Obituaries

Allen Warren Thompson, Sr.

Visitation Services

Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral Home

July 24, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Forest Hill Baptist Church, Saturday

Allen Warren Thompson, Sr., 69, passed away on July 21, 2021. Allen worked as a maintenance operator for the Virginia Department of Transportation for most of his life. He was the son of the late, Lonnie Columbus Thompson and Ruth Lowe Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Ruth Thompson, wife, Linda Beale Thompson, sister, Margie Lewis, nephew, Brent Anderson, niece, Sheila Lanier. He is survived by his son, Allen Warren Thompson, Jr. (Crystal) of Lexington, SC., step-son, Jason D. Rook (Rhonda) of Emporia, VA., sisters, Jane Thompson of Abbottsburry, Sue T. Galloway of Whiteville, NC., Nancy T. Mitchell (Larry) of Bladenboro, NC., Cathy T. Marlow of Lumberton, NC., brother-in-law, Livingston Lewis of Bladenboro, NC., grandchildren, Devin Thompson, Cassie Thompson, Joshua Rook, Emma Rook.

The family will receive friends at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral Home on Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A funeral service will be held at Forest Hill Baptist Church, Saturday, July 24, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M. with interment to follow at the church cemetery.

Online Condolences may be left at www.wrennclarkehagan.com

Nellie Allen Falls

October 22, 1932 - July 9, 2021

Visitation Services

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 3:00 P.M.

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Nellie Allen Falls, 88, passed away on July 9, 2021. She was the daughter of the late, James Thomas Allen and Betty Obery Allen. She was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Tommy Adams. She is survived by her husband, Barry Falls, sons, Hartley Adams (Anne), Jerry Adams (Debbie), Ricky Adams, step-children, Melody Thorpe (Henry), Byron Falls, grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brandon (Summer), Will (Stacey), Mickey (Brittany), step-grandchildren, Waverly, Jackson, Matthew (Makenzie), Todd (Jordan), great-grandchildren, Corbin, Stella, Turner, Carter, Brody, Beckham, Madison, step-great grandchild, Watson, along with beloved dog, Jake.

A visitation will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, Sunday, July 11, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

A funeral service will follow at Calvary Baptist at 3:00 P.M. with Dr. Robert Pipkin and Mr. Mickey Adams officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

William “Billy” Grimes Rogerson

January 29, 2021 - June 28, 2021

Visitation Services

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, July 1, 2021, starting at 11:00 AM

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

William “Billy” Grimes Rogerson, 78, passed away on June 28, 2021. He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church and belonged to the American Legion Group. Billy is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph E. Rogerson, Sr., Glenn Dora Grimes Rogerson, brother, James L. Rogerson. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judy Rogerson, sons, Shaun Rogerson (Stephanie), Paul Rogerson (Teri), William Beighley, brother, Joseph Rogerson, Jr., sister, Elizabeth R. Bryant, granddaughter, Lily Rogerson, great-grandson, Matthew Kiser, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A funeral service will take place at Echols Funeral Home, Thursday, July 1, 2021, starting at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery. Dr. Rick Hurst and Rev. Dave Roberts will be officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Tamera “Tammy” Newsome Jarratt

August 18, 1968-June 17, 2021

Visitation Services

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2:30 PM

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Tamera “Tammy” Newsome Jarratt, 52, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Tammy was born August 18, 1968, in Emporia, Virginia. She graduated from Greensville County High School in 1986. She continued her education at Halifax Community College where she earned an associate degree in Business. Later, she pursued her interest in the dental field and received her Dental Assistant certification. She spent most of her career as a Dental Assistant and Dental Coordinator within the Virginia Department of Corrections to include Greensville Correctional Center, Lawrenceville Correctional Center, and most recently, Sussex II State Prison.

Tammy was preceded in death by her parents, Elsie Padgett, and Thomas P. Newsome.

