Owen Funeral Home

Mary Belle Harrison Parker Nye

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July 28, 1933-September 20, 2020

Visitation Services

5-7 p.m. Friday, September 25

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

11 a.m. Saturday, September 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Mary Belle Harrison Parker Nye, 87, of Jarratt, Virginia, departed this life on Sunday, September 20, 2020 to go be with her Father in Heaven, along with many departed loved ones and pets. Born to Claude and Pearl Harrison on July 28, 1933, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Garland Slade Parker. She was also preceded in death by her son, Garland Slade "Rusty" Parker and her second husband, Abner Alexander Nye. 

At a young age, Mary started her career at Johns-Manville Corporation in Jarratt. She retired from Georgia-Pacific Corporation, (which bought the Johns-Manville plant at Jarratt), after 43 years of service. She also worked as the Town Clerk of Jarratt and eventually became the Mayor after serving on Town Council. She was very active in her community and in her church, Centenary United Methodist Church in Jarratt where she served as Treasurer for many years and was also on several committees. She also served as delegate for the church conference. She was an officer in the Quarter Century Club of Johns-Manville. Earlier in life, she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Stony Creek Chapter. Mary was an incredibly talented person, as evidenced by her many accomplishments. She used to make her own fresh evergreen Christmas decorations, and even made her children's clothes. Mary loved God, her husbands, her children, stepchildren, her friends and her beloved pets. 

Mary is survived by her daughters, Sherri Dawn Parker and companion, Bill Dutton, Jr. and Sandra Slade Parker York and husband, Peter York of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and a number of nieces and nephews; step-sons, Paul Nye and wife, Diane and Peter Nye and wife, Valerie. She is also survived by her special friend, Hazel Ann Leonard and her beloved cats, who brought her much company near the end of her life. 

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 26. (Please consider all protocols of social distancing and face coverings). Private family interment will follow. 

Floral tributes are welcomed, as Mary loved her flowers, but if you prefer a memorial donation please make it to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O Box 472, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Charles Martin, Sr.,

June 1, 1937-September 17-1937

Graveside Services

2 p.m. Saturday, September 19

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Charles Martin, Sr., 83, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020. He was the son of the late Wilbur Lawrence Martin and Ruby Gill Martin and was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Betty B. Martin; son, Charles Martin, Jr.; two daughters, Lelia Boney (James) and Tammy Veliky (Stewart); grandchildren, David, Tiffany, Joseph, Lisa and Anthony; four step-grandchildren, Brent, Brad, Eric and Leslie; fifteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Suggs (Gene) and Martha Blankenship and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, September 19 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Evelyn Woodruff Moore

February 26, 1936-September 7, 2020

Visitation Services

10 a.m. Thursday, September 10

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

11 a.m. Thursday, September 10

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Evelyn Woodruff Moore, 84, of Jarratt, widow of Wilbur H. Moore, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020. She was the daughter of the late William Albert Woodruff and Verna Braxton Woodruff. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Frank, William “Bill”, Cecil, Charles “Tuck” and Daniel Woodruff and sisters, Sue W. Odom, Betty Jarratt Fitzgerald and Katherine “Kitty” Ehrhart.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her children, Wilbur H. Moore, Jr. (Peggy), Kathy M. Carroll (Mike), Richard D. “Doug” Moore (Sherri) and Albert “Keith” Moore (Renee’); grandchildren, Melissa Moore, Michelle Carroll, Danny Moore, Ricky Moore, Rebecca Moore Chester and Bryan K. Moore; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way; brother, Onnie L. Woodruff (Brenda); sisters, Shelia W. Pierce (Bobby) and Ann W. Floyd (Luke) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 10 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery.

Please consider all protocols for covid-19 including masks and social distancing.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

 

Audrey Faye Howell

May 6, 1961-August 24, 2020

Audrey Faye Howell, 59, of Emporia, widow of Marvin Wayne Howell, Sr., passed away Monday, August 24, 2020. She was also preceded in death by her father, Jerry Leonard Draper, Sr. and two brothers, Jerry Leonard Draper, Jr. and Donald Wadell Draper.

