Obituaries

Dianne Tindall Mitchell

August 30, 1949-May 23, 2020

Dianne T. Mitchell, 70, formerly of Emporia, Virginia, and then of Charlotte, North Carolina, departed from her life here on Saturday, May 23, 2020, to enter her Heavenly home for eternity. She had waged a valiant battle with congestive heart failure, diabetes, and other related complications.

She is survived by her faithful husband of 52 years, Keith W. Mitchell; son Lance W. Mitchell and wife Cheryl, and granddaughter Emerson, of Houston, Texas; son Sean K. Mitchell and wife Shannon, and grandchildren Silas, Ezra, and Clara, of Charlotte; a sister, Janet T. Clarke and husband Edward of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; a brother, James H. Tindall and wife Carole of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.

Greeting her in her new eternal home are a grandson, Jude James Mitchell; her parents, Dorothy and Harold Tindall; a sister, Kathy T. Bailey; a special mother-in-law, Dorothy R. Mitchell; and so many other special friends and fellow believers whom she loved dearly.

Dianne was born and raised in Marion, South Carolina. She moved to Emporia during her senior year in high school, after the plant that her daddy managed in Marion was destroyed by fire, and he was transferred to Emporia to manage a plant there. During that same time period, Keith was sitting out a semester in college after the sudden death of his daddy. Even then, God was working out a plan in their lives for their paths to cross (Romans 8:28). They met, fell in love, and were married a few short months later.

In 1976, Dianne was the first to surrender her life to Jesus, followed by Keith a few short months later. Their sons, too, did likewise when they were young, and the four of them traveled all over the United States to attend Christian gatherings of believers. They were baptized at the same time at Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia.

Many years later, after Lance and Sean had moved away and married, Dianne and Keith returned to Monumental Methodist Church in Emporia, where Keith had grown up and he and Dianne had attended when Lance and Sean were young. They taught a Sunday school class together until they moved to Charlotte four years ago. On several occasions, Dianne was asked to speak at various churches and Christian ladies’ groups, attesting to her love for the Lord. For 10 years, she conducted Christian services at a nearby ladies’ prison, and for several years, she and her family held weekly services at a local nursing home. Dianne was also a long-time member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and served excellently for several years as the treasurer in her regional chapter.

Dianne operated Christian Love & Care Daycare center for many years, where she instilled so many Christian values into the children she kept, many of whom became believers in their later years in part due to her witness to them. Some years later, she went to work for Keith in his financial services business, and his business immediately increased.

In January of 2016, she had a device attached next to her stomach to help in the digestion of food. She suffered from gastroparesis, a side effect of diabetes, and even with a limited diet, she was at least then able to get the nutrients necessary to live. But in December of that year, she had to undergo emergency surgery for a blockage, thought to have been caused by the wires from that device becoming entangled around her colon. Three days later, she suffered a heart attack, which left the left ventricle of her heart severely damaged. When it failed to repair itself, she had a device attached next to her heart and a PICC line inserted through her arm to feed medicine directly to the heart to assist that ventricle in pumping.

She was also told that the survival rate for people who began that treatment was about 50 percent after the first year. She was offered the opportunity to receive an artificial pump or possible transplant, but she turned it down and said that she wanted to live out whatever time she had left enjoying being with her family, and especially her grandchildren, without undergoing more hospitalization and risky surgery should she elect that route. Though she suffered many ups and downs with her heart, diabetes, and other related illnesses, she did beat the odds and survived for 19 more months after having that procedure done. She never returned to a hospital until the day she breathed her last, with Keith at her side.

Dianne’s sister, Janet, told Keith the night after she died that Dianne had told her a year ago that she was ready and anxious to go and be with the Lord, but that she did not think Keith was ready for her departure. The night before she died, Keith asked her that if she had a choice, would she want to go ahead then and be with the Lord. She nodded her head and said yes. He told her that he was willing to pray with her for that, and their prayer together was answered.

That, alone, demonstrates the unselfishness of this strong and faithful servant of the Lord. And now, She has risen!   

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in her name at https://billygraham.org/checkout/give-honor-memorial.php, and a card can be sent to Keith Mitchell at 3305 Open Field Lane, Apt 528, Charlotte, NC 28226. You can also contact BGEA directly and mail a check to 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201, or over the phone at 1-877-247-2426.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held later in Charlotte.

