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Obituaries

William T. “Bill” Bradley Jr.

November 12, 1947-September 19, 1947

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Saturday, September 21

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia 23847

William T. “Bill” Bradley, Jr., 71, passed away Thursday, September 19,2019. He was preceded in death by his former wife and life partner, Elisabet “Lisa” Bradley.

Mr. Bradley is survived by his daughter, Linda B. Watkins and husband, David; three grandchildren, Brian K. Sexton, Jr. of Duluth, Minnesota, Travis Watkins and Krista Watkins.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at his daughter’s home.

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

David Clinton Bradley

October 17, 1931-September 9, 2019

Visitation Services

Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Echols Funeral Home and Cremation Service
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Echols Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

David Clinton Bradley, 87, died Monday, September 9, 2019.

A native of Greensville county, he was the son of the late William Henry and Jennie Morris Bradley. Clinton was a retired Insurance agent with Home Beneficial Life Insurance Co., a United States Navy veteran, and a Charter Member of Word of Life Assembly of God. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers; W.H., Simms, and Earl Bradley, a sister; Kathryn Kirkland, and a son in law; Steve Hueber.

Clinton is survived by his loving wife of 63 years; Lorine Slagle Bradley, his daughters; Anita B. Shelburne and her husband Lee, and Marilyn B. Hueber, a sister Hazel B. Conn, a brother Mack Bradley of Roanoke Rapids, NC, grandchildren; Janet S. Meck and her husband Ronald “Bo” of Toano, VA, Amy S. Pernell and her husband Jason of Garysburg, NC, and Adam Hueber and his wife Melissa of Carson, VA, great grandchildren; Justin, Rachel and Natalie Meck, and Drew and Jacob Pernell.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Echols Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel with Pastor Larry Walczykowski officiating. Burial will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Echols Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Allie Doris Doughtie Lee

November 23, 1924 - August.29, 2019

Visitation Graveside Services

6 to 8 pm Friday, August 30

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Aug 31 at 2 pm

Beechwood Cemetery
Highway 35
Boykins, Virginia

It is with much sadness that the family of Allie Doris Doughtie Lee announces her passing on August.29, 2019 at the age of 94.  She was the daughter of Lucy Ann Winbourne and Luther Carroll Doughtie and the wife of Marion Ricks Lee (Ike) who preceded her in death.  They had been married 70 years when Ike passed away in 2013. 

Allie will be remembered by her three children, Lou Ann Boggs of Greensboro, N.C., Donna Lee Evans of Louisburg, N.C. and Marion Ricks Lee, Jr. of Palm Springs, Ca.; her four grandchildren Stacy Taylor, Zach Roach, Derek Roane and Stephanie Boggs; her five great grandchildren Drake, Hunter, Zain, Della, Skylar; her sister Garlon Brinkley of Norfolk, Va. and many other relatives and friends.

Allie was born on November 23, 1924 in Holland, Va. where she attended school and eventually met her future husband there on a blind date arranged by each other’s best friends.  Allie and Ike were married on March 10th, 1943 before Ike left for WWII.  Not long after Ike’s return from the war they moved to Boykins, Va. and then finally to Emporia, Va. It was here they made their home and raised their family.  Allie was an avid gardener and in addition to ornamentals she raised an impressive vegetable garden.  It was here that science and art came together with her pickling and canning abilities.  She was a wonderful cook, adept in the kitchen, and especially excelled in her pie making skills.  Her fruit and meringue pies were a gift to all who were fortunate enough to have had one.

She had been a buyer and salesperson for Peebles Department store in Boykins, Va. when a young adult and later in life became a salesperson at White’s Family Shoe Store in Emporia, Va. For several decades she helped many Emporia school children with their back to school purchases and was a loyal employee.  Allie had been a girl scout troop leader while her daughters were involved in scouting and was a dedicated and tireless mom carpooling her kids and others’ kids to sports events and practices throughout their school years.  Allie was a loving wife and mother with a seemingly endless energy that fueled both her family’s sense of well being and her long and full life.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center in Emporia for their personal and professional care of Allie in her final years and their incredible thoughtfulness and help at the end of her life, and also the staff of New Century Hospice for their attentive end of life care.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 30, at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va. between the hours of 6 and 8 pm. A graveside service will be held on Aug 31 at 2 pm in Beechwood Cemetery on Highway 35, Boykins, Va. 

