Current Weather Conditions

 
Seven Day Forecast for Emporia, Virginia
 

Obituaries

Pender Lee Smith, Jr.

Pender Lee Smith, Jr., 84, of Emporia, Virginia died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Pender was born on April 2, 1932 in the Brink area of Greensville County and was a life-long resident.

Farming was in his blood, and never was he happier than when he was on a tractor or combine on his farm. He was also a partner in PL Smith and Sons Peanut Warehouse. Pender was loved by many and had friends near and far. He had a winning smile and never met a stranger. Pender had a warm laugh and quick wit. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter, bird watcher, gardener, and loved to do woodwork in his shop on the farm.

Pender was married to the love of his life, Jo Anne Hancock for 62 years. Together Pender and Jo could be found spending time with friends and family; often going out to eat, dancing, or just visiting.

Pender was active in church, civic, and community organizations. He was a Christian and was a member of the Forest Hill Baptist Church. There he served as a Trustee, Deacon, and was on numerous committees over his 60 year membership. Pender was a charter member of the Brink Ruritan Club where he was a past president and secretary. Pender was on the Greensville County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and served as treasurer. He was also a member of the Virginia Farm Bureau Peanut Advisory Committee. For many years Pender served on the Greensville County Farm Committee.

Pender was preceded in death by his parents, Pender Lee Smith and Virginia Harrell Smith, and his beloved son, David Smith. He is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Hancock Smith; sister, Alice Smith Bivins (Billy Joe); brother, Alfred Smith (Christine), sisters-in-law, Alma Lanier of Roanoke Rapids and Hazel Welch of Pinehurst; special niece, Angela Fanney (Rick) of Smithfield; and many other much loved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Forest Hill Baptist Church, Skippers, VA. at 2:00 pm followed by interment in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the cemetery fund at Forest Hill Baptist Church, c/o Michael Ferguson, 5070 Brink Road, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Rev. Donald Orlando Collins

Rev. Donald Orlando Collins, 91, of Emporia, Virginia went to be with the Lord on  March 18th, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife,  Ann Smith Collins, and his son, Donald Stephen Collins. He is survived by his daughters, Beverly C. Flippo ( Carter ) of Doswell, Virginia and Kim C. Johnson ( Mike) of Jackson, NC.; grandchildren Brittany and Emily Flippo, Mason and Claire Collins, Lauren Ashley Collins, Lauren Hasty and Brad Johnson; 2 great-grandsons, Aubrey and Hunter Hasty; brother, Ben F. Collins of Greensboro, NC. and many nieces and nephews. He served as Seaman 1st classman on the USS Gunston Hall in the Pacific area during WWII. After being honorably discharged from the military, he completed his education in broadcasting at RPI in Richmond, VA in 1947.  He spent the next 41 years as a broadcaster and the sales manager at WEVA in Emporia. During the early 70’s, he spent much time lay-ministering in the prisons or filling in at local pulpits. In 1987, he decided to retire from radio and pursue his real passion, the ministry. In 1988, he completed his coursework at Duke University to be ordained as a minister within the United Methodist Church.  He became the minister of 3 small churches in Dinwiddie County on June 16, 1988. Oak Grove UMC, one of these 3 churches, became his passion and he spent 19 years ministering there until his retirement in 2007.  A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the Collins Building Social Hall.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 12715 Acorn Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805. Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt, VA is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

David Lee Sledge

David Lee Sledge of Emporia, VA died on March 15, 2017.  David grew up in Emporia.  He was a veteran of the Virginia National Guard and  attended Barton College in Wilson, NC.  He retired from Greensville County as a maintenance supervisor.  David was a past president and Ruritan of the Year for the Meherrin Ruritan Club.  He was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity at Barton College. David was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Drewyville, VA.  He was always very involved with the Emporia Greensville Recreation Association, and he loved fishing, the Outer Banks, and all things sports related. 

