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Lawrence Bailey Jr.

Mr. Lawrence Bailey Jr. of 1097 Riverdale Drive, South Boston died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 65.

Mr. Bailey was born Oct. 15, 1944 to the late Mr. Lawrence Bailey Sr. and Mrs. Helen Adkins Bailey. He was married to Mrs. Patricia Green Bailey and was a member of Banister Hill Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a well-known bricklayer.

Mr. Lawrence Bailey Jr. is survived by his wife, Mrs. Patricia G. Bailey of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Tonya Bailey Hilton of Philadelphia; four grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Barbara Ambrose, Ms. Dorothy Fuller and Mrs. Mary Frances Lee; one son-in-law, Mr. James Hilton Jr.; one brother-in-law, Mr. Charles Ambrose; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Davis Bostick; a very devoted nephew, Mr. Kerry Green; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Lawrence Bailey Jr. will be held Friday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Crawford House Chapel in Halifax with the Rev. Elder Frederick Betts officiating. Burial will follow in the Banister Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at his residence, 1097 Riverdale Drive, South Boston. Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, North Main Street, South Boston.

Funeral services are provided by Jeffress Funeral Home, 2000 North Main Street, South Boston.

Hunter Stebbins Crenshaw

Mr. Hunter Stebbins Crenshaw of Silver Spring, MD, formerly of Halifax County died Nov. 26, 2009 at Georgetown University Hospital. He was born in Halifax County on April 21, 1922 and was 87 years old at his death. He was the son of the late Eula Stebbins Crenshaw and Elise Newbill Crenshaw and was married to Edith Wilmouth Crenshaw who survives. He was a retired operating engineer and was a member of the Local 77 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He was also a member of the 10 & 10 Hunt Club.

In addition to his wife of the home, survivors include one son, Kim Hunter Crenshaw of Hampstead, MD; two daughters, Sherry Crenshaw Aitcheson and husband, Pete, of Walforf, MD and Gail Crenshaw Dixon and husband, Christopher, of Westmister, MD; two sisters, Helen Morris and Polly Fitchlee, both of South Boston; one brother, Charles Crenshaw of Mt. Laurel; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Rathel officiating. Burial will follow at the Oakland Cemetery, Scottsburg.

Visitation was held at Powell Funeral Home Sunday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

For memorials, please consider the Sandy Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 17921 Brooke Road, Sandy Springs, MD 20860-1400.
Online condolences may be made to www.powellfunerals.com

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

Nelson William Lacks

Mr. Nelson William Lacks, 95, widower of Joyce Morgan Lacks, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. A life-long native of Charlotte County, he was the son of Charlie Edward and Jesse Newcomb Lacks. An Army Veteran, Mr. Lacks was stationed in Germany during World War II. He was a retired farmer.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry P. Jordan officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. Lacks is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Iris and Carl Weston of Red Oak, Terry and Kenny Coomes of Clarksville, Alice and Howard Bohannon of Richmond, and Quita and John Keeton of Oxford, NC; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Linda Lacks of Chase City; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Naomi Jones of Red Oak, Nancy Newcomb of Saxe and Dorothy Dunaway of Keysville; and his brother, Wiley Lacks of Scottsburg.

One son, Barry Lacks, also preceded Mr. Lacks in death.

The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wclfh.com.

Nelda Miller Rand

September 6, 1922 – November 23, 2009

GARNER, NC – Nelda Miller Rand, 87, passed away Monday at Rex Hospital surrounded by her devoted family and her pastor. Born in Monroe County, KY, she was the second child of William McKinley and Novella Bowman Miller. On her 18th birthday, she traveled by bus to Raleigh to live with her aunt and uncle, William Lyndon and Ibbie Bowman Mayer and attend Hardbarger’s Business School. Upon finishing school, she began work with the Federal Government. In January, 1942, she met Joseph Smith Rand. They were married on June 6, 1942.

For 17 years, following the birth of her children, Nelda was a stay-at-home mom, then returned to State Government, working with the State Retirement System until her own retirement in 1985.

