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Thursday 01/18/2018
Virgal M. Lowery
Posted: January 18, 2018 - 12:47 pm

On Sunday, December 10, 2017, our loving mother, sister, aunt, friend, Mother Virgal Lundy Lowery gained her wings.

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Friday 01/12/2018
Virginia Wrenn
Posted: January 12, 2018 - 3:23 pm

Virginia Lewis Buckner Wrenn, widow of Arthur W. Buckner, Sr. died on January 10, 2018. She was a native of Greensville County, Virginia and the eldest daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Lillian Anderton Lewis of Emporia. She was preceded in death by; her daughter, Carolyn Taylor, son Glen Thomas Buckner, Sr.; and two sisters, Dorothy Taylor and Phyllis Beasley.

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Irene Shimko
Posted: January 12, 2018 - 3:22 pm

Irene Dianis Shimko, 92, of Emporia, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018. She was the widow of William J. Shimko and also was preceded in death by her older five brothers and three sisters; a great-granddaughter, Avery Drew Swenson and sons-in-law, Jeffrey Z. Swenson and Frank K. Parker.

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Tuesday 01/09/2018
Elmer L. Grizzard
Posted: January 09, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Elmer Levi Grizzard, 90, of Emporia passed away on January 3, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Vera Lee Pearson Grizzard.

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Rae Doyle Webb
Posted: January 09, 2018 - 1:54 pm

Mrs. Rae Doyle Webb, 88, a longtime resident of Emporia, died Tuesday, January 2, 2017 at her home. She was born in Greensville County, VA and was the daughter of the late Edgar G. Doyle and Mary Phillips Doyle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Ashby Webb, who died on June 29, 2017.

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
Daphine Ferguson
Posted: January 03, 2018 - 3:44 pm

Mrs. Daphine Perry Ferguson, 94, of Emporia, died Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Hospital.

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Monday 12/11/2017
Charles J. Brna
Posted: December 11, 2017 - 2:01 pm

Charlie Joseph Brna, 82, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Charlie was with the Army National Guard for two years and was Honorably discharged to enlist in the United States Air Force in 1954.

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Hattie Irene Lee
Posted: December 11, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Hattie Irene Lee, 89 (born on Valentine’s Day 1928), of Port Richey, Florida, died December 1, 2017. Formerly from Emporia, VA, she was preceded in death by: her parents Charlie A. Lee and Elsie Thomason Lee; her cousins Thomas E. Lee, Jr. and George F. Lee who were like brothers to her.

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Saturday 11/18/2017
Alice Smith Bivens
Posted: November 18, 2017 - 11:11 am

Alice Smith Bivens, age 81, of Emporia, VA, died Monday, November 13, 2017, at Dunlop House Assisted Living and Memory Center, Colonial Heights, VA.

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Thursday 11/02/2017
James W. Webb
Posted: November 02, 2017 - 5:33 pm

Mr. James Warren “Jimmie” Webb, a longtime resident of Emporia, died Saturday at his home. He was 79.

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Dorothy Bass
Posted: November 02, 2017 - 5:34 pm

On April 3, 1929, the world became a better place with the birth of Dorothy Frances Rinaca, and on October 24, 2017, heaven became a better place as it welcomed Dorothy Bass back home.

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Monday 10/30/2017
Carolyn E. Lifsey
Posted: October 30, 2017 - 1:14 pm

Carolyn E. Lifsey, formerly of Petersburg, Va, died on October 1, 2017 in Dallas, TX. She was 90 years old.

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Thursday 10/19/2017
Geraldine Mitchell
Posted: October 19, 2017 - 4:39 pm

Geraldine “Gerry” Jackson Mitchell, 90, of Emporia, VA, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Greensville Manor.

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Monday 10/16/2017
L.C. "Monkey" Phillips CC
Posted: October 16, 2017 - 2:36 pm

Mr. L.C. “Monkey” Phillips, 84, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his home. A native of Greensville County, he was born to the late Otis Parker and Blanche Norwood Phillips. A U.S. Army veteran, he retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after many years of service.

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Thursday 10/05/2017
Danny Rook
Posted: October 05, 2017 - 2:03 pm

Walter “Danny” Daniel Rook, Jr. 71, of Emporia, VA, died Saturday, September 30, 2017, at his residence.

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Rev. Fred Clark
Posted: October 05, 2017 - 2:04 pm

Rev. Fred Clark, 91, passed away Friday September 29, 2017 at Johnston Willis Hospital in Richmond VA.

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Monday 10/02/2017
Hinton Joseph Vick
Posted: October 02, 2017 - 2:58 pm

Hinton Joseph Vick, Sr., 94 of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Southampton Memorial Hospital, East Pavilion in Franklin.

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Moses Clements
Posted: October 02, 2017 - 2:59 pm

Into eternal rest, Moses Archie Clements, on September 23, 2017.

