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2017-5-2

H. Benjamin Vincent, Sr.

H. Benjamin Vincent, Sr. (Benny), 84, of Emporia, Virginia died on Saturday, April 29, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Branch W. Vincent, Jr. Benny was a graduate of Greensville County Public Schools, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia and was an active member of the Theta Chi Fraternity on campus. He graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from T. C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia, and opened his private practice in Emporia, Virginia in 1957. Later, he was elected to the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Emporia and County of Greensville, Virginia, which he served with distinction for many years. During that period, he was privileged to argue before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Supreme Court for the United States of America. Benny served as a member and counsel to the Greensville County Zoning Board, counsel to the Board of Supervisors for Greensville County, General Counsel to the Board of Directors of Citizens National Bank and on many other committees and boards throughout the years. After his tenure as Attorney for the Commonwealth, he returned to private practice and served his community actively for the remainder of his years, where his well-known humor and easy camaraderie with members of law enforcement and the legal community were legendary. Benny loved children and founded the first Little League Football Program in Emporia. He coached the “Blue Team” and with much help from friends, was able to form a league of 4 teams that competed with each other. His kids called him “Mr. Uncle Benny”, which he loved. It was one of the most cherished accomplishments of his life. Benny loved all sports, was an avid golfer and played baseball, football and basketball in high school and later played first string on the Hampden-Sydney College basketball and tennis teams. He also participated in many of the intramural sports offered at college. He was a die-hard, loyal fan of the Washington Redskins. Benny is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Blake Vincent (Betty), and two sons, H. Benjamin Vincent, Jr. (Emmy Morgan) and Branch Anthony Vincent (Debbie Yeattes Burke); four grandchildren, Blake Anthony Vincent, Lauren Morgan Epps, William Taylor Burke and Kelly Ann Burke and one great-grandchild, Vera Madison Burke. The family will receive friends from 7:00pm until 9:00pm on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Virginia. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 2:00pm in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. The family requests in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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