Obituaries

Doris Williams Allen

December 4, 1925-July 12, 2020

 

Doris Williams Allen, 94, of Skippers, Va., passed away on July 12, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Williams and Laura Woodruff Williams, as well as her husband, John William Allen. She is survived by her loving family, Daughter Belinda Bullock (Don), Son William Allen (Connie) Granddaughters, Shelia Gay (Bubba), Sandee Newsome (Don), Rolanda Sasser (Alicia), Tracee Williams (Michael), Tanya Brown (Ryan), Summer Dickens (Doug) and Grandson Michael Huff and twelve Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by her Sister Jeannette Carroll.

A private graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Griles officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fountain Creek Baptist Church or Kindred Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at echolsfuneralhome.com.

William Richard Gay

April 10, 1962-July 11, 2020

William Richard Gay, 58, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020. He was the son of the late William Rufus Gay and Paige Harrell Gay and was also preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Woodruff Gay and sister, Tammy Gay Harrington.

Richard is survived by his son, Christopher Gay (Amanda Harris); two grandsons, Christopher Michael Gay, Jr. and Jace Alexander Gay; brothers, Timothy Russell Gay and Tony Craig Gay; sister, Jessica Gay and six nieces and nephews.

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

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

Virginia Newsom Boney

Services

Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 7:00 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Virginia Newsom Boney, 69, passed away on July 6, 2020. She was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC., and worked many years at Simmons Truck Stop in Emporia, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bobby Thomas Newsom and Ocie Odell Finch. She is survived by her husband, John Howard Boney, her sons, Thomas Wayne Boney (Rebecca Jarrett) of Emporia, VA., Stephen Michael Boney (Mary) of Roanoke Rapids, NC., daughter, Tiffany Spenla (Ian) of Houston, TX., sisters, Laura Newsom of Gaston, NC., Betty Stephenson of Roanoke Rapids, NC., Dorothy Cannon (Joe) of Jackson, NC., Susan Newsom of Gaston, NC., brother-in-law, Gerald Allen of Emporia, VA., sister-in-law, Barbara Allen of Emporia, VA., grandchildren, Ivey, Evelyn, Zachary, Megan, Mathew, and her cat, Peaches.

A memorial service will be held at Echols Funeral Home, Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 7:00 P.M. with Rev. Brad Barbour officiating.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Sidney Stanley "Stan" Prince

October 16, 1946 – June 24, 202

 

Sidney Stanley "Stan" Prince, October 16, 1946 – June 24, 2020. A native of Emporia, VA, he graduated from Greensville County HS in 1965. A member of the class of 1969 at VPI, he graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture in 1970. Stan was a retired Licensed Architect in the Commonwealth who practiced commercial architecture in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Richmond, where he retired as Corporate Architect for the Covington Company, having served as Corporate Architect for Heilig-Meyers Furniture for 23 years, and an Associate with Williams and Tazewell in Norfolk, where he managed projects for the building of Scope and Chrysler Hall, and subsequently for 3M Architects, designing furnishings for Kuwaiti Air Force Bases. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Dr. Anita H Prince, and only child, daughter, Meghan E P Bryant (husband, Blanton F Bryant, Jr). Stanley was a devoted Hokie, having rarely missed a game in more than 30 years after he became a season ticket holder. In remembrance, any act of kindness or support would honor him because he was a kind and decent human being. He had a special love for Feed More, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boy Scouts of America to which he belonged as a youth and young man achieving Eagle Scout, God and Country, and Order of the Arrow. Arrangements are pending with Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, Virginia.

 

James R. “Jamie” Moore (aka, “Hillbilly”)

April 11, 1971 - June 25, 2020

James R. “Jamie” Moore (aka, “Hillbilly”), 49, passed away surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, June 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Faye Moore.

Jamie is survived by his wife, Kristy Dawn Moore; son, Daniel Bailey (Heather); grandchildren, Autum, Bryson, Cassidy and Dylan Bailey; his adopted Dad, Franklin B. “Duke” Moore and biological father, Jack McCaffity (Kathy); sisters, Debbie Turner (Edward), Priscilla Butler and Misty; brothers, Scott Moore (Lora) and Pete Moore (Kathy);Joshua McCaffity (Jennifer), Justin McCaffity, Gene Butler (Amanda), Chris Butler (Kathy), Brandon Butler (Ashley) and a large, caring extended family of numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many treasured friends.

