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Obituary-Moses Leslie Newsome

Moses Leslie Newsome, 93, of Emporia, went to be with The Lord on Saturday, march 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meade and lila Newsome; his first wife, Janie Braddy newsome; and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Ada King Newsome; a daughter, Connie Moore and husband, Hurbert; a son, Larry Newsome and wife, Carolyn; a grandson, Larry Newsome, Jr. and wife, Karen; a great-granddaughter, Madelyn Newsome; two ste-sons, Howard Boney and wife, Virginia and James Boney and wife, Lelia; a step-daughter, Barbara Allen and husband, Gerald; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and his beloved sitters. Moses was a member of First Baptist Church of Emporia and he loved The Lord. He was a charter member of Greensville Lounteer Rescue Squad, served in the U.S. Navy, and retired from Sadler Body Shop. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt with interment to follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 12-2 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Emporia or to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-James W. Sexton

James W. Sexton, 73, widower of Claudette Riegel Sexton, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015. He is survived by two daughters, Jackie Sexton Gomez and husband, Alberto and Mollie “Nickie” Sexton Harrison and husband, Bill; three grandchildren, Christopher Sexton, Jason Sexton and friend, Crystal and James “Mason” Sexton; four great-grandchildren, Ameerah, Christian, Jadyn and Camryn Sexton; two step-grandsons, Tony and Alberto Vazquez; a brother, Bobby Sexton; three sisters, Phronsie Miles, Ardney Moore and Eliza Robinson and a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Sexton was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Sexton and a son, Nathan “Nat” Sexton. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 27. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff and caregivers that work with Hospice of Virginia and Southside Regional Home Health for the comfort and care that was shown to Mr. Sexton. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, 7231 Forest Ave, Suite 100, Richmond, Virginia 23226.

Obituary-Russell L. “Catfish” Jones

Russell L. “Catfish” Jones, 63, of Jarratt, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Moore Jones; sons, David Jones and companion, Pam Hobbs, Joseph “Joe-Joe” Jones and wife, Kelly, Neal Jones and Rusty Jones; daughters, Marjorie and Pam W. Gainey and husband, Tony; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Logan, Lisa Bradshaw and Darlene Logan, a brother, Ernest Jones and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Purdy Baptist Church, 186 Smokey Ordinary Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Jackie Pearson Phillips

Jackie Pearson Phillips, 70, of Emporia, widow of Jesse Bowen Phillips, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015. She is survived by two daughters, Wynne Doyle and Susan Harvey and husband, Keith; four grandchildren, Trevor Doyle, Payton Doyle, Austin Harvey and Sarah Harvey and a sister, Barbara Walton. She also leaves behind her beloved canine companion, Sparky. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015. The family will receive friends following the service in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Independence United Methodist Church, 5066 Dry Bread Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct., Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Melvin P. Harrell, Sr.

Melvin P. Harrell, Sr., 72, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Hilda S. Harrell; son, Melvin P. Harrell, Jr., daughter, Cynthia H. Burke; grandson, Michael Zach Burke, granddaughter, Whitney R. Burke; great-grandson, Aubrey B. Burke; three sisters, Shirley Sledge Williams, Paige Harrell Gay and Joyce Faye Nowell and a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Harrell was preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Bryant Harrell, Jr. and a sister, Lucy Harrell Wilson. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Owen Funeral Home. Funeral services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Lottie Bradley Livingston

Lottie Bradley Livingston, 93, a retired registered nurse of Emporia, died peacefully March 4, 2015 after a lengthy illness. She had been a resident of the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center for more than seven years.

Livingston, an Emporia native who was also formerly of Hopewell and Colonial Heights, was predeceased by a son, Michael R. Franklin of Birmingham, AL and his wife, Donna Hunter Franklin.

She is survived by her oldest son, Richard C. Franklin, Jr (Suzanne) of Emporia and three grandchildren: Chrystina Franklin Kesler (William) of Raleigh, NC, Richard Bradford Franklin (Erin) of Richmond, VA and Marie Franklin Logan (Brady) of Birmingham, AL.

"Nana" as her grandchildren called her also had five great-grandchildren: William Jackson, Richard Bennett, and Henry Everett Kesler of Raleigh, NC, Abigail Suzanne Franklin of Richmond, and Cale Michael Logan of Birmingham, AL.

