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Carrol E. Dunn, Jr

Carrol E. Dunn, Jr., 83, of Yale, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He was the son of the late Carrol E. and Lillian H. Dunn. A Virginia Army National Guard veteran, he was an avid turkey hunter and pilot. He was a charter member of Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club and a lifelong member of Antioch Baptist Church. Carrol, Jr. is survived by his wife, Vivian Owen Dunn; two sons, Chris Dunn and wife, Shannon and Doug Dunn and wife, Penny; six grandchildren, Tyler, Emily, Ashtyn, Holden, Olivia and Benjamin and a number of nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Interment will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Charles “Charlie” Lee Phipps

Charles “Charlie” Lee Phipps, age 84, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away April 12, 2017.  He is the son of the late Rufus and Helen Pearson Phipps and is preceded in death by his brothers, Marvin Phipps and Otis Phipps; his sister, Bernice Singleton; and long time companion, Georgia V. Revis. He is survived by his daughters, Bridgette M. Phipps (Frankie) of Jacksonville, FL and Starr M. Phipps of Lawrenceville; his sons, Dwight V. Phipps (Jacqueline)  of Fort Myers, FL and Vaughn L. Phipps (Linda) of Greensboro, N.C.; his sisters, Evelyn Collins (Perry) of Hampton, VA, Maurice Grahm (Thomas) of Hampton, VA, Velma Phipps of Emporia, VA, Helen A. Robinson (Bill) of South Hill, VA, Claudette Lundy of Emporia, VA; a special niece, Marcia James (Dennis) of Norfolk, VA; a host of nieces and nephews; his sister-in-law, Nannie Mae Powell (John) of Lawrenceville, VA; his brother-in-law, Amos Singleton (Bernice) of Lawrenceville, VA; his adopted son, Woodrow Wilson of Hampton, VA; his grandchildren, Mark David Phipps and Sheena Phipps; five great grandchildren; a special great uncle, Elbert Green of New Jersey; and a special friend, William Jones, Jr. of Lawrenceville.  The family will receive friends at the home of Starr Phipps on Thursday evening.   A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 14951 Governor Harrison Pkwy., Lawrenceville, VA  23868.  Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick Literacy Council, P.O. Box 891, Lawrenceville, VA  23868. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Clyde M. Daniels

Mrs. Clyde M. Daniels, 87, of Emporia, widow of Charles R. Chuck” Daniels, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert “Pudding, Jr.” Matthews and Glenn Thomas Matthews and a sister, Mary Lynn Norsworthy. Mrs. Daniels is survived by a son, Charles R. “Todd” Daniels, Jr.; two daughters, Leslie Jo Lee and Terri Lynn Link and husband, Wayne; seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Virginia Lee Harrell, Patricia Ann Moseley and Louise Matthews “Sister” Allen and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Josephine Allen Covington

Josephine Allen Covington, 85, widow of Gordon Covington, passed away, Friday, April 7, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Jo Gale Covington, goddaughter, Nancy Turner and husband, Joey and their children, Debra, Dwayne and Robbie and their children, Allysa, Jamison and Mallory; one sister, Esther Allen and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church social hall following the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Alfred A. Allen

Alfred A. Allen, 82, of Emporia, a retired farmer, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Gordon Allen; an infant daughter and daughter Vicky T. Allen- Pearce; four brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his son, Todd B. Allen and wife, Kristie and his daughter, Lisa A. Fox and husband, Jett; three grandchildren, Marcus Allen, Katie Whitehead and husband, Stuart and Keith Harrell; two sisters, Josephine Covington and Esther Allen and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wants to convey their heartfelt appreciation to longtime caregivers, Becky Presson and Karen Drummond and the staff and nurses of New Century Hospice. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 31 at High Hills Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to High Hills Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Donna Rae Bozard

Donna Rae Bozard, 66, of Skippers, passed away, Monday, March 27, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Curtis and Louise Bozard and was also preceded in death by three brothers, John, Robert and Billy Bozard. She is survived by her son, William Bozard; two grandchildren, Robbie and Connor Bozard; sisters, Mary Balmer, Marcy Woodruff, brothers, Keith Bozard, Mike Bozard and Jeffrey Bozard. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Faith Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Jagdish R. Patel

