January 2015

  1. Obituary-Esther “Chessie” Lewis Prince

    Mrs. Esther “Chessie” Lewis Prince, 91, widow of William D. Prince, Jr. of Emporia, passed away on January 22, 2015. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert S. Lewis of Richmond and her sister, Mildred Lewis Walton of Smithfield, VA. Mrs. Prince was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Scott Lewis of “Little Dover” in Goochland County and later of “Rock Hill” in Madison County, Virginia. She was raised in Goochland County and was a graduate of Goochland High School and attended Mary Washington College. She enjoyed a career as a secretary before retiring in 1979. She was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church, Emporia, where she served on the Vestry. She was a reserve member after many years of active membership of the Emporia Book Club; the Hicksford Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution serving as Regent and longtime chairman of American History; and a former member of the Colonial Dames. She is survived by her children, Polly Miller and Garnett Miller of Wytheville, VA; Dr. William Daniel Prince,III and Lauren Prince of Martinsville, VA; Scott D. Prince and Mary Prince of St. Simons Island, GA; and Anne Deuchler and William Deuchler of Winter Park, FL. Also surviving are her grandchildren, William G. Miller, William D. Prince, IV; Matthew and Kate Prince, Mary Helen and Ike Johnston, Grace L. Prince, Philip B. Deuchler, Rand S. Deuchler and Catherine P. Deuchler. She is also survived by her sister, Louise L. Ebert and her husband, Jim, of Lumberton, NC as well as by many nieces and nephews. The family is most appreciative of her devoted caregivers, Lois Turner, Evelyn Wilson, Rosa Carson, Patsy Keenan, Mary Adams, Diane Givens and Beckey Presson. Funeral Services will be conducted by The Reverend Colin Cooper in the former Christ Episcopal Church, now Victory Fellowship Church, 200 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847 on Saturday at 11am followed by burial in the Emporia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the YMCA of Emporia c/o Kristin Vaughan, 212 Weaver Ave, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  2. Obituary-Woodie Edward Smith

    Woodie Edward Smith, II, 74, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Judith R. Smith; stepson, Michael Anderton and wife, Brandy; nephew, James Matthews, Jr. and wife, Sabrina; devoted cousin, Debbie Weiss and husband, Jim and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Riggan. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Smith. A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, 113 Baker St. Emporia, Virginia 23847.

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  3. Obituary-Bernadine Louise Robinson Becker

    On December 2, 1947, Bernadine Louise Robinson Becker (Dena) came wiggling, laughing and singing into the world.  She was here! She was a presence!  Few who met her would ever forget her.  Blessed with an indomitable spirit, she was able to negotiate her way through the significant trials and tribulations she faced during her life – sometimes with kindness and sometimes with fierce “feistiness.” 

    Dena possessed many attributes including being a talented hairdresser and a gifted writer and a gutsy determination to persevere. The world will miss her laughter as well as her bullheadedness. Even as Primary Progressive Aphasia and Alzheimer’s disease attacked her brain and, eventually, took her life on January 13, 2015, she almost completed her long-held goal of achieving her bachelor’s degree. 

    Most of those she loved and many who loved her had passed before her and were there to greet her in Heaven.  She does leave behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she did not have the opportunity to know, a brother, a number of cousins, two friends – angels – Glaucia and Penny – who fostered her faith and her soul to the very end and her beloved Chihuahua, Baby.  Her family deeply appreciates the care and concern for her health and well-being provided by the employees at Emporia Manor.

    A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at The Word of Life Assembly of God at 707 Brunswick Avenue, Emporia, VA 23847.

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  4. Obituary-Arthur Graham Elliott, Jr., “Artie”

    Arthur Graham Elliott, Jr., “Artie”, 50, passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Faye Mangum Elliott; son, Justin Adams and fiancée, Kathryn Sheffield; his mother, Hazel Powell Elliott; sister, Brenda Bowen; mother-in-law, Marguerite Mangum; sister-in-law, Gene Mangum; a number of nieces and nephews and a large extended family. Artie was a devoted employee of Owen Ford where he was Parts and Service Director and was co-owner with his wife of Paws and Purrs Pet Spa. A true humanitarian, he was an active community leader having served on the Jarratt Town Council, had been very active with JRA and EGRA and a member of Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department of which he served as chief for a number of years. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Saturday, January 31 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where a funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, February 1. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department.  Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com


  5. Obituary-LaRose Evans Gilbert

    Sadly on Sunday, January 25, 2015, Ms. LaRose Evans Gilbert, 96, of 23240 Moore's Road, Jarratt, Virginia, took her heavenly transition to be with the Lord. 

    A Homegoing Celebration for Ms. LaRose Evans Gilbert will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12 NOON at Saint James Episcopal Church in Emporia, VA. Reverend Harry V. Nevels, Officiating, Eulogist. 

