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Obituary-Morris Conway Driver

Morris Conway Driver, 86, beloved husband, father, PaPa, brother and uncle passed away peacefully in the home surrounded by family on Thursday, November 13, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Ferguson Driver, whom he both loved and admired all of his life. He is also survived by his five children: Earl Conway Driver and wife, Susan of Richmond, 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. He was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. M.C. was a quiet man with much wisdom. He was a self taught musician and gifted in his ability to play the guitar. He passed that love and gift down to his children and grandchildren. M.C. was a man of hard work, principles, perseverance and God’s word. He found much fulfillment working in his yard planting beautiful flowers. He was always willing to help someone in need or feed extra mouths at the table with his famous fried chicken. He finished out each of his days with reading of God’s word. He was loved, respected, and admired by his children. There will be an empty part within each of their hearts, along with many fond memories. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia with interment to follow at Forest Hills Baptist Church Cemetery. The family requests that all visitation be at the funeral home prior to the service beginning at 12:30. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct, Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Elizabeth Chaplin Cook

Elizabeth Chaplin Cook, 92, of Emporia died on November 8, 2014 at Bloom Retirement Center.  She was the daughter of Robert Hepton and Fannie Owen Chaplin and a lifelong resident of Greensville County.  She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church/Anglican Church for many years.  A graduate of James Madison University with a Masters from Longwood University, she taught in the Greensville County Public School System for 26 years and served as an elementary school principal for 10 years before retiring.  She was active in numerous local civic, charitable, and educational organizations, including the Greensville Retired Teachers Association and The Riparian Woman’s Club.  Survivors include her daughter, Ann C. Howard and her husband, Joseph, Jr.; her son, James D. Cook, Jr. and his wife, Gail; her grandsons, Joseph Howard, III and his wife, Nancy, Robert Howard and his wife, Alka and James Cook, III and his wife, B.J.; her granddaughter, Candis Neblett and her husband, Evan; her great-grandchildren, Randy Scott, Taylor Samantha, Connor Lewis and Tessa Ann Howard, and Ethan Christopher Neblett; her sister, Mary Ann C. Lohr; her brother, Edward R. Chaplin and his wife, Julia and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Fanny C. Rawles and her brothers, Robert Rogers, John Thomas, Charles Alfred, and William Stanley Chaplin, and a very special nephew, Dr. Robert R. Chaplin, Jr.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 1pm in Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA 23847, followed by a funeral service at 2 pm.  Interment will follow in Emporia Cemetery.  Following the burial a reception will be held at Originals by Randi, 347 Halifax Street, Emporia.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any of the following, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, 209 Halifax Street, Emporia, Lifestar Ambulance, Inc., 300 North Main Street, Emporia, or a scholarship fund of your choice.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Vernon Freeman Murr

Mr. Vernon Freeman Murr, 60, of Emporia, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Frances Murr; son, Jerry Leonard “Dink” Draper, III and wife, Toni; granddaughters, Hannah Draper and Elizabeth Hasty; sister, Janice Lawson and husband, Jim; brother, Jeffrey Murr and wife, Gloria and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, November 13 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt where the family will receive friends 5:30 – 8 prior to and following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 N. Main St, Emporia, VA 23847 or to Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Richard R. Jarratt

Richard R. Jarratt, Sr., 69, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014. He was the son of the late Paul and Mary Ella Jarratt and was also preceded in death by two brothers, William E. Jarratt and James T. “Tommy” Jarratt. Survivors include his daughter, April Lynn Brannan and husband, Lester; son, Richard R. “Buck” Jarratt and wife, Cindy; three grandchildren, Brian Simmons, Nicole Brannan and Miranda E. Jarratt and a great-grandson, Grant Simmons. He also is survived by his devoted companion, Lilah Jarratt and her children, Joshua Jarratt and Samantha Grizzard and husband, Brandon and children, Jaylon and Cameron Grizzard. Richard also leaves behind a brother, Charles “C. D.” Jarratt and wife, Anita; three sisters, Alice Turner and husband, Don, Frances Murr and husband, Freeman and June Faison and husband, Glenn and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, October 31. Interment will follow at Adams Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to assist the family with final expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Hugh D. Drake

