February 2015

  1. Obituary-Debbie Hitt

    Debbie Hitt, 57, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. She is survived by her daughter, Mechelle Otten and husband, Thomas; two grandchildren, Haley Hitt and Blake Hitt and two sisters, Donna Marietta and Deana Leaton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, 420 E. Cary St., Richmond, Virginia 23219. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.


  2. Obituary-Irma Elizabeth Jarratt Bass

    Irma Elizabeth Jarratt Bass, widow of Wilbur Louis Bass, Jr., passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. She is survived by two sons, Billy Bass and Robert Bass; daughter, Jerrica Bass and a sister, Hazel Moody and husband, Jerry. She also leaves behind her beloved feline “furbabies”, Cleo, Mango and Eddie. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarrat, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Monday, March 2 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  3. USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

    Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015.  The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.  

    “This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Producers are working to make the best decision they can.  And we’re working to ensure that they’ve got the time, the information, and the opportunities to have those final conversations, review their data, and to visit the Farm Service Agency to make those decisions,” said Vilsack

    If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, 2015, the farm's current yield and base will be used.  A program choice of ARC or PLC coverage also must be made by March 31, 2015, or there will be no 2014 payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year.

    “These are complex decisions, which is why we launched a strong education and outreach campaign back in September.  Now we’re providing a one-time extension of an additional month so that every producer is fully prepared to enroll in this program, “ said Vilsack.

    Nationwide, more than 2.9 million educational postcards, in Englishand Spanish, have been sent to producers, and over 4,100 training sessions have been conducted on the new safety-net programs. The online tools, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc, allow producers to explore projections on how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation under possible future scenarios.

    Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

    To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office.  To find your local office visit http://offices.usda.gov.

    The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

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  4. Budget Amendment Puts Brakes on Speed Traps

    By Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The highway through Hopewell may not be paved in gold, but that hasn’t stopped the city from making a mint off it.

    Taking advantage of a two-mile stretch of Interstate 295 that passes through the city, the Hopewell Sheriff’s Department issues about 1,000 speeding tickets a month, according to AAA, the advocacy group for motorists. It says the speed trap generates over $1.8 million annually for city government.

    But a state budget amendment approved by the General Assembly would help curb such practices by Hopewell and other localities, AAA says. The amendment reduces the financial incentive for local police to write excessive numbers of tickets.

    “This amendment adjusts the formula by which local collections of fines and fees based on local ordinances may not exceed a certain threshold of the total collections of fines and fees beginning in fiscal year 2016,” according to a legislative note explaining the amendment.

    AAA Mid-Atlantic, which serves more than 3.4 million members from New Jersey to Virginia, has made Hopewell’s “Million Dollar Mile” the focal point of its effort against “policing for profit.”

    Currently, localities must return a portion of excess fine revenues to Virginia’s Literary Fund, which supports public education. Hopewell, for example, this year had to give the Literary Fund $86,000 – twice as much as any other locality, according to the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts.

    However, under the existing formula, the amount of money that localities must remit is so small that it has little impact curbing “policing for profit,” AAA says.

    A new formula was included in House Bill 1400, a package of state budget amendments approvedThursday by the General Assembly. It is contained in amendments 3-6.05 #1c and 37 #1c, which were initially proposed by Sen. Charles Carrico, R-Galax, and Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth.

    The new methodology will lower the threshold for determining whether local fine collections are excessive and will require localities to remit more of that money to the Literary Fund. The new formula will take effect July 1.

    AAA lobbied for the amendment. It sent emails to its 200,000 Virginia members, with a link to send emails to Virginia lawmakers – in particular to budget conferees – “to let them know policing for profit shouldn’t be happening, and to please shut it down.”

    “AAA has advocated for the safety of the traveling public for over a century and does not wish to condone speeding in any way,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “AAA simply feels that speed enforcement should be conducted in areas where speeding is a documented problem or other safety concerns exist.”

    Hopewell employs 11 sheriff’s deputies working in 14-hour shifts to patrol 1.7 miles of interstate highway. Nearly three-fourths of the tickets were issued to out-of-state motorists, according to AAA. “These motorists are unlikely to come back to the area to fight their tickets but rather simply pay the associated fines and fees,” the group said in a statement last week.

    The Hopewell Sheriff’s Department could not be reached for comment. The Office of the State Inspector General looked at the situation in 2013 and reported, “The sheriff has stated that his intent is to slow down traffic on the interstate and make it safer for the traveling public.”

