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Obituary-Virginia Gay Applewhite

Virginia Gay Applewhite, 88, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Christie Gay Applewhite. Mrs. Applewhite was a resident of Drewryville, Virginia and a member of Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the choir for a number of years. She retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections after serving 37 years and had the distinction as the first female corrections officer at Southampton Correctional Center. Mrs. Applewhite also earned an award from the Virginia Broadcasters Association for her radio program “Listen Ladies” which aired on WEVA radio from Emporia. Interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia on Tuesday, May 1o, 2016 at 2 p.m. A fellowship will follow the service in the church social hall and is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.  Online condolances may be posted at www.owenfh.com Memorial contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Obituary-Jane Hill

Sarah Jane Tomlinson Hill, daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Bailey) Tomlinson was born April 28, 1942 at Emporia, Virginia. She went to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday, December 12, 2015 at her home in Courtland, Kansas surrounded by her loving family. Jane was 73 years of age. She was united in marriage to George Lee Hill on May 27, 1959 and together they raised two daughters, Janice Paige and Rebecca Kay. Besides the loving care she gave to her family, Jane worked for many years as a supervisor for the Franklin Braid Manufacturing Company. Together they made their home in Skippers, Virginia near Emporia. Jane loved her family dearly and demonstrated her love for them in so many meaningful ways. She was an avid shopper and in the last few years was quite involved with her many Facebook friends. Having visited Janice and family in Courtland through the years, she and George moved to the Courtland community permanently in 2015. She loved her new home and the many wonderful friendships she has developed here. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister and her brother Ernest Leonard Tomlinson. She will be forever remembered by her husband George of their home in Courtland; daughters Janice and husband Jacob Millias and Kay Edleman and husband Jack; grandchildren Michael Garrick Harding Cruz, Tabitha Glenn, Megan Miller, Katherine Millias, and Sarah Millias; great grandchildren Kaylin Harper, Tyree Harper, Evelyn Colson, Eldon Miller, and Scarlett Tracy. Jane’s family would like to also express their thankfulness to Drs. Walker, Beck, and Johnson and the staff at Republic County Hospital, Jewell county Hospital, and Salina Regional for their exceptional care for her.

Jane’s wishes were for direct cremation. A memorial gathering was held at the Living Waters church in Courtland, Kansas on Sunday, December 13, 2015. A family inurnment service will be held at a later time. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas assisted the Hill family with these arrangements.

There will be a memorial service for Jane Hill April 30th 2pm at Zion Baptist Church in Skippers. Friends and family are warmly invited to join in celebration of her life.

John Madison Lynch

John Madison Lynch passed away Friday, April 22, 2016.  He leaves with us memories which include his passion for hunting and fishing.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Amy O’Berry.  He leaves behind his father, Dave Lynch and special friend, Christie Mitchell along with his devoted aunt, Susan Harrison and husband Richard.  Also, left to cherish his memory are his four siblings, Mandy Tomlinson, Jesse Lynch, Ashley Lynch, and Jared Lynch, step-brother, Cody Autry, step-sister, Alexis Autry, grandfather, John O’Berry and wife Ruth, aunt Sharon Simmons and husband Charles, uncle, Greg O’Berry and wife Sharon and numerous cousins.  The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Stephen W. Ferguson

Stephen W. Ferguson, 74, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, April 16 while attending a retriever field trial in Rocky Point, North Carolina.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patsy Saffelle Ferguson, his daughter Carole Johnson, her husband, Richard, and four granddaughters: Virginia, Margaret, Lilli and Caroline Johnson, all of Wilmington, NC, and many loving members of his extended family. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Ferguson, Jr., his parents, Odell and C. Wade Ferguson of Emporia, and his sister Patricia Mitchell of Courtland.

Steve was born on February 19, 1942 in Emporia and lived on his family farm there all his life.  Patsy and Steve were high school sweethearts and were married in Emporia in August, 1963. Steve graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964 and was a life-long farmer and agribusiness man.  He was the owner of Greensville Feed Mill, Greensville Pork Farm, and Southside Cotton Gin. For the past 20 years he was active in his life’s passion with the Tidewater Retriever Club, Blue Ridge Retriever Club and Mid-Atlantic Hunting Retriever Club.

