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Obituary-Elsie M. Williams

Elsie M. Williams, 78, of Emporia, VA passed away May 11, 2015.  She was preceded in death by two sons, Alvin Ray, Jr. and Daryl Lynn and one brother, Thomas Morgan.  She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Alvin Ray Williams, Sr. and a grandson, Cody Ray Williams of Anna, Ohio.  She is also survived by one brother, Willie B. Morgan of Emporia and two sisters, Virginia Geris(Bob) of Manassas, VA and Mary Wolfe(Jack) of Mechanicsville, VA.  Elsie was a dedicated servant of God and active member of Zion Baptist Church.  She was also an active hospital volunteer at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia.  The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8 pm, Wednesday, May 13 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, VA.  Funeral services will be held at Echols Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, May 14 at 2pm with burial to follow at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Skippers, VA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Baptist Church c/o Cliff Rodgester, Treasurer, 654 Johnson Road, Emporia, VA 23847 or to your favorite charity.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Mary Guy

Mary Guy, 80, of Skippers, widow of Richard Guy, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015. She is survived by a daughter, Darlene Griffin; three sons, Allen Guy and devoted companion, Peggy Loveless, Benny Guy and wife, Paula and Lewis Guy and wife, Debbie; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maggie Trull of Thomasville, NC and Diane Mitchell of Canton, NC and a brother, Riley Gibson and wife, Norma, also of Canton, NC and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at Owen Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Betty Jean Kellam Harrison

Betty Jean Kellam Harrison, 74, of Littleton NC, went to be with the Lord on April 29, 2015 after a brief illness.   Born February 23, 1941, in Fredericksburg VA, she was the daughter of Elizabeth and Walter Kellam.   Betty was a 1961 graduate of Greensville County High School and later attended Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond, VA.  She was a devoted and well-loved employee of Greensville Memorial Hospital for over 35 years and later enjoyed her retirement living on Lake Gaston.   Betty was known for her strength and her beauty and was crowned Miss Emporia of 1961.   She had unending love for her family and was the greatest wife, mother, and grandmother that a family could ever hope for.   She was a wonderful cook and loved preparing meals for her family during holidays and visits.   Her special ingredient was love, which always made everything she cooked taste that much better.   She also took great pride in her home and was a gifted decorator who put her signature touches on everything inside her home and loved working in the flowers in her yard.   Betty was the most nurturing and supportive mother and grandmother and no family was more blessed to have that love for what seems like a far too brief period of time.   This love extended to her pets and she treasured each one of her beagles throughout the years and cherished them as though they were another one of her children.   She is survived by her soulmate and husband of 52 years Clyde Harrison, of Littleton NC; her son Chris Harrison and his wife Karen of Mechanicsville, VA; her grandchildren Conner Harrison and Kaitlyn Harrison of Mechanicsville, VA; her brother Marvin Kellam and his wife Theresa of Powhatan; her brother Wayne Kellam of Fredericksburg, VA and her beloved beagle Dixie.   She will be forever missed but never forgotten.   Her family will receive friends at 5pm Tuesday, May 5 th, at Owen Funeral Home, 303 South Halifax Road, Jarratt, VA 23867, where a memorial service will follow at6pm.   Private interment will be at Grace Anglican Church at a later date, where she was a lifetime member.   Online condolences may be directed to www.owenfh.com

Obituary-Kay Gordon Davis

Kay Gordon Davis, 52, of Emporia passed away peacefully at her home on April 27, 2015.  She is survived by her loving husband, Mike Davis; her children, Jeffrey, Joshua and Jessica; her parents, Linwood and Daisy Mae Gordon and her brother, Danny Gordon.  A visitation will be held Tuesday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-LeRoy Norman Clarke, Jr.

LeRoy Norman Clarke, Jr. age 72, of Jarratt, VA, passed away on April 21, 2015 at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, VA.

There will be a memorial service held at 6:00 PM on May 11, 2015 at Fountain Grove Baptist Church. This will be a family reunion style event with friends and family coming together to enjoy good food in remembrance of Lee.

Lee was born in Emporia, Virginia on December 9, 1942. He was married to Frances L. Clarke for 53 years. Lee is survived by his three children, David L. Clarke and his wife Kimberly P. Clarke, Lori C. Schaffer; Kimberly C. Williams and her husband Stuart W. Williams, his 4 grandchildren Jordan L. Clarke, Joshua P. Clarke, Mikayla L. Clarke and Corey J. Williams; his siblings, Angela Harvey and her husband Gerald, Bill Tudor and his wife Robin, Bruce Tudor and Don Tudor; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.

