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Mary Judkins Morris

Mrs. Mary Judkins Morris of Parker Avenue, South Boston died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at her residence at the age of 87.

Mrs. Morris was born in Halifax County on Sept. 12, 1922 and was the daughter of the late Mr. Tom Judkins and Mrs. Elizabeth Crews Judkins. She was married to the late Mr. Richard Morris and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Mrs. Mary Judkins Morris is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Delores McCargo and Ms. Sheila Morris, both of South Boston, and Mrs. Gayle Madlock of Portsmouth; four sons, Mr. Eugene Morris of Winston-Salem, Mr. Thomas Morris of Pomona, NY, Mr. Harry “Tree” Morris and Mr. Anthony Morris, both of Oakridge, TN; 20 grandchildren; one son-in-law, Mr. Grover Madlock; four daughters-in-law, Mrs. Mary Morris, Mrs. Karen Morris, Mrs. Gail Morris and Mrs. Don Morris; numerous great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by one son, Mr. Chester Morris, and two sisters, Mrs. Isabelle Harris and Mrs. Effie Bailey.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Judkins Morris will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. with services at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Antonio Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 2002 Parker Avenue, South Boston.

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

Roberta Conner Ashby

Mrs. Roberta Conner Ashby of 1245 Jennings Lane, Nathalie died Nov. 22, 2009 at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was born in Halifax County on July 12, 1918, and was 91 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Archer Conner and Minnie Watts Conner and was married to the late Aylor William Ashby. She was a member of Childrey Baptist Church.

Her survivors include two daughters, Peggy Crews and husband, Raymond, and Brenda Elder and husband, Howard, all of Nathalie; two sons, Aylor Ashby  Jr. and wife, Carolyn, of Gladys and Charles Ashby and wife, Deborah, of Nathalie; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris McCormick and husband, Lawrence, of Halifax.

Three brothers, James Conner, Sampson Conner and Otis ‘Shorty’ Conner; and two sisters, Constance Dalton and Susie Conner, also preceded Mrs. Ashby in death.

Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. at Childrey Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Stanfield and the Rev. Andy Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Brenda Elder, 2091 Jennings Lane, Nathalie.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfunerals.com.

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

Ollie Addison Hackney

Mr. Ollie Addison Hackney, 85, of 1015 Quail Lane, Halifax died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at The Woodview. He was born in Halifax County on Sept. 5, 1924 the son of Ollie Green Hackney and Bessie Taylor Hackney and was first married to the late Leaone Watts Hackney, and then to Hattie Gordon Hackney, who survives.

Mr. Hackney was a member of Dan River Baptist Church, was a retired construction foreman, and was a World War II Navy Veteran.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, David A. Hackney and wife, Vickie, of Ringgold, and Mark A. Hackney and wife, Joan, of Sunset Beach, NC; two stepdaughters, Iris R. Seamon and Ilor R. Whitlow, both of South Boston; one stepson, Mitchell G. Seamon of Virgilina; one sister, Martha H. Powell of Halifax; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild- seven step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

One sister and four brothers also preceded Mr. Hackney in death.

Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. at Dan River Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Doug Gibson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family received friends Nov. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, and other times at the home.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Dan River Baptist Church, 1228 Dan River Church Road, Halifax 24558 or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.brooksfhinc.com

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

Jean Marie Foster Pool

Mrs. Jean Marie Foster Pool of 1203 Peach Avenue, South Boston died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at her home. She was born in Halifax County Aug. 1, 1928, and was 81 years of age.

Mrs. Pool was the daughter of the late Willie Allen Foster and Virginia Covington Foster and was married to Wilton Ervin Pool, who survives.

She was a member of Stoneville Presbyterian Church, Stoneville, NC and attended First Presbyterian Church and Berry Hill Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Pool formerly worked in the North Carolina School System and was with Virginia Power for 15 years.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her caretakers and special friends, Lyric Hutchinson, Rosa Sharp, Hazel Lacks and Joyce Landrum.

One son, Foster Pool, preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pool were held Friday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. George Gorman officiating. Burial followed in Halifax Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Thursday from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home and other times at her home.

For memorials, please consider Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Ave., South Boston.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfunerals.com

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

Belvin ‘Jack’ Earnest White

Belvin “Jack” Earnest White, 91, of Halifax, formerly a long time resident of Charlottesville, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.

He was born in Nelson County on Oct. 18, 1918 to the late Henry J. White and the late Susie R. Morris White.

He was retired from the Southern Railroad after 38 years of service, served in the Army during WWII and was a lifelong member of Belmont Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee and Irvin White.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Ashley White of Halifax; a son, Jack B. White of Halifax; a sister, Gertrude Beverly of Ruckersville; three grandchildren, Jared A. White and his wife Carrie of Cincinnati, OH, Cooper D. White of Charlottesville and Ashley E. White of Richmond; and one great-grandchild, Jenna L. White of Cincinnati, OH.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Teague Funeral Home Chapel, Charlottesville, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

Family and friends may sign the guest register at teaguefuneralhome.com.

