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Wendy Jeneise Gordon

Wendy Jeneise Gordon, born July 26, 1976, died on Oct. 31 at Southside Regional Hospital in Petersburg, Va. Wendy leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Teresa Wray Welsh, of Emporia; father, Phillip W. Gordon and stepmom, Beverly of Lake Gaston, NC.; daughter Kelly Finn of Louisburg, N.C.; the love of her life, Ricky Blythe of Stony Creek, Va; and faithful canine Cracker as well as a host of aunts, uncles and cousins that she loved very much. She was predeceased in death by her grandparents, Robert H. "Bobby" Wray and Edla Hobbs Wray; and Robert and Marie Gordon, of Emporia. Wendy faced many challenges in her 40 years. She had medical issues from childhood and suffered a brain injury in her early 20s. But she had a heart of gold and loved everyone, especially children and the elderly. The family will receive visitors Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6:30-8 p.m., at Echols Funeral Home. A graveside funeral will be held at 11 a.m., at Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Ave., with Pastor Brad Barbour officiating. Pallbearers will be Tally Pernell, John Mise, Chris Clarke, Nicholas Hobbs, Robbie Wray, and Brian Lindsley. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Wrenn, Ernest Bailey and Kiser Robinson. In lieu of flowers the family is accepting donations for the funeral. Send donations to Teresa Welsh, c/o Independent Messenger, 111 Baker St. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com.

Edward Payne Harrup

Edward Payne Harrup, 77, of Emporia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Born October 3, 1939, he was the son of the late Surry and Anna Harrup and was also preceded in death by four siblings, Helen Kuhlman, Ida Mae Barnes and Johnny and Crawford Harrup. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Molly; two sons, Payne, Jr. (Lisa), Dennis (Amy); adopted daughter, Brenda Romines (Olin); four grandsons, Brian, Eddie, Jacob and Elijah; granddaughter, Tina Cranmore (Ron); great-grandson, Chayton and great-granddaughter, Kele. Mr. Harrup was retired from American Bakeries (Merita) and was a man who loved his family. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 2 at Word of Life Assembly of God Church where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 12:30. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Gladys Moore Hobbs

Gladys Moore Hobbs, 89, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson A. Hobbs; brother, Ervin Earl Moore and wife, Frances and a step-grandson, Aaron Spence. Mrs. Hobbs is survived by two daughters, Linda Hobbs Hawkins and husband, Glenn and Brenda “Bootsie” Spence and special friend, Troy Reickard; four grandchildren, Hayes Hawkins, Melanie Poteat (Matt), Joanna Lane (Richard) and Stephen Spence (Jennifer); great-grandchildren, Kaylin Hawkins, Summer Hawkins, Gabrielle Jean, Sheridan Poteat, Landon Poteat, Cole Poteat, Lauren Jenkins, Aaron Lindquist, Levi Lindquist and Mattie Spence; a brother, Dennis Moore (Glenda) and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29 at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main St., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Sam Billy Barnes Sr

Sam Billy Barnes Sr. made his final Journey home today, October 18th 2016. Sam Billy is survived by his 3 children, Dale B Rhodes, Sam "Billy" Barnes Jr. and wife Vickie, Kimberly Creech-Mitchell and four grandsons, Kent Christopher Trader, Anthony R. Hux, Kyle A. Barnes and wife Megan, Rodney K. Mitchell and wife Tiffany and 7 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Capron Cemetery in Capron Virginia at 1pm on Friday, October 21, 2016. Arrangements by Williford Funeral Home, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

William F. “Bill” Whitehead, Sr.

