, and as Director of Freshman Life at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and as Vice-President of Internal Affairs at High Point University in North Carolina. Prior to his appointment at High Point University, Dr. Wray served as the Director of the Office of Colleges and Schools, the Division of Higher Education and Ministry, The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the United Methodist Church in Tennessee, where he coordinated the church’s work in support of the 125 Methodist-related schools, colleges and universities. Dr. Wray officially retired May 31, 2005. He then became Vice-President for Institutional Effectiveness at Louisburg College in North Carolina. He was the founder and CEO of Wray and Associates in Jarratt, Virginia where he served as consultant to institutions of Higher Education. He was enlisted as a consultant by Darton College in Georgia, where he assisted in the writing of the history of Darton College. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment at Greensville Memorial Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Purdy Baptist Church, c/o Jamie Poole 11457 Slagle Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882 or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Joan McDearmon Rainey

Joan McDearmon Rainey, 78, of Emporia, died Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Born October 6, 1936, the daughter of the late Harry and Jeanette McDearmon, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James P. Rainey, Sr. and daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Rainey Allen “Beth”.

She is survived by her son, James P. Rainey, Jr. “Jim” and wife, Ellen; two granddaughters, Kathleen Crowder (Dwayne) and mary Fulks; six great-grandchildren, Sarah Crowder, Dyson Crowder, Elijah Crowder, Katelyn Fulks, Benjamin Fulks and Avery Fulks.  

A memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 25 at First Presbyterian Church of Emporia. A reception in the church fellowship hall with the family will immediately follow the service.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers and food; Memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 513 S. Main St, Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, 210 S. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847

Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Obituary-Rufus James Lundy

Rufus James Lundy (R.J.), 84, peacefully passed away on Sunday morning, September 20, 2015. His is now with the Lord and will be laid to rest at 2 PM on Saturday, September 26, at Independence United Methodist Church, 4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA 23847 (located at Independence Church Rd. and Dry Bread Rd. Emporia, VA). R.J. was born in Emporia, Virginia on December 28, 1930, to the late William Turner Lundy III and Lelia Newsome Lundy. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after serving 20 years. He then worked for the City of Portsmouth, VA, retiring after 20 years. Left to cherish his memory and his wife of 67 years, Gertrude Lundy; son, James Walter Lundy (Karen) of New Bern NC; daughter, Judy Ann Krajewski (J. Phillip) of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Terry Allison, Jr. (LeShea) of Chesapeake, VA; David J. Allison (Amanda) of Chesapeake, VA; James Matthew Lundy (Mallory) of Jacksonville, NC; Janet Gotlieb (Joshua) of Virginia Beach, VA; and Kathryn A. Krajewski of St. Charles, IL; greatgrandchildren, Alex and Carter Allison, Julie and Justin Allison, Dylan Lundy, Dominic and Sophie Gotlieb. He is survived by his brother, Russell A. Lundy (Betty) of Emporia, VA; and sister-in-law, Shirley Lundy of Broadnax, VA and many nieces and nephews. R.J. was preceded in death by his brothers, William Turner Lundy IV (Louise) and Moses T. Lundy, and his sisters, Irene L. Brown (Vernon), Fannie L. Bowen (Frank), Cora L. Britton (Russell), Katherine L. Sadler (Younger) and Ellen L. Buckner (Ben). R.J. will be deeply missed by his family who would like to thank the kind and considerate care afforded by Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater and Leigh Hall Memory Care Unit in Norfolk, Virginia. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, any remembrances may be mailed to the Treasurer, Independence United Methodist Church, 5066 Independence Church Road, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Nell Tudor Allen

Nell Tudor Allen, 88, of Emporia passed away on September 20, 2015. She was the widow of Cecil Wade Allen, Sr.  She is survived by her sons, Cecil W. Allen, Jr. (Pam) and Gilbert Earl Allen (Linda); grandchildren, Amy Allen, Kevin Allen (Ashley), Brian Allen, Lee Allen, and Nicole Allen; great-grandchildren, Landon, Kane, Caroline Reese, and Levi. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be made to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Dorothy “Dot” H. Doyle

