Echols Funeral and Creamation Service

Jean Fitchett Clarke

June 9, 1933-April 6, 2020

Jean Fitchett Clarke, 86, of Emporia, VA, passed away on April 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, L.C. Clarke, two daughters, Pat Clarke, and Debbie Marshall and one grandson, Philip Marshall. Survivors include grandsons, Steven Selph and his wife Getra, Clarke Weeks and his wife Shannon, Andrew Marshall and great grandson Cole Weeks. Jean retired from the VA Department of Corrections where she served as Operations Officer for Greensville Correctional Center. A graveside service will be held at Matthews Chapel United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Reese St. Emporia, VA, 23847, where she was a lifelong member.

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Jason Billy Vincent

April 18, 1974-April 1, 2020

It is with deepest sorrow that we say goodbye to Jason Billy Vincent, age 45, our beloved son, brother, family member, and friend who passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at his home in Skippers, VA.

Jason was born April 18, 1974, in Emporia, VA and he spent most of his life in nearby Skippers. Over the course of his career, Jason served in the US Army in Ft. Benning, GA where he attended Infantry Training and later worked with Bradley Fighter Vehicles.  After discharging from the Army, Jason worked in Computer Science, graduated from Welding School, and most notably in recent years worked in his family’s business, The Good Earth Peanut Company in Skippers, VA.

Those who knew Jason, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Jason will be sorely missed everyday by his father and mother, Lindsey Somner Vincent and Janet Scott Vincent; his sister, Claire Vincent (Brian Gilligan); his brother Benjamin Vincent; his nephew, Avett Gilligan; his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many wonderful friends.  Jason will also be greatly missed by his Good Earth Peanut Company “family” who he saw, loved, and worked with closely every day.

Jason is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Billy Ben Vincent and Frances Somner Vincent and his maternal grandparents William Edmunds Tucker and Della Elder Tucker. 

Some of Jason’s favorite things were his dogs (and animals in general), Sun Drop, motorcycles, Chicken Tetrazzini, video games and listening to music.

Due to COVID-19 a private service will be held now, but a full memorial service is planned to honor Jason’s life once the COVID-19 social distancing bans are lifted.

Because of Jason’s love of animals, contributions in memory of Jason may be made to the non-profit organization, Luv4Pawz Animal Rescue, 552 North Main St., Emporia, VA 23847 or online @

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Gale Poole Moore

October 24, 1942 - April 2, 2020

Gale Poole Moore, 77, died Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Gale was the daughter of the late Wesley C. “Jimmy” Poole and Ruby Wray Poole. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward A. “Arnie” Moore, a brother, Clarence Wesley “Sonny or Little Jimmy” Poole, and a sister, Helen Poole Gibson.

Gale loved her Church and her Church Family, her work at Echols Funeral Home, where she was the Office Manager for over thirty years, she loved the beach, bingo, and travelling, but most of all she loved her daughter and grandson and her extended family.

Gale is survived by her loving daughter and grandson, Kimberly Moore Downing and Morey Ray Downing, both of Virginia Beach, a special grandson Ed Powell,  her brother, William Boyd Poole and his wife Lori of Emporia, cousin, Nancy Poole Reyes, an aunt, Mable Wray Mizzell of Petersburg, her sister in law, Jean Moore Bennett and her husband Alton, special nephews, Dean Moore and his wife Lori, Albert Calvin “Plug” Moore Jr. and his wife Susan, niece, Deanna Moore Babb and her husband Michael, and many more nieces and nephews who she loved dearly and a special friend, Reni Hobbs of Emporia.

A private Graveside Service will be held at Zion Baptist Church, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Husband Arnie. A public Celebration of Gale’s life will be held at a later time.

Echols Funeral Home is taking care of the arrangements, and online condolences may be left at

Joe Garnet “Jody” Whitley, Jr.

July 11, 1949-March 1, 2020

Joe Garnet “Jody” Whitley, Jr., of Emporia, VA passed away on March 1, 2020, after a short illness.

He was born in Page, VA., on July 11, 1949 to the late Joe Garnet and Julia Wallace Whitley, Sr. He was preceded in death by his sister, Irene “Pat” Whitley Pearson. He is survived by his sister, Brenda Whitley Klassen of Placentia, California; nephew Martin (Ari) Klassen and niece, Michelle Klassen (T.R.) Lind; his brother, Reese J. (Bonnie) Whitley of Bedford, VA.; nephew Reinor Jay (Patricia) Whitley of Brambleton, Virginia and niece Jennifer Whitley (Rob) McCarthy of Tampa, Florida.

Jody graduated from Garden High School in 1967, and attended two years of Diesel Mechanic School in Abingdon, VA. He spent the majority of his working years in Ford-Mercury-Lincoln dealerships and heavy duty truck and earth moving equipment dealers.