Lee is preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Norman Clarke, Sr. and his mother Elsie Allen Tudor and step-father Gene Tudor; as well as his sister, Connie T. Jones.

Lee retired from the Department of Corrections. He was passionate about genealogy, but was happiest spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Lee was a transplant recipient and we would like everyone to consider becoming an organ donor in his memory. You can go to www.organdonor.gov and select your state to find out more information and to register.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Fountain Grove Baptist Church, 11539 Low Ground Road, Emporia, VA 23847. The family of Lee Clarke wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support at this difficult time.

Obituary-Betty McNeely Reynolds

Betty McNeely Reynolds, 95, of Martinsville passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Blue Ridge Rehab Center. She was born on October 23, 1919 in Henry County to the late George Lester McNeely and Lena May Motley McNeely. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, H. Aubrey Reynolds; son, Barry B. Reynolds; grandson Troy Motley; sisters, Louise M. Harmon, Violet McNeely and Shirley M. Weddle and brothers, Glen McNeely, William McNeely, Walter McNeely and Bobby McNeely.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Martinsville and was a homemaker/caregiver.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn R. Koger (Robert) of Martinsville, Diana R. Blick (Earl) of Emporia and Margaret R. Mura of Danville; son and daughter-in-law, Donald “Don” A. Reynolds (Ruthie) of Callands; sisters, Roslyn M. Ashby of Axton and Aileen M. Eanes of Columbus, GA; brother, Billy McNeely of Martinsville; 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Temple Baptist Church with son, Pastor Don Reynolds officiating. Burial was at County Line Christian Church, Axton.

The family received  friends on Tuesday evening, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the church.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Martinsville is serving the Reynolds family.

Online condolences may be made at www.NorrisFuneral.com.



Obituary-Margaret Phillips Bradley

Margaret Phillips Bradley, 88, of Emporia, widow of Henry Bradley passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She is survived by one son, R. H. Bradley, Jr. and wife, Rita of Emporia; daughter, Gail Bradley Edwards and husband, Dwight of Courtland; granddaughter, Jeanne Moseley and husband, Randy of Emporia; grandson, Jason Bradley; three great-grandchildren, Brendan, Joshua and Noah Moseley; three sisters, Elizabeth P. Seymour of South Carolina and Doris P. Clarke, of Lawrenceville and Peggy Byers of Emporia  one brother, Virgil J. Phillips, devoted nieces Betsy Short and Melissa Whitlow, other numerous nieces and nephews and neighbor Marcy Woodruff.  The family will receive friends Thursday April 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt,VA where services will be held Friday April 17 at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Robert Sterling Peebles, Sr.

Robert Sterling Peebles, Sr., age 64, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away April 4, 2015. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Marie Peebles and his brother, James Peebles. He is survived by his wife, Trena Davis Peebles; three children, Robert S. Peebles, Jr. and wife Jennifer, Kevin E. Peebles and wife Ashley, and Tara L. Peebles; grandchildren, Robert Tiler Peebles, Aaron Winn Peebles, Haley Elizabeth Peebles, Kullen Edward Peebles, and Annsley Sterling Peebles; his brothers, John C. Peebles and wife Cheryl and Maxie Peebles and wife Wanda; and his sister, Emily P. Mayton.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Monday at Williams Funeral Home Lawrenceville, Va. with interment in Oakwood Park Cemetery, Lawrenceville.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, 400 N. Main Street, Lawrenceville, Va. 23868 or Central Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 386, Gasburg, VA  23857.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary -Maurice Arnold Edwards