  He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Finton Sledge.  He is survived by his wife, Patsy Claud Sledge; two daughters, Kathyrne Harrison Turner and husband, Steve; Pamela Harrison Crichton; three granddaughters, Kaycee Claud Ackaway, Kirsten Juliette Crichton, and Kathryne Jane Crichton; three great grand children; his mother, Shirley Sledge Williams; three brothers, Steve Sledge and wife Betty Jo, Jerry Sledge, and Michael Sledge and wife Ginny.  David also had many cherished nieces and nephews. 

The funeral service will be held 2pm on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 South Halifax Road, Jarratt, VA where the family will receive friends preceding the service beginning at 12:30 pm.  Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Barton College, 800 Vance Street NE, Wilson, NC 27893. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Phillip Earl “Flipp” Clements

Phillip Earl “Flipp” Clements, 30, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Hubert “Pete” Phillips and Shirley Mitchell “NaNa” Phillips and paternal grandparents, William “Bill” Clements and Dorothy Mae “Grammy” Clements, all from Emporia. Phillip was a lifelong member of Adams Grove Baptist Church where he served as assistant pianist and assistant choir director. He had an engaging and outgoing manner and enjoyed playing music and singing and was known by many for his talents working on and detailing automobiles. He is survived by his parents, Earl and BeeBee Clements of Emporia; uncles, D. L. Phillips of Capron; Donnie Wayne Clements (Bonnie) of Lake Gaston and Tony Michael Clements, with whom he shared a special bond, of Emporia; his aunt, Carolyn Phillips Gillette (Pope) of Capron; cousins, Hollie Gillette Bobbitt (William) of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Emily Gillette Jarratt (Dustan) of Emporia. He is also survived by Peggy Harrell who he considered his “Second Mom” and her daughters, Alice, Allison and Rhonda and a special group of close friends, Stephanie, Beth, Brooke, Shannon and Billi Jo. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Interment will follow at Independence United Methodist Church. The family suggests contributions in Phillip’s memory be made to a favorite charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Mary Ann Dunlow

Mary Ann Dunlow, 58, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was the daughter of the late William B. and Martha E. Dunlow and was also preceded in death by sisters, Pat Schofield, Margaret E. Dunlow and Joyce Marie Dunlow. She is survived by her sisters, Pamela Sue “Pam” Dunlow and Peggy D. Goddard and husband, Joe and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 17. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Frances Gay Mountjoy

Frances Gay Mountjoy, 52, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Mountjoy; son, Matt Mountjoy; two grandchildren, Morgan and Colin Mountjoy; her mother, Irene Bass; two brothers, Bubba Gay and Jamie Gay; three sisters, Jean Moss, Marie Lee and Alice Diehm and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at Victory Fellowship Church with interment to follow at Round Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Fellowship Church, 200 South Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

J. Aubrey Harrison

J. Aubrey Harrison, 70, of Jarratt, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 25, 2017. He was the son of the late Walter T. and Kathleen Sanford Harrison and was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris K. Harrison. Aubrey is survived by his wife, Judy Allen Harrison, son, Chris Harrison and wife, Sue; daughter Kaye Dawn Harrison Newsome; grandchildren, Madilyn Harrison, Dalton Harrison and Chandler Newsome; brother, Tommy Harrison and wife, Betty Cooke Harrison; niece, Nicole Coker and nephew, Brian Harrison. Aubrey retired as General Manager of Sadler Auto Centers after 35 years of service. His greatest joy was to spend time with his beloved grandchildren and family. Truly a “people person”, he was an active member of Lebanon United Methodist Church and an active leader and coach with the Jarratt Recreation Association. He was an avid hunter and longtime president of Owen Hunt Club where he furthered his leadership abilities and served as mentor to many. The family will receive friends Monday, Feb 27 at his home 2-4 p.m. and at Owen Funeral Home, 6-8 p.m. where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 28. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 Blue Star Highway, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to Jarratt Recreation Association, P.O. Box 631, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation, P.O. Box 32, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Earl Jasper Carpenter

Mr. Earl Jasper Carpenter, 76, of Skippers, Virginia, died on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Southside Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, VA.