Faye is survived by two daughters, Sherry Jarratt (Ron) and Tiffany Byrum (Hunter) and son, Marvin Howell, Jr. (Tiffany); eight grandchildren, Stephanie Powell, Chris Jarratt, Natalie Jarratt, Jordin Jarratt, Logan Howell, Conner Howell, Noah Howell and Isobella Byrum; great-granddaughter, Ma’Kenzie Fox; her mother, Virginia Frances Draper, sister, Barbara Woodard and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 26 at the home of her son, Marvin Howell, Jr.

The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Thursday, August 27 at Drewryville Cemetery officiated by the Reverend Jeremy Slagle.

Online condolences may be shared with the family www.owenfh.com.

Geraldine Allen Bass

August 15, 1929-August 6, 2020

Services

11 a.m. Saturday, August 8

Fountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery

11539 Lowground Rd
Emporia, VA 23847

Geraldine Allen Bass, 90, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Bass, Sr.; her daughter, Mitzi Cantrell, a sister, Audrey Whitehead and two brothers, Elton Allen and Calvin “Butch” Allen.

Mrs. Bass is survived by her daughter, Janie Kitchen of Skippers; son, Thomas E. Bass, Jr. of Little Elm, TX; grandson, Duane Kitchen (Robin) of Orange County, CA; sister, Mildred Pittard (Don) of Murfreesboro, TN; three brothers, Troy Allen of Rocky Mount, NC, Graham Allen of Wake Forest, NC and Gilbert Allen of Roanoke Rapids, NC; sister-in-law, Faye Allen of East Point, GA and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8 at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Brent Elliott Watkins

June 9, 1982-August 3, 2020

Brent Elliott Watkins passed away Monday, August 3, 2020. He is survived by his fiancée, Ashley Townsend; son, Brent “Boo” Watkins, Jr., daughter, Haylee Watkins; his mother, Barbara Britt; two sisters, Rebecca Allen Moore and April Watkins; brother, Charles R. Allen; nephews, Steven Allen, Raymond Cottrell and Gavin Allen and niece, Layla Allen.

The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Thomas James Floyd

December 23, 1962-August 1, 2020

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2020

Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery
4438 Independence Church Road
Emporia, Virginia

Thomas James Floyd, 57, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bettie Lynch Floyd and William Luther Floyd.

Mr. Floyd is survived by his sister, Ann Floyd Barnes; his brother, Lawrence Floyd (Ann); numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and his extended family and caregivers at Arch Support Residential Services including special friend, Alyce Chambliss.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 7 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Narcissa Petterossi Callahan “Cheesa”

June 19, 1939-July 30, 2020

Visitation Services

12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, August 6

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Thursday, August 6

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Narcissa Petterossi Callahan “Cheesa” 81, from Emporia, Virginia went to her heavenly home on July 30, 2020 surrounded by her family at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Cheesa was born on June 19, 1939 in Endicott, New York to Mercedes Hurt and moved with her mother and family to Richmond, Virginia when she was four years old.  She graduated from John Marshall High School in Richmond and worked at Shell Oil company before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Melvin and moving to Emporia in 1968.  Cheesa worked for several local lawyers, Clary Realty, First Citizen’s Bank, and New York Life Insurance before beginning a job for Greensville County as an Administrative Assistant where she retired in 2006.

Cheesa was a devoted and loving wife and mother to Melvin and Dawn and always very kind and welcoming to everyone she met.  She enjoyed reading her Bible and following her family and friends on social media.  She enjoyed bowling, playing golf, horse racing, doing puzzle with her husband, watching Dancing with The Stars, The Voice, and going on shopping trips with her daughter and granddaughter. She loved watching baseball and college football and would pull her favorite teams, the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Washington Nationals to victory.  One of the highlights of her love for watching baseball was when the Washington Nationals won the World Series and she was able to rag her grandson who pulled for the NY Yankees.  Although there were many things that Cheesa loved, she loved nothing more than her family, friends, Johnny Mathias, and the movie Dirty Dancing.

Cheesa leaves to cherish her loving memory to her husband of 54 years Melvin Callahan, her daughter Dawn Guy and husband David, her grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Laurel Wright (Dustin), Jake Pope (Sara), and Ashley Pope.  She is also survived by her great- grandchildren that brought her so many special blessings and smiles, Emerie and Ellison Wright, Grady Pope, Kendall Hedgepeth, Bryson, Austin, and Weston Pope, brothers–in-law Bob Callahan (Sarah), Pat Callahan, Mike Callahan (Bernice), several cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She also leaves to cherish her memory, her best friend who was like her sister, Ann” Jenks” Pollard and her goddaughter Kristen Petty.

