Obituaries

Deborah Jean Ferguson

Services Visitation

Saturday, February 9, 2 pm

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

1520 Skippers Road, Emporia

Saturday, February 9, Following Service

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia

Deborah Jean Ferguson went home to her Maker on January 19, 2019.

Debbie was born on October 25, 1954 in Roanoke Rapids, NC and grew up in Skippers, VA. She graduated with honors from Brunswick Academy in Lawrenceville, VA and from Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond. Debbie worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Richmond Housing Authority and School Board, the Maryland Cup Company, and Alexander and Alexander.

Debbie was passionate about weaving, the disability community, and nature. She was a long-standing member of the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore. Debbie led a group who wove placemats for the dining room of the Maryland Governor’s Mansion. She also was part of a group who wove tapestries depicting the Baltimore skyline. Debbie was an active member of the Perky Hornets Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bowling Program, an adaptive sport league for people living with MS in Baltimore. When the league lost its funding, she secured a grant to allow the league to continue. Debbie was invited to join the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities because of her work with her physician’s office and neighborhood library to reconfigure their parking to accommodate vehicles modified for those with disabilities. She won first prize at the Maryland State Fair for her photograph of a butterfly. Debbie loved cats, birds, and all of nature.

Debbie is survived by her son Gavin Rosenbush (Linda), daughter Amanda Lippa (Ariel), two grandchildren, extended family, and dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Lucille (Collins) Ferguson. She was recently divorced from Robert Rosenbush.

A graveside service will be held on February 9th at 2 p.m. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Rd, Emporia, VA. The family will receive guests immediately afterwards at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA from 3-4 p.m.

Donations may be made in Debbie’s memory to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

On line condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

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Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Thomas

Visitation Services

Friday, February 1, 5-7 pm

Williams Funeral Home

410 Windosr Avenue

Lawrenceville, Virginia

Saturday, February 2, 11:00 a.m.

Edgerton United Methodist Church

92 County Pond Rd.

Lawrenceville, Virginia

, age 85, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away January 30, 2019.  He is the son of the late Wilbur A. and Bessie O. Thomas and was born and raised in Brunswick County.  He is a Graduate of the University of Richmond and a U. S. Army Veteran.  He was the owner of Brunswick Insurance Agency and was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia.  Gene loved his community and served on many boards such as the Old Brunswick Foundation; the Local Board of Southside Virginia Community College; the SVCC Foundation Board; Lawrenceville Brick Board of Directors; Sovran Bank; the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority; and the Greensville Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.  Mr. Thomas also served as president for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrenceville Jaycees and the Lawrenceville Rotary Club.  He was a member of Edgerton United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school, was a Lay Leader and Finance Chair; served as Chairman of the Administrative Board and on the Petersburg District Council.  Gene was a proud Red Cross 8 gallon blood donor and a member of the Spider Club.  He is survived by his sons, Michael Thomas and wife Stacey and Ray Thomas and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Alec, Ariel, Katie and Ellie; six great grandchildren; his sisters, Betty Davis and Lois Clary; and his brother, Ran Thomas.  A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Edgerton United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, VA.  The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA; University of Richmond Spider Club, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA  23286; Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, VA  23868; or the Gene and Mary Alice Thomas Scholarship Fund, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA  23821.

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Esther Allen

Visitation Services

Friday, February, 1, 6-8 pm

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia

 

Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

Emporia, Virginia

 

Esther Allen, 81, of Emporia, widow of Bubba Allen, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019. She is survived by a special friend, Bob Morris; son, Lawrence Allen, Jr.; daughter, Marilyn Lagiglia and husband, Rick; granddaughter, Brandy Ogburn and husband, Eddie; grandson, Jamie Willis and wife, Margie; great-grandchildren; Dylan, E. J. and Jackson Ogburn and Aiden Willis and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a favorite hospice group. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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Charles M. "Chuck" Rullman

Visitation Services

Saturday, February 2, 1 pm

St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church

1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA

Saturday, February 2, 2 pm

St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church

1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA

 

Charles (Chuck) M. Rullman, Jr., of Emporia, entered into the life beyond, January 29, after a brief illness. He is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie; daughter Leah (fiancé Brian) of Hoboken, NJ; sister Peggy (husband Bob) of North Huntington, PA; and brother Don (wife Debbie) of Johnstown, PA.