Jagdish R. Patel of Emporia, Virginia passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Jagdish was born on June, 28, 1943 in Gujarat, India and married Saroj Patel on April 20, 1968. He emigrated from India in 1968 to attend Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania where he received a Master of Business Administration.  Jagdish and Saroj moved to Emporia where they became, for the last 38 years, prominent contributors to the hospitality industry and local community. His beloved wife, Saroj, predeceased him in 2012.  Jagdish is survived by his three daughters, Alpa, Nisha, and Leena, and five grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Woody’s Funeral Home, 1771 N Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23229, (804) 288-3013.  Private ceremony to follow.

Pender Lee Smith, Jr.

Pender Lee Smith, Jr., 84, of Emporia, Virginia died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Pender was born on April 2, 1932 in the Brink area of Greensville County and was a life-long resident.

Farming was in his blood, and never was he happier than when he was on a tractor or combine on his farm. He was also a partner in PL Smith and Sons Peanut Warehouse. Pender was loved by many and had friends near and far. He had a winning smile and never met a stranger. Pender had a warm laugh and quick wit. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter, bird watcher, gardener, and loved to do woodwork in his shop on the farm.

Pender was married to the love of his life, Jo Anne Hancock for 62 years. Together Pender and Jo could be found spending time with friends and family; often going out to eat, dancing, or just visiting.

Pender was active in church, civic, and community organizations. He was a Christian and was a member of the Forest Hill Baptist Church. There he served as a Trustee, Deacon, and was on numerous committees over his 60 year membership. Pender was a charter member of the Brink Ruritan Club where he was a past president and secretary. Pender was on the Greensville County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and served as treasurer. He was also a member of the Virginia Farm Bureau Peanut Advisory Committee. For many years Pender served on the Greensville County Farm Committee.

Pender was preceded in death by his parents, Pender Lee Smith and Virginia Harrell Smith, and his beloved son, David Smith. He is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Hancock Smith; sister, Alice Smith Bivins (Billy Joe); brother, Alfred Smith (Christine), sisters-in-law, Alma Lanier of Roanoke Rapids and Hazel Welch of Pinehurst; special niece, Angela Fanney (Rick) of Smithfield; and many other much loved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Forest Hill Baptist Church, Skippers, VA. at 2:00 pm followed by interment in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the cemetery fund at Forest Hill Baptist Church, c/o Michael Ferguson, 5070 Brink Road, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Rev. Donald Orlando Collins

Rev. Donald Orlando Collins, 91, of Emporia, Virginia went to be with the Lord on  March 18th, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife,  Ann Smith Collins, and his son, Donald Stephen Collins. He is survived by his daughters, Beverly C. Flippo ( Carter ) of Doswell, Virginia and Kim C. Johnson ( Mike) of Jackson, NC.; grandchildren Brittany and Emily Flippo, Mason and Claire Collins, Lauren Ashley Collins, Lauren Hasty and Brad Johnson; 2 great-grandsons, Aubrey and Hunter Hasty; brother, Ben F. Collins of Greensboro, NC. and many nieces and nephews. He served as Seaman 1st classman on the USS Gunston Hall in the Pacific area during WWII. After being honorably discharged from the military, he completed his education in broadcasting at RPI in Richmond, VA in 1947.  He spent the next 41 years as a broadcaster and the sales manager at WEVA in Emporia. During the early 70’s, he spent much time lay-ministering in the prisons or filling in at local pulpits. In 1987, he decided to retire from radio and pursue his real passion, the ministry. In 1988, he completed his coursework at Duke University to be ordained as a minister within the United Methodist Church.  He became the minister of 3 small churches in Dinwiddie County on June 16, 1988. Oak Grove UMC, one of these 3 churches, became his passion and he spent 19 years ministering there until his retirement in 2007.  A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the Collins Building Social Hall.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 12715 Acorn Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805. Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt, VA is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

David Lee Sledge

David Lee Sledge of Emporia, VA died on March 15, 2017.  David grew up in Emporia.  He was a veteran of the Virginia National Guard and  attended Barton College in Wilson, NC.  He retired from Greensville County as a maintenance supervisor.  David was a past president and Ruritan of the Year for the Meherrin Ruritan Club.  He was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity at Barton College. David was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Drewyville, VA.  He was always very involved with the Emporia Greensville Recreation Association, and he loved fishing, the Outer Banks, and all things sports related. 