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

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

William T. “Buck” Thorpe

January 02, 1944 - June 22, 2020

Gravside Services

11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2020

Fountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
11539 Lowground Rd
Emporia, VA 23847

William T. “Buck” Thorpe, 76, of Emporia, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020. He was the son of the late Neuit & Ruth Thorpe and was also preceded in death by a sister, Rose Rabbitt and a brother, John Thorpe.

“Buck” is survived by a daughter, Tracy T. Mitchell (Micah) and a son, William T. “Thad” Thorpe, Jr.; three grandchildren, Matthew M. Cutcliff, James B. Cutcliff and Benjamin W. Mitchell; a great-granddaughter, Sophia Cutcliff; four sisters, Maggie Bendell (Eldon), Edith Morriss, Peggy Vaughan and Ruth O’Berry; two brothers, Neuit Thorpe (Patsy) and Earl Thorpe (Anita); the mother of his children, Ruth W. Thorpe and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25 at Fountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Elsie Harrell Edwards

September 11, 1925-Jun2 22, 2020

Graveside Services

11 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Elsie Harrell Edwards, 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 22, 2020 surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Dudley Grizzard Edwards; her parents, Henry Edward Harrell, Sr. and Emily Proctor Harrell; her brother, H. Edward Harrell, Jr. and son-in-law, Earl C. Baldwin. Mrs. Edwards is survived by her three daughters, Connie Harrell and husband, Donnie, Terri Branch and husband, Bobby and Sharon Mattox and husband, Tim. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jeremy Branch and wife, Melissa, Daniel Mattox, Erin Byrum and husband, Ryan, Matthew Harrell and wife, Carla, and Jordan Mattox and fiancée Kristin Whiting. Her three great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Henry Branch, and Graysen Byrum were a great joy to her. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jean Harrell, and cousin, Gladys Morris who was more like a sister to her.

Elsie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She worked beside her husband on their peanut farm in Sussex County near Jarratt. She and Dudley raised their children in a Christian home on that farm teaching them lessons that guide them through life today. She loved to cook for her family. Her grandchildren used to tell her, “You sure are a good cooker, Gran.” She loved her family deeply. We will miss her every day.

She was lifelong member of Lebanon United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years. As she aged and could no longer attend church, she always would tell the pastor  and others, “I miss going to church. I wish I could go.”

Her wish, if you so desire, is for any memorials to be sent to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 Blue Star Highway, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

A service officiated by the Reverend Donna Smith will be conducted at the gravesite at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Rd, Emporia, Virginia 11 a.m. Friday, June 26.

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

Nancy Elliott Roach

September 27, 1937-June 21, 2020

Graveside Services

Thursday, June 23, 2020, 12 Noon

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia
 

Nancy Elliott Roach, 82, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Obie B. and Anne Archer Elliott and was also preceded in death by her son, Charlie Taylor, brothers, O. B. Elliott, Bud Elliott and Jimmy Elliott; sister, Dolly Sasser and sister-in-law, Christine Elliott

Mrs. Roach is survived by her son, Sam Roach (Sherie); sister, Bell Sadler (Herman, Jr.); sisters-in-law, Martha Elliott and Deelaine Elliott; brother-in-law, Leroy Sasser and a number of nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved feline companion, Buttercup.

The funeral service will be held 12 Noon Tuesday, June 23 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Zion Baptist Church.

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

Mary Evelyn Moore

June 12, 1924-June 17, 2020

Graveside Services

Friday, June 19, 2020, at  at 11:00 A.M.

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Mary Evelyn Moore, 96, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. She was born in Greensville County, VA, on June 12, 1924. Mary worked for many years at Franklin Braid Manufacturing where she worked in both the plant and as a secretary. She also was a former member of the Independence United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest C. Moore, as well as her parents, George W. Anderton and Mary Allen Anderton. She is survived by her only son, Jerry Moore and his wife Ann, along with two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 19, 2020, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Tim Jones officiating.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

 

Kate Minerva Ammons Bishop

November 08, 1924 - June 15, 2020

Kate Minerva Ammons Bishop died quietly in her sleep on June 15, at the Eugene Bloom Retirement Center where she had been a resident of 9 years.

