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Community Lenten Services

Luncheon will be served after each Wednesday Noon Service for a small donation.

March 27 - 12 Noon First Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Rick Hurst

April 3 12 - Noon Calvary Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Doretha Allen

April 10 - 12 Noon St. Richard’s Catholic Church Rev. Tom Durrance

April 18 - 7 pm Elnora Jarrell Worship Center Rev. Harry Zeiders

April 19 - 11 am Calvary Baptist Church (Radio Baptist) Various Pastors and Leaders Hour of Prayer

The offering: we have given two $500 scholarships to seniors in the past. We will contact these two students and if they are still at their schools with passing grades, we will give them another $500 each and any money above $1000.00 we be given to Thomas Family Boots On the Ground Outreach.

Marjorie Baird “Margie” King

January 19, 1943 - March 19, 2019

Visitation Services

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.

Main St. United Methodist Church

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 12:00 noon

Main St. United Methodist Church

 

Marjorie Baird “Margie” King, 76, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Margie was a native of Lawrenceville and lived most of her adult life in Emporia. She was the daughter of the late Hobart Maryland and Blanche Edwards Baird. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother; Leroy Baird and his wife Elaine and three brothers in law; John Hartley, Carter Harris, and George Roberts.

Margie was a longtime active member of Main St. United Methodist Church and the founding Member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Emporia. She loved her family, friends, and her community and always had a gracious smile and hug for everyone she met.

Margie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Malcolm Lee King, Jr., daughter; Michelle King Edmonds and her husband Scott and grandson Ryan Scott Edmonds all of South Hill, brother; Joseph Edgar “J.E” Baird and his wife Cordie of Colonial Heights, sisters; Catherine Hartley of Charlotte, NC and Mary Carter Harris Roberts of Freeman, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Main St. United Methodist Church in Emporia with Rev. Tom Durrance officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from Noon until service time.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, C/O Barbara Moore, Treasurer, 626 Madison Street, Emporia, VA  23847 or Main Street United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, Emporia, VA  23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Estell Ferguson Pearson

November 4, 1921-March 18, 2019

Visitation Services

Friday, March 22, 2019, from 1:00 – 2:00

Forest Hill Baptist Church

Friday, March 22, 2019, from 2:00

Forest Hill Baptist Church

Ruby Estell Ferguson Pearson, at the age of 97, went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2019. She was born November 4, 1921, the oldest daughter of the late Joseph Wyatt and Annie Harrell Ferguson of Emporia VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Major B. Pearson and daughter Virginia P. King, brothers, Kennon Ferguson Sr., C. Wade Ferguson, and H. Clayton Ferguson, sisters, Mamie F. Driver, Erma F. Vincent and Avis F. Frazier.

She is survived by her Son-in-law, Charles P. King, Grandsons, Stacy L. King (Amy Walton) and Stephen E. King. Great-Grandson, Kirby Dale King, sister Betty F. Veliky and brother Melvin L. Ferguson.

She was an active member of Forest Hill Baptist Church until her health started to decline several years ago. She loved her Lord and Savior, family, friends and Church family. She worked at Emporia Garment Factory until she retired. She loved family history and researched and gathered information for picture albums of the Ferguson and Pearson families.

Ruby loved and appreciated the staff at Northampton Nursing Home Complex, Jackson NC. Pauline, the Director of Activities encouraged her to play BINGO, and she did play twice a week up until about two weeks ago. The family thanks Emily Spence for being such a special care giver.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 1:00 – 2:00 at Forest Hill Baptist Church with Funeral Service at 2:00 with Rev. Terry Corder officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 5010 Brink Road, Emporia VA 23847

 

 

Echols Funeral Home of Emporia VA will be in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Online condolence may be made to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Norman Eugene Kramer

 

Norman Eugene Kramer, 84, of Emporia, Va. passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was the son of Lester Kramer and Gesina Nordman Kramer. Norman was a retired communication specialist with the United States government.