She was predeceased by her mother Mercedes Hurt, her step brother Michael Hurt, her brother-in-law Jerry Callahan and sister-in-law Kay Callahan.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 6 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends 12:30 – 2 prior to the service.

Walter C. Whitehead, Sr.

April 10, 1935 - July 26, 2020

Graveside Services

2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

 

Mr. Walter C. Whitehead, Sr., 85, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne; sister, Linda and a brother, Bill.

Mr. Whitehead is survived by his wife, Carolyn D. Whitehead; daughter, Betty Turner; (Cleveland) three sons, Cliff Whitehead (Carolyn), Bryan Whitehead (Lisa) and Anthony Whitehead (Sandra) nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Audrey and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held graveside 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Robert Edward “Bob” Etheridge

July 15, 1944-July 19, 2020

Services

11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

 

Robert Edward “Bob” Etheridge, 76, passed away peacefully July 19, 2020.

Bob is survived by his wife of 17 years Donna Falls Etheridge, his son, Mark Etheridge (Jodie), His grandchildren, Joshua, Caroline, and Christian.  His brothers Jimmy Etheridge (Sue) and Ricky Etheridge (Doris). His wife's children Melody Thorpe (Henry) and Byron Falls. His wife's grandchildren Matthew Thorpe, Todd Thorpe (Jordan), Jackson Falls and Waverly Clements-Falls and a great grandchild Watson Thorpe.

Bob was born in Martin County, North Carolina on July 15, 1944 to Esther Ruth and James Clinton Etheridge. He loved working on his cars and playing his guitars.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22 at Calvary Baptist Church 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia. A graveside committal will follow at 3:00 pm at Hamilton Cemetery, North South St. Hamilton, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Sandra Kay O’Bannon,

September 24, 1958 - July 17, 2020

Visitation Graveside Service

9 a.m. Monda, July 20, 2020

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

10 a.m. Monda, July 20, 2020

High Hills Memorial Cemetery
Kientz Road
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Sandra Kay O’Bannon, 61, of Emporia, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. She was the daughter of the late William Watson Masterson, Sr. and Pearline Masterson and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Jackson Masterson and William Watson Masterson, Jr.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Robert O’Bannon; daughters, Priscilla Ann O’Bannon and Brittany O’Bannon; grandchildren, Kameron Jace O’Bannon and Messiah O’Bannon and several more grandchildren; sister, Patricia Mounce and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Owen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Faye Kitchen Francis

September 25, 1944-July 17, 2020

Services

11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Faye Kitchen Francis, 75, of Emporia, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Owen and Virginia Kitchen and was also preceded in death by her sister, Ann Scarboro and brothers, Waverly, Herman, James and Donnie Kitchen.

Faye is survived by her son, Robert “Robbie” Francis, Jr. (Deste); grandchildren, Tyler Francis and Kim Gillam; sister, Anita Jarratt (C.D.); brother, Clyde Kitchen (Shelby) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21 at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St. in Emporia. Interment will follow at Capron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

William Richard Gay

April 10, 1962-July 11, 2020

William Richard Gay, 58, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020. He was the son of the late William Rufus Gay and Paige Harrell Gay and was also preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Woodruff Gay and sister, Tammy Gay Harrington.

Richard is survived by his son, Christopher Gay (Amanda Harris); two grandsons, Christopher Michael Gay, Jr. and Jace Alexander Gay; brothers, Timothy Russell Gay and Tony Craig Gay; sister, Jessica Gay and six nieces and nephews.

The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

James R. “Jamie” Moore (aka, “Hillbilly”)

April 11, 1971 - June 25, 2020

James R. “Jamie” Moore (aka, “Hillbilly”), 49, passed away surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, June 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Faye Moore.

Jamie is survived by his wife, Kristy Dawn Moore; son, Daniel Bailey (Heather); grandchildren, Autum, Bryson, Cassidy and Dylan Bailey; his adopted Dad, Franklin B. “Duke” Moore and biological father, Jack McCaffity (Kathy); sisters, Debbie Turner (Edward), Priscilla Butler and Misty; brothers, Scott Moore (Lora) and Pete Moore (Kathy);Joshua McCaffity (Jennifer), Justin McCaffity, Gene Butler (Amanda), Chris Butler (Kathy), Brandon Butler (Ashley) and a large, caring extended family of numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many treasured friends.

