Your Mission for this weekend,

should you choose to accept it:

The Riparian Woman’s Club is asking all residents and businesses in the City of Emporia and Greensville County to place a sign or picture of one of these three symbols on your door or window. The symbols are a Rainbow, Butterfly, or a Candle. These symbols all represent "hope."

We are asking the public to do this in support of our frontline workers and those families who have been affected by the coronavirus. We also wish to do this in support of each other.

So many people are suffering in so many different ways during this time of uncertainty and isolation. Hopefully, seeing these symbols will bring a smile to someone’s face. If so, then we have served our purpose well.

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James B. “Pete” Wills, Jr.

August 21, 1928-September 25, 2019

Visitation Services

1 p.m. Friday, September 27

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd.

Jarratt, Virginia

2 p.m. Friday, September 27

Owen Funeral Home
303 S. Halifax Rd.
Jarratt, Virginia

James B. “Pete” Wills, Jr., 91, of Emporia, VA, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019. James served his country in the United States Army four years during the Korean Conflict and was an employee of Johns-Manville/Georgia-Pacific plant for thirty-seven years. In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing golf and traveling with his wife.

 Mr. Wills is survived by his wife of 69 years, Annie Lee Warf Wills; daughter, Linda W. Bradley of Roanoke Rapids, NC; son, Eugene Wills (Sandra) of Emporia; five grandchildren, Cindy B. White, Susan B. Finney (Andy), Courtney W. Lynch (Jamie), Paul Bradley (Beth) and Tori Wills Pultz (Jeremy); ten great-grandchildren and a sister, Marie W. Holland of Emporia.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 27 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at High Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Purdy Baptist Church Sanctuary Construction Project, 186 Smokey Ordinary Rd., Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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