Being the fourth child of twelve children, Mrs. Bishop was born on November 8, 1924, in Jackson County, North Carolina, to Richard and Ruth Ammons.
 
Shortly after high school she married her husband, Thomas Bishop, and together they had 8 children. Kate Bishop became a dedicated homemaker and a talented cook who was known for her ability to make the tastiest meals out of the most meager ingredients.  Her homemade biscuits and savory greenbeans brought her children home long after they had started families of their own.
 
Preceded by her husband of 66 years, one daughter Wanda Sue, and one son Donald Lee, Mrs. Bishop is survived by her sister, Alice Aikens of Yorktown VA, Daughter Kitty Ervin of Freeman, VA, son, Tommy Bishop of Carrsville, VA, Clara Mullinax of Cleveland, GA, Linda Hiles of Louisville, KY, David Bishop of FLA, and Rita Ganz of Makakilo, HI. Her family includes ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.
 
A private graveside service will be held Friday, June 19 at Williamsburg Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org.)
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Margaret C. Conwell

January 03, 1925 - June 14, 2020

Graveside Services

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 2:30 PM

Greensville Memorial Cemetery 

1250 Skippers Rd 
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Mrs. Margaret C. Conwell, 95, of Emporia, widow of Linwood Conwell passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020. She is survived by three sons, Allen Conwell (Vicki), David C. Conwell (Vicky) and Tony Conwell (Susan); six grandchildren, Joe Conwell (Melissa), Jeffrey Conwell, Nic Conwell (Stephanie), Julie Wheeler (Bryan), Jenny C. Phillips (Craig) and Casey Vaughan (Chris); seven great-grandchildren, Chelsea & Cassidy Conwell, Dennis Phillips, Isabel & Emily Vaughan and Benjamin & Madelyn Conwell and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

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

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

Tammy Gay Harrington,

August 3, 1973-June 8, 2020

Tammy Gay Harrington, 46, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Davis (Cody); her son, Michael Harrington; three brothers, Richard Gay, Timmy Gay and Tony Gay; sister, Jessi Gay; two nieces and three nephews.

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

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

Margaret (Peggy) Brothers Slate

December 9 1945-June 6, 2020

Services

Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:30 am

First Presbyterian Church
210 South MAin Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Margaret (Peggy) Brothers Slate of Emporia, VA passed away on June 6, 2020. She was born on December 9, 1954 and was the daughter of the late Lyman Riddick Brothers, Jr. and Sudie Dunton Brothers of Emporia, VA. She is survived by her devoted son, William Robert Slate, Jr., and wife Katie as well as her beloved grandsons, Hudson and Barrett, all of Emporia, VA. She is also survived by her brother Lyman R. Brothers III (Jane) of Sedona, AZ; sister Ames Brothers Tillar (David) of Emporia, VA; as well as 6 nieces and nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews, many cousins, and friends who she considered family.  

Peggy was a 1977 graduate of Madison College (now James Madison University) and the University of Virginia School of Medical Technology. She was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. She loved her church, First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, VA, where she served as an elder, on the worship committee, and was an honorary lifetime member of the Presbyterian Women. She loved her family dearly and was extremely proud of her two grandsons who she enjoyed playing with. 

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Greensville Health and Rehabilitation, Kindred Hospice, and Dee Anthony for her unwavering care of Peggy during her illness.

 A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, VA on June 13,2020 at 10:30am followed by a graveside at Belle Haven Cemetery on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church 210 S. Main St, Emporia, VA.  Anyone attending services must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and wear a mask due to COVID-19.
 

Maureen ‘Mo” Gable

June 22, 1958-June 5, 2020

Maureen ‘Mo” Gable, 61, of Emporia, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Cifers and Doreen Neely. “Mo” is survived by her husband, Dwaine Gable; two daughters, Rebecca Grizzard and Kimberly Taylor; two grandchildren, Mindi Prince and Holden Taylor; brother, Patrick O’Connell; sisters, Charlene Robinson, Aileen McDilda (Ron) and Janeen Bailey (Clifton) and a number of nieces and nephews.

