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Rev. Dr. Robert Paul Wyatt

The Reverend Dr. Robert Paul Wyatt died on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. He was born on March 23, 1934 in Danville, Virginia to the late Emmett Jackson Wyatt and Bessie Elliott Wyatt. He graduated from Friend High School in South Boston, and the University of Richmond, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Union Presbyterian Seminary where he received Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He also studied at Mansfield College, Oxford, England and Princeton Presbyterian Seminary. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Brenda Owen Wyatt, and their children, David Owen Wyatt, Joan Elisabeth Wyatt, William Michael Wyatt and Robert Andrew Wyatt; his twin sister, Betty Wyatt Grant and husband, Jim of San Diego as well as many nieces and nephews who were attentive and kind to him. He was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers and son, Ronald Charles Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt served three congregations: Mill Swamp Baptist, Ivor, Virginia, Druid Hills Mission, Danville, Virginia and for 29 years at High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt, Virginia. In retirement, he served several churches as interim pastor, including several years as part-time pastor of Adams Grove Baptist Church in Emporia. He was active in associational life, serving as a member of the Board of Missions of the Baptist General Association, moderator of the Petersburg Baptist Association, parliamentarian of the association for 14 years, and chair of the History and Archives Committee. He edited the centennial history of the Petersburg Baptist Association. Dr. Wyatt enjoyed teaching, and taught for off-campus schools of the University of Richmond and Bluefield College. He taught seminary courses in local churches for many years as a co-chair of the Seminary Extension Department of the Petersburg Association. He was a life-long student of history and wrote on the life of Robert E. Lee. He was active in local religious and civic groups. He was a member of the Greensville-Emporia Ministerial Association, Jarratt Ruritan Club and was a founding member of the Greensville-Emporia choir, where he enjoyed singing Christmas programs for 30 years. He served as chaplain for the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center and its predecessor, Greensville Memorial Hospital. Known to many as “Preacher Bob”, he loved Southside Virginia and the people who live there. He had many friends in Jarratt and Emporia and treasured each one. A memorial service will be held at High Hills Baptist Church, Jarratt, Virginia on Saturday, July 23 at 11:a.m. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service and a reception will follow in the Sharon Room of the Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to High Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia, 525B South Main St, Emporia, VA 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Michael Leonard Herman

Michael Leonard Herman, age 63, of Littleton, NC, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT.
 
He was born March 27, 1953, in Williamston, NC. Mike graduated from Greensville County (VA) High School and graduated from Richard Bland College, where he studied business. After working as a life guard and as a drug store supervisor, Mike moved to Pinetops, NC, where he opened a retail clothing store with his father.

Mike also was a dedicated public servant to his community working as a volunteer fire fighter and with the rescue squad. Mike served as the mayor of Pinetops from 1983-1987, and also served as a member of the Edgecombe County ABC Board. Mike served a year as President of the North Carolina ABC Board.

Mike moved his family to Garner, NC where he worked for several years at the North Carolina ABC Warehouse in Raleigh, NC. This position started Mike’s career in transportation, distribution and logistics. Mike worked for Long Transportation in Raleigh, before accepting a position with Best Cartage in Raleigh, NC in 1991. He managed the Raleigh office for Best Cartage for several years before moving to their home office in Kernersville, NC

 
Mike Herman worked for Best Cartage (later became Best Logistics Group) for over 24 years before retiring as President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2015. Mike became a full time resident on Lake Gaston after retirement.

Mike was involved with numerous organizations throughout his life. Mike was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church, and was an active member of Littleton United Methodist Church for the last several years, serving on numerous committees and as a Sunday school teacher. He was also active in the Heart of Carolina Emmaus community for numerous years, and participated in C12, a Christian roundtable organization for business leaders, for over a decade leading up to his retirement from Best.