Mr. Hugh D. Drake, Jr., 68, of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Laura C. Drake; son, Wesley D. Drake and wife, Gretchen; two daughters, Anita Colby and husband, Jeff and Tracy Drake; five grandchildren, Amber Colby, Tess Colby, Dylan Drake, Erik Alford and Zachary Goodwyn; one sister, Martha Ann Holland and husband, Kelly and nieces, Debra Turner and Kim Morris. Mr. Drake was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Drake. A graveside funeral service will be held 12 Noon Friday, October 31 at Maitland Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10-11:30 a.m. prior to the service at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia 23867. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to assist the family with final expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Willard Earl Upton

Willard Earl Upton, 63, of Sussex, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 27, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Willard Earl “Willie” Upton, Jr. and his mother, Ruby C. Upton. Survivors include daughters, Wendy Upton Futrell and husband, Keith, Debbie Upton Grein and husband, Matt, Kristie Lynn Upton and Jessica Danielle Chouen; grandchildren, Eric Lee Jenkins, Haleigh Elizabeth Duncan, Jacob Mathew Grein, Brianna Marie Grein, Brayden Nathaniel Upton, Berkley Derringer Futrell and Tannar Vermillion; his father, Donal T. Upton; brother, Donal Upton, Jr. and wife, Adele; sisters, Joyce Jones an husband, Howard, Betty Carr and husband, Pete, Teresa Tripp and husband, Riley, Judy Monahan and husband, Tim and Lisa Whitmore and husband, Greg. He also is survived by his special friend, Liz DeBord and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 29 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct 30. Interment will follow at Winfield Family Cemetery. Online condolences may be made www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-John Carlton Butler

John Carlton Butler, 80, of Emporia died on October 23, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Butler and son-in-law Kerry Dawson Mitchell.  He is survived by his wife, Katheryn Epps Butler; daughter, Cathy Mitchell; and grandson, John Dawson Jordan Mitchell.  Visitation will be Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 6-8pm at Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Monumental United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Wayne “Switchblade” Primm

Wayne “Switchblade” Primm, 63, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Harris Primm. Survivors include three sons, Daniel Primm and wife, Rebecca, Jamie C. Primm and Michael Wayne Primm; a daughter, Joy Michelle Harris; five grandchildren, Alexis, Nicholas and Zachary Seward and Amanda and Vanessa Gaynor; two brothers, Earl “Butch” Primm and Roger Primm and a sister; Alberta; special friends, Sue and Ted Blair and Wayne’s racing family, Randy Wright and wife, Donna, Tommy Shearin and wife, Lisa, Mike Shearin and special friend, Wendy, Jeff Wrenn and Arthur “Farmer” Greene. A graveside funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at First Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 12:30 – 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Jeannette Mitchell Doyle

Jeannette Mitchell Doyle, 71, of Emporia passed away on October 11, 2014.  She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Roy E. Doyle and numerous close nieces and nephews.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, 6-7:30, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street Baptist Church or The American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Patsy H. Moore

Patsy H. Moore, 60, of Jarratt, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Franklin B. “Duke” Moore; three sons, Franklin B. “Pete” Moore, Jr., James Ray “Jamie” Moore and Timothy Scott Moore; daughter, Debra Copeland; eight grandchildren, four brothers, Charles T. “Tommy” Harrell, Ollin B. Harrell, Jr., Phillip Harrell and Carlton Harrell and a sister, Becky Stainback. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death bya brother, Kenneth Harrell. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 11 at Emmanuel Worship Center of Emporia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Petersburg Animal Welfare Society, “P.A.W.S.”, P.O. Box 1841, Petersburg, VA 23805. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Elaine Clarke Bradley

