March 2014

  1. Obituary-Samuel Webster Adams, III

    Samuel Webster Adams, III, 64, of Emporia, Virginia died on March 19, 2014 after a long illness. Born on February 6, 1950 in Morristown, Tennessee and reared in Martinsville, Virginia, he was the son of Dr. Samuel Webster Adams, Jr. and the late Catherine Price Chambliss Adams. He was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara Wornom Adams.  He is survived by his father Samuel Webster Adams, Jr. and step-mother Elva Adkins Adams; wife Shelby Pair Elliott Adams of Emporia; sons Boyce Webster Adams and his wife Katie of Charlotte, NC and William Randolph Adams and his fiancée Whitney Clarke Jester of Richmond; step-sons Logan Elliott and Jason Elliott of Emporia; sisters Susan Adams Oliver and husband Kenneth Oliver of New York, Margaret Adams Joback and husband John Joback of  Leesburg; brothers William Chambliss Adams and wife Phyllis Adams of Cary, NC, John Randolph Adams and wife Mary Adams of Richmond, David Adams and wife Michelle Adams of Albuquerque, NM; George Adams and wife Kim Adams of Galax; grandson Samuel Parker Adams of Charlotte, and many nieces and nephews.

    A local banker and businessman, Sam graduated from Randolph-Macon College where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. At the time of his election to the Emporia City Council in 1974, he was the youngest councilman ever elected in Virginia. He served on the Emporia City Council for 38 years, and was Mayor for 20 of them.  He was a leader in Emporia-Greensville County economic development, serving on multiple boards and commissions. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Emporia YMCA. Sam was a past president of the Virginia Municipal League, and was a founding member and past-president of the Virginia Municipal League’s Insurance Programs Member Supervisory Board. He officiated at high school basketball games throughout southern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina for many years. He was a long-time member and vestryman at Christ Church (Episcopal) and later at Church of the Resurrection (Anglican).

    The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 23 from 3 until 5 pm at the Echols Funeral Home Chapel located on Brunswick Ave.

    Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 24 at 12:00 noon at Main Street Baptist Church with interment at Emporia Cemetery, followed by a reception at First Presbyterian Church, Emporia.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Emporia-Greensville Rescue Squad or the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department.

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  2. Obituary-Marie Dianne Tarbert

    Marie Dianne Tarbert, 68, of 515 Peachtree St., a retired Public Librarian and mother, died Wednesday early morning March 19, 2014 at Vista park Memory and Respite Facility in Petersburg, Virginia. Mrs. Tarbert was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and attended Princess Anne High School class of 1963. Both she and her husband attended Aberdour Presbyterian Church in Jarratt. Survivors include Malcolm E. Tarbert, her husband of 43 years; 3 sons; 2 stepdaughters; 11 grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Immediate family includes 2 brothers and 2 sisters residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Sierra Vista, Arizona. A funeral service and reception that follows will be conducted 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Aberdour Presbyterian Church in Jarratt, Virginia with The Reverend Terry Woodard as Pastor. In lieu of flowers, contribute to the Alzhiemers Association so this horrible disease can find a cure. Dianne’s mother, Thelma Hancock, also died from Alzheimer’s just a year ago. A family’s future is put on hold while this disease runs its course. Thank a “Caregiver” for their service….truly a full-time job. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  3. Obituary-David Hugh Justice, Jr.

    David Hugh Justice, Jr., of Skippers, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014. He was the only son of the late David H. and Texie B. Justice. A local business owner and family man, he served as a sniper/sharpshooter in the U.S. Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He was preceded in death by his dear wife Jane Parker Justice, married 40 years; both parents; and a close childhood friend, Sonny Arrington. He is survived by a son, John Robert Justice and longtime girlfriend Tara Richmond of Rising Sun, MD; daughters, Susan Justice Parker and husband Alan Parker of Holyrood, KS; as well as Robin Ann Justice and husband Justin Michalicek of Chesterfield, VA; grandchildren Amber Troutman, Jonathan Justice, Jordan Justice, Jerry Doyle, AJ Parker,  and Ana Michalicek; sisters, Phyllis Lynch of FL, Carol Butler and husband Buck of FL, Dawn Smith of Amelia, VA, Gail Pennington of MD, and DeeLaine Elliott of Emporia, VA; honorary grandchildren Kate and Andrew Best; 5 great-grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, March 20th from 6-8pm at DeeLaine's home, and memorial services are this summer, date and time TBA, for the spreading of the ashes of both David and his beloved Jane.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com.

