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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

Obituary-Frank B. Lifsey, Jr.

Frank B. Lifsey, Jr., 72, of Emporia, died Friday, August 14, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty Ann Lifsey, daughter, Katherine Giszack (Todd), daughter, Elisabeth Lifsey; son, John Lifsey (Margaret); four grandsons, Micah Giszack, Jared Giszack, Rhodes Lifsey and David Giszack; three sisters, Beverly Taylor, Frances Miller, and Myrt Quinlan. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Sunday, August 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Monday, August 17 at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-John Richard (Ricky) Fannin Jr.

John Richard (Ricky) Fannin, Jr, 61, of N. Prince George, VA, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  Ricky was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved animals, enjoyed collecting arrowheads and was deeply devoted to his family.  He is survived by his long time friend and companion, Jo Fannin; mother, Jean Fannin; brother, James “Jimmy” Fannin and wife, Phyllis; sister, Carolyn Fannin; a step-daughter, Tracy Sison and numerous nieces and nephews.  The graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 14, 2015 at Southlawn Cemetery, 1911 Birdsong Rd, S. Prince George, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Humane Society of your choice.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Cora Belle Williams Davis

Cora Belle Williams Davis, 103, of Emporia passed away on August 7, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband, Al Davis, Sr. and her son Al Davis, Jr. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Libby Davis; three granddaughters, Lynn Barefoot and husband Miles, Nancy Parrish and husband Hillary and Kris Rowland and husband Stephen; great-grandchildren, Liz Montanez and husband E.J., Blake Smith, Jessica Parrish, Elizabeth Rolfe and husband Evan, David Parrish, Mason Temple and wife Amanda and Carter Rowland; and one great-great-grandchild, Madelyn Montanez. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 2pm in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Following the graveside service the family will remain to receive family and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Fenny Rockel Taylor Jr

Fenny Rockel Taylor Jr of Emporia Va age 75 died at Johnston Willis Hospital in Richmond VA.on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7am.

Fenny remembered for his involvement in his familys owned business "the Emporia Grill"  was born on November 24 1940 to the late Fenny Rockel Taylor Sr and Elsie Doyle Taylor. He was also preceded in death by his sibling Carolyn Taylor St. Sing.

Fenny is survived by his nephew David St. Sing married to Pheobee St. Sing of Texas as well as uncles aunts and cousins who loved him. His home for the last few years was the Laurels of Willow Creek in Richmond VA.

Fennys memorial will be held at Victory Fellowship Church in Emporia VA at 2 pm on Wednesday August 5th 2015.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Echolsfuneralhome@telpage.net.

Obituary-Virginia Inez Hodges Phillips

Virginia Inez Hodges Phillips, 78, of Emporia passed away on July 28, 2015.  She is survived by her husband Lawrence “Monk” Clayton Phillips and numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, 2pm, at Independence United Methodist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Independence United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-C. Elmore Saunders

C. Elmore Saunders, 85, of Emporia passed away on July 26, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ritchie and Edith Saunders and his brothers, Robert Saunders and Curtis Saunders.  He is survived by his wife, Jean Watkins Saunders; daughter, Mary Meade Saunders; his sons, Carson E. Saunders, Jr. and wife Sherry and Jim Saunders and wife Michelle; his grandchildren, Annecurtis Saunders Vinson and husband Daniel, Mary Warren Saunders, Carter Saunders, and Reagan Saunders. A memorial service will be held 11am, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Main Street United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow the service in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church or the Emporia YMCA.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Dennis Bryant

Dennis Bryant, 64, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. He is survived by a brother, Raymond L. Bryant, Jr. and wife, Twyla; sister, Sandra Noel and husband, Bruce; two nephews, Michael Bryant and Jamie Bryant; niece, Allison Hayes; four great-nieces and a great-nephew. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church or Greensville Rescue Squad or to the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Robert “Bobby” E. English, Sr.

On July 15, 2015, the Lord wrapped his arms around Robert “Bobby” E. English, Sr. and welcomed him to heaven. After a short battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully, knowing he was loved by his family and friends. His wife, Judy V. English, will continue to cherish the many memories made during their 42 years of marriage.

Bobby and Judy were blessed with two children, daughter Sara E. Rutherford and husband Mike, of Winston-Salem, NC, and son Robert “Robbie” Earl English, Jr., of Kernersville, NC. He was an exceptionally doting and supportive father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by two grandchildren, Ryan Grant Rutherford and Daisy Lee Rutherford, who loved their Papa very much.

