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John "Jack" Gaines Miller, III

John Gaines Miller, III (Jack), died on July 1, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.  He was 95.   He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Rawls Miller (Dot), his mother Evelyn R. Miller, his father, John Gaines Miller, Jr, his son John Gaines Miller IV, his daughter, Sharon Leigh Miller, and his son, Charles Russell Miller.   He is survived by his sister, Paula M. Burnett (Tom), his son, Dwane Henry Miller (Dee), his daughter-in-law, Karen F. Miller, his granddaughters Jennifer O. Howard, (Sloan), Erica M. Trout (Joe), Laura M. Ross (Jason), Eleanor M. Robertson (Tim), and his grandson, Russell F. Miller (LaCrissa); great-grandchildren, Cierra Howard, Chayne Howard, Nathan Trout, Natalie Trout, Jonathan Gavin Miller, Gracyn Ross, Coral Ross, Gabriella Robertson, and Burkley Robertson.

Jack was born on April 10, 1923 in Rolla, Missouri and grew up on the plains of southeastern Kansas, where he showed his early love of flying by building model airplanes. During World War II he left the University of Kansas to join the Army, where he entered flight training. It was during this time while in Richmond that he met Doris. On the third night after they met, as he was walking her home across the bridge to Manchester, he asked her to marry him. During the war he flew his beloved P-38 “Lightning” in the China Burma India Theater, routinely flying the Hump. 

After the war, Jack returned home, eloped with Dot, then completed his education at the University of California, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for many years for the Berol Corporation, headquartered in Danbury Connecticut.

After retiring, Jack and Dot moved to Deltaville, Virginia, acquired a Hunter sailboat, and for several years sailed to the Bahamas in the fall, returning each spring.  They then moved to Southampton County, Virginia, living on land that backed up to the Meherrin River, on which over time he navigated a johnboat down to the Albemarle Sound.

His most recent experience in the air took place when he leaped out of an airplane at 11,000 feet to skydive over southside Virginia. He was only 88 at the time.  

Services will be on Thursday,12:00 P. M., July 5,, 2018  at Persons United Methodist Church, 27642 Old Church Rd., Drewryville, VA 23844  Visitation will be 11;00 A. M. to 12:00 P. M., prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Persons United Methodist Church, Drewryville, Virginia, c/o Mark Person, Treasurer, P.O. Box 14121, Richmond, Virginia 23225.

Jesse Neal Allen

Jesse Neal Allen, 85, of Brink Road, Emporia, Va., departed his earthly home on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Virginia Allen.  His sons: Lorn and wife Annie Allen; Jeffery and wife Sandy Allen. His daughters, June Walker and Frances and husband John Edwards.

His grandchildren, Jesse and his wife Kelly Allen with son Neal and daughter McKenley; Aaron and his wife Elaine Allen with sons Asa, Troy, Silas and daughters Cora and Vera of Richmond; Krystal and husband Jeff Miller with son Beck and daughter Lashley of Lawrenceville; Jessica and her husband Elliott Petry with daughter Isabelle and son Noah of Christiansburg; Leanna and husband Dave Collins with sons Blake and Jase of North Tazewell; Carrie Walker of Richmond; John Jr and his wife Brittney with son Carter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Marguerite Allen; His sister, Frances Allen; His brother, Lorn Allen; His son-in-law, Ricky Walker; His granddaughter, Amanda Jane Edwards.

He was a very active member of Fountain Creek Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher.  He and his wife share many special memories together including large family holiday gatherings and family trips to Disney World. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Echols Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Fountain Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Griles officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Amanda Jane Edwards Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 325, Gasburg, VA 23857.

Audrey Sitterson Kei

Audrey Sitterson Kei, age 80, formerly of Emporia, died in Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, Va. , June 28, 2018.  She was born in Brunswick County the daughter of the late John Ashby and Bettie House Sitterson. She was the widow of Charlie Lee Kei.  She was a retired Deputy Commissioner of Revenue for Greensville County.  She is survived by her brother Ashby Sitterson and wife Martha of Dolphin, Va.; and numerous nieces & nephews, special Great-niece, Hope Townsend and special great-nephews, Grant and Ryan Townsend.