Richard “Rick” William Young,

December 19, 1953-May 25, 2020


Richard “Rick” William Young, 66, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Marcia Jean Rankin and John R. Young. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Anne Greene of Hampton, VA, son, Richard William Young, Jr. (Shawnda) of Chesapeake, VA, brother, John Robert Young (Nina) of Colorado, sisters, Carol Richardson (Thomas) of Tennessee, Janet Shadrick (Timothy) of Georgia, Teresa Goins of Florida, granddaughters, Nicole, Shenene, Natalie, along with daughter-in-law, Josie Toro of Portsmouth, VA.

Rick served in both the Army and the Air Force as well as being a member and Commander of the American Legion, Post 46. He worked at O’Reilly Auto Parts of Emporia, VA, as well as Echols Funeral Home for many years, where he helped those in the community in a way that not many people could bare.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time due to the coronavirus limitations. The family would like to express a special thanks to Barbara Street and Kathy Tuck for looking after Rick the past few weeks.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

 

Peggy M. Pearson

July 17, 1932- May 25, 2020

Peggy M. Pearson, 87, of Gasburg, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Pearson and her son, Dennis R. Phillips.

Peggy is survived by three daughters, Patricia Hollowell (David), Brenda Justice (Kenny) and Lisa Wright (Danny); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her beloved canine companion, “Prissy”; sister, Marion Blankenship; brother, Thomas “Sonny” Seward and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to James Square Baptist Church Love Gift Fund, c/o Lisa Wright, 1037 Ankum Rd, Gasburg, Virginia 23857.

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

Gwendolyn Francis Vincent

October 4, 1950-May 4, 2020

Gwendolyn Francis Vincent, 69, of Skippers, VA., entered Heaven already with a pair of wings to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 1, 2020. Gwen was born on October 14, 1950 in Colonial Heights, VA. She was preceded in death by her daughter Amanda Emerson. She is survived by her devoted husband, James Vincent, two grandsons, Dillon and Owen Emerson, her son-in-law, James Emerson and many extended family members. Gwen worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Petersburg, VA., Community for over thirty years.

A private graveside service will be held at Corinth Church Cemetery with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

A celebration of Gwen’s life will be held at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or plant a flower or tree in her memory.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Vassar Lee ‘V.L.” Woodruff

March 1, 1942-April 29, 2020

Mr. Vassar Lee ‘V.L.” Woodruff, 78, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Woodruff and granddaughter, Tabetha Woodruff; two brothers and three sisters.

V. L. is survived by his wife, Linda B. Woodruff; two daughters, Gail Seward (Billy) and Brenda Murphy (Bryan); son, James Woodruff (Julie); nine grandchildren, Amanda Ricker (Jon), Kimberly Kapinskis (Kenny), Jennifer Whitehead (James), Brandon Woodruff (Amber), Tiffany Woodruff, Craig Woodruff, Bryan Murphy, Jr., Hannah Murphy and Joshua Murphy; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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

Shirley A. Doyle

May 3, 1936-April 22, 2020

Mrs. Shirley A. Doyle, 83, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Doyle. She was a devoted and faithful wife and mother and a faithful member of Zion Baptist Church.

Mrs. Doyle is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Neal Doyle; daughter, Odette Mitchell; devoted special niece, Amy Sopko (Paul) and family; great-niece, Amanda Helbig (Michael) and great-great nephew, Kason Helbig; nephew, Wayne Moss (Jean) and niece, Barbara Jean Sasser (Hunter); two brothers-in-law, Roy Doyle and Gene Doyle and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

A private graveside will be held Friday at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity.

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

Dorothy Parrish Moseley

August 19, 1942-April 16, 2020

Dorothy Parrish Moseley, 77, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020. She was born in Greensville County, VA, and was a retired employee of BB&T Bank. She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Hubert Parrish, Sr. She is survived by her mother Lavinia N. Parrish, husband, Frank N. Moseley, brother, Jesse Hubert Parrish, Jr. (Patsy), Nieces, Christine P. Johnson (Mike), Michelle P. Crane (Ed), along with numerous great-nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

James “Jimmie” Edward Phelps

June 9, 1927-April 8, 2020

James “Jimmie” Edward Phelps, 92, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at his home in Hayes, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Everard and Virginia Kanipe Phelps and his son, Randolph “Randy’ Phelps.