Since 1953, she was a devoted and active member of Garner United Methodist Church and leaves a multitude of friends there.

A celebration of Nelda’s life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Garner United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Rand and wife, Katherine, of South Boston, Joseph Ripley Rand and wife, Cheryl, of Garner; her daughter, Betty Rand Starling and husband, Robert, of Garner; granddaughters, Emily and Sarah Rand of Arlington; grandsons, Benjamin Rand of South Boston, and Jonathan and Parker Rand of Garner; sisters, Thelma Emmert, Katherine Walden and husband, William, of Tompkinsville, KY and Carol Ramsey and husband, Ron, of Glasgow, KY; brother, Isaac Miller and wife, Shirley, of Tompkinsville, KY; grand-dogs, Molly and Truman Starling and Dusty Rand; grand-cat, Margaret Starling and great-grand-dog, Bubba Rand.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Joe Rand; her infant son, Jody and her brother, William Denton Miller. 
Visitation was held 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive, Garner, NC 27529.

Condolences to bryan-leefuneralhome.com.

Anton Henderson Waller

Mr. Anton Henderson Waller, age 30 of Nathalie, died Nov. 23, 2009 in South Boston.  He was the son of Mr. Theodore Waller and Mrs. Ella Mae Davis Waller.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sandra Miller of Altavista and Miss Videll Waller of Hurt; one brother, Mr. Howard L. Waller (Gloria) of Woodbridge, Va.; his grandmothers, Mrs. Estell Waller of Long Island and Mrs. Rebecca Davis of Gretna; and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Miracle Revival Holiness Church in Long Island with interment in the church cemetery. 

Jeffress Funeral Home And Cremation Service of Brookneal is in charge of arrangements.

Martha S. Yesalavich

Martha Ann Sutton Yesalavich, 84, of Verona, widow of John Anthony Yesalavich, of 120 Lee Highway, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 30, 1925 in Verona, a daughter of the late Everett and Louella Critzer Sutton.

She attended Verona United Methodist Church where she was very active in church activities.  She volunteered with the American Cancer Society for over 30 years and was a caregiver for numerous neighbors.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Yesalavich; a sister, Janet Foley; and two grandsons, Cpl. Dwayne Yesalavich USMC, and David Yesalavich.

Family members include two sons and daughters-in-law, John M. and Peggy Yesalavich of Churchville and Joseph A. and Jackie Yesalavich of Republican Grove; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet Yesalavich and David H. Zimmerman of Albemarle County; a twin sister, Mary Simmons of Verona; five granddaughters, Debra Stogdale, Karen Leach, Christina Hudson, Angela Yesalavich, and Maggie Zimmerman; seven great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Amelia Link.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m.  Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in Verona United Methodist Church by the Rev. Matthew D. Bates Jr.  Burial will follow in Shenandoah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Charlie Stogdale, Jeremy Leach, Danny Link, Rocky Simmons, Michael McCray, and George Weller.

The family received friends from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Henry Funeral Home and other times at her home.

Memorials may be made to Augusta Health Hospice of Shenandoah, P.O. Box 215, Fishersville, 22939 or to the American Cancer Society, Staunton/Waynesboro/Augusta Unit, 1920-H Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, 22801.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.

Dr. Frank Blackwell Godbold Jr.

Dr. Frank Blackwell Godbold Jr. died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at the age of 86.

He was born on March 30, 1923 in South Boston, the son of Frank B. Godbold and Edna Elks Godbold.

Dr. Godbold attended Virginia Military Institute before enlisting in the United States Army in 1942 and serving in Hawaii and Japan during World War II.

Returning to civilian life in 1946, he took pre-med courses at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and then received his O.D. degree from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1949.

Dr. Godbold practiced his profession of optometry in South Boston for 39 years and was active in community affairs. He served as a member of the Virginia Optometric Association, board member of the Virginia State Commission for the Visually Handicapped, head of the professional division for United Way fund raising in 1989, president of the Jaycees, Lions Club, and Booster Club, an institutional representative of the Cub Scouts, and a member of the zoning commission.