Livingston was the daughter of Susan G. and P.L. Bradley and one of eight children, all of which predeceased her. They included brothers Marvin, Willie,  P.K.,Dalton and Charles Bradley and two sisters, Louise Bradley Caish and Hattie Bradley Jackson.  Also surviving her is a special sister-in-law, Alice Starke Bradley of Williamsburg, VA  and special brother-in-law, Tommy Jackson of Roanoke Rapids, NC. Also a sister-in-law Mildred Floyd Bradley of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

Her care was loving and appreciated  by the family from the Bloom Center staff and Crater Community Hospice.

Livingston was an RN who graduated from the Petersburg Hospital School of Nursing and did various kinds of nursing before finishing her career in industrial nursing in Hopewell.  

She loved bird watching especially building houses  for Martins, crocheting, and was known for her colorful collection of nearly 100 hats. She also enjoyed corresponding with friends and distributing hand-made greeting cards. Livingston also enjoyed lunching with fellow nurses monthly.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church (300 Southampton Street, Emporia VA 23847) with the Rev. Gerald L. Wicker officiating. Visitation to follow at the home of Richard Franklin. Interment will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park (2901 W. Hundred Rd., Chester, VA 23831). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia or to Crater Community Hospice at 3916 S Crater Road Petersburg, VA  23805.

Obiituary-Charlie Lee Kei

Charlie Lee Kei, 80, of Emporia died March 4, 2015 in Greensville Manor Nursing Home.  He was a life time member of Saint Richard Catholic Church, Greensville Ruritan Club and Cato Hill Hunt Club.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Audrey Sitterson Kei; four sisters, Bessie Smith, Mary Riegel, Ann Newsome and Julia Sprouse and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased in death by his parents, Vendel and Bessie Kei; brothers, Vendel, Jr., Steve, Joe, Johnny, Paul and Sandy Kei; sisters, Elizabeth Suess and Sue Tucker.  A visitation will be held on Friday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Emporia Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Debbie Hitt

Debbie Hitt, 57, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. She is survived by her daughter, Mechelle Otten and husband, Thomas; two grandchildren, Haley Hitt and Blake Hitt and two sisters, Donna Marietta and Deana Leaton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, 420 E. Cary St., Richmond, Virginia 23219. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Irma Elizabeth Jarratt Bass

Irma Elizabeth Jarratt Bass, widow of Wilbur Louis Bass, Jr., passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. She is survived by two sons, Billy Bass and Robert Bass; daughter, Jerrica Bass and a sister, Hazel Moody and husband, Jerry. She also leaves behind her beloved feline “furbabies”, Cleo, Mango and Eddie. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarrat, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Monday, March 2 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Willie Mae Poarch

Willie Mae Poarch, 89, of Stony Creek, widow of William N. Poarch passed away peacefully Saturday morning, February 21, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Willie B. and Florence Mae Winfield Stainback and was also preceded in death by a grandson, Willie Upton, daughter-in-law, Joyce Poarch and son-in-law, Earl Upton. Mrs. Poarch is survived by two sons, Rives Poarch and friend, Dana of Kill Devil Hills, NC, David Poarch and wife, Bambi of Stony Creek; two daughters, Lillian Jarratt and husband, Floyd of Sparta, GA and Doris Upton and husband, Jimmy; sixteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; five sisters, Grace Grizzard and husband, Pete, Goldie Cox and husband, Conrad, Emily Andre and husband, George, Marie Schnitz and husband, Mike and Florence Scott; four brothers, Francis “Johnny” Stainback and wife, Minerda, Rufus Stainback and wife, Peggy, Carroll Stainback and Albert Stainback and wife, Phyllis and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Hlaifax Rd in Jarratt where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 25. Interment will follow at Winfield Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Concord United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-William Aarron Griffin, Jr.

William Aarron Griffin, Jr. age 79 of Warfield, Virginia passed away peacefully February 18, 2015.He is survived by one sister Peggy Malone Hobbs and her husband Alfred T. Hobbs, Jr., one niece Tara
Malone-Menendez, her husband Joe Menendez, nephew Wesley C. Newsome Jr. and wife Linda, Darrell WayneNewsome, Christopher Edward Malone and wife Susan. Great niece Laurie Harrup and husband Chad. Amanda Newsome,Ashley Newsome, Taylor Newsome, Hayley Newsome, Olivia Lee Menendez, Dylan Newsome, Claire Elizabeth Malone, AnnaCatherine Malone. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and known to them all at W.A.
 