Mr. Phelps is survived by his wife, Peggy Faris Phelps; daughter, Pamela Harrell; step-daughter, Sharon Acree (Bruce); grandchildren, Abbey H. Webb (Jared), Tommy Harrell (Lee), Craig Phelps (Mary Lou), Chad Phelps (Shannon), step-grandsons, Andrew Acree (Nicole) and Scott Acree; great-grandchildren, Madison Phelps, Cameron Phelps, Dallas Phelps, Savannah Phelps, Riley Webb, Regan Webb, Broady Webb and Kristin and Bryson Harrell; sister, Frances “Pam” Darden and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Grace Anglican Church in Purdy, Virginia where he was on the Vestry and served in many other capacities over the years. Jimmie served his country in the Army Air Corps from August 1944 to January 1947 in World War II. He loved flying his own plane having his private airstrip in his back yard. He loved the Boy Scouts of America and started the Purdy Boy Scouts now known as Troop 232 which exists to this day. He served as Commissioner on the Greensville-Emporia Airport for 38 years. He served actively on the Greensville Rescue Squad as an EMT. Jimmie retired from Johns-Manville Corporation and Georgia-Pacific Corporation with a total service of 47 years. Proficient in both electrical and mechanical work, he became Plant Engineer. He enjoyed traveling and with his wife, Peggy, took many trips to Europe. He was a talented man and had many interests, enjoying flying as well as sailing his boat on the Chesapeake Bay most of all. His dream was to build a home on Sarah Creek where his sailboat was docked near the Yorktown, Virginia Marina. He accomplished this. He loved his Yorkie dog, Joye who stayed by his side during his entire illness.

Graveside services will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Grace Anglican Church.

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

Jean Fitchett Clarke

June 9, 1933-April 6, 2020

Jean Fitchett Clarke, 86, of Emporia, VA, passed away on April 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, L.C. Clarke, two daughters, Pat Clarke, and Debbie Marshall and one grandson, Philip Marshall. Survivors include grandsons, Steven Selph and his wife Getra, Clarke Weeks and his wife Shannon, Andrew Marshall and great grandson Cole Weeks. Jean retired from the VA Department of Corrections where she served as Operations Officer for Greensville Correctional Center. A graveside service will be held at Matthews Chapel United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Reese St. Emporia, VA, 23847, where she was a lifelong member.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Jason Billy Vincent

April 18, 1974-April 1, 2020

It is with deepest sorrow that we say goodbye to Jason Billy Vincent, age 45, our beloved son, brother, family member, and friend who passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at his home in Skippers, VA.

Jason was born April 18, 1974, in Emporia, VA and he spent most of his life in nearby Skippers. Over the course of his career, Jason served in the US Army in Ft. Benning, GA where he attended Infantry Training and later worked with Bradley Fighter Vehicles.  After discharging from the Army, Jason worked in Computer Science, graduated from Welding School, and most notably in recent years worked in his family’s business, The Good Earth Peanut Company in Skippers, VA.

Those who knew Jason, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Jason will be sorely missed everyday by his father and mother, Lindsey Somner Vincent and Janet Scott Vincent; his sister, Claire Vincent (Brian Gilligan); his brother Benjamin Vincent; his nephew, Avett Gilligan; his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many wonderful friends.  Jason will also be greatly missed by his Good Earth Peanut Company “family” who he saw, loved, and worked with closely every day.

Jason is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Billy Ben Vincent and Frances Somner Vincent and his maternal grandparents William Edmunds Tucker and Della Elder Tucker. 

Some of Jason’s favorite things were his dogs (and animals in general), Sun Drop, motorcycles, Chicken Tetrazzini, video games and listening to music.

Due to COVID-19 a private service will be held now, but a full memorial service is planned to honor Jason’s life once the COVID-19 social distancing bans are lifted.

Because of Jason’s love of animals, contributions in memory of Jason may be made to the non-profit organization, Luv4Pawz Animal Rescue, 552 North Main St., Emporia, VA 23847 or online @ luv4pawzrescue.org

Online Condolences can be sent to: www.wrennclarkehagan.com or echolsfuneralhome.com

Gale Poole Moore

October 24, 1942 - April 2, 2020

Gale Poole Moore, 77, died Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Gale was the daughter of the late Wesley C. “Jimmy” Poole and Ruby Wray Poole. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward A. “Arnie” Moore, a brother, Clarence Wesley “Sonny or Little Jimmy” Poole, and a sister, Helen Poole Gibson.

Gale loved her Church and her Church Family, her work at Echols Funeral Home, where she was the Office Manager for over thirty years, she loved the beach, bingo, and travelling, but most of all she loved her daughter and grandson and her extended family.