  He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Finton Sledge.  He is survived by his wife, Patsy Claud Sledge; two daughters, Kathyrne Harrison Turner and husband, Steve; Pamela Harrison Crichton; three granddaughters, Kaycee Claud Ackaway, Kirsten Juliette Crichton, and Kathryne Jane Crichton; three great grand children; his mother, Shirley Sledge Williams; three brothers, Steve Sledge and wife Betty Jo, Jerry Sledge, and Michael Sledge and wife Ginny.  David also had many cherished nieces and nephews. 

The funeral service will be held 2pm on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 South Halifax Road, Jarratt, VA where the family will receive friends preceding the service beginning at 12:30 pm.  Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Barton College, 800 Vance Street NE, Wilson, NC 27893. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Phillip Earl “Flipp” Clements

Phillip Earl “Flipp” Clements, 30, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Hubert “Pete” Phillips and Shirley Mitchell “NaNa” Phillips and paternal grandparents, William “Bill” Clements and Dorothy Mae “Grammy” Clements, all from Emporia. Phillip was a lifelong member of Adams Grove Baptist Church where he served as assistant pianist and assistant choir director. He had an engaging and outgoing manner and enjoyed playing music and singing and was known by many for his talents working on and detailing automobiles. He is survived by his parents, Earl and BeeBee Clements of Emporia; uncles, D. L. Phillips of Capron; Donnie Wayne Clements (Bonnie) of Lake Gaston and Tony Michael Clements, with whom he shared a special bond, of Emporia; his aunt, Carolyn Phillips Gillette (Pope) of Capron; cousins, Hollie Gillette Bobbitt (William) of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Emily Gillette Jarratt (Dustan) of Emporia. He is also survived by Peggy Harrell who he considered his “Second Mom” and her daughters, Alice, Allison and Rhonda and a special group of close friends, Stephanie, Beth, Brooke, Shannon and Billi Jo. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Interment will follow at Independence United Methodist Church. The family suggests contributions in Phillip’s memory be made to a favorite charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Mary Ann Dunlow

Mary Ann Dunlow, 58, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was the daughter of the late William B. and Martha E. Dunlow and was also preceded in death by sisters, Pat Schofield, Margaret E. Dunlow and Joyce Marie Dunlow. She is survived by her sisters, Pamela Sue “Pam” Dunlow and Peggy D. Goddard and husband, Joe and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 17. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Frances Gay Mountjoy

Frances Gay Mountjoy, 52, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Mountjoy; son, Matt Mountjoy; two grandchildren, Morgan and Colin Mountjoy; her mother, Irene Bass; two brothers, Bubba Gay and Jamie Gay; three sisters, Jean Moss, Marie Lee and Alice Diehm and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at Victory Fellowship Church with interment to follow at Round Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Fellowship Church, 200 South Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

J. Aubrey Harrison

J. Aubrey Harrison, 70, of Jarratt, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 25, 2017. He was the son of the late Walter T. and Kathleen Sanford Harrison and was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris K. Harrison. Aubrey is survived by his wife, Judy Allen Harrison, son, Chris Harrison and wife, Sue; daughter Kaye Dawn Harrison Newsome; grandchildren, Madilyn Harrison, Dalton Harrison and Chandler Newsome; brother, Tommy Harrison and wife, Betty Cooke Harrison; niece, Nicole Coker and nephew, Brian Harrison. Aubrey retired as General Manager of Sadler Auto Centers after 35 years of service. His greatest joy was to spend time with his beloved grandchildren and family. Truly a “people person”, he was an active member of Lebanon United Methodist Church and an active leader and coach with the Jarratt Recreation Association. He was an avid hunter and longtime president of Owen Hunt Club where he furthered his leadership abilities and served as mentor to many. The family will receive friends Monday, Feb 27 at his home 2-4 p.m. and at Owen Funeral Home, 6-8 p.m. where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 28. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 Blue Star Highway, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to Jarratt Recreation Association, P.O. Box 631, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation, P.O. Box 32, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Earl Jasper Carpenter

Mr. Earl Jasper Carpenter, 76, of Skippers, Virginia, died on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, VA.