Th family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

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

Faye W. Harrell

October 22, 1936-May 30, 2020

Faye W. Harrell, 83, of Emporia, widow of Floyd Harrell, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Louise Williams and was also preceded in death by longtime companion, Sammy Powell; son, Todd Harrell; daughter, Terry Owen and her three brothers, Carl, Tommy and David Williams.

Faye is survived by her son, Wade Harrell (Liz); grandchildren, Brent Boney (Brittany), Brad Boney, Ryan Harrell, Aimee Allen (Wayne) and April Banner (Paul, Jr.); great-grandchildren, Daniel, Courtney,

McKaley, Paisley and Owen Boney, Haley Boney, Camden and Matox Allen, Carter Harrell and Kiersten, Brody, Kane and Lyndee Banner; sister, Fannie Rae and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Emmanuel Worship Center. Private interment will follow at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Due to the current pandemic restrictions in place, including the wearing of face coverings, seating at church is limited and will be arranged according to the church’s policies and will be available to be heard in the parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emmanuel Worship Center.

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

William Carl "Bill" Whitehead, Jr.

November 15, 1936-May 30, 2020

William Carl "Bill" Whitehead, Jr, 83 of Emporia, VA was called home on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Jo Whitehead and daughter Mary Beth Kennedy as well as six brothers, Charles D. Whitehead, Frank Russell Whitehead, Arthur Jesse Whitehead, James Farmer Whitehead, John D. Whitehead, Richard W. Whitehead and three sisters, Carla Jo Knaup, Jenny Lee Wedeking, and Nancy Susan Riscko.

Bill, better known as Pops by his family, is survived by his daughter, Tricia Taylor (Gerald) of Emporia, VA, son William Carl "Trey" Whitehead, III of Roanoke, VA; and very special friend Ann Louise Berna of Sarasota Florida; three brothers, George Irvin (Hazel) Whitehead, of Olean, Missouri, Benjamin A (Phyllis) Whitehead and Robert A (Mary Jane) Whitehead, both of Charleston, Missouri; Five grandchildren, Devon Connaroe (Richard) of Fort Belvoir, VA,Loren Allen (Kevin) of Jarratt,VA Travis Kennedy and girlfriend Jaye, of Boston Mass, Kellen Taylor of Emporia, VA and William "Kirk" Taylor (Nancy) of Lawrenceville, GA, as well as 11 great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Pops was an Army National Guard veteran. He was also a member of Greensville Fire Department for over 50 years. He was a lifelong member of Main Street Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and men’s quartet. Pops enjoyed spending time with his family, teasing his grandchildren and watching John Wayne westerns. We will dearly miss his baby blue eyes and warm smile.

The procession will leave Owen Funeral Home at 2pm on Tuesday, June 2 traveling to Greensville Cemetery for a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Main Street Baptist Church or Greensville Fire Department.

Vivian Tomlinson Sturgill

May 11, 1933-May 29, 2020

After 87 years of dedicating her life to her God, her family, her community and her government, Vivian Tomlinson Sturgill, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020.

She was born in Scott County, Virginia in May of 1933 to James and Bessie (Begley) Tomlinson, the oldest of their four daughters. As a child, her family moved to Bluefield, West Virginia, where she attended Beaver High School. She later moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where for many years she was in a supervisory position as a civilian employee with the U.S. Navy, specializing in accounting, bookkeeping and payroll. At age 60, she realized she was just a few credits shy of earning her college degree. She decided to return to school and received her degree in accounting shortly before she retired from her role with the federal government. After retirement, officials requested that she return to her office at Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest Navy base, and she agreed, considering it a privilege to work for the military. She very much enjoyed watching many Navy ship homecomings from her office window and celebrating with the families.

After retiring a second time, she and her husband moved to Emporia, Virginia to be near her daughter and son-in-law. In Emporia, she became extremely active in the community, with her church and with civic activities. She served for several years as the chief poll worker in her district for many elections. At the time of her death, she was a member of Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia. She was a devout born-again Christian and was often asked to preach in local churches. Known for her baking skills, especially her almond pound and triple chocolate chip cakes, sweet potato biscuits and fresh pies, she was recognized with a special award for her contributions by the Greensville Ruritan Club and appreciated by many charitable organizations.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl C. Sturgill, her son, Tom C. Clemons, her parents, a sister, Stella and most recently, her sister, Patty, who died just two days before Vivian.