Mike Herman was a friend to everyone he met in life. He was always willing to help anyone in need, and always offered words of encouragement. Mike loved to travel, especially to St. Thomas, loved living on the lake and loved spending time with his family and friends.
Michael Leonard Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Elizabeth Herman, and by his younger brother, Jim Herman. Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kaye Herman; his son, Joey Herman and his wife, Kim (Kernersville, NC); his son, Tim Herman and his wife, Dana (Garner, NC); his older brother, Steve Herman and his wife, Joan (Clarksville, VA); his uncle and aunt, Erik and Becky Gummesson (Asheville, NC); his father and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Jean Clay (Emporia, VA); and by his step-mother, Clyde Herman (Pinetops, NC). Mike is also survived by four grandchildren that brought him abundant joy, Claire Herman (Garner, NC), Avary Anne Herman (Kernersville, NC), Jasper Herman (Garner, NC) and Ainsley Herman (Kernersville, NC).

A funeral service will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2016, 11 AM at Littleton United Methodist Church in Littleton, NC. The family will greet visitors immediately following the funeral in the Littleton UMC fellowship hall. Michael Herman will be laid to rest the same day at 4 PM at Independence United Methodist Church in Emporia, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to Littleton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 26, Littleton, NC 27850.

Ethel P. Taylor

Ethel P. Taylor, 87, of Emporia, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016. She is survived by one daughter, Esther Hirschberg and husband, Andy; three sons, Gerald Taylor and wife, Tricia, Donnie Taylor and wife, Donna and Robbie Taylor and companion, Terri; six grandchildren, Keith Driver and companion, Pam Allen, Megan Miller and husband, Ryan, Loren Allen and husband, Kevin, Kellen Taylor, Kirk Taylor and wife, Nancy and Michael Harrington; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, George Powell and wife, Irma and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. 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 made at www.owenfh.com

Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard

May 24, 1936 - June 24, 2016

Visitation: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 2:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard, 80, of Capron, entered into the arms of Jesus Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was the son of the late Ollie and Sarah Hall Grizzard and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Zimmerman and Louise G. “Tudie” Bryant and a brother, Robert O. “Bobby” Grizzard. Mr. Grizzard is survived by his wife, Joanne Briley Grizzard; daughter, Joanne Elizabeth Grizzard; two sons, Edward Lee “Eddie” Grizzard and wife, Amanda of Chesapeake and Russell Timothy “Tim” Grizzard and wife, Julie of Capron; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Grizzard Crafton; a brother, George A. Grizzard and wife, Ruby of San Juan, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at Capron Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Capron Baptist Church, P.O. Box 273, Capron, Virginia 23829. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Marie Wright Morgan

Marie Wright Morgan, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Douglas Ira Morgan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, John Peebles Wright and Irene Brewer Wright of Valentines, Virginia; a sister Rebecca W. Browder of Dolphin, Virginia and two Brothers, Robert Wright and Willie Wright both of Valentines, Virginia.

Marie is survived by five children: Johnny Morgan and wife Paige of Emporia, Sylvia Allen of Dolphin, Virginia, Michael Morgan and his wife Anne of Midlothian, Virginia, Julian Morgan and his wife Susan of Petersburg, Virginia and Martha M. Belmonte and her husband Vince of Wake Forest, N. C .; 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Marie was a loving wife and mother. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia where she served as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Women’s Missionary Union and the Friendship Class.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3 p. m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, Va. 23847. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Echols Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Edward Thomas Lee, Sr.

