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Winnifred Lee Everett Reid (Winnie)

Winnifred Lee Everett Reid, (Winnie), 95, of Emporia, passed peacefully January 19, 2018 at Lucy Corr Village surrounded by loving family.

She was born at Cedar Dell Farm, Newsoms, VA on February 10, 1922 to the late Caleb Roy Everett, Sr. and Thelma Eley Everett. She was the Valedictorian of the class of 1939, Newsoms High School and received her BS in Home Economics Education in 1943 from Madison College. She was a teacher in Southampton County and Greensville County Schools until her marriage to the late Charles Alexander Reid, Jr. in 1949.

Winnie was a very active member of Main Street Methodist Church in Emporia, serving in many capacities. She especially enjoyed teaching the third grade Sunday School class for many years. She was the leader of Girl Scout Troop 30, a substitute teacher in Greensville County Public Schools, member of the Riparian Woman’s Club and the Hicksford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded by brothers, Rev. Caleb Roy Everett, Jr., Joseph Leslie Everett, and sister Anne Everett Mish.

She is survived by a daughter, Sara Eley Reid Gordon and husband Morris of Chesterfield, VA; grandchildren; Kenneth Bryce Gordon of Midlothian, VA, Anna Elizabeth Faris of Chesterfield, VA, and Thomas Reid Gordon of New York; great grandchildren, Harper Elise Gordon and Alyssa Michelle Faris. The family would like to thank the staff at Lucy Corr Village and The Crossings at Bon Air for their loving care of Winnie during her last years.

A celebration of her life will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, January 24, at Main Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Dorrance officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the time of the service. Burial will follow in Emporia Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be to Main Street United Methodist Church, 500 S Main St, Emporia, VA 23847 or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Virginia Lewis Buckner Wrenn

Virginia Lewis Buckner Wrenn, widow of Arthur W. Buckner, Sr. died on January 10, 2018. She was a native of Greensville County, Virginia and the eldest daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Lillian Anderton Lewis of Emporia. She was preceded in death by; her daughter, Carolyn Taylor, son Glen Thomas Buckner, Sr.; and two sisters, Dorothy Taylor and Phyllis Beasley.

She is survived by; two daughters, Lois B. Rook and husband James of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Kay B. Lynch and husband R.B. of Emporia; son, Arthur W. Buckner, Jr. and wife Susan of Emporia; three sisters, Frances Leonard of Midlothian, VA, Mabel Gillam of Jarratt, VA, and Nancy Castellow of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; Ten grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; aunt, Mary Moore of Emporia; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was former member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church and current member of Independence United Methodist Church. She also attended Main Street Baptist Church in the later years with her second husband, Thomas H. Wrenn, Sr.

She was a life member of “The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary” and “The National Americans Ex-Prisoners of War”. She was also a member of “The American Ex-Prisoners of War of The Commonwealth of Virginia”, American Legion Auxiliary, Bella Unit 46 of Emporia, The Woodmen of The World, Lodge 287 of Emporia.

Services will be held in the chapel of Echols Funeral Home on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Jeaux Simmons officiating. Burial will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will held in the chapel of Echols Funeral Home on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 7:00 P.M.-8:30 P.M.

Contributions may be made to the Greensville County Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Emporia Fire Department.

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

Albert F. “Hammer” Justice

Albert F. “Hammer” Justice, 84, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally J. Justice and a brother, Joseph Justice. Hammer is survived by three sons, Albert F. Justice, Jr. “Phil” and wife, Rose, Kenneth C. “Kenny” Justice and wife, Brenda and Clayton Justice and wife, Renee’; six grandchildren, Carson Justice (Becky), Philip Justice (Elizabeth), Kendra Floyd (Brent), Justin Justice, Hunter Justice (Katelyn) and Blake Justice three great-grandchildren, Cameron Justice, Caleb Justice, Bensen Floyd; two brothers, George “Doc” Justice and wife, Faye and Bernie Justice; three sisters, Polly Wyatt and husband, Walter, Annie Justice and Betty Phillips and husband, Buck and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 13 at Fountain Creek Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Jean Lambert