Visitation will be Friday February 20, 2015 at Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Virginia from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm.Funeral services will be Saturday February 21, 2015 at 2:00pm at Williams Funeral Home followed by a intermit in BethelCemetery in Alberta, Virginia.
 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, Inc. 113 Baker StreetEmporia, Virginia 23847.
 
Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary-Arlys Martin Gutshall

Arlys Martin Gutshall, 82, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015. She was the widow of Robert A. Gutshall and was also preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Gutshall and eleven brothers and sisters. She is survived by a son, Philip Gutshall and wife, Terry; four grandchildren, Krystal Featherstun and husband, Ryan, Rusti Moore and husband, Shane, Amanda Gutshall and Bobby Walton and wife, Rebecca; four great-grandchildren, Trent Walton, Taylin Moore, Trevor Walton and Adalyn Moore; one sister, Arbutus Bright and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at First Christian Church, 427 Ruritan Dr, Emporia, Virginia. Interment will be 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-Joanne Spizzirri

Joanne Spizzirri, 63, of Jarratt, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Louis Spears and Esther Spizzirri and was also preceded in death by a niece, April Francis. She is survived by four brothers, Tom and Maggie Spizzirri, Ron and Nancy Spizzirri, Rick Spears and Fred and Sherry Stewart; three sisters, Nancy Lewis, Sara and Stan Parter and Sharon and Brian Schubert and a number of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at St. Richard’s Catholic Church. Private interment will be at Augusta Memorial Park, Waynesboro, Virginia. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 117 Laurel St, Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to Samaritan Helping Hands Home, P.O. Box 148, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Mamie Beryl Browder Harrison

MAMIE BERYL BROWDER HARRISON of Emporia, Va., age 82, was called home by the Lord on January 28th, 2015.  She was predeceased by her husband, James Weaver Harrison and sister Josephine Sparks.  She is survived by her only child, Cynthia Harrison Caldwell, and her husband Orris Franklin Caldwell, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, two sisters, Doris Hobeck, and Carroll Williams, sisters-in-law, Hazel Ferguson, Polly Wray and most notably, sister in law and lifetime best friend Peggy Allen and  Godson, Richard Darrell Allen.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.  Additionally, she is survived by numerous friends and family, who willingly sat by her bedside in her final days.  Further, she is survived by her “foster” grandson, Jonathan Eric Allen, who always held a special place in her heart. 

Beryl worked for Farmer’s Home Administration in Greenville County and was the only woman to ever hold the title of County Supervisor without a college degree at that time.  After her retirement, she and Peggy enjoyed many fun filled trips with her sister and her husband, Carroll and Thurman Williams.

She was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, sister, and friend. Her legacy, by far, was her sweetness and grace toward others and her willingness to help in any way possible. She was an amazing seamstress and often made Cindy’s clothes which they designed together until she was no longer able to sew.  She loved sewing, sunbathing, sleeping and most of all shopping.  Beryl was the most loving, devoted mother and best friend a daughter could ask for.  Even her last wish was to help others, by donating her body to research.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 at Calvary Baptist Church on Main Street in Emporia, Va.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to your preferred Alzheimer’s or Diabetic Research charity.

Obituary-Dorothy Hogarth Harrison

Mrs. Dorothy Hogarth Harrison, 91, of Jarratt, widow of Herbert Calvin Harrison, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015. She is survived by her son, Robert Calvin “Bob” Harrison and wife, Maida of Waynesboro; her daughter, Shirley Harrison Snow and husband, Richard of Spotsylvania; three grandchildren, Robert C. Harrison, Jr. of Staunton, Rena S. Sharpe and husband, Paul of Midlothian and Corey L. Oster and husband, Scott of Chesapeake; six great-grandchildren, Emma Harrison, Lannie O’Brien, Tyler O’Brien and Paul, Aaron and Brandon Oster; one sister, Virginia H. Blythe of Emporia and a brother, William Thomas “Billy” Hogarth and wife, Mary of St. Petersburg, FL and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Harrison was preceded in death by one grandson, Brian Kenneth Harrison and a sister, Margaret Hogarth Ferguson. She was a member of Aberdour Presbyterian Church where she had served as organist for over 75 years. A funeral service will be held at Aberdour Presbyterian Church 2 p.m. Monday, February 16 with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Aberdour Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Burley Mahood Braswell

