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Obituary-Burley Mahood Braswell

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

Obituary-Alice Allen Moore

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary-Cecil Wade Allen

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

Obituary-Ruby Wrenn Rawlings

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

Obituary-Marilyn Syble Fannon

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

Obituary-Martha Moore Williams

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

Obituary-Esther “Chessie” Lewis Prince

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

Obituary-Woodie Edward Smith

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

Obituary-Bernadine Louise Robinson Becker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary-LaRose Evans Gilbert

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

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

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

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

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Obituary-Avis Frazier

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

Obituary-Edna Moore Birch

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

Obituary-Doiam Nock

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary-Emma Powell Wrenn

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

Obituary-Horace R. Mitchell

Horace R. Mitchell, 81, passed away on January 9, 2015.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Chambliss Mitchell and three children- Vicky Conwell (David), Kenneth Mitchell (Maureen), and Robin Richardson (David).  Survivors also include three grandchildren Danny Joe Conwell (Melissa), Jenny Phillips (Craig), Sarah Mitchell, three great grandchildren Chelsea Conwell, Cassidy Conwell, and Dennis Phillips.  Surviving siblings include Jane Rodgester, Emma Powell, and Thomas Ben Mitchell.
Horace was a quiet man with few words.  However;  once spoken they were quite profound and thought provoking.  Graveside services will be held Monday, January 12 at 2 PM at Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Triplet, Virginia.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Philadelphia United Methodist Church, Attn: Gay Taylor, 14179 Dry Bread Road, Emporia, VA 23847. Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt, Virginia is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be posted at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Bernice Shearin Moseley

Bernice Shearin Moseley, age 90, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away January 6, 2015.  She is the daughter of the late John and Mary Shearin.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Wilson Moseley; a daughter, Erline Moseley; her brothers and sisters, Henry Mitchell, Bob Mitchell, Joe Mitchell, Ellen Powell, Barbara Roberts, Gladys Poarch, and Pete Shearin.  She is survived by her daughter, Betty Cook and husband James; her son, Dale Moseley; her grandchildren, Jamie Cook, Tayna Cook, Crystal Newton and Tammy Lucy; and her great grandchildren, Carli Cook and Amber Lucy.  Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Va.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 to 3:00, before the service, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick  Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 33, Lawrenceville, Va. 23868 or Central Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 386 Gasburg, VA  23857.  Online condolences may be made to www.wmsfhva.com.

Obituary-Annie L. Lambert

Annie L. Lambert was born on May 29, 1947 in Emporia, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Geraldine Allen and James L. Brown. In the evening hours of Wednesday, December 24, 2014,she greeted the angel who entered her room at Emporia Manor to dispatch her soul to the land of eternal rest.

Annie was educated in the Baltimore, Maryland Private Schools. She was a loving and caring mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

Annie leaves to cherish her memories her husband; Willie J. Lambert Sr. of Emporia, Virginia, five children; TyRon Lambert of Atlanta, GA, Willie J. Lambert (Kim) of Maryland, Sherry Lynn Avery (James) of Maryland, James Lambert, Pam Lambert of Richmond, VA, four sisters; Phyllis A. Watson (Jessie) of Emporia, VA, Kim Waller (Franklin) of Maryland, Charlene Branch (Melvin) of Emporia, Virginia, and Mary Parker (James) of Emporia, Virginia, five brothers; Junius Woodley (deceased), Altonia Brown (Karen) of Baltimore, Maryland, Masceo Brown of Maryland, Carlos Brown of Emporia, Virginia and Micky Brown (Treva) of Maryland, a devoted friend; Kim Graham and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2 P.M. in the Chapel of R. E. Pearson & Son Funeral Service in Emporia, Virginia. Reverend George Johnson, Officiating, Eulogist. Internment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emporia, Virginia.

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



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Obituary-Cleaton Edward Malone, Jr.

Cleaton Edward Malone, Jr. of Jarratt passed peacefully on December 30, 2014 at the age of 67.He is survived by one daughter, Tara Lee Malone-Menendez; her husband Joe Menendez; one son,Christopher Edward Malone; his wife Susan and three grandchildren; Olivia Lee Menendez; Claire Elizabeth Malone andAnna Catherine Malone. All his friends new him as Ed and he was known by all as a kind person. Visitation will be held at Owens Funeral Home Thursday the 1st of January from 6pm to 8pm.Funeral services will be held January 2nd  at Main Street Baptist Church of Emporia at 11am and followed by a private graveside service.

Obituary-Dorothy Lee Delbridge Sykes

Dorothy Lee Delbridge Sykes, 91, of Emporia passed away on December 23, 2014.  She was the widow of Gilbert A. Sykes, Sr.  She is survived by her daughter Sonja Sykes Soles and husband Billy; sons Gilbert A. Sykes, Jr. and James Randolph Sykes; grandchildren Bryan Soles, Steve Soles, Christen Parrish, Mark Lee, Stephanie Rawlings, Jennifer Sykes and John Sykes and 12 great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Friday, 7-8:30pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A graveside service will be held Saturday, 2pm, in Emporia Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Claude Allen King

God’s Divine Will has once again been manifested in our lives as He has summoned the angels to transition our sweet and beloved, Claude Allen King from Life to Eternal Life on Thursday, December 11, 2014. He peacefully left this earthy life to live eternally with God. Knowing that our lives are just a vapor and we did not come here to stay, Claude recognized the voice of his savior calling him from labor to eternal rest and he surrendered.

