Echols Funeral and Creamation Service

Brenda Allene Crockett Fuller

November 9, 1973 - October 7, 2021

Graveside Services

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, starting at 1:00 P.M.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery

It is with great sorrow her family announces the unexpected passing of Brenda Allene Crockett Fuller on October 7, 2021 to be welcomed by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, along with many loved ones who predeceased her. She is survived by her fiancé, Robby Butler, her daughters, Heather Marie Fuller, Ashley Nicole Fuller, and Cindy Butler, her mother and father, Sam and Barbara Crockett, her brother, John Crockett, and many beloved aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

Brenda graduated from Greensville County High School in 1992 and served in the U.S. Airforce after graduation. She enjoyed making crafts, especially blankets, wreaths, and delicious pickles for her family and friends!

The most important thing Brenda will be remembered for is her capacity to love. She truly loved without expectation of being loved in return.

Words cannot describe how deeply Brenda will be missed. She loved the Lord and our loss is heaven’s gain.

A graveside service will be held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, starting at 1:00 P.M., with Rev. Bobby Griles officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

 

Betty Mitchell Prince

January 21, 1947 - September 7, 2021

Graveside Services

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 2:00 pm

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery

Betty Mitchell Prince, 74, passed away on September 7, 2021. She was the daughter of the late, Drewry Parker Mitchell and Laura Elena Doyle. He was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Raymond M. Prince. She is survived by her son, Larry Wayne Prince of Emporia, VA., daughter, Melissa Prince Evans (Joel Scott) of Rocky Mount, NC., brother, Roy Prince (Martha Jane) of Emporia, VA., grandchildren, Victoria Christian Evans of Tarboro, NC., Wayne Scott Evans of Lubock, TX., Mindi Marie Prince of Emporia, VA., great-grandchildren, Kaylie Marie Batchlor, Jordan Scott Gilbert, Nathan Wade Caraway.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. C.W. Bing officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Jerry W. Allen, Sr.

June 9, 1949-September 8, 2021

Graveside Services

Day, Date and Time

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Jerry W. Allen, Sr., was a loving husband, daddy and papa. He died peacefully in his home with his wife by his side on September 8th. He was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Ollie Allen.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 37 years, Lois P. Allen, children, LeAnne Rawlings (Chris) and Jay Wiley, grandchildren, Logan Warren Rawlings and Christopher Allen Graham Rawlings. Children from previous marriage, Amy Gordan (Kevin), Bubba Allen, and Brandi Powell and their children. Also left are his brothers Bobby Allen (Daphene), Clinton Allen (Pat), Dennis Allen (Cecilia) and Danny Allen (Dawn). His fur baby Louie and grand fur babies, Rocky and Lily.

A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, September 9th, starting at 3:00 p.m. with rev. Bobby Griles officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

 

Lester Johnson “Les” Grizzard, Jr.,

December 9, 1939-September 1, 2021

Services

Tuesday, September 7, at 2:00 P.M

Fountain Grove Baptist Church
11539 Lowground Rd
Emporia, Virginia

Lester Johnson “Les” Grizzard, Jr., of Richmond, VA., formerly of Springfield, VA., died September 1, 2021, at the age of 81. Les was born December 9, 1939 in Greensville County, VA., to the late Lester Johnson Grizzard, Sr. and Sallie Taylor Grizzard.  He was preceded in death by brother, Quentin T. Grizzard, sister, Emo-gene Medkift, Evelyn Harris, and Eloise Tuck. He is survived by sisters, Amy Bradley (Johnny) of Petersburg, VA., Peggy Powell (Ben) of Portsmouth, VA., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Les was a 1958 graduate of Greensville County High School, served in the Army as an M.P. with an honorable discharge April 30, 1969. He resumed his career as a Bank Examiner in Richmond and then Trust Officer for Riggs National Bank in Washington D.C., until retirement. Les earned a Business Degree from American University. Was named American Legion Springfield post 176, “legionnaire of the year” for 2007. In the commander’s citation he was lauded for his volunteer work at the Veterans Administration Medical Cneter in Washington D.C., where he visited every Friday and most Wednesday mornings. Also noted was his work with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Homeless Veterans Clean Up Day, and welcome home Committee. Les Served on the membership committee and as District 17 assistant baseball chairman. He truly loved serving the veterans. Les enjoyed baseball, taking an annual trip to Florida, for the major leagues spring training for many years. He was a longtime member of Fountain Grove Baptist Church, Emporia, Va. Les was loyal to family and friends. He will be missed by all that knew him. The family would like to thank cousin and friend, Glen Allen for his dedication and care for Lester in his last years.