George B. Edwards

 October 22, 1928- August 27, 2019

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Friday, August 30

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Friday, August 30

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

George B. Edwards, 90, of Emporia, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. He was the son of the late Irvin and Sarah Edwards and was also preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Louise W. Edwards; wife, Daisy H. Edwards; son, Steven Wayne Edwards; stepdaughter, Cindy V. Murphy; brothers, Milton J. Edwards, Irvin W. “Junie’ Edwards, Jr. and Charles L. “Lenny” Edwards.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Luenette House-Edwards; son, I. Dwight Edwards (Gail); daughters, Connie Edwards-Malosky (Paul) and Stacy Lynn Edwards; stepdaughters, Judy English and Betsy Corley and stepson, Mike Veliky; step-grandchildren, Robbie, Sarah, Ashley, Shannon and Alec; sister, Frances M. Chaffin; brother, Robert W. Edwards and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Edwards was a lifelong member of Adams Grove Baptist Church where he served in numerous capacities throughout the years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from VDOT as a Maintenance Supervisor.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, August 30 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with family at www.owenfh.com.

Darryl Wayne Bowen Sr.

 September 18, 1959- August 26, 2019

Graveside Services

3:00pm, August 29, 2019

Reedy Creek Baptist Church
1919 Reedy Creek Rd
Freeman, Virginia

Darryl Wayne Bowen Sr., formerly of Emporia and in later life, Colonial Heights, VA, left this life to join his Lord and Savior on August 26, 2019, at 59 years old. He is preceded in death by his mother, Cornelia Malone, and sister, Betty Hobbs. His love lives on through his aunt, Evelyn (John) Drake, brother, Allen (Caren) Bowen, sister, Bonnie Fuller, three children, Wayne (Mary Beth), Taylor, and Blake Bowen, mother of his children, Brenda Bowen, two grandchildren, special friend Sandy Talley, and two fur babies, Chloe and Joy. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, friends, and coworkers that he loved dearly. Darryl was known for his humor, dance moves, and love of the Redskins, Reese’s cups, and wrestling. Darryl knew his way around the kitchen (and stew pot) and loved to cook for those he loved. Darryl attended and was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church, and was an active member of Dolphin Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years. A grave side service will be held at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, 1919 Reedy Creek Rd, Freeman, VA, on August 29, 2019 at 3:00pm with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Darryl’s name to: Dolphin Volunteer Fire Dept. 7509 Liberty Road Dolphin, VA 23843 or to Chesterfield Professional Firefighters Charitable Foundation PO Box 812,  Chesterfield, VA 23832. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Hilliard Randolph Powell, Jr.

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December 15, 1938 - August 27, 2019

Visitation Services

August 31, 2019 at :00 P.M.

Monumental United Methodist Church
300 Southampton Street

Emporia, Virginia, 23847

August 31, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

Monumental United Methodist Church
300 Southampton Street
Emporia, Virginia, 23847
 

Hilliard Randolph Powell, Jr. passed away on August 27, 2019. Randolph was born on December 15, 1938 in Brunswick County, Virginia. Following his service in the United States Air Force, he was employed by the Department of Corrections and retired in 2008 as Warden of Brunswick Correctional Center in Lawrenceville.

Surviving is his wife Mabel, daughters Allison and her husband Scott Andrews, Ashley and her husband Jim Whitehead, two grandchildren, Davis and Lane Whitehead, a brother Tommy Powell and his wife Polly, and a sister Becky Moore and her husband Tommy.

Special appreciation is given to the employees of New Century Hospice for their excellent care. Also, the family thanks his caregivers, Deborah Nicholson and Brad Harding, for their compassion and friendship.

A memorial prayer service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton Street in Emporia on August 31, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

The family will receive visitors in the Church sanctuary one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church.

Maurice Andrew Person

Celebration of Life

9:45 am September 15th

Person’s United Methodist Church

Drewyville VA
 

Maurice Andrew Person went to be with the Lord on August 13, in his home, surrounded by family.  Born in Capron, VA to Walter and Elsie Person, Mr. Person was the youngest of nine children. During the Great Depression, the family left Southampton County and moved to Portsmouth, VA where Mr. Person graduated from Cradock High School.  After graduation, Mr. Person went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. After college graduation, Mr. Person was commissioned as an Engineering Officer where he was stationed at Lowery AFB, achieving the rank of Captain. After being honorably discharged, Mr. Person returned home and earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Mr. Person then joined Hampton Roads Sanitation District where his work and expertise led him to become the Director of Engineering culminating with forty years of service. In his spare time, Mr. Person was an avid golfer and spent enjoyable time with the many dogs he adopted over the years. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Barbara Jean, daughter Wendy (Neal) Porter, grandchildren, Noah and Brooke, Brother-in-Law Eddie Creekmore, Nephew Mark Person, Niece Gina (Chip) Artz and a host of other nieces and nephews. Mr. Person always loved his annual family reunions, therefore a celebration of life will be held at the upcoming family reunion to be held at Person’s Church, in Drewyville VA, on September 15th at 9:45am.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Persons UMC attn.: Mark Person, Treasure. P.O. Box 14121 Richmond, VA 23225, in memory of Maurice Person.

