August 2014

  1. Obituary-Dessa Kusaj Eschmann

    Dessa Kusaj Eschmann, 50, of Jarratt, passed away Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Steven Eschmann; daughter, Angela Kusaj Petry; son, Timothy Zacharopoulos; grandchildren, Kenneth Lowell Petry, Elizabeth Naomi Petry and Themistoklis Zacharopoluos; her parents, Kenneth and Louise Kusaj; sisters, Debbie Gallant and Deana Eschmann-Kusaj and a brother, Darren Kusaj. The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

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  2. Obituary-Peggy Ferguson Edwards

    Peggy Ferguson Edwards, 79, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014.  Survivors include her husband, Robert Edwards; four sons, Robert Edwards, Jr and wife Brenda of Emporia, VA, Kenneth Edwards and wife Barbara of Earlysville, VA, Barry Edwards of Emporia, VA, and Doug Edwards and wife Kim of Richmond, VA; eight grandchildren, Norah Edwards, Kennon, Sarah, and Blakely Edwards, Danielle Donati, Dustin Edwards, Zoe and Wyatt Edwards, two brothers, Norman Ferguson and Kennon Ferguson, Jr., two sisters, Joyce Gordon and JoAnn Lee.  She was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Ferguson.  She was well known for her church work, elderly care and child care.  A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends beginning at 12:30pm.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Samaritan Helping Hands in Emporia, VA. Online condolences may be made

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  3. Obituary-Dorothy Rice “Dot” Mitchell

    Dorothy Rice “Dot” Mitchell, 93, died early Tuesday morning, August 12, 2014, at Greensville Manor.

    She was pre-deceased by her husband, L.W. Mitchell Jr.; her parents, Fred V. and Grace W. Rice; her brother, Fred Jr., and her great-grandson, Jude James Mitchell.

    Survivors include two sons and wives, Keith(Dianne) Mitchell of Emporia and Mike (Cindy) Mitchell of North Port, FL; daughter and husband Dixie(Lee) Grizzard of Middlesex, NC; grandsons and wives Lance(Cheryl) Mitchell of Houston, TX; Sean(Shannon) Mitchell of Charlotte, NC; Logan Mitchell of North Port; granddaughters Amanda (Justin) Pridgen of Elm City, NC, Erin Bass of Middlesex, Erica Kleinfeld of Port Charlotte, FL and Dani Mitchell of Nashville, TN; also, six great-grandchildren.

    A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 23, at 3 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church in Emporia, followed by a reception immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorials to Monumental United Methodist Church.

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  4. Obituary-Charlie Herbert Acree

    Charlie Herbert Acree, age 61, of Valentines, Va. passed away August 10, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Lee and Ethel Rook Acree; a daughter, Charlene Acree; three brothers, Earl, Ray, and Wilbur Acree; and a sister, Joanne Poythress.  He is survived by his children, Becky Reed and husband Jason and Bobby Acree and wife Amy; six grandchildren, D.J. Reed, Makayla Reed, Nickolas Reed, Tyler Acree, Kobie Acree and Alayna Acree; his brothers, Sam , Bennie Lee, Thomas, and Cecil Acree; his sisters, Louise Thomason and Dorothy Jarratt; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the home of Becky and Jason Reed.  Online condolences may be made at


  5. Obituary-William Horace Dunn

    William Horace Dunn, 91, departed this life for his home up above peacefully on Sunday, August 3, 2014. He was born on January 14, 1923, the youngest of 11 children, to the late William James Dunn and Lula Grizzard Dunn. Preceding hime in death were sisters, Emma D. Harrup, Willie D. Gilliam, Ann D. Riley, Frances D. Tyler, Ruby G. Williams and Bertha D. Drewry and brothers, Alton Dunn, Byron Dunn, Claude Dunn and Howard Dunn, Sr. Mr. Dunn was raised in Yale, Virginia which he called home until he later moved to Emporia due to his brother’s failing health and to be closer to medical facilities. He was a farmer for most of his life and loved working outdoors. He had a garden up until the age of 91 and worked it by himself. He loved to cook baked goods and was always sharing them with other people. He never married and had no children of his own but was loved by his many nieces and nephews. After serving in the United States Army during World War II in Italy, he came home and spent most of his life taking care of his parents and later looking after two of his sisters, his brother and a brother-in-law. He spent his last years as a resident of The Bloom Center in Emporia where he made many, many friends. He was taken care of by a staff that always had his best interests at heart. Ann Temple, Debbie Mozingo, his nurses, Debbie, Pam, Tammy and especially his beloved Geraldine will always be remembered fondly by his family members. He made a special friend while there, Mrs. Elizabeth Cook whose friendship at this stage of his life was a blessing to him. A special thanks from the family is also extended to Lifestar Ambulance Service for their care when needed. “Uncle Horace” as he was known by most, was a member of American Legion Bulla Post #46 and was a past member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club. He leaves to cherish his memory, nieces, Kay Dunn Bryant, (Edward), Betty Jean Dunn Callahan, Nettie Lou Dunn Kitchen (Charles), Paige Withers (Bob); nephews, Howard Dunn, Jr. (Pat), Earl Dunn (Joyce), Charles Dunn (Janet), William J. “Billy” Dunn (Donna), a devoted brother-in-law, Louis Riley and his companion, Lauren and many numerous great-nieces and nephews as well as some great-great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Lifestar Ambulance Service, Inc, for the many kindnesses their father during his transports.  The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia officiated by Dr. Walter Laseter of Calvary Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 S. Main St, Emporia, VA 23847. Online condolences may be made at


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  6. Obituary-Mary Watkins Morgan Little

    Mary Watkins Morgan Little passed away on August 2, 2014.   She was born and raised in Emporia, VA to the late John Carter Watkins and Emma Ruth Webb Watkins, and sister to Emma Ruth Pritchard.  Mary is survived by a sister Jean Carter Saunders.  She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  She is also survived by daughter Emmy M. Vincent (husband H. Benjamin Vincent, Jr.); granddaughter Lauren Morgan Epps; Mary’s husband Robert Little, and very special nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased in death by husband Frederick A. Morgan.  Her greatest joy in life was her family.  Mary graduated from Longwood University and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.  She was a lifelong, active member of Main St United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir, Margaret Parker Circle and taught Sunday School.  Her church meant the world to her.  She also took pride in her civic work and was a founding member of what became the Meherrin River Arts Council, member of DAR, Riparian Woman’s Club, Greensville Memorial Hospital Auxillary and Greensville Historical Society.  Although most of her life was spent in Emporia, she lived for over 15 years in Natchez, Miss.  It remained a special place in her heart and was often the subject of stories of fond memories and friends.  Mary was blessed with many special friends, many more like family, because of her talent of making all feel welcome and wanted in her home.  She loved music, was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and decorating.  She was the ever gracious hostess and a true Southern lady.  Special thanks go to Geraldine Walton who was a much loved, and very comforting caretaker for Mary over the last trying times in her life.  A graveside service was held Monday, 2 pm, at Emporia Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association or memorials to Main St United Methodist Church in Emporia, VA.  Condolences may be sent to

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