A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, September 7, at 2:00 P.M., at Fountain Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating. Interment will follow in church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to Fountain Grove Baptist Church are welcome. 1153 Low Ground Road, Emporia, VA., 23847.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

William Norman Hayes

April 19, 1930-August 31, 2021

Services

Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 2:00 P.M.

Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery

William Norman Hayes, 91, passed away on August 31, 2021. He was the son of the late, Harvey A. Hayes and Nellie Rickman. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Anna Evans Hayes. He is survived by his daughters, Connie H. Allen (William) of Skippers, VA., Terry Faulkner of Gadsden, AL., along with six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and a special friend Robert Rademaker (Autumn)

A graveside service will be held at Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Bobby Griles officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

 

Lavinia Newsome Parrish

November 13, 1920 - August 24, 2021

Services

Friday, August 27, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.

Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery
4438 Independence Church Road
Emporia, Virginia

Lavinia Newsome Parrish, 100, passed away on August 24, 2021. She was the daughter of the late J. N. Newsome and Bertha Odell Allen. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jesse H. Parrish, Sr., daughter, Dorothy Parrish Moseley, brother, Robert Newsome, sister, Louise Doyle. She is survived by her son, Jesse H. Parrish Jr. (Patsy) of Emporia, VA., son-in-law, Frank N. Moseley of Emporia, VA., grandchildren, Christine P. Johnson (Michael) of Emporia, VA., Michelle P. Crane (Ed) of Lawrenceville, VA., step-grandchildren, Terri Moseley (David) of Emporia, VA., Heath Clements (Lisa) of Emporia, VA., Jami Clements of Rocky Mount, VA., along with numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Shawn Smith officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Howard Louis Conwell, Jr.

 

November 18, 1944-August 16, 2021

Services

Saturday, August 21, 2021, 11:00 am

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Howard Louis Conwell, Jr., 76, passed away on August 16, 2021. He was the son of the late, Howard L. Conwell, Sr., and Mayfeild Herrick Conwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Neal Conwell, sister, Elizabeth Bowden. He is survived by his son, Michael H. Conwell (Caryn) of Midlothian, VA., daughter, Lisa C. Pyffer (Steve) of Perkasie, PA., brothers, Earl Conwell (Diane) of Prattville, AL., Wilson Conwell (Pat) of North Dinwiddie, VA., Larry Conwell of Emporia, VA., sisters, Mildred Spiers of Mickenny, VA., Eloise Stahl (Steve) of Atlanta, GA., Shelia Conwell (Rick Pirkey) of Myrtle Beach, SC., grandchildren, Josh Pyffer (Megan Smith-Buzza), Abigail Conwell, Alex Conwell, great-grandchild, Eva Gwen Smith-Buzza, and former wife, Cathy Conwell of Midlothian, VA.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Echols Funeral Home, starting at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Wilson Conwell officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Nellie Allen Falls

October 22, 1932 - July 9, 2021

Visitation Services

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 3:00 P.M.

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Nellie Allen Falls, 88, passed away on July 9, 2021. She was the daughter of the late, James Thomas Allen and Betty Obery Allen. She was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Tommy Adams. She is survived by her husband, Barry Falls, sons, Hartley Adams (Anne), Jerry Adams (Debbie), Ricky Adams, step-children, Melody Thorpe (Henry), Byron Falls, grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brandon (Summer), Will (Stacey), Mickey (Brittany), step-grandchildren, Waverly, Jackson, Matthew (Makenzie), Todd (Jordan), great-grandchildren, Corbin, Stella, Turner, Carter, Brody, Beckham, Madison, step-great grandchild, Watson, along with beloved dog, Jake.