A native of Johnstown, he was the son of the late Charles M. Rullman Sr. and Anna Moskal Rullman.  Chuck graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He also earned a Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Chuck recently retired from the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church and a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Emporia for many years.

Chuck loved volunteering and helping people, was an avid gardener and steadfast Steeler fan, and greatly enjoyed his two Jack Russells and cats.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Stephen Bocklage officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church, 1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, VA 23847

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

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Timothy Scott Rice

Timothy Scott Rice

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia.

Timothy Scott Rice, loving Husband, Father, Son, and Papa, died Saturday January 26.  He was 56.

A United States Air Force Veteran, Tim was born in Petersburg, the son of James Riley and Elsie W. Rice.  A friend to all he met, Tim was an avid golfer and fisherman,  a devoted driver for Life Star, driving dialysis patients and others for appointments, but mostly he cared for “His Girls”.

In addition to his parents, Tim is survived by “His Girls”, his loving wife of 33 years Joy Clary Rice, daughter Jenny R. Johnson and her husband Cecil, grandchildren, Olivia Spence, Jax Newton, and Lily Johnson, brother Steve Rice and his wife Wendy, and sister Terri Anderson and her husband Todd, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and very special lifelong friends.

Services will be announced at a later time.

Online condolences may be left at www. echolsfuneralhome.com.

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Benjamin “Bubba” T. Grizzard, Sr.

Visitation Services

Saturday, January 26, 6-8 pm

Owen Funeral Home

303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia

Sunday, January 27, 2 pm

Owen Funeral Home

Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Benjamin “Bubba” T. Grizzard, Sr., 82, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Grizzard; longtime devoted companion, Teny Jones; and brothers, Earl, Elmer, Pete and Frank Grizzard.

Mr. Grizzard is survived by three sons, John Grizzard (Angela), Benjamin Grizzard, Jr. (Rose), and Kenneth Grizzard; two daughters, Tammy Butler and Kathy Anne Grizzard; nine grandchildren, Nathaniel, Bryanna and Nicholas Grizzard, Ashley and Damon Butler, Joshua and Jason Grizzard, Lara Ellis and Mark Goldsworthy and a number of great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Linda Grizzard and six sisters, Ethel Vick, Alease Braswell, Polly Proctor, Barbara ‘Bobbie” Grizzard, Willie Mae Harris and Diane Smith; sisters-in-law, Grace Grizzard and Earline Grizzard and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, January 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributionss be made to Kindred Hospice, 595 Old Wagner Rd, Petersburg, Virginia 23805.

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

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William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D.

William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D.

Graveside Service Memorial Service

Saturday, January 26, 2019 11 am

High Hills Cemetery

Friday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am

WindsorMeade, Williamsburg, Virginia

Another from the Greatest Generation has passed: Jan 21, 2019, William G. Batte, Sr., Ph.D., at age 91 in Williamsburg, VA, following a brief illness. Known to his friends while growing up in Jarratt, VA, as "Billy-Gid", and otherwise known as William or Bill to others, he was an accomplished pianist and musician from an early age. William organized performing swing bands during his high school years, known as "Billy Batte and his Wings of Rhythm", which carried over into his college years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI, now Virginia Tech). Obtaining BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, with recognition in the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, graduate studies in Electrical Engineering were performed at the University of Virginia and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Circuitry design) from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. William's notable professional career began at NASA as he was actively recruited to head a team to design and implement satellite tracking stations worldwide in anticipation of project Mercury and putting a man in space. William subsequently became division chief of the Data Reduction computer facility at NASA Langley. After leaving NASA, William became a full professor in Electrical Engineering for computer circuitry design at the University of Virginia. The final phase of his professional career was devoted to his technical consulting company and real estate interests.