She is survived by her loving children; Brooklyn N. Jarratt of Urbanna, Kayla L. Jarratt, and Austin C. Jarratt, both of Emporia; four grandchildren; Lailah and Rilee Baylor, of Urbanna, and Dakota and Daxton Ferguson, of Emporia. She will also be remembered by her aunts, uncle, cousins, coworkers, and friends.

Family will receive friends at Echols Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM with a graveside following at 2:30 PM at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Roger Clark “Kicky” Epps

July 26, 1951-June 14, 2021

Visitation Services

12 – 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16

Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
974 Zion Church Rd
Skippers, Virginia

 

Roger Clark “Kicky” Epps, 69, passed away Monday, June 14, 2021. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda K. Turner and her husband, Wayne and a brother, Larry Epps.

Mr. Epps is survived by his wife, Inetta C. Epps; three daughters, Debbie Blankenship (Jack), Brenda G. Russ (Donald) and Susan A. Liming (Don) and son, Danny Whitby (Donna); grandchildren, Kenneth Russ (Julie), Margaret Russ (Jason), Eric Blankenship (Laura), Tina Turner, Jonathan Whitby, Cliff Whitby (Heather) and Kelly Liming (Jason); great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Nicole, Cameron, Isabella, Jakayla, J.J., Jacob, Jayla, Ryland, Kellan, Ayden and Conner; Two brothers, Wayne Epps (Rhonda) and Donald “Bear” Epps (Norma Jean), two sisters, Carolyn Stainback (Tommy) and Marie Epps and numerous nieces and nephews.

A public viewing will be held 12 – 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia.

The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, 974 Zion Church Rd, Skippers, VA.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Arthur Milton Prince “Preacher”

May 22, 1932-June 12, 2021

Visitation Services

Thursday, June 17 at 1pm

Mount Vernon Baptist Church
16489 Dry Bread Road
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, June 17 at 2pm

Mount Vernon Baptist Church
16489 Dry Bread Road
Emporia, Virginia

On June 12, 2021, Arthur Milton Prince left this life for his eternal home surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was known to his family and friends as “Preacher” but to his family, he was “Popa”.  

He was born and raised in Emporia, Virginia and most importantly, lived his life on the Dry Bread Road which he loved dearly and never wanted to travel far from. He retired from Johns Manville/Georgia Pacific after 42 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hunting. He was a man of faith, a strong but gentle man that loved his family with all of his heart.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Nell Irene Tomlison Prince, his son, Milton Steve Prince and wife Rosemary, grandchildren, Michele Prince Turner (Kenny), Michael Steve Prince (Tonya) and Amanda Prince Sadler (Elliott), great-grandchildren, Kailtyn Turner, Andrew and Avarie Prince, Wyatt and Austyn Sadler. Sisters Lelia Louise Phillips and Mary Bernice Phillips, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preacher was preceded in death by his parents Clarence Lee Prince & Lila Lelia Phillips Prince, brothers James Edward Prince, and Herman Lee “Billy Buck” Prince, sisters Virginia Magalene Banner, Ethel Mae Allen, Shirley Ann Allen and Erma Jean Veliky.

Funeral Services will be held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church on Thursday, June 17 at 2pm. Visitation for family and friends will be an hour prior to the service.   

If desired, memorial contributions can be sent to Mount Vernon Baptist Church. 

16489 Dry Bread Road. Emporia, VA 23847.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com 

Wayne Ah Ching Wong

November 2, 1952 - June 10, 2021

Wayne Ah Ching Wong, 68, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021. He was the son of the late Ah Ching Wong and Sally & Franklin F. Grizzard. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Franklin F. Grizzard, Jr. and P.Y. Wong.

Mr. Wong is survived by his devoted companion, Catherine; son, Nigel Wong (Jaclyn); daughter, Sara Wong Pace (Robert); grandchildren, Austin Pace and Brianne Pace; stepchildren, Daniel McElwee (Katie), Amber O’Neal (Nathan), Travis Mahaffey (Robin) and Jamie McDonald; 7 step-grandchildren; brothers, Dale Grizzard and Carl Grizzard (Carol); sister, Aisley Daniels, Lorna Wong and Christina Wong and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Wayne requested that there be no memorial service or funeral held.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Martha Purnell Byrd

April 15, 1937-June 7, 2021

Visitation Services

6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 10

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

11 a.m. Friday, June 11

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

Mrs. Martha Purnell Byrd, 84, of Emporia, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry F. Byrd and brothers, Jerry Martin Purnell, Swanson Purnell and Ira Poteat Purnell.