    Ms. Gilbert will be laid to rest in the Hassidiah Baptist Church Cemetery in Jarratt, VA. 

    The staff of R.E. Pearson and Son Funeral Service, 556 Halifax Street, Emporia, Virginia, are in charge of the arrangements. 


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  6. Obituary-Avis Frazier

    Avis M. Frazier, 76, died Monday, January 19, 2015. A native of Emporia, she had been a Hampton resident since 1964 where she was a member of First Church at Port Warwick. She worked for many years with her husband at Gene’s Discount Auto Parts and was a member of the Golden Thimble sewing and knitting club.

    Gene would like to thank all of her nurses and doctors for all they did for her, especially on the 3rd and 5th floors at the Careplex; and Barry and Sandy Lowe for all of their help during Avis’ illness.

    Preceded in death by her son, Linwood G. Frazier; survivors include her husband of 55 years, Gene H. Frazier; a grandson, Kenny Frazier; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Justin Frazier; three sisters, Ruby Estelle Pearson, Betty Mae Velikey, and Erma Louise Vincent; and a brother, Melvin Louis Ferguson.

    A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 2103 Pine Log Road, Skippers, VA by Rev. Ron Gallagher.

    Memorials may be made to First Church at Port Warwick, 410 Flannery O’Conner Street, Newport News, VA 23606.

    Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

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  7. Obituary-Edna Moore Birch

    Edna Moore Birch, 87, of Emporia, passed away on January 21, 2015.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymon Birch, Sr.  She is survived by her son, Ray T. Birch and wife Sharron; her granddaughter, Melissa; her sisters, Dorothy Coleman, Betty Gregory and Martha Williams.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 23, at 2pm in Emporia Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  8. Obituary-Doiam Nock

    Mrs. Doiam Nock, daughter of the late Albert Davis and the late Dorothy Gaines, was born December 6, 1951 in Columbia, SC. She entered into eternal rest on December 26, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.

    She attended public schools in Richland County, S.C. and furthered her education at Mansfield Business and Columbia College. She received her Master’s Degree from Midwest Seminary College.

    She and her husband moved to Emporia, Virginia in 2006 where she was a contractor with the U.S. Postal Service until 2014.

    She was the devoted wife of George Nock and a wonderful role model for her children and all who knew her.

    Mrs. Nock leaves to cherish her memories her sons; Travis [Karen] Gaines, Arthur [Anita] Stevens, Fredrick Stevens and Derrick [Carolina] Evans, all of Columbia, South Carolina; a daughter, Sharon [Ronald] Francis of Springfield, Massachusetts, a brother, James [Francis] Gaines; two sisters, Jean Alice Hope and Vivian Hope, all of Columbia, S.C., twenty grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers and her Church family whom will miss her dearly.

    Doiam was a devoted Christian and loved her Savior dearly. She wrote several songs and poems expressing her great faith. She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Worship Center Emporia, 4910 E. Atlantic St. where a Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held Sunday, January 25 at 4:00 PM

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  9. Panel OKs Law to Protect Bicyclists

    By Margo Maier and Stefani Zenteno Rivadineira, Capital News Service


    RICHMOND – The House Transportation Committee approved a bill Tuesday to make it illegal for the operator of a motor vehicle to follow a bicycle or moped too closely.

    The committee voted 20-2 in favor of House Bill 1342, sponsored by Del. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

    Under current law, motorists are forbidden to tailgate other motorized vehicles. HB 1342 would prohibit motorists from following non-motorized vehicles – such as bicycles, scooters and electric-powered mobility devices – “more closely than is reasonable and prudent.”

    “When you’re comparing the damage of a car rear-ending another car versus a car rear-ending a bicycle or motorized scooter, there simply is no comparison,” DeSteph said in a statement.

    “What is an inconvenience for the driver of a car getting bumped from behind can be a life-altering catastrophe for a bicyclist or person on an electric scooter. Everyone on the roadway deserves an equal share of protection from the unsafe actions of others. How we get there is to apply the same standards to everyone.”

    The Virginia Bicycling Federation supports the measure.

    “This bill gives bicyclists in Virginia the same legal protection from tailgating as given to drivers. If passed by both houses, I’m confident it will reduce crashes and ultimately save lives,” said Champe Burnley, a Richmond bicyclist and president of the federation.

    “I think the overwhelming support we saw by the House Transportation Committee this morning shows how serious they are about making Virginia’s roads safer for all users and reduce needless injuries.”

    Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Fredericksburg, is sponsoring an identical proposal – SB 1220 – in the Senate. It is scheduled to come before the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

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    To see more bike-related proposed legislation, visit the Virginia Bicycling Federation’s website, vabike.org. To track or comments on the bills’ movement through the Virginia General Assembly, visit RichmondSunlight.com.