William F. “Bill” Whitehead, Sr., widower of Audrey Allen Whitehead passed away Friday, October 7, 2016. He is survived by a son, William F. “Billy” Whitehead, Jr. and wife, Shirley of Prince George; daughter, Kathie W. Little and husband, Allen of Skippers; grandchildren, Shirley Yeary and husband, James, William F. “Will” Whitehead, III and wife, Tracey, Corey Whitehead, Kimberly Hafey and husband, Brad and Megan Jones and husband, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Kelsea Roussell, Christian Roussell, Caila Aluisio and husband, Jordan, Bryannah Whitehead, Miranda Whitehead, Wyatt Whitehead, Rachel Kidd and Ethan Kidd; one great-great-grandson, Cayson Grant Hudgins; a brother, Walter C. “Bubba” Whitehead and wife, Carolyn; a sister, Audrey Doenges and husband, Gary and special friend, Bernice Childress. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 11. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lakewood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Dr., Richmond, Virginia 23238. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

William Stratton Finch

William Stratton Finch, 60, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Barbara R. Finch; two sons, Anthony W. Finch and wife, Devin and Jordy Finch; daughter, Leigh Ann Lewis and husband, Nick; three grandchildren, Bryce, Steven and Camryn; brother-in-law, James J. Rawlings and his faithful canine companion, “Snickers”. Mr. Finch was preceded in death by a son, Lynn S. Finch. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 at Zion Baptist Church, Skippers, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Arthur Wyche Allen

Arthur Wyche Allen, 80, widower of Shirley Prince Allen, passed away Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. He was the son of the late Bernie Beck Allen and Carrie Taylor Allen and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Irma Lee Allen and Ida Wrenn and four brothers, Milton Allen, S.T. Allen, Luther Allen and John Allen. He is survived by a son, Dale Allen; daughter Anita Wong; two grandchildren, Jason Wong and Kevin Allen and fiance’, Tonia and her children, Zoe, Makayla, Payton, Owen and Ethan, a great-granddaughter, Alyssa “Sugar Girl” Allen; two sisters, Josephine Covington and Esther Allen; a brother, Alfred A. Allen and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 3 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 4 at Forest Hill Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Elton Lee Powers

Elton Lee Powers, age 65, of Skippers, VA passed away September 19, 2016.  He is the son of the late Marvin and Susie Mae Powers.  He is survived by his wife, Donna Marie Powers; three sons, Brian Powers and wife Ginger, Jonathon Powers and Nathan Powers; three grandchildren, Destiny, Joshua and Kaylee; two sisters, Vivian Finney and Brenda Phillips and husband Cecil; and his brother, Wayne Powers and wife Janet.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Va. with interment at Zion Baptist Church, Skippers, Va.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Joyce Brady Taylor

Mrs. Joyce Brady Taylor, 78, of Drewryville, passed away on Saturday September 17, 2016. She was the widow of the late Henry Thomas Taylor, Jr.; a native of Prince George County, Joyce was the daughter of the late Nelson Dabney Brady and Lucy Alma Watson and stepfather Emil Popoczy. She is survived by two daughters, Sherry Dale Taylor of Prince George and Debbie T. Wilmouth of Chester; son, Henry “Tripp” T. Taylor, III and wife, Tara of Black Creek; grandchildren, Amanda Arnold and husband, Mark, Brady Temple Taylor, Corey H. Wilmouth, Kinsey W. Taylor, Thomas Taylor, Zoe Mathis and husband, William, Alaina Schools, Merea Taylor and Micah Taylor; four great-grandchildren, Devin Pittman, Austin Pittman, Brayden Arnold and Courtlyn Arnold; one sister, Phyllis Brady Warren and husband, David L. of Disputanta. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 22 at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church, Drewryville, Virginia with interment to follow at Drewryville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Drewryville Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Ann F. Pearson