Mrs. Byrd was a member of Faith Baptist Church. She had a strong work ethic and had worked at Dan River Mills in Danville before settling in Emporia where she worked at several jobs before using her home as a base for a thrift store selling home furnishings.

Mrs. Byrd is survived by her son, Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (Tane Watson Byrd); grandson, William “Will” Watson Byrd; brothers, John Allen Purnell of San Antonio, TX, Ollie Keith Purnell (Emily) of Roxboro, NC, Ricky Gwynn Purnell of Elgin, SC, and Pete Preston Purnell of Blanche, NC; sister, Clara Jean Purnell of Tight Squeeze, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 11. Entombment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Faith Baptist Church, 951 W. Atlantic St. , Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Mr. Curtis Wray

September 3, 1930-June 2, 2021

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Saturday, June 5

First Christian Church Cemetery
427 Ruritan Drive
Emporia, Virginia

Mr. Curtis Wray, 90, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce May Wray; two brothers, Lloyd Wray and Alton Wray; six sisters, Daisy Sutton, Bertha Malechek, Ida Lassiter, Clara Garrett, Anna Malechek and Elsie Lucy

Mr. Wray is survived by a son, Donald Wray; daughters, Debra Ogburn and Donna Allen (Douglas); nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and sister, Thelma Faison.

The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5 at First Christian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in his memory to First Christian Church, 427 Ruritan Dr., Emporia, Virginia 23847

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Glenda Lucy Pope

August 21, 1948 - May 28, 2021

Visitation Services

Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 1:00 P.M

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Following Visitation

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Absence on Earth is presence with the Lord.

Glenda L. Pope, 72, was called to her eternal home on May 28, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elton A. Lucy and Lucille B. Lucy. She is survived by her husband, Linwood E. Pope Sr., two sons, Linwood E. Pope Jr., and Charles A. Pope (Christina), four grandchildren, Emily (Joey), Allie, Carter, and Charlie along with, her beloved fur baby, Izzie. Glenda is survived by her brother, Gerald “Jerry” Lucy, nephew Jeremy (Angie), niece, Daisy (Tommy) and numerous great nieces and nephews. Glenda had many friends that she loved like family.

She will always be remembered for her smile, her witty words, taste of jewelry, sense of style, sense of humor, and specifically, her love for her family and friends. Glenda enjoyed many things in life including spending time at Lake Gaston and the Outer Banks, bird watching, gardening, but her biggest love was taking care of others and the love for her family. Glenda was a devoted servant of Christ. Her love touched the lives of many. She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Glenda was also a member of the Margaret Parker Circle and the Memorial Committee. She also served in many roles within the community. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and involved in the Great Peanut Tour for many years. She also served in education for over 31 years for Greensville County School Systems where she was responsible for many things, such as the St. Jude Trike-a-Thon brought to GES in 2008. Glenda was a valuable mentor to so many and has touched the lives of all she encountered. She loved her family more than life itself.

A visitation will be held at Main Street United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 starting at 1:00 P.M. with a funeral service to follow led by pastor Tom Durrance and Pastor Greg Hand of Pleasant Hill Christian Church at 2:00p.m. Interment following at Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are to be made to Main Street United Methodist Church at 500 South Main Street, Emporia, Virginia, 23847.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Wayne R. Croshaw, Sr.,

April 19, 1939 - May 28, 2021

Visitation Services

5-8 p.m. Monday, May 31

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Tuesday, June 1

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

Wayne R. Croshaw, Sr., 82, of Stony Creek, passed away Friday, May 28, 2021. He was the son of the late Walter and Ada Croshaw and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Freida Bobbitt and Brenda Johnson.

