June 2014

  1. Lawrenceville VFD Cornhole Tournament Winners

    The Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department hosted a Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday.  1st Place was won by the G&G Boys – Ryan and Tony Gittman and the Runners-up were the Harrell Boys – Keith and David Harrell.

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  2. Obituary-Pattie Warren Wood Tillar

    Pattie Warren Wood Tillar, 70, of Emporia, Va, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her husband and daughters, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, after a courageous struggle with Alzheimer's disease and Lewy Body Dementia. 

    Born on July 13, 1943, in Richmond, Va, she was predeceased by her parents, Edward Massenburg and Jessie Watkins Wood.  Pattie was a devoted wife and mother, always putting her family first.  She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Dr. William Thomas Tillar, III; and daughters, Anne Warren Tillar, and Julia Leavelle Tillar; grandchildren, Alexander Thomas Younger, Meredith Claire Younger and Christian Timothy Younger, of Waxhaw, NC, and brother, Edward Massenburg Wood (Carolyn), of York, SC. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Donaldson Preston Tillar (Hazel), of Williamsburg, VA, and David Billingsley Tillar (Ames), of Emporia, VA, and several nieces and nephews. 

    Pattie graduated from Greensville County High School in Emporia in 1961 and Westhampton College in Richmond in 1965, earning a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She married her high school sweetheart, Bill, on August 15, 1964. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Emporia. She began her career in Franklin, Va, as a first grade teacher. After returning to Emporia, Pattie was active the Junior Woman's Club and the Presbyterian Women of the Church. She worked part-time at the old library and was instrumental in the formation of the Richardson Memorial Library.  She went on to become librarian at Brunswick Academy, retiring after 28 years.  Pattie was a voracious reader and loved reading stories to children, especially her grandchildren, whom she always had books on hand to give to them. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014 at Echols Funeral Home.

    A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Emporia, with graveside services immediately following at Emporia Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church following the burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Rd, Lawrenceville, Va, 23847, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047. The family would like to thank Hospice of Virginia for their outstanding care over the last few months, and would also like to thank her caregivers, Hattie Lee, Delphine Hall, and Teri Vaughan.

    Condolonsces may be sent toecholsfuneralhome.com.

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  3. Obituary-Doris Rawls Miller

    Mrs. Doris Rawls Miller, age 86, died June 22, 2014.  She was born Sept. 21, 1927 in Southampton County. Mrs. Miller was a former Director of the Community Action Program in Danbury, Conn. , she was also  a long time member of Persons United Methodist Church.   Mrs.Miller was married January 13, 1946 to John Gaines Miller, III in Galena, Illinois. She was predeceased by her parents, Charles Person and Hattie Grizzard Rawls, 2-sons John Gaines Miller, IV and Charles Russell Miller, 1-daughter Sharon Leigh Miller and brother Charles Person Rawls, Jr.  She is survived by her husband John Gaines Miller, III, son Dwane Henry Miller and wife Dee B. Miller, brother Melvin Lee Rawls, sister Connie Temperance Rawls, Daughter-in-law Karen Fitzsimmons Miller, grandchildren ; Jennifer  O’Neill Howard and husband Sloan Howard  ,  Erica Trout and husband Joe Trout, Russell F. Miller, Laura M. Ross and husband Jason Ross, and Eleanor M. Robertson and husband Tim Robertson.; Great-grandchildren; Cierra Howard, Chayne Howard,  Nathan Trout, Natalie Trout, Gracyn Ross, Coral Ross, Gabriella (Bella) Robertson, and Burkley Robertson.

    Visitation will be held 11:00 A. M. Wednesday , June 25,  at the Persons  United  Methodist  Church , 27642 Old Church Rd., Drewryville, Va. where funeral service will follow 12:00 P.M. (Noon)  with burial to follow in church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers family request Memorial donations be made to Persons United Methodist Church , Attention Mark Person, Treasurer, P. O. Box 14121, Richmond, Va. 23225.

    Condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

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  4. Obituary-Margie Harp Ferguson

    Emporia, Margie Harp Ferguson died Monday, June 09, 2014.  She was born in Roanoke Rapids, N. C., the daughter of the late Walter P. and Allie Parks Harp.  She was preceded in death by husband Henry Clayton Ferguson and brother Alfred Lee Harp.