Edward Thomas Lee, Sr., 78, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, June 12, 2016. A Greensville County native, he was a member of Grace Community Fellowship Church. He was an innovative lifelong farmer having won numerous awards over the years for the crops he raised. Mr. Lee is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Barbara C. Lee; two sons, Edward Thomas Lee, Jr. of Miami, FL and David Bryan Lee of Emporia; two granddaughters who were the apple of his eye, Kacy Elizabeth Lee and Sienna Grace Lee; his sister, Barbara Drake and husband, Carroll of Boykins and brother, Southgate Lee, Jr. and wife, Rose of Drewryville. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virgina where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Entombemt will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or to Grace Community Fellowship, 8014 Little Lowground Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Donnie Fuller

May 26, 1948 - June 09, 2016

Visitation: Saturday, June 11, 6-8 pm. Service: Sunday, June 13, 2 pm

Donnie Fuller, 68, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Fuller and a brother, Larry Fuller. He is survived by his wife, Judy Fuller; son, Jimmy Pair, Jr. and wife, Mary; three grandchildren, Jimmy Lee Pair, Allison Pair, Christina Martin and husband William, who are expecting his unborn great-grandson, Brayden Martin; his mother, Elizabeth Fuller; sister, Vicky Hall and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Johnny Pascal Bowen

7/8/1926 - 5/20/2016

Memorial Service, 2:00 pm, Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Independence United Methodist Church.

Johnny Pascal Bowen, 89, of Emporia, VA passed away on May 20, 2016. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Alexander Bowen and Daisy Newsome Bowen. He is survived by his wife, Marie Doyle Bowen; son, Gary P. Bowen and wife Lynette of Naples, FL; daughter, Nancy B. Pernell of Emporia, VA; grandchildren, John A. Pernell and Matthew P. Pernell; sisters, Ethel Gauldin and Nellie Roberts and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bowen was member of Widows and Sons Masonic Lodge, Independence United Methodist Church, and a charter member and life member of Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. He had a large family he truly loved and they loved him in return. A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, Thursday, May 26, at Independence United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Crater Community Hospice, or Independence United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Shawn Keith “Skip” Penley

March 09, 1992-May 21, 2016

Visitation: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6-8 pm.  funeral Service: Thursday, May 26, 2016 2 pm.

Shawn Keith “Skip” Penley, 24, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Reid Boone Trail; paternal grandparents, Donna Gene Penley and Lionel Drace Penley and uncle, William Reid Trail. Skip is survived by his parents, Keith Douglas Penley and Donna Trail Penley; sisters, Katie Penley Wrenn and husband, Robert and Betty Anne Ramsey and husband, Jason; brother, Michael Ray Cousins and companion Cathy Butler and their children, Sonya Phillips and William Perkinson; his grandmother, Betty Trail; aunt Vickie Mollicone; uncle, David Penley and cousins, Vincent Mollicone and companion, Taylor Riley, Jennifer Jensen Walker, Josh Jensen and Drace Penley and lifelong friends, Ginger Beatty and Jamie King The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26. . Interment will follow at Drewryville Cemetery

Aleise Hawkins Ligon

Aleise Hawkins Ligon, 101, of Emporia passed away on May 18, 2016. She was predeceased by her husband, Jeffery Paul Ligon, Sr.; her parents, F. W. Hawkins and Ada S. Hawkins; brothers, Russell W. Hawkins and James F. Hawkins and sister, Mattie H. Williams. She is survived by her sons, Jeffery Paul Ligon, Jr. and wife Peggy H. Ligon and Gerald Hawkins Ligon and wife Patricia W. Ligon; grandchildren, Kennon P. Ligon and wife Sandy, Brian C. Ligon and wife Emily, and Shelley L. Rideout and husband Jason; great-grandchildren, Matthew H. Ligon, Charles Maxwell Ligon, and Caroline E. Rideout. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 6-8pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held 1pm, Friday, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Leslie T. “L.T.” Turner

Leslie T. “L.T.” Turner, 79, of Emporia passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Jearline M. “Judy” Turner; two sons, Leslie Keith Turner and wife, Cindy of Roanoke and Wayne Peterson and fiancée, Tammy Williams of Richmond; three daughters, Gwen T. Edwards, Sarah T. Combs and husband, Mike, all of Emporia and Kathy Turner of Winston-Salem, NC; two granddaughters, Nicole Edwards and Crystal Edwards; a sister, Rose Edwards and husband, Marshall of Littleton, NC; a brother, Bill Turner and wife, Rachel of Seaboard, NC; a number of nieces and nephews and his beloved feline companion, “Big Boy Turner”. Mr. Turner was the owner/operator of Turner’s Emporia 66 service station in Emporia for 45 years. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Beechwood Cemetery in Boykins, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Lydia Gerusa Norwood Riolo

8/26/1940 - 5/16/2016

Celebration of Life, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 11:00am, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.