    Virginia ranks seventh in the nation for the number of traffic tickets issued per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    In addition, the agency says, Virginia is tied with Illinois for having the nation’s highest speeding fines – up to $2,500. Moreover, under Virginia law, reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    “When the commonwealth raised its interstate speed limits a few years back, it failed to adjust the reckless driving threshold accordingly. So now, anyone caught going 11 mph over the posted speed on the interstate is subject to a reckless driving charge,” John Bowman, a spokesman for the National Motorists Association, said in an interview with Watchdog.org.

    “Congestion, coupled with speed traps, red-light cameras and aggressive traffic enforcement make Virginia a very difficult place to drive.”


  5. VSP fields 801 Calls for Service Between Midnight and 8 AM

    RICHMOND – Since midnight,  Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers statewide have fielded  801 calls for service statewide. During the period statewide, Virginia troopers responded to 238 traffic crashes and 191 disabled vehicles. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. There have no reported traffic fatalities.

    Motorists are still being advised to stay off the highways as secondary roads are slick and hazardous. For their safety, drivers are advised to delay travel until later Tuesday so VDOT crews can continue to treat and clear the highways.

    Drivers are also advised NOT to call 911 or #77 to find out about road conditions. These phone lines must remain clear for real emergencies. Call 511 for road conditions or click on www.511virginia.org.

    If having to travel, drivers are reminded to do drive to save lives (#drivetosavelives):

    • Clear off all snow from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights            
    • Add extra time to reach travel destination
    • Slow speed for road conditions
    • Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
    • Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
    • MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and two trucks.


  6. Virginia Designates Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day

    By Kelsey Callahan, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The General Assembly has passed a resolution to designate every Jan. 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution,” in honor of the Asian American civil rights leader who challenged injustice during World War II.

    The Senate this week joined the House in unanimously passing House Joint Resolution 641, which establishes Fred Korematsu Day beginning next year.

    “Our nation’s history is full of unsung heroes who stood up to injustice to ensure that the promises embedded in our Constitution are not just empty words on paper,” said Del. Mark Keam, D-Fairfax, who introduced the resolution.

    After the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941, Korematsu refused to comply with a presidential order that “required 120,000 permanent residents and American citizens of Japanese descent to leave their homes to be incarcerated in American concentration camps,” the resolution stated.

    It noted that Korematsu “was arrested and convicted, but fought his conviction because he believed it violated the basic freedoms guaranteed to him by the United States Constitution.” The U.S. Supreme Court upheld his conviction in 1944. But the case was reopened and overturned in 1983.

    “The decision influenced the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which recognized that a grave injustice was done by forced relocation and incarceration of Americans citizens and civilian residents because of wartime prejudice,” the resolution said.

    In 1998, Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States given to an individual who has made a contribution to the security and national interest of the U.S.

    “Fred Korematsu was an American hero whose actions deserve a prominent place in our history. By recognizing his birthday in Virginia – a state that played such a crucial role in drafting our Constitution – we will remind future generations of what Thomas Jefferson warned, that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance,” Keam said.

    Virginia will encourage schools to observe Fred Korematsu Day and use it to teach the importance of preserving civil liberties.

    Korematsu died in 2005. His daughter Karen heads the Korematsu Institute in San Francisco. She suggested that Keam sponsor the resolution.

    Six states – California, Hawaii, Utah, Illinois, Georgia and now Virginia – recognize Fred Korematsu Day.


  7. Senate OKs Limits on Use of License Plate Data

    By Kevin Lata, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would limit police retention of license plate data to seven days in an attempt to restrict government stockpiling of personal information.

    Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, proposed Senate Bill 965 as part of a broader effort to clamp down against government overreach into personal lives, an area he has targeted the past two legislative sessions.

    “The state should not use surveillance technology to collect information on its citizens where there is no discrete reason to do so,” Petersen said.

    Under current law, there is no limit on how long government agencies can store passive data collected by license plate readers.

    LPRs are typically mounted to police vehicles and standing structures such as traffic lights and bridges. They work by rapidly taking photos of license plates – at a rate of one per second, according to an LPR manufacturing company’s website. The technology can capture the data when vehicles are moving as fast as 100 mph.

    The devices help law enforcement agencies track down stolen motor vehicles and people connected to criminal investigations, including theft and kidnapping.