Graveside Funeral service will be held Monday, July 2, at 11:00 A. M. at Emporia Cemetery, with  Rev. John Willard, V officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday 7:00 to 8:30 P. M. at the Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va.

Condolences may be made online at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Morris Perkins

With the sunrise on Sunday 24 June 2018, after a seven year battle with Alzheimer’s, beloved wife and mother Ruby Lois Morris Perkins passed gently into God’s loving embrace where there is no pain and she is her feisty self once again.  Born 2 July 1932 in Waynesboro, VA, Mom is survived by her husband of almost 67 years, Hugh Lee Perkins, four children, Ricky (Janet), Gil (Susan), Phil (Dawn), and Mary (Susan), together with eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, adoptive son Eric, and was adoptive grandmother to two.  Always ready with a warm embrace and kiss when Dad came home from work, with our father she taught her children love, integrity, respect, tolerance, excellence, the value of hard work and education, inspiring us to become an architect, author, attorney, incredible salesman, and registered nurse.  She taught us to know our past, appreciate where we came from, and to carry our heritage with us into the future.

The daughter of Eleanor Padgett Morris and Harry Austin Morris, and raised by Mary Morris Holtzclaw, Mom is preceded in death by her four sisters, Eloise Chalkley, Joyce DeLeo, Hazel Hicks, Helen Morris, and many close friends, including many from her time at Jackson-Feild Episcopal Home for Girls. A 1950 graduate of Greensville County High School, Ruby was a telephone operator, skilled seamstress, industrial worker, school bus driver, and hospital volunteer for almost twenty years at John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell.  Mom celebrated Christmas with undeniable joy and enthusiasm, building up each year’s season months in advance; for many years she planned and directed the annual Grace Church Christmas pageant.  She loved a good game of Scrabble or Rook, as well as creative cooking, decorating, renovating, and loved traveling, the mountains, birds, her cats, and her dog Schnipples.

The family will receive family and friends at a memorial service celebrating her life to be held at Grace Church Purdy, 9986 Purdy Rd, Jarratt, Va., on Saturday 30 June, 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers the family asks your consideration of donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), Animal Care Sanctuary (animalcaresanctuary.org), or Colonial Heights Fire & EMS.

Jean Carter Watkins Saunders

Jean Carter Watkins Saunders passed away peacefully on June 24, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John Carter Watkins and Emma Webb Watkins She was preceded in death by her husband Carson Elmore Saunders and sisters, Emma Ruth Pritchard and Mary Morgan Little. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Meade Saunders and sons, Carson E. Saunders, Jr. and his wife, Sherry; and James C. Saunders, and his wife, Michelle, all of Emporia; four grandchildren: Anne Curtis Saunders Vinson and her husband, Daniel of Richmond; Mary-Warren Saunders Marrs and her husband, Tyler of Amherst; Carter Saunders and Reagan Saunders, of Emporia and a great granddaughter, Adaline Marrs of Amherst.

Jean was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, served dinner at the Methodist Youth Fellowship, and taught Sunday School. She was a member of the United Methodist Women serving as president for several years and a charter member of the Margaret Parker Circle. She received two Life Membership Pins in recognition of her service. She was also a member of the Hicksford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She taught school for several years and always said children were her favorite people. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, June 30th at 11:00 a. m. at Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 500 South Main Street, Emporia, VA. 23847. Condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Beddie Pearl Gillis Wiley

Beddie Pearl  Gillis Wiley, age 84, of Emporia, died June 21, 2018   Mrs Wiley was born in Person County, N. C. to the late Gladys Young Gilliis  and Clyde Gillis.   She was the widow of James Earl Wiley.  Mrs. Wiley was preceeded in death by one-Brother, Merritt Gillis.  She is survived by three daughters, Carol Ann Wiley of Seattle, Washington, Kathleen Adell Wiley and husband Jon C. Singleton of Sherrills Ford, N. C. and Diane Lee Wiley of Virginia Beach, Va.