  10. Obituary-Emma Powell Wrenn

    Emma Powell Wrenn, 99, of Emporia passed away on January 16, 2015.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rueben Wrenn and her stepchildren.  She is survived by her son, James Wrenn and wife Ann of Emporia; sisters, Anne Clarke of Roanoke, Va., Jessie Axselle of Montpelier, Va., Nannie Woodruff of Jarratt, Va., and Shirley Suits of Drewryville, Va.; brothers, Linwood Powell and wife Sherviy of Fayetteville, NC., and Allen Powell of Emporia; grandson, Jimmy Wrenn and wife Ginger of Emporia, Va., granddaughter, Karen Thompson and husband Tommy of Emporia; numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A visitation will be held Sunday, 2-3:30pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A funeral service will be held Monday, 2pm, in Echols Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com 


  11. Neighborhood Watch Meeting January 21st

    Neighborhood Watch Organization will be having a meeting at the Jarratt Fire Department in the meeting room on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 7:00 P.M.

    A short program will be presented by the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office on active shooters. This will be a great program and don’t be fooled because we live in a rural area that it cannot happen here. Plan on attending this meeting and learn what steps you can take to protect yourself should be in a situation like this. Please plan on attending this very informative meeting and bring a family member, friend and/or neighbor.
    We all need to be aware of our surroundings and what is going on in our neighborhoods and community.
    All residents in Jarratt, Greensville, Sussex Counties and Emporia are invited to attend this program. Please come and voice your ideas to help our area to prevent crime and make our area a safer place to live and enjoy.
    If you have any ideas for programs you would like to have presented at the meeting, please contact Dana Kinsley or Roderic Tuell.
    For additional information call: Dana Kinsley 434-637-7553 or Roderic Tuell 434-535-9191.  Please tell your neighbors about this meeting and encourage them to attend.

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  12. Obituary-Horace R. Mitchell

    Horace R. Mitchell, 81, passed away on January 9, 2015.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Chambliss Mitchell and three children- Vicky Conwell (David), Kenneth Mitchell (Maureen), and Robin Richardson (David).  Survivors also include three grandchildren Danny Joe Conwell (Melissa), Jenny Phillips (Craig), Sarah Mitchell, three great grandchildren Chelsea Conwell, Cassidy Conwell, and Dennis Phillips.  Surviving siblings include Jane Rodgester, Emma Powell, and Thomas Ben Mitchell.
    Horace was a quiet man with few words.  However;  once spoken they were quite profound and thought provoking.  Graveside services will be held Monday, January 12 at 2 PM at Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Triplet, Virginia.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Philadelphia United Methodist Church, Attn: Gay Taylor, 14179 Dry Bread Road, Emporia, VA 23847. Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt, Virginia is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be posted at www.owenfh.com.


  13. Obituary-Bernice Shearin Moseley

    Bernice Shearin Moseley, age 90, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away January 6, 2015.  She is the daughter of the late John and Mary Shearin.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Wilson Moseley; a daughter, Erline Moseley; her brothers and sisters, Henry Mitchell, Bob Mitchell, Joe Mitchell, Ellen Powell, Barbara Roberts, Gladys Poarch, and Pete Shearin.  She is survived by her daughter, Betty Cook and husband James; her son, Dale Moseley; her grandchildren, Jamie Cook, Tayna Cook, Crystal Newton and Tammy Lucy; and her great grandchildren, Carli Cook and Amber Lucy.  Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville, Va.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 to 3:00, before the service, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick  Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 33, Lawrenceville, Va. 23868 or Central Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 386 Gasburg, VA  23857.  Online condolences may be made to www.wmsfhva.com.


  14. Utility Work on West Atlantic



    There will be temporary lane closures on West Atlantic Street from North Main Street to Market Drive due to utility repairs.

    Appropriate traffic control will be established to facilitate vehicular movement.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 634-4500.

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  15. Obituary-Jerry Sykes Brown

    Jerry Sykes Brown, 65, of Carson, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Norma Twisdale Brown; two daughters, Kelly Brown Dunne and husband, Sebastian and Jessica Brown Shindler and husband, Philip; one son, Charles Norwood Mingroni; two grandchildren, Emmett Brady Dunne and Ava Jolene Shindler; his mother, Jessie Sykes Brown; two brothers, Clifford M. “Chipper” Brown and wife, Lary Ann and Kenneth Michael Brown; a sister, Sherry Brown Barnes and husband, Curtis; two nieces, Ansley Brown Allen and husband, Winfield and Melanie Barnes Sheldon and husband, Matt and a nephew, Nicholas Grant Barnes and wife, Jenni. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his father, George Feild Brown and his half-brother, George Feild Brown, Jr. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 2 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3 at High Hills Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to High Hills Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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