Steve enjoyed spending his days with his chocolate labs, training and working with his good friends from the retriever clubs on his farm, and traveling all over the country to field trials. His other passions were spending time with his daughter and her family and enjoying an active social life with his dear wife and many long-time friends. He was respected and loved far and wide for his enthusiastic love of life and constantly uplifting personality.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at the family farm on Brink Road on Sunday April 24 at 2 p.m.  Signs and directions will be provided upon arrival. Casual attire and comfortable shoes are suggested.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, the Greensville-Emporia Rescue Squad, or the charity of your choice.

Obituary-Wayne Preston Leath

Wayne Preston Leath, 68, of Emporia, passed away on April 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Richard and Mary Magee Leath. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Robertson Leath; daughter, Mary Shannon Leath of Glen Allen, VA; son, Adam Preston Alexander Leath and wife Diana Hoehne Leath of Raleigh, NC; granddaughter, Kate Anna Leath; special friend and funeral service organist, Cecelia Allen; special friends and brothers in heart, Bobby Vann and Robert Camp; and numerous cousins. He graduated from Randolph Macon College in 1969, where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. Wayne joined the Bank of Virginia in 1969, where he became a branch manager in Richmond. In 1977, Wayne, along with his father Richard, saw an opportunity to develop, purchase and expand hotels in many different locations. Wayne loved the water, his hometown, his family, his friends, and was a lifelong member of Monumental United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held on Sunday, 4-7pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Monday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Following the graveside a reception will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton Street, Emporia, VA, 23847 or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, VA, 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Stanton H. Ferguson

Stanton H. Ferguson, 90, of Emporia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in the presence of family and friends. A retired farmer and local businessman, he was the widower of Jewell Ferguson and was also preceded in death by a son, Terry Ferguson. He is survived by his daughter, Pier Ferguson; three sons, Reggie Ferguson and wife, Kari, Bobby Ferguson and wife, Bette and Stan Ferguson, Jr., and wife, Geraldine; seven grandchildren, Alex Ferguson, Cabel Ferguson, Jay Ferguson, Angel Ferguson, Brandon Ferguson, Heather Ferguson and Terry Ferguson, Jr. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emporia Volunteer Fire Department or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Goldie Pritchett Matthews

Goldie Pritchett Matthews, 82, widow of Perry Edward Matthews, Sr., passed away Monday, April 4, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Connie M. Grizzard. She is survived by two daughters, Denise M. Davis and husband, Gary and Claudia A. Matthews; two sons, Benjamin E. Matthews and Perry E. Matthews, Jr. and wife, Janice; two granddaughters, Tanya Davis and Brooke Haught; four grandsons, Travis and Joshua Matthews, G.W. Davis and Bubba Grizzard; seven great-grandchildren, Jesse and Gracie Grizzard, Emma Matthews, Hannah Davis, Lexi Haught, Jaxson Haught and Dawson Haught; one sister, Ernestine Parker and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6,  at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Interment will follow at Magnolia Farm Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary- Lena Grant Richardson

Mrs. Lena Grant Richardson, 84, of Deep Run, NC, died Saturday, April 2, 2016. She is survived by one son, Calvin Grant Richardson and wife, Lori of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Cathy Richardson Cook and husband, Thurman of Deep Run, NC; four grandchildren, Joseph Grant Richardson and fiancée, Pauline Condero, Ethan Jacob Richardson of Henderson, NV, Zachary Thurman Cook and wife, Jenna of Hookerton, NC and Travis Calvin Cook of Deep Run, NC; great-grandson, Felix Curtis Richardson of Henderson, NV; sister, Lula Grant Sykes of Emporia, VA; brother, Frederick Hawkins Grant of Carlsbad, CA and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Mrs. Richardson was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lena Wendell Grant of Emporia, Virginia. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Richardson and two daughters, Wendell Lynne Richardson and Kay Wynne Richardson and a brother, William Joseph Grant. She was born in Greensville County but lived in Yale, Virginia where she was an active member of Joyner United Methodist Church. After her husband’s death, she moved to Emporia but eventually chose to move to Deep Run to be near her daughter and family. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Joyner United Methodist Church, c/o Jeannette Everett, 17413 Everett Rd, Capron, Virginia 23829 or to the Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park CT., Goldsboro, NC 27534. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Joyce Pittman Mitchell