    She was a member of Forest  Hill Baptist Church.  She loved her Lord and Savior, family church family and everyone.  She dedicated her time to serving the Lord as an Adult Sunday School teacher, pianist, organist, music director and various other committees at Forest Hill Baptist Church.

    She is survived by her son Michael W. Ferguson and wife Carolyn, daughter Debbie F. Moseley and husband Leslie.  Six grandchildren; Craig Ferguson, Clay Ferguson and wife Teresa, Chris Ferguson and wife Stephanie, Kirk Moseley and wife Erica, Kristen Moseley and eight great-grandchildren , Skylar, Tucker, Tyler, Tori, Haley, Joshua, Bailey and Ashlynn, all of Emporia.  One brother, Mason Harp and wife Helen of Roanoke Rapids, N. C., a nephew Timmy Harp, cousins and many friends.

    The family will receive family and friends at Echols Funeral Home, Wednesday June 11th 6:00 P. M. till 8:30 P. M.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12th at 2:00 P. M. at Forest Hill Baptist Church, with Reverends Marcus Daly, Terry Corder and Lamar Boulware officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to:  Forest Hill Baptist Cemetery Fund, 5010 Brink Road, Emporia, Va. or Greensville Rescue Squad, 513 South Main St., Emporia, Virginia .

    Pallbearers, Timmy Harp, Robert Story, Len Hobbs, Kennon Ferguson, Jr., Charles King, Glen Bradley, Danny Rook, & Thurston Vann.  Honorary Pallbearers, Mason Harp, Arnold Vincent, Bernard Lee, Steve Ferguson, Gene Frazier, Bobby Lee, Dave Driver, Elwood Vincent, G. L. Rawlings, Pender Smith, Jr. and Jimmy Ferguson .  Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, Va., will be in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneral home.com.

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  5. Obituary-Grace O’Neal Acree Wright

    Grace O’Neal Acree Wright, age 74, died Saturday, June 7, 2014.  She is survived by 1-daughter Wendy Wright (Michael Shearin) of Emporia; 1-son Randy Wright (Donna) of Emporia; special companions Toby and Jenny.   Visitation will be held Monday night June 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 P. M. at the Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va.  A graveside service will be held  Tuesday, June 10 , 2014, 11:00 A. M. at the Mt. Vernone Baptist Church Cemetery,  16489 Dry Bread Road, Emporia, Virginia .

    Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

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  6. Obituary-RANDY KIETRON POPE

    RANDY KIETRON POPE better known as "Loki" departed this life on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

    Randy was born to Juanita Pope and Randy Dobie on October 19, 1989 along with his twin brother; Shawn Pope. He received his education through Greensville County Public Schools Systems. Randy was a very talented young man and was viewed as a role model for many younger men in town.

    Randy was raised with an abundance of respect for his elders through the guidance of his grandmother; Mrs. Emma Dean Smith.

    Randy leaves to cherish his beloved memories a loving mother: Juanita Pope of Emporia, VA, his father; Randy Dobie of Maryland, his loving and devoted grandparents; Emma Dean and Ronnie Smith of Emporia, VA, a fiancé; Tiffany Woodruff, two sons; Elijah and Kietron Pope all of Emporia, VA, seven brothers; Shawn D. Pope, Leo Pope, Christopher Rodgers, Marcel Rodgers, Derek Pope, Author Maryland and Tyron Everett, one sister; Felicia Pope, one devoted aunt; Julia Pope and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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  7. Obituary-BENJAMIN FRANKLIN JEFFERSON

    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN JEFFERSON was called to his heavenly home on Monday, June 2, 2014 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, VA. He was born April 9, 1928 to the late Benjamin and Annie Taylor Jefferson in Greensville County, Virginia.

    Benjamin accepted Christ at an early age and joined the St. Paul Church of God In Christ under the leadership of the late Elder R. N. Johnson, Sr. He later moved his membership to St. John Church of God In Christ in Jarratt, VA, where he became ordained as a deacon. Deacon Jefferson served faithfully as a Deacon and Trustee of the church until his health began to decline.

    In 1957 Deacon Jefferson married Thelma Iola Harding of Pleasant Hill, NC and to this union one daughter was born; Sandra Faith Jefferson.

    Benjamin was a hard worker and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also worked at Georgia Pacific for over 20 years before retirement. After retirement Mr. Jefferson could be found working over the grounds of Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, sitting under the carport or often down at the late Deacon Billy Potts Church Supply Store. Deacon Jefferson also ran Chapel Hill Grocery, Halifax Grocery and worked at the Emporia Dye Plant.

