February 2014

  1. Obituary-Carter F. Lewis, Sr.

    Carter F. Lewis, Sr., age 72, of Freeman, Va. passed away February 25, 2014. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rena Anne Parker Lewis and his son, Carter F. Lewis, Jr. He is survived by his children, James L. Lewis and wife Connie, John W. Lewis and wife Linda, and Jane Lewis Brown; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Delorese Stallings and husband Jimmy. Carter was a volunteer hunting instructor and Certified Treestand Safety Instructor for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Hunter Education. Contributions to a memorial scholarship in Carter’s name may be sent to Dianne Cook, Treasurer, Virginia Hunter Education Association, 7184 Dryburg Road, Scottsburg, VA 24589. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville and Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00, prior to the service at the funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment in Oakwood Park Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Va.

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  2. Obituary-Eula Webb Miller

    Eula Webb Miller, 89, of Jarratt, widow of Ralph Wood Miller, passed away Friday, February 21, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Martha Harrell Webb and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin and Otis Webb and a sister, Alma Michael. She is survived by one son, Ralph T. Miller and wife, Katha; grandson, Owen Miller and wife, Denise; great-grandson, Colton Miller; all of Emporia; two brothers, Carroll Webb and wife, Rae; also of Emporia and Shelton Webb and wife, Mary of Hampton and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 25 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, memorial contributions may be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 562, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to High Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  3. OBITUARY-Michael Wayne Jones

    Michael Wayne Jones, 60, of Emporia, passed away Friday, February 21, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Jones; two sons, Michael Wayne Wells, Justin Lee Wells;  a sister, Judy Moore and a brother, Jake Watson. The family will receive friends at his home on Sunday, February 23. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, February 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the family or the funeral home for assistance with final expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  4. ARC Visits General Assembly

    The Members of The ARC of Virginia and Partners were visiting the Virginia General Assembly advocating to protect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities access to needed services and avoiding unnecessary institutionalization.  The members and families visited Delegate Roslyn Tyler regarding increased funding intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) waivers.  She is supportive of additional waivers and this concern is now being discussed in the budget bill (HB 30). If you support additional waivers in Virginia, please contact your legislator.

    Susan Coon, Lia Tremblay, Joe Tremblay, (standing in back) Tommy Coon, Shannon Farthing, Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Anita Dommert, President of the Arc South of the James, and Becky Farthing.

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  5. Obituary-Benjamin Franklin Baker

    Benjamin Franklin Baker, 91, Emporia, Virginia, died February 19, 2014 at home. Mr. Baker was born in Dyersburg, TN on May 19, 1922 to Benjamin Americus and Golden Verna Baker. He was third of nine children. Deceased sisters are Adele, Frances, Agnes, Dorothy and two living sisters Ernestine and Mildred and one brother Fred (Nellie). He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Frances Long Baker. Survivors are daughter Bettie (Tex) Gordon and two sons, Benjie and Dennis, Sister in Law Mary (Allen) Inge, six grandchildren, Leslie (Kevin) Mann, Joel (Jennifer) Gordon, Katie Baker, Bernadette (Ty) Baker-Baughman, and Theresa (Ryan) McClure, and David Baker, and four great-grand children, Sidney, Addy, Wyatt, Abigail and one to be born in June. He was a long time active member of Main Street Baptist Church serving as Deacon, Sunday School Director, choir member and many other capacities. He loved his church dearly. He was a mechanic with Watkins Ford Motor Company. He was a gifted musician who loved to entertain with his banjo and guitar. Music was his passion. He was also a great fisherman. He was a good neighbor helping anyone in need and was awarded a plaque in appreciation of continuous service to the Walnut Heights Homeowners Association for unselfish time and efforts. He was also a Navy WWII survivor at Pearl Harbor fortunate enough to return home to his family. We thank special care givers Greta, Lisa, Nan and Gentiva Hospice for Dementia, Jennifer, Frances, Queen, La Sundra, Rhonda, and sitters Sandy and Joy. Family will receive friends for the viewing at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Main Street Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm at the same location officiated by Dr. Rick Hurst. Interment will be at Emporia Cemetery. Lunch will be provided following the burial. Pallbearers are Joel Gordon, Kevin Mann, Larry Adams, Ted Blankenship, Charles Brickell and Aaron Hatch. Honorary Pallbearers are Carl Rae, Russell Lundy, Steve Braswell, Boyce Wornom, Tom French and Dave Roberts.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  6. OBITUARY-Neal Moss-Updated Visitation and Service Times

    Neal Moss, 56, of Emporia, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014. He was the son of the late Romie and Carrie Moss. He is survived by a son, Brent Moss, a daughter, Brandy Moss; three sisters, Pam Moss Gregory, Carolyn Moss Harkness and Beverly Moss; four brothers, Roy Moss, Randy Moss, Glenn Moss and Wesley Moss, a half-brother, William Moody and numerous nieces and nephews. DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER  The family will now receive friends 6-8 p.m. FRIDAY, February 14 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. SATURDAY, February 15 at Emporia Cemetery.

