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GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

Tony Darrell Moseley

Tony Darrell Moseley, age 54, of Emporia, VA passed away August 16, 2017.  He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Willard Moseley.  He is survived by his wife, Melinda Lewis Moseley; his daughter, Shannon Gibbs and husband Brandon; his grandchildren, Aaron and Addison Gibbs; his mother, Sandra Wrenn Edwards; his brothers, Troy L. Moseley and Cathy Baird and Randy Moseley and wife Jeanne; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to chordomafoundation.org.

William Carlton Connell, Jr.

William Carlton Connell, Jr., of South Brunswick, Virginia, born July 18, 1957, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 10, 2017. “Carl” as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, worked for Woodman Life Insurance Company for over 33 years. It was during that time he helped build the East Virginia Youth Camp. An avid outdoorsman, Carl loved to cook, fish and hunt and could often be found doing all three with his buddies at Taylor Mill Hunt Club in Emporia. A man of few words, he was never interested in praise but was always doing good deeds.

Carl is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ann; a son Andrew, and wife Krystle; daughter Lesley Nunn, husband Patrick. Perhaps his greatest joys in life were his five grandchildren, Drew Connell, Kelsey Carter, Harper and Van Walker Nunn, and the newest addition, Ava Marie Connell. He enjoyed school programs, football, softball and baseball games, golf tournaments and having them visit the farm.  He is also survived by his mother and father, Carlton and Ella Connell; two sisters, Amy Clary and her husband David, Beverly Washburn and her husband Kent; one niece, Laura Eddings and her husband Chris, and three nephews Chase and Alex Clary, and Collin Washburn.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at James Square Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  

Albert Randolph Jarratt

Albert Randolph Jarratt, 79, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Adele Jarratt of Capron; his wife, Patricia S. Jarratt and daughter, Teresa J. Ferguson. Mr. Jarratt is survived by a son, Keith Powell of Monticello, Georgia; daughter, Rebecca Jarratt of Emporia; three grandchildren, Ethan Powell, and Amanda and Vanessa Gaynor; five step-children; two sisters, Louise Wells, Rebecca J. Newsome (Dennis); brother, Alfred Leroy Jarratt (Loretta), all of Emporia.

“Buddy”, as he was known by family and friends, retired after 40 years as a long-distance truck driver. For the last seven years, he had been a resident of Emporia Manor where they assisted him living with the effects of Alzheimer’s. He was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.

The family will receive friends 11-12 p.m. on Friday, August 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 12:30 p.m., also on Friday August 11 at Capron Cemetery officiated by Pastor Troy Green. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Adam Bryant Harrell

Adam Bryant Harrell, 33, of Emporia, Virginia passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017.  His passing was heartbreaking to those who knew and loved him.  Adam was born on March 8, 1984 in Emporia, Virginia where he was raised on a small farm by two loving parents whom he cared for deeply.  Growing up, he developed a passion for the outdoors.  Adam was the definition of an outdoorsman, spending many days with family and friends hunting, hiking, camping, and fishing.  Adam excelled at athletics, acquiring numerous accolades in football and helped lead his high school football team to a state title.  Adam graduated from Brunswick Academy in 2002 before leaving to study at High Point University in North Carolina, earning a degree in Criminal Justice 2006.  After college Adam started a career in loss prevention culminating in him overseeing more than 80 stores throughout the state.  Perhaps Adam’s most significant moment was when he followed in his father’s footsteps when he married the “rose of his life” in 2010. 

Though Adam will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, he will be best remembered by those who knew him as a “shirt-off-his-back guy,” a steadfast Christian, a faithful and supportive husband, a loving son, and a devoted friend.  The joy and excitement he had for life was contagious as anyone who knew him knew.  His story will live on in each and every person his life touched.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Nelson and Elsie Harrell; grandfather Tom Jarratt; and grandfather Richard Jones.  He is survived by his grandmother Etta Jarratt; beloved parents, Ricky and Joan Harrell; loving wife and hunting companion, Jo Swartz Harrell along with their unborn child and family dog, Molly; father in-law and mother in-law Mark and Mary Jane Yeattes; uncle Benji Jones; uncle Benji Jarratt and wife Hope; aunt DeEtte Gordon and husband Brent; cousin Eric Jones and wife Brandi, cousin Leslie Sabo and husband Chuck; cousin Courtney Moseley and husband Brian; brother-in-law Mark Yeattes; sister in-law Mary Yeattes; sister in-law Sarah Yeattes, and numerous cousins.

A visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8that Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2pm on Wednesday, August 9th.  Interment will be private.

Doris Marie Carlisle

Doris Marie Carlisle, 68, formerly Doris Carlisle Tomlin, of Skippers, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017.  She was preceded in death by her parents, James Acey Carlisle and Mary "Pig" Finch Carlisle; her former husband, Sam Patton Tomlin; a brother, Daniel H. "Danny" Carlisle and a sister, Shirley Diane Fisher.

Mrs. Carlisle is survived by two daughters, Terry D. Tomlin-Vaughan and husband, Austin and Samantha Tomlin and wife, Carla Aphayboun-Tomlin; grandchildren, Korye Aphayboun-Tomlin and Bianca Oliva-Tomlin; Brittany Myers; great-grandchildren, Riley Myers and Kitai;  a sister, Sandra Kaye Tomlinson; two brothers, James F. Carlisle and Walter "Butch" Carlisle and wife, Beverly and numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Monday, August 7, 2017 at Harvest Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2767 W. 10th St, Roanoke Rapids, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the SPCA  or to a local animal shelter. 

Josy M. Moore

Josy M. Moore passed away at home after a brief illness on August 3, 2017.  Josy was born December 16, 1932 to Thomas C. and E. Maie Moore of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Josy is survived by her husband of 66 years, the Reverend Charles A. Moore of Emporia and their children Charles A.(Andy) Moore, Jr. (Connie) of Kenbridge, Dr. Kathy M. Baker (Tim) of Chesterfield, and Betsy M. Draper (Calvin) of Emporia; grandchildren Tracy Moore, Emily Ligon (Brian), Kelli Wyatt (Lance), Zach Baker, Kait Baker and Allison Draper; and great grandchildren Matthew and Max Ligon.  Josy was a retired sales associate with Peebles Department Store and worked at the Samaritan House Thrift Store until her final illness.  Charles and Josy served God together at Warfield Baptist Church in Warfield, Virginia for more than 60 years and thereafter have enjoyed a fulfilling membership at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia.  Visitation will be held at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at Main Street Baptist Church on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2 pm with internment to follow at Warfield Baptist Church Cemetery in Warfield, Virginia.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.

Elizabeth Williams Luke

Elizabeth Williams Luke of Emporia, VA died July 27th at Medical College of Virginia after a brief illness. Daughter of the late Elmer Marks and Mary Sledge Williams, she was born May 21, 1933, a graduate of Louise Obici School of Nursing, she practiced her profession in Franklin, VA and in Emporia, VA with family practitioners until retiring. Betty is survived by her husband, Judge James A. Luke; son, Douglas Daughtrey and his wife Brenda; sisters, Joyce W. Owen and husband Glen and Alice W. Hughes; three nieces, Terry Hughes, Kim Valentine and Vickie Britt and five great-nieces. A faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Emporia for over fifty years, she had taught Sunday School, active in Presbyterian Women and sang in the choir. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Emporia, VA, July 31st at 11:00 AM. A visitation will be held at 10:30 AM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider First Presbyterian Church, 210 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847 or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 513 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com 

Robert Luther Saffelle Jr.

Robert Luther Saffelle, Jr., 86, of Burlington died on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Originally from Emporia, VA, he was the son of the late Dr. Robert Luther Saffelle and Virginia Vincent Saffelle. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Islin Saffelle; son Robert Nelson Saffelle and wife Constance Hall Saffelle of Richmond, VA and their children Elizabeth Hall Saffelle and Katherine Virginia Saffelle; and daughter Ginger Saffelle Elliott and husband John VanTuyl Elliott of Winston-Salem, NC and their children Ashley Elizabeth Elliott, Anna Virginia Elliott, John Robert Elliott and Mary Elizabeth Elliott.

He is also survived by his sister, Patsy Saffelle Ferguson, of Emporia, VA and predeceased by his sisters, Bette Saffelle Milam and Virginia (Ginger) Vincent Saffelle.

He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1955, where he was captain of the tennis team and a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He was a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps., stationed in Quantico, VA. He started his 35-year career with Wachovia Bank and Trust Company in Winston-Salem, NC, transferred to Salisbury, NC and then to Burlington where he served as City Executive for the Burlington and Alamance County offices. He was a 1974 graduate of the Executive Program of Professional Management Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After retiring from Wachovia in 1989, he served as Treasurer of Carolina Biological Supply Co. until 1994.