A Visitation for Mr. Carpenter will be held from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm, with the Funeral Service following the Visitation, beginning at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home.

 

Condolences may be sent via:  www.hdpopefuneralhome.com

Kennon Randolph “Mutt" Wrenn, Sr.

Randolph “Mutt" Wrenn, Sr., 78, of Emporia died Thursday February 16, 2017. Mutt was a native of Ante in Brunswick County and was the son of the late Horace Edwards and Ethel Mitchell Wrenn. Mutt worked as an automobile salesman for over 40 years for Sadler Motors Inc. until he retired in 2007. He is survived by his sister, Sandra Wrenn Edwards of Ante; his daughters, Allison Wrenn of Fredericksburg and Kendra Novey of Richmond; his sons Kennon Randolph Wrenn, Jr. "Randy" and his fiancé Marcia Hudson of Roanoke Rapids and Scott Wrenn of Colonial Heights; grandchildren, Kennon Randolph Wrenn, III "Trae", Casey Wrenn, Eric Lynch, Jonathan Wrenn, Ashley Henderson, Austin Perkins, Anne Randolph Perkins and Brent Novey; great grandchildren, Hunter Wrenn, Wyatt Wrenn, Rooker Wrenn, Kennah Wrenn, Reed Henderson, Aiden Henderson and Adaline Henderson. A graveside funeral service will be held Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2PM at Greensville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Family will receive friend after the service at 502 Lakeside Drive Emporia Virginia. In lieu flowers, donations can be made to:  The Hermie & Elliott Sadler Foundation, 1501 Wiggins Road, Emporia, VA 23847. Arrangements are being handled by Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, Virginia. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Vera Lee Grizzard

Vera Lee Grizzard, 83, of Emporia passed away on February 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Pearson and sisters, Ella Cannon, Shirley Skinner and Lucille Waters. She is survived by her husband, Elmer L. Grizzard; son, Ronnie L. Grizzard and wife Penny; daughter, Sharon K. Morton and husband Mark; grandchildren, Jessica Vick Dunn and husband Cody, Ashley L. Grizzard and friend Justin Gibson, Brian “Kirk” Grizzard and friend Stephanie Perez; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Dunn, Arylee G. Dunn, Adyson K. Dunn, Michael C. Dunn, Jr., and Vera Madison Burke; sisters, Erlene P. Grizzard and Clyde P. Lotts. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 4:30pm, in Emporia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Youth Department. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

John Walter Grizzard

John Walter Grizzard, 89, Army veteran of the Korean War, died January 31, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Fairy Bryant Grizzard; a daughter, Carrie Razel and two brothers, Franklin and Conrad. Survivors include three step-children, Betty Baker of Smithfield, David L. Allen, Jr. and Joan Allen Ligon, both of Emporia; one brother, James Grizzard and a sister, Effie Sue McAlexander; 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11am on Sunday, February 26, at Fountain Grove Baptist Church, Emporia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fountain Grove Baptist Church, Lifestar Ambulance, or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Martin F. Harrell, Sr.

Martin F. Harrell, Sr., 73, of Emporia, passed away unexpectedly at MCV Hospital on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was the son of the late Joseph Bryan Harrell and Marie Pope Harrell. Martin is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Harrell; two sons, Martin F. Harrell, Jr. “Marty” and wife, Stacy; Stuart A. Harrell; daughter, Mary Beth H. Poarch and husband, Brian; seven grandchildren, Macie Alexandra Harrell, Sarah Hart Poarch, Virginia Blair Harrell, Stuart Reid Harrell, Jane Randolph Poarch, Sydney Mills Harrell and Jackson Martin Harrell; sister, Betty Pope Harrell; two brothers, Donald B. Harrell and wife, Connie, and Michael W. Harrell; aunts, Virginia Harrell Simmons, and Melissa H. Jackson; uncles, Dudley J. Harrell and Freeman J. Harrell, and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. at Mr. Harrell’s home on Thursday, Feb 2. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 3 at Lebanon United Methodist Church followed by interment at Harrell Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 Blue Star Highway, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Emma Ruth Brewer

Emma Ruth Brewer, 81, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017. She was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Delatte and Ernest “Buck” Beatty. Mrs. Brewer is survived by her husband, Willie J. Brewer; three daughters, Sherry High of Greensboro, NC, Teresa Brewer and Billie Jo Brewer, both of Emporia; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Mizell and Joyce Tomlin and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 South Crater Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805 or to The Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Rd, # 130, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Robert William Little, Jr.