A Visitation for Mr. Carpenter will be held from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm, with the Funeral Service following the Visitation, beginning at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home.

 

Condolences may be sent via:  www.hdpopefuneralhome.com

Kennon Randolph “Mutt" Wrenn, Sr.

Randolph “Mutt" Wrenn, Sr., 78, of Emporia died Thursday February 16, 2017. Mutt was a native of Ante in Brunswick County and was the son of the late Horace Edwards and Ethel Mitchell Wrenn. Mutt worked as an automobile salesman for over 40 years for Sadler Motors Inc. until he retired in 2007. He is survived by his sister, Sandra Wrenn Edwards of Ante; his daughters, Allison Wrenn of Fredericksburg and Kendra Novey of Richmond; his sons Kennon Randolph Wrenn, Jr. "Randy" and his fiancé Marcia Hudson of Roanoke Rapids and Scott Wrenn of Colonial Heights; grandchildren, Kennon Randolph Wrenn, III "Trae", Casey Wrenn, Eric Lynch, Jonathan Wrenn, Ashley Henderson, Austin Perkins, Anne Randolph Perkins and Brent Novey; great grandchildren, Hunter Wrenn, Wyatt Wrenn, Rooker Wrenn, Kennah Wrenn, Reed Henderson, Aiden Henderson and Adaline Henderson. A graveside funeral service will be held Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2PM at Greensville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Family will receive friend after the service at 502 Lakeside Drive Emporia Virginia. In lieu flowers, donations can be made to:  The Hermie & Elliott Sadler Foundation, 1501 Wiggins Road, Emporia, VA 23847. Arrangements are being handled by Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, Virginia. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Vera Lee Grizzard

Vera Lee Grizzard, 83, of Emporia passed away on February 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Pearson and sisters, Ella Cannon, Shirley Skinner and Lucille Waters. She is survived by her husband, Elmer L. Grizzard; son, Ronnie L. Grizzard and wife Penny; daughter, Sharon K. Morton and husband Mark; grandchildren, Jessica Vick Dunn and husband Cody, Ashley L. Grizzard and friend Justin Gibson, Brian “Kirk” Grizzard and friend Stephanie Perez; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Dunn, Arylee G. Dunn, Adyson K. Dunn, Michael C. Dunn, Jr., and Vera Madison Burke; sisters, Erlene P. Grizzard and Clyde P. Lotts. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 4:30pm, in Emporia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Youth Department. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

John Walter Grizzard

John Walter Grizzard, 89, Army veteran of the Korean War, died January 31, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Fairy Bryant Grizzard; a daughter, Carrie Razel and two brothers, Franklin and Conrad. Survivors include three step-children, Betty Baker of Smithfield, David L. Allen, Jr. and Joan Allen Ligon, both of Emporia; one brother, James Grizzard and a sister, Effie Sue McAlexander; 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11am on Sunday, February 26, at Fountain Grove Baptist Church, Emporia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fountain Grove Baptist Church, Lifestar Ambulance, or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Martin F. Harrell, Sr.

Martin F. Harrell, Sr., 73, of Emporia, passed away unexpectedly at MCV Hospital on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was the son of the late Joseph Bryan Harrell and Marie Pope Harrell. Martin is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Harrell; two sons, Martin F. Harrell, Jr. “Marty” and wife, Stacy; Stuart A. Harrell; daughter, Mary Beth H. Poarch and husband, Brian; seven grandchildren, Macie Alexandra Harrell, Sarah Hart Poarch, Virginia Blair Harrell, Stuart Reid Harrell, Jane Randolph Poarch, Sydney Mills Harrell and Jackson Martin Harrell; sister, Betty Pope Harrell; two brothers, Donald B. Harrell and wife, Connie, and Michael W. Harrell; aunts, Virginia Harrell Simmons, and Melissa H. Jackson; uncles, Dudley J. Harrell and Freeman J. Harrell, and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. at Mr. Harrell’s home on Thursday, Feb 2. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 3 at Lebanon United Methodist Church followed by interment at Harrell Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell, 25123 Blue Star Highway, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Emma Ruth Brewer

