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Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 15 minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks experienced licensed clinician (LCSW or LPC) to provide therapy and case management services on an inpatient basis.  Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling experience and certification preferred.  Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex developmental trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and substance abuse issues.  Position provides individual, group, and family therapy within a psychiatric residential setting. 

Virginia license is required.  Two years’ formal experience counseling adolescents is required.  Residential experience is preferred. 

Seeking experienced candidates.  Highly competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required.  Position open until filled.

Submit resume and cover letter to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Job# 2018-4
Attn: Chris Thompson
Fax: (434) 634-6237

Career Opportunity

Residential Counselors

(Youth Service Workers)

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required.  Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions open until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Job# 2018-6
Attn: Chris Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary-Susan Lee Stone

On 27 December, 2015 at 1:46 AM Susan Lee Stone departed this life to continue her Journey and Adventure. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, she brought life, light, and love daily to those with whom she came in contact. All who knew her have been truly blessed. She is survived by her husband Lee, her daughter Dr. Jen husband Dr. Dan Aminzade, children and their spouses Erin Stone, Michael Stone, Sean and Sharon Stone, 7 grandchildren, parents Lila Lee Turner and the late Thomas B. Turner, brother Russell and spouse Brenda Turner,nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Susan’s Hospice nurse, Kim Bear, who stayed with us through the entire process.  Susan left a legacy on this life and the people she knew. In lieu of flowers please address donations to St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Memorial Service will be held at 1 PM, January 9, 2016 at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Condolences may be registered at

Obituary-Sallie Mary Turner

Sallie Mary Turner, widow of Jack P. Turner, passed away at the Bloom Retirement Center on December 22, 2015 at the age of 98. A lifelong resident of Greensville County, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane T. Stanley; granddaughter, Chris Stanley and son-in-law, The Reverend Jerry Stanley. Survivors include her son, Jimmy Turner and wife, Liz; grandchildren, Ginger and Andrew. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Lila Lee Turner and a number of nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 28, 2015 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Bloom Retirement Center Activity Fund, 308 Weaver Ave, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Margarette “Pat” Holloway Whitman

Margarette “Pat” Holloway Whitman, 85, of Emporia, widow of Louis A. Whitman, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Anderton and two brothers, Harold Holloway and Clinton Holloway. She is survived by four sons, John Whitman and wife, Darlene, Billy Whitman and wife, Robin, Blane Whitman and Tim Whitman; two daughters, Ruth Poole and Lydia W. Merritt; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carlton Holloway and Sid Holloway; sister, Esther Harding and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, December 20 at Purdy Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Purdy Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Augustine Davis “Tina” Hallingshead

Augustine Davis “Tina” Hallingshead, 66, of Emporia, widow of James “Gene” Hallingshead, passed away Saturday, December 12, 2015 at her home. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Survivors include her daughter, Dowanna “Dee” Powell; her son, Clayton Wayne Hallingshead; three grandchildren, Charles David Martin, Brian Joseph Martin  and Emerson Blake Carroll; four great-grandchildren, Harleigh, Aden, Abby and Colton James; four sisters, Kathy Handsom, Joyce Delbridge, Patsy Davis and Margaret Ann and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences amy be made at

Obituary-Ophelia Pritchett Moore

Ophelia Pritchett Moore, 81, of Skippers, widow of Henry Clifton “Buck” Moore, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Ryland Pritchett. She is survived by her son,  Clifton Dean Moore and wife, Lori; her daughter, Deanna Moore Babb and husband, Michael; 4 grandchildren, Arlie Elizabeth Moore, Tyler Dean Moore; Austin Michael Babb and Aaryn Moore Babb; two sisters, Ernestine Parker and Goldie Matthews and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, November 27. Interment will follow at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution be made to Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Alvin Williams, 216 W. York Dr. Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

Obituary-Betty Corlette Pair

Mrs. Betty Corlette Pair, 85, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 PM at St. James UMC.  The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 pm until the funeral hour at the church.

Mrs. Pair, a native of Southport, graduated from Southport High School.  She attended Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, where she met and married the late, Percy Lee “Bo” Pair.  They made their home in Greenville in 1955, where she has been a member of St. James United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Pair was actively involved in many church ministries, including the choir, the United Methodist Women Circle #1 (past president), and enjoyed creating floral arrangements for the church.  She was also a member of the Delphian Book Club (past president), Dig’n Delve Garden Club (past president), and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Pair loved music and flowers, but her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pair was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Rachel Corlette; and a sister, Doris Harrelson Ward.

She is survived by her sons, Lee Todd Pair and wife, Pam, of Newport, and Harry Corlette Pair and wife, Donna, of Greenville; grandchildren, Jason Pair and wife, Susan, of Bath, Bryan Pair and wife, Nichole, of Washington, Lee Pair and fiancé, Kristin Harris, of Supply, Andrew Pair and wife, Myers, and David Pair, all of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Joelie, Cecilia, Harbor, and Beckam Pair; sister, Harriet Lazzo of Spartanburg, SC; and             numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care provided by the caregivers at Spring Arbor Nursing Home, 3 East and Palliative Care at Vidant Medical Center, Dr. Shirley Patel, and Dr. Shona Varghess.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to St. James UMC, 2000 E. Sixth St., Greenville, NC 27858 in the name of Betty Corlette Pair.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory. 

Online condolences at

Obituary-Harland James Belfield

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

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

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Obituary-Thomas William Matthews, Sr.

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

Obituary-Jerry Blowe

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary-William J. Hines, Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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