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  7. Obituary-Bertha Mae Lightfoot

    Bertha Mae Lightfoot, 90, of Emporia, widow of Marvin Lightfoot, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Mitkos and five brothers and sisters. Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Loveless and special friend, Allen Guy of Emporia; two sons, Gary Lightfoot and wife, Marjorie of Donnellson, Iowa and William Lightfoot of Oregon; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Patsy Dix of Viburnum, MO; a special cousin, Beulah Marler and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, February 16 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1:30. Interment will be in Bismarck Masonic Cemetery, Bismarck, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity or please consider donations to complete her fervent wishes for burial in her hometown. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  8. Obituary-Laura Claudette Barnes

    Laura Claudette Barnes, 46, of Emporia passed away on February 7, 2014.  She was preceded in death by her father William Barnes.  She is survived by her mother Judy Barnes; children, Shannon Faison and husband Kent, William Matthew Barnes, Ashley Walker and husband De’Von and Joshua Barnes; step-grandchildren Bailey and Sydney; sister Pam Barbour and husband Tim; nephews Brad and Bryan; niece Carrie; two great-nieces Kalli Barbour and Alivia Barbour.  A visitation will be held Sunday, February 9th, at 2pm, at Word of Life Assembly of God Church followed by a memorial service at 3pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Word of Life Assembly of God Church, 707 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, VA 23847.   Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  9. Obituary-Lula Nash Futrelle

    Lula Nash Futrelle, 89, formerly of Emporia, Virginia, died  Wednesday, January 22, 2014. She was the widow of Dean Ray Futrelle and was preceded in death by her parents, Haney and Sallie Lou Nash. She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Futrelle Lawson and husband, Andy, of Midlothian, Virginia and Nan Rae Futrelle of Glen Allen, Virginia; two grandchildren, Nan Rae McGoff and husband, Michael, of Richmond, Va. and Andrew Nash Lawson of Arlington, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Addison Marie McGoff and Nash Michael McGoff; and devoted friends, Billy and Lisa Latham and their daughter, Hillary, of Emporia, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in her memory. A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 8, at 12 noon at the Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Virginia, with Rev. Colin Cooper officiating. She will be remembered as the life of the party by her friends in Emporia and Brandermill Woods.

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  10. Obituary-Donald Thomas Starke

    Donald Thomas Starke, 77, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, February 04, 2014. He was the son of the late Ashby and Florence Starke and he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Valerie S. Newsome, a brother, William “Billy” Starke and a sister, Loretta “Chick” Starke. Survivors include  his wife, Carolyn Starke; two daughters, Penny S. Holland and husband, Al and Barbara S. Wyatt and husband, Danny; a son, Nelson Thomas Starke; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Evelyn Hall and Regina Ashby; two brothers, Ashby “Red” Starke and Roger D. Starke and his extended family of caregivers at Greensville Manor. A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 8 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Yale, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  11. Obituary-Phillip Bruce Beville

    Phillip Bruce Beville, 65, of Stony Creek, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Phillip was born April 7, 1948 to Emmett Ashton and Carrie Lee Price Beville, the ninth of eleven children. Phillip was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and three brothers. Phillip is survived by his brothers, Henry, William, Peter, Richard and George Beville; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank Audrey Hall and Mary Frazier, Phillip’s caregivers while he was home at Stony Creek, and who continued to visit him regurlary and cut his hair. These two ladies were a God-send and truly blessed Phillip with their compassionate and dependable care. In July, 2007, Phillip became a resident of Hopewell Health Care Center in Hopewell. For the last six years, this was home to Phillip. The nurse, aides, social workers, and other staff members at Hopewell Health Care Center were very loving and compassionate to Phillip and his daily needs. May you all be richly blessed for being part of Phillip’s extended family. The family will receive friends at the Beville home, 12507 Church St., Stony Creek, Virginia on Thursday, February 6, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Visitation will be at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia on Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m. followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Fort Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 145, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

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  12. OBITUARY-Percy Lee House, III

    Percy Lee House, III, passed away Saturday, Feb 1, 2014. He is survived by his fiancee’, Roxanne Barr; his parents, Percy and Maxine Daughtry House, sister, Bonnie House Ransone and husband, Randy; brother, Steven Floyd “Moose” House; nephew, Steven Floyd House, II and neice, Garnette Maxine Ransone. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 4 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd in Jarratt. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 5 at Golden Leaf Commons, 1300 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, Virginia. Private interment will follow at House Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  13. Obituary-William Michael Holland

    DREWRYVILLE - Mike Holland, age 62, of Southampton County formerly of Virginia Beach, died January 30, 2014, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia.  He was born October 24, 1951, in Alaska, to the late Marjorie Matthews Holland and Willie Morgan Holland.
     
    Mike spent the later years of his life raising and selling meat goats on Holland Farm in Drewryville. He started the 4H Meat Goat Club in Chesapeake and later initiated the meat goat show for the Virginia State Fair. He was an active board member of the Greensville Emporia Ruritan Club. Previously, he was a mechanic, a softball player and an avid Redskins fan.
     
    Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Nancy Naigle; a son, Michael Holland of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Michelle Justice and her husband, Tom, of Virginia Beach; his in-laws,  Bettie Coffin of Emporia, VA and Gary Naigle and Greta Gustavson of Norfolk; two sisters  Patricia Dianne Bateman of New Bern, N.C. and Margaret Ann Owen and her husband, Darrold, of South Mills, N.C.;  two brothers, Richard Stephen Holland and his wife, Sheryl, of Port Orchard, WA and Jon Allen Holland of Virginia Beach; a brother-in-law, Richard Thomas of Camden, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     
    He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Juanita Thomas, and a brother-in-law, Sidney Bateman.
     
    Visitation will be held at the Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, VA from 12-1pm on Thursday February 6, 2014. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia.
     
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VCU Massey Cancer Center who provided treatment throughout his illness http://www.massey.vcu.edu/giving/honorary/memorial/. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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