Emma Ruth Brewer, 81, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017. She was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Delatte and Ernest “Buck” Beatty. Mrs. Brewer is survived by her husband, Willie J. Brewer; three daughters, Sherry High of Greensboro, NC, Teresa Brewer and Billie Jo Brewer, both of Emporia; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Mizell and Joyce Tomlin and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 South Crater Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805 or to The Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Rd, # 130, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Robert William Little, Jr.

Robert William Little, Jr., 94, of Emporia passed away on January 19, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert William Little, Sr. and Virginia Grizzard Little; first wife, June Beach Little and their children, Todd Wingood Little and John Oscar Little; second wife, Mary Watkins Morgan Little and sister, Mattie Todd Berger. He is survived by his children, Robert William Little, III, Irene Beach Little and Mildred Little Lankford; sister, Katherine Little Sanders; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of Main Street United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held 3pm, Tuesday, at Main Street United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www. Echolsfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Elizabeth Moore Coleman

Dorothy Elizabeth Moore Coleman passed away January 18, 2017 at the age of 87 after a long and brave battle with COPD and congestive heart failure. She was born to Johnny A. and Elizabeth W. Moore on December 17, 1929. She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny A. and Elizabeth W. Moore; her daughter, Barbara Jean Bass; her late husband and soul mate, Robert F. Coleman, Sr.; her late first husband, Cecil Bass; her late husband, Lawrence Delbridge; her brothers, Johnny L. and Randolph Neal Moore; her sisters, Willar Ferguson, Lila M. Harrison, Carrie Harvey, Shirley Kirkland, Edna M. Birch and Martha M. Williams. She is survived by her son, Robert F. Coleman, Jr. and his wife, Natalie V. Coleman; grandson, Matthew R. Coleman and granddaughter, Marissa E. Coleman; her sister, Betty Gregory with her husband Charles Gregory of Jarratt as well as many nieces and nephews from the Moore, Bass, Coleman, and Delbridge families. She wished to acknowledge special friends from Emporia, Virginia Beach and Suffolk; her McDonald’s family; her unofficial adopted son, George Best of Portsmouth; Dr. Richard Holm and his brother Jeff; her wonderful neighbor, Jane Wendell and Betty Lou; and her very special nephew who called her every week since 2000, William F. Harvey; and finally her devoted caregiver, Will Tomlin. Anyone that knew Dorothy knew her as Dot and knew how much family meant to her. Her “Little Coleman Family” was her life. She loved her friends and loved to garden. She had three great bosses she wished to acknowledge, Eugene Bloom of Emporia, William Davenport of Virginia Beach, and Ms. D. Davis of Emporia. A memorial service will be held 11:00am, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Frank Willard Moseley

Frank Willard Moseley, age 77, of Valentines, VA passed away January 19, 2017.  He was the son of the late Jessie and Mildred Moseley.  He is survived by his children, Troy L. Moseley and Cathy Baird, Tony Moseley and Melinda, Randy Moseley and Jeannie; his grandchildren, Shannon Gibbs and Brandon, Heather Smith and Dave, Brendan Moseley, Joshua Moseley and Noah Moseley; his great grandchildren, Aaron and Addison Gibbs and Fraya Smith; and his brother, Melvin Moseley.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia,VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Central Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 386, Gasburg, VA  23857.

