2020-12-4

William Sherrod “Billy” Harris, Jr.,

November 23, 1938-December 1, 2020

Visitation Services

Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.

Greenaville County Rescue Squad Building
513 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

2:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 6, 2020

Calvary Baptist Church
310 North Main Street
Emporia, Virginia

William Sherrod “Billy” Harris, Jr., 82 of Emporia, VA, departed from his earthly life on Tuesdday, December 1, 2020 to enter his Heavenly home for eternity. 

Billy was transported by his fellow squad members to the local hospital on November 14th and was then transported to Southside Regional Medical Center, in Petersburg, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.  He fought to survive, but succumbed to his illness and went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was the son of the late William Sherrod and Elva Everette Harris.  He was their only child. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Martha Allen Harris, their daughter Sherron Lane Harris Talbott (Michael), and two grandsons, Edward Grant and William Cole Bradley.

Billy was a graduate of Greensville County High School.  He attended East Carolina University, where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.  He then transferred to Campbell University where he graduated in 1965. 

He was a lifelong member of Monumental United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Lay Speaker and as the Chairman of the Administrative Board.

He began his career with the City of Emporia as Deputy Treasurer in 1967, and was then elected Treasurer in November 1969. He served as Treasurer until the time of death. 

He was one of the original 33 Founding Members of the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1963, where he continued to proudly and unselfishly serve his community for 57 years, serving 35 of those years as President.  During his years with the Rescue Squad he served as a mentor, leader, teacher and friend to all of its members.  In 1978 he was certified with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health as an EMT Instructor and was awarded Life Membership to the Squad in 1978.  He was also a Governor’s Award nominee from the Office of EMS.

During his lifetime, he served as President of the Local Rotary Club, where he was recognized by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, and he also served as President of the Emporia Jaycees, where he was recognized with the National Distinguished Service Award.  He was later honored and proud when he received the Eugene H. Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award which he was presented by the Emporia Greensville Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his leadership, professionalism and eagerness to serve his community, as well as being a living example to others.  In addition, he was also awarded the 2013 Hometown Heroes Award by Allen and Allen Law Firm. 

He also received the Community Hero Award from Virginia Tech and Virginia State University through the Virginia Cooperative Extension. 

Billy will be remembered for his love for his family, his love for serving the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, his love for Monumental United Methodist Church, and his tireless and unending love for his local community.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” – John 15:13

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Monumental United Methodist Church.

A visitation will be held at the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad Building on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.

A funeral service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 6, 2020 with Rev. Rick Franklin and Rev. Jerry Wicker officiating. Masks will be required for those attending the funeral service. The service will be broadcast on FM 90.7 while in the church parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or Monumental United Methodist Church.

Online Condolences may be made at www.echolsfuneralhome.com

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND CRASHES CLAIM 10 LIVES

Excessive speed continues to claim lives in the Commonwealth

RICHMOND – Over the Thanksgiving statistical counting period, preliminary data shows that speed played a factor in at least four fatal traffic crashes. Those four crashes led to the deaths of six people, including a teenager and 6-year-old boy. In addition, the teenager and young boy were not wearing appropriate safety restraints.

“Speed and lack of personal safety restraints continue to cost Virginians their lives,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “As we continue through the holiday season, I am pleading with Virginians of all ages to respect and comply with all traffic safety laws. Virginia State Police and your loved ones want you to arrive at your destination safely.”

In total, during the five-day period which began at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 and concluded at midnight Nov. 29, 2020, 10 people lost their lives in eight traffic crashes in Virginia. The fatal crashes occurred in the cities of Lynchburg, Newport News and Richmond and the counties of Frederick, Pittsylvania, Rockingham and Shenandoah. Of those crashes, one was alcohol related, four were speed related and one involved a pedestrian.

This is an increase from 2019 when there were eight traffic fatalities during the five-day Thanksgiving statistical counting period. There were 12 traffic fatalities during the same period in 2018. *

In an effort to prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Virginia State Police participated in Operation C.A.R.E. - Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. Operation CARE is an annual, state-sponsored, national program during which state police increases its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts during the five-day statistical counting period.

The 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 4,930 speeders and 1,706 reckless drivers statewide. Virginia troopers charged 67 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and cited 498 drivers for failing to buckle up themselves and/or juvenile passengers.

State police responded to 733 traffic crashes across the Commonwealth, with 117 of those resulting in injuries. State police also assisted 1,609 disabled/stranded motorists during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

*Source: Virginia Highway Safety Office, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

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