Lydia Gerusa Norwood Riolo, 75, of Emporia, VA passed away on May 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Matteo Riolo and her two brothers, Eduardo Gerusa, Jr. and Ramon Gerusa. She is survived by her daughters, Pat Norwood Cocke (Raymond), Lynda Norwood Crabtree (Paul), and Debbie Denice Norwood; step-daughter, Pat Riolo Baker; brother, Reynaldo Gerusa; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and Robert “Bobby” C. Norwood, Jr. A Celebration of Lydia's Life will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11am, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Cynthia Lynn Johnson

Cynthia Lynn Johnson, 42, of Gaston, NC, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016. She is survived by her son, Dillon Johnson and fiancee’, Emily Ogburn; her parents, Dale and Cynthia Johnson; two brothers, Tony Johnson and wife, Joanna and Billy Johnson and wife, Shanika; half-sister, Patricia Clary and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 12 noon on Saturday, May 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia 23867 where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Daisy Belle Bradley Newsome

Mrs. Daisy Belle Bradley Newsome, 95 died on Sunday, May 1,2016 at her home on 305 West York Dr., Emporia, Virginia. She was born in Greensville County to Martha Buckner and James Richard Bradley, both deceased. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert James Newsome. She was a member Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include five sons and their wives, Bob and Barbara Newsome, Tom and Sue Newsome, Jerry and June Newsome, Mike and Carolyn Newsome, and Frank and Jill Newsome. Grandchildren are Debbie Newsome, Geoff Newsome (Kaye), Misty N. Dunlap (Dennis), Wendy N. McDowell (Lynwood), Christy Newsome, Mark Newsome (Jennifer), Beth N. Thompson (Mason), Joey Newsome, Jason Newsome (Kimberly), Blake Newsome (April), Brooke N. Markevicius (Edgar), Page Newsome, and Arnie Newsome. Great grandchildren are Gabriel Dunlap, Joshua Dunlap, Lucas Newsome, Veronica Newsome, Cecilia Newsome, Becket Newsome, Lindsay Thompson, Leah Thompson, Braedon Thompson, Maddie Newsome, Graham Newsome, Darcy Newsome and Lily Newsome. She was also preceded in death by a son, William Dean Newsome, a sister, Ella Sadler, and four brothers, Charlie Bradley, Jesse Bradley, Thomas Bradley, and Eddie "Pete" Bradley. The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel in Emporia. The family will receive friends from 1:30 - 2:30 prior to the Service of Remembrance. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family is grateful for the loving care given to her by Mary Adams, Sabrina Burnes, Rosa Carson, Jennifer Watson and Geraldine Walton as well as Joyce Lynch of Hospice of Virginia.

Obituary-Evelyn P. Allen

Evelyn P. Allen, 79, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. She was born December 22, 1936, daughter of the late Russell and Ora Proctor. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Simmons; three brothers, Bynum, Arnold and Pete Proctor and wife, Martha; two sisters, Doris Bankie and Jean Pair and husband, Roger “Dickie" Pair. Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband, Sherman Allen; their children, Marian StClair (Tim), Mary Smith (Howard), Doris Ozmar (Jim), Lois Hobbs (Mike), Ronnie Allen (Linda) and Kenneth Allen; a brother, Bobby Proctor (Doris); a number of grandchildren; great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 Friday, May 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Independence United Methodist Church or to Lebanon United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Martha Walker Moore

