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Ruby W. Ford

Ruby W. Ford, 81, of Chester, passed away on Dec. 31, 2009.

She was predeceased by her parents Jeff and Nora Wilborne, husband Edward Ford, and son Ronald Ford.

She was dedicated to her family and especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the apple of her eye.

She is survived by her son, Cary E. Ford of South Boston; daughters Brenda Mays (Donnie), of Chester, Nancy McNair  (Victor) of Tampa, FL; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters and four brothers.

The family received friends at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home on Sunday Jan. 3, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

Condolences may be registered at

Rawley Harrison Fuller Jr.

Mr. Rawley Harrison Fuller Jr. of South Boston died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital.

He was born in Clover on Feb. 17, 1917 and was 92 years of age. He was the son of the late Dr. Rawley Harrison Fuller Sr. and Bessie Morton Fuller and was married to Dorothy Adams Fuller.

Mr. Fuller was a member of First Presbyterian Church, South Boston and was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the South Boston Rotary Club.

Mr. Rawley Harrison Fuller Jr. is survived by his wife, Dorothy Adams Fuller of South Boston; two sons, Dr. Rawley Harrison Fuller III and wife Sandra of Burlington, NC, and Wayne Adams Fuller and wife Janet of South Boston; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Sarah Bridgewater, and one brother, Dr. Allen Fuller Sr.

Funeral services for Mr. Rawley Harrison Fuller Jr. were held Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Russell Lee officiating. Burial followed in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family is receiving friends at the home of his son and wife, Wayne and Janet Fuller, 819 Washington Avenue, South Boston.

In lieu of flowers, please consider First Presbyterian Church, 800 North Main Street, South Boston, VA 24592.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements were by Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston.

Annie Estelle Nichols Ricketts

Mrs. Annie Estelle Nichols Ricketts of the Clover community died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at The Woodview.

She was born in Halifax County on March 22, 1910 and was 99 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Charlie Nichols and Sallie Nichols Nichols and was married to the late William Bennett “Bennie” Ricketts.

Mrs. Ricketts was a member of Clover Baptist Church.

Mrs. Annie Estelle Nichols is survived by two daughters, Nancy Barnett and husband James of Martinsville, Anne Williams and husband Van of Nashville, TN; one son, Garland B. Ricketts and wife Hazel of South Boston; five grandchildren, Patricia Ricketts, Douglas Williams, Daniel Williams, Jim Williams, Donald Williams; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary (Minnie) Bomar, Rosa Lee (Shine) Roller, Irene Roller and Gladys Smiley; three brothers, Edward, Vince and Garland Nichols; and one granddaughter, Donna Melton.

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Estelle Nichols Ricketts were held Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lloyd Moore officiating. Burial followed in the Clover Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Powell Funeral Home from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

For memorials, please consider Clover Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements were by Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston.

Barbara Jean Pruitt Poe

Ms. Barbara Jean Pruitt Poe of 7048 Huell Matthews Highway, Alton, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Retreat Hospital in Richmond.

She was born in Danville on Nov. 13, 1946 to the late James Edgar Pruitt and Viola Elizabeth Pruitt and was 63 years of age.

Ms. Poe was a retired insurance agent and was of the Baptist faith.

She was reared in Mecklenburg County and was educated in Mecklenburg county schools. Prior to moving to Halifax County 10 years ago, she lived and worked in Richmond for 35 years.

Ms. Poe is survived by one son, Robert Wayne Ellington and wife Deborah of Powhatan; three brothers, Bobby Pruitt of Scottsburg, James Pruitt of Chattanooga, Kenneth Pruitt of Rocky Mount; one sister, Beatrice P. Fourqurean of South Boston; and three grandsons, Kenneth Wayne Ellington, James Ross Ellington and Trevor John Ellington, all of Powhatan.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Daniel T. Pruitt.

Funeral services for Ms. Poe will be held Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Wooten officiating. Interment will be in Halifax Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends Monday, Jan. 4, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Beth Pruitt McNamee, 7044 Huell Matthews Highway, Alton.

Those wishing to give memorials, please consider the Halifax County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 183, South Boston, VA 24592.

Online condolences may be made at


Diantha Fields Parnell

Diantha Fields Parnell of Lumberton, NC died Saturday evening at Southeastern Hospice House.

She was the daughter of the late Jewel Lassister Fields and Horace Grelly Fields. She also was preceded in death by her husband, John Knox Parnell.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Floyd Memorial Chapel, Lumberton, with Dr. David Elks officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadowbrook Cemetery.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Michael and Melody Parnell of South Boston; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Johnny Smith of Lumberton; two brothers, James Lee Fields of Fayetteville, Horace “Josh” Grelly Fields and wife Gail Fields of Boardman, NC; four grandchildren, Tara Renee Smith Palmer and husband Mike Palmer, Megan Elizabeth Smith, Weston Moore Parnell and John Michael Parnell.

Visitation will be Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Floyd Mortuary and Crematory Inc. of Lumberton, and at other times at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Johnny Smith, 493 Robin Road, Lumberton, NC.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton, NC.

This announcement is a courtesy of Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.