Charlie Elliott “Chuck” Taylor

February 25, 1965 - August 24, 2019

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Thursday, August 29

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Charlie Elliott “Chuck” Taylor, 55, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019.

He is survived by his children: - his furbabies: Holly, Molly, Thor and Heidi; his mother, Nancy Elliott Roach; brother, Sam Roach and wife, Sherie and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, August 29 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the SPCA.

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

John David Dianis

June 8, 1951 - August 16, 2019

 

Graveside Memorial Services

11 a.m. Saturday, September 7

St. John Lutheran Cemetery
1351 West Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

 

John David Dianis, 68, of Emporia, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019. He was the son of the late Matthew and Margaret Dianis. David is survived by three brothers, Matthew “Marty” Dianis, Jr. (Evelyn), George Dianis (Debbie) and Walter Dianis (Amy); nieces, Mandy Jones (Dwayne), Andrea Horsley (Alex) and Morgan Dianis; nephew, Daniel Dianis; great niece, Jamison Jones and great-nephew, Ben Horsley; aunt, Betty Veliky; numerous cousins and his co-workers at the Greensville-Emporia Combined Court whom he considered as extended family.

A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7 at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the social hall at St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Richard “Dick” Wayne Fraley

December 11, 1934-August 13, 2019

Graveside Services

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

New Kent Chapel Cemetery
13100 Cooks Mill Road
New Kent, Virginia
 

Richard “Dick” Wayne Fraley, 84, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his home in Emporia, Virginia. He was born December 11, 1934 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Ralph Fraley and Mabel Boze Fraley Clarke. In addition to his parents and step-father, Holden U. Clarke, he is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Edith Maxine Fraley, and his son, Michael Allen Fraley.

He is survived by his children, Robert Munson, Cheryl O’Berry, Donna Smith, four step-children, Sue Waddell, Barbara Spangler, Jerry Loan and Ray Loan, nineteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, one sister, Charlotte Fraley Freeze, nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.

A graveside service and interment will take place at New Kent Chapel Cemetery, 13100 Cooks Mill Road, New Kent, Virginia on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Arrangements entrusted to Vincent Funeral Home, West Point, Virginia.

Arthur W. Harrison, Jr.

June 6, 1925 - August 14, 2019

Services

Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00 P.M.

St. John Lutheran Church
1351 West Atlantic Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Arthur W. Harrison, Jr. passed away peacefully on August 14, 2019. He was born on June 6, 1925, to the late Arthur W. Harrison, Sr. and Daisy Lynch Harrison. A.W. was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Jeanne Rouse Harrison.

A.W. was a 1941 graduate of Greensville County High School. Following high school, he worked for twelve years at Mitchell Brothers Grocery and then ran an Esso service Station from 1953 – 1959. In 1959 he went to work for what would become Citizens National Bank and spent thirty years as a devoted employee.

In his early years A.W. went to photography school in New York City, and become an avid photographer. He traveled to Europe and visited many countries, was a small craft pilot and served on the Emporia – Greensville Airport Commission for numerous years.

He is survived by cousins, Billy Skroback and wife Anita, Joan Shumaker of Chesterfield, VA., Janice Cohen and husband Frank of Richmond, and Thomas Shumaker and wife Debra of Chesterfield, VA. The family would like to give a special thank you to his loving caregivers, Theresa Myers, Faith Vann, and Debra Lipscomb.

Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 2:00P.M. Interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.

In Lieu of flowers, it was A.W.’s wish for donations to be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Emporia, VA.

Lynda Jennings King

 

9/24/1948 - 8/8/2019

Visitation Services

2 p.m. Sunday, August 11

Zion Baptist Church
974 Zion Church Rd
Skippers, Virginia

3 p.m. Sunday, August 11

Zion Baptist Church
974 Zion Church Rd
Skippers, Virginia

Lynda Jennings King, 70, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was the daughter of the late William and Mattie Jennings and also preceded in death by her son, Chris King. She is survived by her husband  Edward Marvin “Red” King; two sons, William King and wife Stacy and James Edward King and wife Lynette, daughter-in-law, Tabby Owen and husband John Michael; thirteen grandchildren, Sheree Coleman and husband Richard, Jesse King and loving companion Megan Burke, Mattie and Britt King, John Luke Owen, Austin, Stephen, and Chassity King, Jennifer Benton, Brittany Boland, Kathy Harvey, Ashley Musselman and Victoria Auton; seven great-grandchildren, Alia Wulf, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dunn, William Coleman, Addison and Dakota King and Zoe and Zane Auton; one sister, Marie Butler and husband Tommy, three brothers, Harold, Johnny and Butch Jennings.