Martha Walker Moore, 65, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Moore Rook and husband, Jason; grandson, Joshua Daniel Rook; granddaughter, Emma Lane Rook; three sisters, Barbara Futrell and husband Paul, Patricia Parker and husband, Greg, all of Murfreesboro, NC; Robin White and husband, Jimmy of Margarettsville, NC and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her brother, Cliff Walker. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to VCU Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, Virginia 23298-0214. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Virginia Gay Applewhite

Virginia Gay Applewhite, 88, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Christie Gay Applewhite. Mrs. Applewhite was a resident of Drewryville, Virginia and a member of Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the choir for a number of years. She retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections after serving 37 years and had the distinction as the first female corrections officer at Southampton Correctional Center. Mrs. Applewhite also earned an award from the Virginia Broadcasters Association for her radio program “Listen Ladies” which aired on WEVA radio from Emporia. Interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia on Tuesday, May 1o, 2016 at 2 p.m. A fellowship will follow the service in the church social hall and is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.  Online condolances may be posted at www.owenfh.com Memorial contributions may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

Obituary-Jane Hill

Sarah Jane Tomlinson Hill, daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Bailey) Tomlinson was born April 28, 1942 at Emporia, Virginia. She went to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday, December 12, 2015 at her home in Courtland, Kansas surrounded by her loving family. Jane was 73 years of age. She was united in marriage to George Lee Hill on May 27, 1959 and together they raised two daughters, Janice Paige and Rebecca Kay. Besides the loving care she gave to her family, Jane worked for many years as a supervisor for the Franklin Braid Manufacturing Company. Together they made their home in Skippers, Virginia near Emporia. Jane loved her family dearly and demonstrated her love for them in so many meaningful ways. She was an avid shopper and in the last few years was quite involved with her many Facebook friends. Having visited Janice and family in Courtland through the years, she and George moved to the Courtland community permanently in 2015. She loved her new home and the many wonderful friendships she has developed here. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister and her brother Ernest Leonard Tomlinson. She will be forever remembered by her husband George of their home in Courtland; daughters Janice and husband Jacob Millias and Kay Edleman and husband Jack; grandchildren Michael Garrick Harding Cruz, Tabitha Glenn, Megan Miller, Katherine Millias, and Sarah Millias; great grandchildren Kaylin Harper, Tyree Harper, Evelyn Colson, Eldon Miller, and Scarlett Tracy. Jane’s family would like to also express their thankfulness to Drs. Walker, Beck, and Johnson and the staff at Republic County Hospital, Jewell county Hospital, and Salina Regional for their exceptional care for her.

Jane’s wishes were for direct cremation. A memorial gathering was held at the Living Waters church in Courtland, Kansas on Sunday, December 13, 2015. A family inurnment service will be held at a later time. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas assisted the Hill family with these arrangements.

There will be a memorial service for Jane Hill April 30th 2pm at Zion Baptist Church in Skippers. Friends and family are warmly invited to join in celebration of her life.

John Madison Lynch

John Madison Lynch passed away Friday, April 22, 2016.  He leaves with us memories which include his passion for hunting and fishing.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Amy O’Berry.  He leaves behind his father, Dave Lynch and special friend, Christie Mitchell along with his devoted aunt, Susan Harrison and husband Richard.  Also, left to cherish his memory are his four siblings, Mandy Tomlinson, Jesse Lynch, Ashley Lynch, and Jared Lynch, step-brother, Cody Autry, step-sister, Alexis Autry, grandfather, John O’Berry and wife Ruth, aunt Sharon Simmons and husband Charles, uncle, Greg O’Berry and wife Sharon and numerous cousins.  The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Stephen W. Ferguson

Stephen W. Ferguson, 74, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, April 16 while attending a retriever field trial in Rocky Point, North Carolina.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patsy Saffelle Ferguson, his daughter Carole Johnson, her husband, Richard, and four granddaughters: Virginia, Margaret, Lilli and Caroline Johnson, all of Wilmington, NC, and many loving members of his extended family. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Ferguson, Jr., his parents, Odell and C. Wade Ferguson of Emporia, and his sister Patricia Mitchell of Courtland.