Norman is survived by his loving wife, Mary Frances Derring Kramer of Emporia, Va., daughter, Laura Kramer Rose (Russell) of Vienna, Va., son, Mark Kramer (Gina) of Vienna, Va., Stepsons, Richard H. Short III (Betsy) of Emporia, Va., and John C. Short (Janet) of Bracey, Va., grandchildren, Ryan Rose, Sean Rose, Naomi Kramer, and Angela Kramer, all of Vienna, Va., step grandchildren, Ryan Short of Littleton, NC., Alex Short and Allison Short of Emporia, Va., Parker Short of Smithfield, Va., and Nicholas Short of Blacksburg, Va., and a step great granddaughter, Mary Katherine Short of Littleton, NC.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Michael Wayne Moore

Michael Wayne Moore

 

February 9, 1969 - March 10, 2019

 

Visitation Services

Friday, March 15, 2019. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Saturday, March 16, 2019. 2:00 PM

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

Michael Wayne Moore, 50, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Sanford Moore, Jr.; grandparents, Louis Sanford Moore, Sr. and Ruby Moore and Willie Fajna and Pearl Wrenn Fajna; Aunts, Patsy Moore, Barbara Moore Jones and husband, Russell; Mary Poarch; Lorraine Norwood and husband, Sonny, and uncles, Linwood “Squirrel” Moore and Charles Eugene Wrenn.

Michael is survived by his mother, Joyce Wrenn Moore; brother, Robert Earl Moore and friend, Christopher Upton; sister, Angela Moore Grizzard and husband John; nephews, Nathaniel and Nicholas Grizzard; niece, Bryanna Grizzard; five step-children, Crystal Seymour and husband, Brian, Jillian Bradshaw and husband, Joe Bradshaw, Jr., Christopher Poole, Kacie York and Cynthia Marie Moore; two step-grandchildren, Jayden York and Bentley Stephens; uncles, Franklin “Doo” Moore; John W. Moore and wife, Deanna and William S. “Billy” Poarch; aunt, Debbie Moore. He is also survived by his longtime friend, Randy Moss and a number of cousins and extended family.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

Teresa Wray Welsh

April 24, 1957 - March 12, 2019

Visitation Services

Friday, March 15, 2019, from 6:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. at

Echols Funeral Home

Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2:00

Emporia Cemetery

Teresa Wray Welsh passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the age of 61. She was a senior reporter for the Independent Messenger. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edla Mae Hobbs Wray, Robert Holmes Wray, and Daughter, Wendy Jenise Gordan. She is survived by her brother, Roger Wray (Cathy) of Emporia, Va, granddaughter, Kelly Michele Finn of Louisburg, NC, great granddaughter, Candi Jenise Finn of Louisburg, NC, two nieces, Amy Hobbs and April Clarke of Emporia, Va, nephew, Robbie Wray of Emporia, Va, five great nieces, Carly Clarke, Morgan Clarke, Emma Wray, Ella Mae Wray, and Bailey Black of Emporia, Va, great nephew, Nick Hobbs of Emporia, Va.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 6:00P.M. to 8:00P.M. at Echols Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Emporia Cemetery, Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2:00P.M. with Rev. Ken Arrington officiating.

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

John Wayne O’Berry

September 23, 1945-March 9, 2019

Visitation Services

6-8 p.m. Monday, March 11

Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd.

Jarratt Virginia

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12

Calvary Chapel Branchville

15198 Broad St.

Branchville, Virginia 23828.

Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. John Wayne O’Berry, 73, of Jarratt, died Saturday, March 9, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene O’Berry, son, John Wayne O’Berry, II.; daughter, Amy O’Berry; grandson, John Madison Lynch; brother, William O’Berry and sister, Mildred King.

Mr. O’Berry is survived by his wife, Ruth O’Berry; son, Greg O’Berry  and wife, Sharon; daughter, Susan Harrison and husband, Richard; two step-daughters, Brenda Kitchen and husband, Owen and Ginger Ridout; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and brother, Charles Lee O’Berry and wife, Linda and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for the loving care and support provided by caregivers, Shannon and Erica with the New Century Hospice.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Calvary Chapel Branchville, 15198 Broad St, Branchville, Virginia 23828. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Century Hospice, (www.newcentury.curohs.com).