Willard Parker Moore

Willard Parker Moore, 88, of Skippers, VA passed away on January 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Fletcher Moore and Donnie Tudor; sisters, Gladys Moore Taylor, Effie Moore Lifsey, Margaret Moore Grizzard, Mary Collins, and Ida Woodruff; brothers, Otis Fletcher Moore, Jr. and Edward Moore. He is survived by his sisters, Louise Moore Taylor, Alice Moore Blankenship, Inez Moore Whitlow, and Bernice Moore Lewis; brother, Otis Warren Moore and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, 2 pm, at Zion Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Pam S. Jarratt

Pam S. Jarratt, 54, of Yale, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter R. Jarratt and several aunts and uncles. Pam is survived by her fiancé, Tommy Wyatt; her daughter, Jessica Harrison and husband, Brian; two granddaughters, Logan Harrison and Brooklyn Harrison; her mother, Irene E. Jarratt; brother Kenny Jarratt and Patti Wickersham; a niece and nephew and a large extended family of loving and supportive aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Sunday, January 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 16. Private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Joyner-Gray-Yale Ruritan Club, 21428 Peters Bridge Rd, Yale, Virginia 23897. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Elsie Buckner Clary

Elsie Buckner Clary, age 81, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away January 10, 2017.  She is the daughter of the late Wilbur and Sadie Buckner.  She is preceded in death by two brothers, William and Gilbert Buckner and two sisters, Marie Gordon and Frances Pearson.  She is survived by her loving husband, Smithy G. Clary; her two daughters, Rhonda Yates Grimsley and husband Wayne and Andrea Walker and husband Will; two grandchildren, Rachel and Madelyn Walker; her twin sister, Ella Connell and husband Carlton; her sister-in-law, Theresa Buckner; and extended family.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Matthews Chapel United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to Matthews Chapel U.M.C. 8308 Christanna Hwy. Gasburg, VA  23857.

Jane Thorpe Wendell

Jane Thorpe Wendell, 79, of Emporia, widow of William Henry Wendell, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016. She is survived by two daughters, Betty Lou Robinson and husband, Randy and Billie Kay Harper and husband, Rodgers; three grandchildren, Anthony William Tranka and wife, Cathy, Benjamin John Tranka and wife, Sarah-Beth and Christian Harper; four great-grandchildren; brother, John Robert Thorpe and wife, Catherine, sister, Lucille T. Dunlow and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 29 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 30. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Betty Woodruff Jarratt Fitzgerald

Betty Woodruff Jarratt Fitzgerald, 84, of Waynesboro, VA, formerly of Jarratt, Virginia, was called home to Heaven on Sunday, December 18, 2016. She was born July 21, 1932 in Pitt County, NC. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth C. Fitzgerald; two daughters, Peggy Jarratt Moore and husband, JR and Kay Jarratt Cox; four grandchildren, Heather Fincham and husband, John, Jason Cox  and wife, Tatiane, Crystal Graham and husband, Chris and Kelly Cox and husband, Damiel; four great-grandchildren, Brady and Carly Fincham and Brendan and Chase Riddle; a brother, Onnie Woodruff and wife, Brenda; three sisters, Shelia Pierce and husband, Bob, Ann Floyd and husband, Luke and Evelyn Moore; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Fitzgerald was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Verna Woodruff; her husband, Arthur Jarratt, a granddaughter; four brothers and two sisters. Betty was a member of High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt and in the past three years attended Wayside Baptist Church in Waynesboro. A hardworking lady, she managed a grocery store for over thirty years and eventually managed the store she owned. She loved gardening, sewing, singing and dancing and spending as much time as she could with her family and friends. Her smile will be remembered by everyone she knew her as her personality could radiate a room where everyone could feel her love. The funeral service will be held 12 noon on Thursday, December 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (www.alzfdn.org.) Online condolences amy be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Helen Poole Gibson