Lynda adored children; A brilliant twinkle was evident in her eyes and her smile was infectious when she interacted with children. She was quick to get eye to eye with children and talk to them in a manner that put them at ease.  She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a devoted and loving grandmother who was always present.  She lives in their hearts and they will always remember her eyes full of infinite tenderness.

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, August 11 at Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Rd, Skippers, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Coy Ann Lamm Barnes

April 24, 1931 - July 28, 2019

Visitation Services

10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Mrs. Coy Ann Lamm Barnes, 88, of Emporia, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, July 28, 2019. She was the widow of Edward Collins Barnes Sr. and the daughter of Coy Dock Lamm and Annabelle Grimes. She was born in South Hill, Virginia and was the former owner/operator of Riverside Cleaners in Emporia, VA., for many years. Mrs. Barnes was a former deacon and choir member of Calvary Baptist Church, as well as, a member of the Riparian Women’s Club and Red Hat Society. She is survived by her three daughters, Lelia B. Slagle (Kelly) of Emporia, VA., Kathy B. Allen of Emporia, VA., Amy B. Browder (Mitchell) of Warner Robins, GA., her son, E. Collins Barnes, Jr. (Denise) of Smithfield, VA., sister-in-law, Nancy Harris of Emporia, VA., eleven grandchildren, Christopher Link (Christina), Jonathan Link (Ashley), Alexa Dickens (Matt), Katie Evans (Derek), James Dickerson (Cassandra), Edward Barnes III (Sara), Joshua Barnes (Jen), Ethan Barnes, Jeremy Barnes, Will Browder (Ashlee), Meagan Browder, along with fourteen great grandchildren, as well as, special friends, Ella Bullock and Violet Huff.

The family will receive friends and guests from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Andy Cain officiating. The Interment will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery following the service.

Donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street.

Online Condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Barbara Kelly Stephenson

August 23, 1943 - July 26, 2019

Visitation Services

Monday, July 29, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

11:00 A.M. on Tuesday July 30, 2019

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Ms. Barbara Kelly Stephenson of Emporia Virginia passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 75. She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Holland Stephenson, and father, Robert Kelly Stephenson. Ms. Stephenson is survived by her special friends, Connie and Danny Johnson, Bernice Harris, as well as three loving cats, Callie, Tiger, and Maltie. Ms. Stephenson was salutatorian of her graduating class at Greensville County High School and a graduate of William and Mary. She received her Masters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and took classes at the University of Tennessee. She was the Librarian at Brunswick Academy for numerous years and then later retired from the Brunswick Virginia Department of Corrections. She was a Member of the Riparian Women’s Club and also their garden club.

A visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home, Monday, July 29, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday July 30, 2019.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Emporia Animal shelter of Emporia Humane Society.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Mattie “Sue” Brown

Visitation Services

11:00 am - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019

New Canaan Worship Center
4712 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond, VA

1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019

New Canaan Worship Center
4712 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond, VA

On July 16, 2019 Mattie “Sue” Brown went home to be with the Lord. She was born on April 12, 1940 to the late Margie Elizabeth and Richard Brown. She received her primary education in the Emporia Public School system and graduated from Edward Wyatt High School. She continued her education at Smith Madden Business School in Richmond, VA. She worked in transportation for several years and transitioned to retail services in 1985 at Thalhimer’s and then as a supervisor at K Mart. In 1995 she began working in finance at VaCap Federal Credit Union. She continued her passion in the service of others at VCU Health Systems and retired in 2007.

As a young girl Sue accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. She has been a long and faithful member of New Canaan Worship Center, where she served on the Finance Committee and the Bessie T. Blakey (BTB) Usher Board. She served faithfully until her health no longer permitted.

Lovingly known as “Sue-Sue,” she was a devoted and caring daughter. She will be remembered for her unwavering love for God, family, and friends, her dedication, generosity, hospitality, and impeccable fashion sense. During family holidays you could find her preparing her famous oxtails and giving out personalized and thoughtful gifts to her loved ones from her “personal store.” She was always willing to lend a helping hand, while that hand could be firm at times it came from a place of love. She loved her family dearly and was like a second mother to many of her cousins. She would often walk her younger cousins to school, take them clothes shopping, cook them dinner, and would even send a taxi to pick them up if they missed the school bus. You could always count on her for sound advice; her council was priceless and was spoken with love and honesty.