The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

William T. “Buck” Thorpe

January 02, 1944 - June 22, 2020

Gravside Services

11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2020

Fountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
11539 Lowground Rd
Emporia, VA 23847

William T. “Buck” Thorpe, 76, of Emporia, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020. He was the son of the late Neuit & Ruth Thorpe and was also preceded in death by a sister, Rose Rabbitt and a brother, John Thorpe.

“Buck” is survived by a daughter, Tracy T. Mitchell (Micah) and a son, William T. “Thad” Thorpe, Jr.; three grandchildren, Matthew M. Cutcliff, James B. Cutcliff and Benjamin W. Mitchell; a great-granddaughter, Sophia Cutcliff; four sisters, Maggie Bendell (Eldon), Edith Morriss, Peggy Vaughan and Ruth O’Berry; two brothers, Neuit Thorpe (Patsy) and Earl Thorpe (Anita); the mother of his children, Ruth W. Thorpe and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25 at Fountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Elsie Harrell Edwards

September 11, 1925-Jun2 22, 2020

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Elsie Harrell Edwards, 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 22, 2020 surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Dudley Grizzard Edwards; her parents, Henry Edward Harrell, Sr. and Emily Proctor Harrell; her brother, H. Edward Harrell, Jr. and son-in-law, Earl C. Baldwin. Mrs. Edwards is survived by her three daughters, Connie Harrell and husband, Donnie, Terri Branch and husband, Bobby and Sharon Mattox and husband, Tim. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jeremy Branch and wife, Melissa, Daniel Mattox, Erin Byrum and husband, Ryan, Matthew Harrell and wife, Carla, and Jordan Mattox and fiancée Kristin Whiting. Her three great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Henry Branch, and Graysen Byrum were a great joy to her. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jean Harrell, and cousin, Gladys Morris who was more like a sister to her.

Elsie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She worked beside her husband on their peanut farm in Sussex County near Jarratt. She and Dudley raised their children in a Christian home on that farm teaching them lessons that guide them through life today. She loved to cook for her family. Her grandchildren used to tell her, “You sure are a good cooker, Gran.” She loved her family deeply. We will miss her every day.

She was lifelong member of Lebanon United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years. As she aged and could no longer attend church, she always would tell the pastor  and others, “I miss going to church. I wish I could go.”

Her wish, if you so desire, is for any memorials to be sent to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 Blue Star Highway, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

A service officiated by the Reverend Donna Smith will be conducted at the gravesite at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Rd, Emporia, Virginia 11 a.m. Friday, June 26.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Nancy Elliott Roach

September 27, 1937-June 21, 2020

Graveside Services

Thursday, June 23, 2020, 12 Noon

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia
 

Nancy Elliott Roach, 82, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Obie B. and Anne Archer Elliott and was also preceded in death by her son, Charlie Taylor, brothers, O. B. Elliott, Bud Elliott and Jimmy Elliott; sister, Dolly Sasser and sister-in-law, Christine Elliott

Mrs. Roach is survived by her son, Sam Roach (Sherie); sister, Bell Sadler (Herman, Jr.); sisters-in-law, Martha Elliott and Deelaine Elliott; brother-in-law, Leroy Sasser and a number of nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved feline companion, Buttercup.

The funeral service will be held 12 Noon Tuesday, June 23 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Zion Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Kate Minerva Ammons Bishop

November 08, 1924 - June 15, 2020

Kate Minerva Ammons Bishop died quietly in her sleep on June 15, at the Eugene Bloom Retirement Center where she had been a resident of 9 years.

Being the fourth child of twelve children, Mrs. Bishop was born on November 8, 1924, in Jackson County, North Carolina, to Richard and Ruth Ammons.
 
Shortly after high school she married her husband, Thomas Bishop, and together they had 8 children. Kate Bishop became a dedicated homemaker and a talented cook who was known for her ability to make the tastiest meals out of the most meager ingredients.  Her homemade biscuits and savory greenbeans brought her children home long after they had started families of their own.
 
Preceded by her husband of 66 years, one daughter Wanda Sue, and one son Donald Lee, Mrs. Bishop is survived by her sister, Alice Aikens of Yorktown VA, Daughter Kitty Ervin of Freeman, VA, son, Tommy Bishop of Carrsville, VA, Clara Mullinax of Cleveland, GA, Linda Hiles of Louisville, KY, David Bishop of FLA, and Rita Ganz of Makakilo, HI. Her family includes ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.
 