Helen Poole Gibson, 77, of Emporia, passed away on December 18, 2016. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lori Peirce and is survived by her sons, Tony Gibson and wife Debbie, David Gibson and wife Norma, Michael Gibson and friend Jeanette, and Timothy Gibson; sister, Gale P. Moore, 1 brother, William B. Poole & wife Lori; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, 11am, at Concord Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Gene Marshall Johnson

Gene Marshall Johnson, 74, of Midlothian, formerly of Emporia, passed away on December 14, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Ann Faison Johnson; daughter and son in law, Amy and Jimmy Parks; son, Jay Johnson; grandchildren, Abby and Marshall and special brother in law and wife, Bobby and Sandy Faison. He served as the 8th Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections, appointed by Governor Mark Warner in October 2002 and reappointed by Governor Timothy Kane in January 2006. During his 45 years of distinguished service, he was known for his commitment to the agency. A funeral service will be held 1pm, Monday, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2341 Winterfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23113. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, 1pm, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Road, Emporia, VA 23847. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Employee Assistance Fund, Attn: Barbara Reyes, Department of Corrections, P.O. Box 26963, Richmond, VA 23261. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Florence “Flo” Bernard

Florence “Flo” Bernard, 74, widow of William E. “Bill” Bernard passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. She is survived by her daughters, Janice Randof (Gary Nolf), Patricia Simmons (Jeff); sons, James William Edson, Jr. (Rosa), Richard Edson (Margarita) and Robert Lee Edson (Ana); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her beloved canine companions, Fern, Missie and Sadie Mae. Mrs. Bernard was a member of Forest Hill Baptist Church where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 9. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-7:30 Thursday, December 8 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

James E. “Jimmy” Brown

James E. “Jimmy” Brown, 50, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016. He is survived by his son, Zachary; mother, Janie Brown; sister Debbie Pearce and husband, Randy; niece, Brittney Pearce; girlfriend, Stacy Webb and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A beloved father, son, brother and companion, Jimmy was greatly loved and will be missed. He was plant manager at First Energy Corporation for over 25 years; President of Jarratt Hunt Club, a member of Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department; a past member of Jarratt Town Council and a member of Purdy Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 2–5 p.m Sunday, December 4 at Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial 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 Boy Scout Troop 232, 614 E. Lane Dr., Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to Jarratt Hunt Club, 583 Scotland Dr., Jarratt, Virginia. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Julia Kei Rideout Sprouse

Julia Kei Rideout Sprouse, 86, of Emporia, widow of Berry Rideout and Clyde Sprouse died November 28, 2016, peacefully at home.  She retired from Continental Telephone Company with over 30 years of service and was a life time member of Saint Richard’s Catholic Church. She is survived by two sisters, Bessie Smith of Hopewell and Ann Newsome of Emporia, and sisters in law, Audrey Kei and Katherine Kei of Emporia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceeded in death by her parents, Vendel and Bessie Kei; brothers, Vendel, Jr., Steve, Joe, Johnny, Paul, Sandy and Charlie Kei; sisters, Elizabeth Suess, Sue Tucker, and Mary Riegel. A funeral service will be held Friday, 2 p.m. Friday, December 2 at the Owen Funeral Home Chapel, 303 S. Halifax Rd where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Lois B. Gaskins

Lois B. Gaskins, 91, of Capron, widow of Arthur D. Gaskins, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Eva C. Butler. Numerous nieces and nephews survive her. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 30 at Drewryville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Thomas Memorial Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Milton Thomas “Tommy” Crewe

