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Donati Ray High, Sr.

September 02, 1952 - February 06, 2019

Public Viewing Funeral Service Interment

Saturday, February 09, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Knox-High Chapel
568 Halifax Street
Emporia, VA 23847

Saturday, February 09, 2019
12:00 PM

Knox-High Chapel
568 Halifax Street
Emporia, VA 23847

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Williams Family Cemetery
Tall Oaks Drive
Emporia, Virginia 23847


Donati Ray High, Sr. was born September 2, 1952 in Northampton County, North Carolina to Susie High (Jones) and the late H. Millard Moody. Donati was raised in the loving home of the late Bobie Moss and Gladys High Moss.

He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Vanessa Roberts on August 30, 1975. To this blessed union, two children were born Yannah and Donati Jr.

Donati was educated in the Greensville County Public School system. He then went on to graduate from Norfolk State University with a Bachelorette degree in Business Administration. Later he matriculated to John Tyler Community College where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science, beginning his career as a licensed funeral director in 1978.

Through the years he loved being of service to his community. Donati held a variety of public leadership roles including past president of The Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association, member of the Greensville County School Board and member of the Emporia Greensville chapters of the NAACP and SCLC. He was also a proud member of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity and Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc.

Donati was preceded in death by: one brother Bobie Moss, two sisters, Debra Bennett and Clara Robinson-Slade.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of forty-three (43) years, Vanessa R. High. His children Yannah (Polycarp) Mbanuzue of Greensboro, NC and Donati R. High, Jr. of Emporia, VA. Four brothers Dexter (Vivian) Jones of Littleton, NC, Terrance (LaKasia) Jones, of Lake City, FL, Marcus (Erika) Jones of Enfield, NC and Louis (Jacquilinda) Moody of Raleigh, NC. Five Sisters Mertikae (Sherman) Hill of Randallstown, MD, Willie Sue (Charles) Green of Swan Quarter, NC, Terrie (Sherman) Wilkins of Jarratt, VA, Nolita (Alvin) Lundy of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Lolita (Frank) McNair of Gaston, NC. One Grandchild Leilani Mbanuzue. Two brothers-in-law Lester (Delores) Roberts of Maplewood, NJ and Marty (Lesia) Tillery of Warner Robins, GA. A host of nieces and nephews, cousins and dear loved ones.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces 2018 Employee & Managers of the Year

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces 2018 Employee & Managers of the Year

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) has named its 2018 Employee and Managers of the Year. Employees and managers are nominated for these awards by their colleagues based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism, and their contributions on the job. The recognitions are the highest honors hospital employees can receive.

Employee of the Year

Laboratory Supervisor, Vickie Michael, MT has been employed at SVRMC since May 1978. Ms. Michael assists the Medical Director and the Administrative Director with management and policy implementation for the operations of the Lab. She is instrumental to our successful Joint Commission Surveys.  Her colleagues had the following to say about her: “Vickie is well respected by her co-workers. She has a wealth of knowledge and always ensures quality laboratory testing.  Vickie has a strong commitment to her co-workers and a sense of ownership that is demonstrated by her quality of work. We are lucky to have Vickie on our team.”

Clinical Manager of the Year

Pamela Low, Director of Imaging, has been employed at SVRMC since September 1974.  She is responsible for the daily activities of the imaging department, including staffing and budgeting. Ms. Low’s co-workers had the following to say about her: “Pam is respected by all at SVRMC, including her peers, physicians and staff. She displays great customer service skills and has a unique ability for service recovery.  She makes sure that her department aligns with the goals for our hospital and she puts the patients first during every encounter.  She often volunteers at community events; representing the facility and being a champion for SVRMC and the services we provide.”

Non-Clinical Manager of the Year

Dexter Arrington, Finance Controller, has been employed at SVRMC since December 2013.He is responsible for all accounting, budgetary and financial planning activities of the hospital, supervising the accounting department, and assisting the CFO. Mr. Arrington’s co-workers had the following to say about him: “Dexter has proven himself to be effective and instrumental within the finance and accounting operations of our facility. He continually maintains a positive attitude, takes on any challenge presented to him, has an impeccable work ethic, and maintains a high level of professionalism with everyone that he interacts with or supports. Dexter is well respected by his peers and by facility leadership.”

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