Sue’s memories will be cherished by her Aunts Ruth Lloyd, Lizzie Mae Sills, Simone Sills, devoted friend Shonette Thompson, and a host of relatives, friends, and church family.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019, at New Canaan Worship Center 4712 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA. Interment will follow the funeral service at Zion Community Cemetery in Emporia, VA The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Canaan Worship Center prior to the service.

George Wyche Slate

September 20, 1928-July 21, 2019

Visitation Services

11:00 am, Saturday, July 27, 2018

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

12:00 noon, Saturday, July 27, 2018

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

George Wyche Slate of Emporia passed away July 21, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolphus Green Slate and Georgie Lee Slate, two brothers, Adolphus and Samuel Slate, two sisters, Emma Lee and Rebecca Slate. He is survived by his wife, Edna of 67 years, two sons, George Jr. (Kay), Jim (Linda), two daughters, Lynn (Howard Ellis) and Bettie (Barton Pasco), six grandchildren, Rebecca Ellis (Sean O’Connor), Katherine Ellis (D.J. Wilson), Stuart Ellis (Jennie), Denham and Cheves Pasco and Taylor Slate, three great grandchildren, Nathaniel and Madison Wilson, and Alexis Ellis.

George graduated from Virginia Tech in 1950, and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He also served in the U.S. Army at Officers Candidate School at Fort Knox, KY. He began a successful Career in establishing an Insurance Agency in Emporia with his business partner, Arthur Kreienbaum of 53 years. He was a financial advisor for Equitable Life Insurance Company and was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 18 years. He served his community for 31 years as a board member of Greensville Memorial Hospital and was active in the Ruritan and Hokie Club as well as Main Street United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends, July 27, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Main Street United Methodist Church, 500 South Main Street, Emporia, VA. After the visitation, a memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M., followed by a reception in the church’s social hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church (mail to 105 Church St., Emporia, VA 23847) or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad (mail to 513 S. Main St., Empoira, VA) .

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Melanie Jarratt Topping

September 27, 1968-July 21-2019

Visitation Services

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

Melanie Jarratt Topping, 50, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Michael “Mic” Topping; son, Tyler Topping; her parents, C.D. & Anita Jarratt; brother, Charles Jarratt (Jessica); sister, Cristina Link (Chris); sister-in-law, Patsy Ward (Jill Brunstad), nieces, Chelsea Daniels (Jade), Blake Jarratt and  Christy Ward Pita (Jim); nephews, Austin Link, Jackson Link, Daniel Brunstad; great-nephews, Forrest & Gage Daniels and Bryce & Brodie Pita. Melanie also leaves behind her beloved canine companion, Abby.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23867.

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

David A. Grizzard

June 25, 1934-July 14, 2019

Services

Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

David A. Grizzard, 85, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019. He was the son of the late Franklin and Winifred Grizzard and was also preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Lee Grizzard and a grandson, Brandon Punzalan.

Mr. Grizzard is survived by his former wife, Jean Grizzard; three daughters, Nancy G. Rose (Norman), Tracy G. Fox (Clarence) and Christy G. Punzalan; son, David Scott Grizzard (Amy); seven grandchildren, Christopher Rose (Jenn), Jonathan David Fox, Collin M. Fox, Ashley Nicole Punzalan, Taylor Marie Punzalan; Harrison David Grizzard and Emma Claire Grizzard; great-grandchildren, Penelope Clementine Rose, Eamon Sawyer Rose, Deklan and Quinn Cauthorne; longtime devoted friend Hazel Stallings, and sister-in-law, Lois S. Grizzard.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude for the love and care shown to David in his later days by the nurses and caregivers at the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center.

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

Betty Jean Ogburn

April 30, 1940 - July 10, 2019

Visitation Services

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12 noon to 2 p. m.

Faith Baptist Church
951 W. Atlantic St.
Emporia, Virginia

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 2 p. m.

Faith Baptist Church
951 W. Atlantic St.
Emporia, Virginia

Betty Jean Ogburn, 79, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Virginia Dunlow Balmer. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis, Donnie, and Marshall Balmer.

Mrs. Ogburn is survived by her husband, Johnny C. Ogburn, three sons, Michael Pair (Bernadette), Darryl Pair (Amy) and Eddie Ogburn (Brandy); grandchildren, Curt, Stephanie, Lizzie and Exia Pair, Brandon Mevins, Sarah Davis, Rachel and Landen Pair and Dylan, E.J. and Jackson Ogburn; three great-grandchildren, Makayla and Luke Pair and Mckenzie Hamilton; three sisters, Virgie Thacker (James), Alice Dean (Edward), Marie Melvin (Marvin); two brothers, Earl Balmer(Mary) and Dennis Balmer (Wendy) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Faith Baptist Church, 951 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

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

Larry Steven “Steve” Dowling

November 26, 1951 - July 05, 2019

Visitation Services

Sunday, July 7, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Monday, July 8, 2019, 2:00 PM

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Larry Steven “Steve” Dowling, 67, went to be with the Lord Friday, July 5, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:1.)