At a personal level, Bill was known to his friends as always the quintessential polite Southern gentleman, kind and gentle, who maintained his wit and dry sense of humor to his final days. He is survived by his son, W. Granville Batte, Jr., M.D., daughter Sharon Kay Batte, and preceded by his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy Parker Batte, also of Jarratt, VA, brother, John Feild Batte, Jr., and sister Hazel Batte Nelson. Bill and his music will be deeply missed by all who have known and loved him. May he rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements are through Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA with a graveside service to be held at High Hills Cemetery on Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m. There will be a memorial service held at WindsorMeade in Williamsburg on February 9 at 9:30 a.m.

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

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Ruth Weimer Tillar

Ruth Weimer Tillar (1923-2019)

Visitation Services

Friday, January 25, 6-8 pm

Echols Funeral Home, Emporia

Saturday, January 26th at 2 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Emporia

Reseption to follow in Fellowship Hall

Ruth Weimer Tillar, 95, of Emporia, VA passed away on January 21, 2019 at the Eugene Bloom Retirement Center. She was married for 57 years to the late Thomas Cato Tillar, Sr. and is survived by her son Thomas Cato Tillar, Jr. of Blacksburg, VA and daughter Elizabeth Kennedy Tillar of Tamworth, NH. Ruth was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Ruth was a 1945 graduate of the College of William & Mary and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She was an avid alumna of the College who served as President of the Olde Guarde Alumni Board, established the Ruth Tillar Student Prize, and received recognition for her service with the Alumni Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the William & Mary Alumni Medallion. She was also active with recognition societies at Virginia Tech and Colonial Williamsburg.

Ruth was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia where she served in various leadership roles. Her many community activities included the Emporia Book Club, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Emporia Rotary, Riparian Women’s Club and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her civic involvement further included the Southern  Regional Medical Center, the Emporia Industrial Development Authority, the Regional Airport Commission, the Civic Center Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Village View Foundation. Earlier in her career she taught high school in Blacksburg and Greensville County, Virginia.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, January 25th at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia. A funeral service will be held the following day on Saturday, January 26th at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor are encouraged to the College of William & Mary Foundation, Williamsburg, VA 23187.  

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echols funeralhome.com

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Alvin Lear Lucy

Alvin Lear Lucy, age 91, of Dolphin, VA passed away January 20, 2019.  He is the son of the late Elbert and Grace Lucy.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a Brunswick Stew Master.  He was also a member of the Central Ruritan Club for years.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane Johnson Lucy; his son, Alvin Earl Lucy; Baby Boy Lucy; his son-in-law, Freddie Reekes; and his brother, Harold Lucy.  He is survived by his daughter, Peggy L. Reekes; his son, Michael Lucy and wife Susan; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and his brother, Carlton Lucy.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Liberty Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Church c/o Jean Browder, 3827 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA  23868 or Liberty Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dorothy Lucy, 6062 Liberty Rd., Dolphin, VA  23843. 

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Louise Harrell “Bootsie” Grant

Louise Harrell “Bootsie” Grant, 93, of Jarratt, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, J. Linwood Grant and her brother, Edward “Pete” Harrell. Mrs. Grant taught fourth grade for 41 years with the Sussex County School System and she considered all of her students “her babies”. She was a longtime member of High Hills Baptist Church serving in many capacities including teaching Sunday School for over 30 years. She and Linwood worked together through the years in numerous civic organizations and countless projects to better the community.

Mrs. Grant is survived by a sister-in-law, Peggy Harrell; nieces, Rhonda Harrell, Alison Reickard, Alice Whitby (Dennis), Suzanne Ivey, Alicia Milam (Bob) and Ann Marie Taylor; nephew, Curtis Barnes (Sherry) and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt. The funeral service will be held graveside 1 p.m. Friday, January 18 at High Hills 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 Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

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Wayne E. Wilson

Wayne E. Wilson, 53, passed away Friday, January 11, 2018. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Stryker Cole Wilson, Special Father, Willis Ray “Punk” Walton and his brother, Charles Wilson.