While he described himself as “Just an auto mechanic”, Jody, throughout his life, loved building engines for professional race cars. He enjoyed years of friendship with people involved in NASCAR racing. As a hobby, he enjoyed rebuilding old cars to the point where they appeared to have just rolled off the assembly line. His favorite “rebuild” was a 1967 Mustang “Boss” model, painted candy apple red and white. When something broke around the house, be it a lawn mower, the washing machine, a stove, or even a watch, Jody could fix it. He also enjoyed reading and spending time with “Fuzz”, his cat.

In keeping with Jody’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. There will be a private family burial service later at the family burial site in Bluefield, VA.

Robert Thomas "Bob" Morris, Sr.

September 20, 1921-January 18,2020

Visitation Services

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia

Wednesday, January 22, 2:00 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home
806 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, Virginia

Robert Thomas (Bob) Morris, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 98 after a brief illness. A native of Scottsboro, Alabama; he was the son of the late Ernest and Beatrice Morris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Arline Davis Morris, daughter Carol Morris Hostetter and his three brothers, Bryce, Gene, and Billy.

A loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is survived by his children; Sharon M. White (Allen), Robert T. Morris, Jr. (Lori), Richard Keith Morris (Vicki), Cindy M. Hodge (Jeff), Lori M. Moore (Dean), Glenn Hostetter (son-in-law); grandchildren; Chris White (Jenna), Emily Hostetter, Benjamin Hostetter, Kelsey M. Bowden (Randy), Meredith Morris, Brian Morris, Erika Morris, Tori Morris, Nolan Hodge, Hannah H. Mueller, (Matt), Callie Hodge, Arlie Beville (Adam), and Tyler Moore; and great-grandchildren; Tripp Bowden, Jack Bowden, and Hailey Beville.

A special thanks to Hospice of Virginia for overseeing his care and his longtime housekeeper Daisy Grey. The family also would like to thank Debra Nicholson, Peggy Branch, and Laurie Stith for their assistance during the past three weeks.

Our father, to whom we lovingly referred to as “The Boss,” was a born mechanic. He acquired his knowledge of refrigeration equipment at an early age while working at the family owned ice plant. After his parents sold the ice plant, he began working after school at the local Ford dealership and thus began his lifelong interest in automobile mechanics. After moving to Emporia, Virginia in 1949, he began Morris Refrigeration from which he retired at the age of 93 and was a lifetime member of the American Society of Heating, Air Conditioning – Refrigeration Engineers. He was responsible for introducing air conditioning in its early years to many of the Emporia merchants and residents. Even at the age of 98, his mental alertness and physical stamina were amazing to all who knew him. In addition to restoring antique automobiles, he was an avid reader and a wonderful source of wisdom and knowledge to his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by many.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home.

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 2:00 P.M., at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ricky Hurst and Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Following the Service the family will have a reception at Mr. Morris ‘s residence.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church or any Charity of your choice.

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Caroline R. Tobias Manear

September 10, 1922 - 15 January 2020

Visitation Services

18 January 2020, 12:00 Noon

Main St. United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

18 January 2020, 2:00 pm

Main St. United Methodist Church
500 South Main Street

Emporia, Virginia 23847

Caroline R. Tobias Manear, 97 born September 10, 1922 in Grafton, W. VA was granted her angel wings on 15 January 2020. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that loved and cared for her deeply.

Mrs. Manear was born to the late Harvey U. Tobias and Rosa Elizabeth Jacobs Tobias and was educated in public schools in W. VA. After graduation she was employed as a secretary for the Taylor Co. Judicial System.

In 1942 she married her High School sweetheart and love of her life Rev. Carl E. Manear and were blessed with 3 children, Edward Lee Manear, Barbara Jean Manear Chapman and Carol Ann Manear all deceased. After moving to Virginia in 1963 she was a bridal consultant for the Modern Bridal Shop in Falls Church, VA. She was honored to be a Ministers wife for 6 different churches in Virginia and was married for 73 years. She was very active in all choirs, the United Methodist Women and Main St. United Methodist Women. She was a member of Chapter #12 order of the Eastern Star and Woodman of the World. She loved crafts of all kinds, gardening, sewing, quilting handmade quilts and was a charter member of the Merherrin Peace Makers Quilt Guild.

She is survived by 4 grandchildren Allen Milburn of Summersville, SC; Jennifer M. Milburn of Emporia, VA; Kelly A. Chapman of Chattanooga, TN; Cindy L. Cherry and husband Joe Cherry of Honolulu, HI and 3 great grandchildren Jayden, Madison and Hope.

Viewing will be held at the Main St. United Methodist Church 18 January 2020, 12:00 pm followed with Service at 2:00 pm with burial at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. 

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