He was a member of Front Street United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Directors of Alamance County Hospital, the Burlington YMCA and the Burlington-Alamance County Merchants Association. He also served as President of the United Way-Burlington/Alamance County, the Cherokee Council-Boy Scouts of America and the Alamance Country Club. He received the Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year award and the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America, the highest volunteer award in scouting.

The family wishes to thank the many caregivers, including the private nurses and those from Home Instead Senior Care and Hospice/Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, for their heartfelt care and support. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Front Street United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. A private burial for the family will be held at Alamance Memorial Park prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 S. Fisher Street, Burlington, NC 27215; and Hospice/Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.

Frances Elizabeth Wyche Carter

Frances Elizabeth Wyche Carter was born April 4, 1939 to the late Dora Wyche Easter and the late Sidney Stith in Emporia Virginia.

Frances formative years were spent in Emporia, more specifically in "White City". At an early age she accepted Christ at Royal Baptist Church. She was a 1956 graduate of Edward W. Wyatt High School. It was at Wyatt she met the love of her life.

In 1960, Frances married the late Joseph Harrison Carter and without reservations moved to the state of New Jersey to start their life. Their union was blessed with four daughters and a son. After many years in New Jersey they returned home to Emporia. 

Upon returning to Emporia, Frances became actively involved in the community. She reunited with Royal Baptist Church where she became the first female to be ordained a Deacon. Along with her childhood friend Mary Anderson and cousin Elosie Moore, she became an entrepreneur and they opened "CAM Hair Replacement Center . France's involvement in the community did not stop there. She was an active member of the Democratic Party, Save the Training School Committee, and the Black Pot Catering Service. Frances remained in Emporia until her health begin to decline. 

On the morning of July 14, 2017, the 24th Anniversary of her husband's departure, France transitioned. She was preceded in death by her daughters Sheree W. Moody and Gina C. Turner.

Those left to cherish her memories are her son Sherown Carter (Caprice); her daughters Lisa Saunders, Debra Carter and Jo Monique Drikard; her son-in-law Rickey Turner, her brother S. Delacy Stith (Leah); twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; numerous cousins, countless friends and acquaintances. 

Elizabeth “Lib” Suiter Robinson

Elizabeth “Lib” Suiter Robinson, 87, of Skippers, VA, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on July 21, 2017 surrounded by the love of her family. Elizabeth was a native of Garysburg, NC; daughter of the late John Arthur Suiter, Sr. and Myrtle Anderton Suiter. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, William Augustus Robinson, Sr.; sister, Peggy Watkins Slade; and brother, John Arthur Suiter, Jr. She is survived by her children: Susan Meares of Raleigh, NC and husband, Gary; William Augustus Robinson, Jr. of Skippers and his wife, Betsy; Martha Williamson of Chesapeake, VA and husband, Mark; Alice Kish of Manakin Sabot, VA and husband, Wayne; and Mary Strickler of Manakin Sabot, VA and husband, Charles; her grandchildren, Allison Meares Colquitt and husband Joseph; Matthew and Emily Robinson; Tyler, Brian and Stuart Williamson; Richard Kish and his wife Brooke; Mary Katherine and David Kish; and William Strickler; her sister-in-law, Joyce B. Suiter and many nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom she cherished dearly.

Elizabeth graduated from Weldon High School in 1948 and St. Mary’s College in 1950, and attended the Pan American Business School in Richmond, VA. She was a devoted wife and mother whose greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. All who experienced the warm embrace of her gracious hospitality were truly blessed. Elizabeth enjoyed serving in her community as a member of Spring United Methodist Church, the Riparian Women’s Club, the Women’s Committee of the Greensville County Farm Bureau, a Girl Scout leader, and a Cub Scout leader. In 1983 she began a Real Estate career in Emporia, VA which provided numerous opportunities for her to welcome and befriend many newcomers.