Elaine Clarke Bradley, age 86, of Emporia, Va. passed away October 6, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Lee “Pete” Bradley, Sr.; her daughter, Kathy “Chip” Bradley; and two brothers.  She is survived by her three children, Dianne Bradley of Emporia, Eddie Bradley, Jr. and Elizabeth M. of South Hill, and Rodney Bradley and Mark Webster of Richmond; two grandsons, John Bradley and Caroline and Ryan Bradley and Sarah; and six great grandchildren, Perrin, Hunter, Britain, Tyler, Brooklyn, and Ryder.  A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Main Street Baptist Church, Emporia.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 South Main St., Emporia, VA  23847.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-Ida Frances Saunders Griffin

Ida Frances Saunders Griffin (Nanny), 97, of Emporia passed away on October 2, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin O. Griffin, Jr. and her parents, John T. and Mary Ruth Saunders.  She is survived by her son, (Ret.) General Benjamin Saunders Griffin (Noel); daughter, Mary Ann Wills; grandchildren, Don Newsome(Sandee), Melissa and Kenneth Mitchell, Beth Cain(Will), Jennifer Griffin, Michael Griffin Sheffield, Jason Griffin(Dawn); great-grandchildren, D.J., Trace, TaylorAnn Newsome, Liam, Benjamin, McKenzie, Miles Griffin, Zachary and Elliott Cain; 1 great-great-grandchild, Noah Newsome.  She was a lifetime member of Monumental United Methodist Church, a member of the Eastern Star and the Scarlett Belles and Ravishing Rubies Red Hat Societies.  A visitation will be held Sunday, 7-8:30 in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, 11am, at Monumental United Methodist Church followed by interment in Emporia Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church or the Boy Scouts of America.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Alexander Paul Buckner

Alexander Paul Buckner, infant son of Christopher Buckner and Amber Pitt, passed away on September 27, 2014.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, 3pm, at Emmanuel Worship Center with interment to follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Anne Edwards Woodruff

Anne Edwards Woodruff, 85, of Emporia passed away on September 28, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years John Russell Woodruff, Jr.  She is survived by her daughter Beth and husband Allen Meade Blackwell.  A visitation will be held Tuesday, 6-8pm, at the residence of Mrs. Woodruff, 10578 Brink Road.  A funeral will be held on Wednesday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, YMCA of Emporia or Ebenezer United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

OBITUARY - JEFFREY R. KOCH

Jeffrey Robert Koch 46, of Emporia VA, formerly of Potsdam, NY, passed away on Sept 22, 2014 at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital (MCV), Richmond, VA, following an automobile accident which occurred September 13, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Koch, sister, Gayl Koch, and infant brother, Timothy Koch. Survivors include his mother, Ruth Sherman Koch of Emporia, VA, sister, Debra Koch Brigman (Jim) of Manassas VA, one niece, Kayla Duesterdick of Northern VA; several aunts, one uncle, and several cousins.

Jeffrey graduated from Potsdam Central School and worked at the Department of Corrections in Greensville County, VA.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeffrey's memory to the organization of your choice or to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, VA 23847.

Annie Lee Robinson Services September 20

Mrs. Annie Lee Robinson, 87, of Canton, GA, went to be with our Lord, Friday, July 18, 2014.

Annie was born on August 14, 1926. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and active at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arldon L. Robinson. She is survived by her children, Marian Hawkins of Raleigh, NC, Douglas L. Robinson of Canton, GA and C.G. “Robbie” Robinson of Canton, GA; three grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 ½ great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Emporia, VA. 

Obituary-Janice Kay McEntire Harrell

Janice Kay McEntire Harrell, 73, passed away Tuesday, September 16. Born in Crawford County, PA; She was raised in Phillipsburg, PA where she lived with her parents, Kenneth and Lena McEntire and her brother, Jeffrey.She and her loving husband, Gordon B. Harrell, Jr. built their home in Centre Hill, PA where they raised their children, Shelley, Robert and Douglas. Janice was active in the Centre Hill United Methodist Church, the Centre Hill Grange and community service. She was always helping where she was needed including her children’s school and scouting. She helped establish the local soccer field and volunteered for Meal on Wheels and local charities. After retiring in 2003, she and Gordon moved to Gordon’s childhood hometown, Jarratt, Virginia and joined the Lebanon United Methodist Church. Janice is survived by her children, Shelley, Robert and Doug and her grandchildren, Shanon, Rheann, Cody, Willow, Daisy, Quinn and Meadow. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Virginia Lee Harrell and brother-in-law, James “Bootsie” Harrell. Janice will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20 at Lebanon United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Jewel Duncan Cordle