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Friday 09/29/2017
Joyce Harding
Posted: September 29, 2017 - 3:54 pm

Joyce Livesay Harding, of Emporia, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 23, 2017 after a long battle with dementia while at Hickory Hill Retirement Center.

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Donald Rainey
Posted: September 29, 2017 - 3:54 pm

Donald Lee “Duck” Rainey, 63, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017.

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Friday 09/15/2017
Frederick Headley
Posted: September 15, 2017 - 10:33 am

Frederick William Headley, 76, died Monday, September 11, 2017 at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, VA after a brief illness.

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David L. Barnes
Posted: September 15, 2017 - 10:32 am

David Lee Barnes, born December 15, 1939, went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 10, 2017.

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Thursday 09/07/2017
Dalia Menendez
Posted: September 07, 2017 - 10:14 am

Dalia Torres Menendez passed away peacefully at her Emporia home on September 1, 2017.

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Calvin Edwards
Posted: September 07, 2017 - 10:15 am

Calvin Elmore Edwards, Sr.., age 88, of Brodnax, VA passed away September 4, 2017.

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Friday 08/25/2017
Gloria White Smith
Posted: August 25, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Gloria Mae White Smith, 86 of Emporia, Va., passed away August 22, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, Va.

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Presley Walton Jr.
Posted: August 25, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Presley Junius “Milly” Walton Jr., was born September 12, 1929 and died August 18, 2017

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James Allen Peden
Posted: August 25, 2017 - 3:34 pm

James Allen Peden, Jr, 19, of Boykins, passed away suddenly on August 20, 2017.

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Tuesday 08/22/2017
Louise Robinette Selfe
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 4:18 pm

Louise Robinette Selfe, age 101, of Skippers, VA passed away August 20, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Millard and Martha Robinette; her husband, Jasper Alderson Selfe; her brother, Richard Robinette; and her sister Alice Rezeau. She is survived by her daughter, Martha Selfe Hughes; her grandchildren, Judy Edwards, Michael Robert Hughes and Danielle Hughes Dillow; two great grandchildren, Jennifer Edwards and Brandon Hughes; one great great granddaughter, Riley Dillow; and her brother, Millard R. Robinette. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.

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Tony Moseley
Posted: August 22, 2017 - 10:06 am

Tony Darrell Moseley, age 54, of Emporia, VA passed away August 16, 2017.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
Elizabeth Luke
Posted: August 02, 2017 - 1:21 pm

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Tuesday 07/25/2017
Wanda Allen Lankford
Posted: July 25, 2017 - 9:23 am

Wanda Allen Lankford, 61, passed away on July 20, 2017 at VCU MCV in Richmond, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Vincent Allen, and her brother, Larry Dean Allen. Wanda is survived by a daughter, Jessica Lankford Hevener and her husband Michael; her father, Lewis D. Allen; and brothers, J. W. Allen (Patricia), Randy Allen, Stanley Allen (Cindy), and Barry Allen; nieces and nephews, Ashley (Adam) and Ryan, Kathleen (Dwayne), Brianna and David; great nieces and nephews, Elijah, Dyson and Sarah; Rachel and Nate.

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Thursday 07/20/2017
Betty Jean West
Posted: July 20, 2017 - 9:28 am

Betty Jean (Evans) West, 90 of Topeka, died July 14, 2017. She was born on January 25, 1927 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the only child of Carl Ben Evans and Ruby Almeda (Smith) Evans. Her parents owned a bakery and later a restau- rant, where Betty helped out after school. A talented gymnast and tap dancer, Betty nurtured a life-long love of music and dance, inspiring both her chil- dren to study dance and encouraging everyone around her at Lexington Park Assisted Living to “get up and keep moving.”

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Thursday 11/10/2016
Johnnie Bradley
Posted: November 10, 2016 - 4:35 pm

Johnnie Davis Bradley, 94, of Drewryville, VA, died as she lived – peacefully and quietly. She was born on January 18, 1922 to Joseph and Mattie Davis. She entered into life eternal on November 5, 2016 at Greensville Memorial Hospital, Emporia, VA.

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Monday 11/07/2016
Edward Harrup Sr.

Posted: November 07, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Edward Payne Harrup, Sr., 77, of Emporia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Born October 3, 1939, he was the son of the late Surry and Anna Harrup and was also preceded in death by four siblings, Helen Kuhlman, Ida Mae Barnes and Johnny Harrup and Crawford Harrup.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
Wendy Jeneise Gordon
Posted: November 03, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Wendy Jeneise Gordon, born July 26, 1976, died on Oct. 31 at Southside Regional Hospital in Petersburg, Va.