A private graveside service will be held Friday, June 19 at Williamsburg Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org.)
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Margaret C. Conwell

January 03, 1925 - June 14, 2020

Graveside Services

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 2:30 PM

Greensville Memorial Cemetery 

1250 Skippers Rd 
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Mrs. Margaret C. Conwell, 95, of Emporia, widow of Linwood Conwell passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020. She is survived by three sons, Allen Conwell (Vicki), David C. Conwell (Vicky) and Tony Conwell (Susan); six grandchildren, Joe Conwell (Melissa), Jeffrey Conwell, Nic Conwell (Stephanie), Julie Wheeler (Bryan), Jenny C. Phillips (Craig) and Casey Vaughan (Chris); seven great-grandchildren, Chelsea & Cassidy Conwell, Dennis Phillips, Isabel & Emily Vaughan and Benjamin & Madelyn Conwell and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Tammy Gay Harrington,

August 3, 1973-June 8, 2020

Tammy Gay Harrington, 46, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Davis (Cody); her son, Michael Harrington; three brothers, Richard Gay, Timmy Gay and Tony Gay; sister, Jessi Gay; two nieces and three nephews.

The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Maureen ‘Mo” Gable

June 22, 1958-June 5, 2020

Maureen ‘Mo” Gable, 61, of Emporia, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Cifers and Doreen Neely. “Mo” is survived by her husband, Dwaine Gable; two daughters, Rebecca Grizzard and Kimberly Taylor; two grandchildren, Mindi Prince and Holden Taylor; brother, Patrick O’Connell; sisters, Charlene Robinson, Aileen McDilda (Ron) and Janeen Bailey (Clifton) and a number of nieces and nephews.

Th family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Faye W. Harrell

October 22, 1936-May 30, 2020

Faye W. Harrell, 83, of Emporia, widow of Floyd Harrell, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Louise Williams and was also preceded in death by longtime companion, Sammy Powell; son, Todd Harrell; daughter, Terry Owen and her three brothers, Carl, Tommy and David Williams.

Faye is survived by her son, Wade Harrell (Liz); grandchildren, Brent Boney (Brittany), Brad Boney, Ryan Harrell, Aimee Allen (Wayne) and April Banner (Paul, Jr.); great-grandchildren, Daniel, Courtney,

McKaley, Paisley and Owen Boney, Haley Boney, Camden and Matox Allen, Carter Harrell and Kiersten, Brody, Kane and Lyndee Banner; sister, Fannie Rae and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Emmanuel Worship Center. Private interment will follow at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Due to the current pandemic restrictions in place, including the wearing of face coverings, seating at church is limited and will be arranged according to the church’s policies and will be available to be heard in the parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emmanuel Worship Center.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

William Carl "Bill" Whitehead, Jr.

November 15, 1936-May 30, 2020

William Carl "Bill" Whitehead, Jr, 83 of Emporia, VA was called home on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Jo Whitehead and daughter Mary Beth Kennedy as well as six brothers, Charles D. Whitehead, Frank Russell Whitehead, Arthur Jesse Whitehead, James Farmer Whitehead, John D. Whitehead, Richard W. Whitehead and three sisters, Carla Jo Knaup, Jenny Lee Wedeking, and Nancy Susan Riscko.

Bill, better known as Pops by his family, is survived by his daughter, Tricia Taylor (Gerald) of Emporia, VA, son William Carl "Trey" Whitehead, III of Roanoke, VA; and very special friend Ann Louise Berna of Sarasota Florida; three brothers, George Irvin (Hazel) Whitehead, of Olean, Missouri, Benjamin A (Phyllis) Whitehead and Robert A (Mary Jane) Whitehead, both of Charleston, Missouri; Five grandchildren, Devon Connaroe (Richard) of Fort Belvoir, VA,Loren Allen (Kevin) of Jarratt,VA Travis Kennedy and girlfriend Jaye, of Boston Mass, Kellen Taylor of Emporia, VA and William "Kirk" Taylor (Nancy) of Lawrenceville, GA, as well as 11 great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Pops was an Army National Guard veteran. He was also a member of Greensville Fire Department for over 50 years. He was a lifelong member of Main Street Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and men’s quartet. Pops enjoyed spending time with his family, teasing his grandchildren and watching John Wayne westerns. We will dearly miss his baby blue eyes and warm smile.