Gale is survived by her loving daughter and grandson, Kimberly Moore Downing and Morey Ray Downing, both of Virginia Beach, a special grandson Ed Powell,  her brother, William Boyd Poole and his wife Lori of Emporia, cousin, Nancy Poole Reyes, an aunt, Mable Wray Mizzell of Petersburg, her sister in law, Jean Moore Bennett and her husband Alton, special nephews, Dean Moore and his wife Lori, Albert Calvin “Plug” Moore Jr. and his wife Susan, niece, Deanna Moore Babb and her husband Michael, and many more nieces and nephews who she loved dearly and a special friend, Reni Hobbs of Emporia.

A private Graveside Service will be held at Zion Baptist Church, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Husband Arnie. A public Celebration of Gale’s life will be held at a later time.

Echols Funeral Home is taking care of the arrangements, and online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Roland H. Gillam

Roland H. Gillam, 52, of Emporia passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was the son of the late Walter and Elsie Barnes Gillam

Roland is survived by his significant other, Tori Weaver; daughter, Kim Gillam; son, Brandon Gillam; two brothers, Randy Gillam (Janet) and Ronnie Gillam (Christine); cousins, Ricky Bradley (Ladorne) and Dianne Clary (Jeff) and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia or to the American Cancer Society or to Calvary Baptist Church.

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

Anna Smith Jarratt

December 13, 1947 - April 01, 2020

Anna Smith Jarratt, 72, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. She was born December 13, 1947 in Emporia, Virginia. While raising her children that she loved dearly, she ran the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association community pool and concession stand from 1977 until the closure of the Center Street park. Anna then went to work for the Greensville County Public School system where she loved helping all of “her children” and retired after twenty years. Following retirement, Anna obtained her beautician’s license and enjoyed her daily interactions with dear friend and colleague, Barbara Barlow and all those who visited to get a trim or just catch up on the “daily news”. She enjoyed working in her yard and embellishing it with “ornaments”. She had tremendous faith and loved everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Davis Pete and Betsy Rook Smith.

Anna is survived by William T. Jarratt, Sr. ‘Tommy”; her loving children; William T. Jarratt, Jr. “Timmy” (Lori), Stuart Craig Jarratt, and Trista Jarratt Clements (Robert); sisters, Frances Peirce (Stephen) of Abilene, TX, Hilda Harrell of Emporia; and brother, Wayne White (Linda) of Sedley, VA; grandchildren, Dustan T. Jarratt (Emily) of Emporia, Lynsey Jarratt Overstreet of Farmville, Brooklyn N. Jarratt of Urbanna, Kayla L. Jarratt, Austin C. Jarratt, Sumer B. Clements, Carleigh B. Jarratt, Allie M. Jarratt, and Cora, Alyce and Anna Clements, all of Emporia; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Ryland Jarratt of Emporia, Lailah and Rilee Baylor of Urbanna, Aubrie and Reed Overstreet of Farmville, Dakota and Daxton Ferguson of Emporia and a number of nieces and nephews. Anna will also be forever remembered by her extended family and dear friends.

The funeral service will be private.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

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

Dottie Williams

April 09, 1937 - April 01, 2020

Dottie Williams, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Mary View Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia after a brief illness. She grew up on the family farm in Skippers that she loved so much.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Rachel; brothers, Billy ‘Wimp” and Freddie; her sister, Barbara Little and a nephew, Stacy Little. She is survived by her brothers, The Reverend Kenneth Williams (Shirley) of Newsoms, Virginia and Eddie Williams (Jo Ann) of Emporia; nieces, Nancy Jenkins (Whitey), Kathie Isles (Bobby), Penny Baugham (Lynn) and Tracy Williams; nephews, Wayne Williams (LeeAnn), Marlon Little (Sylvia) and Trent Williams (Dawn). She also is survived by numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins and friends whom she loved dearly. Dottie greatly missed her church and her church family at Forest Hill Baptist Church after she moved to Courtland Health and Rehab. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Barbara R. Finch

July 17, 1956 - March 29, 2020

Barbara R. Finch, 63, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Richard H. & Doris Christine Rawlings and was also preceded in death by her husband, William S. Finch and a son, Lynn Finch.

Barbara is survived by two sons, Anthony Finch (Devin) and Jordy T. Finch (Sarah) and daughter, Leigh Ann Lewis (Nick); grandchildren, Bryce and Camryn Finch and Steven and Evan Lewis and a brother, James J. “Opie” Rawlings.