She is survived by her sister, Peggy Tomlinson Minnick, her son James Clemons, daughter-in-law Connie Clemons, daughter Carla Sturgill Harris, son-in-law F. Woodrow Harris, stepdaughter Vickie Sturgill Stewart and her husband, Dennis, stepson David Sturgill, three grandchildren, one great grandchild and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, a limited private service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The community, friends and loved ones are encouraged to line the procession route along Main Street through downtown Emporia to the cemetery to pay respects at 10:45 a.m., as has become standard during this time. Arrangements are being handled by Owen Funeral Home of Jarratt, Virginia. Thank you to those who love her and to the medical professionals who cared for her in her final days

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

Dianne Tindall Mitchell

August 30, 1949-May 23, 2020

Dianne T. Mitchell, 70, formerly of Emporia, Virginia, and then of Charlotte, North Carolina, departed from her life here on Saturday, May 23, 2020, to enter her Heavenly home for eternity. She had waged a valiant battle with congestive heart failure, diabetes, and other related complications.

She is survived by her faithful husband of 52 years, Keith W. Mitchell; son Lance W. Mitchell and wife Cheryl, and granddaughter Emerson, of Houston, Texas; son Sean K. Mitchell and wife Shannon, and grandchildren Silas, Ezra, and Clara, of Charlotte; a sister, Janet T. Clarke and husband Edward of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; a brother, James H. Tindall and wife Carole of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.

Greeting her in her new eternal home are a grandson, Jude James Mitchell; her parents, Dorothy and Harold Tindall; a sister, Kathy T. Bailey; a special mother-in-law, Dorothy R. Mitchell; and so many other special friends and fellow believers whom she loved dearly.

Dianne was born and raised in Marion, South Carolina. She moved to Emporia during her senior year in high school, after the plant that her daddy managed in Marion was destroyed by fire, and he was transferred to Emporia to manage a plant there. During that same time period, Keith was sitting out a semester in college after the sudden death of his daddy. Even then, God was working out a plan in their lives for their paths to cross (Romans 8:28). They met, fell in love, and were married a few short months later.

In 1976, Dianne was the first to surrender her life to Jesus, followed by Keith a few short months later. Their sons, too, did likewise when they were young, and the four of them traveled all over the United States to attend Christian gatherings of believers. They were baptized at the same time at Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia.

Many years later, after Lance and Sean had moved away and married, Dianne and Keith returned to Monumental Methodist Church in Emporia, where Keith had grown up and he and Dianne had attended when Lance and Sean were young. They taught a Sunday school class together until they moved to Charlotte four years ago. On several occasions, Dianne was asked to speak at various churches and Christian ladies’ groups, attesting to her love for the Lord. For 10 years, she conducted Christian services at a nearby ladies’ prison, and for several years, she and her family held weekly services at a local nursing home. Dianne was also a long-time member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and served excellently for several years as the treasurer in her regional chapter.

Dianne operated Christian Love & Care Daycare center for many years, where she instilled so many Christian values into the children she kept, many of whom became believers in their later years in part due to her witness to them. Some years later, she went to work for Keith in his financial services business, and his business immediately increased.

In January of 2016, she had a device attached next to her stomach to help in the digestion of food. She suffered from gastroparesis, a side effect of diabetes, and even with a limited diet, she was at least then able to get the nutrients necessary to live. But in December of that year, she had to undergo emergency surgery for a blockage, thought to have been caused by the wires from that device becoming entangled around her colon. Three days later, she suffered a heart attack, which left the left ventricle of her heart severely damaged. When it failed to repair itself, she had a device attached next to her heart and a PICC line inserted through her arm to feed medicine directly to the heart to assist that ventricle in pumping.

She was also told that the survival rate for people who began that treatment was about 50 percent after the first year. She was offered the opportunity to receive an artificial pump or possible transplant, but she turned it down and said that she wanted to live out whatever time she had left enjoying being with her family, and especially her grandchildren, without undergoing more hospitalization and risky surgery should she elect that route. Though she suffered many ups and downs with her heart, diabetes, and other related illnesses, she did beat the odds and survived for 19 more months after having that procedure done. She never returned to a hospital until the day she breathed her last, with Keith at her side.