A visitation will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, Sunday, July 11, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

A funeral service will follow at Calvary Baptist at 3:00 P.M. with Dr. Robert Pipkin and Mr. Mickey Adams officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

William “Billy” Grimes Rogerson

January 29, 2021 - June 28, 2021

Visitation Services

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, July 1, 2021, starting at 11:00 AM

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

William “Billy” Grimes Rogerson, 78, passed away on June 28, 2021. He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church and belonged to the American Legion Group. Billy is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph E. Rogerson, Sr., Glenn Dora Grimes Rogerson, brother, James L. Rogerson. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judy Rogerson, sons, Shaun Rogerson (Stephanie), Paul Rogerson (Teri), William Beighley, brother, Joseph Rogerson, Jr., sister, Elizabeth R. Bryant, granddaughter, Lily Rogerson, great-grandson, Matthew Kiser, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A funeral service will take place at Echols Funeral Home, Thursday, July 1, 2021, starting at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at Emporia Cemetery. Dr. Rick Hurst and Rev. Dave Roberts will be officiating.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Tamera “Tammy” Newsome Jarratt

August 18, 1968-June 17, 2021

Visitation Services

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2:30 PM

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

Tamera “Tammy” Newsome Jarratt, 52, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Tammy was born August 18, 1968, in Emporia, Virginia. She graduated from Greensville County High School in 1986. She continued her education at Halifax Community College where she earned an associate degree in Business. Later, she pursued her interest in the dental field and received her Dental Assistant certification. She spent most of her career as a Dental Assistant and Dental Coordinator within the Virginia Department of Corrections to include Greensville Correctional Center, Lawrenceville Correctional Center, and most recently, Sussex II State Prison.

Tammy was preceded in death by her parents, Elsie Padgett, and Thomas P. Newsome.

She is survived by her loving children; Brooklyn N. Jarratt of Urbanna, Kayla L. Jarratt, and Austin C. Jarratt, both of Emporia; four grandchildren; Lailah and Rilee Baylor, of Urbanna, and Dakota and Daxton Ferguson, of Emporia. She will also be remembered by her aunts, uncle, cousins, coworkers, and friends.

Family will receive friends at Echols Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM with a graveside following at 2:30 PM at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Arthur Milton Prince “Preacher”

May 22, 1932-June 12, 2021

Visitation Services

Thursday, June 17 at 1pm

Mount Vernon Baptist Church
16489 Dry Bread Road
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, June 17 at 2pm

Mount Vernon Baptist Church
16489 Dry Bread Road
Emporia, Virginia

On June 12, 2021, Arthur Milton Prince left this life for his eternal home surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was known to his family and friends as “Preacher” but to his family, he was “Popa”.  

He was born and raised in Emporia, Virginia and most importantly, lived his life on the Dry Bread Road which he loved dearly and never wanted to travel far from. He retired from Johns Manville/Georgia Pacific after 42 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hunting. He was a man of faith, a strong but gentle man that loved his family with all of his heart.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Nell Irene Tomlison Prince, his son, Milton Steve Prince and wife Rosemary, grandchildren, Michele Prince Turner (Kenny), Michael Steve Prince (Tonya) and Amanda Prince Sadler (Elliott), great-grandchildren, Kailtyn Turner, Andrew and Avarie Prince, Wyatt and Austyn Sadler. Sisters Lelia Louise Phillips and Mary Bernice Phillips, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preacher was preceded in death by his parents Clarence Lee Prince & Lila Lelia Phillips Prince, brothers James Edward Prince, and Herman Lee “Billy Buck” Prince, sisters Virginia Magalene Banner, Ethel Mae Allen, Shirley Ann Allen and Erma Jean Veliky.

Funeral Services will be held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church on Thursday, June 17 at 2pm. Visitation for family and friends will be an hour prior to the service.   

If desired, memorial contributions can be sent to Mount Vernon Baptist Church. 

16489 Dry Bread Road. Emporia, VA 23847.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com 

Glenda Lucy Pope

August 21, 1948 - May 28, 2021

Visitation Services

Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 1:00 P.M

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Following Visitation

Main Street United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

Absence on Earth is presence with the Lord.

Glenda L. Pope, 72, was called to her eternal home on May 28, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elton A. Lucy and Lucille B. Lucy. She is survived by her husband, Linwood E. Pope Sr., two sons, Linwood E. Pope Jr., and Charles A. Pope (Christina), four grandchildren, Emily (Joey), Allie, Carter, and Charlie along with, her beloved fur baby, Izzie. Glenda is survived by her brother, Gerald “Jerry” Lucy, nephew Jeremy (Angie), niece, Daisy (Tommy) and numerous great nieces and nephews. Glenda had many friends that she loved like family.

