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GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, August 21, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

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.

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.

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