Mr. Croshaw retired from Firestone Corporation in Hopewell and was an avid fisherman and enjoyed working at growing his fruit trees.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Croshaw; sons Wayne R. “Randy’ Croshaw (Tammi) and Donald Poole (Lynn); daughter, Julie Gordon (Tommy Turner); grandchildren, Elizabeth Croshaw, Shawn Flanagan (Aidan), Hunter Poole (Darianne), Alexis Gordon and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 31 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. Interment will follow at Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Alice Spiers, 25713 Courthouse Rd, Stony Creek, VA 23882.

George L. Hill

December 02, 1936 - May 28, 2021

Graveside Services

2 p.m. Friday, June 4

Owen Funeral Home
500 Spring Street
Emporia, Virginia

Mr. George L. Hill, 84, of Emporia, passed away Friday, May 28, 2021. Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sarah Jane Tomlinson Hill.

He was a retired insurance agent with Life and Casualty Insurance and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church and also was a greeter at Wal-Mart where he enjoyed interacting with former customers and meeting new friends.

Mr. Hill is survived by two daughters, Janice Paige Millias (Jacob) and Rebecca K. Edleman (Jack); grandchildren, Megan Miller (Ryan), Katherine Colson (Nick), Sarah Millias (Michael), Michael Cruz (Manny) and Tabitha Bailey (D. J.); great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Cullen Colson, Eldon Miller, Scarlett and Skylar Tracy, Kaylin Harper, Tyree Harper, Carter Bailey, Amber Bailey, Jack Edleman, Jr., Scott Edleman and Brock Edleman; and great-grandson, Warren Edleman. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be graveside 2 p.m. Friday, June 4 at Emporia Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Dwaine L. Gable

October 30, 1957 - May 14, 2021

Mr. Dwaine L. Gable, 63, of Emporia, passed away Friday, May 14, 2021. He was the son of the late Elmer Lee Gable and Alice Marie Gable and was also preceded in death by his wife, Maureen O’Connell “Mo” Gable and sisters, Donna Jean Simcox and Denise Marie Allred.

Dwaine is surved by two daughters, Rebecca Grizzard and Kimberly Taylor; grandchildren, Mindi Prince and Holden Taylor; brother, Rodger Dale Gable Betty); sister, Deborah Kay Door (Neil); brothers-in-law, Michael Simcox and John Allred and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and aunts.

The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

 

Howard Rogers Cannon

May 12, 1950 ~ May 11, 2021

Howard Rogers "Roger" Cannon, age 70, passed away following a period of declining health. He was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC and grew up in Emporia, Virginia; the devoted son of William Howard and Edith Rogers Cannon. He served proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam era and continued to be a strong and unwavering Patriot until his death. He is survived of his wife of 45 years, Amy Zaruba Cannon; two sisters, Ruth Furbee of Montclair, Virginia and DeEtte Wirtanen of Parker, Colorado; his son, Brian and wife, Kelly; two grandchildren, Bennett and Kathryn. He leaves nieces, Angi Williams, Mikhel Wirtanen, Sarah Brogan, Emily Zaruba, Danielle Duerr and Katie Sherron; nephews, Scott Furbee, Mark and Stephen Zaruba; sisters-in-law, Beth Riffe and Cindy Zaruba and a devoted brother-in-law, Mark N. Zaruba Sr.; as well as other extended family members. He is also survived by dear friends, Lawrence and Brooke Hettinger and lifelong friend, Bob Ranson. Roger retired from United Parcel Service after 33 years of dedication. While in his 50's he found what he always wanted to do and took up skydiving. His greatest thrill was jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and enjoyed introducing friends and family to the sport. At his request, there will be no memorial service   but, donations to his favorite charity, Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25498, or a charity of your choice would be welcome. Online condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.