The son of Stanley Claude English and Vida Virginia English, he was born in Franklin and raised in Southampton County, VA. He lived a majority of his life in Emporia, VA, and resided for the past five years in Kernersville, NC.

Bobby loved gaining and sharing knowledge, and earned degrees from Chowan College, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University, including a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Library Media and Instructional Technology. He spent his entire life as an educator, leader, mentor and adviser. He nurtured eager minds from elementary schools, correctional facilities, and community colleges. He spent his final 13 years of life as an instructor for Bluefield College, which was very dear to his heart.

Bobby was very active in the Emporia community, where he was on the Board of Directors of the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association (EGRA). In the 1980s and 90s, he was a mainstay at the local ballpark, where he served as a coach, commissioner and vocal advocate for the Virginia Dixie Softball league. Bobby was instrumental in bringing the Dixie Softball World Series to Emporia in 1994. He also coached youth basketball for the EGRA, and helped to create a girls’ only basketball league, after seeing the need.

He was a member of the Virginia Education Association, National Education Association and Virginia Library Association. He was also a member of St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church.

Bobby’s personality and character matched his physical stature. He enjoyed a lively conversation with laughter, listening to Motown music, reading Rita Mae Brown, watching the Atlanta Braves, and soaking up the energy and joy of his grandchildren.

Along with his wife, children and grandchildren, Bobby is survived by his sisters, Rudy Pate and husband Wayne, of Stockbridge, GA, and Carolyn Armes, of Boydton, VA. He is also survived by brother-in-law Michael Veliky and wife Dawn of Emporia, VA, sister-in-law Cynthia Murphy and husband Timothy, of West Palm Beach, FL, and sister-in-law Priscilla English, of Greensboro, NC, as well as two nieces, three nephews and many cousins. He also cherished the friendship of two special ladies, Althea Brooks and Aunt Mary Hobbs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother J.C. English, and nephew John English.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 19 at 4:00 pm at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church in Emporia, followed by a graveside service at the church’s cemetery on Purdy Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church, 1351 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, VA 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Virginia Merlie Harrison Spivey

Virginia Merlie Harrison Spivey Passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the age of 102. The daughter of the late Thomas H. Harrison, Sr. and Hazel Lucille Creamer Harrison, she was born in Norfolk, Virginia, but was raised at Jackson-Field Episcopal Home for Girls and was the oldest alumni at her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson Leo Spivey, Sr. and sisters, Bertha Harrison Self, Edith Christine Wheeler and a brother, Thomas Harrison. She is survived by sons, Thomas Patrick Spivey of Emporia and Emerson Leo Spivey, Jr. and wife Olive of Greensboro, NC; two grandchildren, Andrew Gary Spivey and wife, Lisa of Huntersville, NC and Doeserena Spivey of Greensboro, NC; five great-grandchildren, Tanner Lee Cochran, Nikki Cochran, both of Richmond and Taylor Andrew Spivey, Clayton Andrew Spivey and McKenzie Lauren Spivey, all of Huntersville, NC. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at Victory Fellowship Church (the former Christ Episcopal Church of which she had been a member for eighty years and was the oldest member), 200 South Main St, Emporia, Virginia. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Barbara Ferguson Driver

Barbara Ferguson Driver, 82, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at The Bloom Center in Emporia with family at her bedside.

There is no love like the love of a mother. They love us in spite of ourselves; they have confidence in our abilities to succeed, and faith we will take the right paths in life. As thankful as we are that Momma didn’t suffer, the child in us wanted her with us. We will miss her until God calls us home. We will seek her wisdom in each decision of every day. We love you and miss you Momma.

“Bobbie” was a stranger to no one.  She was full of life, love, and energy; she anticipated “needs” of others and set out to fulfill their needs.  Whatever she strived for, she was the best, from getting the lead part in her high school play to selling the most World Books on the east coast and being whisked off to Chicago for her hard work and dedication.  She worked side by side with her husband, M.C. raising their children and grandchildren.  She was gifted with a love of music and sang on the radio with her husband in their early married years and later for church, weddings, and funerals.  She was also the choir director at Fountain Grove Baptist Church.  She sought out ways to ensure her children and grandchildren knew they were special.  She made the work her family did “less work” and more “special” saying which ever child did the “best” job would receive their own half gallon of ice cream; “all” children won, 5, half gallons of ice cream!  She made blackberry dumplings, fudge, and sea foam candy for her family, like no other! 