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

Catherine Pulley Pair

April 22, 1928-March 4, 2019

Visitation Services

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:00 pm

Calvary Baptist Church

301 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 1:00 pm

Calvary Baptist Church

301 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

 

Catherine Pulley Pair, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019, at the age of 90. Mrs. Pair was born on April 22, 1928 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A loving and devoted wife and mother and dearly loved by her family. She was a Secretary at Continental Telephone Company and later was a nurse at Greensville Memorial Hospital, Guardian Care Nursing Home, Perdue Inc. and Boars Head Provisions Inc.

Catherine was preceded in death by her son, Robert “Bobby” Henry Pair, Jr., along with her mother and father, Hattie Sue Johnson and George R. Pulley. She is survived by her husband, Robert Henry Pair, Sr., her 3 daughters, Constance P. Murray (David) of Swoope, Va., Deborah P. Allen (Ronnie) of Emporia, Va., Shelby E. Adams of Emporia, Va., 8 grandchildren, Shelby Wyatt (Don) of Emporia, Va.,  Brandon Murray (Colleen) of Verona, Va., Derek Murray (Carianne), Kevin Murray of Richmond, Va., Daniel Allen (Brinkley) of Emporia, Va., Catherine “Katie” Slate (Will) of Emporia, Va., Logan Elliott (Meggie) of Henrico, Va., and Jason Elliott (Sarah) of Mechanicsville, Va., along with 11 Great Grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, from 6 to 7:30 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, at 1 P.M. at Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Andy Cain officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Robert Jennings “Bobby” Howerton Jr.

August 23, 1930-March 2, 2019

Visitation Services

Monday, March 4, 2019, 1:00 pm

Independence United Methodist Church

4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA, 23847

Monday, March 4, 2019, 2:00 pm

Independence United Methodist Church

4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA, 23847

 

Robert Jennings “Bobby” Howerton Jr., 88, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Howerton was the son of the late Robert Jennings and Mary Howerton Sr. A native of South Boston, he retired after many years of service as an auto mechanic. Bobby was a longtime active member of Independence United Methodist Church and in his later years enjoyed cutting grass and working in his yard at home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Earline Phillips Howerton, and a son, Charles Michael Howerton.

Bobby is survived by his sons; Clyde Jeffrey Howerton and his wife Katherine, Robert Wayne Howerton and his wife Mary of Chesterfield, a daughter; Linda H. Thomas and her husband Harry of Delaware, a daughter in law; Lynn Howerton, 9 grandchildren, 12  great grandchildren and his special fur baby Daisy.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Independence United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Independence United Methodist Church, 4438 Independence Church Rd., Emporia, VA, 23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Frederick T. Bare

December 19, 1938 - February 23, 2019

Graveside Services

Friday, March 1, 2019, 2:00 PM

Cobb-Whitehead Family Cemetery 

22311 Southampton Parkway

Courtland, VA 23837

Frederick T. Bare, 80, of Emporia, died Saturday, February 23, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Wilma W. Bare; two sons, Gary Bare and Fred W. Bare and two nieces, Judy Hall and Tessie Allen.

A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the Cobb-Whitehead Family Cemetery in Southampton County.