    Some police departments store their LPR data for up to a year. Civil liberties organizations believe that poses the potential for abuse. Supporters of the legislation included the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and the American Civil Liberties Union – unlikely bedfellows who disagree on many issues but share concerns about unwarranted government surveillance.

    “The issue here is the limitations of the Fourth Amendment,” Petersen explained in a Facebook status. “It was written for a low-tech agrarian society, not today’s data heavy internet age.”

    He warned citizens to be careful because “we’re one click away from being watched.”

    Petersen received input from law enforcement agencies when drafting the legislation but encountered what he called a “philosophical difference about limits on state power.” The Virginia Sheriffs Association, the State Police, the Prince William County Police Department and other law enforcement groups opposed his bill.

    Petersen said he believes SB 965 strikes a balance between personal liberty and public safety.

    “This bill will protect Virginians from unnecessary and indiscriminate police data collection and retention,” Petersen said.

    A companion bill, HB 1673, was introduced by Del. Rich Anderson, R-Prince William. The House Militia, Police and Public Safety endorsed the measure on a 17-4 vote Friday. It is now before the full House of Delegates.

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  8. Bill Would Help Taxpayers, Habitat for Humanity

    By Morgan White, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Delinquent property owners could settle their tax bills by donating their property to Habitat for Humanity or a similar nonprofit, under legislation moving through the General Assembly.

    The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity has pushed for the measure (HB 2173), which won unanimously approval from the House of Delegates last week.

    Known as the Habitat Bill, it would enable delinquent taxpayers to exchange their property for the taxes they owe, explained the legislation’s sponsor, Del. Robert Orrock Sr., R-Thornburg.

    “When the taxes exceed the value of the property, it’s awfully hard to get the property owner to come forward to do anything with it because he’s going to owe more than whatever he gets for the property,” Orrock said.

    He represents the 54th House District, which includes parts of Caroline and Spotsylvania counties. Orrock said a few situations in his district have underscored how donating a house in arrears on taxes to Habitat for Humanity can be a win for everybody – the property owner, the local government and the nonprofit group.

    “The delinquent taxpayer wins because he gets out from underneath and walks away at least clean. The county or city wins because they’re going to get properties back on the tax roll. And the Habitat for Humanity type group wins because they now have properties,” Orrock said.

    “They can just go forward with the construction project because they didn’t have to buy the land for it.”

    The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity has endorsed the bill.

    “This legislation will be particularly helpful to the greater Fredericksburg community, including the City, Stafford, King George, and Spotsylvania Counties, as condemned or undesired land can be put to good use in building Habitat homes, or other non-profit builders, with far less red tape helping the affiliate to achieve its 2020 vision,” the group said last week in a press release.

    The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity’s 2020 vision is to construct 20 news homes by that year. This would increase affordable housing in the area and would contribute to a healthy housing market. Habitat officials say the initiative would attract businesses and serve as a catalyst to transform neighborhoods and lives.

    The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity was one of 10 affiliates recognized by Habitat for Humanity International for legislative advocacy. (There are more than 1,500 Habitat affiliates in the U.S.)

    HB 2173 passed the House 100-0 on Feb. 10. It is now before the Senate Finance Committee.

    The bill is being co-sponsored by seven other legislators, including House Speaker William Howell of Fredericksburg.

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  9. Obituary-Willie Mae Poarch

    Willie Mae Poarch, 89, of Stony Creek, widow of William N. Poarch passed away peacefully Saturday morning, February 21, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Willie B. and Florence Mae Winfield Stainback and was also preceded in death by a grandson, Willie Upton, daughter-in-law, Joyce Poarch and son-in-law, Earl Upton. Mrs. Poarch is survived by two sons, Rives Poarch and friend, Dana of Kill Devil Hills, NC, David Poarch and wife, Bambi of Stony Creek; two daughters, Lillian Jarratt and husband, Floyd of Sparta, GA and Doris Upton and husband, Jimmy; sixteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; five sisters, Grace Grizzard and husband, Pete, Goldie Cox and husband, Conrad, Emily Andre and husband, George, Marie Schnitz and husband, Mike and Florence Scott; four brothers, Francis “Johnny” Stainback and wife, Minerda, Rufus Stainback and wife, Peggy, Carroll Stainback and Albert Stainback and wife, Phyllis and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 24 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Hlaifax Rd in Jarratt where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 25. Interment will follow at Winfield Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Concord United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  11. Assembly OK’s a 2-Song Solution

    By Cort Olsen, Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The House of Delegates joined the Senate on Tuesday in approving both “Our Great Virginia” and “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as official state songs. But will Gov. Terry McAuliffe sign the legislation into law?