Funeral Service was be held Saturday, June 23,  at 2:00 P.M. at Main St. Baptist Church, 440 South Main Street, Emporia, Virginia with visitation 1:00 to 2:00 P. M. before the service.  Dr. Rick Hurst will be officiating the service.  Interment will follow at the Emporia Cemetery, Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va.

Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com. 

Adam Thomas Bradley

Adam Thomas Bradley, 27 of Raleigh, formerly of Roanoke Rapids passed away Monday June 11, 2018.

Adam was born May 5, 1991 in Nash County to Ricky Bradley and Cynthia Wilson Bradley. He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother, Janice Honea; his Paternal Grandparents, George and Ruth Bradley.

Adam is at peace at last. He loved playing his guitar, was an avid fisherman and also loved playing tennis. Adam had a soft spot for dogs, especially Daisy, Annabelle and Murphy.

Adam is survived by his mother Cindy Bradley of Raleigh; his father and step-mother, Ricky and LaDorne Bradley of Halifax; his sisters, Christy Hudson and her husband Danny and Tonya Hasty and her husband Chuck both of Roanoke Rapids; his nieces and nephews, Amanda Phillips, Macie Hasty, Karson Hasty and Trey Hasty; his aunts and uncles, Dianne Clary and her husband Jeff of Emporia, VA and Carol Holton of Chicago, IL; his step-grandfather, Donald Haskins of Halifax.

A celebration of Adam’s life will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Victory Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday, June 15, 2018 at Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service and other times at his father’s home.

Memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church in Adam’s honor, 2360 Bolling Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hockadayfs.com.

Elton A. Short, Jr.

Elton A. Short, Jr. 93, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 7, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Lena M. Short in March of this year and also by a sister, Dorothy Mae Nicholson.

Mr. Short is survived by his son, David Short and wife, Kathy; grandchildren, Taylor Short and wife, Natalie, and Mallory McCall and husband, Uriah; great-grandson, Hassan McCall and a brother, Wayne Short and wife, Jean.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Monumental United Methodist Church where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. A graveside committal service with military honors will follow at Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St.Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Ashani Sandrea McDonald

DREWRYVILLE — On June 1, 2018, Ashani Sandrea “Tada Bug” McDonald, 16, went to her heavenly home.She was born on Oct. 17, 2001, in Southampton Memorial Hospital, to Robbie Cannady and Loreal McDonald.

Ashani was an intelligent and energetic spirit with a passion for life. She enjoyed music and dancing, and marched in Southampton High School band as a flag girl. Ashani also enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

Ashani was preceded in death by her grandmother. Sandra J. Sykes, whom she loved and cherished.

Along with her parents, Ashani is survived by her siblings, Ezekiel Hicks, Davyn McAdams, Bryson McAdams, and Phnon Hicks;
her grandmother, Armanda Cannady, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Viewing will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 9 AM until 7 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 9, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 7300 Southampton Parkway, Drewryville, VA 23844. She will be laid to rest in the Church Cemetery.

Professional services are being handled by the staff of R. E. Pearson and Son Funeral Services, Inc. 556 Halifax Street~Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162. http://www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

Barbara Lynn "Mickey" Scott Walton

EMPORIA - Barbara Lynn Scott Walton, affectionately known as “Mickey”, was born in Emporia, VA to Otelia Scott and the late Walter Scott. She transitioned from labor to rest and reward on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at her home.

Mickey received her education from the Greensville County Public School System. At a young age, she gave her life to Christ and accepted the Lord as her Savior and joined the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Skippers, VA.

Mickey was employed at several jobs in her lifetime. Her last place of employment was Gerdau Ameristeel where she loved her job and worked faithfully.