Wayne leaves behind to celebrate his life: his wife of 37 years, Melanie; daughter, Ashley; son, Anthony (Rachel); granddaughter, Camilla; Special Mother, Shirly Walton; sister-in-law, Melinda Greene (Marty) and a number of nephews and cousins.

Wayne worked as a millwright and crane operator with Fulghum Fibres/Price Fibres. He was a loyal “Company Man” and thought of his co-workers as family. Though he didn’t have a long life; he lived it to the fullest and loved the simple, old ways. He enjoyed just cooking a hog on the grill and spending time with his family and friends enjoying good food and sitting around the fire shooting the breeze. Wayne loved farming; watching things grow and caring for God’s creation; talking about his Lord and giving away Bibles to people he thought the Word would help. Everything Wayne did was for his wife and children.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In accordance with his wishes, a private interment will follow the chapel service and a celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johns/Manville Clubhouse Project, P.O. Box 336, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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K. Wayne Kei

K. Wayne Kei, 72, of Emporia, VA died January 5, 2019, at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, VA.

Mr. Kei was born in Emporia, VA the son of the late, Johnny Kei and Helen Jones Kei. He was a retired engineer with Philip Morris International  and original member of the Electras Band.

Surviving are: his wife, Patsy Anderson Kei; numerous cousins; and a special friend, Sally the beagle.

Graveside services will be held in Emporia Cemetery, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echols funeralhome.com

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Roger Wayne Clary

Roger Wayne Clary, died Friday, January 4, 2019. He was 74.

A native of Brunswick County, Virginia, Roger, a retired construction superintendent and member of Faymont Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC was the son of the late Preston M. Clary and Thurlan C. Baird Clary. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his beloved son; Brian Trent Clary, brothers; Preston B. Clary and Howard M. Clary, his sisters; Evelyn Marie Dorman, Kay Justice, and Phyllis Ann Clary.

Roger is survived by his loving wife, Eileen Hallingshead Clary, brother; Ray Justice and his wife Nancy of Gasburg, VA, sister; Delaine Wilkey of Marietta, SC.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at Wrenn Clarke and Hagan Funeral and Cremation Chapel with Rev. James Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30 until Service time at the Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com.

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Robert “Bobby” Luther Lewis

 

Robert “Bobby” Luther Lewis, age 70, of Dolphin, VA passed away January 3, 2019.  He is preceded in death by his father, John “Achie” Harman Lewis, Sr.; his brother, Billy Lewis; and his sister, Beverly Jackson.  He is survived by his mother, Mable Temple Lewis; his children, Chad Lewis and wife P.C., Curt Lewis and wife Patti, and Wendy Glasscock; his grandchildren, Lindsey Lambert, Nicholas Glasscock, Harley Jones, Kurt Velvin, Megan Lewis and Mallory Lewis; his great grandchildren, Mason and Zach Lambert; his brothers, John H. “Buddy” Lewis, Jr. and Barron Lewis and wife Melissa; his brother-in-law, Larry Jackson; and numerous nephews.  A graveside service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Church Cemetery, Dolphin, VA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Church Cemetery Fund c/o Dorothy Lucy, 6062 Liberty Rd., Dolphin, VA  23843.  Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.

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Carlton A. Rae

Carlton A. Rae, 73, of Jarratt, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019. He was the son of the late John M. and Dorothy H. Rae and was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Tracy Diane Rae; sister, Ann Harrison and two brothers, Jackie “Goose” Rae and Howard Rae.