She will always be remembered for her smile, her witty words, taste of jewelry, sense of style, sense of humor, and specifically, her love for her family and friends. Glenda enjoyed many things in life including spending time at Lake Gaston and the Outer Banks, bird watching, gardening, but her biggest love was taking care of others and the love for her family. Glenda was a devoted servant of Christ. Her love touched the lives of many. She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Glenda was also a member of the Margaret Parker Circle and the Memorial Committee. She also served in many roles within the community. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and involved in the Great Peanut Tour for many years. She also served in education for over 31 years for Greensville County School Systems where she was responsible for many things, such as the St. Jude Trike-a-Thon brought to GES in 2008. Glenda was a valuable mentor to so many and has touched the lives of all she encountered. She loved her family more than life itself.

A visitation will be held at Main Street United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 starting at 1:00 P.M. with a funeral service to follow led by pastor Tom Durrance and Pastor Greg Hand of Pleasant Hill Christian Church at 2:00p.m. Interment following at Emporia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are to be made to Main Street United Methodist Church at 500 South Main Street, Emporia, Virginia, 23847.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Catherine Moore Mattox

November 7, 1954 - May 6, 2021

Services

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Matthews Chapel Cemetery

Catherine Moore Mattox, 66, passed away on May 6, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wade L. Moore and Mildred Louise Maze Moore. She is survived by her sister, Alisa M. Shearin (Tommy), niece, Jennifer Shearin, nephews, Brandon Shearin (Amy), Kyle Shearin, great-niece/nephew, Brittlyn Shearin, Dawson Shearin, along with many other extended family.

Catherine grew up in Brunswick, VA., where she attended Brunswick Academy and later settled down in Drewryville, VA. She worked at Sadler’s Travel Plaza as a manager for many years. She loved her animals and enjoyed gardening.

A graveside service will be held at Matthews Chapel Cemetery, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, starting at 2:00 P.M.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Haywood “Woody” D. Jones

July 15, 1937 - April 18, 2021

Visitation Services

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:00PM

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00PM

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Haywood “Woody” D. Jones passed away unexpectedly at the age of 83 on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond, Virginia.

Woody was born on July 15, 1937 in Salisbury, North Carolina. In 1955 he joined the United States Air Force where he served our Country for twenty years as an Early Warning Radar Technician. Despite no longer serving in uniform, his patriotism and faithful service to our nation, our flag, and all those still serving ran strong. Following retirement Woody farmed for his ‘other brother’ R.J. “Bobby” Ferguson and enjoyed spending his time working on construction projects and woodworking special keepsake items for the family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  Charlie Denson Jones and Thelma Jones Stokes, his  sisters Jean Kraft, Grace Anderson (Ronald), and brother Wayne (Phyllis) and one Niece and two Nephews.     

Woody is survived by his beloved and loving wife; Martha E. Jones, Son; Terry Brown (Kelley) of Colleyville, Texas,  Sister; Charleen Shoemaker of Faith, North Carolina. Sister-In-Law; Carolyn E. Roach (David). Grandchildren; Katherine Rose and Abigail Ann Brown of Colleyville, Texas. Niece; Lori R. Jarratt (Timmy). Nephew; Jeffrey C. Roach (Jackie). Great-Niece; Carleigh Jarratt, all of Emporia. He is also survived by numerous Nieces and Nephews. Woody will also be forever remembered by his extended family and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00PM at Echols Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Regan officiating. Burial will follow in Emporia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday beginning at 1:00PM until the time of the service.

Donations can be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Lifestar Ambulance Service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Pat Bivens Clary

October 1, 1960-April 8, 2021

Celebration of Life

Friday April 16th at 3 pm

The Clary Home
405 Laurel Street
Emporia, Virginia

Pat Bivens Clary, 60, of Emporia, beloved wife, mother, grandmother “Roowah”, sister, aunt, and friend to so many, passed peacefully surrounded by family on April 8, 2021.