Claude was born in Richmond, VA on September 7, 1965 to Donald S. King and the Arnette A. King. He received his education from the Richmond Public School System. He held various jobs which included Qualex Corp., Roadside Furniture, Boar’s Head and Wal-Mart. His hobbies included painting, car detailing, and laying carpet.

Claude met Patricia Webb and they were together for twenty-five years. They were united in Holy Matrimony on October 19, 2007. To this union, they were blessed with two beautiful daughters; Talesha Danielle and Tamia Latrice King,

Claude was preceded in death by his mother; Arnette A. King and a brother; Donald King, Jr.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife; Patricia King, two daughters; Talesha and Tamia King, his father; Donald S. King, Sr., four special children he considered his own; Ashlei Harrison and Jalyn, Joi and James Joyner, three sisters; Ashley Wright, Lisa and Cassandra King, one brother; Karl (Tamesha) King, mother and father-in-law; Mildred and Johnnie Webb, Jr., four sisters-in-law; Pamela McBeth, Priscilla Butts, Veronica Holmes and Amanda Bradley-Seaborne, two brothers-in-law; Christopher (Tayna) Webb and Patrick (Natarsha) Webb and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A Celebration Of Life for Mr. Claude A. King will be conducted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Royal Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia. Reverend Nathan Brooks, Pastor. Pastor Reginald Goodman, Eulogist.

Mr. King will be laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emporia, Virginia.

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

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Obituary-Mary Etta Batten Jones

Mary Etta Batten Jones is the daughter of the late Beulah Lee Allen and Richard Allen. She was born in Whitakers, North Carolina on February 20, 1932.

At an early age, Mary’s family moved from Whitakers to Suffolk, Virginia with the railroad. Mary’s father employment transferred him to Emporia where the family made their home. Mary attended the Greensville County Public School System and Edgecombe County, North Carolina Schools. The family attended Mount Calvary Holiness Church when they first arrived in Emporia because it was in walking distance. Mary served as secretary of the Sunday School. After the family purchased a home on the Southside of town, the family united with Shiloh Baptist Church. Mary was baptized under the leadership of the late Reverend E.J. Vaughan. She served as an usher and chairperson of the Hospitality Committee. She later united with her son, the late Deacon Garry Allen, with the Rising Star Baptist Church Family. She remained there faithfully until her health declined.

Mary was united in marriage to the late Estea Franklin and in 1969 to the late George H. Jones. Together, they reared five children. Two preceded her in death; Garry and Rhoda

Mary was active in her community. She moved to the Falling Run Community in 1970 and organized the residents to come together and advocate for paved streets. Through her efforts along with the late Honorable Garland Fasion, former Board of Supervisor member, St. John Street, Salem Drive and Vincent Drive were all paved and now maintained by VDOT. She was employed with Southampton Textile and assisted with organizing a Union and served as President. She was also a member of the Greenvilles NAACP Unit. Mary and her late husband George were chartered members of American Legion Post 151 and the Auxiliary. Mary served as President of the Auxiliary for several years and was involved in several activities on the local and state level . Mary also loved her neighbors and especially the children. She always kept snacks for the neighborhood kids who would come to her house throughout the day getting their daily treats. She would also spend most Sunday evenings walking through the neighborhood, visiting the sick and shut in. She never drove a car but was the first one at an event or church.

Left to hold fond memories close to their hearts are one son; Kirby of Emporia, Virginia, two daughters; Debra (Richard) of Emporia, Virginia and Cheryl of the home, one granddaughter; Richanda Brown of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, one great-granddaughter; Synari Reynolds, one step-daughter; Marie Jones of Richmond, Virginia, one step-granddaughter; Andrea Jones of Richmond, Virginia, one brother; Estee Pittman of Rocky Mount North Carolina and several nieces, cousins and friends.

Homegoing Services will be conducted on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 12 NOON at Rising Star Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia. Reverend Colonius Avent, Pastor.

Mrs. Jones will be laid to rest in the Rising Star Church cemetery.

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

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Obituary-Marvin Harmond Singleton

On July 28, 1945, the sun rose and an angel was born named Marvin Harmond Singleton to the late Frank and Mary Eva Singleton in Emporia, Virginia.]

Marvin accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Royal Baptist Church. He retired from Toll Brothers after many years of service. When his health began to fail, God sent an angel, Maybell Taylor Whitson, a loving mother of two children, to take him in. She cared for him until he departed this life on December 5, 2014. He loved riding his bicycle and visiting his family.

Marvin was preceded in death by three sisters; Sarah R. Allen, Alma Sumerll, and Elmon Wilson Person and three brothers; William E. Wilson Jr., Donald F. Singleton and Leonard Singleton.