Joyce Pittman Mitchell, 81 of Skippers, VA departed her Earthly home and family to join her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 2, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, James N. (Jimmy) Mitchell; two sons, Niel and wife Tracy of Skippers, VA and Bill and wife Wendy of Athens, AL; one daughter, Susan Harrell and husband Jesse of Emporia, VA; grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Tadd Mitchell and wife Ashley (Seth and Parker) of Athens, AL, Heather Ingrum and husband Zack (Mitchell, Zachary, and Sarah Kate) of Athens, AL, Sheree Wood and husband Lance (Bradley) of Jesup, GA, and Amy Wright and husband Chad (Blair and Noah) of Madison, AL; nieces, Patricia Morris and husband Al of Raleigh, NC, Sheila Britton and husband Tommy of Greenville, SC; nephew, Tommy Pittman of Roanoke Rapids, NC as well as a host of other nieces and nephews. She was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC in November of 1934 to Alma and Herman Pittman. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert Pittman and Ray Pittman and two sisters, Viola Mae Spence and Cathryn Pittman. Her family was her life. She loved her family unconditionally, enjoyed spending time at their retreat on Gaston Lake, traveling and visiting casinos. The family will receive friends Monday, April 4, 2016 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel from 6-7:30. Funeral services will be held 2pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Spring United Methodist Church in Skippers, VA. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Jean Harrison Wright

Jean Harrison Wright, 71, widow of R. Earl Wright, died on April 1, 2016. She is survived by her son, W. Vernon Bryant and his wife, Christina H. Bryant; grandson, Will Bryant and granddaughter, McKenna Bryant, all of Greensville County, Virginia. She is also survived by two brothers, John P. Harrison of Emporia and Claude W. Harrison of Richmond and a host of very special cousins and many wonderful friends. Jean was lifelong resident of Emporia/Greensville County and was the daughter of the late Paul J. Harrison and Ruby Conner Harrison. She was member of Monumental United Methodist Church where a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 and where a visitation will follow the service. In keeping with Jean’s wishes, her ashes will be interred at a private service in the Harrison Family Cemetery on Grassy Pond Road in Greensville County. Flowers are welcomed or contributions may be made in her memory to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Billy Pat Rosseau

Billy Pat Rosseau, USA-Ret, 93 of Emporia, departed this life surrounded by his family after an extended illness at his home near Purdy, Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Evelyn Wiley Rosseau and their children, daughters Brenda Rosseau , Pam Reilly and husband Joe of Williamsburg, son William Patrick Rosseau of Emporia, and grandsons Holden Rosseau of Greenville, NC and Brandon Rosseau of Jarratt, Virginia. His parents and siblings predeceased him by many years.

Born in Richlands, Virginia, November 18, 1922 to Charles Baltzell and Olivia Hurt Rosseau the youngest of their five children, Bill grew up in the Williamsburg area, his father an early employee of the Restoration. He graduated from Matthew Whaley High School and attended the Apprentice School training as a shipwright in Newport News during the early years of WWII. Joining the Army Air Corps in 1943, he trained as a flight engineer on the B-17 Flying Fortress returning to the Pennisula to finish his apprenticeship at the end of the war. There he met his future wife Evelyn, a nursing student at Riverside Hospital. They married in December of 1947 and moved to Williamsburg where he attended the College of William and Mary. Serving in the National Guard he re-entered the Army in 1950 and was deployed to  Korea in 1952. Billy remained in the Army serving in the Ordinance Corps on the Sergeant Missile Project in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and in Germany. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer - 4 in August of 1968. Billy and his family moved to his wife’s childhood home outside of Emporia, Virginia building a home for his family. There he took up farming - a life-long dream and golf - a life-long passion. He loved the outdoors, his family, his country and his church. A member and former presiding elder of Aberdour Presbyterian Church his smile and gentle spirit will be missed.