Steve was born on February 19, 1942 in Emporia and lived on his family farm there all his life.  Patsy and Steve were high school sweethearts and were married in Emporia in August, 1963. Steve graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964 and was a life-long farmer and agribusiness man.  He was the owner of Greensville Feed Mill, Greensville Pork Farm, and Southside Cotton Gin. For the past 20 years he was active in his life’s passion with the Tidewater Retriever Club, Blue Ridge Retriever Club and Mid-Atlantic Hunting Retriever Club.

Steve enjoyed spending his days with his chocolate labs, training and working with his good friends from the retriever clubs on his farm, and traveling all over the country to field trials. His other passions were spending time with his daughter and her family and enjoying an active social life with his dear wife and many long-time friends. He was respected and loved far and wide for his enthusiastic love of life and constantly uplifting personality.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at the family farm on Brink Road on Sunday April 24 at 2 p.m.  Signs and directions will be provided upon arrival. Casual attire and comfortable shoes are suggested.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, the Greensville-Emporia Rescue Squad, or the charity of your choice.

Obituary-Wayne Preston Leath

Wayne Preston Leath, 68, of Emporia, passed away on April 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Richard and Mary Magee Leath. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Robertson Leath; daughter, Mary Shannon Leath of Glen Allen, VA; son, Adam Preston Alexander Leath and wife Diana Hoehne Leath of Raleigh, NC; granddaughter, Kate Anna Leath; special friend and funeral service organist, Cecelia Allen; special friends and brothers in heart, Bobby Vann and Robert Camp; and numerous cousins. He graduated from Randolph Macon College in 1969, where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. Wayne joined the Bank of Virginia in 1969, where he became a branch manager in Richmond. In 1977, Wayne, along with his father Richard, saw an opportunity to develop, purchase and expand hotels in many different locations. Wayne loved the water, his hometown, his family, his friends, and was a lifelong member of Monumental United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held on Sunday, 4-7pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Monday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Following the graveside a reception will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton Street, Emporia, VA, 23847 or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, VA, 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Stanton H. Ferguson

Stanton H. Ferguson, 90, of Emporia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in the presence of family and friends. A retired farmer and local businessman, he was the widower of Jewell Ferguson and was also preceded in death by a son, Terry Ferguson. He is survived by his daughter, Pier Ferguson; three sons, Reggie Ferguson and wife, Kari, Bobby Ferguson and wife, Bette and Stan Ferguson, Jr., and wife, Geraldine; seven grandchildren, Alex Ferguson, Cabel Ferguson, Jay Ferguson, Angel Ferguson, Brandon Ferguson, Heather Ferguson and Terry Ferguson, Jr. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emporia Volunteer Fire Department or Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Goldie Pritchett Matthews

Goldie Pritchett Matthews, 82, widow of Perry Edward Matthews, Sr., passed away Monday, April 4, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Connie M. Grizzard. She is survived by two daughters, Denise M. Davis and husband, Gary and Claudia A. Matthews; two sons, Benjamin E. Matthews and Perry E. Matthews, Jr. and wife, Janice; two granddaughters, Tanya Davis and Brooke Haught; four grandsons, Travis and Joshua Matthews, G.W. Davis and Bubba Grizzard; seven great-grandchildren, Jesse and Gracie Grizzard, Emma Matthews, Hannah Davis, Lexi Haught, Jaxson Haught and Dawson Haught; one sister, Ernestine Parker and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6,  at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Interment will follow at Magnolia Farm Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary- Lena Grant Richardson