Born on October 19, 1960, in Emporia, she was the daughter of the late Billy Joe and Alice Bivens.  In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her brothers Mike and Joey.

Left to honor and cherish her memory is her husband of 37 years, Wilson Clary, three daughters, Katie Richardson (Allen) of Gasburg, VA, Kelly Clary of Emporia, VA,  Kendall Nunnally (Scott) of Sutherland, VA and two grandchildren; Kenzie Clary and Ace Nunnally.  She is also survived by her sister Amy Lifsey and niece Heather Barnes (Brooks), three great nephews and many special friends.

In addition to raising three girls and Wilson, Pat worked as the Office Manager at Wilson Clary and Associates for 25 years where she loved helping people and solving problems.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Emporia Ballet where she played a prominent leadership role in the operations of the dance school.   Pat also volunteered 8 years of her time as a layperson to the Virginia State Bar Association’s Disciplinary Committee.

Helping people in need was second nature to Pat.  She was always so giving to friends, family, and strangers alike and never sought recognition for it.  For this reason, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Emporia YMCA at 212 Weaver Avenue, Emporia, VA 23847 where Pat Clary’s Helping Heart Fund has been established to continue her legacy.

A celebration of life will be held outdoors for all that wish to attend at the family home located at 405 Laurel Street, Emporia, VA on Friday April 16th at 3 pm. 

Shirley Whitehead Walton

June 9, 1939 - March 17, 2021

Shirley Whitehead Walton, 81, of Emporia, VA passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 17th at Southside Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Presley J. “Milly” Walton, her parents, Waverly Curtis Whitehead and Ruth Faison Whitehead and her sister Peggy Ruth Whitehead.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children, Edward Darrell Walton and wife Kim; Amy Walton King and husband Stacy; and Brian Curtis Walton; grandchildren; Kirby Dale King, Grayson Lane Walton, Presley Dakota Walton, her siblings; Ann whitehead Temple and Virginia Whitehead Pruden, as well as three nieces and two nephews.

Graveside Services will be held Saturday, March 20th, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

William Fredrick Clary

December 2, 1968 - March 13, 2021

Memorial Service

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at

Fountain Creek Baptist Church

William Fredrick Clary, 52, died Saturday, March 13, 2021.

William was the son of James Julian Clary and the late Alva Ann Fulcher Clary. He was a Wastewater Treatment Operator and enjoyed hunting with his friends at Sturgeon Creek Hunt Club.

In addition to his father, William is survived by his wife; Jennifer Clary, his son; Blakely Clary, his brothers; Jimmy Clary and his wife Debbie, Ricky Clary and his wife Teressa, and Stevie Clary, nephews; Christopher and Jordan Clary, Caleb Litchfield, nieces; Addison Clary and Tristin Litchfield.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Fountain Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Griles officiating.

The Family will receive friends after the Service.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

William Joseph Bivens, Jr. (Billy Joe),

September 19, 1932 - January 21, 2021

Graveside Services

2:00 PM on Sunday, January 24, 2021

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Rd.
Emporia, Virginia

 88 of Emporia, VA, passed away on January 21, 2021.

Billy Joe was born September 19, 1932 to William J. Bivens, Sr. and Mary Bivens Kanipe in Hamlet, NC.  After graduating from Greensville County High School, he attended Virginia Tech where he played football.

He worked for the State of Virginia and the USDA supervising fruit, vegetable and peanut inspections for 43 years.  Billy Joe enjoyed coaching Pee Wee football, watching his children and grandchildren on the ballfield and was known to have played an occasional hand of cards. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alice Bivens and sons, Joey and Mike Bivens.  He is survived by his daughter Pat Clary (Wilson) of Emporia, VA; step-daughter Amy Lifsey of Roanoke Rapids, NC; grandchildren, Katie Richardson (Allen) of Gasburg, VA, Kelly Clary of Emporia, VA, Kendall Nunnally (Scott) of Sutherland, VA, Heather Barnes (Brooks) of Lucama, NC; five great-grandchildren and special friend Randy Sirles.