Lucille “Lou” Price Berger Tulloh

August 17, 1928-May 5, 2021

 

Lucille “Lou” Price Berger Tulloh, 92, went home to be with the Lord and her beloved husband, Ryan Lee “Bill” Tulloh on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Lou was born in Gretna, Virginia on August 17, 1928 and was the youngest child of John Daniel Berger, Sr. and Bertha Hardaway Berger.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Lou was predeceased by her brothers, Floyd H. Berger and John D. Berger, Jr., her sister Elva “Junie” B. Brooking, and a dear cousin raised with her, Witcher T. Berger.

She is survived by her son, William R. Tulloh and her twin daughters, Betty Lou Tulloh and Barbara T. Flatin (Mark); three granddaughters, Anne K.F. Wendling (Alex), Laura R. Price, and Grace T. Golden (Michael); three great-grandchildren, Lucy C. Golden, Arthur T. Wendling, and Peter A. Golden; many nieces and nephews; and her two cats, Cleo and Bud.

Lou graduated from Madison College (JMU) with a B.S. in Education, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. She also earned an M.A. in Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

After graduating, Lou moved to Emporia, Virginia where she had a long and distinguished teaching and coaching career with the Greensville County school system. In 1990, she was named Belfield School Teacher of the Year and the Greensville County Teacher of the Year.
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Lou was a remarkably strong woman who overcame more than her fair share of hardships. Widowed after ten short, but very happy, years of marriage, she went on to raise her three children by herself while shaping young minds in the classroom and on the basketball court. Her students remembered her fondly, and she lived for those moments when they would tell her how she had influenced their lives; her science class being the first step on the road to medical school, for example.

Lou was a member of Main Street Baptist Church for nearly 70 years; this community was a huge source of strength for her. An avid Berger family historian, she enjoyed her time as a member of the Hicksford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also an animal-lover. Her roster of cherished pets included dogs, cats, roosters, ponies, and a rabbit.

Lou was an ACC basketball fanatic, a talented gardener, and a loving grandmother. She spent many happy summers water skiing, swimming, and boating with her family on Lake Gaston. She was deeply devoted to her Emporia community, her family, and her faith.

Due to the pandemic, there will be a private service for the immediate family. Her family asks that you celebrate Lou’s life in your heart by appreciating a beautiful flower, cuddling with a pet, or reflecting on your favorite Bible verse. Memorial donations may be made to the Pedigree Foundation at www.pedigreefoundation.org, or your favorite animal rescue organization. To share an online condolence, please visit www.blileys.com.

Catherine Moore Mattox

November 7, 1954 - May 6, 2021

Services

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Matthews Chapel Cemetery

Catherine Moore Mattox, 66, passed away on May 6, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wade L. Moore and Mildred Louise Maze Moore. She is survived by her sister, Alisa M. Shearin (Tommy), niece, Jennifer Shearin, nephews, Brandon Shearin (Amy), Kyle Shearin, great-niece/nephew, Brittlyn Shearin, Dawson Shearin, along with many other extended family.

Catherine grew up in Brunswick, VA., where she attended Brunswick Academy and later settled down in Drewryville, VA. She worked at Sadler’s Travel Plaza as a manager for many years. She loved her animals and enjoyed gardening.

A graveside service will be held at Matthews Chapel Cemetery, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Judith R. Smith

May 29, 1948-April 22-2021

Graveside Services

2 p.m. Monday, April 26

Community Center Baptist Church Cemetery
2360 Ridgecrest Rd
Halifax, NC 27839.

 

Judith R. Smith, 72, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodie Smith and a son, Brian Keith Anderton.

Mrs. Smith spent her career as a Registered Nurse at Avis B. Adams Convalescent Center for nearly 40 years. She loved all animals and was most fond of the many cats she cared for at her home.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her son, Michael “Tony” Anderton (Brandy); sister, Marilyn Riggan and brother, Kenneth Riggan (Kathy).

The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Monday, April 26 at Community Center Baptist Church Cemetery, 2360 Ridgecrest Rd, Halifax, NC 27839.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Haywood “Woody” D. Jones

July 15, 1937 - April 18, 2021

Visitation Services

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:00PM

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00PM

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Haywood “Woody” D. Jones passed away unexpectedly at the age of 83 on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.