Mickey loved to go fishing any time she could because it gave her peace and relaxation. She also enjoyed watching sports on television. Her favorite basketball team was the Golden State Warriors and her favorite football team was the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mickey was a very kind and generous person who loved life. She would often lend a helping hand to anyone she could. She was a “people person” and had a natural light that could brighten up any room and she will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Mickey’s sweet spirit and precious memories will always be cherished and remembered by her mother, Otelia Scott, one son, Jerone Walton (LaShann) of Orange Park, FL, five grandchildren; Jada, Jerone, Jr., Janel, Diamond and Za’Nia, two sisters; Delisha Cameron of Emporia, VA and Phyllis Shirley (Michael) of Upper Marlboro, MD, one brother, Michael Scott, one devoted cousin whom was like a sister to Mickey, Linda Peebles (Andy) a devoted uncle whom she adored deeply, Reverend Douglas Chandler aka “Uncle Boney”, a devoted aunt whom she loved dearly, Hazel Byrdsong, her brothers-in-law, the Walton brothers whom she considered as her brothers, two special friends; Carolyn Solomon and Sophia Harrison and a host of other devoted aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 9 AM until 7 PM. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 12 Noon at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church at 78 Garners Mill Road, Emporia, Virginia 23847. She will be laid to rest in the Church Cemetery.

Professional services are being handled by the staff of R. E. Pearson and Son Funeral Services, Inc. 556 Halifax Street~Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162. http://www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

Eloise Bryant Cupps

Eloise Bryant Cupps, 84, widow of Robbie D. Cupps, passed away Monday, June 4, 2018. She is survived by her daughter, Charmaine Allen (Virgil); sister, Etta Mae Jarratt; brother-in-law, Frank Temple and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m.Friday, June 8 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Elizabeth Leigh Robbins

Elizabeth Leigh Robbins, 83 of South Hill Virginia passed away on December 27, 2017.  She was the daughter of the late Daisy and Leroy Robbins and sister of the late William K Robbins of Richmond.  She is survived by her niece, Kathryn Robbins Jones  (Phillip), great-niece and nephew, Abigail and Joshua Jones of Yorktown VA and nephew William Robbins of Bracey VA.  For many years Elizabeth was the Food and Beverage Manager of the Holiday Inn in Emporia.  A private memorial service will be held for her at St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Richmond on June 6.  Elizabeth was a kind and loving lady who will be missed by many.

Steven Eugene Hueber

Steven Eugene Hueber died Monday, May 28, 2018 at Johnston-Wilis Hospital in Richmond. He was 61.

A longtime resident of Emporia, Steve was the son of the late Eugene Arthur Hueber and MayBelle Walker Hueber. A United States Air Force veteran, he was part of the maintenance crew for Air Force One. After the service, Steve worked for many years on all types of engine repair.

Mr. Hueber is survived by his wife of 36 years Marilyn Bradley Hueber and a son Adam C. Hueber of Emporia.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Larry Walczykowski officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Echols Funeral Home from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Brian “Keith” McDilda

Brian “Keith” McDilda, 40, of Emporia, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 25, 2018. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, C. R. and Helen McDilda. Keith is survived by his parents, Ron and Aileen McDilda ; two sisters, Melissa Bolton (Jim Bolton) and Angela Boyce (Andrew); niece, Chardonay Boyce and three nephews, Cameron Bolton, Austin Bolton and Cassius Boyce. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 27 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. Interment will follow 3 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery, 400 College St. NE, Wilson, NC 27893. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Margaret Hobbs Wright

Margaret Hobbs Wright died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at her home in Emporia. She was the daughter of the late Waverly P. Hobbs, Sr. and Sally Newsome Hobbs. 

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Milton Wright of Emporia; sister, Dora H. Doyle of Emporia; special friend, Kathy B. Tuck of Emporia; and several nieces and nephews. She was a former worker at Southampton Textile.