She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C., grandson, Chase, and brother, Bill Ferguson.  She is survived by her five children: Earl Conway Driver and wife Susan of Powhatan, VA, Morris Conway Driver II and wife Lynn, of Capron, VA, Glenn Patterson Driver and wife Pam of Halifax, NC, Greg Timothy Driver of Emporia, VA, and Alma Dee Driver Rhodes and husband Bryan of Rocky Mount, NC.  She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct, Suite 300, Richmond, Virginia 23226 or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-William Chris Jarratt

William Chris Jarratt, 53, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015. He is survived by his fiancee’ Vickie Gray; son, Joshua Jarratt; three step-daughters, Samantha Grizzard; Dianna McDowell and Jamie Gray; four grandchildren, Jaylon Grizzard, Cameron Grizzard, James Crowley and Maddox McDowell; his mother, Mary Taylor; sister, Shirley Gill; brother, Mike Taylor; three step-brothers, Shawn Jarratt, Dean Jarratt and Ricky Jarratt and step-sisters, Pam and Kim. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Andy Wirtanen

Andy Wirtanen passed away on July 4th ,2015 at he age of 88 years

Born in Finland on August 24th 1926 , Andy immigrated to Canada via steamship on October 11 , 1926 , and then to the united states of America in 1959. Andy and his family moved to emporia Virginia in 1970 from L'Anse  Michigan .

Andy attended  Queen University in Kingston , Ontario , graduation with a degree in Mechanical Engineering . Andy's  work career took him to Donnacona , Quebec , Canada  , L'Anse, Michigan and Jarrett , Virginia  where Andy served as Plant Manager for the Georgia Pacific Facility .

He is survived  by his four sons and spouses , Richard and Monica of great falls Virginia , Eric and Julie of Niagara on the Lake , Ontario, Canada, Jeff  of Roanoke Rapids NC ,and john and Guinnevee of Virginia Beach , Virginia  and grandchildren Mikhel , Gray, Brooke , Zack , Jake , Candice and Charley . Jake is currently serving in the Air Force in Iraq.  Andy was preceded in death by his wife Bernice and Daughters Leah and Connie .

Andy was a compassionate man whose focus was the well-being and happiness of  his family . he will sorely be missed by all . A celebration of Andy's life will be held on  August 22nd,  2015 at 439 Deep Creek Point , Roanoke Rapids , North Carolina between 4pm and 8 pm .

Obituary-Wayne Lee Turner

Wayne Lee Turner, 81, passed from this life on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Greensville Manor Nursing Home in Emporia, Virginia. He was born in Beckley, WV on January 14, 1934 and graduated from Mark Twain High School. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wadie and Verna Peters Turner of Martinsville, VA and wives, Virginia Brewer Turner and Irene Lynch Turner. Wayne is survived by four children, Fred and wife, Kathy Turner of Moyock, NC, Chip Turner; John and wife Leslie Turner, all of Greensboro, NC and Lesa and her husband, Kip Greer of Raleigh, NC; two stepchildren, Dave Lynch and Sharon Simmons and seven grandchildren. Wayne managed Days Inn in many locations, including Knoxville, TN, New Orleans, LA, Danville, Virginia, Martinsville, VA and lastly Emporia, Virginia. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions in memory of Wayne Turner may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to the American cancer Society.

Obituary-Robert Lewis Longamore

Robert Lewis Longamore, age 78, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away July 7, 2015 after a long illness.  A Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend,  he leaves behind his loving wife of 45 years, Marilyn Louise Maslen Longamore; his children, Creig Weaver and wife Carolyn of Tenn., David Longamore and wife Barbie of Kentucky, Susan Price and husband Chuck of Tenn., and Robert W. Longamore of Virginia; ten grandchildren, Ken, David, Kevin, Daniel, Kaleb, Darius, Andrew, Courtney, Joshua and Nicole; fourteen great grandchildren; his brother, Fred Longamore of NY; two sisters, Nancy Schneeburger and husband Gary of NY and Shelby Campbell of NY; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd William and Carrie Longamore; four brothers, Steven, William, Donald and Richard Longamore and a sister, June Bee Bee.  Robert was born and raised in Evan Mills, New York and came to Virginia in 1995 to be with his father-in-law William Maslen and Brother and Sister-in-law, Bonnie Maslen and the late Frederick Maslen.  He assisted his wife who operated a small convenient store called Mr. Kool on Rte. 58 in Brodnax, VA for three years.  Robert proudly served in the U.S. Air force from 1956-1960.  He loved his church family at Faith Baptist Church in Emporia, Va. which he attended many years.  Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church, Emporia, Va. with interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Va.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Va.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-Elisabet “Lisa” Bradley