Robert William Little, Jr., 94, of Emporia passed away on January 19, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert William Little, Sr. and Virginia Grizzard Little; first wife, June Beach Little and their children, Todd Wingood Little and John Oscar Little; second wife, Mary Watkins Morgan Little and sister, Mattie Todd Berger. He is survived by his children, Robert William Little, III, Irene Beach Little and Mildred Little Lankford; sister, Katherine Little Sanders; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of Main Street United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held 3pm, Tuesday, at Main Street United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www. Echolsfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Elizabeth Moore Coleman

Dorothy Elizabeth Moore Coleman passed away January 18, 2017 at the age of 87 after a long and brave battle with COPD and congestive heart failure. She was born to Johnny A. and Elizabeth W. Moore on December 17, 1929. She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny A. and Elizabeth W. Moore; her daughter, Barbara Jean Bass; her late husband and soul mate, Robert F. Coleman, Sr.; her late first husband, Cecil Bass; her late husband, Lawrence Delbridge; her brothers, Johnny L. and Randolph Neal Moore; her sisters, Willar Ferguson, Lila M. Harrison, Carrie Harvey, Shirley Kirkland, Edna M. Birch and Martha M. Williams. She is survived by her son, Robert F. Coleman, Jr. and his wife, Natalie V. Coleman; grandson, Matthew R. Coleman and granddaughter, Marissa E. Coleman; her sister, Betty Gregory with her husband Charles Gregory of Jarratt as well as many nieces and nephews from the Moore, Bass, Coleman, and Delbridge families. She wished to acknowledge special friends from Emporia, Virginia Beach and Suffolk; her McDonald’s family; her unofficial adopted son, George Best of Portsmouth; Dr. Richard Holm and his brother Jeff; her wonderful neighbor, Jane Wendell and Betty Lou; and her very special nephew who called her every week since 2000, William F. Harvey; and finally her devoted caregiver, Will Tomlin. Anyone that knew Dorothy knew her as Dot and knew how much family meant to her. Her “Little Coleman Family” was her life. She loved her friends and loved to garden. She had three great bosses she wished to acknowledge, Eugene Bloom of Emporia, William Davenport of Virginia Beach, and Ms. D. Davis of Emporia. A memorial service will be held 11:00am, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Frank Willard Moseley

Frank Willard Moseley, age 77, of Valentines, VA passed away January 19, 2017.  He was the son of the late Jessie and Mildred Moseley.  He is survived by his children, Troy L. Moseley and Cathy Baird, Tony Moseley and Melinda, Randy Moseley and Jeannie; his grandchildren, Shannon Gibbs and Brandon, Heather Smith and Dave, Brendan Moseley, Joshua Moseley and Noah Moseley; his great grandchildren, Aaron and Addison Gibbs and Fraya Smith; and his brother, Melvin Moseley.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia,VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Central Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 386, Gasburg, VA  23857.

Willard Parker Moore

Willard Parker Moore, 88, of Skippers, VA passed away on January 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Fletcher Moore and Donnie Tudor; sisters, Gladys Moore Taylor, Effie Moore Lifsey, Margaret Moore Grizzard, Mary Collins, and Ida Woodruff; brothers, Otis Fletcher Moore, Jr. and Edward Moore. He is survived by his sisters, Louise Moore Taylor, Alice Moore Blankenship, Inez Moore Whitlow, and Bernice Moore Lewis; brother, Otis Warren Moore and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, 2 pm, at Zion Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Pam S. Jarratt