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

Richard Peyton Bloom

Richard Peyton Bloom, 81, of Boynton Beach, Fla., passed away on February 23, 2019. “Richie” was born on May 2, 1937, in Norfolk, VA to the late Charles and Alice Bloom. He graduated from Greensville County High School in Emporia, VA.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Cohen Bloom, and his brother, Larry.  He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Sue Green, of Boynton Beach, FL.  Richie and Lois were married on November 18, 1961. A long-time resident of Emporia, VA, Richie also lived over the years in Las Vegas, NV, Virginia Beach, VA and most recently in South Palm Beach, FL.  Richie and Lois were married for 56 years and had three children, son Charles Bloom (Cindy and grandchildren Lindsey and Maxwell Bloom) of Blythewood, SC; daughter Sari Bloom of Lake Worth, FL; son Jared Bloom (Sandy and grandchildren Jordan and Maddux Bloom) of Longwood, FL. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations sent to either the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County (https://jewishpb.org/fed/index.php/tzedakah-fund-tribute-cards/) or the Democratic Party of Palm Beach County, Fla. (http://pbcdplegacyblue.org/).  A family-only celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.

Gerald Roberson

July 22, 1930 - February 23, 2019

 

Visitation Services

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867

 

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia 23867

Gerald Roberson, 88, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019. He was preceded in death by a brother, Graham Roberson. Mr. Roberson is survived by his wife, DeEtte Roberson; son, Jerry Allen Roberson (Melissa); daughters, Kippa Hladky (Randy) and Gail Hayner (Terry); grandson, Sammy Fields (Jenny) and sister, Doris Sumerlin.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27 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 Emporia Cemetery.

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

Roger Kent Woodruff

 

Roger Kent Woodruff

May 23, 1965 - February 17, 2019

 

Visitation Services

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Virginia

 

Friday, February 22, 2019, 2:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home Chapel

806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Virginia

Roger Kent Woodruff passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 53. He was born on May 23, 1965 in Halifax County, North Carolina. Roger was an equipment operator for Enviva Pellets. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tabitha Woodruff. He is survived by his father Vasser Lee Woodruff, Jr.  (Linda) of Emporia, mother Phyllis A. Woodruff of Emporia, son Brandon Woodruff (Amber) of Emporia, daughter Tiffany Woodruff of Emporia, brother James Woodruff (Julie) of Emporia, Sisters Gail Seward (Billy) of Emporia and Brenda Murphy (Bryan) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Echols Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, February 22, 2019 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Kinsey officiating. An Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Brandon Keith Simmons

May 23, 1989 - February 19, 2019

Visitation Services

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12:oo Noon

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia

 

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia

Brandon Keith Simmons, 29, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019. He is survived by his mother, Kendra Tomlinson (Barry Edwards); his father, Billy Simmons; brothers, Josh Simmons, Jason Simmons, and Christopher Tomlinson; sister, Emily Simmons; paternal grandmother, Grace Clark; a very special cousin and friend, Heather Malone; uncle, Randy Stainback (Melanie) and a number of other uncles and extended family. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12 – 2 prior to the service. Interment will be private at First Christian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Frances Geraldine Brown Moore

August 16, 1931-February 17, 2019

Services

Saturday, February 21, 2019, 2:00 pm

Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Road, Emporia, Virginia

Frances Geraldine Brown Moore of Skippers, VA passed away February 17, 2019. She was born on August 26, 1931 to Tassie and Harry Brown. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Otis Warren Moore, daughter, Cathy Moore Lee, son-in-law, George Moseley Lee, son, Harry Lynn Moore, grandson, Paul Everrett Lee and numerous other extended family members.

She was an active member of Zion Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, held numerous volunteer roles and served as church clerk for 35 years.

A service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019, Zion Baptist Church, 974 Zion Church Road, Emporia, VA 23847. The family will greet friends following the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Zion Baptist Church, c/o Cliff Rodgester, 654 Johnson Road, Emporia, VA 23847

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Guy (G. L) Leslie Rawlings, Jr.

December 16, 1929 - February 17, 2019

Visitation Services

6 to 8 P.M. on Tuesday February 19, 2019

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, Virginia

2 P.M. on Wednesday February 20, 2019

Independence United Methodist Church

4438 Independence Church Road, Emporia, Virginia

Guy (G. L) Leslie Rawlings, Jr. passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 89 at Retreat Hospital in Richmond Va. G.L was born on December 16, 1929 in Greensville County Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Guy Leslie Rawlings, Sr. and Sarah Newsome Rawlings. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Nellie B. Rawlings and a special friend Stan Ferguson, Jr.