The procession will leave Owen Funeral Home at 2pm on Tuesday, June 2 traveling to Greensville Cemetery for a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Main Street Baptist Church or Greensville Fire Department.

Vivian Tomlinson Sturgill

May 11, 1933-May 29, 2020

After 87 years of dedicating her life to her God, her family, her community and her government, Vivian Tomlinson Sturgill, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020.

She was born in Scott County, Virginia in May of 1933 to James and Bessie (Begley) Tomlinson, the oldest of their four daughters. As a child, her family moved to Bluefield, West Virginia, where she attended Beaver High School. She later moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where for many years she was in a supervisory position as a civilian employee with the U.S. Navy, specializing in accounting, bookkeeping and payroll. At age 60, she realized she was just a few credits shy of earning her college degree. She decided to return to school and received her degree in accounting shortly before she retired from her role with the federal government. After retirement, officials requested that she return to her office at Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest Navy base, and she agreed, considering it a privilege to work for the military. She very much enjoyed watching many Navy ship homecomings from her office window and celebrating with the families.

After retiring a second time, she and her husband moved to Emporia, Virginia to be near her daughter and son-in-law. In Emporia, she became extremely active in the community, with her church and with civic activities. She served for several years as the chief poll worker in her district for many elections. At the time of her death, she was a member of Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia. She was a devout born-again Christian and was often asked to preach in local churches. Known for her baking skills, especially her almond pound and triple chocolate chip cakes, sweet potato biscuits and fresh pies, she was recognized with a special award for her contributions by the Greensville Ruritan Club and appreciated by many charitable organizations.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl C. Sturgill, her son, Tom C. Clemons, her parents, a sister, Stella and most recently, her sister, Patty, who died just two days before Vivian.

She is survived by her sister, Peggy Tomlinson Minnick, her son James Clemons, daughter-in-law Connie Clemons, daughter Carla Sturgill Harris, son-in-law F. Woodrow Harris, stepdaughter Vickie Sturgill Stewart and her husband, Dennis, stepson David Sturgill, three grandchildren, one great grandchild and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, a limited private service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The community, friends and loved ones are encouraged to line the procession route along Main Street through downtown Emporia to the cemetery to pay respects at 10:45 a.m., as has become standard during this time. Arrangements are being handled by Owen Funeral Home of Jarratt, Virginia. Thank you to those who love her and to the medical professionals who cared for her in her final days

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Peggy M. Pearson

July 17, 1932- May 25, 2020

Peggy M. Pearson, 87, of Gasburg, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Pearson and her son, Dennis R. Phillips.

Peggy is survived by three daughters, Patricia Hollowell (David), Brenda Justice (Kenny) and Lisa Wright (Danny); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her beloved canine companion, “Prissy”; sister, Marion Blankenship; brother, Thomas “Sonny” Seward and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to James Square Baptist Church Love Gift Fund, c/o Lisa Wright, 1037 Ankum Rd, Gasburg, Virginia 23857.

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Vassar Lee ‘V.L.” Woodruff

March 1, 1942-April 29, 2020

Mr. Vassar Lee ‘V.L.” Woodruff, 78, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Woodruff and granddaughter, Tabetha Woodruff; two brothers and three sisters.

V. L. is survived by his wife, Linda B. Woodruff; two daughters, Gail Seward (Billy) and Brenda Murphy (Bryan); son, James Woodruff (Julie); nine grandchildren, Amanda Ricker (Jon), Kimberly Kapinskis (Kenny), Jennifer Whitehead (James), Brandon Woodruff (Amber), Tiffany Woodruff, Craig Woodruff, Bryan Murphy, Jr., Hannah Murphy and Joshua Murphy; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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Shirley A. Doyle

May 3, 1936-April 22, 2020

Mrs. Shirley A. Doyle, 83, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Doyle. She was a devoted and faithful wife and mother and a faithful member of Zion Baptist Church.

Mrs. Doyle is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Neal Doyle; daughter, Odette Mitchell; devoted special niece, Amy Sopko (Paul) and family; great-niece, Amanda Helbig (Michael) and great-great nephew, Kason Helbig; nephew, Wayne Moss (Jean) and niece, Barbara Jean Sasser (Hunter); two brothers-in-law, Roy Doyle and Gene Doyle and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

A private graveside will be held Friday at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity.