Pam S. Jarratt, 54, of Yale, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter R. Jarratt and several aunts and uncles. Pam is survived by her fiancé, Tommy Wyatt; her daughter, Jessica Harrison and husband, Brian; two granddaughters, Logan Harrison and Brooklyn Harrison; her mother, Irene E. Jarratt; brother Kenny Jarratt and Patti Wickersham; a niece and nephew and a large extended family of loving and supportive aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Sunday, January 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 16. Private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Joyner-Gray-Yale Ruritan Club, 21428 Peters Bridge Rd, Yale, Virginia 23897. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Elsie Buckner Clary

Elsie Buckner Clary, age 81, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away January 10, 2017.  She is the daughter of the late Wilbur and Sadie Buckner.  She is preceded in death by two brothers, William and Gilbert Buckner and two sisters, Marie Gordon and Frances Pearson.  She is survived by her loving husband, Smithy G. Clary; her two daughters, Rhonda Yates Grimsley and husband Wayne and Andrea Walker and husband Will; two grandchildren, Rachel and Madelyn Walker; her twin sister, Ella Connell and husband Carlton; her sister-in-law, Theresa Buckner; and extended family.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Matthews Chapel United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to Matthews Chapel U.M.C. 8308 Christanna Hwy. Gasburg, VA  23857.

Jane Thorpe Wendell

Jane Thorpe Wendell, 79, of Emporia, widow of William Henry Wendell, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016. She is survived by two daughters, Betty Lou Robinson and husband, Randy and Billie Kay Harper and husband, Rodgers; three grandchildren, Anthony William Tranka and wife, Cathy, Benjamin John Tranka and wife, Sarah-Beth and Christian Harper; four great-grandchildren; brother, John Robert Thorpe and wife, Catherine, sister, Lucille T. Dunlow and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 29 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 30. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Betty Woodruff Jarratt Fitzgerald

Betty Woodruff Jarratt Fitzgerald, 84, of Waynesboro, VA, formerly of Jarratt, Virginia, was called home to Heaven on Sunday, December 18, 2016. She was born July 21, 1932 in Pitt County, NC. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth C. Fitzgerald; two daughters, Peggy Jarratt Moore and husband, JR and Kay Jarratt Cox; four grandchildren, Heather Fincham and husband, John, Jason Cox  and wife, Tatiane, Crystal Graham and husband, Chris and Kelly Cox and husband, Damiel; four great-grandchildren, Brady and Carly Fincham and Brendan and Chase Riddle; a brother, Onnie Woodruff and wife, Brenda; three sisters, Shelia Pierce and husband, Bob, Ann Floyd and husband, Luke and Evelyn Moore; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Fitzgerald was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Verna Woodruff; her husband, Arthur Jarratt, a granddaughter; four brothers and two sisters. Betty was a member of High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt and in the past three years attended Wayside Baptist Church in Waynesboro. A hardworking lady, she managed a grocery store for over thirty years and eventually managed the store she owned. She loved gardening, sewing, singing and dancing and spending as much time as she could with her family and friends. Her smile will be remembered by everyone she knew her as her personality could radiate a room where everyone could feel her love. The funeral service will be held 12 noon on Thursday, December 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (www.alzfdn.org.) Online condolences amy be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Helen Poole Gibson

Helen Poole Gibson, 77, of Emporia, passed away on December 18, 2016. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lori Peirce and is survived by her sons, Tony Gibson and wife Debbie, David Gibson and wife Norma, Michael Gibson and friend Jeanette, and Timothy Gibson; sister, Gale P. Moore, 1 brother, William B. Poole & wife Lori; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, 11am, at Concord Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Gene Marshall Johnson

Gene Marshall Johnson, 74, of Midlothian, formerly of Emporia, passed away on December 14, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Ann Faison Johnson; daughter and son in law, Amy and Jimmy Parks; son, Jay Johnson; grandchildren, Abby and Marshall and special brother in law and wife, Bobby and Sandy Faison. He served as the 8th Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections, appointed by Governor Mark Warner in October 2002 and reappointed by Governor Timothy Kane in January 2006. During his 45 years of distinguished service, he was known for his commitment to the agency. A funeral service will be held 1pm, Monday, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2341 Winterfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23113. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, 1pm, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Road, Emporia, VA 23847. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Employee Assistance Fund, Attn: Barbara Reyes, Department of Corrections, P.O. Box 26963, Richmond, VA 23261. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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