Jewel Duncan Cordle, 85, of Emporia passed away on September 13, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband William S. Cordle. She is survived by sons William R. Cordle and wife Peg of Chesapeake, VA and Robin L. Cordle of Crozet, VA; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Thursday, 1pm at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with a funeral service following at 2pm.  Interment will be private.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter

William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter of Jarratt, VA, a Vietnam War veteran, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at McGuire’s Veteran Hospital in Richmond, VA.  He was retired from the City of Emporia.  Born in Ashland, Ohio on December 21, 1947, Bill was predeceased by his parents Paul Bernard Fraunfelter and Ruth Eleanor Gilbert Miller, and a sister Donna Miller Thomas.  Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Sherry Taylor Fraunfelter; daughter, Casey Lindsay (Steve) of Wadsworth, Ohio; and son Eric Fraunfelter (Birte) of Kirn, Germany; stepchildren, Melissa Ivey Harrison (Brian) of Jarratt, VA and Will Ivey (Shannon) of Alberta, VA; grandchildren Laura Ashley Fraunfelter, Seraphine Fraunfelter, Logan Claire Harrison, Collin Lindsay, and Kristen Michele Ivey; and sisters Kay F. Wingrove (Harvey) of Warsaw, Ohio, and Ann F. White (David) of Ashland, Ohio, a brother, John Paul Fraunfelter of Arizona. Bill is also survived by his faithful companion Buddy.  A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 13th at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 10053 Lebanon Church Road, Jarratt, VA.  A visitation with the family will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 PM.

Obituary-Richard Benjamin Jones

Richard Benjamin Jones, Sr., 87, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014. Mr. Jones was the former owner of Jones Upholstery Shop in Emporia. He is survived by his daughter, Joan Harrell and husband, Rickey of Emporia; his son, Richard Benjamin Jones, Jr. and wife, Susan of Callaway, Virginia; two grandchildren, Adam Harrell of Richmond and Eric Jones of Callaway. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Peggy Ferguson Edwards

Peggy Ferguson Edwards, 79, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014.  Survivors include her husband, Robert Edwards; four sons, Robert Edwards, Jr and wife Brenda of Emporia, VA, Kenneth Edwards and wife Barbara of Earlysville, VA, Barry Edwards of Emporia, VA, and Doug Edwards and wife Kim of Richmond, VA; eight grandchildren, Norah Edwards, Kennon, Sarah, and Blakely Edwards, Danielle Donati, Dustin Edwards, Zoe and Wyatt Edwards, two brothers, Norman Ferguson and Kennon Ferguson, Jr., two sisters, Joyce Gordon and JoAnn Lee.  She was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Ferguson.  She was well known for her church work, elderly care and child care.  A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends beginning at 12:30pm.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Samaritan Helping Hands in Emporia, VA. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Charlie Herbert Acree

Charlie Herbert Acree, age 61, of Valentines, Va. passed away August 10, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Lee and Ethel Rook Acree; a daughter, Charlene Acree; three brothers, Earl, Ray, and Wilbur Acree; and a sister, Joanne Poythress.  He is survived by his children, Becky Reed and husband Jason and Bobby Acree and wife Amy; six grandchildren, D.J. Reed, Makayla Reed, Nickolas Reed, Tyler Acree, Kobie Acree and Alayna Acree; his brothers, Sam , Bennie Lee, Thomas, and Cecil Acree; his sisters, Louise Thomason and Dorothy Jarratt; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the home of Becky and Jason Reed.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-William Horace Dunn

