Owen Funeral Home

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Dottie Williams

April 09, 1937 - April 01, 2020

Dottie Williams, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Mary View Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia after a brief illness. She grew up on the family farm in Skippers that she loved so much.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Rachel; brothers, Billy ‘Wimp” and Freddie; her sister, Barbara Little and a nephew, Stacy Little. She is survived by her brothers, The Reverend Kenneth Williams (Shirley) of Newsoms, Virginia and Eddie Williams (Jo Ann) of Emporia; nieces, Nancy Jenkins (Whitey), Kathie Isles (Bobby), Penny Baugham (Lynn) and Tracy Williams; nephews, Wayne Williams (LeeAnn), Marlon Little (Sylvia) and Trent Williams (Dawn). She also is survived by numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins and friends whom she loved dearly. Dottie greatly missed her church and her church family at Forest Hill Baptist Church after she moved to Courtland Health and Rehab. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Barbara R. Finch

July 17, 1956 - March 29, 2020

Barbara R. Finch, 63, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Richard H. & Doris Christine Rawlings and was also preceded in death by her husband, William S. Finch and a son, Lynn Finch.

Barbara is survived by two sons, Anthony Finch (Devin) and Jordy T. Finch (Sarah) and daughter, Leigh Ann Lewis (Nick); grandchildren, Bryce and Camryn Finch and Steven and Evan Lewis and a brother, James J. “Opie” Rawlings.

Barbara was a Licensed Practical Nurse and had spent her entire career at what is now Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. She loved her co-workers and considered them her extended family. She also loved baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves and attended faithfully the ball games of her grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Zion Baptist Church, c/o Missy Bullock, 2755 Rolling Acres Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to Greensville Memorial Foundation, P.O Box 1015, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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




 

Hazel S. Story

November 26 1937 - March 9, 2020

Visitation Services

1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 14

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Saturday, March 14

High Hills Memorial Cemetery
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Hazel S. Story, 82, of Emporia, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Gencie Stow and two brothers, Harvey and Elso Stow.

Hazel is survived by two sons, Robert Anthony O’Bannon (Sandra) of Emporia and James L. “Jim” Story (Sylvia) of Corpus Cristi, TX; six grandchildren; nephew, Tommy Stow and niece, Lori Ann Taylor, both of Missouri.

The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. A graveside funeral service will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

 

William Lawrence Rodgester, Jr.,

September 01, 1939 - March 09, 2020

 

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

William Lawrence Rodgester, Jr., 80, of Ivor, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020. Born September 1, 1939; he was the son of the late W. L. Rodgester and Josie Vincent Rodgester and was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Hugh Pittman. William is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Rodgester of Ivor; three daughters, Nancy R. Suits (Ronnie) of Drewryville, Lisa R. Henry (Chris) of Suffolk and Robin R. Pittman of Capron; grandchildren, Dustin L. Suits (Kim), Ryan K. Suits, Mackenzie Ferguson (Phillip), Zach Gray (Alyssa), Josh Gray, Tori Gray and Mayson Henry; great-grandchildren, Hunter Suits, Kaysen Everett; and Job, Gracie Ann and Jameson Ferguson; His sisters, Dolly Wray (Aubrey) and Polly Bowen (Charles), all of Jarratt and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private at Circle R. Farm in Ivor, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society (https://donate3.cancer.org/ety) or to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://act.alz.org/donate).

Brian C. Simmons

June 27, 1972-March 4, 2020

Visitation Services

6-8 Monday, March 9

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Brian C. Simmons, 47, of Skippers, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Simmons; two sons, Dylan Simmons (Sydnee Hargrave) and Zachary Simmons; his mother, Patricia Simmons; two brothers, Jeffrey Simmons and James Richard Simmons, III and two nieces, Cheyna and Abbey.

The family will receive friends 6-8 Monday, March 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.

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

Paige Jarratt Barnes

November 18, 1925-February 27, 2020

Graveside Service

2 p.m. Sunday, March 1

High Hills Cemetery
215 North Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

Mrs. Paige Jarratt Barnes, 94, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Dr. T. F. Jarratt and Elsie Davis Jarratt and was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Y. “Sleepy” Barnes and her sister, Mary Ann Kellogg. Paige was a lifelong active member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Jarratt where she was organist and choir director for over fifty years. She also was the longtime organist at Owen Funeral Home. Some of her favorite pastimes were her church life and dining out with close friends. Mrs. Barnes is survived by two sons, Thomas Y. Barnes and Benjamin J. “Benny” Barnes (Cindy); grandson, Brandon Jarratt Barnes (Amanda); two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Caroline and special niece, Judy Barnes Owen and husband, Ben. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 472, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Melody Cifers Keeter