A graveside service will be held at Greensville Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 24, 2021.  The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville County Fire Department, 209 Halifax Street, Emporia, VA 23847.  Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Jessica Nicole Davis

July 10, 2001 - January 6, 2021

Graveside Services

2:00 pm on Saturday, January 23, 2021

Greensville Memorial Cemetery
1250 Skippers Road
Emporia, Virginia

JESSICA Nicole Davis, 19, passed away on January 6, 2021. She was preceded in death by her mother, Kay Gordon Davis. She is survived by her father, Roy Michael Davis and step mom, Tina B. Davis of Capron, VA., maternal grandparents, Linwood Gordon and Daisy Mae Gordon of Emporia VA., step-grandmother, Marlene Holland of Capron, VA., brothers, Jeffrey M. Davis and Joshua M. Davis of Emporia, VA., step brother, Cody J. Henderson of Capron, VA., step sister, Shana Lambert of Franklin, VA., along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. Jessica graduated from Greensville County High School.

A private graveside service will be held, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. John Kinsey officiating.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

Due to covid-19 regulations, wearing a mask and social distancing will be required.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Andrew Earnhardt

August 17, 1950 - January 15, 2021

Jerry Andrew Earnhardt 70, passed away at his home on January 15, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin Earnhardt and Louise Shupping, one sister Shirley McIntyre and two grandchildren Whitney Nicole Gaultney and Aubree Curry. He is survived by is loving wife Patricia P. Earnhardt, two sons Tommy Gaultney (Jennifer) of Emporia, VA, James David Earnhardt (Gretchen) of Salsbury, NC , three daughters Angela Earnhardt of Kannapolis, NC, Crystal Mureno (Roberto) of South Hill, VA and Michelle Cifers (Frankie) of Emporia, VA. One niece Melissa Miller (Tod) of Salsbury NC.
Also, 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He worked as an electrician for many years.

Maggie Lane Ligon

November 30, 1977 - January 5, 2021

Visitation

Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Maggie Lane Ligon, 43, passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 2021. She is survived by two sons, Mother Joan Ligon, Father Ray Ligon, Grandmother Bernice Ligon, Sister Cindy Fox, Brothers Lonnie Ligon and David Maitland, five nephews and one neice. She was dearly loved by family and friends.

Visitation will be conducted Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, Virginia.

Charles Ruffin Sykes

Graveside Services

Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.

Hollywood Cemetery
Middlesex, NC

Charles Ruffin Sykes, 92, passed away on December 7, 2020. He was the husband of Betty Brantley Sykes. He was the son of the late Garland Reid Sykes and Annie Lou Marshbourne Sykes. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, J.G. Sykes, Alvin Johnson Sykes, sisters, Alice Edwards, Julie Sykes Upchurch, Pauline Sykes. He is survived by his daughters, Debra Day (Jimmy) of Emporia, VA., Gail Kansler (Mike) of Raleigh, NC., brother, Everett Sykes (Sallie Ann) of Reidsville, NC., along with two grandchildren, Jamie Poythress (Jason) of Emporia, VA., Alexandra Kansler of Raleigh, NC. Charles was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church. He worked for many years in HVAC and Plumbing Supplies business but his true love was farming, gardening, and sharing his produce with his neighbors. He was a man of integrity, character, and strong work ethics.

Charles and Betty were married for 67 years and are now together in their heavenly home.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021, for Charles and Betty Sykes, at Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex, NC., at 11:00 A.M.

Memorial Donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, VA., 23847.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Betty Brantley Sykes

Graveside Services

Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.

Hollywood Cemetery
Middlesex, NC

Betty Brantley Sykes, 87, passed away on December 12, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Bernice Marvin Brantley and Lona Murray Brantley. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles Ruffin Sykes, sisters, Dorothy Brantley Kemp, Geraldine Brantley, brothers, John Brantley, Pete Brantley. She is survived by her daughters, Debra Day (Jimmy) of Emporia, VA., Gail Kansler (Mike) of Raleigh, NC., sister-in-law, Bertie Mae Brantley of Middlesex, NC., two grandchildren, Jamie Poythress (Jason) of Emporia, VA., Alexandra Kansler of Raleigh, NC. Betty was a longtime Member at Calvary Baptist Church. She had a long and distinguished career in Banking and her most cherished role in life was being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Betty and Charles were married for 67 years and are now together in their heavenly home.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021, for Betty and Charles Sykes, at Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex, NC., at 11:00 A.M.