Carlton is survived by his devoted companion, Sue Maitland; daughter, Kim Rae (Scott); son, Mike Rae (Bobbie Jo); three grandchildren, Katie Rae, Hunter Rae and Tyler Rae; sister, Jane Barrows; brother, Wayne Rae (Sandra) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10. Interment will follow at Aberdour Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emporia/Greensville Humane Society or to Purdy Baptist Church.

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

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Elizabeth Follette Frye Hopson

Elizabeth Follette Frye Hopson, 46, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019. She is survived by her devoted and beloved companion, Ronnie Coleman; two daughters, Haley Nicole Hopson and Lauren Kelly Hopson; sisters, Karen Geiger, Priscilla Wiggins, Sandy Pond and Lynne Pond; brothers, Mac McAllister and Ricky Miller; the father of her children, Kenneth Hopson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at Owen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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Ethel Bowen Malone Gauldin

Ethel Bowen Malone Gauldin passed away on January 1, 2019. She was born in Greensville County On August 24, 1918, the daughter of Joseph and Daisy Newsome Bowen. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her first husband, Garland M. Malone and her second husband , Carl W. Gauldin, Sr., sons Garland Lee Malone and Carl W. Gauldin, Jr., daughter-in-law, Maxine Phillips Malone, as well as two brothers and eight sisters. She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie G. McWilliams (Peter) of Durham, NC, grandchildren Robin McWilliams of Raleigh, NC, Allison McWilliams of Winston-Salem, NC, Cathy Malone Adcock (Jim) of Tifton, GA, Lee Malone (Rose) and Chris Malone (Belinda) of Chesapeake, VA, Timothy  Gauldin Crawley (Stephanie) of Raleigh, NC, former daughters-in-law, Peggy Gauldin Crawley and Joyce Malone Spears, six great grandchildren as well as one sister, Nellie Roberts of Blackstone, VA, and one sister-in-law, Marie Bowen of Emporia, VA, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Early in her life she enjoyed sewing, making most of her daughter’s clothing, working in her flower and vegetable gardens and helping out on the family farm. She grew up and was baptized at Independence Methodist Church. As an adult, she moved to Brunswick County and became a member of James Square Baptist Church, where she was a member for many years. Upon moving back to Emporia about twenty years ago, she became a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or New Century Hospice.

Visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia from 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m on Saturday January 5, 2019 in Echols Funeral  Home’s Chapel, followed by a funeral service.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00P.M. at Crestview Cemetery, in La Crosse, VA.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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Doris B. Proctor

Doris B. Proctor, 75, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maude Braswell and was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Lou Dunn.

Mrs. Proctor is survived by her husband, Bobby W. Proctor; daughter, Donna Troyer; two stepsons, Tommy Proctor (Sue) and Dale Proctor; step-daughter, Lisa Proctor; three grandchildren, Arron Jarratt, Caleb Troyer and Megan Proctor; two sisters, Mary Frances Stinson (Bud) and Sylvia Lewis and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

After a career in the garment industry, Doris worked in home health care. She became a great source of support to those in need in her family and community.

A Celebration of Life reception will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Forest Hill Baptist Church in the fellowship hall. Private interment at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Sarah Edwards Wrenn

Sarah E. Wrenn passed from this life on Friday, December 28, 2018 at the age of 94 years old.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Jane Edwards, her sister Catherine Dunn (Spouse: Robert Dunn, Jr.), her sister Paxina Edwards (Spouse: R.G. Edwards, Jr.), her brother George Edwards (Spouse: Mary Edwards), and her brothers Phillip Edwards and P.B. Edwards.

After graduating from high school, Sarah was employed as an agent for the Virginian Railroad for about one year, before marrying J. Reid Wrenn of Emporia, to whom she was married for seventy three years.

Sarah was very interested in furniture restoration and antiques.  She loved to sew, cook, garden and travel, especially to visit family.

Sarah leaves behind one son, James R. Wrenn, Jr., (Spouse: Karen Wrenn), and one daughter, Rebecca Wrenn Adam, (Spouse: Michael Adam).  Sarah also leaves behind three grandsons:  Brian Wrenn (Spouse Adriana Wrenn and great-granddaughter Maria Wrenn), as well as grandsons Elliott Wrenn and Ryan Adam.

Visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home at 806 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, VA on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

A funeral service will be held at the Echols Chapel on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm, with burial to follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery located on U.S. highway 301 South, also in Emporia.

Following the burial, friends and relatives will be welcomed at the Wrenn home at 426 Laurel Street, Emporia, VA.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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William Stuart Howell

William Stuart Howell, 75, of Emporia, VA, died December 27, 2018, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Howell, was born in Radford, VA, and worked with Nationwide Insurance Company for forty-eight years.

He is survived by his wife, Teen Quesenberry Howell and numerous friends. Howell was a former member of the Emporia Jaycees and Emporia/Greensville Rescue Squad. He served as a board member of the Emporia/Greensville Chamber Of Commerce since the early 70’s and also served as Treasurer. In 2012, Howell was awarded the Eugene H. Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Echols Funeral Home, at 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 3, 2019, with Rev. Rick Franklin officiating. The family will receive at the funeral home following the service.

The family request memorial donations be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.echolsfuneralhome.com

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Irene Mitchell Phillips

Irene Mitchell Phillips, 79, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Neal Phillips; one son, Randy Lynn Phillips and a brother, Parker Mitchell, Jr.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by herson, Kevin Phillips (Sherry); grandson, Justin Neal Phillips; sister, Betty M. Prince (Raymond); brother, Roy Lee Mitchell (Martha Jane); sister-in-law, Lilly Ruth Mitchell and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 2 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

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

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Bettie Sue Neal

Mrs. Bettie Sue Neal, 94, died peacefully at her home in Lawrenceville on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.

Born and raised in Clover, Va., Mrs. Neal was one of 10 children born to Sallie Blanch Throckmorton and Tom Steven Neal. She had been an active and revered resident of Lawrenceville for more than 70 years, having settled there after World War II and her marriage to Harold Jones Neal Sr. in 1942.

While busy raising her family of four children, Mrs. Neal was also involved in the civic life of her adopted hometown. She was the first president of Town and Country Garden Club, and was also a member of the Lawrenceville Women’s Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Lioness Club, and the Firemen’s Auxiliary.

Her membership in Lawrenceville United Methodist Church was one of the most meaningful of her life. In addition to being a regular Sunday morning church-goer, she was president of the United Methodist Women, a Sunday School teacher, and chairman of her circle. She also helped decorate the church with flowers for special occasions and she assisted with refreshments whenever there was a reception. If the church doors were open, Mrs. Neal was there.

Mrs. Neal’s greatest joy was her family, which had grown to include 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was never happier than when surrounded by her family, and she took great delight in hosting the entire family in her home, whether for a festive holiday gathering with everyone’s favorite dishes or a bowl of Brunswick stew at the kitchen table.

She loved to cook, and Thanksgiving especially showcased her talents in the kitchen as well as her loving spirit. Besides turkey and all the trimmings, her sideboard groaned with every vegetable known to man, in order to satisfy the preferences of every single family member. There were also multiple desserts, and though she enjoyed trying new recipes, her famous chocolate pie was her signature treat. She often baked the tasty concoction of chocolate custard topped with meringue for bereaved families, shut-ins, and church bazaars.

Mrs. Neal loved her circle of friends and she loved socializing. She played bridge on a regular basis for many years, and she once remarked that she sometimes had trouble concentrating on the game because she got caught up in conversation. 
 She also was a member of the local Red Hat Club and she joined in on every excursion that her schedule allowed. She enjoyed excellent health until recent months, and she continued to take pleasure in outings with her family as well as trips to shop, go out to eat, or have her nails and hair done.

Mrs. Neal was predeceased by her husband, who died in 1975. In addition to 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, she is survived by her four children and their spouses, Bettie Brent Neal Vaughan (Charles) of Lawrenceville; Dr. Harold J. Neal Jr. (Jamie) of Emporia; John C. Neal (Susan) of Fredericksburg; and Russell C. Neal (Nancy) of Dinwiddie.