Ann F. Pearson was born January 2, 1948 to Gilbert and Lillie Pearson and died Sept. 16, 2016.  She grew up in Emporia  She was a proud member of the class of 1966 of Greensville County High School before she graduated from Radford College. She was a charter member of Zeta Tau Alpha at Radford.  Ann taught school in Nottoway County for several years before becoming a warehouse manager for   Phillip Morris until she retired to become the #1 babysitter for the Watson family.  She loved the Red Hatters and the Atlanta Braves.  She is survived by her mother Lillie E. Pearson, sister Gay Taylor  and husband Melvin, two nieces; Patti Watson and husband Rick, Allison Travis and husband Walker and nephew Robert Taylor.  She is also survived by 3-great-neices and 2-great nephews, Jordan Watson, Taylor Watson, Tanner Watson, Lily Travis and Lauren Travis, who were the joys of her life.  Ann also leaves behind many cousins and cherished friends. A visitation will be held Sunday 3:00 to 4:00 at Main St. United  Methodist Church with service to follow at 4:00 P. M. in the church,  with interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery. Donations can be made to her favorite charity, the Golf Society of Radford College c/o Jennie Allman , 1148 Ivy Hill Drive, Forest, Va., 24551.  Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Danny Gray White

Danny Gray White, 61, of Emporia passed away on September 10, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Roberta White. He is survived by his sister, Donna White Massey (Buck); his brothers, Randy White (Janet), Donnie White (Sara), and Ronald White (Frances); his nieces and nephews, Carly Krolak, Lindsay Bradley, Brooke White, Corey White, Carter White, Ty White, Alec White, Patricia White, and Ronnie White and many close friends. Danny was a graduate of Virginia Tech, President of White’s Shoe Store, Officer of Village View, and a member of Emporia Rotary. A funeral service will be held 1pm, Tuesday, at Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at Village View immediately following the interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Village View, c/o Nancy Ferguson, 108 State Street, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

David Michael Daniels

David Michael Daniels, 62, of Emporia passed away on September 8, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Frances Daniels and brother, Paul Daniels. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Kelly Daniels; step-son, Matthew Dalton Phillips; step-daughter, Caitlin Fox Phillips; brothers, Clyde Daniels and Bill Daniels and wife Judy; sister-in-law, Ann Daniels; 2 nephews, J.L. Daniels and girlfriend Lisa Starling and Billy Daniels and wife Christina; 2 great-nephews, Jade Daniels and wife Chelsea and Hunter Daniels; and great-great nephew, Gage Daniels. A visitation will be held 1pm, Monday, September 12th, at Monumental United Methodist Church followed by a memorial service at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Lifestar Ambulance Service. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Rosa Adams Gary

Mrs. Rosa Adams Gary, 91, of Richmond, VA, widow of John Gary, the daughter of the late Raymond and Sadie Adams departed this life on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond, VA. 

She attended Virginia State College School of Tailoring and worked as a tailor for many years and also worked as a private duty nurse.

She is survived by three daughters, Teresa, Rosemarie and Joan; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sallie Morgan, Evoria Scott and Elizabeth Adams; two brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law, and a host of other relatives and friends.  

Services for Mrs. Rosa A. Gary will be held 12:00 Noon, Monday, September 12, 2016 at Salem Baptist Church, 800 Brink Road, Emporia, Va.   Interment to follow at the Adams Family Cemetery, Emporia.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Gary at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

John Douglas Jessee

John Douglas Jessee, 78, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016.  He was the widower of Merle Jessee.  Also, he was preceded in death by one brother, William G. Jessee.  He is survived by a daughter, Lynn Jessee Moseley and husband Troy, a son, John Douglas Jessee, Jr., one grandchild, Heather Moseley Smith and husband Dave, and one great-grandchild; Freya Lorainne Smith.  The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, September 12 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 13.  Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Jerry Nelson Mitchell

Jerry Nelson Mitchell, Sr. age 84 of Ante, Va. passed away September 7, 2016.  He is the son of the late Josiah and Gladys Mitchell and is preceded in death by his sister, Jane Malone and two brothers, Gorman Jr. and Roy Mitchell.  He is survived by his wife, Nellie Pearson Mitchell; two sons, Jerry N. Mitchell, Jr. and wife Paula and B. Scott Mitchell and wife Kay; four grandchildren, J.N. “Trey” Mitchell, III and Jack Mitchell, Melissa Griffin and husband Josh, and Ashley Lynch and husband Kevin; and two great granddaughters, Riley and Avery Griffin.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Ante, VA.  The family will receive friends Saturday form 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Edward Collins Barnes, Sr.