Services will be held at Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt, Virginia, 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29th .  Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Aberdour Presbyterian Church, 702 Allen Rd., Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Obituary-Eugene F. Rae

Eugene F. Rae died peacefully in Virginia Beach on March 1, 2016 at the age of ninety-three.  He is survived by his wife Jeanne Preston Rae, his children Eugene F. Rae Jr., Mark N. Rae and Nancy R. Delach and six grandchildren.  His first wife, Margaret Newcomb Rae, died in 2006. Eugene was born on September 9, 1922, at Meadow Bank Farm near Emporia, Virginia. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia.  He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the Pacific rising to the rank of Major.  After the war, he joined the American Telephone & Telegraph Company, where he spent his entire career and specialized in international projects, serving the company in Switzerland, Vietnam and Iran.  In retirement, he returned to Meadow Bank Farm.  He enjoyed his family, his friends, his farm, his horses and his dogs. A visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, Virginia, 5:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. A funeral service will be held at Grace Church in Purdy, Virginia at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 10, 2016. A memorial service will be held at Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 18, 2016.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Eugene’s memory to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Bettie Elizabeth Lynch Floyd

Bettie Elizabeth Lynch Floyd, 92, of Emporia, widow of William Luther Floyd, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016. She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Floyd and wife, Ann and Thomas James Floyd; daughter, Ann Floyd Barnes; five grandchildren, Muzette Strickland, Joseph Rogerson, III, Blake Barnes, Stephen Floyd and Stacie Floyd; five great-grandchildren, Dalton Rae, Cameron Beatty, Emma Zblewski, Evan Floyd and Sloane Floyd; brother, Joseph E. Lynch and wife, Janice; two sisters, Ruby Lucy and Frances Council and husband, Sidney and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Independence United Methodist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Eileen Sexton Wood

Eileen Sexton Wood passed into heaven on March 7, 2016. She is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 56 years, Charles Merritt Wood; her parents, Leo and Rose Sexton and sister, Clare Wells. She leaves behind her loving daughters and family, sister, Barbara Simpkins of Dunnellon, FL.; daughters, Charlene Fox of Maitland, FL., Linda Parker and husband Freddie Parker of Emporia, VA., Susan Wood-Hempstead and husband Norman Hempstead of Miami Springs, FL., and Janel Schaffer and husband Alan Schaffer of Jupiter, FL.; grandchildren, Derek Olszewski, Keith Otto, Marlena Thompson and Scott Gunn all of Florida, Dustin Shaffer of Colorado, Shelby Wyatt of Emporia, VA. and Cheryl Lowry of Rochester, MN. A memorial service will be held in her home of 50 years in Miami Springs, FL. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Billy Edward Davis

Billy Edward Davis, age 83, of Dolphin, Va. passed away March 1, 2016.  He is the son of the late Andrew Jackson and Kelsie Lee Davis.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Harrison Davis; his brother, Andrew Jackson Davis, Jr.; and son-in-law Robert Peebles.  He is survived by four children, Andy Davis and wife Rosemary, Trena Peebles, Sheryl Thomason and husband Ricky, and Lesia Allen and husband Jeff; his grandchildren, Bobby Peebles and wife Jennifer, Kevin Peebles and wife Ashley, Michelle Sasser and husband Clay, Tara Peebles, Kelsey Medlin and husband Mike, Betsy Sam and husband Wayne, Chris Davis and wife Jackie, Jonathan Davis and wife Tina, Michael Davis and wife Whitney, and Katherine Davis;  his great grandchildren, Tiler Peebles, Aaron Peebles, Haley Peebles, Caleb Sasser, Ashleigh Sasser, Kullen Peebles, Annsley Peebles, Maggie Medlin, Jackson Medlin, Aidan Sam, Ava Sam, Emma Davis, Drew Davis, and Savannah Davis; his sister, June Love Davis Harris; and special friend, Irene Mayton.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Oakwood Park Cemetery, Lawrenceville.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 272, South Hill, Va.  23970 or the Emmanuel Bible Institute (India Ministry) c/o Mecklenburg Community Baptist Church, PO Box 359 South Hill, VA 23970. Checks can be written to MCBC with Emmanuel Bible Institute on the subject line.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-Deanna Maitland Roberts