Steve is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara; son Zachary (Heather); daughter, Teresa (Mike) along with his grandchildren, Kenny, Mikey, and Katie. He is also survived by brothers, Bob (Debbie), and Tim along with the extended Putnam family and his loving nieces and nephews.

Steve retired from Dominion Power to enjoy time with family and friends on the farm and at Lake Gaston. He was an active member of Lebanon United Methodist Church in Jarratt.

His journey in this life is over, but he has been an inspiration and entertainer to all he met. The family would like to thank all of the care providers throughout this journey – you were his inspiration.

The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 8. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 BlueStar Hwy., Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

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

Rev. Dr. William L. "Bill" Tomlinson

March 9, 1939-July 4, 2019

Visitation Funeral Service Interment
Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:00AM
 
Concord Baptist Church
12053 Francisco Rd.

Farmville, VA 23901 

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00AM
 
Concord Baptist Church
12053 Francisco Rd.

Farmville, VA 23901 

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 3:00PM
 
Lakeview Cemetery
College Ave at 8th Street

Blackstone, VA

The Rev. Dr. William L. Tomlinson (better known to family and friends as “Bill”) went home to be with the Lord on July 4, 2019. He was born on March 9, 1939 in Portsmouth, VA.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Jane Carmack Gracey Tomlinson, his parents, Nellie and Raymond Tomlinson and his younger brother, Ray Tomlinson. He is survived by three sisters-in-law: Linda Tomlinson, Ann Sanderson, and Rebecca Arnason (Charles) and three nieces and three nephews.

Dr. Tomlinson was a graduate of the University of Richmond (BA), Southeastern Baptist Seminary (M.Div.), and Luther Rice Seminary (D.Min.). He pastored churches for 50 years in VA and NC. Upon retirement from his last pastorate he was elected Pastor Emeritus of Arlington Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, N.C. In each of his pastorates he was active in both denominational and civic activities.

Funeral services will be conducted at Concord Baptist Church, 12053 Francisco Rd. Farmville, VA 23901 (for directions see Shorter Funeral Home web site) on July 11, 2019 at 11:00AM. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at 3:00 PM at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone, VA 23824. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Concord Baptist Church (mail to 6114 Deer Run Rd. Farmville, VA 23901). Shorter Funeral Home is serving the family.

Boyce Carmines Wornom

January 10, 1928 - July 1, 2019

Visitation Services

Day, Date and Time

Location

Saturday, July 6, 2019, 2:00 pm

Main Street Baptist Church
440 South Main Street
Emporia, VA 23847

Boyce Carmines Wornom, 91, longtime resident of Emporia, died on July 1, 2019 surrounded by his family at his home at Lakewood-Westend in Richmond.

Born on January 10, 1928 in Poquoson, he was the son of Etta Carmines Wornom and William Gibbs Wornom. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edgar Wornom and Hugh Wornom; sister Eloise Henderson; and daughter Barbara and her husband Samuel Adams.

Mr. Wornom is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Flowers Wornom; daughters Debora Williams of Millwood, Patricia and husband Frederic Gresset of Charlotte NC, Lynda and husband Ross Wright of Ashland; grandchildren Ashton Williams and wife Shelley, Boyce Adams and wife Katie, Anne Williams and husband Matt Peterson, William Adams and wife Whitney, Henri Gresset, Jacques Gresset and wife Kelsey, Ross Wright and wife Sarah, Elliott Wright, Alice Gresset, Owen Wright; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Wendell Wornom and wife Betty, Gerald Wornom and wife Nancy, Stephen Wornom and wife Marie-Jo, Ray Wornom, and many nieces and nephews.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Wornom graduated from the University of Richmond and the T. C. Williams School of Law. He practiced law for over 55 years and was a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, Richmond Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Eastern District of Virginia Federal Court, and the Sixth Judicial Circuit Bar of Virginia.

Mr. Wornom was a member of Main Street Baptist Church of Emporia for over six decades where he served for many years as a Deacon, Trustee and Church Moderator, as well as a Sunday School teacher for men. He was a member of the Emporia Rotary Club for over 50 years where he served as president and was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was also recognized for his many years of service as a member of the Board of Directors of Greensville Memorial Hospital in Emporia.