Surviving grandchildren and their spouses are Sloan Canaday (Brian) of Richmond; Meredith Sawyer (Tom) of Alexandria; Charlotte Crane (Adam) of Ashland; Harrison Vaughan (Danielle) of Wake Forest, N.C.; Sallie Vaughan of Lexington, S.C.; Taylor Neal (Rachel) and Gordon Neal (Katherine), both of Richmond; Katherine Neal of Fredericksburg; Elizabeth Mims (Weston) of Mount Sidney; and Sarah Phillips (Blake) of Franklin. She also is survived by a sister, Elsie N. Griles of Clover; her sister-in law, Violet M. Neal and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mrs. Neal’s caregivers over the past two years enabled her to remain in her beloved home, and the family sincerely appreciates their devotion to her well-being. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Lawrenceville United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the church at 12 noon prior to the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lawrenceville United Methodist Church Elevator Fund, P.O. Box 2, Lawrenceville, VA  23868.  Mrs. Neal wished to be cremated and her remains will be buried alongside her husband at Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville is handling arrangements.

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Walter L. Wyatt

Walter L. Wyatt, 83, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Sherba “Polly” Wyatt; two sons, Danny Wyatt (Barbara) and Tommy Wyatt; five grandchildren, David Wyatt (Lauren), Lance Wyatt (Kelli), Danielle Donovan (Brian); Austin Wyatt and Jessica Harrison (Brian); five great-grandchildren, Bryn Donovan, Sydney Wyatt, Brayden Wyatt, Logan Harrison and Brooklyn Harrison; a brother, R.C. Wyatt, Jr.; two sisters, Sarah Milligan (Jimmy) and Alma Louvene Norman and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, December 27 at Independence United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

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Ervin M. “Snake” Harris

Ervin M. “Snake” Harris, 86, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah W. Harris. He is survived by a son, Ervin Harris, Jr. “Casey”; two daughters, Michele H. Cogbill and Heidi H. Geary; a brother, Herman Harris; two sisters, Dean Riggan and Anne Florence Harris and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 18 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

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

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Norman Rex "Buddy" Turner

Norman Rex "Buddy" Turner, also known as "Leg Man" of Garysburg, NC, passed away on December 12, 2018. Buddy was born in Roanoke Rapids on October 15, 1952.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest R. Turner, Sr., mother, Dorothy L. Otten, stepfather, Fletcher O. Otten, and granddaughter, Jessica Turner.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon R. Turner of Garysburg; four children, Sandra Blick, Angel Hayzlett, Christy Alston, all from Richmond, VA, and Ashley Turner Gray and her husband, Tom, of Freeman, VA; one sister, Janet T. Davis of Pendelton; two brothers, Ernest R. Turner Jr. and wife, Jackie, of Littleton, and Gary W. Otten of Emporia, VA; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one special cousin, Bobby "Punk" Turner, of Roanoke Rapids.

Buddy loved trucking, music, fishing, boating, and cooking his famous stew. He loved life in general, and his family so very much. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations for expenses.

The family will have a visitation on Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Askew Funeral & Cremation Services, 731 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids.

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Alberta Jones Rook

Alberta “Bert” Jones Rook, 94, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

A native of Wake County, she was the daughter of the late Luther Henry Jones and Annie Grey Jones. She retired as a teller with Central Fidelity Bank. In addition to her parents, Bert was preceded in death by her husband; Walter Daniel Rook Sr., her son; Walter Daniel “Danny” Rook Jr., sisters; Rachel Odom, Mary Alice Nicholson, and Edna Wood, brothers; James Minton Jones and Henry Jones.