May 19, 1968-February 18, 2020

Visitation Services

6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 pm, Friday, February 21, 2020

Reedy Creek Baptist Church
1919 Reedy Creek Road
Freeman, Virginia

Melody Cifers Keeter, 51, of Emporia, VA, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

She is survived by her husband, Travis W. Keeter, Sr.; two children, Travis W. Keeter, Jr. and Amber K. Aerni (Ryan); one grandson, Jaxon C. Keeter (his mother, Megan), and one granddaughter, Kimber L. Aerni.  She is also survived by her mother and father, Betty and Harvey Cifers, Sr.; two brothers, Harvey L. Cifers, Jr. (Kelli) and Gary L. Cifers; two sisters, Sherry C. Phillips (Kevin) and Judy C. Fox (Wyndham); two nieces, Ciara Cifers and Meghan Fox; two nephews, Justin Phillips and Hunter Cifers; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and faithful furbabies, Mandy and Dyson.

Melody is now with her guardian angels, nephew, Nathaniel W. Fox, father-in-law, Charles M. Keeter, and family friends, Buddy Sabo, Kathi Detamore, and Kenny Wilson.

The family will receive friends and family 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020, at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia.  A memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Friday, February 21, 2020, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, 1919 Reedy Creek Road, Freeman, VA  23856.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider sending memorial contributions c/o Gary Cifers, 195 Brunswick Road, Emporia, VA  23847, to help with medical expenses and final arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

 

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Ernest L. “Chief” Bailey

February 9, 1944 - January 25, 2020

Visitation Services

Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 2:00 PM

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Ernest L. “Chief” Bailey, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Babson and a sister, Mamie Faye Williams. Ernest was born in Emporia, Virginia and was retired from Boarshead Provisions in Jarratt. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. A very special person, Ernest spent every Sunday afternoon visiting nursing homes and friends who were ill. He was a loving and devoted husband survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy H. Bailey; his precious cat, Fluffy; sister, Irene B. Ogletree (Frank); brothers, Jerry Bailey (Marie) and Cleo Bailey (Louise) and numerous nieces and nephews that Peggy and he considered as the children they never had. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, January 27 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28 at Calvary Baptist Church with entombment at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. A reception at Calvary Baptist Church social hall will follow the committal service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia/Greensville Humane Society or to Reinhart Guest House in Richmond, VA.

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Allen R. Guy

March 5, 1952-January 5-2020

Services

2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Allen R. Guy, 67, of Skippers, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020. He is survived by his son, David Allen Guy (Dawn Callahan); daughter, Tammy Guy Moseley (Caleb); grandchildren, Brittany Carroll, Tristan Council and Camryn Council; sister, Darlene Stepp; brothers, Benny Guy (Paula) and Lewis Guy (Debbie) and six nieces and nephews.

Allen is also survived by his longtime companion, Peggy Loveless and her family, daughters, Nikki Rhinehart (Billy) and Lynn Jones (Ricky); sons, Glenn Taylor and Scotty Loveless, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends and family at other times at the home of Allen’s son, David, 2997 Rolling Acres Rd, Emporia, Virginia.  

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


 

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Bernard J. “Pete” Hobbs, Jr.

October 25, 1925-January 3, 2020

Visitation Services

6-8 p.m. Sunday, January 5

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Monday, January 6

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Mr. Bernard J. “Pete” Hobbs, Jr., 63, of Emporia, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020. He was the son of the late Jack and Edna Hobbs.

Pete is survived by his wife, Dianne Hobbs; daughter, Lynn Clary (Thomas); son, Earl Wayne Hobbs (Brandy); grandchildren, Ethan Hobbs, Tyler Clary and David Hobbs; brother, Danny Hobbs; sisters, Renee Justice (Clayton) and Yvonne Howell (Ricky) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday, January 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 6. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Fellowship or to Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

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

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Charles Goodwin Weeks

August 4, 1952 - December 30, 2019

Visitation Graveside Services

6-8 p.m. Saturday, January 4

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Sunday, January 5

Grace Anglican Church Cemetery
9986 Purdy Road
Jarratt, Virginia

 

 Charles Goodwin Weeks,67, of Jarratt, passed away Monday, December 30, 2019. He was the son of the late Clarence and Wanda Weeks.

Charlie is survived by his son, Clarke Weeks (Shannon); grandson, Cole Weeks; brother, Eddie Weeks (Julie); three nieces and a number of cousins.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, January 4 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Sunday, January 5 at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Purdy Baptist Church, 186 Smoky Ordinary Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23867.

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

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