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2017-8-24

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, August 21, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

Gloria Mae White Smith

Gloria Mae White Smith, 86 of Emporia, Va., passed away August 22, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, Va.

She was born May 28, 1931 in Mobjack, Va., to the late Luther Clyde White and Lola Brooks White. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Walter Murden Smith, her sister Juanita White Johnson, and one step-great grandchild, Geneva Ward.

Gloria is survived by her two sons, David Wayne Smith and wife Bertelle Pugh Smith of Wendell, N.C., and Colonel (retired) Stephen Clyde Smith of Huntsville, Al. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Emily Ann Smith and Ryan James Smith; four step-grandchildren, Curtis Forrest, Cindy Price, Bonnie Bruno, and Joe Forrest; and four step great-grandchildren, William Ward, Hillary Forrest, Jennie Forrest, and Isabella Bruno.

Gloria graduated from Mathews High School in 1949. She married her husband David in 1953 and was married for 54 years. During their marriage David and Gloria lived in Mathews, Va., Lively, Va., Miskimon, Va., and finally, Emporia, Va.

The family would like to thank all of Gloria’s friends in Emporia, Va. but in particular her close friend Ms. Shirley Temple for her dedication throughout Gloria’s bout with cancer. The family would also like to thank the personnel at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, Greensville Health and Rehabilitation Center, and the Bloom Center.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday August 24, 2017 at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, Va. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday August 26, 2017, at Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home in Mathews, Va. The family will also receive visitors prior to the service from 10:00-11:00. Interment will follow at Old Field Point Cemetery in Moon, Va.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING NORTH CAROLINA MAN & FUGITIVE COUPLE

     

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NELSON CO., Va. – Virginia State Police and the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Burlington, N.C. Police Department, is still actively searching for the missing 84-year-old man from Burlington, N.C., and the two North Carolina fugitives.

The incident began August 19, 2017, when the Burlington, N.C. Police Department received a report of a missing person. Mr. Harold Dean Simpson, 84, was last seen by his family at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, August 18, 2017. According to the Burlington, N.C. Police Department’s press release, “Mr. Simpson has no history of dementia or other cognitive impairments.”

Mr. Simpson’s silver 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt was located by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at 6:48 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 20. The vehicle, with North Carolina license plate EMA 8936, had been abandoned on Laurel Road in eastern Nelson County.

During the course of the investigation into the abandoned vehicle, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at approximately 7:30 p.m., Tuesday (Aug. 22) about a shooting victim at a residence on Laurel Road near Rockfish River. When law enforcement arrived on scene, they found a 60-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound. She continues to be treated at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., for serious injuries.

Missing from the same residence is a white 2002 Dodge Dakota with a medium-blue tailgate and custom, faded-red, squared-off bumper. The pickup truck has a North Carolina license plate, DHN 5418, affixed to the bumper.

Based on the investigation into the shooting, Virginia State Police obtained arrest warrants for malicious wounding and use of a firearm for both Sean D. Castorina, 42, of Burlington, N.C., and Penny M. Dawson, 40, of Burlington, N.C.

Castorina is a white male with distinctive tattoos on his forearms. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 lbs. (See photos in previous story here)

Dawson is a white female, 5 feet 3 inches in height and weighs approximately 172 pounds.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are actively searching for Castorina and Dawson. Castorina does have family in Norfolk, Va.

Both are considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached. Anyone with information about Castorina and/or Dawson and/or the missing pickup truck is encouraged to call 911 or #77 on a cell phone. 

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