He also was a lifelong active member of First Presbyterian Church in South Boston, serving as a deacon, elder and Sunday school superintendent.
Dr.Godbold is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nan Lacy Godbold; three children and their spouses, Marian and Jim Harris of Richmond, Susan and Joby Klotz of Richmond, and Frank III and Maria of Tampa, FL; seven grandsons, Lt. Christopher Harris of San Diego, CA, Colin and wife Stephanie Harris of Alexandria, and Kyle and Jay Harris of Richmond, Frank IV, Zachary and Ryan Godbold of Tampa.

He was known for his daily five-mile walk around town, landscaping his lawn and gardens, and fishing when water and weather permitted.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Russell Lee officiating.

For memorials, please consider First Presbyterian Church, 800 N. Main Street, South Boston, VA 24592; Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation, P.O. Box 1398, Brookneal, VA 24528; Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592; or a charity of your choice.

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

Willie Jason McGee

Mr. Willie Jason McGee of Jackson Street, Halifax, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 64.

Mr. McGee was born in Ethiopia on May 4, 1945 and was the son of the late Ms. Virginia Lewis and was married to Mrs. Thelma White McGee. He was a member of Banister Hill Baptist Church and was a United States Air Force veteran having served during the Vietnam era. Mr. McGee was a former security officer with Halifax Regional Hospital.

Mr. Willie Jason McGee is survived by his wife, Mrs. Thelma W. McGee; one son, Mr. Jason McGee of Halifax; one brother-in-law, Mr. Leon Dixon of Alexandria; two devoted cousins, Ms. Olivia Carpenter and Ms. Mamie Davis, both of New York, NY; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Willie Jason McGee will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. with services at Banister Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. William Carr officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #99.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Crawford House Chapel in Halifax, and the family will receive friends at the residence, 120 Jackson Street, Halifax.

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

Harry Flint Tingen

Mr. Harry Flint Tingen of 1060 Seven Oaks Drive, South Boston died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 68.

He was born in Halifax County on April 14, 1941 to the late Ernest Flint Tingen and Margaret Clark Tingen, who survives, and he was married to Vicky Cundiff Tingen.

Mr. Tingen was a service station owner/operator and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Glenwood United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 8 of South Boston.

Mr. Tingen is survived by his wife of the home; his mother of South Boston; two sons, Brent Tingen and wife Ann of Vernon Hill, Stacy Tingen and wife Beth of South Boston; one sister, Catherine T. Whorley and husband Ashby of South Boston; four grandchildren, Brandon Tingen, Maddie Tingen, Ryan Tingen, Chase Tingen; one step-grandchild, Amanda Long; and one niece, Brigette Wucher.

Funeral services for Mr. Tingen were held Sunday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Gibson officiating. Interment followed at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family received friends at Brooks Funeral Home Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and at other times at the home.

Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider the Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 875, South Boston, VA 24592.
Online condolences may be made at www.brooksfhinc.com.

James Callie Coles

Mr. James Callie Coles of Putman Valley, NY, and formerly of Halifax County, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Hudson Valley Hospital in Peekskill, NY, at the age of 56.

Mr. Coles was born in Halifax County on Jan. 23, 1953 and was the son of the late Mr. Riley Evans Coles Sr. and Mrs. Martha Ellen Coles. He was married to Mrs. Maribel Gonzales Coles and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Mr. James Callie Coles is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maribel G. Coles; five sisters, Mrs. Mary L. Dabbs of Peekskill, Mrs. Cheryl Darden, Ms. Gloria Coles and Ms. Clara Coles, all of Scottsburg; and Mrs. Lou Alberta Coleman of South Boston; two brothers, Mr. Earl Coles of Danville and Mr. Riley E. Coles Jr. of Clover; two aunts, Mrs. Blanche Coles and Mrs. Alberta Carden; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. James Callie Coles will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. with services at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Mattie Carr officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Monday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Crawford House Chapel in Halifax, and the family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. Cheryl Darden, 1084 Woods Creek Lane, Scottsburg.

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