Barbara was a Licensed Practical Nurse and had spent her entire career at what is now Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. She loved her co-workers and considered them her extended family. She also loved baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves and attended faithfully the ball games of her grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Zion Baptist Church, c/o Missy Bullock, 2755 Rolling Acres Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to Greensville Memorial Foundation, P.O Box 1015, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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




 

Hazel S. Story

November 26 1937 - March 9, 2020

Visitation Services

1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 14

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Saturday, March 14

High Hills Memorial Cemetery
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Hazel S. Story, 82, of Emporia, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Gencie Stow and two brothers, Harvey and Elso Stow.

Hazel is survived by two sons, Robert Anthony O’Bannon (Sandra) of Emporia and James L. “Jim” Story (Sylvia) of Corpus Cristi, TX; six grandchildren; nephew, Tommy Stow and niece, Lori Ann Taylor, both of Missouri.

The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. A graveside funeral service will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery.

 

William Lawrence Rodgester, Jr.,

September 01, 1939 - March 09, 2020

 

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

William Lawrence Rodgester, Jr., 80, of Ivor, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020. Born September 1, 1939; he was the son of the late W. L. Rodgester and Josie Vincent Rodgester and was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Hugh Pittman. William is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Rodgester of Ivor; three daughters, Nancy R. Suits (Ronnie) of Drewryville, Lisa R. Henry (Chris) of Suffolk and Robin R. Pittman of Capron; grandchildren, Dustin L. Suits (Kim), Ryan K. Suits, Mackenzie Ferguson (Phillip), Zach Gray (Alyssa), Josh Gray, Tori Gray and Mayson Henry; great-grandchildren, Hunter Suits, Kaysen Everett; and Job, Gracie Ann and Jameson Ferguson; His sisters, Dolly Wray (Aubrey) and Polly Bowen (Charles), all of Jarratt and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private at Circle R. Farm in Ivor, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society (https://donate3.cancer.org/ety) or to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://act.alz.org/donate).

Brian C. Simmons

June 27, 1972-March 4, 2020

Visitation Services

6-8 Monday, March 9

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Brian C. Simmons, 47, of Skippers, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Simmons; two sons, Dylan Simmons (Sydnee Hargrave) and Zachary Simmons; his mother, Patricia Simmons; two brothers, Jeffrey Simmons and James Richard Simmons, III and two nieces, Cheyna and Abbey.

The family will receive friends 6-8 Monday, March 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.

Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Martha Earline Bowen Matthews

Visitation Services

1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020

Independence United Methodist Church
4438 Independence Church Rd

Emporia, VA

2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020

Independence United Methodist Church
4438 Independence Church Rd
Emporia, VA

Martha Earline Bowen Matthews, age 91, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away March 3, 2020.  She is the daughter of the late Curtis and Martha Bowen and is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas William Matthews, Sr. of 67 years; and her daughter, Linda Jones.  She is survived by her daughter, Judy Egeland and husband Ray; her son, Thomas William Matthews, Jr. and wife Kimberly; her grandchildren, Paula Jones, Marty Lewis (Dave), Melissa Egeland and Michelle Mavis (Tony); her great grandchildren, Haley, Ethan, Hannah, Kylie and Michael; and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Independence United Methodist Church, Emporia, VA with interment in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brunswick County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 522, Lawrenceville, VA  23868.  Online condolences for the family may be made at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.

Paige Jarratt Barnes

November 18, 1925-February 27, 2020

Graveside Service

2 p.m. Sunday, March 1

High Hills Cemetery
215 North Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

Mrs. Paige Jarratt Barnes, 94, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Dr. T. F. Jarratt and Elsie Davis Jarratt and was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Y. “Sleepy” Barnes and her sister, Mary Ann Kellogg. Paige was a lifelong active member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Jarratt where she was organist and choir director for over fifty years. She also was the longtime organist at Owen Funeral Home. Some of her favorite pastimes were her church life and dining out with close friends. Mrs. Barnes is survived by two sons, Thomas Y. Barnes and Benjamin J. “Benny” Barnes (Cindy); grandson, Brandon Jarratt Barnes (Amanda); two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Caroline and special niece, Judy Barnes Owen and husband, Ben. A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 472, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Melody Cifers Keeter