Dorothy “Dot” H. Doyle, 90, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2015. She was the daughter of the late George C. Holloway and Bessie L. Weeks and was also preceded in death by three brothers, George C. Holloway, Richard C. Holloway, Woodrow Holloway and two sisters, Mary Shelton and Virginia Lyzotte. Mrs. Doyle is survived by one son, Richard J. Bria and wife, Mary; three grandchildren, Christine Croarkin, Anthony Bria and Alex Bria; four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 23 at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences amy be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Mamie Faye Bailey Williams

Mamie Faye Bailey Williams (formerly of Skippers, VA), age 62, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Mechanicsville, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton H. (Shorty) Williams and her mother, Emma Babson. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Clifton H. Williams, II and Carol Lynn Williams; three brothers, Ernest Bailey (Peggy), Jerry Bailey (Marie) and Cliff Bailey (Louise); one sister, Irene Ogletree (Frank); three nieces and three nephews; four great-nieces and four great-nephews. Graveside services, officiated by Reverend Larry Grizzard, will be held at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Skippers, VA at 11:00am on Friday, September 18, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mamie Faye’s name to Zion Baptist Church in Skippers, VA. Condolences may be made to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Maude Elizabeth Spence

Maude Elizabeth Spence, 91, of Emporia passed away on September 10, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Maggie Spence, four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her sisters, Daisy Lambert and husband Marshall of Mechanicsville, VA and Mollie S. Roberts of Emporia, VA and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a longtime resident of Emporia Manor for 37 years and a longtime member of Spring United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held Sunday, 2-3pm, at Spring United Methodist Church with the funeral service starting at 3pm. Interment will be in Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Spring United Methodist Church, c/o Joseph Dickens, 2271 Spring Church Road, Skippers, VA 23879. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Lucy Maude Powell Herrick

Lucy Maude Powell Herrick, age 93, of Emporia, Va. went to be with the lord on September 10, 2015.  She is survived by her husband, Albert Herrick.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Victory Baptist Church, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. with interment at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Baptist Church, 2360 Bolling Rd., Roanoke Rapids, N.C.  27870.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-Eugene Atkinson Tuck

Eugene Atkinson Tuck, age 78, of Emporia passed away on September 9, 2015. He was predeceased by his parents, Ollie and Mary Tuck and his four brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Tuck; step-son, Joseph Edward Barnes; step-grandson, Daniel Joseph Barnes; two brothers, Thomas Tuck and Edward Tuck of Franklin; two sisters, Jeraldene Mulliguan and Evlyn Atkins and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held Thursday, 7-9, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Friday, 4pm, at Calvary Baptist Church followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Martha Webb Skinner Proctor

Martha Webb Skinner Proctor, age 75, of Emporia died September 7, 2015. She is survived by her three sons, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Hampton Edward Hite and wife Oksan, Douglas Reid Hite and wife Anna, and Brian Eason Proctor and wife Karin; four granddaughters, Amanda Lynn Hite Pardue, Caroline Elizabeth Hite, Katherine Virginia Hite and Emily Carson Proctor; two grandsons, George Webb Proctor and Charles Anderson Proctor; a great-grandson Dillon Reid Pardue and great-granddaughter Molly Frances Pardue.

Martha became a member of Main Street United Methodist Church at ten years old, growing up in the Church and going on to serve in numerous leadership positions, including Staff/Pastor Parish, Member Care and as Chair of the Trustees.  Martha was also active in the United Methodist Women.  In addition to sending cards for Member Care, she sent cards for every birthday and anniversary listed in the Church Newsletter.

The very talented Martha is also remembered fondly as the longtime owner of Martha’s Country Corner on North Main Street.  The shop has been called the brightest corner in town and described as a “Christmas Extravaganza.”

Both Martha and her husband, Pete, loved children; their house was the neighborhood spot, with both a playground and a perpetual basketball game.