Mrs. Lena Grant Richardson, 84, of Deep Run, NC, died Saturday, April 2, 2016. She is survived by one son, Calvin Grant Richardson and wife, Lori of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Cathy Richardson Cook and husband, Thurman of Deep Run, NC; four grandchildren, Joseph Grant Richardson and fiancée, Pauline Condero, Ethan Jacob Richardson of Henderson, NV, Zachary Thurman Cook and wife, Jenna of Hookerton, NC and Travis Calvin Cook of Deep Run, NC; great-grandson, Felix Curtis Richardson of Henderson, NV; sister, Lula Grant Sykes of Emporia, VA; brother, Frederick Hawkins Grant of Carlsbad, CA and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Mrs. Richardson was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lena Wendell Grant of Emporia, Virginia. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Richardson and two daughters, Wendell Lynne Richardson and Kay Wynne Richardson and a brother, William Joseph Grant. She was born in Greensville County but lived in Yale, Virginia where she was an active member of Joyner United Methodist Church. After her husband’s death, she moved to Emporia but eventually chose to move to Deep Run to be near her daughter and family. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Joyner United Methodist Church, c/o Jeannette Everett, 17413 Everett Rd, Capron, Virginia 23829 or to the Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park CT., Goldsboro, NC 27534. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Joyce Pittman Mitchell

Joyce Pittman Mitchell, 81 of Skippers, VA departed her Earthly home and family to join her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 2, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, James N. (Jimmy) Mitchell; two sons, Niel and wife Tracy of Skippers, VA and Bill and wife Wendy of Athens, AL; one daughter, Susan Harrell and husband Jesse of Emporia, VA; grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Tadd Mitchell and wife Ashley (Seth and Parker) of Athens, AL, Heather Ingrum and husband Zack (Mitchell, Zachary, and Sarah Kate) of Athens, AL, Sheree Wood and husband Lance (Bradley) of Jesup, GA, and Amy Wright and husband Chad (Blair and Noah) of Madison, AL; nieces, Patricia Morris and husband Al of Raleigh, NC, Sheila Britton and husband Tommy of Greenville, SC; nephew, Tommy Pittman of Roanoke Rapids, NC as well as a host of other nieces and nephews. She was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC in November of 1934 to Alma and Herman Pittman. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert Pittman and Ray Pittman and two sisters, Viola Mae Spence and Cathryn Pittman. Her family was her life. She loved her family unconditionally, enjoyed spending time at their retreat on Gaston Lake, traveling and visiting casinos. The family will receive friends Monday, April 4, 2016 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel from 6-7:30. Funeral services will be held 2pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Spring United Methodist Church in Skippers, VA. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Jean Harrison Wright

Jean Harrison Wright, 71, widow of R. Earl Wright, died on April 1, 2016. She is survived by her son, W. Vernon Bryant and his wife, Christina H. Bryant; grandson, Will Bryant and granddaughter, McKenna Bryant, all of Greensville County, Virginia. She is also survived by two brothers, John P. Harrison of Emporia and Claude W. Harrison of Richmond and a host of very special cousins and many wonderful friends. Jean was lifelong resident of Emporia/Greensville County and was the daughter of the late Paul J. Harrison and Ruby Conner Harrison. She was member of Monumental United Methodist Church where a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 and where a visitation will follow the service. In keeping with Jean’s wishes, her ashes will be interred at a private service in the Harrison Family Cemetery on Grassy Pond Road in Greensville County. Flowers are welcomed or contributions may be made in her memory to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Billy Pat Rosseau

Billy Pat Rosseau, USA-Ret, 93 of Emporia, departed this life surrounded by his family after an extended illness at his home near Purdy, Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Evelyn Wiley Rosseau and their children, daughters Brenda Rosseau , Pam Reilly and husband Joe of Williamsburg, son William Patrick Rosseau of Emporia, and grandsons Holden Rosseau of Greenville, NC and Brandon Rosseau of Jarratt, Virginia. His parents and siblings predeceased him by many years.