Deanna Maitland Roberts, 70, of Emporia, VA passed away on February 28, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Maitland and Irene Maitland Gwaltney; husband, Floyd Roberts, Jr. and daughter, Penny Rae Roberts. She is survived by her sons, Walter Wingate Futrell, III and wife Pattie and David Lyn Futrell; sisters, Barbara M. Moore and Phyllis M. Capps and husband Jim; granddaughter, Lindsey Brooke Futrell; niece, Lauren Drummond and nephew, Shawn Allen. A visitation will be held 6-8pm, Thursday, March 3rd, at the home of Barbara M. Moore, 626 Madison Street, Emporia, VA. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Wiley Thomas “Tootie” Jones

Wiley Thomas “Tootie” Jones, age 77, passed away peacefully, just the way he lived his life, on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Weaver and Florence Ellen Jones; grandson, Joshua Thomas Benton; brother, Wilmer Lee Jones; and nephew, Gary Lee Jones.  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Hobbs “Pat” Jones; one daughter, Ellen Jones Abney and husband, Darrell, of Virginia Beach; and “Papa” to one granddaughter, Kaitlyn Anne Benton, Freshman at Longwood University.  Also survived by nephew, Keith Jones, and niece, Alice Jones-McNett.  Family was very important to him.  Graduated from Brunswick High School in 1956 and attended Smithdeal Business College.  Wiley served six years in the Army Reserves, 80th Division Training, Richmond, VA where he was honorably discharged as E-6, Staff Sergeant, in 1974.  Tootie loved the Lord, family and friends and never met a stranger.  He was passionate about giving back in the community he lived. He devoted his time and was a charter and life member of both Eastern Hanover Volunteer Fire Department (member for seven and one-half years) and Triplet Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA with interment to follow at James Square Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pastor Greg Hand officiating.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Monday, February 29, 2016 at Williams Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to James Square Baptist Church, P.O. Box 643, 9440 Christanna Highway, Lawrenceville, VA 23868 or to Triplet Volunteer Fire Department, 3548 Triplet Road, Triplet, VA 23868.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-Bennie Lee Acree

Mr. Bennie Lee Acree, age 73, passed away peacefully at his home,  February 24, 2016, surrounded by his family and friends.  Mr. Acree was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a deacon.  He was a self-employed contractor for 41-years, a  avid fisherman and a Stew-Master.  He is survived by 1-son Bruce Acree and wife Sharon of Emporia, daughters, Darlene Woodard and husband Dennis, of Branchville, Va., Hope Carter & husband Jason of Lake Gaston and Tina Hantz and husband John of Roanoke Rapids, N. C.; companion, Yvonne Wilhelm, of the home, Grandchildren, Andrew Acree, Austin Falwell, Scott Acree, Brittany Carter , Michael Hantz, Kayla Carter and Emilee Hantz and numerous brothers and sisters.

A visitation will be held Saturday, February 27 from 11:00 A. M. to 1:00 P. M. at the Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Virginia where funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P. M. with interment to follow at the Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences  may be made to the family at. www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary-Linda Simmons Newsome

Linda Simmons Newsome, 55, of Emporia passed away on February 17, 2016. She is survived by her husband, W.C. Newsome, Jr.; children, Crystal Bowen, James Burnette, Michelle Alexanders, Jessie Burnette, Jimmy Burnette, and Christopher Lucas; step-daughters, Lori Harrup and Amanda Newsome; grandchildren, Ashley Newsome, Taylor Newsome, Hayley Newsome, Logan Burnette, Morgan Burnette, Maddie Burnette, Dylan Newsome, Alexis Burnette, Makenzie Burnette, BriAnna Alexanders, Raigen Alexanders, Valerie Harrup, and Presley Butler; mother, Grace Clark; five brothers, one sister and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Friday, 6:30-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Harry F. Byrd, Sr.