William Horace Dunn, 91, departed this life for his home up above peacefully on Sunday, August 3, 2014. He was born on January 14, 1923, the youngest of 11 children, to the late William James Dunn and Lula Grizzard Dunn. Preceding hime in death were sisters, Emma D. Harrup, Willie D. Gilliam, Ann D. Riley, Frances D. Tyler, Ruby G. Williams and Bertha D. Drewry and brothers, Alton Dunn, Byron Dunn, Claude Dunn and Howard Dunn, Sr. Mr. Dunn was raised in Yale, Virginia which he called home until he later moved to Emporia due to his brother’s failing health and to be closer to medical facilities. He was a farmer for most of his life and loved working outdoors. He had a garden up until the age of 91 and worked it by himself. He loved to cook baked goods and was always sharing them with other people. He never married and had no children of his own but was loved by his many nieces and nephews. After serving in the United States Army during World War II in Italy, he came home and spent most of his life taking care of his parents and later looking after two of his sisters, his brother and a brother-in-law. He spent his last years as a resident of The Bloom Center in Emporia where he made many, many friends. He was taken care of by a staff that always had his best interests at heart. Ann Temple, Debbie Mozingo, his nurses, Debbie, Pam, Tammy and especially his beloved Geraldine will always be remembered fondly by his family members. He made a special friend while there, Mrs. Elizabeth Cook whose friendship at this stage of his life was a blessing to him. A special thanks from the family is also extended to Lifestar Ambulance Service for their care when needed. “Uncle Horace” as he was known by most, was a member of American Legion Bulla Post #46 and was a past member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club. He leaves to cherish his memory, nieces, Kay Dunn Bryant, (Edward), Betty Jean Dunn Callahan, Nettie Lou Dunn Kitchen (Charles), Paige Withers (Bob); nephews, Howard Dunn, Jr. (Pat), Earl Dunn (Joyce), Charles Dunn (Janet), William J. “Billy” Dunn (Donna), a devoted brother-in-law, Louis Riley and his companion, Lauren and many numerous great-nieces and nephews as well as some great-great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Lifestar Ambulance Service, Inc, for the many kindnesses their father during his transports.  The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia officiated by Dr. Walter Laseter of Calvary Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Antioch 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 Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 S. Main St, Emporia, VA 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

 

Obituary-Mary Watkins Morgan Little

Mary Watkins Morgan Little passed away on August 2, 2014.   She was born and raised in Emporia, VA to the late John Carter Watkins and Emma Ruth Webb Watkins, and sister to Emma Ruth Pritchard.  Mary is survived by a sister Jean Carter Saunders.  She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  She is also survived by daughter Emmy M. Vincent (husband H. Benjamin Vincent, Jr.); granddaughter Lauren Morgan Epps; Mary’s husband Robert Little, and very special nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased in death by husband Frederick A. Morgan.  Her greatest joy in life was her family.  Mary graduated from Longwood University and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.  She was a lifelong, active member of Main St United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir, Margaret Parker Circle and taught Sunday School.  Her church meant the world to her.  She also took pride in her civic work and was a founding member of what became the Meherrin River Arts Council, member of DAR, Riparian Woman’s Club, Greensville Memorial Hospital Auxillary and Greensville Historical Society.  Although most of her life was spent in Emporia, she lived for over 15 years in Natchez, Miss.  It remained a special place in her heart and was often the subject of stories of fond memories and friends.  Mary was blessed with many special friends, many more like family, because of her talent of making all feel welcome and wanted in her home.  She loved music, was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and decorating.  She was the ever gracious hostess and a true Southern lady.  Special thanks go to Geraldine Walton who was a much loved, and very comforting caretaker for Mary over the last trying times in her life.  A graveside service was held Monday, 2 pm, at Emporia Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association or memorials to Main St United Methodist Church in Emporia, VA.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Dorothy Marie Clary

Dorothy Marie Clary, 75, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 after a brief illness. “Dot” as she was known by her family and friends leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Allen Dale Clary and his wife, Julie of Rocky Mount, NC; her grandchildren, Casey Clary of Raleigh, NC, Jordan Clary of Greenville, NC and Ali Clary at home with her parents; also her sister, Connie Kanipe of Louisburg, NC as well as many friends that she considered as family. “Dot” was preceded in death by her husband, Willie that she missed dearly after 53 years of marriage. They were truly best friends and had a real passion for each other and their time together as thay raised their son and spent their lives in Emporia. She was also preceded in death by her loving mother, Lizzie; her Aunt Florence and brother, Calvin. “Dot” loved her work as a hairdresser for over 40 years and developed many loving relationships during that time. The funeral service will be held11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will also be at “Dot’s” home Friday evening 4-8 p.m.