G.L was a retired farmer who was the Champion Peanut Producer in Greensville County for 5 years in a row. He was very active in the Brink and Greensville Ruritan clubs and Independence United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Greensville County Planning Commission and the Soil and Water Conservation Board for Greensville County ASCS.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. on Tuesday February 19, 2019 at Echols Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Wednesday February 20, 2019 at Independence United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Family request memorial donations be made to Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery fund, 4438 Independence Church Rd. Emporia, Va 23847.

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

Mary Jane B. Phillips

June 7, 1938 - February 14, 2019

Graveside Services

Monday, February 18, 2019, 11:00 a. m.

Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery

4438 Independence Church Rd, Emporia, Virginia

Mary Jane B. Phillips, 80, of Emporia, widow of Linwood N. Phillips, died Thursday, February 14, 2019. She was preceded in death by a son, Linwood “Buck” Phillips, Jr.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by a son, Kevin Scott “Scotty” Phillips; six grandchildren, Staci Phillips (Jason), Stephen Phillips (Christy), Heather Phillips, Amber Thompson, (Brandon), Kailee Phillips and J. R. Phillips; great-grandchildren, Logan Long, Amelia Collins, Leslie Phillips, Aliyah Collins, Cassidie Phillips, L. J. Phillips, Kaydence Schlosser, Ethan Otten and Brynlee Woodruff; two sisters, Martha Whatley and Juanita Johnson and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Monday, February 18 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

Luther Gene Allen

Services

Graveside 2 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019

Emporia Cemetery

Mr. Luther Gene Allen, 77, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019. He was the son of the late Charlie W. and Mary P. Allen and was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Teresa Allen. A loving son, brother and uncle, he had a longtime career repairing guitars and retired as owner of Gene’s Music.

He is survived by his brother, Tommy Allen, nieces, Tanya Zimmerman (Brian) and Tabitha Brooks (Ben); nephew, Travis Allen (Kimberly); six great-nephews and great nieces and one great-great-niece.

The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Thursday, February 14 at Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org).

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

Willie Bryant Morgan

Willie Bryant Morgan, 87, died Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at his home.

A native of Greensville county, he was the son of the late Willie T. Morgan Jr. and Estelle C. Morgan. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Elsie M. Williams, and a brother, Thomas F. Morgan. Mr. Morgan retired from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti Michigan, as an English, Speech and Drama Professor, and enjoyed traveling after his retirement

He is survived by two sisters, Virginia M. Geris of Manassas and Mary M. Wolfe of Mechanicsville.

A private burial will take place at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Deborah Jean Ferguson

Services Visitation

Saturday, February 9, 2 pm

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

1520 Skippers Road, Emporia

Saturday, February 9, Following Service

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia

Deborah Jean Ferguson went home to her Maker on January 19, 2019.

Debbie was born on October 25, 1954 in Roanoke Rapids, NC and grew up in Skippers, VA. She graduated with honors from Brunswick Academy in Lawrenceville, VA and from Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond. Debbie worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Richmond Housing Authority and School Board, the Maryland Cup Company, and Alexander and Alexander.

Debbie was passionate about weaving, the disability community, and nature. She was a long-standing member of the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore. Debbie led a group who wove placemats for the dining room of the Maryland Governor’s Mansion. She also was part of a group who wove tapestries depicting the Baltimore skyline. Debbie was an active member of the Perky Hornets Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bowling Program, an adaptive sport league for people living with MS in Baltimore. When the league lost its funding, she secured a grant to allow the league to continue. Debbie was invited to join the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities because of her work with her physician’s office and neighborhood library to reconfigure their parking to accommodate vehicles modified for those with disabilities. She won first prize at the Maryland State Fair for her photograph of a butterfly. Debbie loved cats, birds, and all of nature.