A special thanks is extended to the caregivers who loved and cared for our Mother while she was on hospice. Your compassion and many acts of kindness were a blessing.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Sunday, July 23rd at the Robinson's home (2385 Spring Church Road, Skippers, Virginia). A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11a.m., July 24th, t Spring United Methodist Church, (697 Spring Church Road, Skippers, Virginia 23879). Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spring United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Wanda Allen Lankford

Wanda Allen Lankford, 61, passed away on July 20, 2017 at VCU MCV in Richmond, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Vincent Allen, and her brother, Larry Dean Allen. Wanda is survived by a daughter, Jessica Lankford Hevener and her husband Michael; her father, Lewis D. Allen; and brothers, J. W. Allen (Patricia), Randy Allen, Stanley Allen (Cindy), and Barry Allen; nieces and nephews, Ashley (Adam) and Ryan, Kathleen (Dwayne), Brianna and David; great nieces and nephews, Elijah, Dyson and Sarah; Rachel and Nate.

Wanda was a Nurse Practitioner who recently worked at Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. She also worked at Lawrenceville Correctional Center in Lawrenceville, Virginia and worked for many years at Greensville Memorial Hospital in Emporia, Virginia.

Wanda was a caregiver to people and animals alike.  She loved her family and friends and would lend a helping hand to anyone.

Wanda was an active member of Purdy Baptist Church in Purdy, Virginia, where she sang in the choir.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Purdy Baptist Church, 186 Smoky Ordinary Road, Emporia, Virginia 23847.  The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Purdy Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice. 

Judy Wrenn Daughtrey

Judy Wrenn Daughtrey, 70, of Brink, VA, passed away on July 10, 2017 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Percy and Ida Wrenn. She is survived by her husband, F. Jerry Daughtrey; daughter, Sandy Webb and husband David; sisters, Linda Smith and husband Ashley, and Nancy Powell; grandchildren, Lauren Ashley Collins and Dylan Allen; special nieces and nephew, Penny Powell, Kenny Powell, Shay Smith and Angel Allen; many great-nieces and great-nephews and her beloved dog, Smokey. A graduate of Greensville County High School, Mrs. Daughtrey was a life-long employee of the banking industry in Emporia, working as both a loan officer and a branch manager. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 2 p.m., at Fountain Creek Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Greensville County Fire Department.

Diane Ruth Vaught

Diane Ruth Vaught, 60, of Emporia, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017. Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Woodruff and Lois Harrell Bosher.  She is survived by her husband, Chester Vaught; sons, Tripp Vincent and fiance’ Leslie and Jason Vincent; two grandchildren; Brianna Michelle and Vanden James Vincent and their mother, Desiree Trujillo; a sister, Debbie Korosi and husband Dave; two brothers, Dennis Woodruff and wife Terri and David Woodruff; two brothers-in-law, Wayne Vaught and wife Carol and Keith Vaught and wife Debby; and sister-in-law, Lois Bryant.  The family will receive friends 6pm – 7:30pm Thursday, July 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia.  The funeral service will be held 2pm Friday, July 7 at Roselawn Cemetery, 2880 N. Franklin St. Christiansburg, VA 24073.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Milton E. “Potsy” Felton

Milton E. “Potsy” Felton, 74, of Emporia, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017. He was the son of the late Roscoe and Lell B. Felton and was also preceded in death by his wife, Shelva Jean Weaver Felton, brother, Thomas Felton, sister, Linda Green; nephew, Thomas Felton, Jr. and niece, Glenda Pair Archer He is survived by his daughter, Sheila Veliky and fiance’, Floyd Miller; grandchildren, Eric Veliky and Leslie Veliky; devoted companion, Charlotte Newcomb; sister-in-law, Elaine Lane and husband, Warren; nephews Mike Felton and Roger Pair and niece, Terri Denise.. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Carroll Ashby Webb

Carroll Ashby Webb, 88, of Emporia passed away on June 29, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents, Luther and Martha Webb; brothers, Marvin and Otis Webb and sisters, Alma Michaels and Eula Mae Miller. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rae Doyle Webb; son, David Webb and wife Sandy; daughter, Pam Low and husband Ed; brother, Shelton Webb and wife Mary; grandchildren, Stephanie Whittington and husband Rick, Stephen Low, Lauren Ashley Collins and Dylan Allen; great-grandchildren, Abby and Andrew Whittington; special nieces and nephew, Kay Bryant, Debbie Mashburn and Barry Grizzard and many other nieces and nephews. Mr. Webb was a retired employee of Slate and Spivey Building Contractors and loyal member and past Deacon of Main Street Baptist Church. A visitation will be held on Sunday, 2pm, at Main Street Baptist Church followed immediately by a funeral service at 3pm. Interment will follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Main Street Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Jane Stainback Moss