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Lambert, 75, of Emporia, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Roy Lambert; two sons, George C. Holloway, III “Skeeter” and wife, Stacy, and James Keith Holloway and wife, Karla; daughter, Randi Fajna; three grandchildren, Kaitlin Holloway, Kelsey Joyner and James Fajna; and a brother, Floyd Hobbs, Jr. . The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Grace Anglican Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Irene Dianis Shimko

Irene Dianis Shimko, 92, of Emporia, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018. She was the widow of William J. Shimko and also was preceded in death by her older five brothers and three sisters; a great-granddaughter, Avery Drew Swenson and sons-in-law, Jeffrey Z. Swenson and Frank K. Parker. She is survived by four daughters, Martha S. Swenson, Dorothy S. Bobbitt (Ernest), Marilyn S. LeGrow (Wynne) and Lois S. Parker; seven grandchildren, Jeff Swenson, Kevin Swenson, Scott Swenson, William Bobbitt, Ashley B. Rook, Victoria Powell and Hannah Parker; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margaret Dianis and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and residents of the Greensville Health and Rehab for their considerate care and loving attention shown to Mrs. Shimko during her time there.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 9 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 10 at St. John Lutheran Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Charles E. Bottoms

Charles E. Bottoms, 85, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Ellen M. Bottoms; two daughters, Vickie B. Taylor and husband, Rowland “Bucky” and Jackie B. Barnes and husband, Billy; three grandchildren, Nikki T. Parker and husband, Brett, Chip Taylor and wife, Meredith and Kyle Barnes and wife, Megan; five great-grandchildren, Brody, Logan and Knox Parker and Easton and Kendley Taylor; brother, Gene Bottoms and wife, Jean. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13 at Emmanuel Worship Center. The family will receive friends at church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emmanuel Worship Center. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Elmer Levi Grizzard

Elmer Levi Grizzard, 90, of Emporia passed away on January 3, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Vera Lee Pearson Grizzard. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Earl M. Grizzard, Frank E. Grizzard, and Jessie K. “Pete” Grizzard.

He is survived by his son, Ronnie L. Grizzard and wife Penny; daughter, Sharon K. Morton and husband Mark; grandchildren, Jessica Vick Dunn and husband Cody, Ashley Lauren Grizzard and husband Justin Gibson, Brian “Kirk” Grizzard and friend Stephanie Perez; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Dunn, Arylee G. Dunn, Adyson K. Dunn, Michael C. Dunn, Jr., and Vera Madison Burke; brother, Benjamin T. “Bubba” Grizzard and sisters, Ethel L. Vick, Polly Grizzard, Willie Mae Harris, Barbara Grizzard, Alease Braswell, and Diane Smith.

A church service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3:30 P.M., with a graveside service immediately following in Emporia Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Calvary Baptist Church at 3:00 P.M prior to the service.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Youth Department or the Calvary Baptist Church Shoe Box Ministry.

Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Mrs. Rae Doyle Webb

Mrs. Rae Doyle Webb, 88, a longtime resident of Emporia, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at her home.  She was born in Greensville County, VA and was the daughter of the late Edgar G. Doyle and Mary Phillips Doyle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Ashby Webb, who died on June 29, 2017. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Dunn, Bertha Delbridge, and Celia Grizzard.

She is survived by; her daughter, Pam Low and her husband Ed, son David D. Webb and his wife Sandy; four grandchildren, Stephanie Whittington and her husband Rick, Stephen Low, Lauren Ashley Collins, and Dylan Allen; two great grandchildren, Abby Whittington and Andrew Whittington; special nieces, Kay Bryant and Debbie Mashburn, and nephew, Barry Grizzard.