Debbie is survived by her son Gavin Rosenbush (Linda), daughter Amanda Lippa (Ariel), two grandchildren, extended family, and dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Lucille (Collins) Ferguson. She was recently divorced from Robert Rosenbush.

A graveside service will be held on February 9th at 2 p.m. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Rd, Emporia, VA. The family will receive guests immediately afterwards at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA from 3-4 p.m.

Donations may be made in Debbie’s memory to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

On line condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Thomas

Visitation Services

Friday, February 1, 5-7 pm

Williams Funeral Home

410 Windosr Avenue

Lawrenceville, Virginia

Saturday, February 2, 11:00 a.m.

Edgerton United Methodist Church

92 County Pond Rd.

Lawrenceville, Virginia

, age 85, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away January 30, 2019.  He is the son of the late Wilbur A. and Bessie O. Thomas and was born and raised in Brunswick County.  He is a Graduate of the University of Richmond and a U. S. Army Veteran.  He was the owner of Brunswick Insurance Agency and was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia.  Gene loved his community and served on many boards such as the Old Brunswick Foundation; the Local Board of Southside Virginia Community College; the SVCC Foundation Board; Lawrenceville Brick Board of Directors; Sovran Bank; the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority; and the Greensville Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.  Mr. Thomas also served as president for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrenceville Jaycees and the Lawrenceville Rotary Club.  He was a member of Edgerton United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school, was a Lay Leader and Finance Chair; served as Chairman of the Administrative Board and on the Petersburg District Council.  Gene was a proud Red Cross 8 gallon blood donor and a member of the Spider Club.  He is survived by his sons, Michael Thomas and wife Stacey and Ray Thomas and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Alec, Ariel, Katie and Ellie; six great grandchildren; his sisters, Betty Davis and Lois Clary; and his brother, Ran Thomas.  A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Edgerton United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA; University of Richmond Spider Club, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA  23286; Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, VA  23868; or the Gene and Mary Alice Thomas Scholarship Fund, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA  23821.

Esther Allen

Visitation Services

Friday, February, 1, 6-8 pm

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia

 

Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

Emporia, Virginia

 

Esther Allen, 81, of Emporia, widow of Bubba Allen, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019. She is survived by a special friend, Bob Morris; son, Lawrence Allen, Jr.; daughter, Marilyn Lagiglia and husband, Rick; granddaughter, Brandy Ogburn and husband, Eddie; grandson, Jamie Willis and wife, Margie; great-grandchildren; Dylan, E. J. and Jackson Ogburn and Aiden Willis and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a favorite hospice group. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Charles M. "Chuck" Rullman

Visitation Services

Saturday, February 2, 1 pm

St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church

1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA

Saturday, February 2, 2 pm

St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church

1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA

 

Charles (Chuck) M. Rullman, Jr., of Emporia, entered into the life beyond, January 29, after a brief illness. He is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie; daughter Leah (fiancé Brian) of Hoboken, NJ; sister Peggy (husband Bob) of North Huntington, PA; and brother Don (wife Debbie) of Johnstown, PA.

A native of Johnstown, he was the son of the late Charles M. Rullman Sr. and Anna Moskal Rullman.  Chuck graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He also earned a Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Chuck recently retired from the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church and a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Emporia for many years.

Chuck loved volunteering and helping people, was an avid gardener and steadfast Steeler fan, and greatly enjoyed his two Jack Russells and cats.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Stephen Bocklage officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church, 1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA 23847

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Timothy Scott Rice

Timothy Scott Rice

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia.

Timothy Scott Rice, loving Husband, Father, Son, and Papa, died Saturday January 26.  He was 56.

A United States Air Force Veteran, Tim was born in Petersburg, the son of James Riley and Elsie W. Rice.  A friend to all he met, Tim was an avid golfer and fisherman,  a devoted driver for Life Star, driving dialysis patients and others for appointments, but mostly he cared for “His Girls”.