Obituary-Joseph Marvin Harrell

Joseph Marvin Harrell, 75, of Jarratt, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce “Nita” Harrell; four sons, Chris Harrell and wife, Judy of Yale; Tony Harrell and wife, Cindy of Lewisville, TX, Darryl Harrell of San Francisco, CA and Todd Harrell and wife, Amy of Warwick, RI; eight grandchildren, Shawn Harrell and wife, Lauren, Richard Harrell and wife, Leesa, Joseph Harrell, Allen Harrell, Matthew Harrell, Vickie Martin and husband, Richard and Elizabeth and Judith Harrell; three great-grandchildren, Dillon, Kylie and Marvin; a brother, John Richard Harrell of Emporia; two sisters-in-law, Mary Strickland of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Barbara Spruill of Gaston, NC and a brother-in-law, Robert Moseley, also of Roanoke Rapids, NC. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, August 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Sunday, August 3 at Graves/Bobbitt Family Cemetery, 19133 Comans Well Rd, Yale, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct., Richmond, Virginia 23226. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Greg W. Webb

Greg W. Webb, age 51, formely of Emporia, Va., died July 22, 2014.  He was pre-deceased by his grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Shelton S. Webb and Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow W. Lifsey; one brother - Jonathan W. Webb.  He is survived by his mother Dorothea L. Webb; father James W. Webb both of Emporia, Va.; and sister Rose W. Lee (Southgate) of  Capron, Va.; numerous other relatives.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 2, 2:00 P. M., at Monumental United Methodist Church, Emporia,Va.  A private interment will be held at a later date.    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia, 23847.  Condolensces may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-David Hinton Barnes, Jr.

David Hinton Barnes, Jr., 90, of Dinwiddie County, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Grant Barnes; son-in-law, Steven B. Taylor, and two sisters, Louise Barnes and Kathleen Barnes. Survivors include one son, Curtis Grant Barnes and wife, Sherry; one daughter, Ann Marie Taylor; three grandchildren, Melanie Barnes Sheldon and husband, Matt, Grant Barnes and wife, Jennifer and Ellie Taylor; great-granddaughter, McKenna Blaire Sheldon; two sisters, Ann Clay and Adelle Morgan and husband, Gill; sister-in-law, Louise Grant and numerous nieces and nephews. A U.S. Army veteran, David was a retired farmer and a member of Concord United Methodist Church where he was active in the Methodist Men’s Club. He was an accomplished baseball player in his younger days and later in life enjoyed watching and coaching. He also loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Concord United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Alice Spiers, 25713 Courthouse Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

 

Obituary-Annie Lee Robinson

Mrs. Annie Lee Robinson, 87, of Canton, GA, went to be with our Lord, Friday, July 18, 2014.

Annie was born on August 14, 1926. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and active at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arldon L. Robinson. She is survived by her children, Marian Hawkins of Raleigh, NC, Douglas L. Robinson of Canton, GA and C.G. “Robbie” Robinson of Canton, GA; three grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 ½ great-great grandchildren.

A memorial graveside service will be announced at later date at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA, is honored to serve the family. Sosebeefuneralhome.com 770-479-2131.

Obituary-Merle Stevens Jessee

Merle Stevens Jessee, 73, of Emporia, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Lilmer and Laura C. Stevens and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Howard, William “Billy” and her twin, Frank. Mrs. Jessee is survived by her husband, John D. Jessee, Sr.; son, John D. Jessee, Jr. (Mary Hill); daughter, Lynn Jessee Moseley and husband, Troy; granddaughter, Heather Leigh Moseley (Dave Smith) of Portsmouth; three brothers, Thomas Stevens of Pennsylvania, John Perry Stevens of Catlett, Virginia and Lilmer “Tuck” Stevens of Bealeton, Virginia and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 21. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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