A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Brian Mallary officiating.

Condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Donald John Bowen

Donald John Bowen, of Emporia, passed away May 14, 2018, at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center at the age of 65.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell (Honey) A. Bowen, Jr. and Olga Ondov Bowen, and two sisters, Dorothy Bowen Leonard of Suffolk, Virginia, and Judy Bowen Jones of Emporia. 

Donald is survived by his brother, William Bowen of Eure, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Donald L. Jones, Sr. and wife Carol; nephews, Gene C. Leonard, Jr. and Donald (Buck) L. Jones, Jr. and nieces, Sharon Leonard Adkison, Anne Marie Leonard and Mary Beth Bowen Maitland. 

Donald grew up working in his family’s business, Bowen Gas & Electric.  He graduated from Brunswick Academy in 1972.  In 1997, he started Computer Networking Services, following his love of all things electrical.  Donald will forever be remembered by his dear friends and clients, who were also his family.

A graveside service will be held at the Emporia Cemetery Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Robert W. Griles presiding.   Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.  Online condolences can be made to echolsfuneralhome.com.

 

Joan Liebold Dolloff

Joan Liebold Dolloff, of Queens, NY, died on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Greensville Manor in Emporia, VA. She was the daughter of the late Herbert Liebold and Margaret Schaffer Liebold. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Craig Charles Dolloff.

She is survived by her husband, Donald T. Dolloff of Emporia; two daughters, Diane Dolloff of San Francisco, CA and Cynthia Dolloff of Carmel, N.Y.; son, Donald T. Dolloff Jr. and wife Denise of Waterboro, ME; brother, Herbert Liebold of Cresco, PA ;   four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Dolloff, Allison Joan Dolloff, Amethyst Arbore, and Dustin Arbore. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

A visitation will be held in the Echols Funeral home Chapel on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 7:00 P.M until 8:30 P.M. A service will be held in the Echols Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Father Joker “Jong” R. Bayta officiating. Interment will follow at the Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, ME at animalwelfaresociety.org.

Condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Stephen Peter Skowronski

Stephen Peter Skowronski, 68, passed away at home on May 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by one son, Benjamin Andrew Skowronski.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Ligon Skowronski, and a sister, Donna Clymer of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, George Benjamin Ligon, Jr. (Mary), sister-in-law, Sandra L. Allen (Kenny), and many nieces and nephews.

Steve had a love for the game of golf and was an accomplished golf course and turf management superintendent.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. at the Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Ave. in Emporia, VA.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org, by phone 1-800-822-6344, or by mail at: 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Ronald Baldwin Hughes, Sr.

Ronald B. Hughes, Sr., 90, passed away early Tuesday in Virginia Beach. Ron was born in Havre de Grace, MD to the late Clinton and Lydia Hughes.

Ron was a United States Navy veteran of WWII and he later retired as a District Traffic Manager from the Civil Service. His hobbies include playing golf and duck hunting in the Chesapeake Bay.

He is also predeceased by his wife, Ethel Hughes. Ron is survived by his son, Ronald B. Hughes, Jr. and a granddaughter, Melanie Hughes.

A memorial service was conducted at 2pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. A private burial will take place at Emporia Cemetery in Emporia, VA at a later date. Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Richard Harold Deal

Richard Harold Deal died on February 6, 2018. He was a native of Emporia and a United States Navy veteran.

A graveside memorial service, with military honors, will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery with the Rev. Brad Barbour officiating.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Donna Mayo Smith

Donna Mayo Smith, 53, of Ivor passed away Monday, May 7, 2018. She was predeceased by her parents, Emma and Thurman Mayo; husband, Carl E. Smith; and sister, Deborah M. Crocker.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Elizabeth Smith of Clarksburg, WV and Elijah Smith of Emporia, VA; grandchildren, Emma, Ethan, and Elyssa; a brother, Thurman “Al” Mayo of Smithfield, VA; a brother-in-law, Curtis Crocker(Gina) of Ivor, VA; nephews, David and Daniel Crocker.