Harry F. Byrd, Sr., 80, of Emporia, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Martha P. Byrd; son, Harry F. Byrd, Jr. and wife, Tane; grandson, William “Will” Watson Byrd and a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Byrd was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 18 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 19. Entombment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may to Faith Baptist Church, 951 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Frances Pope Tillar

Frances Pope Tillar, age 96, of Emporia, died on February 15, 2016, after a long battle with failing health.  She was born on June 9, 1919, to Amos Person and Grace Wilroy Pope in Drewyville, Virginia.  She was educated in Southampton County and graduated as Valedictorian of her senior class.  She then attended Farmville State Teachers College (now Longwood University) and graduated in 1940 with a B.S. in Education.  She taught school in Southampton County for a year before marrying Vernon I’Anson Tillar, DDS on April 15, 1941.  They were married for sixty-five years until his death on July 5, 2006. In December 1941, she and Vernon heard on the radio about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Vernon volunteered and served as Captain in the Army Dental Corps during World War II.  Frances accompanied him to Camp Blanding in Gainesville, Florida, where he was stationed for three and a half years as Chief of Prosthodontics at a three thousand-bed Army hospital.  Frances taught school while living in Gainesville.  After the war, they returned to Emporia where he practiced dentistry for fifty-two years.  Frances worked with him in his office on Hicksford Avenue until he retired in 1986.  In 1963, she and Vernon acquired one of the first lots on Lake Gaston in Little Emporia before the lake was even filled with water.  The lake home always held a special place in her heart for more than fifty years, and she loved spending time there with her family.

Frances was active in the Emporia community until she moved to Richmond to live with her daughter, Kay, on December 13, 2013.  She was a long-time member of the Emporia Book Club, several bridge clubs and the Hicksford Chapter of the N.S.D.A.R., where she served as Registrar for more than thirty years.  She was the leader of Girl Scout Troop 23 for ten years.  Although she was raised a Methodist, she joined Main Street Baptist Church after marrying Vernon.  She served there in many capacities including Sunday school teacher, GA leader, Vacation Bible School Director, choir member, Building Committee member for the new Sanctuary, George Braswell Circle member, Trustee and deacon.  In 1979, she became the first woman to be elected Chairman of the Board of Deacons.  She always loved her church, and it was a very important part of her life.

She is predeceased by both of her parents, her husband, and one sister, Kathryn Wilroy Pope.  She is survived by two daughters of Richmond, Terry Tillar Fields, her husband, William George Fields, and Kathryn Tillar Montgomery and her husband, William Louis Montgomery; three grandchildren, Tillar Scott Fields and his wife Melissa, Mason Tillar Montgomery and Kathryn Pope Montgomery; and three great grandchildren, Grace Tillar Fields, William George Fields II, and EsméFee Fields. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 19 from 4-6 p.m. at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, VA. Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 20 at 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 12:00 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Dr. Ricky Hurst and the Rev. Dr. George Braswell.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847.

Obituary-Barbara Moore “Sister” Jones

Barbara Moore “Sister” Jones, 72, of Jarratt, widow of Russell L. Jones, Jr, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Sanford and Ruby Moore and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Sanford Moore, Jr. and Linwood Earl Moore. She is survived by her daughter, Pam Gainey and husband, Tony, four grandchildren, Jessica Petry and husband, Elliott, Leanna Collins and husband, Dave, Chad Randall and Josiah Gainey; three great-grandchildren, Isabelle Petry, Noah Petry and Blake Collins; two brothers, Franklin B. Moore, Sr. and John Wayne Moore and wife, Deanna and a dear friend, William S. Poarch, Sr. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 12 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Purdy Baptist Church, 186 Smoky Ordinary Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Obituary-Dorothy A. Jarratt