Woody was born on July 15, 1937 in Salisbury, North Carolina. In 1955 he joined the United States Air Force where he served our Country for twenty years as an Early Warning Radar Technician. Despite no longer serving in uniform, his patriotism and faithful service to our nation, our flag, and all those still serving ran strong. Following retirement Woody farmed for his ‘other brother’ R.J. “Bobby” Ferguson and enjoyed spending his time working on construction projects and woodworking special keepsake items for the family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  Charlie Denson Jones and Thelma Jones Stokes, his  sisters Jean Kraft, Grace Anderson (Ronald), and brother Wayne (Phyllis) and one Niece and two Nephews.     

Woody is survived by his beloved and loving wife; Martha E. Jones, Son; Terry Brown (Kelley) of Colleyville, Texas,  Sister; Charleen Shoemaker of Faith, North Carolina. Sister-In-Law; Carolyn E. Roach (David). Grandchildren; Katherine Rose and Abigail Ann Brown of Colleyville, Texas. Niece; Lori R. Jarratt (Timmy). Nephew; Jeffrey C. Roach (Jackie). Great-Niece; Carleigh Jarratt, all of Emporia. He is also survived by numerous Nieces and Nephews. Woody will also be forever remembered by his extended family and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00PM at Echols Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Regan officiating. Burial will follow in Emporia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday beginning at 1:00PM until the time of the service.

Donations can be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Lifestar Ambulance Service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Gary Wayne Davis, Sr.

December 20, 1951-April 19, 2021

 

Visitation

5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 22

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Gary Wayne Davis, Sr., 69, of Skippers, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021. He had recently retired after 21 years’ service with the Virginia Department of Corrections. He was preceded in death by his father, Emmett and stepfather, Jack.

Gary Wayne is survived by his wife, Denise M. Davis; daughters, Tracy Sison (Thiery) and Tanya D. Clary (Al) and son, G.W. Davis, Jr. (Megan); four grandchildren, Jonathan & Anna Sison and Hannah & Luca Davis; his mother, Rose Phillips; sister, Glenda D. Creath (David); his beloved canine companion, Spanky and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a large extended family and the many friends made in the ball community and in the time he spent hunting and fishing.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Sylvia Cullins Morris

June 14, 1934 - April 14, 2021

Graveside Service

11 a.m. Saturday, April 17

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

 

Sylvia Cullins Morris, 86, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, April14, 2021. She worked for Continental, GTE and Verizon phone companies and for 25 years as switchboard operator at SVRMC. She enjoyed her time spent as a member of the Red Hat Society.

Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Clayton Morris; her parents, Ella Johnson Cullins and John Cullins; also four sisters and a very dear sister-in-law.

Left to cherish her memory are daughter, Terry Anne Morris Joyner and special friend, Terry Pulley; son Winfield Morris and special friend, Mari; grandsons, Clayton Earl Boles, Jerry Mcintyre and Joseph Mcintyre; granddaughters, Libby and Kiara and numerous nieces and nephews and special friend and helper, Tammy Simmons.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the home, 7700 Little Lowground Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Community Fellowship, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Pat Bivens Clary

October 1, 1960-April 8, 2021

Celebration of Life

Friday April 16th at 3 pm

The Clary Home
405 Laurel Street
Emporia, Virginia

Pat Bivens Clary, 60, of Emporia, beloved wife, mother, grandmother “Roowah”, sister, aunt, and friend to so many, passed peacefully surrounded by family on April 8, 2021.

Born on October 19, 1960, in Emporia, she was the daughter of the late Billy Joe and Alice Bivens.  In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her brothers Mike and Joey.

Left to honor and cherish her memory is her husband of 37 years, Wilson Clary, three daughters, Katie Richardson (Allen) of Gasburg, VA, Kelly Clary of Emporia, VA,  Kendall Nunnally (Scott) of Sutherland, VA and two grandchildren; Kenzie Clary and Ace Nunnally.  She is also survived by her sister Amy Lifsey and niece Heather Barnes (Brooks), three great nephews and many special friends.