She was a homemaker, and a member and past Deacon of Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia. Services will be held in the chapel of Echols Funeral Home on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Dr. Ricky Hurst officiating.  Burial will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at her residence, 307 Echols St. Emporia, VA, on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

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

Daphine Perry Ferguson

Mrs. Daphine Perry Ferguson, 94, of Emporia, died Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Hospital.

A native of North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Arthur James Perry and Thelma Mitchell Perry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Junius Stallings and Walter C. Ferguson, a daughter, Jean Ferguson Haymes, two brothers, E.V. Perry and James J. Perry.  She was a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia and a former Department Manager at Leggett’s Department Stores.

Mrs. Ferguson is survived by a son, Jim Ferguson and his wife Sheila of Emporia, a daughter, Bonnie Ferguson Fresch and her husband David of Richmond, Texas, a sister Barbara Barrett of Roanoke Rapids, son in law Eugene Haymes of Roseland, Virginia, and special friend Vicki Haymes of Waynesboro, Virginia; Seven grandchildren, Sherri Robinson, Jamie Ferguson, Neil Haymes, Shannon Dunn, Rev. David W. Fresch, Kimberly Conroy, and Dr. Christopher Fresch, and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday January 6, 2018 at Main Street Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Ricky R. Hurst officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until service time at Main Street Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main St, Emporia, Va. 23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.             

Mary Marie LeMaster Matthews

Mary Marie LeMaster Matthews of 308 Allen Court Emporia,VA. passed away 12/30/2017. She was born September 14, 1930 in Salamonia, Indiana. Marie was adored by her family, many friends, and long-time coworkers from the local telephone company.

She was predeceased by her parents, Gerald W. and Pearl S. LeMaster of Salamonia, Indiana; ex-husband Bill Matthews; sisters, Maxine LeMaster, Nadine Perry and Roberta Lenox, and brother Robert J. Lemaster. She is survived by her 3 children: Cindy Merritt, Jerry Matthews (Ivy), and Bobbi Griles; 6 grandchildren: Dickie Thompson (Stephanie), Christina Smith (Jerry), Stephanie Ferguson (Chris), Tony Thompson (Traci), Tina Flanagan (Jimmy), and Becky Affronti (Kyle). She was blessed with 12 great-grandchildren: Joshua Kim (Victoria), Haley Ferguson, Brandon and Dylan Driver, Cassie Flanagan, Olivia and Stephen Thompson, Gabriella and Lance Thompson, Meredith Taylor, and Logan and Landon Affront; and 2 great-great grandchildren: Emili and Alex Kim. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Emily Snider, Mary Louise Fergusson, Jolene Matthews, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give their heartfelt gratitude to Lifestar Ambulance Service, SVRMC staff, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Southern Virginia Regional Healthcare. A special thank you goes out to Gloria Franklin and Caroline Lee for their tender loving care to her over the past few years.

Marie was well-known for her favorite expression of "Well, joy!" This was an apt expression for her life and how she lived, bringing joy, humor and happiness to everyone who had the privilege to know and love her. Mother, Momma, Grandma, Mama, we all wish you everlasting joy and peace in heaven with all those waiting for you. We'll miss you more than you could ever know.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 5, 2018.The family will be receiving family and friends from 6-8pm.

SHELBY JEAN WRENN WRAY

SHELBY JEAN WRENN WRAY, age 77, of Bristow, VA, formerly of Emporia, passed away December 24, 2017, at her home.  Shelby was born April 25, 1940 in Emporia, VA, the daughter of Bessie and Willie Wrenn.  Shelby married James Palmer Wray on July, 20, 1963 and moved to Northern Virginia in 1969.  Shelby was reunited with her loving husband on Christmas Eve.  Shelby deeply enjoyed being a full-time Mom to her daughter Lisa and spent many years providing child care services to some of her closest friends.  Shelby was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Linette Dukeman, her two granddaughters, Taylor Catherine Dukeman and Logan Elisabeth Dukeman, and her son-in-law, Thomas Patrick Dukeman all of Manassas, VA.   