The family will receive friends in the Proctor home on 411 Battery Avenue. The graveside funeral service will be held 2pm, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in the Emporia Cemetery. The family would appreciate memorial contributions to be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, Emporia, VA 23847, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 513 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, 209 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847 or Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Road, Lawrenceville, VA 23868. Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, VA, is in charge of arrangements where condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Michael Wayne Harrell

Michael Wayne Harrell, 59, of Yale, Virginia completed his earthly journey to continue he spiritual journey with Our Lord and Savior, Monday, September 7, 2015.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Pamela Phelps Harrell, daughter, Abbey Harrell Webb and husband Jared, son Thomas Wayne Harrell and wife Melissa, beloved friend while Mike called son Joey Hartly and fiancé Mary Anna Richardson, and 7 grandchildren, Rylee, Reagan, and Brody Webb, Mckenzie and Joshua Lennick, and Karson and Bryson Harrell.

Mike is also survived by his loving and compassionate sister, Nita Harrell Wright (Johnny) and sister-in-law, Nancy Harrell; brother-in-law, Billy Morris and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Edna Harrell, brother, Warren Harrell and sister, Joyce Harrell Morris.

An ordained Minister Mike served the congregations of Cypress Chapel Baptist Church in Spring Hope, NC, Millfield Baptist Church in Ivor, VA, Antioch Baptist Church in Yale, VA, interim at Franklin Congregational Christian Church in Franklin, VA and pastor of Purdy Baptist Church in Purdy, Va. Mike also served as Chaplain for Southampton Correctional Center in Capron, VA.

Devoted to serving the Lord and sharing his faith with others, Mike touched the lives of many. It is no secret to most, Mike had a way of challenging you to evaluate your journey, to be still and listen to the Lord, and work on fulfilling the purpose he set forth for you. Mike's earthly journey may be complete, but his spirit lives on through so many.

The family will receive friends at Owens Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA on Thursday September 10th from 6 to 8 pm. And a Service to Celebrate Mike's life will be held at Oak Level Farm, 23249 Peters Bridge Rd, Yale, VA on Friday September 11th at 6:30pm. In leu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice Foundation of At Home Care Hospice 4118 Fitzhugh Ave Richmond, VA 23230. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Obituary-Carolyn Ann Starke

Carolyn Ann Starke, 68, of Emporia, died Friday, August 15, 2015.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Thomas Starke and one daughter Valerie Newsome.  She is survived by her children, Sean Arritt and wife Amberlynne, Barbara Wyatt and husband Danny, Nelson Starke, and Penny Holland and husband Al; one brother Michael Reichert; 16 grandchilddren; 4 great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, August 30, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Emporia, VA.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Wilmer “Will” Sledge

Wilmer “Will” Sledge, 78, of Adams Grove, VA, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Sledge and one sister Lois Clark.  He is survived by one son, Jody Sledge; one daughter, Buffy Sledge Long; six sisters, Ruby Rodgers, Flora Cutchins, Shirley Bradshaw, Ann Jones, Josephine Peffer, and Jenny Lee Holt; and one brother, Vernon Turner.  Will was a member of Adams Grove Baptist church and an active member of Adams Grove Ruritan Club.  A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 at Adams Grove Baptist Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Julian P. Mitchell, Jr. (Mitch)

Julian P. Mitchell, Jr. (Mitch), 56, went home to be with the Lord and his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, August 14, 2015. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his battle with cancer and ultimately gave him peace. He was preceded in death by his father, Julian P. Mitchell, Sr. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Brenda L. Mitchell and his children, Shannon Mitchell (Lee), Justin Mitchell, Christopher Gay, Brandy Ogburn (Eddie); mother, Alice G. Mitchell; sisters, Joy Mitchell and Sydnee Mininno; nephews, Cody Mitchell and Noah Mininno; grandchildren, Alex Mitchell, Allison Turner, Dylan, E.J. and Jackson Ogburn and his three loving companions Petey, Bandit and Smokey Joe. Special thanks to Betty P. Harrell, Melinda and Nathan Jones, Sandy and Gene Craft, Concord UMC, Tina and Charlie Pope, Mike Shearin, Jeff Robinson, Darlene Parnell, Grayson Mitchell, Mark Yeattes, Sherry Barnes, Chipper and Kenny Brown, Danny Allen, Jim and Ashlyn Sampson and The Greensville Ruritan Club. Also a special thanks to Dr. Kevin Brigle,NP and special nurses Wendy Durham, Robin Harris, Linda Thompson and Helen Wilson. A visitation will be held Monday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 4pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Thomas Palliative Care Fund, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, VA 23298. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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