Burley Mahood Braswell, 91, of Emporia passed away on February 13, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Moore Braswell.  He is survived by his sons, Dennis Ray Braswell and wife Romine and Stephen Craig Braswell; granddaughter, Candace B. Gordon and husband Keith and one great-granddaughter Caitlyn Gordon.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, 2pm, at Word of Life Assembly of God Church followed by a funeral service at 3pm.  Interment will follow in Emporia Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Word of Life Assembly of God Church, 707 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA 23847.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Alice Allen Moore

Alice Allen Moore died February 7, 2015, in Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, VA.  She was born February 11, 1926 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.  She was employed at Emporia Manufacture Company which later became Miller Homes in Emporia, VA for many years.  She was a life-time member of Calvary Baptist Church all her life where she taught children’s Sunday school for 40 years and was active in GAs, WMU and Senior Circle.

She is survived by one daughter, Ann Moore Connell and husband, Carl Connell, two grandchildren, Andrew Connell and Lesley Nunn and husband Patrick Nunn, three great grandchildren, Drew Connell, Harper Nunn and Van Walker Nunn.  Four sisters Margaret Watson, Jeannette McArdle, Joyce Majer, Martha Harris and one brother Eddie Allen.

She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years Ira Moore, her parents, Frank and Lucy Allen, one brother  Frank Allen, Jr., three sisters Lois Taylor, Eleanor Stone and Peggy Myrick.

Remains rest at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, where family will receive friends on Monday, February 9 from 5 to 7 pm.  Funeral services will be held 3 pm Tuesday, February 10 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Emporia Cemetery.  Family suggest contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church or Greensville Rescue Squad.

Pallbearers:  Carl Connell, Andrew Connell, Brian Allen, Rick Watson, John Watson and Troy Watson.

Obituary-Cecil Wade Allen

Cecil Wade Allen, Sr., 87, of Emporia, passed away on February 8, 2015.  He is survived by his wife, Nell Allen; 2 sons and their spouses; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, 11am, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Ruby Wrenn Rawlings

Ruby Wrenn Rawlings, 83, “MeMa “ to her beloved grandchildren went to her Lord and Savior on February 7, 2015. She was employed at the Greensville County Clerk’s Office in Emporia for fifteen years.    She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest H. Rawlings, Jr. and James A. Dunn; son James A. Dunn, Jr; and siblings Mary Lee Pearson, Burton Wrenn, and Jean Ciletti.  She is survived by her son William Barry Dunn and wife Stacy; grandsons Nash and Lance Dunn; siblings Elvin Picano and husband Michael, Margaret Thrower, Frances Matson, Linda Joyner, Reid Wrenn and wife Sarah; and many nieces and nephews.  Friends may call on the family at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, on Monday, February 9, 7-8:30pm.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 10 at 11am at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Adams Grove Baptist Church.  Guests will be welcomed for a gathering following the services at First Presbyterian Church in Emporia.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or First Presbyterian Church.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Marilyn Syble Fannon

Marilyn Syble Fannon, 88, widow of George Henry Fannon, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia F. Warf and husband, James; granddaughter, Kelly Warf Harvey and husband, Alan; grandson, Kenneth Allen Warf; two great-granddaughters, Jordan Elizabeth Harvey and Jillian Dawn Harvey; one great-grandson, Joseph Evan Harvey; two brothers, James W. Sexton and Bobby Bruce Sexton; three sisters, Ardney Moore, Eliza Robinson and Phronsie Miles and a number of nieces and nephews. Syble was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 6. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 562, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to High Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Martha Moore Williams

Martha Moore Williams, 91, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2015. She was preceded in death by her son, George E. Williams, Jr.; and her husband of 72 years, George E. Williams, Sr. (John). She is survived by two daughters, Jane Denzler and husband, Richard and Cathy Carter and husband, Ernie; four grandchildren, Heather Rose (Andy), Rich Denzler, Chris Carter (Pam) and Elizabeth Meagher (Sean); and two great-grandsons, Austin and Sebastian Rose. She was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother and is survived by two sisters,  Dorothy Coleman and Betty Gregory. Mrs. Williams was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church for 63 years, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and helped establish the deaf ministry.  She was known for her ministry to the deaf throughout Virginia.  Her family will receive friends on Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bliley's-Staples Mill Road. There will be a private burial. A memorial service will be held 12 noon Tuesday at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Road, Richmond, VA 23228 in the chapel, followed by a reception.