Graveside services will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11am.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy will be deeply appreciated and can be made in her name at the American Cancer Society of Virginia, www.cancer.org or by calling 1.800.227.2345. Condolences may be sent to www. echolsfuneralhome.com.

Michael Wayne Robinson, Jr.

Michael Wayne Robinson, Jr., 35, passed away December 22, 2017.  He is survived by his mother, Margaret Harrell Ball and husband, Anthony; father, Michael Wayne Robinson, Sr.; sister, Ashley; brother, Derrick and wife, Marybeth; nephew, Grant; beloved uncle, Eric; a large extended family of aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces; and his dog, Blazer, whom he loved and was loved by dearly.

Michael grew up in Emporia, Va where he learned the value of hard work from his father on the family farm.  He took an interest in computers at an early age with the guidance of his uncle Eric.  Michael attended Greensville County High School and then Virginia Tech, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in both Computer and Electrical Engineering.  After college Michael accepted a position at Spreadtrum Communications in San Diego, CA and continued his career there for 13 years.  He had a passion for travel and an unending thirst for knowledge.

Services will be held at Owen Funeral Home on Sunday, December 31st at 2 o’clock with graveside burial to follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Marvin Wayne Howell

Marvin Wayne Howell, Sr., 66, of Emporia, VA passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Rufus Howell, Jr. and a brother, James Howell.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Audrey Faye Howell; son, Marvin Wayne Howell, Jr. and wife, Tiffany; daughters, Sherry Lin Jarratt and husband, Ron and Tiffany Nichole Howell; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Powell, Chris Jarratt, Natalie Jarratt, Jordin Jarratt, Logan Howell, Conner Howell and Isobella Byrum; great-granddaughter, Ma’Kenzie Fox; his mother, Peggy Howell; sister, Paulette Howell, brothers, George Bennett Howell, Ricky Howell, Joey Howell and Andy Ray Howell and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 27 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia.

A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, December 28 at Drewryville Cemetery.

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

Shelley Allen Soler

Shelley Allen Soler, 44, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 22, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan N. Soler; two daughters, Avery Allen and Mackenzie Soler; her mother, Sandra Skinner; step-father, Marvin Skinner; step-brothers, Steven Skinner and wife, Annette and Mark Skinner and step-sister, Lorna Emmons.

A graduate of Bluefield College, Mrs. Soler worked as a probation and parole officer with District 38.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2017 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia.

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

Robert Clark, Jr.

On the morning of Tuesday, December 19, 2017, the Lord, our God called home his son Robert Clark, Jr.

On April 30, 1942, Robert was born the 8th child out of 14 children to Robert Clark, Sr. and Beatrice Clark. He joined Rock Mount Baptist Church at an early age.

Robert Jr. was employed at Weldon Mills and Southampton Textile and retired  after over 30 years of service. Later on, he returned to Southampton Textile in  security. He also worked many years in various lawn care services.

Along with his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his beloved son, Marcus Lewis Clark and four siblings; Frances, Jasper, Alice, and Shirley.

Robert Jr. leaves to cherish his precious memories a dedicated wife; Victoria, three beloved children; Frank (Felicia), Angela and Kemeca (George), eight grandchildren; Melonie (Solomon), Paulette, Shawna (Marcus), Dijon (Julia), Montavius, Justin, Jasmine, Alexavier, and Andia, seven great grandchildren, nine siblings; Ivory, William (Shirley), Jean, Marie (Clarence), Fannie (Shane), James, Milton, Theodore (Alice) and Betty, one very special aunt; Nellie Williams, his God-mother; Effie Revis, three devoted friends; Swanson Robinson, Dwayne Thomas and Landis Moody and a   plethora of aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins other relatives and friends.

The family will receive visitors from 9 am to 7 pm on Friday, December 22, 2017 at R. E. Pearson and Son, 556 Hamifax Street, Emporia. Funeral services will be at 2 pm on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Mars Hill Baptist Church, 11211 Low Ground Road, Emporia, with interrment following at the Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetary. Professional Services are entrusted to the staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, Inc.