Jane Stainback Moss, 88, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband John P. Moss. She is survived by her son, Johnny Moss and wife, Christine; three grandchildren; brother, Sherwood Stainback and sister, Grace Martin. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt Virginia. Memorial contributions may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Frank Spencer Anderson, III

Frank Spencer Anderson, III, 80, of Emporia, VA passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at home after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Helen Carter Anderson; two sons, Dr. Michael Anderson (Bonnie) and Todd Anderson (Terri); four grandchildren, Carter, Clarke, Christopher, Catherine and Richard Kramer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lucille Kritzer Anderson. After graduating from MCV School of Pharmacy in 1959, he relocated to Emporia, VA where he owned and operated Anderson’s Emporia Pharmacy for over fifty years before retiring in 2013. It was a true joy for him to interact with his customers and employees and he considered them as friends. During his professional career, he was awarded Business and Business Person of the Year by the Emporia Greensville Chamber of Commerce and Award of Excellence by the Downtown Development Board. Mr. Anderson was passionate regarding community service. He served as a member of the National Guard. He was a charter member of Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, serving as its first operations officer. He was an active member and past president of Meherrin Ruritan Club and the Village View Foundation as well as a host of other community organizations. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he currently served as trustee and choir member. In addition, he was past deacon chair and Sunday school teacher for many years. Visitation will be held on Friday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the Village View Foundation. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Cynthia "Cindy" Veliky Murphy

Cynthia "Cindy" Veliky Murphy age 62 of West Palm Beach passed peacefully into eternal sleep on June 13th, 2017 with her loving husband Tim at her side. She was a devoted daughter who was predeceased by her parents, Daisy Bell and Charles Veliky. Cindy was raised in Emporia the cherished sister of Judy English and Michael Veliky. During her life Cindy gave and received comfort from the canine members of her family. She was also a beloved aunt who will be dearly missed by family and friends. 

A memorial service is being planned at St.  John the Baptist Lutheran Church in Emporia 

David G. Stainback

David G. Stainback, 75, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Patricia D. Stainback; two brothers, Dan Stainback and wife, Georgia of Franklin and Donald Stainback and wife, Sherry of Newport News and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Interment will follow at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Helen Newsome Woodruff

Helen Newsome Woodruff, 83, of Emporia, VA passed away on May 26, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank G. Newsome and Pearl Wallace Newsome and her husband, George Leroy Woodruff. Visitation will be held Tuesday, 1pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by a funeral service at 2pm. Interment will take place in Emporia Cemetery immediately following the service. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson, 58, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017. He was the son of the late Benjamin F. Wilson, Jr. and Eunice Walton Wilson. He is survived by two sons, Joshua Wilson and girlfriend, Megan Gillespie and Joseph Wilson and wife, Brittany; daughter, Amanda Stone; sister, Wanda Wilson and husband, William Jordan; brother, Wayne Wilson and wife, Melanie and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at Pelham United Methodist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Alfred Titus Hobbs, Jr.

Alfred Titus Hobbs, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Alfred was born, and raised, in Emporia, VA.  He was 74 years old.  Since 1974, he has been a well-known building contractor in Emporia and the surrounding counties.  Alfred was very particular about his work and he took great pride in trying to satisfy each and every one of his customers.  He was an active member of Main Street Baptist Church and he was involved in numerous local charitable organizations.  He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Peggy, son Chris, daughter Sherri, step-son Chris, step-daughter Tara, their spouses, Stephanie, Juri, Susan and Joey and seven grandchildren, Bailey, Olivia, Claire, Jackson, Anna, Cooper, and Sloane.   He is also survived by his loving sister Peggy and her husband Ernest, his brother-in-law Kiser Robinson, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred T. Hobbs, Sr. and Lucy Bradley Hobbs, sisters Edla Hobbs Wray and Louise Hobbs Robinson.  A gathering of friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 25th at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia, VA.  The funeral service will also be held at the church at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, May 26th.  A private graveside service will be held immediately following the funeral.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S Main St. Emporia, VA  23847 or the Emporia Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St., Emporia, VA  23847.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.  

ANNIE MARIE “DOODLE” ROBBINS SMITH

The Fudge Lady, Annie Marie “Doodle” Robbins Smith, 82, of Gaston, NC died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Mrs. Smith was born in Wilson County, NC the daughter of the late William Hansel Robbins and Daisy Bass Robbins. She was also preceded in death by her husband Romie B. Smith a granddaughter, Tammy Lynn Cooke, a half-brother Russell Robbins and a half-sister, Prudie Mae Webb and a grand-dog Phoebe Branch.