Mrs. Rook is survived by her daughter; Patsy R. Brown and her husband Lee of Emporia, Virginia, Grandchildren; Melanie Brown Owen of Emporia, Ryan Brown of Emporia, Jason Rook of Emporia, Christopher Rook of Jarratt, Virginia, and Kyle Rook of Emporia, Great Grandchildren; Joshua Rook, Adam Owen, Taia Brown, Emma Rook, Allie Jarratt, and Jillian Brown.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Forest Hill Baptist Church in Skippers, Virginia with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 7 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. at Wrenn Clarke and Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service.

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com.

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Kenneth T. Herrick

Kenneth T. Herrick, 68, of Emporia, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Connie L. Herrick; his father, Albert Herrick; brother, Olin Herrick of Lawrenceville, VA; two sisters, Carolyn Montgomery of Florida and Martha Hall of Raleigh, NC; sister-in-law, Gail A. Mainwaring and husband, Frank of Emporia; niece, Christina Lake and husband, Ron; nephew, Jonathan Lynch and wife, Laci and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, December 21 at First Christian Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after funeral services in the church social hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 427 Ruritan Rd, Emporia. Virginia 23847.

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

 

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Linda Faye Ricks Malone

Linda Faye Ricks Malone, 70, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 following several years of declining health. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Fannie Ricks and her husband of thirty years, Paul Malone. She is survived by her faithful companion of 20 years, Donald Mountjoy and his family; stepdaughter, Sabrina Baker; brother, William E. "Mac" Ricks; two sisters, Barbara Nelson and Debra Carroll; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Linda was a quiet, simple and gentle woman that loved her animals, family and her jellybeans. She will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, December 3 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will will be held  11 a.m. Tuesday, December 4 at  Victory Fellowship Church, Emporia, Virginia. A private interment will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at  www.owenfh.com

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Ellen Carrier Rose

Ellen Carrier Rose, 63, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ronnie Rose; daughter, Sue Rose Harrison (Chris); granddaughter, Madilyn Harrison and grandson, Dalton Harrison; devoted niece Karen Ferguson (Craig) and their children, Chase and Georganna sister, Betty Scott; numerous nieces and nephews and also her beloved dog, “Buster”.

Ellen was an amazing lady touching many lives with humor, love, wisdom and scripture.  Smiles, laughter, and love is what she bestowed on all that knew her.  She was a loving wife, devout mother, caring Nana, aunt and friend; always encouraging in a Godly manner to help others. She provided strength and support in ways that seemed effortless on her part but making a great difference in others’ lives. Her smile and encouraging manner uplifted all who came in touch with her.  Everyone that met her loved her and she loved them right back.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, November 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

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Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich

Nettie Sue Watson Helfrich, 79, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Lamar and Nettie Watson and was also preceded in death by four brothers.

Our MOTHER was an example of the Proverbs 31 Godly Woman.  She was a great Mother and Wife. She was our Father’s business partner and “life coach” lol, while taking care of the family and her home with perfection.

She could execute any task she was given with sheer determination and with a smile on her face. Our Mother loved her girls more than life and gave us the greatest JOY that life brings. She held a “special place” in her heart for each one of her grandchildren. Her smile was big and bright like the sparkle in her eyes. Strength and Honor will guide us for the rest of our days because of “OUR MOTHER”

She is survived by her husband, Frederick Joseph Helfrich, III; three daughters, Mary Jane Yeattes (Mark), Sue “Pickles” Green (Troy) and Brenda McCrary (Daniel); step-son, David Helfrich (Theresa); nine grandchildren: D. J. , Troy, Jr., Sammy Jo, Mark, Jr., Danielle, Mary Elizabeth, Freddy, Sarah, Faith, five great-grandchildren; brothers, Douglas, Sammy, Shang; sisters, Virginia, Elizabeth and Margaret; sister-in-law and best friend, Harriette Burks; sisters-in-law, Brenda Worley (Wayne) and Delores Taylor (Dave) and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25 at Grace Community Fellowship Church, 8014 Little Lowground Rd, Emporia, Virginia where the family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Fellowship Church.

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

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