Memorial Donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, VA., 23847.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Norma Jones Vacca

February 23, 1932 - December 9, 2020

Norma Jones Vacca, 88, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Gerald Jones and Grace Starkey Jones and was a longtime member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Vacca was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Daniel Vacca. She is survived by her two daughters, Gay Little, Christy Suttles (Don), two sons, Danny Vacca (Ann), Steven Vacca (Lu), two brothers, Keith Jones (Marie), Jerry Jones (Jean), along with seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, along with two great-great grandchildren. The family would like to send a special thanks to Mrs. Vacca’s primary caregiver, Mona Drake, for the excellent care she provided.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

William Sherrod “Billy” Harris, Jr.,

November 23, 1938-December 1, 2020

Visitation Services

Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.

Greenaville County Rescue Squad Building
513 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

2:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 6, 2020

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

William Sherrod “Billy” Harris, Jr., 82 of Emporia, VA, departed from his earthly life on Tuesdday, December 1, 2020 to enter his Heavenly home for eternity. 

Billy was transported by his fellow squad members to the local hospital on November 14th and was then transported to Southside Regional Medical Center, in Petersburg, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.  He fought to survive, but succumbed to his illness and went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was the son of the late William Sherrod and Elva Everette Harris.  He was their only child. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Martha Allen Harris, their daughter Sherron Lane Harris Talbott (Michael), and two grandsons, Edward Grant and William Cole Bradley.

Billy was a graduate of Greensville County High School.  He attended East Carolina University, where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.  He then transferred to Campbell University where he graduated in 1965. 

He was a lifelong member of Monumental United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Lay Speaker and as the Chairman of the Administrative Board.

He began his career with the City of Emporia as Deputy Treasurer in 1967, and was then elected Treasurer in November 1969. He served as Treasurer until the time of death. 

He was one of the original 33 Founding Members of the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1963, where he continued to proudly and unselfishly serve his community for 57 years, serving 35 of those years as President.  During his years with the Rescue Squad he served as a mentor, leader, teacher and friend to all of its members.  In 1978 he was certified with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health as an EMT Instructor and was awarded Life Membership to the Squad in 1978.  He was also a Governor’s Award nominee from the Office of EMS.

During his lifetime, he served as President of the Local Rotary Club, where he was recognized by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, and he also served as President of the Emporia Jaycees, where he was recognized with the National Distinguished Service Award.  He was later honored and proud when he received the Eugene H. Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award which he was presented by the Emporia Greensville Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his leadership, professionalism and eagerness to serve his community, as well as being a living example to others.  In addition, he was also awarded the 2013 Hometown Heroes Award by Allen and Allen Law Firm. 

He also received the Community Hero Award from Virginia Tech and Virginia State University through the Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

Billy will be remembered for his love for his family, his love for serving the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, his love for Monumental United Methodist Church, and his tireless and unending love for his local community.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” – John 15:13

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Monumental United Methodist Church.

A visitation will be held at the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad Building on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.

A funeral service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 6, 2020 with Rev. Rick Franklin and Rev. Jerry Wicker officiating. Masks will be required for those attending the funeral service. The service will be broadcast on FM 90.7 while in the church parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Monumental United Methodist Church.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Bernard Hooker Blake

Dates

Services

2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 4, 2020

Monumental United Methodist Church
300 Southampton Street
Emporia, Virginia

Bernard Hooker Blake, 89, died Monday, November 30, 2020.

The son of the late Henry Turner Blake Sr. and Ruby Dickerson Blake, Hooker was also preceded in death by a brother, Henry Turner “Pinkie” Blake Jr. and a sister, Alice Blake Eason. A United States Army Korean War Veteran, he was a lifetime Member of Monumental United Methodist Church, a founding member of the Gravel Pit Hunt Club, and the former owner of B.H. Blake Well Boring and Septic Company.