Dorothy A. Jarratt, 66, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Loretta Woodruff; five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Gail Tomlin, son, Timothy Tomlin; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Sam Ben Acree, Bennie Acree and Cecil Acree and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 16 at Owen Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

William Marvin "Billy" Pruett

William Marvin Pruett, 73, of Emporia, Va., passed away on February 1, 2016. Bill is survived by his mother, sister, nieces, great-nephew and great-nieces. Bill had a long and varied career in education. Most notably, as principal of Hunterdale Elementary School and as a VASS Legislative Liaison. Bill was a devoted son, brother, uncle, great-uncle, and friend. A memorial service will be held at 11am, February 13, 2016 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Franklin City Public Schools/Teacher Incentive Fund, 207 W. Second Ave., Franklin, Va., 23851. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Jerry Mattox

Jerry Mattox, 67, of Drewryville, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Kim Mattox; son, Ashton Mattox and wife, Theresa; four grandchildren, Austin Lee Mattox, Braelyn Mattox, Cameron Mattox and Grayson Mattox; a sister, Becky Ferrell and a brother, Stan Mattox. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Drewryville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Drewryville Volunteer Fire Department or Thomas Memorial Baptist Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Agnes Conwell Holloway

Agnes Conwell Holloway, 86, of Jarratt, passed away at home on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton W. Holloway, Sr.; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morton Lee Conwell and a brother, M. L. Conwell.

She was a longtime member of Concord United Methodist Church and an educator in the Sussex County Public School System for 31 years.

Mrs. Holloway is survived by a daughter, Cindy Holloway Strickland and husband, Peter of Angier, NC; a son, Clinton W. Holloway, Jr. and wife, Beth of Jarratt; three grandsons, Clay Holloway and wife, Amory, Adam Holloway and wife, Stephanie and David Holloway and wife, Morgan; one granddaughter, Sadie Strickland; three great grandchildren, Claire, Braxton and Belle; two sisters, Florence C. Atkins and Edith C. Carraway and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 6 at Concord United Methodist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sappony Ruritan Club Scholarship Fund c/o Robert Douglas Poarch, 10305 Reed Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882, or to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o of Alice Spiers, 25713 Courthouse Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882.

Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Obituary-Henry James Barnes

Henry James Barnes, 81, of Emporia, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on Friday, January 29, 2016. The son of the late Henry Walter Barnes and Louise Poarch Barnes, he also was preceded in death by his step-mother, Velma Barnes; the mother of his children, Yvonne Barnes Willson; one son, Kevin Harrison Barnes; three sisters, Elsie Barnes Gillam, Ruth Barnes Bradley and Sandra Crews and two brothers, Steve Barnes and James Goins.

Mr. Barnes is survived by a daughter, Sherry Barnes Roth and husband, Thomas of Rush, NY; son, Stuart James Barnes of Gaston, NC; three grandchildren, Choe Barnes Huskey of Emporia, Angela Roth Sullivan and husband, Jeremy of Tryon, NC and Korey Roth of Rush, NY; three sisters, Betty Moss of Richmond, Belvia West of New Kent County and Wanda Barnes of SC; two brothers, Wayne Goins and Roger Goins of Richmond; a special friend, Bett Sasser of Emporia and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 3. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Franklin Lee Grizzard

Franklin Lee Grizzard, 88, of Jarratt, VA was surrounded by his family on  January 29, 2016 as he went to meet his Lord and Savior.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank David and Winifred Williams Grizzard and great grandson, Lyle Hayes Grizzard.  He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Lois Leeds Starke Grizzard; his son, Michael L. Grizzard and loving companion, Ann Taylor; his daughters, Pamela Ann Grizzard Rosanelli, Tina Leeds Grizzard Autry and her husband, Jerry; grandchildren, Michael Lee Grizzard, II and his wife, Kristen, Matthew Nelson Grizzard and his wife Alison, Chase Stewart Autry, Cabell Thomas Rosanelli and his wife, Jamie, and Stephanie Blair Autry; great grandchildren, Kellan Michael Grizzard, Violet Jane Grizzard, Alden Lee Grizzard and Linden Joah Grizzard.  Franklin is also survived by his brother, David A. Grizzard, and two sisters-in-law, Pauline S. Adams and Carolyn S. Ankermiller

Franklin was always a hard worker and left schooling in the seventh grade to help his father on the farm in Southampton County.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1951 during the Korean War.  He also served in WWII.