    The House voted 81-15 in favor of a bill to designate:

    • "Our Great Virginia” as “the official traditional state song.” The song combines the melody of “Shenandoah,” a ballad from the 1800s, with words by New York lyricist Mike Greenly. This song is the preference of House Speaker Bill Howell.
    • “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as “the official popular state song.” This is an up-tempo pop tune by Richmond musicians Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett.

    The measure designating the state songs is Senate Bill 1362, which was approved 37-1 by the Senate on Feb. 10. It represents a compromise: Originally, SB 1362, sponsored by Sen. Walter Stosch, R-Henrico, included only “Sweet Virginia Breeze.” But it was amended to incorporate SB 1128, which sought to designate “Our Great Virginia” as the state song.

    A third song – “Virginia, the Home of My Heart,” by Richmond singer-songwriter Susan Greenbaum – had been in the running. But the bill promoting that song died in the House Rules Committee two weeks ago.

    Greenbaum said she is still hopeful for her song. “It isn’t over, from what I have been told,” Greenbaum said. “The governor still hasn’t signed any of the songs into law yet.”

    Virginia has been without a state song since “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” was retired in 1997 for its racist lyrics.

    When it comes to the songs, the votes at the Capitol don’t exactly mirror the votes on social media.

    On YouTube, for example, “Sweet Virginia Breeze” has been played more than 42,000 times, with about 200 likes and three dislikes. The folksy “Virginia, the Home of My Heart” has been played about 12,000 times, garnering 140 likes and five dislikes. “Our Great Virginia” also has been played about 12,000 times, with 50 likes and 21 dislikes.

    About 4,800 people responded to an online poll in which Capital News Service asked, “What’s your No. 1 choice to be Virginia’s next state song?” About 56 percent preferred “Sweet Virginia Breeze”; 41 percent, “Virginia, the Home of My Heart”; and 2 percent, “Our Great Virginia.”

    The remaining 1 percent of the respondents suggested other songs, like “Virginia Pride” by David Tuck, “Rolling Home to Old Virginia” by The Press Gang and even “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

    Several people who took the unscientific poll criticized “Our Great Virginia,” saying it evokes Missouri rather than Virginia. A plurality of the comments extolled “Virginia, the Home of My Heart,” calling it heartfelt and dignified. Many other people said they enjoyed “Sweet Virginia Breeze” because it is upbeat and catchy.

    Some respondents said Virginia voters should decide the issue. “Please put this on a ballot and let the PEOPLE NOT THE POLITICIANS decide what their state song should be. After all it’s THEIR state song isn’t it?” one person wrote.

    But a few respondents supported the two-song solution. One person commented, “Why not two state songs? I vote for ‘Sweet Virginia Breeze’ for the fun one and ‘Our Great Virginia’ for the one to play at funerals.”

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  12. Obituary-William Aarron Griffin, Jr.

    William Aarron Griffin, Jr. age 79 of Warfield, Virginia passed away peacefully February 18, 2015.He is survived by one sister Peggy Malone Hobbs and her husband Alfred T. Hobbs, Jr., one niece Tara
    Malone-Menendez, her husband Joe Menendez, nephew Wesley C. Newsome Jr. and wife Linda, Darrell WayneNewsome, Christopher Edward Malone and wife Susan. Great niece Laurie Harrup and husband Chad. Amanda Newsome,Ashley Newsome, Taylor Newsome, Hayley Newsome, Olivia Lee Menendez, Dylan Newsome, Claire Elizabeth Malone, AnnaCatherine Malone. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and known to them all at W.A.
    Visitation will be Friday February 20, 2015 at Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Virginia from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm.Funeral services will be Saturday February 21, 2015 at 2:00pm at Williams Funeral Home followed by a intermit in BethelCemetery in Alberta, Virginia.
    In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Emporia-Greensville Humane Society, Inc. 113 Baker StreetEmporia, Virginia 23847.
    Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  13. Obituary-Arlys Martin Gutshall

    Arlys Martin Gutshall, 82, of Emporia, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015. She was the widow of Robert A. Gutshall and was also preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Gutshall and eleven brothers and sisters. She is survived by a son, Philip Gutshall and wife, Terry; four grandchildren, Krystal Featherstun and husband, Ryan, Rusti Moore and husband, Shane, Amanda Gutshall and Bobby Walton and wife, Rebecca; four great-grandchildren, Trent Walton, Taylin Moore, Trevor Walton and Adalyn Moore; one sister, Arbutus Bright and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at First Christian Church, 427 Ruritan Dr, Emporia, Virginia. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.