May 19, 1968-February 18, 2020

Visitation Services

6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

2 pm, Friday, February 21, 2020

Reedy Creek Baptist Church
1919 Reedy Creek Road
Freeman, Virginia

Melody Cifers Keeter, 51, of Emporia, VA, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

She is survived by her husband, Travis W. Keeter, Sr.; two children, Travis W. Keeter, Jr. and Amber K. Aerni (Ryan); one grandson, Jaxon C. Keeter (his mother, Megan), and one granddaughter, Kimber L. Aerni.  She is also survived by her mother and father, Betty and Harvey Cifers, Sr.; two brothers, Harvey L. Cifers, Jr. (Kelli) and Gary L. Cifers; two sisters, Sherry C. Phillips (Kevin) and Judy C. Fox (Wyndham); two nieces, Ciara Cifers and Meghan Fox; two nephews, Justin Phillips and Hunter Cifers; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and faithful furbabies, Mandy and Dyson.

Melody is now with her guardian angels, nephew, Nathaniel W. Fox, father-in-law, Charles M. Keeter, and family friends, Buddy Sabo, Kathi Detamore, and Kenny Wilson.

The family will receive friends and family 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020, at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia.  A memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Friday, February 21, 2020, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, 1919 Reedy Creek Road, Freeman, VA  23856.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider sending memorial contributions c/o Gary Cifers, 195 Brunswick Road, Emporia, VA  23847, to help with medical expenses and final arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

 

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Ricky Lee Simmons

 

Visitation Services

Thursday, February 6th from 7 until 8:30pm

Wrenn Clarke and Hagan Funeral Home
1015 West 5th Street
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Friday, February 7th 2020 at 2:00 P.M

Doors of Praise and Worship Church
Bay Street
Gaston, North Carolina

 

On the warm Sunday of February 2, 2020, Ricky Lee Simmons, of Skippers, Virginia met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the gates of Heaven.  Ricky spent his final days and hours surrounded by his beautiful wife, Lisa Simmons, cherished daughter, Elizabeth Simmons, beloved family and friends at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.  

Ricky was born to Ray and Marie “Snookie” Simmons in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina on September 19, 1954.  He grew up on Bay Street in Gaston, North Carolina alongside his loyal siblings, Angela, Tina, Pam, Patrick and Mark.  Ricky graduated from Gaston High School in 1972 and was captain of the Midget Football Team.  

Later in life, Ricky worked in the auto parts industry and loved the friends he gained there.  He most enjoyed spending time with his family, petting his dog Gigi, cooking and above all, camping on Kerr Lake with his best friend and brother, Dave Moody.  

Ricky sits with and awaits in Heaven many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, a son in law and many friends.  Although Ricky is no longer here on earth, he lives eternal life in a new body, in a glorious place.  His memory will carry on in the hearts, minds and souls of all that knew him, as he was deeply loved.  

Visitation will be held at Wrenn Clarke and Hagan Funeral Home on Thursday, February 6th from 7 until 8:30pm.  Services will be at the Doors of Praise and Worship Church, located on Bay Street in Gaston, North Carolina, on Friday, February 7th 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Russ Collins officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at wrennclarkehagan.com.

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Ernest L. “Chief” Bailey

February 9, 1944 - January 25, 2020

Visitation Services

Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 2:00 PM

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Ernest L. “Chief” Bailey, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 25, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Babson and a sister, Mamie Faye Williams. Ernest was born in Emporia, Virginia and was retired from Boarshead Provisions in Jarratt. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. A very special person, Ernest spent every Sunday afternoon visiting nursing homes and friends who were ill. He was a loving and devoted husband survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy H. Bailey; his precious cat, Fluffy; sister, Irene B. Ogletree (Frank); brothers, Jerry Bailey (Marie) and Cleo Bailey (Louise) and numerous nieces and nephews that Peggy and he considered as the children they never had. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, January 27 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28 at Calvary Baptist Church with entombment at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. A reception at Calvary Baptist Church social hall will follow the committal service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia/Greensville Humane Society or to Reinhart Guest House in Richmond, VA.

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Robert Thomas "Bob" Morris, Sr.

September 20, 1921-January 18,2020

Visitation Services

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Wednesday, January 22, 2:00 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, Virginia

Robert Thomas (Bob) Morris, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 98 after a brief illness. A native of Scottsboro, Alabama; he was the son of the late Ernest and Beatrice Morris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Arline Davis Morris, daughter Carol Morris Hostetter and his three brothers, Bryce, Gene, and Billy.

A loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is survived by his children; Sharon M. White (Allen), Robert T. Morris, Jr. (Lori), Richard Keith Morris (Vicki), Cindy M. Hodge (Jeff), Lori M. Moore (Dean), Glenn Hostetter (son-in-law); grandchildren; Chris White (Jenna), Emily Hostetter, Benjamin Hostetter, Kelsey M. Bowden (Randy), Meredith Morris, Brian Morris, Erika Morris, Tori Morris, Nolan Hodge, Hannah H. Mueller, (Matt), Callie Hodge, Arlie Beville (Adam), and Tyler Moore; and great-grandchildren; Tripp Bowden, Jack Bowden, and Hailey Beville.

A special thanks to Hospice of Virginia for overseeing his care and his longtime housekeeper Daisy Grey. The family also would like to thank Debra Nicholson, Peggy Branch, and Laurie Stith for their assistance during the past three weeks.

Our father, to whom we lovingly referred to as “The Boss,” was a born mechanic. He acquired his knowledge of refrigeration equipment at an early age while working at the family owned ice plant. After his parents sold the ice plant, he began working after school at the local Ford dealership and thus began his lifelong interest in automobile mechanics. After moving to Emporia, Virginia in 1949, he began Morris Refrigeration from which he retired at the age of 93 and was a lifetime member of the American Society of Heating, Air Conditioning – Refrigeration Engineers. He was responsible for introducing air conditioning in its early years to many of the Emporia merchants and residents. Even at the age of 98, his mental alertness and physical stamina were amazing to all who knew him. In addition to restoring antique automobiles, he was an avid reader and a wonderful source of wisdom and knowledge to his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by many.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home.

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 2:00 P.M., at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ricky Hurst and Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Following the Service the family will have a reception at Mr. Morris ‘s residence.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church or any Charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

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Caroline R. Tobias Manear

September 10, 1922 - 15 January 2020

Visitation Services

18 January 2020, 12:00 Noon

Main St. United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

18 January 2020, 2:00 pm

Main St. United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street

Emporia, Virginia 23847

Caroline R. Tobias Manear, 97 born September 10, 1922 in Grafton, W. VA was granted her angel wings on 15 January 2020. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that loved and cared for her deeply.

Mrs. Manear was born to the late Harvey U. Tobias and Rosa Elizabeth Jacobs Tobias and was educated in public schools in W. VA. After graduation she was employed as a secretary for the Taylor Co. Judicial System.

In 1942 she married her High School sweetheart and love of her life Rev. Carl E. Manear and were blessed with 3 children, Edward Lee Manear, Barbara Jean Manear Chapman and Carol Ann Manear all deceased. After moving to Virginia in 1963 she was a bridal consultant for the Modern Bridal Shop in Falls Church, VA. She was honored to be a Ministers wife for 6 different churches in Virginia and was married for 73 years. She was very active in all choirs, the United Methodist Women and Main St. United Methodist Women. She was a member of Chapter #12 order of the Eastern Star and Woodman of the World. She loved crafts of all kinds, gardening, sewing, quilting handmade quilts and was a charter member of the Merherrin Peace Makers Quilt Guild.

She is survived by 4 grandchildren Allen Milburn of Summersville, SC; Jennifer M. Milburn of Emporia, VA; Kelly A. Chapman of Chattanooga, TN; Cindy L. Cherry and husband Joe Cherry of Honolulu, HI and 3 great grandchildren Jayden, Madison and Hope.

Viewing will be held at the Main St. United Methodist Church 18 January 2020, 12:00 pm followed with Service at 2:00 pm with burial at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Allen R. Guy

March 5, 1952-January 5-2020

Services

2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Allen R. Guy, 67, of Skippers, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020. He is survived by his son, David Allen Guy (Dawn Callahan); daughter, Tammy Guy Moseley (Caleb); grandchildren, Brittany Carroll, Tristan Council and Camryn Council; sister, Darlene Stepp; brothers, Benny Guy (Paula) and Lewis Guy (Debbie) and six nieces and nephews.

Allen is also survived by his longtime companion, Peggy Loveless and her family, daughters, Nikki Rhinehart (Billy) and Lynn Jones (Ricky); sons, Glenn Taylor and Scotty Loveless, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends and family at other times at the home of Allen’s son, David, 2997 Rolling Acres Rd, Emporia, Virginia.  