    Mr. Jefferson was preceded in death by his three sisters; Alma J. Morgan, Lelia J. Washington and Suretha J. Jones and one nephew; Alvin "Pee-Wee" Washington.

    Left to cherish his loving memories a loving and devoted wife; Thelma H. Jefferson, one daughter Sandra F. Jefferson of the home and friend Gilbert P. Lucas, one grandson; Najah R. Travis of Ettrick, VA, one granddaughter; Adrienne G. Giles (Lamar) of Great Bridge, VA, four sisters-in-law; Lola Ferguson of Capital Heights, MD, Martha Scott of New York, NY, Georgetta White (Arthur) of Brooklyn, NY and Marie Harding of Richmond, VA. He also leaves to cherish his memories an adoptive brother; George Milton (Brenda) of Richmond, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

    A wake will be held on Friday June 6, 2014, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Knox-High Mortuary Chapel.

    Funeral Services will be held on Saturday June 7, 2014, 12:00 Noon at Knox-High Mortuary Chapel with Interment following at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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  8. Obituary-Mabel Lewter Grizzard

    Mabel Lewter Grizzard of Emporia, Va., born on May 23, 1921 in Pendleton, N. C.,passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, Emporia.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Swanson Grizzard, Jr.  She leaves behind  to cherish her memory 3-sons; Swanson Grizzard of Williamsburg along with his son Kyle, Wiley Grizzard and his wife, Nita of Emporia along with their sons Brian and Joshua, Ben Grizzard and his special friend Kim Mousa of Emporia along with his children Amanda, Michael and Tiffany, and two daughters, Angie Claire Grizzard and her special friend Pam Thomas of Oakland, California, and Christine Williams of Roanoke Rapids, N. C. along with her two children Jason and Kim; also left to cherish her memory are seven great-grandchildren as well as many special nieces and nephews and her church family at Adams Grove Baptist Church.  Visitation will be held 1:00 P. M.  Saturday, June 7, 2014 with funeral service to follow at 2:00 P. M. at the Echols Funeral Home Chapel, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia,  with interment to follow in the Emporia Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Adams Grove Baptist Church, 24463 Adams Grove Road, Emporia, Va. 23847 or the Emporia-Greensville Vol.Rescue Squad, 513 South Main St., Emporia, Va. 23847.  Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

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  9. Obituary-Steven B. “Steve” Taylor

    Steven B. “Steve” Taylor, 57, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014. A Virginia Tech graduate of 1979, he worked over 30 years with Ted Lee, Inc and was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy Buck Taylor, Jr. and Frances Gay Stansbury and stepfather, Horace L. Stansbury. Steve is survived by his wife, Ann Marie Barnes Taylor; daughter, Ellie Taylor; four sisters, JoAnn Williams and husband, Eddie, Sue Ivey and husband, Rick, Sherry Fraunfelter and husband, Bill, and Donna Pulley; one brother, Bill Taylor; father-in-law, David Barnes; brother-in-law, Curtis Barnes and wife, Sherry and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at Concord United Methodist Church, 18591 Concord-Sappony Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia. The family will receive friends at Steve’s home in Dinwiddie 5-8 p.m. Friday; 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and at church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Alice Spiers, 25713 Courthouse Rd, Stony Creek, Virginia 23882. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  10. Obituary-Daniel Parker Slagle

    Daniel Parker Slagle, of Emporia, Virginia, age 71, died Monday, June 2, 2014.  Mr. Slagle was a mechanic for Life Star Ambulance Service; a member of Emporia Vol. Fire Dept. since 1962,and Fireman of the year 1979.   He is survived by 1-son Jason Parker Slagle and wife Tiffany of Emporia; 1-daughter Stacy Slagle True and husband James of Palymra, Va.;6 sisters; Lucille Taylor, Marion Wright, Nell Prince, Lorine Bradley, Lily Ruth Mitchell all of Emporia, Va.and Edna Newsome, of Kernersville, N. C.; 1-grandson Jacob Russell True, Palymra, Va.  Visitation will be held at the Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave., Emporia, Va., Wednesday, June 4, from 6 to 8:00 P.M. where funeral service will be held Thursday 11:00 A. M. with interment to follow in the Greensville Memorial Cemetery, Emporia.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Emporia Vol. Fire Dept.,  411 Halifax St., Emporia, Virginia.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com.

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