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Donald John Bowen

Donald John Bowen, of Emporia, passed away May 14, 2018, at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center at the age of 65.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell (Honey) A. Bowen, Jr. and Olga Ondov Bowen, and two sisters, Dorothy Bowen Leonard of Suffolk, Virginia, and Judy Bowen Jones of Emporia. 

Donald is survived by his brother, William Bowen of Eure, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Donald L. Jones, Sr. and wife Carol; nephews, Gene C. Leonard, Jr. and Donald (Buck) L. Jones, Jr. and nieces, Sharon Leonard Adkison, Anne Marie Leonard and Mary Beth Bowen Maitland. 

Donald grew up working in his family’s business, Bowen Gas & Electric.  He graduated from Brunswick Academy in 1972.  In 1997, he started Computer Networking Services, following his love of all things electrical.  Donald will forever be remembered by his dear friends and clients, who were also his family.

A graveside service will be held at the Emporia Cemetery Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Robert W. Griles presiding.   Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.  Online condolences can be made to


Make it Happen at SVCC

The mission of the Make-It-Happen Program at Southside Virginia Community College is to enroll minority males students in institutions of higher education and provide support services to ensure their success.  This year's graduates were recognized recently at an event held at SVCC in Alberta.  They are (L to R) Dontae Tucker, Rashaun Alexander, Aja Mcleod, Earl Lee, Catandra Chavis, Amir Marks, Marques Sydnor, and John Hicks


Top Dog Crowned in Doggie Fashion Show

The Sixth Annual Doggie Fashion Show and Luncheon was held on Saturday, May 16.  A variety of costumed canines took Golden Leaf Commons by storm.

The event is the major fund raiser for the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, bringing in $15,000 last year.  In addition, the event is great fun for all those involved, from the junior volunteers to the pets and their parents.

This year's judges had a tough task.  Eighteen dogs were judged in three groups (small, medium and large breeds).  This year's' judges were Matthew Grey, Virginia State Director for the Humane Society of the United States; Lucy Metcalf who has helped judge the show on four previous occassions; Michelle Wilson, a Professional Groomer at Roanoke Animal Hospital; Michelle Welch, Director of the Attorney General's new Animal Law Unit; and Julie Sokolowski, Treasurer of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies. Pictured above, front row (l-r) Matthew Grey and Michelle Welch; back row (l-r) Michelle Wilson, Lucy Metcalf and Julie Sokolowski.

This year 18 dogs competed for the Best in Show Trophy.  Among the other prizes were: Bucko Dunn for Best Costume, Snow Green for Most Challenged, Goldy Rumplik won Best Personality.

Daisy Phillips, owned by Trent and Lynn Phillips won the Best Large Breed (Daisy also won Best in Show in 2013).  Daisy s a true champion, she is a black and tan Doberman Pincer, she is 6 years old and weighs 56 pounds.  Daisy is a very loving dog, she loves attention and will often lay her head on your knee for you to rub her head; if she does not want you to stop, she will put her paw on your foot to let you know to stay.  She is also very protective of her yard and her surroundings.  Daisy's favorite thing is waiting for her Big Daddy to taker her to the country store on the golf cart for her daily Slim Jim.

Lucy Gupton, owned by Ashley Gupton, was judged to be the best medium breed.  Lucy is a black, brown and white Beagle mix who is 8 years old, weighing 38 pounds.  Lucy's favorite toy is her fox.  She loves to hunt and go for walks with her best friend Abbie.  She does not like to take baths, but what dog does?  Lucy loves her treats and time with her family. She is a very sweet little girl and loves to play with her red ball.

McCoy Phillips, owned by Lynn Phillips, won Best Small Breed and Best in Show.  McCoy is a black and tan Yorkshire Terrier, he is 8 years old and weighs 7 pounds.  McCoy is the ruler of the Phillips household.  He constantly wants to be held and loves to play with his toys.  He doesn't have a favorite toy, because every time you come home from shopping he shas to nose through all the bags to find a new one.  He loves Christmas, he will go through all the gift bags and pull out whatever is inside.  At dinner time, McCoy is the first one to the table, barking for whatever you are eating.  He is just one little guy you cannot help but love.

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