Mr. Wornom had a life-long love of flying and was a pilot for over 40 years. His four decades of service as Chairman of the Emporia-Greensville Airport Commission was recognized in 2015 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Department of Aviation. His other interests included tennis, biking, and singing and playing the guitar with family and friends. He was a founding member of the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville and was dedicated to physical fitness even into his 90s.

A funeral service will be held at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia on Saturday, July 6 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception at the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville or Main Street Baptist Church.

 

 

Earlene Pearson Grizzard

March 20, 1925 - June 20, 2019

Graveside Services

Monday, June 24, 2019
11:00 AM

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Rd
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Earlene Pearson Grizzard, 94, of Emporia, widow of Frank E. Grizzard, Sr., departed this life Thursday, June 20, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Pearl S. Pearson and was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Pearson, and four sisters, Ella Cannon, Lucille Waters, Vera Lee Grizzard, and Shirley Skinner.

Mrs. Grizzard was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Monumental United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Frank E. Grizzard, Jr. (Sydnee), Tracy Lane Grizzard (Toni) and William D. Grizzard (Tom); nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Amelia Clyde Lotts; sisters-in-law, Peggy Pearson, Polly Proctor, Willie Mae Harris, Barbara Barlow, Alease Braswell, and Diane Smith; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Herbert “Herb” Wyatt Maxey, Jr.

Memorial Service
Saturday, June 22nd, 11am at First Presbyterian Church, 210 S. Main St in Emporia, VA

Memorial Service for Herbert “Herb” Wyatt Maxey, Jr. will be held on Saturday, June 22nd, 11am at First Presbyterian Church, 210 S. Main St in Emporia, VA.

Herb passed away peacefully at his home on May 27, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents Barbara Smith Maxey, Herbert W. Maxey, Sr and brother James Robert Maxey. He is survived by a niece Barbara L. Maxey, his devoted pup “Miss April”, cousins, many devoted close friends and loving neighbors. Herb was an accountant and bookkeeper for Maxey Chevrolet, Sadler Auto Center and Boyd Auto Center before retiring in 2015 due to health issues.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to help cover expenses payable and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Drive, Emporia, VA 23847.

Thanks to all in advance. Praying and hope to see many of you at the Memorial Service for Herb.

Elizabeth K. “Ann” Davis

Services

2 p.m., Monday, June 10

Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, 17262 Courthouse Rd., Yale, VA 23897

Elizabeth K. Davis, “Ann”, 84, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019. She was the daughter of the late James L. Kelly, Sr. and Gertrude S. Gordon. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James Cecil Davis and sister, Joan G. Kientz. She is survived by her brother, James L. Kelly of Prince George; sister, Betty G. Edwards of Franklin (Jimmy) and brother-in-law, Frank Kientz (Evelyn) of Jarratt. Mrs. Davis is also survived by her five nieces; Lynn Kelly Shearin (Robin), Susan Kientz Grigg (Charlie), Judy Kelly Hoyle (Robert), Pam Kientz Harris (Edward) and Linda Kelly Pace (John); great-nephews, Charles Grigg, Brett Harris, Hunter Harris, Davis Harris, R.J. Hoyle, Tom Hoyle and Luke Pace; great-nieces, Elizabeth Brown and Abby Pace. She is also survived by several great-great-nephews. Ann was a supervisor for Contel Telephone for 37 years. A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, June 10 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 17262 Courthouse Rd., Yale, VA 23897. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Grace Stainback Grizzard

Visitation Services

6:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 30

Owen Funeral Home

303 South Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

10:00 am Friday, May 31

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Grace Stainback Grizzard, 87 of Emporia, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.  She was a devoted wife and mother. Grace was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she lovingly prepared many meals for her church family and functions.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jessie “Pete” Grizzard, parents Willie and Florence Stainback, Siblings Willie Mae Poarch, Ruby Price, Annie Poole, Gladys Walker, WB Stainback, James “Jimmy” Stainback, Richard Stainback, and Gene Stainback.  She is survived by her children Katherine Grizzard Colvin (Gary) of Suffolk, Jessie K. Grizzard Jr. (Sheila) of Richmond, Terri Grizzard Johnson (Troy) of Suffolk, grandchildren Hank Thornburg, Michelle Petcu, Chris Grizzard, Kate Thornburg, Haley Norfolk, Lucas Johnson, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, brothers Francis Stainback, Albert Stainback, Rufus Stainback, Carroll Stainback and sisters Emily Andre, Goldie Cox, Florence Scott, and Marie Schnitz.  The family will receive visitors at Owen Funeral Home 6:00 – 8:00PM on Thursday, May 30.  A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Hwy 301, Emporia on Friday, May 31. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Nell Jean Daniel

 

Visitation Services

Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00

at her home at 207 Miles Circle

11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31s

Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.Nell Jean Daniel

Nell Jean Daniel, 88, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2019.  She was born on December 4, 1930 to the late Lillian J. Jean and Ernest L. “Buddy” Jean.  She was preceded in death by her

husband, Henry Lee Daniel and brother, E. Lashley Jean Jr.  She is survived by a sister, Shirley J.