Mrs. Smith, retired from Prillaman Chemical of Suffolk, VA. She served as pastor of The Church of Jesus Christ, 116 Emry Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC from Sept. 2002 until present.  She served her community in numerous ways, being an active participant in Relay for Life from 1997 until present serving as chaplain, accountant and team leader, and being an active member of the Pilot Club from 1976 until present serving in numerous offices and was Pilot of the Year 1982-1983 and 2012-2013.

Surviving are: three daughters, Elaine DeBerry, and her husband Ronald, Connie Pernell and her husband David and Melody Branch and her husband Michael, all of Gaston, NC; a sister, Madie Higgins of Gaston, NC; three grandsons, William “Bill” Allen Cooke, Jr. and his wife Robin, Michael Ray Cooke and Jason Everette Pernell and his wife Amy, all of Gaston, NC., great grandsons William “Will” Allen Cooke, III, Christopher “Ryan” Cooke, Andrew “Drew” Everette Pernell all of Gaston, and Michael “MJ” Ray Cooke, Jr. of Emporia, VA., two step grandsons, two step granddaughters, seven step great grandchildren, special adopted granddaughters Gracie and Jamie Clements, beloved  grand-dogs Autumn, Bella, Remington, and Snow Branch.

The family will receive at Wrenn Clarke & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 2:30 PM, in the funeral home chapel, with Mr. Ricky Jordan and Mrs. Judi Hux officiating. Interment will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery, Roanoke
Rapids, NC.

The family request memorial donations be made to: The Pilot Club of Roanoke Valley, P. O. Box 971, Roanoke Rapids, NC  27870.          

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

Mary Delbridge Taylor

Mary Delbridge Taylor, 74, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by a son, William Chris Jarratt and a sister, Lucille Ogburn. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley J. Gill and husband, Henry; son, Michael E. Taylor and wife, Nicole; grandchildren, Michael Gill, Amanda Gill, Casey Fender and husband, Nathan, Leslie Gill Edwards and husband, Chuck, Bryan Gill, Christy Taylor, Nick Taylor, Katie Taylor and fiancé, Zach Liles and Samantha Grizzard and Josh Jarratt; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Albert Delbridge, Jr.; two sisters, Frances Taylor and Julie Finch and a number of nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved canine companion, Sweetie. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com. 

Benjamin “Uncle Benny” Veliky

Benjamin “Uncle Benny” Veliky, 85, widower of Erma Jean Veliky, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017. He was the son of the late John and Anna S. Veliky and was also preceded in death by three brothers, John Veliky, Jr. , Paul Veliky and Charlie Veliky. He is survived by two sons, Tony Veliky and wife, Betsy and Stewart Veliky; daughters, Connie Marshall and husband, Michael and Wanda Dunlow and husband, Clinton; grandchildren, Crystal Jones and husband, Danny, Cyndal Perkins, Heather Veliky, Andrea and Lance Marshall, Eric and Leslie Veliky and Brooke and Blake Dunlow; three great-grandchildren, Zoe, Ryleigh and Bryant, a sister, Margaret Dianis and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at St. John Lutheran Church with interment to follow at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1351 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

James Wesley “Bootsie” Harrell

James Wesley “Bootsie” Harrell, 72, of Jarratt, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017. He was the son of the late Gordon Bryant Harrell, Sr. and Nora Gilliam Harrell and was also preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Ann Clapper and his brothers, Gordon B. Harrell, Jr. and Leon “Fuzzy” Harrell. Bootsie was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church and had been an avid outdoorsman and particularly loved squirrel hunting and life on the farm. He loved his family and was noted for his knowledge of the Civil War especially the local history. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and a large extended family including his special friend and caregiver, Martha E. Bradley; sister-in-law, Virginia M. Harrell and devoted first cousin and friend, Ronnie Bell. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 18 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. A graveside funeral will be held at a later date at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 Blue Star Hwy., Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Robert “Jake” Watson