Edward Collins Barnes, Sr., 86, of Emporia passed away on September 5, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He served in the United States Airforce for 23 years and worked for the United States Postal Service for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Ann Barnes; son, Edward Collins Barnes, Jr. and wife Denise; daughters, Lelia Slagle and husband Kelly, Kathy Dickerson Allen, and Amy Browder and husband Mitchell; sisters, Marie Thompson and Nancy Harris; grandchildren, Christopher Link (Cristina), Jonathan Link (Ashley), Edward Barnes, III (Sara), Alexa Dickens (Matt), Joshua Barnes (Jennifer), Katie Evans (Derek), James E. Dickerson (Cassie), Ethan Barnes (Rachel), Will Browder (Ashley), Jeremy Barnes, and Meagan Browder; great-grandchildren, Zack Dickens, Austin Link, Aidan Dickens, Jackson Link, Hudson Link, Lillian Barnes, Connor Barnes, Carter Evans, Blake Evans, Olivia Barnes, Cooper Barnes, and Rosa Lee English. Visitation will be held Friday, 10:00 am, at Calvary Baptist Church followed by an 11:00 am funeral service. Interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery will conclude the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Elsie Padgett Newsome

Elsie Padgett Newsome, 73, of Emporia, widow of Thomas P. “Tommy” Newsome, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Martha F. and Paulous A. Padgett and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Seamans and Shirley Jennette Padgett and three brothers, Charles A. Padgett, Arnold Padgett and Glenn Padgett. Mrs. Newsome is survived by her daughter, Tamera Newsome Jarratt; three grandchildren, Brooke Nicole Jarratt, Kayla Loraine Jarratt and Austin Craig Jarratt; two great-grandchildren, Lailah Cheyenne Baylor and Rilee Arielle Baylor; three sisters, Elizabeth “Lou” Harrell, Barbara P. Holloway and husband, Billy and Lovie McQuordale; brother, Clyde Padgett and wife, Mary Lou three sisters-in-law, Diane Newsome Jones and husband, Teeny, Betty Padgett and Juanita Padgett and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 Crater Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Jean Pair Grizzard

Jean Pair Grizzard, 79, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016.  She was the widow of Joel Carlton Grizzard.  Also, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Joanne Whitby and Sandra Daniels; two brothers, Herman Pair and wife Chistine and Roper “Dickie” Pair and wife Jean and one sister, Edith Smith and husband Horace. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Evans and husband Frank, three grandchildren, Penny Harrell and husband Hunter, Joel Ward, and Michael Parks, two step-grandchildren, Frankie Evans and Angela Wright, three great-grandchildren; Haleigh Parks, Brianna Parks and Aliyah Parks one sister, Doris Campbell and husband Johnny and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.  The funeral service will be held 2pm Friday, September 2, 2016 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Frances Robinson Collins

Frances Robinson Collins, 94, formerly of Emporia, VA, passed away peacefully at her residence, Brookdale Senior Living, in Staunton, VA. She was predeceased by her husband, Clem Joseph Collins. She is survived by her children, Sandra Briggs, Debra Lynch, and Michael Collins; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Earl Robinson; sisters, Doris Murfee, Geraldine Starke, and Elizabeth “Libby” Davis. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, 1 pm, at Echols Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a funeral service at 2:30 pm. Interment will be held in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Katherine Berkeley Dorsk

Katherine Berkeley Dorsk, 36, passed away due to a sudden, unexpected health issue on Sunday, July 31st. She was predeceased by her parents Helen Grizzard Dorsk and Edward Jay Dorsk, both of Richmond. She is survived by her uncle George Grizzard and wife, "Aunt" Becky, of Ashland, VA and cousins Chesney McCahill and husband Will, Morgan Grizzard and Erika Grizzard. She is also survived by an uncle Dr. Brian Dorsk of Maine and long-time friend Hunter Parker. Katherine graduated from VCU and worked several jobs before working as a barista at the Starbucks in Ashland where she was loved by both co-workers and customers. Katherine had a profound love of animals and had 3 beloved cats, Buddy, Gracie and Toby. A service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 2 pm at Bliley's Funeral home on Staples Mill Road, Richmond. Burial will be Sunday, Aug. 14 at 2 pm in Drewryville, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richmond SPCA.