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


 

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Mary Alice Ellington Thomas

 

Visitation Services

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesadym January 7

Williams Funeral Home
410 Windsor Avenue
Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 8

Edgerton United Methodist Church Cemetery
92 County Pond Road
Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868

Mary Alice Ellington Thomas, age 84, of Lawrenceville, VA went to be with her Lord on January 5, 2020.  She is the daughter of the late Raymond and Lilla Ellington of South Hill, and is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Eugene Thomas.  

 

A graduate of Longwood College, Mary Alice married her high school sweetheart Gene before they both embarked on their professional careers in Richmond. Mary Alice served as Secretary for Judge Ralph Catterall of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. When Gene and Mary Alice moved back to Lawrenceville, she taught full time at Brunswick Senior High School until her first son was born. She continued to teach part time as a substitute English teacher. Mary Alice later served for many years as the Secretary-Treasurer of Brunswick Insurance Agency.

Mary Alice was active in community life through civic and school organizations, including as Worthy Matron of Brunswick County Chapter #20, Order of the Eastern Star.

Mary Alice and Gene were members together of Edgerton United Methodist Church  for nearly 60 years. For many years they led the youth fellowship group and taught Sunday School. It was a rare occasion for a church activity to take place without one or both of them participating.Mary Alice loved her Lord and modeled his love to her family, her church, and her community.

Her family, however, was #1 in Mary Alice’s life beginning with her husband Gene. Her two favorite titles were not professional ones - they were “Mom” and “Memaw”. Whether in health or sickness, Memaw always gave sacrificially of herself to serve her family, and treasured every visit by child or grandchild. She considered herself blessed to see the birth of so many grandchildren, who seemed to just renew her youth beyond her actual years.

Her family has been blessed to know and learn from her. While we will miss her dearly, we have the sure hope of being with her again in Heaven.

 

She is survived by her sons, Michael Thomas and wife Stacey and Ray Thomas and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Alec, Ariel, Katie and Ellie; seven great grandchildren, Aiden, ChloeLise, Paris, Beck, Delilah, Calvin and Jesse; and her caregivers, Eva Wilson and Bernadette Stith.

 

A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Edgerton United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville, VA.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 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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Bernard J. “Pete” Hobbs, Jr.

October 25, 1925-January 3, 2020

Visitation Services

6-8 p.m. Sunday, January 5

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Monday, January 6

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

 

Mr. Bernard J. “Pete” Hobbs, Jr., 63, of Emporia, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020. He was the son of the late Jack and Edna Hobbs.

Pete is survived by his wife, Dianne Hobbs; daughter, Lynn Clary (Thomas); son, Earl Wayne Hobbs (Brandy); grandchildren, Ethan Hobbs, Tyler Clary and David Hobbs; brother, Danny Hobbs; sisters, Renee Justice (Clayton) and Yvonne Howell (Ricky) and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday, January 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 6. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Fellowship or to Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

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

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Charles Goodwin Weeks

August 4, 1952 - December 30, 2019

Visitation Graveside Services

6-8 p.m. Saturday, January 4

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Road
Jarratt, Virginia

 

2 p.m. Sunday, January 5

Grace Anglican Church Cemetery
9986 Purdy Road
Jarratt, Virginia

 

 Charles Goodwin Weeks,67, of Jarratt, passed away Monday, December 30, 2019. He was the son of the late Clarence and Wanda Weeks.

Charlie is survived by his son, Clarke Weeks (Shannon); grandson, Cole Weeks; brother, Eddie Weeks (Julie); three nieces and a number of cousins.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, January 4 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Sunday, January 5 at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Purdy Baptist Church, 186 Smoky Ordinary Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23867.

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

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James L. “Jimmy” Ozmar, Jr.

October 31, 1968-December 29-2019

Visitation Services

5-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 1

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd
Jarratt, Virginia

11 a.m. Thursday, January 2

High Hills Cemetery

James L. “Jimmy” Ozmar, Jr., 51, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019. He was the son of the late James Leland Ozmar and Brenda Poarch Ozmar.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Doris S. Ozmar; two sons, James L. Ozmar, III (Reese Vick) and Thomas K. Ozmar; sister, Robin O. Scott (Perry); aunts, Jean Tucker (Dennis) and Kathy Harrell (Melvin) and a loving extended family.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 1 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 11 a.m. Thursday, January 2 at High Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Harrell 25123 Blue Star Hwy, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to High Hills Baptist Church, P. O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.

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

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