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Roger Kent Woodruff


Roger Kent Woodruff

May 23, 1965 - February 17, 2019


Visitation Services

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Virginia


Friday, February 22, 2019, 2:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home Chapel

806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Virginia

Roger Kent Woodruff passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 53. He was born on May 23, 1965 in Halifax County, North Carolina. Roger was an equipment operator for Enviva Pellets. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tabitha Woodruff. He is survived by his father Vasser Lee Woodruff, Jr.  (Linda) of Emporia, mother Phyllis A. Woodruff of Emporia, son Brandon Woodruff (Amber) of Emporia, daughter Tiffany Woodruff of Emporia, brother James Woodruff (Julie) of Emporia, Sisters Gail Seward (Billy) of Emporia and Brenda Murphy (Bryan) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Echols Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, February 22, 2019 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Kinsey officiating. An Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Brandon Keith Simmons

May 23, 1989 - February 19, 2019

Visitation Services

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12:oo Noon

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia


Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia

Brandon Keith Simmons, 29, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019. He is survived by his mother, Kendra Tomlinson (Barry Edwards); his father, Billy Simmons; brothers, Josh Simmons, Jason Simmons, and Christopher Tomlinson; sister, Emily Simmons; paternal grandmother, Grace Clark; a very special cousin and friend, Heather Malone; uncle, Randy Stainback (Melanie) and a number of other uncles and extended family. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12 – 2 prior to the service. Interment will be private at First Christian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


EMPORIA, VA, February 20, 2019 – Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, today announced the sale of Best Western Emporia, a 99-room hospitality property located in Emporia, Virginia, according to Benjamin Yelm, regional manager of the firm’s Richmond office. The asset sold for $4,311,111.

Prashant Merchant, an investment specialist in Marcus & Millichap’s Richmond office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company. Merchant also procured the buyer, a limited liability company.

Best Western Emporia is located at 1100 W Atlantic St in Emporia, Virginia. The 40,432-square-foot hotel was constructed in 1992 on 2.55 acres along Interstate 95.

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