Elisabet “Lisa” Bradley, 64, of Chester, formerly of Emporia, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015. She is survived by her life partner and former husband, Bill Bradley; one daughter, Linda B. Watkins and husband, David of Emporia; three grandchildren, Brian K. Sexton, Jr., Travis Watkins and Krista Watkins; sister, Helga Maria Bragadottir; brother, Bragi Thor Bragison, both of Iceland and a number of nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 10 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter in Emporia. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Robert T. Allen

Robert T. Allen, 82, of Emporia passed away on July 1, 2015.  He was predeceased by his parents, William Glenn Allen, Sr. and Mamie Everett Allen.  He was a retired farmer and had a passion for watching horse races.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 1pm in Emporia Cemetery. Condolences may be made to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Jessie K. “Pete” Grizzard, Sr.

Jessie K. “Pete” Grizzard, Sr., 84 of Emporia, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 peacefully at his home.  He was a devoted husband and father.  Pete was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher.  He also actively served his community as a Mason and later as a Shiner. Pete is preceded in death by his parents Ed and Kate Grizzard, and brothers Earl and Frank Grizzard.  He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Grace Stainback Grizzard, their children Katherine Grizzard Colvin (Gary) of Suffolk, Jessie K. Grizzard, Jr. (Sheila) of Richmond, and Terri Grizzard Johnson (Troy) of Suffolk, Grandchildren Hank Thornburg, Michelle Petcu, Chris Grizzard, Kate Thornbug, Haley Johnson, and Lucas Johnson; 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, his brothers Elmer and Benjamin, sisters Ethel Vick, Polly Proctor, Willie Mae Harris, Barbara Barlowe, Alease Braswell, and Diane Smith. The family will be receiving visitors 6-8 p.m Wednesday, July1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 South Halifax Road, in Jarratt, Virginia.  A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Hwy 301 Emporia. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Robert H. "Bobby" Wray

Robert H. "Bobby" Wray, 84, went to Heaven to be with the Lord on June 21, 2015. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Edla Mae Hobbs Wray and his parents, Milton James Wray and Viola Saunders Wray. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Roger Holmes Wray and wife, Cathy; daughter, Teresa Wray-Welsh; grandson, Robert H. "Robbie" Wray; granddaughters, Amy Hobbs and fiance John Mise; April Clarke and husband Chris, and Wendy Gordon; great grandchildren, Kelly Finn, Nick Hobbs, Jonathan Mise, Karly Clarke, and Morgan Clarke; and special friends Frances Taylor, Tally Pernell, and Treva Pernell. Bobby always put his family first. He loved everything about the outdoors, especially hunting. He was a member and Past President of Widow’s Son Lodge #150 as well as a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church. He will be laid to rest on June 24 at a graveside service at 11 a.m. at the Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue. The family will receive visitors at Echols Funeral Home Chapel on June 23 from 6-8 p.m. Pallbearers will be Tally Pernell, John Mise, Chris Clarke, Robbie Wray, Nick Hobbs, and Carlton Rae. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Bailey, Kiser Robinson, Alfred Hobbs Jr., and Bruce Greene. Treva Pernell will sing. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greensville County Volunteer Rescue Squad or Calvary Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Laurice Sizer

