September 2014

  1. Obituary-Anne Edwards Woodruff

    Anne Edwards Woodruff, 85, of Emporia passed away on September 28, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years John Russell Woodruff, Jr.  She is survived by her daughter Beth and husband Allen Meade Blackwell.  A visitation will be held Tuesday, 6-8pm, at the residence of Mrs. Woodruff, 10578 Brink Road.  A funeral will be held on Wednesday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, YMCA of Emporia or Ebenezer United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be sent to



    Jeffrey Robert Koch 46, of Emporia VA, formerly of Potsdam, NY, passed away on Sept 22, 2014 at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital (MCV), Richmond, VA, following an automobile accident which occurred September 13, 2014.

    He was preceded in death by his father, John Koch, sister, Gayl Koch, and infant brother, Timothy Koch. Survivors include his mother, Ruth Sherman Koch of Emporia, VA, sister, Debra Koch Brigman (Jim) of Manassas VA, one niece, Kayla Duesterdick of Northern VA; several aunts, one uncle, and several cousins.

    Jeffrey graduated from Potsdam Central School and worked at the Department of Corrections in Greensville County, VA.

    A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeffrey's memory to the organization of your choice or to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St., Emporia, VA 23847.

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  3. SVCC hosts Meet the President Event

    Southside Virginia Community College held a meet and greet event with new SVCC president Dr. Al Roberts on September 9th at the Estes Community Center in Chase City.

    Chase City Mayor, J. Eddie Bratton, welcomed Dr. Roberts, county, city and town officials and superintendents from multiple school divisions that were in attendance.

    Brunswick County Administrator and Chairman of SVCC’s Local Board, Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, introduced Dr. Roberts by acknowledging his many career accomplishments that brought him to his current position as SVCC president.

    When speaking to superintendents, economic development and local officials in attendance, Dr. Roberts stated, “It goes without saying that our collective success is dependent upon the mutual engagement of local leadership across Southside Virginia that harnesses the capacity of local school divisions, workforce investment boards, the Virginia Employment Commission, job developers, community based organizations, economic developers, and local governments.  In other words, we need your help. We need your support, your ideas, your encouragement, and your collaboration. And in return, I pledge my support to you.  Whatever Southside Virginia Community College can do to assist you in regional or local economic development and in keeping our community strong, we are a ready and willing partner. This is my personal commitment to you.  Hold me to it.”

    Dr. Roberts served as provost of SVCC’s Christanna Campus in Alberta, a position he held since 2012 and also as provost of the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, from 2010-2012.  Prior to that, he was vice president of workforce services at SVCC. His career at SVCC began in 1995 when he assumed the role of administrator for student support services.

    In the Photo:  Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, is pictured talking with Delegate Tommy Wright during a recent meet and greet event in Chase City, VA.

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  4. Historic Masonic Building Catches Fire

    In the early evening hours of Wednesday evening a fire broke out in the basement of the Historic Masonic Building at 427 South Main Street in Emporia.  The fire is  of undetermined origin and was quickly contained by the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department.

    The Classic Revival building was completed for the Widow's Son Lodge in 1905.

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  5. Brunswick Academy Students Celebrate Mexican Independence

    Students in Mrs. Nelson's Spanish classes at Brunswick Academy celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16 by wearing green, white, and red. Those are the colors of the flag of Mexico.

    Top photo: Kelsey, Karly, Ashley, Jackson and Cole.  Lower photo: Alyssa, Jamie and Sarah

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  6. Annie Lee Robinson Services September 20

    Mrs. Annie Lee Robinson, 87, of Canton, GA, went to be with our Lord, Friday, July 18, 2014.

    Annie was born on August 14, 1926. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and active at the Cherokee County Senior Center.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Arldon L. Robinson. She is survived by her children, Marian Hawkins of Raleigh, NC, Douglas L. Robinson of Canton, GA and C.G. “Robbie” Robinson of Canton, GA; three grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 3 ½ great-great grandchildren.

    Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Fountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Emporia, VA. 

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  7. Obituary-Janice Kay McEntire Harrell

    Janice Kay McEntire Harrell, 73, passed away Tuesday, September 16. Born in Crawford County, PA; She was raised in Phillipsburg, PA where she lived with her parents, Kenneth and Lena McEntire and her brother, Jeffrey.She and her loving husband, Gordon B. Harrell, Jr. built their home in Centre Hill, PA where they raised their children, Shelley, Robert and Douglas. Janice was active in the Centre Hill United Methodist Church, the Centre Hill Grange and community service. She was always helping where she was needed including her children’s school and scouting. She helped establish the local soccer field and volunteered for Meal on Wheels and local charities. After retiring in 2003, she and Gordon moved to Gordon’s childhood hometown, Jarratt, Virginia and joined the Lebanon United Methodist Church. Janice is survived by her children, Shelley, Robert and Doug and her grandchildren, Shanon, Rheann, Cody, Willow, Daisy, Quinn and Meadow. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Virginia Lee Harrell and brother-in-law, James “Bootsie” Harrell. Janice will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20 at Lebanon United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at