Willie Mae Goodwyn

Willie Mae Goodwyn was one of six children born to Jimmy and Minnie Hux on October 15, 1936. On Monday, July 18, 2016, she took her last breath at 9:05 a.m. and decided to walk amongst the angels.

Until the death of her late husband, Roman Goodwyn, Jr., she lived in Jarratt, Virginia where she was a member of Hassidiah Baptist Church.  She subsequently relocated to be with family and was a devoted worshiper at Prospect Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN and, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, GA, where she lived with her son Beverly Goodwyn (Earlene) and her daughter Lynda Goodwyn.

Willie Mae was a strong woman; maybe not physically but by way of her tenacity and resilience.  She was called “Mother” by so many and affectionately known as “Ponkie” to just as many. She lived a full life with people around her – family, friends and even strangers – who were encouraged by her story and her spirit.  “I may give out, but I will not give in.” Those were the words she spoke only three days before she passed away. And, that is exactly what she did.  Her heart simply gave out, but Willie Mae did not give in.

She leaves to cherish her memories her son, Beverly Goodwyn of Atlanta, GA; her daughter Lynda Goodwyn of Alpharetta, GA; her daughter-in-law Earlene Goodwyn of Chattanooga, TN; her grand-daughter Candace Raleigh (Andre) of Cumming, GA; her grandson Lamar Pitmon Jr. (Kyria) of Knoxville, TN; two great-grandchildren, Kyree and Ahmari Pitmon of Knoxville, TN; a loving sister, Gloria Goodwyn of Baltimore, Maryland; a devoted sister-in-law, Ella Goodwyn of Jarratt, VA and an extended and loving community of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.   

Willie Mae lived a full, prosperous and abundant life and was a faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and she stood on His word.  Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23. She loved her family deeply and her family loved and cared for her with all their heart.

Funeral Services were conducted on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12 Noon at the Hassidiah Baptist Church, Jarratt, VA.

Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

Sarah Pearson Seaborne

The final chapter of God’s Book of Life for our beloved, Mrs. Sarah Pearson Seaborne, age 73, of the Pleasant Shade Community was concluded on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:03 A.M. 

Sarah P. Seaborne, the sixth child of the late Joe Thomas and Sarah (Kate) Elizabeth Callis Pearson was born on August 13, 1942 in Greensville County. A beautiful soul, a soft spoken voice and gentle spirit, found sweet rest and peace on Monday, July 18, 2016. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her. 

Sarah was trained in a Christian home and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Being obedient to the Church Covenant, when she moved from this place, she was united with Mount Zion Baptist Church in South Hackensack, New Jersey where she could carry out the spirit and principles of God’s word. She served under the leadership of two great Pastors: Rev. Joseph Osborne and Rev. Dr. Robert L. Curry. She was a member of the Young Adult Choir, Pastor’s Aide, Usher’s Ministry and New Member’s Ministry. She mastered the biggest adjustment of her life when she relocated back to this area in 1974. She was reinstated in this church shortly after her return and has been an active member of the Executive Ministry, has taught vacation bible school, member of the Willing Workers Ministry, member of the Missionary Ministry and Financial Secretary. 

Sarah was educated in Greensville County Schools, graduated from Southside Virginia College with an Associate Degree and was listed in Who’s Who Honor Society. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in early childhood education from Saint Paul’s College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also received certificates for extended studies: Bureau of Education and Research, The Education Training Network, Using Educational Technology and Child Abuse and Neglect offered by Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Sarah M. Pearson married her childhood sweetheart, John H. Seaborne, Sr. on December 23, 1961 and from this union, two sons were born. 