Deacon Maurice Arnold Edwards (September 6, 1942-March 26, 2015)
On September 6, 1942, Maurice Arnold Edwards was born to the late John C. and Delilah L. Edwards in Emporia, Virginia.  He was the youngest of eight siblings.
Maurice Edwards was a man of wisdom, who was given many gifts and talents from God.  He exemplified the love of Christ. He was a very devoted and loving husband and father.  Deacon Maurice Edwards was a key pillar—a servant leader—of Royal Baptist Church, where he was an ordained deacon. Deacon Maurice Edwards served as the treasurer, trustee, SundaySchool teacher, musician, and a member of the culinary ministry of Royal Baptist Church.
Deacon Edwards loved gospel music and he loved to play it on his bass guitars. He was a long-time member of the gospel music group, the Sensational Starlight Singers of Emporia, Virginia.  Maurice also shared his musical gift with the church by playing for the Royal Baptist Church Senior Choir.
Outside of the church, Deacon Maurice Edwards was a very keen businessman—an entrepreneur at heart.  He owned an auto mechanic shop and was a realtor.  Maurice Edwards was a lamplight to all who came to know him. Deacon Edwards was a mentor who touched the lives of many people. 
Left to cherish his memories are: his wife of 50 years, Ruth Mabrey Edwards; two daughters, Kimberly Edwards Hitchman, and Karen Edwards Atkins; two sons-in-law, Robert S. Hitchman, Jr. and Leroy F. Atkins, five grandchildren (listed in order) Robert S. Hitchman, III, Alexis S. Hitchman, Kara L. Atkins, Kera L. Atkins, and Ariel S. 
Hitchman; and three sisters:  Eugenia E. Sills, Marion E. Brown, and Barbara Edwards. He also leaves two close friends/brothers-in-law: Lloyd Mabrey and Junius Mabrey, his close friend, Bernard Pair, Sr., along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to cherish his memories.
Funeral service for Mr.Edwards will be conducted on Thursday,April 2, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.at the Royal Baptist Church, Emporia,VA; Rev. Nathan Brooks, Pastor.
Interment to follow in the Zion Community Cemetery~Lowground Road, Emporia,VA.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services 556 Halifax Street Emporia, 23847 434-634-2162

Obituary-Hazel Harrison Wrenn Ferguson

Hazel Harrison Wrenn Ferguson passed away on March 29, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with various forms of cancer.   Born on May 14, 1925 in Greensville County, Hazel was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Frederick Harrison and Mrs. Ethel Brantley Jones Harrison. Mrs. Ferguson was a 1942 graduate of Greensville County High School. In 1945 she married Roland Lee Wrenn and was married for forty-one years until his sudden death in 1986.  In 1988 she married Eugene Ferguson of Jarratt, Virginia who preceded her in death in 1999. Mrs. Ferguson was an active member of St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Emporia,Virginia. Mrs. Ferguson was very active in the Woodman of the World Fraternal Organization both on the local and the state level, having served as Treasurer for Emporia Lodge # 287 for 35 years, and having served as Virginia Jurisdictional President from 1993 until 1995. She was employed for 30 years with Emporia Medical Associates until 1989.  Mrs. Ferguson is survived by an only son, Dennis Wayne Wrenn, and his wife, Judith Harrison Wrenn of Midlothian, Virginia; two grandsons, Bradford Harrison Wrenn of Pokomoke, Maryland and Bryan Sterling Wrenn of Hayes, Virginia, their wives, Stephanie Samuels Wrenn and Jennifer Davis Wrenn; five great-grandchildren, Berkeley Harrison Wrenn,  Brandon Sterling Wrenn, Tyler Davis Wrenn, Leeanne Montgomery Wrenn, and Nicholas James Wrenn. To her great-grandchildren she was affectionately called “Nee-Nee”.  Mrs. Ferguson is also survived by her loving sisters Mrs. Polly Wray and Mrs. Peggy Allen. She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, one half-brother, and five half-sisters. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.  Dennis and Judy will receive their Richmond and Midlothian friends at their home from 7:00-9:00 PM on Thursday, April 2, 2015.  Visitation for Emporia friends and family will take place at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Virginia 23847 on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 1:30 prior to the service to be held in the Chapel at Echols at 3:00 with entombment immediately following at the Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Curtis R. “Luke” Braddy, Sr.

Curtis R. “Luke” Braddy, Sr. 75, widower of Judy Wright Braddy, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015. He was also preceded in death by a son, Ron Christopher Braddy and two sisters, Hilda Ricks and Evelyn Johnson. He is survived by two daughters, Deneene Braddy Rice and Rhonda Braddy Phillips and husband, Jason and a son, Curt Braddy; four grandchildren, Amber Rice, Sierra Braddy, Justin C. Mitchell and Tori Phillips; three great-grandchildren, Brayden and Noah Barron and Nyah Grace Rice; one sister, Mabel Lynch and devoted nephew, Jerry Wright and wife, Sarah and children, Berkley “Googy Eyes” and Hannah “Ichabod”. The family will receive friends5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, April 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emporia Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at  www.owenfh.com.

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

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