Born in Richlands, Virginia, November 18, 1922 to Charles Baltzell and Olivia Hurt Rosseau the youngest of their five children, Bill grew up in the Williamsburg area, his father an early employee of the Restoration. He graduated from Matthew Whaley High School and attended the Apprentice School training as a shipwright in Newport News during the early years of WWII. Joining the Army Air Corps in 1943, he trained as a flight engineer on the B-17 Flying Fortress returning to the Pennisula to finish his apprenticeship at the end of the war. There he met his future wife Evelyn, a nursing student at Riverside Hospital. They married in December of 1947 and moved to Williamsburg where he attended the College of William and Mary. Serving in the National Guard he re-entered the Army in 1950 and was deployed to  Korea in 1952. Billy remained in the Army serving in the Ordinance Corps on the Sergeant Missile Project in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and in Germany. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer - 4 in August of 1968. Billy and his family moved to his wife’s childhood home outside of Emporia, Virginia building a home for his family. There he took up farming - a life-long dream and golf - a life-long passion. He loved the outdoors, his family, his country and his church. A member and former presiding elder of Aberdour Presbyterian Church his smile and gentle spirit will be missed.

Services will be held at Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt, Virginia, 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29th .  Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Aberdour Presbyterian Church, 702 Allen Rd., Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Obituary-Eugene F. Rae

Eugene F. Rae died peacefully in Virginia Beach on March 1, 2016 at the age of ninety-three.  He is survived by his wife Jeanne Preston Rae, his children Eugene F. Rae Jr., Mark N. Rae and Nancy R. Delach and six grandchildren.  His first wife, Margaret Newcomb Rae, died in 2006. Eugene was born on September 9, 1922, at Meadow Bank Farm near Emporia, Virginia. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia.  He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the Pacific rising to the rank of Major.  After the war, he joined the American Telephone & Telegraph Company, where he spent his entire career and specialized in international projects, serving the company in Switzerland, Vietnam and Iran.  In retirement, he returned to Meadow Bank Farm.  He enjoyed his family, his friends, his farm, his horses and his dogs. A visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, Virginia, 5:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. A funeral service will be held at Grace Church in Purdy, Virginia at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 10, 2016. A memorial service will be held at Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 18, 2016.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Eugene’s memory to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Obituary-Bettie Elizabeth Lynch Floyd

Bettie Elizabeth Lynch Floyd, 92, of Emporia, widow of William Luther Floyd, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016. She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Floyd and wife, Ann and Thomas James Floyd; daughter, Ann Floyd Barnes; five grandchildren, Muzette Strickland, Joseph Rogerson, III, Blake Barnes, Stephen Floyd and Stacie Floyd; five great-grandchildren, Dalton Rae, Cameron Beatty, Emma Zblewski, Evan Floyd and Sloane Floyd; brother, Joseph E. Lynch and wife, Janice; two sisters, Ruby Lucy and Frances Council and husband, Sidney and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Independence United Methodist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Eileen Sexton Wood

Eileen Sexton Wood passed into heaven on March 7, 2016. She is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 56 years, Charles Merritt Wood; her parents, Leo and Rose Sexton and sister, Clare Wells. She leaves behind her loving daughters and family, sister, Barbara Simpkins of Dunnellon, FL.; daughters, Charlene Fox of Maitland, FL., Linda Parker and husband Freddie Parker of Emporia, VA., Susan Wood-Hempstead and husband Norman Hempstead of Miami Springs, FL., and Janel Schaffer and husband Alan Schaffer of Jupiter, FL.; grandchildren, Derek Olszewski, Keith Otto, Marlena Thompson and Scott Gunn all of Florida, Dustin Shaffer of Colorado, Shelby Wyatt of Emporia, VA. and Cheryl Lowry of Rochester, MN. A memorial service will be held in her home of 50 years in Miami Springs, FL. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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