Richard William Carrington

Richard William Carrington, 74, of Suffolk died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Mr. Carrington was born in Halifax County on Oct. 17, 1935, the son of the late Charlie West Carrington and Bettie Bailey Carrington.  He was married to Rose Eva Bostic Carrington for 49 years. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Nathalie, and was retired from Northeast Utilities in Danbury, CT. Mr. Carrington also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-60.

Survivors include his wife, Rose, of Suffolk; son, Kevin Bryan Carrington of Bridgeport, CT; daughter, Kathy Lynn Carrington, also of Suffolk; brother, Harry Carrington; and sister, Beatrice Britton, both of Halifax; sister, Marion Crawley of Richmond; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Eight brothers, Hugo Carrington, Hilton Carrington, Quinton ‘Vate’ Carrington, Kermit ‘Cap’ Carrington, Edwin Carrington, Charlie Carrington, Clifford Carrington, and Collins Carrington; and one sister, Theresa Carrington, preceded Mr. Carrington in death.

Viewings will be on Monday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jeffress Funeral Home, 2000 N. Main Street, South Boston and one hour on Tuesday, Nov. 24, before the funeral services at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. The funeral services will start at noon with the Rev. Winton Hill and Rev. James E. Traynham officiating; burial will follow.

Anyone wishing to give memorials in lieu of flowers, please consider the American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home in South Boston.

Lucy Crews Freeman

Mrs. Lucy Crews Freeman, age 91 of Nathalie passed away peacefully on Nov. 17, 2009 at Stratford Healthcare Center in Danville.  She was the daughter of the late Mr. Clem Crews and Mrs. Martha Davis Crews and was married to the late Mr. Samuel Lee Freeman.

Mrs. Freeman is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Vernessia Woody (Arnold) and Mrs. Conchitte Williams (Jerry), all of Danville, and Mrs. Evelyn McGowens of Richmond; three sons, Mr. Roland Freeman of Glassboro, NJ, Mr. Milton Freeman of Danville, and Mr. Sherman Freeman of Nathalie; two sisters, Mrs. Betty Hamlett (Charlie) of Brookneal and Mrs. Nannie Carter of Albany, NY; two grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at 1 p.m. at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Nathalie with interment in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the chapel of Jeffress Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 304 Lusardi Drive, Brookneal.  

Condolences may be expressed at www.JeffressFuneralHome.com.

Dr. Edward Scott Parson Jr.

Dr. Edward Scott Parson Jr. of 349 Gladys Circle, Fairplay, SC, formerly of South Boston, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Seneca, SC. He was born in South Boston on Nov. 7, 1928, and was 81 years of age. He was the son of the late Dr. Edward Scott Parson Sr. and Willie Butler Parson and was married to the late Barbara Steele Parson. Dr. Parson was a U.S. Army Veteran having attained the rank of Captain.

Survivors include two sons, Edward Scott Parson III and wife, Angie, of Fairplay and Andrew Steele Parson and wife, Andrea, of Woodstock, GA; one daughter, Patricia Ann Duff and husband, Jack, of Woodstock, GA; five grandchildren, Laura, Nick, Stephanie, Adrianna and Steele.

A graveside service for Dr. Parson will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at noon at Oak Ridge Cemetery in South Boston with the Rev. Edd Rigg officiating.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfunerals.com

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

Joy Denise Wright

Joy Denise Wright of Rochester, NY died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the age of 43.

Ms. Wright was born in Bronx, NY on Aug. 28, 1966, to Frances Wright and the late Melvin Wright.

Survivors include her mother; two daughters, Miss Jessalyn Starr Mosley and Aurora Dawnn Wright; two sisters, Ms. April Wright and Ms. Autumn Wright, all of South Boston; two nieces and one nephew; and one uncle of Temple, GA.
Funeral services for Ms. Wright will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Williams Temple CME Church, South Boston. Officiating will be Elder Thomas Lee Cardwell Jr. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence of Frances Wright, 1060 Osborne Lane, South Boston.

Dinkey Conner

Dinkey Conner, 85, of 719 Magnolia Drive, South Boston died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital.

Mr. Conner was born in Halifax County on Nov. 18, 1923, the son of the late Melvin B. Conner and the late Martha Jones Conner and was married to the late Patricia Elsie Hopkins Conner. He was a member of Ash Avenue Baptist Church and a retired employee of Burlington Ind., Inc., Halifax.

Survivors include one son, David Conner of Chapel Hill, NC; one daughter, Elizabeth Black of South Boston; one grandson, Dexter Bomar; one granddaughter, Laura Leigh Moody, two sisters, Bonnie Conner and Daisy Milam, both of South Boston; and one brother, John Conner of South Boston.

Two daughters, Deborah Conner and Sharon Conner; three sisters, Elizabeth Green, Dora Propst and Shirley Puryear; and three brothers, Melvin ‘Pete’ Conner, Andrew Conner and Sammy Conner, also preceded Mr. Conner in death.

Funeral services will be held at Ash Avenue Baptist Church Thursday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. with the Rev. John Eure officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Brooks Funeral Home on Nov. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and other times at the home.

Anyone wishing to give memorials please consider the Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 875, South Boston, 24592.

Online condolences may be made at www.brooksfhinc.com.

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