Marvin leaves to cherish his memories three sons; Marvin Barnes (Jackie) of Texas, Marvin Taylor and Dexter Taylor (Tasha) both of Emporia, VA, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one sister; Nancy M. Williams of Emporia, VA and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2 P.M. in the Chapel of R.E. Pearson & Son Funeral Services in Emporia, Virginia. Apostle James H. Tucker, Officiating. Internment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emporia, Virginia.

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

Obituary-Rosa Grizzard Powell Ferguson

Rosa Grizzard Powell Ferguson, 96, of Petersburg, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John and Annie Mae Talbott Grizzard. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jesse Powell and Wilson Ferguson; her grandsons, Eddie Thrailkill and Gerald Tomlinson, and eight brothers and sisters. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia and attended Lighthouse Baptist Church, Petersburg. Mrs. Ferguson is survived by a daughter, Ida Hartsoe; her two granddaughters, Yvonne Thompson and Vivian Padgett (Rodger), whom she raised as her own children; two grandsons, Michael Tombs (Karla) and Harry Thrailkill (Julie); granddaughter, Wanda Brooks (Rodney); ten great-grandchildren and twelve great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Doris Mayes, Gertrude Walwer, Minnie Sue Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M Friday December 12, 2014 in the Petersburg Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3935 S. Crater Road with Pastor Ron Short officiating. Entombment will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George, Virginia. The family will receive friends from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Thursday December 11, 2014 at the funeral home. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.

Obituary-Willie Burton Wrenn

Willie Burton Wrenn, 88, of Emporia passed away on December 5, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mae and Richard Wrenn and sisters, Mary Lee Pearson and Jean W. Ciletti.  He is survived by his brother, Reid Wrenn and wife Sarah and his sisters, Margaret Thrower, Elvin Picano, Ruby Rawlings, Frances Matson and Linda Joyner and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was a World War II Army veteran who served in the South Pacific.  A visitation will be held on Saturday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Sunday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Freddie Williams

Freddie Williams, 75, of Skippers, died Tuesday, December 2, 2014. He was preceded in death his parents, Thomas and Rachel Williams; sister, Barbara D. Little and brother, Billy ‘Wimp” Williams. He is survived by his brother, The Reverend Kenneth Williams and wife, Shirley of Newsoms, Virginia, his twin brother, Eddie Williams and wife, JoAnn of Emporia, Virginia and his sister, Dottie Williams of Courtland, Virginia; three nephews and four nieces. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 6at Forest Hill Baptist Church. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church Maintenance Fund, c/o Debbie Moseley, 5246 Brink Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-William Kenneth “Bull” Harrison

Mr. William Kenneth “Bull” Harrison, 80, of Capron, passed away at home on Saturday, November 29, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Ellen E. Harrison; two sons, William Kenneth “Slim” Harrison, Jr. and wife, Teresa and Richard Peyton Harrison and wife, Susan; five grandchildren, Jesse Finch and wife, Hilary, Robert Finch, Brittany Harrison, Kaitlin Harrison and Richard W. Harrison; great-grandson, Cain Finch and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 3 at Capron Baptist Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Capron Volunteer Rescue Squad or to Capron Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Ruth Tudor Collins

Ruth Tudor Collins, 88, of Emporia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, to reunite with loved ones in her eternal home. She was the daughter of the late Sidney A. and Lilly Mae Tudor and was also preceded in death by her husband, Cato L. Collins and all of her siblings. Mrs. Collins is survived by her son, L. Dennis Collins and wife, Jo Ann; her daughter, Linda C. Long and husband, Victor; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 1at Zion Baptist Church with interment to follow at Round Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. 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 Zion Baptist Church, c/o Cliff Rodgester, 654 Johnson Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Virginia Grigg Griffin

Virginia Grigg Griffin, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 28, 2014 in Emporia, Va. She had resided at the Eugene Bloom Retirement Center in Emporia.  She previously resided at Imperial Plaza in Richmond, Va.  She was the widow of Guy W. Griffin of Richmond. She was predeceased by her parents, Marion and Pat Lou Grigg Sr., infant child, Stephanie Ann Purdy, siblings; Marion Grigg Jr., Walter Allen Grigg Sr., Lucille G. Goodwyn, and Charlotte G. Watkins.  She is survived by her brothers; Captain William H. Grigg and wife Sye, Charles I. Grigg Sr. and wife Bette, sister-in-law Mrs. Lucy Grigg (Walter), and many nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Emporia Cemetery, Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Va.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Va., Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, 209 Halifax St., Emporia, Va. or Main Street Baptist Church, 440 South Main St Emporia, Va.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Jamie Gurganus Rooker

Jamie Gurganus Rooker, 51, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Michael Rooker; brother, Chris Gurganus; sister, Kelly Hamilton; nephew, Bill Tomlin; aunt, Kathy Morgan and a large extended family of close friends and neighbors. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, November 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The family requests all attending to dress casual. In lieu of flowers, to honor her 8 beloved canine companions and the many she had a hand in rescuing, that memorial contributions be made to the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, Inc., 113 Baker St, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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