Hooker is survived by his daughters; Becky Blake Gayle, Penny Sue Blake of Virginia Beach, Theresa Blake Vick and her husband Melvin, Bonnie Blake Gibson and her husband Pete of Youngsville, NC, grandchildren; Jennifer Gayle, Brandi Partridge, Amy Bain, Kevin Allen, Nicholas Allen, Blake Gibson, seven great grandchildren and four adoring nieces.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 4, 2020 at Monumental United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Franklin and Rev. Jerry Wicker officiating. Burial will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends after the Graveside at the Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Benjamin “Ben” Mitchell

May 11, 1931-November 15, 2020

Visitation Graveside Services

 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November, 18, 2020

Independence United Methodist Church
4438 Independence Church Road
Emporia, Virginia

3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November, 18, 2020

Independence United Methodist Church
4438 Independence Church Road
Emporia, Virginia

Thomas Benjamin “Ben” Mitchell, 89, passed away on November 15, 2020 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was the vice president of Sadler Brothers Oil Company for many years. He also served in the Army during the Korean War. He was the son of the late, Clarence Wilson Mitchell and Daisy Daniel Mitchell.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Clarence W. Mitchell, Jr., William R. Mitchell, Horace Mitchell, sisters, Virginia Mitchell Hobbs, Mary Mitchell Norwood, Lillian High, Daisy Edwards, Jane Rodgester Mitchell.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Whitby Mitchell, sister, Emma Mitchell Powell.

The family will receive friends at Independence United Methodist Church at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November, 18, 2020. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the Independence United Methodist Church Cemetery with Pastor R. Shaw Smith officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Independence United Methodist Church, in care of Evangeline Taylor, 5066 Dry Bread Road, Emporia, VA., 23847.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Richard Jarratt Lee

Feberuary 20, 1943-October 31, 2020

Graveside Services

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery

Emporia Cemetery
Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Richard Jarratt Lee, a local attorney residing in North Chesterfield, VA, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020. He was born on February 20, 1943, and raised in Emporia, VA, where he graduated from Greensville County High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Upper Iowa University in 1979; and in 1981 he received a Master of Arts degree in Legal Studies from Antioch University.

Richard was he third son of the late Ruth Lee and Thomas E. Lee, Sr. He was preceded in death by his two older brothers, George and Tom. He is Survived by his wife Patricia Wiggins Lee, one son Raymond Mark Lee and his wife Melanie; his younger brother Bobby and his wife Denise. He is the proud Papa of three grandchildren, Kanyon, Tyler and Taylor Lee. He is also survived by nieces Kathy Queen, Becky Lee, Marti Scott, Ginger Coletrane, Tiffany Lee and Cristen Lee.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, November 5, 2020, 11:00 A.M. at Emporia Cemetery.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

James A. Vincent, Sr.,

November 8, 1940-September 26, 2020

Graveside Services

 Sunday, November 8, 2020, at 2:00 P.M.

Corinth Cemetery

Skippers, Virginia

James A. Vincent, Sr., passed away on September 26, 2020 at the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was born on November 9, 1940 in Emporia, VA., to the late Billy B. and Frances Somner Vincent. He was also predeceased by his wife, Gwen Francis Vincent, children, James A. Vincent, Jr., Jill Frances Vincent, Amanda Francis Emerson, brother, Ronald F. Vincent, nephew, Jason B. Vincent.

He was a graduate of Greensville County High School and attended Louisburg Junior College in Louisburg, NC. He farmed in Greensville County in a family farming operation with his father, Billy B. Vincent and brothers Ronald and Lindsey for many years. Later he operated Vincent Grocery in Skippers, VA., until he retired.

He is survived by his siblings, Billy B. Vincent, Jr., (Helen), Joan V. Herring (Jack), Lindsey S. Vincent (Scott), his beloved granddaughter, two grandsons, along with nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Corinth Cemetery in Skippers, VA., on Sunday, November 8, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Larry Grizzard officiating.

Covid-19 guidelines will apply.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

Charles Harvey Gleason

January 1, 1945 - October 29, 2020

Charles Harvey Gleason, 75, passed away on October 29, 2020.  Charles was a retired Correctional Officer for the state of Virginia Department of Corrections and also served in the U.S. Navy.

He was the son of the late Perley Harvey Gleason and R. Marie Beeman Gleason. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James D. Gleason, and daughter, Charlene A. Gleason.

He is survived by his wife, Lee Ann Gleason, daughters, Michele Whitby (Rodney), Rochelle Jenkins (Donald), sister, C. Jeanne Stanton (Allen), and sister-in-law Judith A. Gleason grandchildren, Twyla Campbell, Kyle Rook, great-grandchildren Savannah Rook, Kole Rook and several nieces and nephews.

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