Donna G. Whitby

Donna G. Whitby, 69, went to be with the Lord on December 19, 2017. She is survived by her brother, James Grant (Lynne) of Emporia; special nieces, Tami Reeves, Alyssandra Reeves and Amber Reeves. She is also survived by special friend, Scott Wilkerson. Funeral services and interment will be private. Online condolences may be shared with family at www.owenfh.com.

Charlie Joseph Brna

Charlie Joseph Brna, 82, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Charlie was with the Army National Guard for two years and was Honorably discharged to enlist in the United States Air Force in 1954. He retired from the USAF after 23 years of service as an Audio-Visual Superintendent. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He also retired after 21 years from Carpenter Company. Charlie was a member of the American Legion Post 137 and the Farmer’s Hunt Club in Emporia, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Anna Brna. He is survived by his sister, Ellen Dillard; brother, Dr. Theodore Brna; son, Steven Brna; daughter, Rhonda Underwood (Matt); two grandchildren, Kamryn and Rylan; and numerous extended family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church at 2 P.M., Monday, December 11, 2017 with Rev. Stephen Bocklage officiating. Internment will follow in St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1 hour before the Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Swanson D. Jennings

Swanson D. Jennings, 77, of Stony Creek, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise A. Jennings. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Kelly and husband, Fred; brothers, Ronnie Jennings and wife, Judy, Ray Jennings and wife, Nancy and a number of nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful father and husband, a faithful brother and friend, and a generous and kind-hearted man overall. He was loved by many. He will be profoundly missed. Mr. Jennings was once a member of Fort Grove and also had a special place in his heart for animals. Thus, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Fort Grove United Methodist Church, 12471 Church St., Stony Creek VA 23882 or to the ASPCA of Petersburg and Colonial Heights, 201 Temple Ave #E, Colonial Heights Va 23834. A memorial service will be held at Fort Grove United Methodist Church on Friday December 15th at 3:00. The family will be receiving friends and family after the service at the home of Fred and Beth Kelly, 22612 Walkers Mill Rd, Stony Creek Va 23882. Online condolences may be shared with the family at Owenfhva@aol.com.

Kathaleen B. “Kat” Lipscomb

Kathaleen B. “Kat” Lipscomb 73, Homemaker, Loving Mother, Grandmother, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday November 21st, 2017. Kat was preceded in death by her life partner Bill Ellis.

Kat is survived by her six children; Mickey (Martha) Stephens, Pansy (Earl) Mitchell, Ronald (Debra) Lipscomb Sr., Rickey (Renee) Lipscomb, Threasa Moore and fiancée Steven Myers, Dorothy (Ronnie) Bryan. Ten Grandchildren, thirteen Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and Special Friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.  at Emmanuel Worship Center, 4910 East Atlantic St. Emporia, VA. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. until Service time.

In lieu of flowers, our family request donations for cremation/memorial expenses. Contact Threasa Moore (434-631-7983) or Echols Funeral Home (434-634-2633)

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com

Francis “Buddy” Harding

Francis “Buddy” Harding, 87, of Jarratt, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017.  He is survived by his wife, Esther “Tutter” Harding; three daughters, Denice Cifers and husband, Wayne, Karen Wiles and Sheran Rigg and husband, Baker; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nephew, Kevin Harding and nieces, Tammy Cabrera, Virginia Anderson and Kathleen Meehan. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, November 25 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

William W. “Billy” Dickens

William W. “Billy” Dickens, 74, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017. He was born April 26, 1943, a son of the late Warren and Marie Dickens and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Billie Jo Dickens.

He is survived by his son, William S. “Shelley” Dickens and fiance’ Jeanna; three grandchildren, William J. “Joey” Dickens (Alexis), Taylor R. Dickens (Joshua) and Christian B. Dickens; two great-grandchildren, Joshua A. Moore, Jr. “L.J.” and Bruce S. Moore; two sisters, Gayle D. Gilliland (Deb) and Myrtice D. Pinelli (Tony) and a brother, Joseph Alston “Joe” Dickens (Tina); and a devoted former daughter-in-law, Tammy H. Dickens (Johnnie).