Sarah was employed for sixteen years in the accounting area of top firms while living in the city of Hackensack. Sarah found her true calling in 1983 when she began teaching and tutoring young children. She loved teaching and was an advocate for education. In July 2008, she retired from Mecklenburg County Public School System after 25 years of service. Not sure if she was ready to let go completely, she added her name to the substitute list right away. She mastered the art of multitasking. It was customary for her to walk several miles on the treadmill, cycle, clean house, plant flowers, cook meals and squeeze in a few hours of office work. She loved to travel and interact with quality people. The farthest she ever traveled was to Frankfurt, Germany. Her most enjoyable trip was a cruise on the Oasis to Hatti and Mexico with family and friends. She worked, ministered and mentored until an undetected medical problem changed everything. 

She was a member of the G.R.T.A. (Greensville Retired Teacher’s Association), Virginia Retired Teacher’s Association, National Retired Teacher’s Association, Georgia P. Kelley Temple #863 Daughters of Elk, Fifth District Unity Council, Virginia State Association Daughters of Elk, Past Grand Daughter Ruler Council, Pass State President Council and State Directress of Efforts for Youth. 

Sarah was preceded in death by three brothers; James, Robert and Wilson Pearson, three sisters; Vinie P. Walker, Grace P. McBeth and Geneva P. McKinnon, and two sister-like nieces; Otelia Pearson McWilliams and Ella Pearson Martin, one sister-like cousin; Evoria Ross Franklin. 

Sarah leaves those who are grateful to have shared her life and will cherish her memory her husband; John H. Seaborne, Sr., two sons; John Seaborne, Jr. (Amanda) and Jeffrey Seaborne, Sr. (Amanda), three grandsons; Darius K. Seaborne of Richmond, VA, Jeffery Seaborne, Jr. of Norfolk, VA, and Justin Seaborne of Emporia, VA, one great-granddaughter; Kaliya Seaborne of Richmond, VA, one great-grandson; Keair John Seaborne of Richmond, VA, one brother; Eddie Pearson (June) of Richmond, VA, one daughter-like niece; Rev. Joann Pearson Collins (James) of Hackensack, NJ, one devoted niece; Natley McKinnon of Newport News, VA, two God-daughters; Glenda McBeth Burton (William) of Greensboro, NC and Chonita Pearson Hall (Will) of Hackensack, NJ, three step granddaughters; Blondia Curry, Breana Bradley and Patrice Roberts, one step grandson; Tyree Roberts, four step great-grandchildren; Donasia, Donavion, Destiny and Ja’zarion, one lifetime friend; Bernice Pace Jackson of Teaneck, NJ, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and associates. 

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 12 Noon at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Freeman, VA.
Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc., 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia.

Mabel Williams Thompson

Visitation:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt

Service:

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11 am at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt

Interment following the service at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Mabel W. Thompson, 86, widow of Calvin L. Thompson, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy R. Thompson and two brothers, Edward Williams and Billy Williams. She is survived by one son, William “Bug” Thompson and wife, Dianne; five grandchildren, Chris Thompson and wife, Kristine, Scott Thompson and wife, Julie, Stacy Thompson, Becky Parham and husband, Lawrence and Jamie Taylor and husband, Clay; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Heather, Alex, Amber, Carrie, Zach and Colton; great-great-granddaughter, Kaydence; daughter-in-law, Linda Thompson; a sister, Maggie Phillips and a brother, John Clifton Williams and wife, Ruth. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Edward Ray Ogburn

Edward Ray Ogburn “Red Bug, Ed, Big O, Papa Grumpy”, 75, of Emporia was called home to the Lord July 15, 2016.  He was born March 23, 1941 to Willie E. Ogburn and Lucy (Butler) Ogburn in Emporia, VA.