Donna worked for the Commonwealth’s Department of Corrections in Sussex County as a Corrections Officer. She loved to cook, animals, and her God. Memorial donations may be made to the Isle of Wight County Humane Society, 13044 Poor House Rd, Windsor, VA 23487. A graveside service will be held in Windsor Cemetery on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2:00PM. Online condolences can be registered at www.RWBakerFH.com

Evelyn Bryant Newsome

 

Evelyn Bryant Newsome, 99, of Emporia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. She is survived by her daughter in law, Cynthia M. Newsome of Amelia; granddaughter, Kimberly N. McCall and husband Jeffrey of Emporia; grandson, John David Newsome of Amelia; step grandson, Kevin Bryant of Amelia; 3 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Newsome and son Wesley Newsome.

Evelyn was a lifelong member of Main Street United Methodist Church and a member of the choir for over 75 years.

Visitation will be held in the Echols Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Funeral services will be held at Main Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Tom Durrance officiating. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Michael Fields

Michael Fields will be celebrated with his family on Friday, May 4th at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville, NC.   Visitation will be at 12; celebration of life beginning at 1:00 with homecoming in Battleboro Cemetery.  Please feel free to join us in the celebration of our beloved STAR, Michael.    We will be accepting visitors at our home in Emporia tonight from 6 until; Thursday 12 p.m. until.  Friday, friends will be accepted at 3462 Lonesome Pine Rd, Whitakers, NC 27891 following his celebration.  He loved us all and we love you all.

Nettie Roella McDonald

Nettie Roella McDonald, 54, of Emporia, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 29, 2018. She was preceded in death just last month by her mother, Charlene Owen McDonald. She had been a CNA and more recently was primary caregiver for her grandmother, Roella Hines Owen and her mother until their deaths.

When Nettie wasn’t taking care of others, she had a love for drawing abstract art, photography and enjoyed doing research in the courts or the library. She also wrote poems and had become a published poet. She had a love for and communicated with all God’s creatures in the animal world.

She is survived by her siblings, Virginia E. McDonald, John “Chipper” McDonald and Sarah E. Berryman and husband, Steve; two nieces, Jessica Owen Day and husband, Ercell and Farren M. Burchett; an aunt, Geneva Owen Woodard; a number of cousins and her six loving cats.

The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 11-1 prior to the service. A reception for the family will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church following the funeral. A private interment will be held at a later date.

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

Erma F. Vincent

Erma F. Vincent, 85, of Emporia, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Joseph W. and Annie Harrell Ferguson and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Kennon Ferguson, Wade Ferguson and Clayton Ferguson and sisters, Mamie Driver and Avis Frazier.

Mrs.Vincent is survived by her husband, Arnold S. Vincent; two daughters, Vicki V. Story and husband, Robert “Bobby” and Cindy V. Holloman and husband, Ricky; two grandchildren, Brandon R. Story and wife, Kristin and Eric L. Holloman; two great-granddaughters, Allison Grace Story and Anna Morgan Story; two sisters, Ruby Pearson and Bettie Veliky; a brother, Melvin Ferguson and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Forest Hill Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2103 Pine Log Rd, Skippers, VA 23879.

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

Marvin Dallas Caish

Marvin Dallas Caish, 91, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

A native of Greensville County, he was the son of the late William Henry Caish and Mary Pearson Allen Caish. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives; Adrinne Lynch Caish and Annie Kidd Caish, his brother; Lewis Caish, and sisters; Rebecca Weaver Caish and Lillian Carpenter.  A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Caish retired from Georgia Pacific in Jarratt, and was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church. An avid gardener, he also enjoyed fishing and swimming with his family.

Mr. Caish is survived by his son; Marvin D. Caish Jr. of Ruckersville, Virginia, grandsons; Christopher D. Caish of Barboursville, Virginia, and Timothy J. Caish of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Great-grand-daughter; Charlianna Caish of Barboursville, Virginia.