Dianne’s sister, Janet, told Keith the night after she died that Dianne had told her a year ago that she was ready and anxious to go and be with the Lord, but that she did not think Keith was ready for her departure. The night before she died, Keith asked her that if she had a choice, would she want to go ahead then and be with the Lord. She nodded her head and said yes. He told her that he was willing to pray with her for that, and their prayer together was answered.

That, alone, demonstrates the unselfishness of this strong and faithful servant of the Lord. And now, She has risen!   

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in her name at https://billygraham.org/checkout/give-honor-memorial.php, and a card can be sent to Keith Mitchell at 3305 Open Field Lane, Apt 528, Charlotte, NC 28226. You can also contact BGEA directly and mail a check to 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201, or over the phone at 1-877-247-2426.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held later in Charlotte.

Richard “Rick” William Young,

December 19, 1953-May 25, 2020


Richard “Rick” William Young, 66, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Marcia Jean Rankin and John R. Young. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Anne Greene of Hampton, VA, son, Richard William Young, Jr. (Shawnda) of Chesapeake, VA, brother, John Robert Young (Nina) of Colorado, sisters, Carol Richardson (Thomas) of Tennessee, Janet Shadrick (Timothy) of Georgia, Teresa Goins of Florida, granddaughters, Nicole, Shenene, Natalie, along with daughter-in-law, Josie Toro of Portsmouth, VA.

Rick served in both the Army and the Air Force as well as being a member and Commander of the American Legion, Post 46. He worked at O’Reilly Auto Parts of Emporia, VA, as well as Echols Funeral Home for many years, where he helped those in the community in a way that not many people could bare.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time due to the coronavirus limitations. The family would like to express a special thanks to Barbara Street and Kathy Tuck for looking after Rick the past few weeks.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

 

Peggy M. Pearson

July 17, 1932- May 25, 2020

Peggy M. Pearson, 87, of Gasburg, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Pearson and her son, Dennis R. Phillips.

Peggy is survived by three daughters, Patricia Hollowell (David), Brenda Justice (Kenny) and Lisa Wright (Danny); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her beloved canine companion, “Prissy”; sister, Marion Blankenship; brother, Thomas “Sonny” Seward and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to James Square Baptist Church Love Gift Fund, c/o Lisa Wright, 1037 Ankum Rd, Gasburg, Virginia 23857.

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

Gwendolyn Francis Vincent

October 4, 1950-May 4, 2020

Gwendolyn Francis Vincent, 69, of Skippers, VA., entered Heaven already with a pair of wings to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 1, 2020. Gwen was born on October 14, 1950 in Colonial Heights, VA. She was preceded in death by her daughter Amanda Emerson. She is survived by her devoted husband, James Vincent, two grandsons, Dillon and Owen Emerson, her son-in-law, James Emerson and many extended family members. Gwen worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Petersburg, VA., Community for over thirty years.

A private graveside service will be held at Corinth Church Cemetery with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

A celebration of Gwen’s life will be held at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or plant a flower or tree in her memory.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Vassar Lee ‘V.L.” Woodruff

March 1, 1942-April 29, 2020

Mr. Vassar Lee ‘V.L.” Woodruff, 78, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Woodruff and granddaughter, Tabetha Woodruff; two brothers and three sisters.

V. L. is survived by his wife, Linda B. Woodruff; two daughters, Gail Seward (Billy) and Brenda Murphy (Bryan); son, James Woodruff (Julie); nine grandchildren, Amanda Ricker (Jon), Kimberly Kapinskis (Kenny), Jennifer Whitehead (James), Brandon Woodruff (Amber), Tiffany Woodruff, Craig Woodruff, Bryan Murphy, Jr., Hannah Murphy and Joshua Murphy; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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

Shirley A. Doyle

May 3, 1936-April 22, 2020

Mrs. Shirley A. Doyle, 83, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Doyle. She was a devoted and faithful wife and mother and a faithful member of Zion Baptist Church.

Mrs. Doyle is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Neal Doyle; daughter, Odette Mitchell; devoted special niece, Amy Sopko (Paul) and family; great-niece, Amanda Helbig (Michael) and great-great nephew, Kason Helbig; nephew, Wayne Moss (Jean) and niece, Barbara Jean Sasser (Hunter); two brothers-in-law, Roy Doyle and Gene Doyle and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

A private graveside will be held Friday at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity.