Obituary-Esther “Chessie” Lewis Prince

Mrs. Esther “Chessie” Lewis Prince, 91, widow of William D. Prince, Jr. of Emporia, passed away on January 22, 2015. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert S. Lewis of Richmond and her sister, Mildred Lewis Walton of Smithfield, VA. Mrs. Prince was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Scott Lewis of “Little Dover” in Goochland County and later of “Rock Hill” in Madison County, Virginia. She was raised in Goochland County and was a graduate of Goochland High School and attended Mary Washington College. She enjoyed a career as a secretary before retiring in 1979. She was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church, Emporia, where she served on the Vestry. She was a reserve member after many years of active membership of the Emporia Book Club; the Hicksford Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution serving as Regent and longtime chairman of American History; and a former member of the Colonial Dames. She is survived by her children, Polly Miller and Garnett Miller of Wytheville, VA; Dr. William Daniel Prince,III and Lauren Prince of Martinsville, VA; Scott D. Prince and Mary Prince of St. Simons Island, GA; and Anne Deuchler and William Deuchler of Winter Park, FL. Also surviving are her grandchildren, William G. Miller, William D. Prince, IV; Matthew and Kate Prince, Mary Helen and Ike Johnston, Grace L. Prince, Philip B. Deuchler, Rand S. Deuchler and Catherine P. Deuchler. She is also survived by her sister, Louise L. Ebert and her husband, Jim, of Lumberton, NC as well as by many nieces and nephews. The family is most appreciative of her devoted caregivers, Lois Turner, Evelyn Wilson, Rosa Carson, Patsy Keenan, Mary Adams, Diane Givens and Beckey Presson. Funeral Services will be conducted by The Reverend Colin Cooper in the former Christ Episcopal Church, now Victory Fellowship Church, 200 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847 on Saturday at 11am followed by burial in the Emporia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the YMCA of Emporia c/o Kristin Vaughan, 212 Weaver Ave, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Woodie Edward Smith

Woodie Edward Smith, II, 74, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Judith R. Smith; stepson, Michael Anderton and wife, Brandy; nephew, James Matthews, Jr. and wife, Sabrina; devoted cousin, Debbie Weiss and husband, Jim and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Riggan. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Smith. A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St. Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Obituary-Bernadine Louise Robinson Becker

On December 2, 1947, Bernadine Louise Robinson Becker (Dena) came wiggling, laughing and singing into the world.  She was here! She was a presence!  Few who met her would ever forget her.  Blessed with an indomitable spirit, she was able to negotiate her way through the significant trials and tribulations she faced during her life – sometimes with kindness and sometimes with fierce “feistiness.” 

Dena possessed many attributes including being a talented hairdresser and a gifted writer and a gutsy determination to persevere. The world will miss her laughter as well as her bullheadedness. Even as Primary Progressive Aphasia and Alzheimer’s disease attacked her brain and, eventually, took her life on January 13, 2015, she almost completed her long-held goal of achieving her bachelor’s degree. 

Most of those she loved and many who loved her had passed before her and were there to greet her in Heaven.  She does leave behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she did not have the opportunity to know, a brother, a number of cousins, two friends – angels – Glaucia and Penny – who fostered her faith and her soul to the very end and her beloved Chihuahua, Baby.  Her family deeply appreciates the care and concern for her health and well-being provided by the employees at Emporia Manor.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at The Word of Life Assembly of God at 707 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, VA 23847.