Billy was and is still our hero and remains the strongest man we ever knew. The family would like to express their appreciation to the doctors and nurses of the ICU and CLC at McGuire VA Medical Center for their compassionate care and concern for Billy and his family.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 15 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, November 16.

Interment with military honors will follow 3 p.m. at Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia, 10300 Pridesville Rd, Amelia, Virginia.

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

ALICE SMITH BIVENS

Alice Smith Bivens, age 81, of Emporia, VA, died Monday, November 13, 2017, at Dunlop House Assisted Living and Memory Center, Colonial Heights, VA.

Mrs. Bivens, was born in Greensville County, VA the daughter of the late Pender Lee Smith, Sr. and Virginia Harrell Smith; she was pre-deceased by two sons, Mike Lee and Joe Bivens.   She was a devoted mother and homemaker.

Surviving are: Her husband Billy Joe Bivens; two daughters, Pat B. Clary and her husband Wilson of Emporia, VA and Amy Pollard Lifsey of Roanoke Rapids, NC; A brother Alfred Smith and his wife Christine of Emporia, VA; 4 grandchildren, Heather Lifsey Barnes of Lucama, NC, Katie Clary Richardson of Gasburg, VA, Kelly Clary of Emporia, VA, Kendall Clary of Sutherland, VA; three great grandchildren, Ryan Barnes and Ben Barnes both of Lucama, NC and Kenzie Clary of Emporia, VA.

Graveside services will be held in Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 2:00PM, with Rev, Rick Ragan officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center St., Suite 102, Norfolk, Va. 23502.

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

Maggie Leonard Lewis

Maggie Leonard Lewis, 88, of Stony Creek, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was the widow of H. Garnett Lewis and was also preceded in death by her daughter, Martha Lewis Rideout. She is survived by her son, H. G. Lewis, III and wife, Kay; son-in-law, David Rideout and wife, Helen; five grandchildren, Jamie Lewis and wife, Brandy, Chuckie Lewis, Katie Poarch and husband, Doug, Kevin Rideout and wife, Shannon and Louise Brucato and husband, Joe; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor Gill, Carter Lewis, Austin Lewis, Grace Lewis, Kaitlyn Poarch, Makenna Poarch, Kelsey Rideout, Luca Brucato and Martha Brucato; a brother, John Leonard and wife, Ruby of Disputanta; a sister, Betsy Critz of Richmond; devoted brother-in-law, Roy Lewis, Sr. and a number of devoted nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday, November 12 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 13. Interment will follow at Lewis Family Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sappony Baptist Church, 9183 Huske Rd., Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

Stuart J. Barnes

Stuart J. Barnes, 60, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.  

Herman R. Kitchen, Jr., “Willie”

Herman R. Kitchen, Jr., “Willie”, 55, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2017. He was a son of the late Herman and Elizabeth Kitchen. He is survived by his spouse, Kenneth Eanes; two daughters, Sara Chappell Myrick and Melissa Kitchen; four grandchildren; two brothers, Owen Kitchen and wife, Brenda and Calvin “Peanut” Kitchen; a sister, Juanita Kitchen and a number of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Monday, November 6 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt where the family will receive friends prior to the service 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to assist the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

Mr. James Warren “Jimmie” Webb

Mr. James Warren “Jimmie” Webb, a longtime resident of Emporia, died Saturday at his home. He was 79. A U.S. Navy veteran, Jimmie was born in Greensville County to the late Shelton Short Webb Sr. and Anita Crane Webb. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sons, Jonathan W. Webb and Gregory W. Webb. Jimmie was beloved by his neighbors for his kindness and a friend to many in Emporia.