Milton Thomas “Tommy” Crewe, 84, of Emporia, Virginia, was born on June 8, 1932 and passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Tommy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Cash Crewe, his two sons, Jeff and wife, Dina of Suffolk, VA and Jerry and wife, Paige of Emporia; his grandchildren, Austin Crewe of Emporia, Emily Cyr and husband, Jordan of Aiken, SC and Morgan Crewe of Harrisonburg, VA. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Rose Tripp of Birmingham, AL and by special nephews, Trent Crewe of Wytheville, VA and Ron Crewe of New York City; also by nephews and niece, Barry and Allan Trippe and Rosanne Nichols of Birmingham, AL. Mr. Crewe was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Virginia Crewe and his brother, T. Guy Crewe. Tommy was devoted to his wife and children. He was a father who was always there for every event in his family’s life and was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was the owner of City Auto Supply for 24 years. Tommy was proud to be honored recently with the Ruritan Forever award by his Meherrin Ruritan Club. He was blessed to have had a loving and supportive family and many great friends. Tommy was known for his generous heart, wonderful sense of humor and incredible work ethic. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank his caregivers, Regena Deloatch, Jean Miller, Doretha Carrington, Annie Lee, Clara Edwards and many others for their wonderful care of Tommy during the past 14 months. Special thanks to the staff of Crater Community Hospice. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 27 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 28 at Monumental United Methodist Church where Tommy was an active member for 75 years. Interment with military honors will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. If you choose, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the church or to Meherrin Ruritan Club. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Lucille Fox Kelly Gibson

Lucille Fox Kelly Gibson, 89, of Emporia, passed away Monday, November 1, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. “Bob” Kelly; two brothers, Jethro W. Fox and Ryland C. Fox; and a sister, Virginia Fox Bowen. Mrs. Gibson is survived by her daughter, Sharon Kelly Phillips Daniels; grandson, Matthew Dalton Phillips; granddaughter, Caitlin Fox Phillips and a number of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, November 4 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery where the family will receive friends prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church, 24463 Adams Grove Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Melvin Temple “M.T.” Leonard, Jr.

Melvin Temple “M.T.” Leonard, Jr. 59, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin T. Leonard, Sr. and his sister, Deborah Leonard Morris. He is survived by his wife, Alicia Wolanski Leonard; step-son, Alex Bojko (LaRay Graner); his mother, Hazel Ann Leonard; brother, Charles G. Leonard and wife, Helen and brother-in-law, Joshua J. Morris. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 4 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 5 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 303 S. Braxton Ave, Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at Salem United Methodist Church, 19312 Templeton Rd, Carson, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Obituaries

Emporia News

Stories on Emporianews.com are be searchable, using the box above. All new stories will be tagged with the date (format YYYY-M-D or 2013-1-1) and the names of persons, places, institutions, etc. mentioned in the article. This database feature will make it easier for those people wishing to find and re-read an article.  For anyone wishing to view previous day's pages, you may click on the "Previous Day's Pages" link in the menu at the top of the page, or search by date (YYYY-M-D format) using the box above.

Comment Policy:  When an article or poll is open for comments feel free to leave one.  Please remember to be respectful when you comment (no foul or hateful language, no racial slurs, etc) and keep our comments safe for work and children. .Comments are moderated and comments that contain explicit or hateful words will be deleted.  IP addresses are tracked for comments. 

EmporiaNews.com serves Emporia and Greensville County, Virginia and the surrounding area
and is provided as a community service by the Advertisers and Sponsors.
All material on EmporiaNews.com is copyright 2005-2016
EmporiaNews.com is powered by Drupal and based on the ThemeBrain Sirate Theme.

Submit Your Story!

Emporia News welcomes your submissions!  You may submit articles, announcements, school or sports information using the submission forms found here, or via e-mail on news@emporianews.com.  Currently, photos and advertisements will still be accepted only via e-mail, but if you have photos to go along with your submission, you will receive instructions via e-mail. If you have events to be listed on the Community Calendar, submit them here.

Contact us at news@emporianews.com
 
EmporiaNews.com is hosted as a community Service by Telpage.  Visit their website at www.telpage.net or call (434)634-5100 (NOTICE: Telpage cannot help you with questions about Emporia New nor does Teplage have any input the content of Emporia News.  Please use the e-mail address above if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the content on Emporia News.)