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  8. Obituary-Jewel Duncan Cordle

    Jewel Duncan Cordle, 85, of Emporia passed away on September 13, 2014.  She was predeceased by her husband William S. Cordle. She is survived by sons William R. Cordle and wife Peg of Chesapeake, VA and Robin L. Cordle of Crozet, VA; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Thursday, 1pm at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with a funeral service following at 2pm.  Interment will be private.  Condolences may be sent to


  9. Obituary-William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter

    William Dean “Bill” Fraunfelter of Jarratt, VA, a Vietnam War veteran, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at McGuire’s Veteran Hospital in Richmond, VA.  He was retired from the City of Emporia.  Born in Ashland, Ohio on December 21, 1947, Bill was predeceased by his parents Paul Bernard Fraunfelter and Ruth Eleanor Gilbert Miller, and a sister Donna Miller Thomas.  Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Sherry Taylor Fraunfelter; daughter, Casey Lindsay (Steve) of Wadsworth, Ohio; and son Eric Fraunfelter (Birte) of Kirn, Germany; stepchildren, Melissa Ivey Harrison (Brian) of Jarratt, VA and Will Ivey (Shannon) of Alberta, VA; grandchildren Laura Ashley Fraunfelter, Seraphine Fraunfelter, Logan Claire Harrison, Collin Lindsay, and Kristen Michele Ivey; and sisters Kay F. Wingrove (Harvey) of Warsaw, Ohio, and Ann F. White (David) of Ashland, Ohio, a brother, John Paul Fraunfelter of Arizona. Bill is also survived by his faithful companion Buddy.  A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 13th at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 10053 Lebanon Church Road, Jarratt, VA.  A visitation with the family will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 PM.

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  10. EGRA JV Renegades Overcome the Lunenburg Lightning

    By Craig Allen

    On Sunday, September 7th, the EGRA Renegades took on the Lunenburg Lightning at their home field.  Lunenburg would receive the ball first after a nice kickoff by Isaiah Stephens.  Looking at a  1st and 10 on their own 17,  the Lightning would see a strong defense by the Renegades that would pretty much be theme of the entire game.  On third down,  the Renegades applied the heat with a great rush by Emari Brown and Tyson Garrett that would give the Renegades their first possession of the ball on the Lunenburg 8 Yard Line.  Coach Mandel Featherston brought in the second string offense to try to put the Renegades on the board but they would fall short due to a strong Lunenburg defense turning the ball over on 14 Yard Line and the First Quarter would end scoreless for both teams.  The Renegades would take over the ball in the Second Quarter,  but once again a strong Lunenburg defense would shut them down.  The Renegades would return the defensive favor, taking possession of the ball on the 8 Yard Line of Lunenburg at the 5:45 Mark.  This time the First String Offense would struggle to score due to an interception and touchback.  Lunenburg would take over the ball at the 20 Yard Line but would fall short on getting a first down.  The Renegades would finally see the end zone with a nice run by Emari Brown for 6 points and the extra point was unsuccessful.  The Second Quarter would see a possession of the ball by both teams but their scoring attempts were unsuccessful.  This would include a nice carry by the Renegades Jayden White. 

    In the Third Quarter, the Renegades would receive the ball first.  After a fumble recovered by Lunenburg and a facemask penalty against the Renegades, Lunenburg would be threatening to score with a 1st and 10 on the Renegades 25 Yard Line.  Once again the Renegades defense would hang tough and force a turnover on downs.  The Renegades would take over the ball on their own 30 Yard Line.  This possession would be short live after an interception.  The Lightning would take over the ball on the 43 Yard Line but would  turnover the ball due to some excellent defensive pressure by Emporia.  The Third Quarter would come to an end with the score 6-0 in favor of Emporia.  The Fourth Quarter would be a back and forth possession battle between the two teams, which would include some nice carries by Emporia’s Kemory Sykes and Jayden White.  With 41 seconds to go, Tremaine Hill would intercept the ball and carry it into the end zone to up the score to 12-0.  Cody Flint would have his first score of the year with a successful kick, which in this league is good for 2 points to make the score 14-0.    Lunenburg would receive the ball next with 21 seconds to go in the game and would carry the ball back 85 Yards as the clock would run out.  The Final Score would be 14-6 in favor of the Renegades.  The next scheduled game will be on Saturday, September 13th at 11am against Buckingham at Greensville County High School.  Please come out and support our Team.



  11. Obituary-Richard Benjamin Jones

    Richard Benjamin Jones, Sr., 87, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014. Mr. Jones was the former owner of Jones Upholstery Shop in Emporia. He is survived by his daughter, Joan Harrell and husband, Rickey of Emporia; his son, Richard Benjamin Jones, Jr. and wife, Susan of Callaway, Virginia; two grandchildren, Adam Harrell of Richmond and Eric Jones of Callaway. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at

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