He met “the prettiest red head in three counties” in 1947, and, after their first date, Franklin told his friends he was going to marry Lois.  They started their family in Jarratt, VA in 1951. 

Franklin was a life-long contractor who was a master in his craft.  He never stopped until his work was perfect. He and his brother-in-law, Joe Adams, started Adams & Grizzard in 1956 and operated for 33 years. Franklin and his son, Mike, began Grizzard Construction, Inc. in 1990 and worked side by side every day.  Franklin and Mike were especially proud of the many churches they built in the local communities.  Franklin never really liked retirement and always wanted to go on the job site one more time. He loved to teach his family members about the construction business, and now they all have an eye for quality building skills; they can pinpoint half-inch discrepancies because Franklin taught them so well.

Franklin loved spending time with his family, especially if a meal was involved.   He would eat until he was “about ready to pop” and then he would continue to eat; even so, he always left room for dessert.  Seafood was one of his favorites, and Lois always knew how to fix the meals just like he liked them.

Franklin was a Boy Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon and Trustee of High Hills Baptist Church, fireman with Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, and member of the Jarratt American Legion.

The family will receive friends at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA on January 31, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8.

Services will be held on February 1, 2016 at 11:00 am at High Hills Baptist Church with burial at High Hills Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial Donations can be made to High Hills Baptist Church, Adams Grove Baptist Church or Main Street Baptist Church, Emporia, VA.

Obituary-Helen Meade Webb Skinner Kei

Helen Meade Webb Skinner Kei, 91, of Emporia, VA passed away on January 22, 2016.  She was preceded in death by her parents, James Leonard, Sr. and Lillian Webb; husbands, Delmas Skinner and Johnny Kei; brother and sister-in-law, James Leonard, Jr. and Virginia Dare Webb; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy Mae and Jimmie Kirks; and nephew, James (Buddy) Webb, III. Helen Meade is survived by nieces, Sandra Fletcher (Terry) of Richmond, VA and Joyce Webb of White Plains, VA; great nephew, Patrick Fletcher and great nieces, Katy Woskobunik (Tony) and Crystal Murphy (Chris); great-great niece Taylor Woskobunik. She is also survived by cousins, James W. Webb, Shelton S. Webb and E. Meade Webb. Helen Meade was born and raised in Pleasant Shade, VA. After graduating from Mary Washington College she returned to Emporia and began her teaching career at Purdy and Greensville County Elementary School. For the next 43 years she was a positive influence to the lives of countless young students. Helen Meade was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, aunt and friend. She leaves behind special friends, Patricia and Meade Horne, Mary Baird and Peggy and Russell Gillus. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be held Thursday, 1pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by a funeral service at 2pm. Interment will follow in Emporia Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Greensville County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Lyman S. Little

Lyman S. Little, 80, of Emporia, widower of Ella C. Little, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Edward Little and two sisters, Bessie Starke and Judy Little. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Paulson and husband, Jim, and Kitty Presson; two sons, Allen Little and wife, Kathie and Dane L. Little and wife, Kellie; 10 grandchildren, Kristina L. Owens and wife, Kaylee, Brad Owens and wife, Erin, Kim Hafey and husband, Brad, Tiffany Reed, Daniel Grizzard and wife, Nicole, Megan Little Jones and husband, Ryan, Austin Paulson and wife, Amber, Steven Paul Little, Lindsey Dane Little and Casey Dawn Little; 10 great-grandchildren; friend and caregiver, Kathy O’Rourke; five sisters, Margaret Howlett, Peggy Peaden, Geraldine Lewis, Kay Smith and Janie Jarman and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 8 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 9 at Forest Hill Baptist Church, 2103 Pine Log Rd, Skippers, Virginia led by Pastor Ron Gallagher. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or to Hospice of Virginia. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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