Obituary-Arthur Graham Elliott, Jr., “Artie”

Arthur Graham Elliott, Jr., “Artie”, 50, passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Faye Mangum Elliott; son, Justin Adams and fiancée, Kathryn Sheffield; his mother, Hazel Powell Elliott; sister, Brenda Bowen; mother-in-law, Marguerite Mangum; sister-in-law, Gene Mangum; a number of nieces and nephews and a large extended family. Artie was a devoted employee of Owen Ford where he was Parts and Service Director and was co-owner with his wife of Paws and Purrs Pet Spa. A true humanitarian, he was an active community leader having served on the Jarratt Town Council, had been very active with JRA and EGRA and a member of Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department of which he served as chief for a number of years. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Saturday, January 31 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where a funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, February 1. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Obituary-LaRose Evans Gilbert

Sadly on Sunday, January 25, 2015, Ms. LaRose Evans Gilbert, 96, of 23240 Moore's Road, Jarratt, Virginia, took her heavenly transition to be with the Lord. 

A Homegoing Celebration for Ms. LaRose Evans Gilbert will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12 NOON at Saint James Episcopal Church in Emporia, VA. Reverend Harry V. Nevels, Officiating, Eulogist. 

Ms. Gilbert will be laid to rest in the Hassidiah Baptist Church Cemetery in Jarratt, VA. 

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

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Obituary-Avis Frazier

Avis M. Frazier, 76, died Monday, January 19, 2015. A native of Emporia, she had been a Hampton resident since 1964 where she was a member of First Church at Port Warwick. She worked for many years with her husband at Gene’s Discount Auto Parts and was a member of the Golden Thimble sewing and knitting club.

Gene would like to thank all of her nurses and doctors for all they did for her, especially on the 3rd and 5th floors at the Careplex; and Barry and Sandy Lowe for all of their help during Avis’ illness.

Preceded in death by her son, Linwood G. Frazier; survivors include her husband of 55 years, Gene H. Frazier; a grandson, Kenny Frazier; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Justin Frazier; three sisters, Ruby Estelle Pearson, Betty Mae Velikey, and Erma Louise Vincent; and a brother, Melvin Louis Ferguson.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 2103 Pine Log Road, Skippers, VA by Rev. Ron Gallagher.

Memorials may be made to First Church at Port Warwick, 410 Flannery O’Conner Street, Newport News, VA 23606.

Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

Obituary-Edna Moore Birch

Edna Moore Birch, 87, of Emporia, passed away on January 21, 2015.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymon Birch, Sr.  She is survived by her son, Ray T. Birch and wife Sharron; her granddaughter, Melissa; her sisters, Dorothy Coleman, Betty Gregory and Martha Williams.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 23, at 2pm in Emporia Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Doiam Nock

Mrs. Doiam Nock, daughter of the late Albert Davis and the late Dorothy Gaines, was born December 6, 1951 in Columbia, SC. She entered into eternal rest on December 26, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.

She attended public schools in Richland County, S.C. and furthered her education at Mansfield Business and Columbia College. She received her Master’s Degree from Midwest Seminary College.

She and her husband moved to Emporia, Virginia in 2006 where she was a contractor with the U.S. Postal Service until 2014.

She was the devoted wife of George Nock and a wonderful role model for her children and all who knew her.

Mrs. Nock leaves to cherish her memories her sons; Travis [Karen] Gaines, Arthur [Anita] Stevens, Fredrick Stevens and Derrick [Carolina] Evans, all of Columbia, South Carolina; a daughter, Sharon [Ronald] Francis of Springfield, Massachusetts, a brother, James [Francis] Gaines; two sisters, Jean Alice Hope and Vivian Hope, all of Columbia, S.C., twenty grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers and her Church family whom will miss her dearly.

Doiam was a devoted Christian and loved her Savior dearly. She wrote several songs and poems expressing her great faith. She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Worship Center Emporia, 4910 E. Atlantic St. where a Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held Sunday, January 25 at 4:00 PM

Obituary-Emma Powell Wrenn

Emma Powell Wrenn, 99, of Emporia passed away on January 16, 2015.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rueben Wrenn and her stepchildren.  She is survived by her son, James Wrenn and wife Ann of Emporia; sisters, Anne Clarke of Roanoke, Va., Jessie Axselle of Montpelier, Va., Nannie Woodruff of Jarratt, Va., and Shirley Suits of Drewryville, Va.; brothers, Linwood Powell and wife Sherviy of Fayetteville, NC., and Allen Powell of Emporia; grandson, Jimmy Wrenn and wife Ginger of Emporia, Va., granddaughter, Karen Thompson and husband Tommy of Emporia; numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Sunday, 2-3:30pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Monday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com 

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