In addition to his parents, Tim is survived by “His Girls”, his loving wife of 33 years Joy Clary Rice, daughter Jenny R. Johnson and her husband Cecil, grandchildren, Olivia Spence, Jax Newton, and Lily Johnson, brother Steve Rice and his wife Wendy, and sister Terri Anderson and her husband Todd, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and very special lifelong friends.

Services will be announced at a later time.

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

Benjamin “Bubba” T. Grizzard, Sr.

Visitation Services

Saturday, January 26, 6-8 pm

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia

Sunday, January 27, 2 pm

Owen Funeral Home

Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Benjamin “Bubba” T. Grizzard, Sr., 82, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Grizzard; longtime devoted companion, Teny Jones; and brothers, Earl, Elmer, Pete and Frank Grizzard.

Mr. Grizzard is survived by three sons, John Grizzard (Angela), Benjamin Grizzard, Jr. (Rose), and Kenneth Grizzard; two daughters, Tammy Butler and Kathy Anne Grizzard; nine grandchildren, Nathaniel, Bryanna and Nicholas Grizzard, Ashley and Damon Butler, Joshua and Jason Grizzard, Lara Ellis and Mark Goldsworthy and a number of great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Linda Grizzard and six sisters, Ethel Vick, Alease Braswell, Polly Proctor, Barbara ‘Bobbie” Grizzard, Willie Mae Harris and Diane Smith; sisters-in-law, Grace Grizzard and Earline Grizzard and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, January 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributionss be made to Kindred Hospice, 595 Old Wagner Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805.

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

William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D.

William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D.

Graveside Service Memorial Service

Saturday, January 26, 2019 11 am

High Hills Cemetery

Friday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am

WindsorMeade, Williamsburg, Virginia

Another from the Greatest Generation has passed: Jan 21, 2019, William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D., at age 91 in Williamsburg, VA, following a brief illness. Known to his friends while growing up in Jarratt, VA, as "Billy-Gid", and otherwise known as William or Bill to others, he was an accomplished pianist and musician from an early age. William organized performing swing bands during his high school years, known as "Billy Batte and his Wings of Rhythm", which carried over into his college years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI, now Virginia Tech). Obtaining BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, with recognition in the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, graduate studies in Electrical Engineering were performed at the University of Virginia and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Circuitry design) from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. William's notable professional career began at NASA as he was actively recruited to head a team to design and implement satellite tracking stations worldwide in anticipation of project Mercury and putting a man in space. William subsequently became division chief of the Data Reduction computer facility at NASA Langley. After leaving NASA, William became a full professor in Electrical Engineering for computer circuitry design at the University of Virginia. The final phase of his professional career was devoted to his technical consulting company and real estate interests.

At a personal level, Bill was known to his friends as always the quintessential polite Southern gentleman, kind and gentle, who maintained his wit and dry sense of humor to his final days. He is survived by his son, W. Granville Batte, Jr., M.D., daughter Sharon Kay Batte, and preceded by his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy Parker Batte, also of Jarratt, VA, brother, John Feild Batte, Jr., and sister Hazel Batte Nelson. Bill and his music will be deeply missed by all who have known and loved him. May he rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements are through Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA with a graveside service to be held at High Hills Cemetery on Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m. There will be a memorial service held at WindsorMeade in Williamsburg on February 9 at 9:30 a.m.

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

Ruth Weimer Tillar

Ruth Weimer Tillar (1923-2019)

Visitation Services

Friday, January 25, 6-8 pm

Echols Funeral Home, Emporia

Saturday, January 26th at 2 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Emporia

Reseption to follow in Fellowship Hall

Ruth Weimer Tillar, 95, of Emporia, VA passed away on January 21, 2019 at the Eugene Bloom Retirement Center. She was married for 57 years to the late Thomas Cato Tillar, Sr. and is survived by her son Thomas Cato Tillar, Jr. of Blacksburg, VA and daughter Elizabeth Kennedy Tillar of Tamworth, NH. Ruth was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Ruth was a 1945 graduate of the College of William & Mary and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She was an avid alumna of the College who served as President of the Olde Guarde Alumni Board, established the Ruth Tillar Student Prize, and received recognition for her service with the Alumni Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the William & Mary Alumni Medallion. She was also active with recognition societies at Virginia Tech and Colonial Williamsburg.