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

Dorothy Parrish Moseley

August 19, 1942-April 16, 2020

Dorothy Parrish Moseley, 77, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020. She was born in Greensville County, VA, and was a retired employee of BB&T Bank. She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Hubert Parrish, Sr. She is survived by her mother Lavinia N. Parrish, husband, Frank N. Moseley, brother, Jesse Hubert Parrish, Jr. (Patsy), Nieces, Christine P. Johnson (Mike), Michelle P. Crane (Ed), along with numerous great-nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

James “Jimmie” Edward Phelps

June 9, 1927-April 8, 2020

James “Jimmie” Edward Phelps, 92, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at his home in Hayes, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Everard and Virginia Kanipe Phelps and his son, Randolph “Randy’ Phelps.

Mr. Phelps is survived by his wife, Peggy Faris Phelps; daughter, Pamela Harrell; step-daughter, Sharon Acree (Bruce); grandchildren, Abbey H. Webb (Jared), Tommy Harrell (Lee), Craig Phelps (Mary Lou), Chad Phelps (Shannon), step-grandsons, Andrew Acree (Nicole) and Scott Acree; great-grandchildren, Madison Phelps, Cameron Phelps, Dallas Phelps, Savannah Phelps, Riley Webb, Regan Webb, Broady Webb and Kristin and Bryson Harrell; sister, Frances “Pam” Darden and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Grace Anglican Church in Purdy, Virginia where he was on the Vestry and served in many other capacities over the years. Jimmie served his country in the Army Air Corps from August 1944 to January 1947 in World War II. He loved flying his own plane having his private airstrip in his back yard. He loved the Boy Scouts of America and started the Purdy Boy Scouts now known as Troop 232 which exists to this day. He served as Commissioner on the Greensville-Emporia Airport for 38 years. He served actively on the Greensville Rescue Squad as an EMT. Jimmie retired from Johns-Manville Corporation and Georgia-Pacific Corporation with a total service of 47 years. Proficient in both electrical and mechanical work, he became Plant Engineer. He enjoyed traveling and with his wife, Peggy, took many trips to Europe. He was a talented man and had many interests, enjoying flying as well as sailing his boat on the Chesapeake Bay most of all. His dream was to build a home on Sarah Creek where his sailboat was docked near the Yorktown, Virginia Marina. He accomplished this. He loved his Yorkie dog, Joye who stayed by his side during his entire illness.

Graveside services will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Anglican Church.

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

Jean Fitchett Clarke

June 9, 1933-April 6, 2020

Jean Fitchett Clarke, 86, of Emporia, VA, passed away on April 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, L.C. Clarke, two daughters, Pat Clarke, and Debbie Marshall and one grandson, Philip Marshall. Survivors include grandsons, Steven Selph and his wife Getra, Clarke Weeks and his wife Shannon, Andrew Marshall and great grandson Cole Weeks. Jean retired from the VA Department of Corrections where she served as Operations Officer for Greensville Correctional Center. A graveside service will be held at Matthews Chapel United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Reese St. Emporia, VA, 23847, where she was a lifelong member.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Jason Billy Vincent

April 18, 1974-April 1, 2020

It is with deepest sorrow that we say goodbye to Jason Billy Vincent, age 45, our beloved son, brother, family member, and friend who passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at his home in Skippers, VA.

Jason was born April 18, 1974, in Emporia, VA and he spent most of his life in nearby Skippers. Over the course of his career, Jason served in the US Army in Ft. Benning, GA where he attended Infantry Training and later worked with Bradley Fighter Vehicles.  After discharging from the Army, Jason worked in Computer Science, graduated from Welding School, and most notably in recent years worked in his family’s business, The Good Earth Peanut Company in Skippers, VA.

Those who knew Jason, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Jason will be sorely missed everyday by his father and mother, Lindsey Somner Vincent and Janet Scott Vincent; his sister, Claire Vincent (Brian Gilligan); his brother Benjamin Vincent; his nephew, Avett Gilligan; his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many wonderful friends.  Jason will also be greatly missed by his Good Earth Peanut Company “family” who he saw, loved, and worked with closely every day.

Jason is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Billy Ben Vincent and Frances Somner Vincent and his maternal grandparents William Edmunds Tucker and Della Elder Tucker. 