  14. Obituary-Joanne Spizzirri

    Joanne Spizzirri, 63, of Jarratt, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Louis Spears and Esther Spizzirri and was also preceded in death by a niece, April Francis. She is survived by four brothers, Tom and Maggie Spizzirri, Ron and Nancy Spizzirri, Rick Spears and Fred and Sherry Stewart; three sisters, Nancy Lewis, Sara and Stan Parter and Sharon and Brian Schubert and a number of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at St. Richard’s Catholic Church. Private interment will be at Augusta Memorial Park, Waynesboro, Virginia. The family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 117 Laurel St, Emporia, Virginia 23847 or to Samaritan Helping Hands Home, P.O. Box 148, Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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  15. Obituary-Mamie Beryl Browder Harrison

    MAMIE BERYL BROWDER HARRISON of Emporia, Va., age 82, was called home by the Lord on January 28th, 2015.  She was predeceased by her husband, James Weaver Harrison and sister Josephine Sparks.  She is survived by her only child, Cynthia Harrison Caldwell, and her husband Orris Franklin Caldwell, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, two sisters, Doris Hobeck, and Carroll Williams, sisters-in-law, Hazel Ferguson, Polly Wray and most notably, sister in law and lifetime best friend Peggy Allen and  Godson, Richard Darrell Allen.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.  Additionally, she is survived by numerous friends and family, who willingly sat by her bedside in her final days.  Further, she is survived by her “foster” grandson, Jonathan Eric Allen, who always held a special place in her heart. 

    Beryl worked for Farmer’s Home Administration in Greenville County and was the only woman to ever hold the title of County Supervisor without a college degree at that time.  After her retirement, she and Peggy enjoyed many fun filled trips with her sister and her husband, Carroll and Thurman Williams.

    She was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, sister, and friend. Her legacy, by far, was her sweetness and grace toward others and her willingness to help in any way possible. She was an amazing seamstress and often made Cindy’s clothes which they designed together until she was no longer able to sew.  She loved sewing, sunbathing, sleeping and most of all shopping.  Beryl was the most loving, devoted mother and best friend a daughter could ask for.  Even her last wish was to help others, by donating her body to research.

    A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 at Calvary Baptist Church on Main Street in Emporia, Va.

    The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to your preferred Alzheimer’s or Diabetic Research charity.


  16. Obituary-Dorothy Hogarth Harrison

    Mrs. Dorothy Hogarth Harrison, 91, of Jarratt, widow of Herbert Calvin Harrison, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015. She is survived by her son, Robert Calvin “Bob” Harrison and wife, Maida of Waynesboro; her daughter, Shirley Harrison Snow and husband, Richard of Spotsylvania; three grandchildren, Robert C. Harrison, Jr. of Staunton, Rena S. Sharpe and husband, Paul of Midlothian and Corey L. Oster and husband, Scott of Chesapeake; six great-grandchildren, Emma Harrison, Lannie O’Brien, Tyler O’Brien and Paul, Aaron and Brandon Oster; one sister, Virginia H. Blythe of Emporia and a brother, William Thomas “Billy” Hogarth and wife, Mary of St. Petersburg, FL and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Harrison was preceded in death by one grandson, Brian Kenneth Harrison and a sister, Margaret Hogarth Ferguson. She was a member of Aberdour Presbyterian Church where she had served as organist for over 75 years. A funeral service will be held at Aberdour Presbyterian Church 2 p.m. Monday, February 16 with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at church prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Aberdour Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.


  17. Obituary-Burley Mahood Braswell

    Burley Mahood Braswell, 91, of Emporia passed away on February 13, 2015.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Moore Braswell.  He is survived by his sons, Dennis Ray Braswell and wife Romine and Stephen Craig Braswell; granddaughter, Candace B. Gordon and husband Keith and one great-granddaughter Caitlyn Gordon.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, 2pm, at Word of Life Assembly of God Church followed by a funeral service at 3pm.  Interment will follow in Emporia Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Word of Life Assembly of God Church, 707 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA 23847.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  18. Obituary-Alice Allen Moore

    Alice Allen Moore died February 7, 2015, in Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, VA.  She was born February 11, 1926 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.  She was employed at Emporia Manufacture Company which later became Miller Homes in Emporia, VA for many years.  She was a life-time member of Calvary Baptist Church all her life where she taught children’s Sunday school for 40 years and was active in GAs, WMU and Senior Circle.