Ruth was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia where she served in various leadership roles. Her many community activities included the Emporia Book Club, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Emporia Rotary, Riparian Women’s Club and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her civic involvement further included the Southern  Regional Medical Center, the Emporia Industrial Development Authority, the Regional Airport Commission, the Civic Center Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Village View Foundation. Earlier in her career she taught high school in Blacksburg and Greensville County, Virginia.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, January 25th at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia. A funeral service will be held the following day on Saturday, January 26th at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor are encouraged to the College of William & Mary Foundation, Williamsburg, VA 23187.  

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

Alvin Lear Lucy

Alvin Lear Lucy, age 91, of Dolphin, VA passed away January 20, 2019.  He is the son of the late Elbert and Grace Lucy.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a Brunswick Stew Master.  He was also a member of the Central Ruritan Club for years.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane Johnson Lucy; his son, Alvin Earl Lucy; Baby Boy Lucy; his son-in-law, Freddie Reekes; and his brother, Harold Lucy.  He is survived by his daughter, Peggy L. Reekes; his son, Michael Lucy and wife Susan; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and his brother, Carlton Lucy.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Liberty Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Church c/o Jean Browder, 3827 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA  23868 or Liberty Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dorothy Lucy, 6062 Liberty Rd., Dolphin, VA  23843. 

Louise Harrell “Bootsie” Grant

Louise Harrell “Bootsie” Grant, 93, of Jarratt, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, J. Linwood Grant and her brother, Edward “Pete” Harrell. Mrs. Grant taught fourth grade for 41 years with the Sussex County School System and she considered all of her students “her babies”. She was a longtime member of High Hills Baptist Church serving in many capacities including teaching Sunday School for over 30 years. She and Linwood worked together through the years in numerous civic organizations and countless projects to better the community.

Mrs. Grant is survived by a sister-in-law, Peggy Harrell; nieces, Rhonda Harrell, Alison Reickard, Alice Whitby (Dennis), Suzanne Ivey, Alicia Milam (Bob) and Ann Marie Taylor; nephew, Curtis Barnes (Sherry) and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt. The funeral service will be held graveside 1 p.m. Friday, January 18 at High Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 562, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Wayne E. Wilson

Wayne E. Wilson, 53, passed away Friday, January 11, 2018. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Stryker Cole Wilson, Special Father, Willis Ray “Punk” Walton and his brother, Charles Wilson.

Wayne leaves behind to celebrate his life: his wife of 37 years, Melanie; daughter, Ashley; son, Anthony (Rachel); granddaughter, Camilla; Special Mother, Shirly Walton; sister-in-law, Melinda Greene (Marty) and a number of nephews and cousins.

Wayne worked as a millwright and crane operator with Fulghum Fibres/Price Fibres. He was a loyal “Company Man” and thought of his co-workers as family. Though he didn’t have a long life; he lived it to the fullest and loved the simple, old ways. He enjoyed just cooking a hog on the grill and spending time with his family and friends enjoying good food and sitting around the fire shooting the breeze. Wayne loved farming; watching things grow and caring for God’s creation; talking about his Lord and giving away Bibles to people he thought the Word would help. Everything Wayne did was for his wife and children.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In accordance with his wishes, a private interment will follow the chapel service and a celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johns/Manville Clubhouse Project, P.O. Box 336, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

K. Wayne Kei

K. Wayne Kei, 72, of Emporia, VA died January 5, 2019, at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, VA.

Mr. Kei was born in Emporia, VA the son of the late, Johnny Kei and Helen Jones Kei. He was a retired engineer with Philip Morris International  and original member of the Electras Band.

Surviving are: his wife, Patsy Anderson Kei; numerous cousins; and a special friend, Sally the beagle.

Graveside services will be held in Emporia Cemetery, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia.

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

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