Laurice House, Harding, Cross, Dianis, Sizer was born in Lawrenceville, VA on June 19, 1919.  She lived most of her life in Emporia and died there on June 15, 2015.  Laurice is survived by her husband Wesley Sizer.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Marie Harding Long of Winter Haven, FL, her son Lynwood French Harding of Staunton, VA and her son, Norman Anderson Harding, Jr. of Midlothian, VA.  She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Norman Anderson Harding of Richmond, Shelton Cross of Emporia and Paul Dianis of Emporia.  Laurice is survived by her son C.P. Harding of Normal, IL; her daughter in law Ann Pople Harding; grandson Nick Harding and his wife Julie Harding of Aledo, TX and great-grandsons Nicholas, Liam and Quinn also from Aledo, TX.  She is also survived by grandson Luke Harding of Chicago, IL and grandson Christopher Harding of Los Angeles, CA.  Also surviving is her daughter in law Barbara Harding (wife of Norman Jr.) of Midlothian, VA; granddaughter Angela Pigg, her husband Jimmie Pigg, great-grandson Chance Harding and his wife Kasey and their son Clyde and great-granddaughter Bethany Harding of Richmond. Grandson Andy Harding, his wife Alison; great-grandson Dillon Harding and great-granddaughter Summer Harding also survive.  Laurice is also survived by her daughter in law Wanda Harding (wife of Lyn) of Weyers Cave, VA; granddaughter Katie Harding of Raleigh, NC; and grandson William Harding, his wife Elizabeth; their daughter Madison and their son Jase of Staunton, VA.  Also surviving is one step-daughter Ketura Taylor and her husband Jack Taylor of Richmond.  Laurice is also survived by her sister Betsy Baird and husband Aubrey Baird of Bracey, VA.  She was preceded in death by her brothers Percy Lee House of Emporia and James Albert (Jack) House of Henderson, NC and by her sisters Mary House Creaseman of Norfolk, VA and Ernestine House Starke of Bracey, VA.  Laurice is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces as well as countless friends including her special friend Barbara Hargrove who cared for her over the past few years and helped her to live a very full and active life.  As she said so many times, Barbara is my special friend and I love her like a sister.  Laurice loved her family, she loved life, she loved people, she loved Emporia, VA and she loved Bingo.  She also loved her trips with groups to Atlantic City, New Jersey and she loved her trips to New York City where she appeared on The Price is Right and other television programs.  The most difficult thing a parent sometimes faces in life is the loss of a child.  Laurice faced that three times and her strength brought comfort to others during those difficult times.  Laurice has a special request of all of her family and friends.  She would like to be remembered not just with flowers or memorials to her church but with the kindness that each of you might do for others.  Do something nice for someone every day and remember Laurice…a nice lady from Emporia who always went out of her way to do kind things for others.  A visitation will be held on Wednesdaym from 1:00 to 2:00 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by funeral services there at 2:00.  The funeral will be followed by interment at the Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery on the corner of Dry Bread Road and Independence Church Road.  A reception for friends and family will follow in the fellowship hall.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Elie Mitchell Smith

Elie Mitchell Smith, 97, died June 6, 2015. She was born in Greensville County and lived in Emporia, Va. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and India Rook Mitchell, and her husband Harvey J. Smith, Sr. She is survived by her daughter Joan Smith Taylor and husband Thomas, of Emporia; son, Harvey J. Smith, Jr. and wife Patricia of Milford, NY; grandchildren Amy Dianis and husband Walter, Thomas E. Taylor, Jr and wife Stacy, all of Emporia, David Z. Smith, Kathryn E. Smith of Beno, OR; great grandchildren Jake Taylor, Morgan Dianis, Daniel Dianis, Drake Taylor, Hunter Taylor, all of Emporia, Devon Todd, of Beno, OR; two sisters, Lucy Davis of Emporia and Alice Hale of N. J.; two special friends, Nellie and Barry Falls. She was the oldest member of Calvary Baptist Church. Graveside Service were held Monday, June 8, 2015, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia. The family received at Echols Funeral Home from 2:30 until 4:00 pm. The Rev. Jim White officiated. Pallbearers were Earl Taylor, Thomas Edward Taylor, Jr., Jake Taylor, Walter Dianis, Barry Falls & Wyane Fetko; honorary pallbearers were Ernest Bailey & Harry L. Smith, Jr. In lieu of lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Emporia Va. In Emporia, Virginia.

Obituary-Cathy Hall Lewis

Cathy Hall Lewis, 62, of Stony Creek, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015. She is survived by her husband, David R. Lewis, son, David R. Lewis, Jr. and wife, Renea; daughter, Amanda Lewis Lipscomb and husband, Ronald; two grandchildren, Rachel Elaine Lewis and Hunter Lee Lipscomb and a large extended family of sisters, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 10 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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