    She is survived by one daughter, Ann Moore Connell and husband, Carl Connell, two grandchildren, Andrew Connell and Lesley Nunn and husband Patrick Nunn, three great grandchildren, Drew Connell, Harper Nunn and Van Walker Nunn.  Four sisters Margaret Watson, Jeannette McArdle, Joyce Majer, Martha Harris and one brother Eddie Allen.

    She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years Ira Moore, her parents, Frank and Lucy Allen, one brother  Frank Allen, Jr., three sisters Lois Taylor, Eleanor Stone and Peggy Myrick.

    Remains rest at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, where family will receive friends on Monday, February 9 from 5 to 7 pm.  Funeral services will be held 3 pm Tuesday, February 10 at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Emporia Cemetery.  Family suggest contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church or Greensville Rescue Squad.

    Pallbearers:  Carl Connell, Andrew Connell, Brian Allen, Rick Watson, John Watson and Troy Watson.

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  19. Obituary-Cecil Wade Allen

    Cecil Wade Allen, Sr., 87, of Emporia, passed away on February 8, 2015.  He is survived by his wife, Nell Allen; 2 sons and their spouses; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, 11am, at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  20. Obituary-Ruby Wrenn Rawlings

    Ruby Wrenn Rawlings, 83, “MeMa “ to her beloved grandchildren went to her Lord and Savior on February 7, 2015. She was employed at the Greensville County Clerk’s Office in Emporia for fifteen years.    She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest H. Rawlings, Jr. and James A. Dunn; son James A. Dunn, Jr; and siblings Mary Lee Pearson, Burton Wrenn, and Jean Ciletti.  She is survived by her son William Barry Dunn and wife Stacy; grandsons Nash and Lance Dunn; siblings Elvin Picano and husband Michael, Margaret Thrower, Frances Matson, Linda Joyner, Reid Wrenn and wife Sarah; and many nieces and nephews.  Friends may call on the family at Echols Funeral Home, Emporia, on Monday, February 9, 7-8:30pm.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 10 at 11am at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Adams Grove Baptist Church.  Guests will be welcomed for a gathering following the services at First Presbyterian Church in Emporia.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or First Presbyterian Church.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

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  21. Found-

    A black male, King Charles small breed dog. He was found on Halifax Street in front of Picture Perfect.
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  22. Obituary-Marilyn Syble Fannon

    Marilyn Syble Fannon, 88, widow of George Henry Fannon, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia F. Warf and husband, James; granddaughter, Kelly Warf Harvey and husband, Alan; grandson, Kenneth Allen Warf; two great-granddaughters, Jordan Elizabeth Harvey and Jillian Dawn Harvey; one great-grandson, Joseph Evan Harvey; two brothers, James W. Sexton and Bobby Bruce Sexton; three sisters, Ardney Moore, Eliza Robinson and Phronsie Miles and a number of nieces and nephews. Syble was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 5 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 6. Interment will follow at High Hills Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jarratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 562, Jarratt, Virginia 23867 or to High Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

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  23. Obituary-Martha Moore Williams

    Martha Moore Williams, 91, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2015. She was preceded in death by her son, George E. Williams, Jr.; and her husband of 72 years, George E. Williams, Sr. (John). She is survived by two daughters, Jane Denzler and husband, Richard and Cathy Carter and husband, Ernie; four grandchildren, Heather Rose (Andy), Rich Denzler, Chris Carter (Pam) and Elizabeth Meagher (Sean); and two great-grandsons, Austin and Sebastian Rose. She was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother and is survived by two sisters,  Dorothy Coleman and Betty Gregory. Mrs. Williams was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church for 63 years, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and helped establish the deaf ministry.  She was known for her ministry to the deaf throughout Virginia.  Her family will receive friends on Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bliley's-Staples Mill Road. There will be a private burial. A memorial service will be held 12 noon Tuesday at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Road, Richmond, VA 23228 in the chapel, followed by a reception.

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