Ed Ray served in the Navy, he enjoyed NASCAR (especially #3), football and baseball.  He loved singing country music, shooting pool and an occasional Coors Light.  He had a great sense of humor and loved making people laugh.

Preceding him in death were his parents Lucy and Willie, one sister, Nellie Jean, and one brother, Joe.

He is survived by his long-term, devoted companion Sarah M. Staton, two sons, Willie (Jessica) Ogburn II and Edward (Crystal) Ogburn Jr., daughter-in-law Tammy Ogburn, three grandchildren, Drake, Tristan, and Emily and two brothers, James and John Brantley.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the caring personnel at Greensville Manor, Davida Dialysis and Dr. Mike Anderson and staff.

“Papa Grumpy” will be missed greatly by his family.  We love you, Pop.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Lorenza Easter

Lorenza Easter was born June 29th, 1935 in Greensville County, Virginia  and passed away in peace on July 9, 2016.  He was the son of the late Jerry and Helen Easter of
Emporia, Virginia.
 
Lorenza confessed Christ at an early age and attended the Greensville County school system.  Lorenza married Alice Mae Robinson in 1955 after they were high school sweethearts. As husband and wife, Lorenza took his young bride and they set out for life in New Jersey.  There, Lorenza joined the Trinity Baptist Church in the 70’s.  While there he served as a landscaper on the Trinity Beautification Ministry and was a faithful Charter Member until retiring and returning back home to Freeman, Virginia where he joined the New Hope RZUA Church.
 
Lorenza was a loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather that doted on his two grandchildren.

Lorenza was employed as a facility supervisor at Star Manufacturing Inc., in Little Ferry New Jersey for 44 years.  In addition, he enjoyed being his own boss.  He owned a business called Easter Landscaping for more than 30 years, with clientele throughout Bergen County, New Jersey.  Many of his clients would comment that “Lorenza works as though he has five children to feed.” In reality he had only one daughter,
Helen Otelia Easter-Wyche that adored him tremendously.

Lorenza was a quiet sole that leaves to mourn his wife of more than 60 years,
Alice Mae Easter; his only daughter Helen O. Easter Wyche (Benjamin W.); two beloved grandchildren, Benjamin Loren and Benita Alicea Wyche; two sisters, Zenobia Thomas and Maxine Easter; three brothers-in-law, Paul, Colonel and Richard Robinson; three sisters-in-law, Juanita Dugger, Polly and Shirley Robinson.

Lorenza leaves behind many who will cherish all the encounters and loving memories to include many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope RZUA Church in Freeman, VA.

Interment in The Robinson Family Cemetery, Freeman, VA 

Arrangements were handled by the professional staff of the R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services, INC, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162, www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com 

Veonia Elizabeth Seaborn

Veonia Elizabeth Seaborn affectionately known as (Sis) was born  on July 5, 1930 to the late Major Colonel and Lola M. Jolly Walker in Brunswick County.  She departed this life quietly on her birthday July 5, 2016 at the Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. 

Veonia was educated in the Brunswick County Public School System.

At an early age Veonia gave her life to Christ and joined the Piney Grove Baptist Church where she was faithful until her health failed. 

A quiet and sweet woman, Veonia loved life to the fullest.   Through out her life she was a farmer and a became a child care provider.  She always made sure that her children were loved. The children in the neighborhood even took to her.

Along with her parents, Veonia was preceded in death by her only brother, Robert Walker.

Veonia leaves to treasure her memory her children, John Seaborn (Sarah), Robert Seaborn (Mabel), Marion Whyte, James C. Seaborn , Barbara M. Wilson, Ronald Seaborn, Clarence Seaborn (Connie); grandchildren, John Jr., Jeffrey Valarie, Veronica, JaiAnna, Robert, Bobby, Stephanie, Jolanda (Harold), Robby, Michael, Sonora, Markus, Clarence, Jr., Tobias, Clarence R., Terrance & Cedric; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.       