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Gladys Moore Hobbs
Posted: November 03, 2016 - 4:02 pm

Gladys Moore Hobbs, 89, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
Emilio Candelario, Jr.
Posted: September 22, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Emilio Candelario, Jr. passed away on September 19, 2016. Born in Manhattan, New York on May 6, 1930 to Emil Candelario and Carmen Ruiz Candelario; he was known as “Frank” throughout his life.

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Elton Powers
Posted: September 22, 2016 - 12:20 pm

Elton Lee Powers, age 65, of Skippers, VA passed away September 19, 2016.

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Mary Squire Deal
Posted: September 22, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Mary Squire Deal formally of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. died July 11, 2016 at the Devonshire in Hampton, VA. She was born November 11, 1927 in Greensville County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Peter Francis and Mary Willard Squire. She married Richard Harold Deal on June 16, 1948.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
Ann F. Pearson
Posted: September 20, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Ann F. Pearson was born January 2, 1948 to Gilbert and Lillie Pearson and died Sept. 16, 2016.  She grew up in Emporia.

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Friday 09/16/2016
Elsie Newsome
Posted: September 16, 2016 - 8:14 am

Elsie Padgett Newsome, 73, of Emporia, widow of Thomas P. “Tommy” Newsome, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Jerry Mitchell Sr.
Posted: September 12, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Jerry Nelson Mitchell, Sr. age 84 of Ante, Va. passed away September 7, 2016. He is the son of the late Josiah and Gladys Mitchell and is preceded in death by his sister, Jane Malone and two brothers, Gorman Jr. and Roy Mitchell. He is survived by his wife, Nellie Pearson Mitchell; two sons, Jerry N. Mitchell, Jr. and wife Paula and B. Scott Mitchell and wife Kay; four grandchildren, J.N. “Trey” Mitchell, III and Jack Mitchell, Melissa Griffin and husband Josh, and Ashley Lynch and husband Kevin; and two great granddaughters, Riley and Avery Griffin. Funeral services was conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Ante, VA. The family received friends Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

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David Daniels
Posted: September 12, 2016 - 4:43 pm

David Michael Daniels, 62, of Emporia passed away on September 8, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Frances Daniels and brother, Paul Daniels. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Kelly Daniels; step-son, Matthew Dalton Phillips; step-daughter, Caitlin Fox Phillips; brothers, Clyde Daniels and Bill Daniels and wife Judy; sister-in-law, Ann Daniels; 2 nephews, J.L. Daniels and girlfriend Lisa Starling and Billy Daniels and wife Christina; 2 great-nephews, Jade Daniels and wife Chelsea and Hunter Daniels; and great-great nephew, Gage Daniels.

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Danny White
Posted: September 12, 2016 - 4:46 pm

Danny Gray White, 61, of Emporia passed away on September 10, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Roberta White. He is survived by his sister, Donna White Massey (Buck); his brothers, Randy White (Janet), Donnie White (Sara), and Ronald White (Frances); his nieces and nephews, Carly Krolak, Lindsay Bradley, Brooke White, Corey White, Carter White, Ty White, Alec White, Patricia White, and Ronnie White and many close friends. Danny was a graduate of Virginia Tech, President of White’s Shoe Store, Officer of Village View, and a member of Emporia Rotary. The funeral service is 1 p.m., Tuesday, at Echols Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Greensville Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at Village View immediately following the interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Village View, c/o Nancy Ferguson, 108 State Street, Emporia, VA 23847. Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com.

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Rosa Gray
Posted: September 12, 2016 - 4:42 pm

Mrs. Rosa Adams Gary, 91, of Richmond, VA, widow of John Gary, the daughter of the late Raymond and Sadie Adams departed this life on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond, VA.

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Thursday 09/08/2016
Edward Barnes
Posted: September 08, 2016 - 3:24 pm

Edward Collins Barnes, Sr., 86, of Emporia passed away on September 5, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He served in the United States Airforce for 23 years and worked for the United States Postal Service for 35 years.

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Ursula Jones
Posted: September 08, 2016 - 3:25 pm

Ursla Allen Jones, 85, born September 14, 1930, passed away September 6, 2016.

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Carlton Hunt
Posted: September 08, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Carlton Horace Hunt, 72, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016 in Pennsylvania. He was born in Warren County, NC to the late Horace Ford and Kathleen Wilson Hunt. Carlton was a driver for YRC Freight Company.

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Thursday 08/25/2016
Charles Alwyn Perkinson
Posted: August 25, 2016 - 12:41 pm

The Honorable Charles Alwyn Perkinson, Jr., 77, of Lawrenceville, Virginia passed away peacefully at his home on Lake Gaston, August 22nd, 2016.

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Friday 08/19/2016
Frances R. Collins
Posted: August 19, 2016 - 9:33 am

Frances Robinson Collins, 94, formerly of Emporia, VA, passed away peacefully at her residence, Brookdale Senior Living, in Staunton, VA.

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