Latham of Emporia, brother James B. Jean of Colonial Heights, nieces Debra K. Baird of Emporia

and Kelly J. Beeler of Colonial Heights, and nephew James B. Jean Jr. of Lake Worth, Florida.  Nell graduated from Greensville County High School in 1948 and went to work for the Greensville County School System, a job she would hold for the next 42 years.  She retired in

1990 as Clerk of the School Board after serving under 7 superintendents.  She then helped Henry Lee at his business, Daniel Brothers, until his retirement.  Nell was a proud member of the GCHS Class of 48, helping to organize reunions and remaining close with her classmates whom she dearly loved.  The family would like to thank her special caregivers and friends,

Alma Branch, Gloria Franklin, and Caroline Lee as well as Dr. Michael Anderson and his staff.   Visitation will be held Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 at her home at 207 Miles Circle.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31st, at the Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Avenue.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.  

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

John Wayne Harris

 

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Sunday, May 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Sunday, May 26

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

John Wayne Harris, 76, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  He was precededin death by his father, John B. Harris; his mother, Virginia C. Harris; and, younger brother, Richard D. Harris, all of Jarratt, VA.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the love of his life,Sandra Gephart Harris; his son, John W. Harris, Jr. (Lori) of Jarratt, VA; his daughter, Robin H. Heese (Russell) of Emporia, VA; his brother, Ralph T. Harris (Anita) of Farmville, VA; and, three

sisters, Joan H. Wojcikewych (Ray) of Peoria, IL; Linda H. Witt (David) of Chester, VA; and, Connie H. Young (Harold) of Stony Creek, VA; and, many nieces and nephews.

He retired from Allied Signal in Hopewell, VA, after 37 years.  He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, in Jarratt, for 63 years.  Wayne loved his family; and, when his children were small, he loved to take them “GOOFIN” to get ice cream, shopping, fishing, or just for a walk.  He was truly the wind beneath our wings.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26 Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour before the service. The service will be conducted by The Reverend Rick Franklin, minister of Centenary United Methodist Church, Jarratt, VA; and, by Pastor Kyle Bass, nephew, of Boykins Charge, Boykins, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 472, Jarratt, VA 23867; or, to AT Home Care Hospice, 629 Southpark Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834. 

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

John M. “Buz” Norwood, Jr.

Visitation

Funeral

5-7 pm, Wednesday May 22

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

11 am Thursday, May 23

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

John M. “Buz” Norwood, Jr, 69, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019. He is survived by a sister, Connie McKinney (Roger) and brother, Brian Norwood; three nieces, Dawn Jones (Coby), Faith Ash (Rel) and Hannah Godwin (David) and nephew, John McKinney (Chelsea).

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday May 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

John A. Newsome

Visitation Services

Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, Virginia

Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M.

First Presbyterian Church

210 S Main St

Emporia, VA

John A. Newsome., Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Ret) passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 78, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Edith, daughters Kimberly Fritz (Mike) of Biloxi, MS, and Pamela Allen (Mickey) of Emporia, VA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Crystal Carpenter, Lauren Aldridge, Jessica Aldridge, Katelyn Malone, A1C Stephen Malone, Michael Fritz, Kevin Allen (Loren), and Nicholas Allen. Also survived by siblings; Joanne, Richard, Donald, Frankie, and Butch. John was predeceased by parents Salem I. and Lucy W. Newsome, as well as brothers Irvin, RC (Spot), Albert, Oliver, and Robert.

John was a career Army soldier with twenty-two and one half years of service, much of which was served in Special Forces (Green Berets). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist’s Badge, Laotian Parachutist’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, etc.

John was a carpenter at heart; taught by his Grandfather Williams. He and his wife also established and operated Picture perfect for ten years before retirement. Prior to his illness, he traveled to Panama every summer to fish with military buddies. He was a member of Disabled Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Greensville Ruritan Club.

The family is grateful for the exceptional care from New Century Hospice, especially Brittany Edwards and the Oncology Nurses of SVRMC.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home. A Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M., at First Presbyterian Church, 210 S Main St, Emporia, VA, 23847.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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