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James “Jimmie” Edward Phelps

June 9, 1927-April 8, 2020

James “Jimmie” Edward Phelps, 92, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at his home in Hayes, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Everard and Virginia Kanipe Phelps and his son, Randolph “Randy’ Phelps.

Mr. Phelps is survived by his wife, Peggy Faris Phelps; daughter, Pamela Harrell; step-daughter, Sharon Acree (Bruce); grandchildren, Abbey H. Webb (Jared), Tommy Harrell (Lee), Craig Phelps (Mary Lou), Chad Phelps (Shannon), step-grandsons, Andrew Acree (Nicole) and Scott Acree; great-grandchildren, Madison Phelps, Cameron Phelps, Dallas Phelps, Savannah Phelps, Riley Webb, Regan Webb, Broady Webb and Kristin and Bryson Harrell; sister, Frances “Pam” Darden and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Grace Anglican Church in Purdy, Virginia where he was on the Vestry and served in many other capacities over the years. Jimmie served his country in the Army Air Corps from August 1944 to January 1947 in World War II. He loved flying his own plane having his private airstrip in his back yard. He loved the Boy Scouts of America and started the Purdy Boy Scouts now known as Troop 232 which exists to this day. He served as Commissioner on the Greensville-Emporia Airport for 38 years. He served actively on the Greensville Rescue Squad as an EMT. Jimmie retired from Johns-Manville Corporation and Georgia-Pacific Corporation with a total service of 47 years. Proficient in both electrical and mechanical work, he became Plant Engineer. He enjoyed traveling and with his wife, Peggy, took many trips to Europe. He was a talented man and had many interests, enjoying flying as well as sailing his boat on the Chesapeake Bay most of all. His dream was to build a home on Sarah Creek where his sailboat was docked near the Yorktown, Virginia Marina. He accomplished this. He loved his Yorkie dog, Joye who stayed by his side during his entire illness.

Graveside services will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Anglican Church.

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Roland H. Gillam

Roland H. Gillam, 52, of Emporia passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was the son of the late Walter and Elsie Barnes Gillam

Roland is survived by his significant other, Tori Weaver; daughter, Kim Gillam; son, Brandon Gillam; two brothers, Randy Gillam (Janet) and Ronnie Gillam (Christine); cousins, Ricky Bradley (Ladorne) and Dianne Clary (Jeff) and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia or to the American Cancer Society or to Calvary Baptist Church.

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Anna Smith Jarratt

December 13, 1947 - April 01, 2020

Anna Smith Jarratt, 72, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. She was born December 13, 1947 in Emporia, Virginia. While raising her children that she loved dearly, she ran the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association community pool and concession stand from 1977 until the closure of the Center Street park. Anna then went to work for the Greensville County Public School system where she loved helping all of “her children” and retired after twenty years. Following retirement, Anna obtained her beautician’s license and enjoyed her daily interactions with dear friend and colleague, Barbara Barlow and all those who visited to get a trim or just catch up on the “daily news”. She enjoyed working in her yard and embellishing it with “ornaments”. She had tremendous faith and loved everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Davis Pete and Betsy Rook Smith.

Anna is survived by William T. Jarratt, Sr. ‘Tommy”; her loving children; William T. Jarratt, Jr. “Timmy” (Lori), Stuart Craig Jarratt, and Trista Jarratt Clements (Robert); sisters, Frances Peirce (Stephen) of Abilene, TX, Hilda Harrell of Emporia; and brother, Wayne White (Linda) of Sedley, VA; grandchildren, Dustan T. Jarratt (Emily) of Emporia, Lynsey Jarratt Overstreet of Farmville, Brooklyn N. Jarratt of Urbanna, Kayla L. Jarratt, Austin C. Jarratt, Sumer B. Clements, Carleigh B. Jarratt, Allie M. Jarratt, and Cora, Alyce and Anna Clements, all of Emporia; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Ryland Jarratt of Emporia, Lailah and Rilee Baylor of Urbanna, Aubrie and Reed Overstreet of Farmville, Dakota and Daxton Ferguson of Emporia and a number of nieces and nephews. Anna will also be forever remembered by her extended family and dear friends.

The funeral service will be private.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

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