In addition to raising three girls and Wilson, Pat worked as the Office Manager at Wilson Clary and Associates for 25 years where she loved helping people and solving problems.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Emporia Ballet where she played a prominent leadership role in the operations of the dance school.   Pat also volunteered 8 years of her time as a layperson to the Virginia State Bar Association’s Disciplinary Committee.

Helping people in need was second nature to Pat.  She was always so giving to friends, family, and strangers alike and never sought recognition for it.  For this reason, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Emporia YMCA at 212 Weaver Avenue, Emporia, VA 23847 where Pat Clary’s Helping Heart Fund has been established to continue her legacy.

A celebration of life will be held outdoors for all that wish to attend at the family home located at 405 Laurel Street, Emporia, VA on Friday April 16th at 3 pm. 

Karen Ann Gregory

October 24, 1945 - April 03, 2021

Memorial Service

3 p.m. Sunday, April 11

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Mrs. Karen Ann Gregory, 75, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nelson and Virginia Fuller and a daughter, Valerie Starke Newsome.

Karen is survived by her children, Penny S. Holland (Al), Nelson T. Starke and Barbara S. Wyatt (Danny) and stepdaughter, Rebecca Gregory Taylor (Nathanael); grandchildren, Christopher Holland, Lori Harrup (A. C.), David Wyatt (Lauren), Lance Wyatt (Kelli), Zachary Shannon (Tori), Amanda Butler (Gene), Brandon Holland (Anthony), Danielle Donovan (Brian), Travis Starke and Austin Wyatt (Jill); great-grandchildren, Valerie, Alayna, Presley, Emersyn, Mason, Brad, Broady, Brayden, Elijah, Sydney, Bryn and Wyatt; a brother, Charles Fuller and a special cousin, Charlet Grace.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

All those attending are asked to please adhere to safety precautions (mask wearing and social distancing.)

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Shirley Whitehead Walton

June 9, 1939 - March 17, 2021

Shirley Whitehead Walton, 81, of Emporia, VA passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 17th at Southside Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Presley J. “Milly” Walton, her parents, Waverly Curtis Whitehead and Ruth Faison Whitehead and her sister Peggy Ruth Whitehead.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children, Edward Darrell Walton and wife Kim; Amy Walton King and husband Stacy; and Brian Curtis Walton; grandchildren; Kirby Dale King, Grayson Lane Walton, Presley Dakota Walton, her siblings; Ann whitehead Temple and Virginia Whitehead Pruden, as well as three nieces and two nephews.

Graveside Services will be held Saturday, March 20th, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

William Fredrick Clary

December 2, 1968 - March 13, 2021

Memorial Service

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at

Fountain Creek Baptist Church

William Fredrick Clary, 52, died Saturday, March 13, 2021.

William was the son of James Julian Clary and the late Alva Ann Fulcher Clary. He was a Wastewater Treatment Operator and enjoyed hunting with his friends at Sturgeon Creek Hunt Club.

In addition to his father, William is survived by his wife; Jennifer Clary, his son; Blakely Clary, his brothers; Jimmy Clary and his wife Debbie, Ricky Clary and his wife Teressa, and Stevie Clary, nephews; Christopher and Jordan Clary, Caleb Litchfield, nieces; Addison Clary and Tristin Litchfield.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Fountain Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Griles officiating.

The Family will receive friends after the Service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

KENNETH JACKSON GOODFELLOW

Kenneth Jackson Goodfellow, 75, of Skippers, VA died Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital, in Richmond, VA.

Mr. Goodfellow was born in Halifax County, NC the son of the late Chester Alexander Goodfellow and Mary Wills Goodfellow. He was a retired U.S. Navy Chief and was a former employee of the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Surviving are: his wife Wanda Frisk Goodfellow; two step sons, James Calvin Rummage of El Cajon, CA and Kevin Allan Rummage of San Diego, CA; two sisters, Jeanette Sledge and Margaret Johnson, both of Roanoke Rapids, NC; two grandchildren, Logan Rummage of El Cajon, CA and Reilly Rummage of AZ; three nieces, Lynn Conner (Mike of Gaston, NC, Lou McEver (Rich) of Manteo, NC and Andrea Johnson of Roanoke Rapids, NC and all of his fur babies.