Funeral services were conducted at  Piney Grove Baptist Church, 6828 Old Stage Road on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Pastor Yvonne Woodson presided over the service and Rev. Kenneth Carter offered the Eulogist.  Interment at the Seaborn Family Cemetery on Brunswick Rd followed the service.

Arrangements were handled by the professional staff of the R.E.Pearson and Son Funeral Services, INC. 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847, 434-634-2162.  www.pearsonandsonfuneralhome.com

John “Eddie” Allen

John “Eddie” Allen, age 70, of Emporia, lost his battle with lung cancer on Thursday, July 14, 2016. He was the son of the late Frank Richard and Lucy Collins Allen. Eddie, born July 13, 1946, was the youngest of ten children; Alice Moore (deceased); Lois Taylor (deceased); Frank Allen Jr. (deceased); Margaret Watson; Jeannette McArdle; Eleanor Stone (deceased); Joyce Major; Peggy Myrick (deceased); and Martha Harris.

Eddie was a graduate of Greensville County High School and began his career with the telephone company in the early 1960s. He then decided to pursue a career in construction with Newsome Brothers, Inc. In 1995, he and his wife, Brenda, founded Allen & Allen Contractors, Inc. and operated it until recently when his health began to fail.

Eddie was a member of the Virginia National Guard from 1965 to 1971, a longtime member of the Gravel Pit Hunt Club, and a member of the Meherrin Bassmasters.

He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda, of 50 years; their son, Brian and his wife, Cheryl; their daughter, Mary Beth Allen Cobb and her husband, Gary; three grandchildren, Sheree Mitchell Wood, Nicole Allen, and Garrett Cobb; and a great-grandson, Bradley Wood.

Some of Eddie’s happiest moments were working, hunting, and fishing. In recent years, he especially enjoyed sharing his sportsman skills with his grandson, Garrett.

Eddie will be remembered for his love of his wife and family; his dry sense of humor, and how he loved to pick on people he liked.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia, Virginia on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452.

Kimberly Marie Privette and Madison Marie Privette

Kimberly Marie Privette, 35, and her daughter, Madison Marie Privette, 9, of Hopewell, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Kim was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Hamel Blake; She is survived by her husband, Phillip Privette; father, Charles “Chuck” Blake; brother, Kevin Hamel (Sherry); sister, Melissa Bowles (Mike); and several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Madison was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother. She is survived by her dad, Phillip; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Barbara “Gram-Gram” Privette; maternal grandfather, Charles “Pop” Blake; and numerous aunts, uncles and extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Southside Baptist Church, 2007 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at church. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday at the Delbridge Family Cemetery, Emporia, VA. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

Kathleen Phillips Morris

Kathleen Phillips Morris, 92, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was a devoted member of Main Street Baptist Church.  Mrs. Morris is survived by a daughter, Nancy White; two sons, James Edward “Eddie” Morris, and James Franklin “Frankie” Harrison; two sisters, Mary Elaine Newsome and Francis Christley; ten grandchildren and 9 great-granchildren.  A memorial service will be held 4 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina where the family will receive friends two hours prior to the service.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 South Main St. Emporia, VA 23847.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Charles R. “Tuck” Woodruff

Mr. Charles R. “Tuck” Woodruff, 72, of Jarratt, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016. He was the son of the late William A. and Verna Braxton Woodruff and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Ehrardt and Sue Odom, three brothers, William E. “Bill” Woodruff, Sr., Frank Woodruff and Cecil Woodruff and a son, Charles R. Woodruff, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Darlene D. Woodruff, son, Ricky Woodruff; two daughters, Tracy Woodruff and Sharon Rich; three grandchildren, Savannah Cook, Montgomery Cook and Marshall Cook; four step-children, Bruce Decker, James Decker, Roni Decker and Coni Young; ten step-grandchildren; a step-great-grandson; brother, Onnie Woodruff; four sisters, Shelia Pierce, Ann Floyd, Evelyn Moore, Betty Jarratt and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service, led by Pastor Wilson G. Conwell will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

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