Graveside Services , with military honors, will be held Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Andy Cain officiating.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

BETTY CLARKE HARRIS

Betty Clarke Harris, 60, of Bath, NC, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Betty was born Richmond, VA., the daughter of the late W. Lawrence Clarke and Evelyn Weaver Clarke.

She graduated from Furrman College in Rocky Mount, Va., then graduated from the Nursing Program at Wilson Community College.

She obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing, and her Master of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University.

Her Nursing career included serving as a Flight Nurse for East Care; working in different departments at Vidant and was currently a Nurse Education Specialist in the East Carolina Heart Institute.

Betty loved the ocean, sand, and fishing. Most of her spare time was spent at the coast casting her fishing rod and taking in God’s beautiful creation.

Surviving are: a brother, Edward Lawrence Clarke and his wife, Janet Tindall Clarke, of Roanoke Rapids, NC; a niece, Nicole Clarke Luck and her husband, John Michael Luck of Houston, TX. Also, two great nephews; Colin Clarke Luck and Noah Graeme Luck of Houston, TX. and all of her nursing family at Vidant.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28at 4:00 pm in the Inter-Faith Chapel at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC. with Rev. Jane Rose officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:  College of Nursing Scholarships at East Carolina University. Make checks to: ECU MHSG and make notion on check in memory of Betty C. Harris. Mail to:  Elizabeth Maxwell, 525 Moye Blvd., Mail stop 659, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 27834-4354 or you can go online to make a donation at: http://www.ecu.edu/csdhs/nursing/support_us.cfm

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com

Ethel Mae Prince Allen

Ethel Mae Prince Allen, 80, widow of Nathan Allen, passed away Friday, April 13. She was also preceded in death by brothers, James Prince and Billy “Buck” Prince; and sisters, Mag Banner, Shirley Allen and Jean Veliky.

Mrs. Allen is survived by two sons, Babe Allen and wife, Cindy, David Allen and wife, Sherri; three grandchildren, Brian Allen, Brett Allen and fiancée, Lacey, and Logan Whitley; two sisters, Louise Phillips and Bernice Phillips; a brother, “Preacher” Prince and wife, Nellie and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, April 16 at Faith Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Floral tributes are welcomed or memorial contributions may 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.

JOHN A. ST. SING

John A. St. Sing, 74, of Emporia, VA, died Thursday, April 5, 2018. He was born in Halifax County ,NC, son of the late Thomas J. and Katie Carter St. Sing. Mr. St. Sing  retired as Sergeant with the Emporia Police Department with more than 33 years of service. He loved his family and  community.

Preceding John in death were his wives, Carolyn Taylor St. Sing and Doris Willis St. Sing.

Surviving are his son, David St. Sing (Pheobee); step daughter, Kaye Jackson; grandchildren, David N. St. Sing, Dustan Jarratt (Emily), Sarah Jackson (Daniel),Lynsey Overstreet (Keith); six great grandchildren, among them, Hudson Jarratt, Reed and Audrey Overstreet.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Monday, April 9,2018, at Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Monday from 11:00 am until 1:00pm

Richard T. Harrell

Richard T. Harrell, 83, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Harrell. Mr. Harrell is survived by his wife, Shelvia E. Harrell; two daughters, Donna Cluesman and husband, Jerry “Goose” and Debbie Gilliam and husband, Paul; five grandchildren, Chelsea Cluesman, Makenzie Cluesman, Andy Gilliam, Chase Cluesman and Wesley Gilliam; two brothers, Jett Harrell and wife, Ruth and Albert Harrell and wife, Kathy; a sister-in-law, Joyce Harrell and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Joyner United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Capron Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Mr. Harrell’s home 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 and at church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Joyner United Methodist Church, c/o Jeannette Everett, 17413 Everett Rd, Capron, 23829. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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