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  4. More Wintry Weather

    True to the adage about waiting five minutes if you do not like the weather in Virginia, yesterday's wintry weather was a complete turn around from Sunday.

    While the Sunday afternoon high was just over 70 degrees Fahrenheit, Monday's high never topped 40 and was accompanied by a North wind, rain, sleet and snow.  There was truly insignificant snow accumulation, but that thin layer of snow covers a thin sheet of ice. Please use caution if driving, and only do so if absolutely necessary. 

    Slick road conditions continued to cause problems Monday as more than 1,100 motorists crashed on Virginia’s highways. From 12 a.m. Monday through6:30 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police troopers statewide responded to 1,145 traffic crashes and 451 disabled vehicles. Virginia State Police dispatchers fielded 2,952 total calls for service.

    The majority of traffic crashes involve damaged vehicles and no injuries. However, three fatal crashes are confirmed as weather-related:

    Shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, Virginia State Police Senior Trooper T. C. Smith responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Route 614, Dennisville Road, approximately two-tenths of a mile north of Route 680, Maxey Lane, in Amelia County.  The crash occurred when the driver of a 1997 GMC Sonoma lost control of the vehicle and ran off the left side of the roadway striking an embankment.  The impact cased the pick-up truck to overturn onto the passenger side and strike a tree.  The 30 year-old male driver, who was not wearing his safety belt, died at the scene.  Speed and weather conditions are considered factors in the on-going crash investigation.

    On March 3, 2014, at approximately 12:03 pm, Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Buckley Road, south of Liberty Road in Brunswick County. A 1997 Ford Expedition was traveling northbound on Buckley Road when the driver lost control, ran off the road, struck a tree, and came to rest down an embankment. The driver, April Singleton, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The passenger, Sarah Singleton, 35, of Warfield, Va., died at the scene. The driver, April Singleton, 31, of Brunswick, Va., was charged with reckless driving.

    At approximately 12:15 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police Trooper J.T. Murdoch responded to a two-vehicle crash in Campbell County. The crash occurred in the 5800 block of Village Highway. A 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier was eastbound on Village Highway when the driver lost control and spun backwards into the westbound lane where it was struck by a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck. The driver of the Cavalier, Mika T. Leclerc, 18, of Rustburg, Va., died at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt. The driver of the Dodge pickup truck, a 52-year-old Appomattox man, was not injured in the crash.

    In addition, motorists are advised to be extra attentive to the emergency responders working on Virginia’s highways at crash scenes. In Augusta County at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, a Virginia State Police trooper was struck while investigating a traffic crash on Interstate 81. Trooper G.W. Clifton was seated in his vehicle at the scene of the traffic crash in the northbound lanes of I-81 at the 212 mile marker when a 1997 Honda Accord rear-ended the trooper’s patrol car. The patrol car had its emergency lights activated at the time of the crash. Trooper Clifton suffered minor injuries and was transported to Augusta Medical Center as a precautionary measure. The driver of the Honda, Gabrielle Harney, 19, of Unicoi, Tenn., was not injured in the crash and was charged with reckless driving. The Honda was traveling too fast for road conditions, which were partially snow-covered at the site of the crash. Drivers are reminded, too, of Virginia’s “Move Over” law - which requires drivers to change to another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. State law includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

    The Winter Storm Warning remained in effect until Midnight last night.

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  5. Obituary-Dathrine Baird Powell

    Dathrine Baird Powell, 81, of Emporia passed away on February 28, 2014.  She is survived by her husband Allen Powell; sisters Jean Vincent and husband Lewis and Marion Green and numerous nieces and nephews.  A visitation will be held Sunday, 2-3:30 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Monday, 11am at Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by entombment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The American Lung Association or a charity of your choice in her memory.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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