Memorial services will be private.

Arrangements in the Care of Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Services.

Online condolences may be sent to the Family at: wrennclarkehagan.com

Mary Carroll Lipscomb

March 03, 1938 - March 10, 2021

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Saturday, March 13

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Saturday, March 13

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

Mary Carroll Lipscomb, 83, of Jarratt, widow of Charles Lipscomb, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021. She was the daughter of the late William and Eva Mae Catlett and was also preceded in death by one son, Marvin Carroll and her former husband, Herbert Lee Carroll; brother, Jimmy and sisters, Mattie and Glenda.

Mrs. Lipscomb is survived by two sons, Mike Carroll (Kathy) and Robert Carroll (Lisa); daughter, Renee’ Moore (Keith) and daughter-in-law, Debra Carroll (Jim); grandchildren, Michelle Carroll, Christopher Moore, Robert “Patton” Carroll (Michelle), Kayla Tisdale (Adam), Bryan Moore, Andrew Tisdale and Blake Carroll (Felicia); eleven great-grandchildren; brother, Gene Catlett and sister, Joyce Plott and a number of nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by three step-children, Ron Lipscomb (Debbie), Theresa Meyers (Steven) and Rickey Lipscomb (Renee’) and their families.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private.

Please respect all protocols regarding the ongoing pandemic (mask wearing and social distancing)

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emporia/Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com


 

Sandra Ann Wicks Allen

February 04, 1951 - March 01, 2021

Sandra Ann Wicks Allen, 70, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021. She is survived by her husband, Jeffery Neal Allen; her children, George Squires, Timothy Squires (Brenda), Jamie Squires, Cassy O’Neill (Chris) and Darlean Brown; step-children, Jessica Petry (Elliott) and Leanna Collins (Dave); eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fountain Creek Baptist Church, 8099 Brink Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Sarah Mckinney Staton

January 02, 1941 - February 26, 2021

Graveside Services

2 p.m. Monday, March 1

Grace Church Cemetery
9886 Purdy Rd
Jarratt, VA 23867

Sarah Mckinney Staton, 80, of Emporia, widow of James Richard Staton, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021.

Sarah is survived by two sisters, Peggy M. Powell and Betty M. Oakley; special nieces, Tracey Oakley Moore and Meghan Ownley Trueblood and numerous other nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Monday, March 1 at Grace Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com




 

Cyran Lee “P Y” Wong

 

February 05, 1954 - February 24, 2021

Cyran Lee “P Y” Wong, 67, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ah-Ching Wong and Sally and Franklin Grizzard and by a brother, Franklin F. Grizzard, Jr.

P Y is survived by devoted companion, Laura Torgeson; two daughters, Kapunahele Wong (Richard Spears) and Jennifer Wong-Chapman (Christopher); son, Jason Wong; three grandchildren, Malana Chapman, Miles Chapman and Kahekili Spears; brothers, Wayne Wong, Dale Grizzard and Carl Grizzard; three sisters, Aisley Daniels, Lorna Wong and Christina Wong and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Emporia/Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Edward C. Velvin, Jr.

Dates

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Saturday, February 20

GReensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

 

Edward C. Velvin, Jr., 78, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021. He served his country as a member of the National Guard and retired from the Army Reserve and also retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a longtime member of Greensville Volunteer Fire Department as well as Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. He was a longtime member of Adams Grove Baptist Church where he served in many capacities.

Mr. Velvin is survived by his wife, Sally G. Velvin; son Chris Velvin (Audrey); daughter, Carol Grizzard (Carl); six grandchildren, Brandon Grizzard (Samantha), David Grizzard (JoJo), Megan Wilson (Josh), Chris Velvin, Jr., Dawn Hibbard and Brooke Velvin; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Joyner, Mary Pinner; a brother, Bobby Velvin and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Saturday, February 20 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church, 24407 Adams Grove Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at ww.owenfh.com.

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