Anita Thomas Wilfong

Mrs. Anita Thomas Wilfong, age 39, a resident of 41 St. James Estates Drive, Roxboro, NC died in her home Tuesday morning, Dec. 29, 2009, following an extended illness. She was the daughter of the late Rev. James Lee Thomas and Shirley Stanfield Thomas. Mrs. Wilfong was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Wilfong, of the home; two daughters, Shari and Kristin Wilfong, both of the home; her mother of Roxboro; one sister, Minister Zanetta T. Thompson of Greensboro, NC; and one brother, J.L. Marcus Thomas Jr. of Roxboro.

A funeral service will be conducted Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at 2 p.m. in Union Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Rufus Johnson Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The body was viewed at the funeral home Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. The family will receive friends Friday at the church one hour prior to the service.

Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Directors are in charge of the service for Mrs. Wilfong.

Juanita Mae Davis Robinson

Mrs. Juanita Mae Davis Robinson of 1164 Stith Lane, Clover died Dec. 28 at her residence at the age of 57.

Mrs. Robinson was born in Halifax County on April 11, 1952 and was the daughter of Mrs. Alma Davis Roberts of Clover. She was married to the late Mr. Frank Robinson and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Dolores Darby of Stone Mountain, GA, Mrs. Sylvia Sealy and Mrs. Lisa Harris, both of White Plains, NY and Mrs. Gloria Shuler of Charleston, SC; one brother, Mr. Howard Clark Jr. of Clover; one aunt, Mrs. Maria Gaillard of Charleston; one uncle, Mr. Lloyd Cheeks of Greensboro, NC; two brothers-in-law, Mr. Leslie Darby and Mr. Troy Harris; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Rhonda Clark; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Robinson will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Mattie Carr officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis Family Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends was Thursday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, and the family also received friends at the home.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, North Main Street, South Boston.

Addie James ‘A.J.’ Brown

Mr. Addie James “A.J.” Brown, 62, of Fort Pierce, FL passed Dec. 24, 2009 in Fort Pierce.

Mr. Brown was born in Halifax County and was a 25 year resident of Fort Pierce’s South Beach. He was a Hook and Line Commercial King fisherman and member of Pipe Fitters Union Local #150. Mr. Brown was a member of Crystal Hill Southern Baptist Church in Halifax County. He was a decorated Veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the United States Army.

Survivors of Mr. Brown include his son, Landon Scott Brown of Atlanta, GA; one grandchild, Ashley Raven Brown; one sister, Gayle Brown Duncan of Nathalie; special friends, Sherry Horton of Fort Pierce and Mike Mullins of Sebastian, FL; one nephew and two nieces.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Addie Lee Brown and Lurlean Gosney Brown; a son, Lee Ashley Brown; and a sister, Amy Brown Barnhart.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. today, Dec. 30, at Yates Funeral Home in Fort Pierce. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Catawba Baptist Cemetery, Nathalie on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Johnson Jr. officiating.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Brown’s honor may be made to the Cemetery Fund of Catawba Baptist Church, P.O. Box 128, Nathalie, 24577.

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Arrangements are by Yates Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, FL and Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.

Jane Glenn Jones

Jane Glenn Jones, 83, of 1413 Wilkerson Street, South Boston died Dec. 25, 2009 at The Woodview.

Mrs. Jones was born August 27, 1926 in Prospect the daughter of the late James Ernest Glenn Sr. and the late Lena Faris Glenn, and she was married to Donald W. Jones, who survives.

Mrs. Jones was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church and was a self-employed caterer.

In addition to her husband, survivors include one son, Glenn Jones; her daughter-in-law, Gail Work; and one granddaughter, Savannah Jones, all of San Francisco, CA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Two brothers and two sisters also preceded Mrs. Jones in death.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery with the Rev. Edward F. Rigg officiating.

The family is requesting memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601, or online at
Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Main Street, South Boston.

Donald McPhail Owen Jr.

Donald McPhail “D.M.” Owen Jr.  died peacefully at home on Dec. 27, 2009 following a long battle with cancer.  He was born in Randolph on March 14, 1930.  He was the youngest of 10 children of Donald McPhail Owen and Rena Mae Lacks.  He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings.  He is survived by one sibling, Ruth Owen Devin of Wylliesburg; his daughters, Kathy Anne Daley of Detroit, MI, Christine Elaine Bradley and husband, Glenn Harvey Bradley, of Elizabethtown, PA; and his son, Donald McPhail Owen III and his wife, Celia Cyd Owen, of Glenelg, MD.  Additionally, he is survived by three grandchildren, Colin James Bradley, Owen Patrick Bradley, and Caidon McPhail Owen. 

He attended Randolph Henry High School then served his country in the United States Air Force for four years during the Korean conflict.  He attended Purdue University and Evansville College where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.  He pursued a career in naval avionics in Indianapolis, IN.  He then worked for the Nato Seasparrow Project in Washington, DC for 16 years.  He finished his career as a program manager for Ball Corporation in Boulder, CO.  He was a longtime member of Hebron United Methodist Church near his home in Randolph. 

Services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Hebron United Methodist Church, 111 Hebron Church Road in Saxe with interment in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers send contributions to YMCA, 650 Hamilton Blvd., South Boston, 24592. 

The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville is in charge of the arrangements.