Some of Jason’s favorite things were his dogs (and animals in general), Sun Drop, motorcycles, Chicken Tetrazzini, video games and listening to music.

Due to COVID-19 a private service will be held now, but a full memorial service is planned to honor Jason’s life once the COVID-19 social distancing bans are lifted.

Because of Jason’s love of animals, contributions in memory of Jason may be made to the non-profit organization, Luv4Pawz Animal Rescue, 552 North Main St., Emporia, VA 23847 or online @ luv4pawzrescue.org

Online Condolences can be sent to: www.wrennclarkehagan.com or echolsfuneralhome.com

Gale Poole Moore

October 24, 1942 - April 2, 2020

Gale Poole Moore, 77, died Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Gale was the daughter of the late Wesley C. “Jimmy” Poole and Ruby Wray Poole. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward A. “Arnie” Moore, a brother, Clarence Wesley “Sonny or Little Jimmy” Poole, and a sister, Helen Poole Gibson.

Gale loved her Church and her Church Family, her work at Echols Funeral Home, where she was the Office Manager for over thirty years, she loved the beach, bingo, and travelling, but most of all she loved her daughter and grandson and her extended family.

Gale is survived by her loving daughter and grandson, Kimberly Moore Downing and Morey Ray Downing, both of Virginia Beach, a special grandson Ed Powell,  her brother, William Boyd Poole and his wife Lori of Emporia, cousin, Nancy Poole Reyes, an aunt, Mable Wray Mizzell of Petersburg, her sister in law, Jean Moore Bennett and her husband Alton, special nephews, Dean Moore and his wife Lori, Albert Calvin “Plug” Moore Jr. and his wife Susan, niece, Deanna Moore Babb and her husband Michael, and many more nieces and nephews who she loved dearly and a special friend, Reni Hobbs of Emporia.

A private Graveside Service will be held at Zion Baptist Church, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Husband Arnie. A public Celebration of Gale’s life will be held at a later time.

Echols Funeral Home is taking care of the arrangements, and online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Roland H. Gillam

Roland H. Gillam, 52, of Emporia passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was the son of the late Walter and Elsie Barnes Gillam

Roland is survived by his significant other, Tori Weaver; daughter, Kim Gillam; son, Brandon Gillam; two brothers, Randy Gillam (Janet) and Ronnie Gillam (Christine); cousins, Ricky Bradley (Ladorne) and Dianne Clary (Jeff) and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia or to the American Cancer Society or to Calvary Baptist Church.

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

Anna Smith Jarratt

December 13, 1947 - April 01, 2020

Anna Smith Jarratt, 72, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. She was born December 13, 1947 in Emporia, Virginia. While raising her children that she loved dearly, she ran the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association community pool and concession stand from 1977 until the closure of the Center Street park. Anna then went to work for the Greensville County Public School system where she loved helping all of “her children” and retired after twenty years. Following retirement, Anna obtained her beautician’s license and enjoyed her daily interactions with dear friend and colleague, Barbara Barlow and all those who visited to get a trim or just catch up on the “daily news”. She enjoyed working in her yard and embellishing it with “ornaments”. She had tremendous faith and loved everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Davis Pete and Betsy Rook Smith.

Anna is survived by William T. Jarratt, Sr. ‘Tommy”; her loving children; William T. Jarratt, Jr. “Timmy” (Lori), Stuart Craig Jarratt, and Trista Jarratt Clements (Robert); sisters, Frances Peirce (Stephen) of Abilene, TX, Hilda Harrell of Emporia; and brother, Wayne White (Linda) of Sedley, VA; grandchildren, Dustan T. Jarratt (Emily) of Emporia, Lynsey Jarratt Overstreet of Farmville, Brooklyn N. Jarratt of Urbanna, Kayla L. Jarratt, Austin C. Jarratt, Sumer B. Clements, Carleigh B. Jarratt, Allie M. Jarratt, and Cora, Alyce and Anna Clements, all of Emporia; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Ryland Jarratt of Emporia, Lailah and Rilee Baylor of Urbanna, Aubrie and Reed Overstreet of Farmville, Dakota and Daxton Ferguson of Emporia and a number of nieces and nephews. Anna will also be forever remembered by her extended family and dear friends.

The funeral service will be private.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

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

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