Robert “Jake” Watson, 80, of Emporia, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017. Jake was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Vela Watson; sisters, Ann Lynch, Flossie Harrup, and brothers, Floyd “Dickie” Watson (Margaret) and Michael Jones (Patricia). He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Joyce Clements Watson; sons, Jacob Derek Watson (Malissa) of Homosassa, FL, Rob Watson (Lisa) of Morehead City, NC and Keith Watson of Emporia, VA; daughter, Vickie Allen (Robert) of Emporia, VA; nine grandchildren; a sister, Judy Moore (Larry) of Richmond, VA and also his wonderful friend and caregiver, Sarah Smith. Mr. Watson retired from Virginia Department of Transportation as maintenance superintendent for Greensville County after 43 years service. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Patsy Claud Sledge

Patsy Claud Sledge of Emporia, VA died on May 11, 2017.  Patsy grew up in the small community of Drewyville, VA.  She was the retired office manager of Emporia Foundry.  She was an avid reader, gardener, and tennis player, and she loved the Outer Banks and fishing.

Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Vance Claud, Helen Fisher Claud; and her brother, Gene Arnold Claud.  She was the widow of David Lee Sledge.  She leaves to cherish her memory, her brother, Leslie Vance Claud, Jr. and wife, Sandra; two daughters; Kathryne Harrison Turner and husband, Steve; Pamela Harrison Crichton; three granddaughters, Kaycee Claud Ackaway, Kirsten Juliette Crichton, and Kathryne Jane Crichton; and three great grandchildren, Niko, Nori, and London. 

The memorial service will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Drewyville, VA. The family will receive friends following the service at the reception in the church social hall. 

The family encourages that donations be made to Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. 

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

H. Benjamin Vincent, Sr.

H. Benjamin Vincent, Sr. (Benny), 84, of Emporia, Virginia died on Saturday, April 29, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Branch W. Vincent, Jr. Benny was a graduate of Greensville County Public Schools, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia and was an active member of the Theta Chi Fraternity on campus. He graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from T. C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia, and opened his private practice in Emporia, Virginia in 1957. Later, he was elected to the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Emporia and County of Greensville, Virginia, which he served with distinction for many years. During that period, he was privileged to argue before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Supreme Court for the United States of America. Benny served as a member and counsel to the Greensville County Zoning Board, counsel to the Board of Supervisors for Greensville County, General Counsel to the Board of Directors of Citizens National Bank and on many other committees and boards throughout the years. After his tenure as Attorney for the Commonwealth, he returned to private practice and served his community actively for the remainder of his years, where his well-known humor and easy camaraderie with members of law enforcement and the legal community were legendary. Benny loved children and founded the first Little League Football Program in Emporia. He coached the “Blue Team” and with much help from friends, was able to form a league of 4 teams that competed with each other. His kids called him “Mr. Uncle Benny”, which he loved. It was one of the most cherished accomplishments of his life. Benny loved all sports, was an avid golfer and played baseball, football and basketball in high school and later played first string on the Hampden-Sydney College basketball and tennis teams. He also participated in many of the intramural sports offered at college. He was a die-hard, loyal fan of the Washington Redskins. Benny is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Blake Vincent (Betty), and two sons, H. Benjamin Vincent, Jr. (Emmy Morgan) and Branch Anthony Vincent (Debbie Yeattes Burke); four grandchildren, Blake Anthony Vincent, Lauren Morgan Epps, William Taylor Burke and Kelly Ann Burke and one great-grandchild, Vera Madison Burke. The family will receive friends from 7:00pm until 9:00pm on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Virginia. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 2:00pm in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. The family requests in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

James Cecil Davis

James Cecil Davis, “J.C.” or “Uncle Dave”, 86, of Southampton County, passed away April 28, 2017.  He was the son of the late James & Lorena Davis of Cleburne, Alabama.  He was preceded in death by his sister Clara Benefield and two brothers, I.R. and Ray Davis.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “Ann” K. Davis; brother-in-law James L. Kelly of Prince George; sister-in-law Betty G. Edwards of Franklin (Jimmy); brother-in-law Frank Kientz of Jarratt and several nieces and nephews.  Having no children of his own; he was a beloved uncle to his wife’s five nieces, Lynn Shearin, Susan Grigg, Judy Hoyle, Pam Harris and Linda Pace.  He enjoyed spending time with his great nephews; Charles Grigg, Brett Harris, Hunter Harris, Davis Harris, R.J. Hoyle, Tom Hoyle, and Luke Pace and great nieces Elizabeth Grigg and Abby Pace.  J.C. was a surveyor for the Woodlands Department of Union Camp in Franklin for 37 years.  He served in the United States Navy from 1950-1954 as a Gunner’s Mate.  A graveside service will be held 2pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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