He is survived by his daughter Rose Webb Lee and her husband Southgate Lee Jr.  Of Capron, sister Elsie Meade Webb of Emporia, his brother S.S. “Biddy” Webb Jr. of Suffolk, granddaughter Amanda Lee Campbell and great granddaughter Catherine Alexis Jones, both of South Carolina.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 1 at 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery with Pastor Rachel Plemmons officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 31 at Echols Funeral and Cremation Service from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Carolyn E. Lifsey

Carolyn E. Lifsey, formerly of Petersburg, Va, died on October 1, 2017 in Dallas, TX. She was 90 years old. Carolyn was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1927. She was the fourth of five children born to Roy and Estelle Lifsey and lived in Zebulon, GA for most of her childhood.

She moved with her family to Blackstone, VA in 1944. As a young adult, she got a job as a telephone operator at the local telephone office. She relocated to Emporia, VA and became a member of Monumental United Methodist Church. 

In 1957, she was offered a job as a telephone operator at Ft Lee, VA. To be able to accept that job, she had to buy a car and learn how to drive within a week’s time. She retired from Ft Lee after 30 years as a telephone operator and a member the civil service.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothea Thomason of Dallas, TX, her sister-in-law, Estelle Lifsey of Emporia, VA; 8 nieces and nephews;11 great nieces and nephews, and 7 great great nieces and nephews. Graveside Service: November 4, 2017 11:00am at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia, VA with Pastor Rachel Plemmons officiating. 

Condolences may be sent to echolsfuneralhome.com.

Robert E. “Bob” Croak

Robert E. “Bob” Croak, 65, of Capron, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017. He retired from Southampton County as a supervisor in the wastewater treatment department. He began his 43 year career starting in Lockhaven, PA. and had served a number of commercial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities.

Mr. Croak is survived by a daughter, Ashley Dawn Croak Jones and husband, James Michael Jones; son, Justin “Jake” Croak and wife, Anna Simmons Croak; grandchildren, Robert Michael Jones, Hunter Levi Jones, Sarah Ann Jones, Elizabeth “Libby” Croak and Justin Tyler Croak; great-grandson, Justin James Croak; his mother, Lorraine Ellen Croak; sister, Debra Carol McCulley, brothers, Jeffrey Croak and wife, Joy and Randy Croak and wife, Kim and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, November 3 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. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Drewryville Volunteer Fire Department.

Matilda Shimko “Tillie” Phillips

Matilda Shimko “Tillie” Phillips, 93, of Emporia; widow of Peter Y. Phillips, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017. She was a daughter of the late John and Mary Shimko and was also preceded in death by two brothers, John A. Shimko and wife, Minnie and William Shimko.

 She is survived by her daughter, Mary Alice Okerlund and husband, Tom; her son, Buddy Phillips and wife, Joy; grandson, Peter Christopher Owen; two granddaughters, Abigail Joy Phillips and Rachel Elaine Phillips; great-grandson, Peter Christopher “P.J.” Owen, Jr.; sister-in-law, Irene Shimko and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 22 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1351 West Atlantic St., Emporia, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com

GERALDINE “GERRY” JACKSON MITCHELL

Geraldine “Gerry “Jackson Mitchell, 90, of Emporia, VA, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Greensville Manor.

Gerry was born in Norfolk, VA the daughter of the late Henry Louis and Margaret Broughton Jackson. She was a homemaker and the widow of Byron Holt Mitchell.

Surviving are: a son Michael “Butch” Mitchell of Emporia, VA; a sister Jane Cosner and her husband J. A. of Chesapeake, VA; three grandchildren, Douglas Mitchell, Bethany Mitchell and Darren Mitchell and his wife Jonalyn Mitchell; five great grandchildren, Tim Malpass, Allyson Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell, Bryan Mitchell and Michael Jayden Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held at Spring United Methodist Church, 697 Spring Church Road, Skippers, VA 23879, Monday, October 23, 2017, at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Bob Clyde officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive following the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Tina Dickens, 1901 Spring Church Road, Skippers, VA 23879

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

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