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Lottie Loftis Hutchins

Lottie Loftis Hutchins, widow of Carl W. ‘Piggy’ Hutchins, died Nov. 15, 2009.

She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Hutchins Wade and her husband, George, and Toni Hutchins McCracken and her husband, Chris; four grandchildren, Brennan Carl Turner ‘Brent,’ James Christopher McCracken Jr., John Roberts McCracken ‘Jack,’ and Anne Scott McCracken ‘Scotty;’ her sister, Edith Loftis Burton; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Obediah and Allie Arrington Loftis; her brothers, Ollie, Howard, William, Francis, Doug and John; and sisters, Modell Garnett, Inez Green and Mable Morningstar.

A loving wife and mother, Mrs. Hutchins was a volunteer at St. Mary’s and Henrico Doctor’s Hospitals, a member of the Eastern Star and a member of Ridge Baptist Church.

Her remains rest at the Bliley’s – Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Avenue, Richmond, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of First Baptist Church. Interment will be in Westhampton Memorial Park.

Gladys Gilliland Lacks

Mrs. Gladys Gilliland Lacks of 4085 Bethel Road, Scottsburg died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at her home. She was born in Halifax County the daughter of the late Extra Herbert Gilliland and Melissa Mylum Gilliland and was married to the late Thomas Currie Lacks.

Mrs. Lacks was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, libarian and was very active with the WMU. She was a member of the Halifax Woman’s Club, and the V.P.I. Extension Homemaker’s Club. She was also active in the Halifax County Retired Teacher’s association. She was a graduate of Scottsburg High School and attended Radford University and taught in the Halifax County Public Schools for 39 years having taught at Wolf Trap Elementary, Scottsburg Elementary and Clays Mill Elementary schools.

Survivors of Mrs. Lacks include one daughter, Sandra Lacks of Harrisonburg; one niece, Barbara Chaney Baggett of Atlantic Beach, NC and one great-nephew, Baker Lee ‘Kip’ Carter of Mount Pleasant, SC.

Five sisters, Mattie Dance, Lula Gregory, Bertha Chaney, Ollie Gilliland and Ruth Kent; and two brothers, Herbert and Preston Gilliland, also preceded Mrs. Lacks in death.

Funeral services will be held at Bethel Baptist Church Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Bill Greenwood Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday night at Powell Funeral Home from 7 until 8:30, and other times at the home.

For memorials, please consider the Bethel Baptist Church, 4183 Bethel Road, Scottsburg, 24589, the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Home, P.O. Box 1398, Brookneal, 24528, or Scottsburg VFD, 3050 Scottsburg Road, P.O. Box 96, Scottsburg, 24589.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfuneals.com

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

James Kelly McKinney

Mr. James Kelly McKinney of 1102 Coleman Road, Scottsburg died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at his home. He was born in Halifax County March 21, 1925 and was 84 years of age. He was the son of the late Roy Allen McKinney and Virginia Mae Powell McKinney and was married to Mary Louise Dunkley McKinney, who survives.

Mr. McKinney was a former two term fifth district representative of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, was a member of Scottsburg United Methodist Church and a U.S. Army Bronze Star Recipient of World War II. Mr. McKinney was a member of American Legion Post 8 and VFW Post 8243 (Halifax) and a member of Clover Lions Club. He was a retired route salesman for a wholesale distributor.

In addition to his wife of the home, survivors include five sons, Gerald McKinney Sr. and wife, Sharon, and James E. McKinney, both of Halifax, Kenneth R. McKinney and John A. McKinney, both of Scottsburg and Ronald M. McKinney and wife, Nancy, of New Hampshire; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Charles A. McKinney and wife, Bernice, of Scottsburg.

One grandchild also preceded Mr. McKinney in death.

Funeral services will be held at Powell Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ann Norton officiating. Burial will follow in Halifax Memorial Gardens with Military Rites.

The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home Wednesday from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and other times at his home.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfunerals.com

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

Hazel Winifred ‘Winnie’ Hughes Pleasants

Mrs. Hazel Winifred ‘Winnie’ Hughes Pleasants, age 86, of Atlanta, GA, formerly of Virgilina, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in Atlanta. Born Nov. 22, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Bonnie and Agnes Spivey Hughes, and the widow of James W. Pleasants. She was a member of Florence Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors are one son, Jimmie Pleasants of LaGrange, GA; a daughter, Sylvia P. Berube of Sanford, FL; one brother, Ted Hughes of Walterboro, SC; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, one son, David Pleasants, also preceded her in death.

Graveside memorials services for Mrs. Pleasants will be conducted Friday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. in Virgilina Cemetery with Rev. Scott Pleasants officiating.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O.  Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

Online condolences may be sent to www.brooksfhinc.com.

Louise Henderson Blankenship

Mrs. Louise Henderson Blankenship of Rosehill Drive, South Boston died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at The Woodview nursing home at the age of 101.

She was born in Pittsylvania County on June 29, 1908 to the late Daniel and Emma Myers Henderson and was married to the late Eugene Blankenship.

She was a homemaker and a member of Woodberry Hill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Blankenship is survived by a son, Fred Blankenship of Alton; two daughters, Faye Kuykendall and husband Dean of Madison, GA, and Judy Gillespie and husband John of Louisburg, NC; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services for Mrs. Blankenship will be held Monday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel in Danville. Interment will be in Highland Burial Park, Danville.

The family will receive friends at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel Monday from 1-2:30 p.m. and other times at the home of her son, Fred Blankenship, 5003 Harmony Road, Alton.

The family requests those wishing to give memorials to consider Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantations, P.O. Box 1398, Brookneal, VA 24528.

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

Mary Ellen Cavanaugh Duncan

Mrs. Mary Ellen Cavanaugh Duncan of 4126 Leda Grove Road, Nathalie died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Duncan was born in Washington, DC January 6, 1939, and was 70 years of age. She was the daughter of the late William Patrick Cavanaugh and Christina Eva Pfeil Cavanaugh and was married to Richard E. ‘Buddy’ Duncan.

Mrs. Duncan worked for the U.S. Government in the Agriculture-Tobacco Division in Washington, DC for 35 years, also worked for the U.S. Postal Service and H & R Block. She was co-owner of Little Country Pleasures Antique Shop. Mary was an avid bowler and served as secretary of the Coca Cola League. She enjoyed gardening and collecting antiques as well as dolls. She attended First Baptist Church of Republican Grove where she taught Sunday School.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Gary Thomas Orme Sr. and wife, Kimberly, of Enterprise, WVA and Earle Thomas Orme III of Nathalie; one sister, Betty Vakas of Arnold, MD; four brothers, Thomas Cavanaugh of Green Castle, PA, William Cavanaugh of St. Leonard, MD, Robert Cavanaugh of Wedowee, AL and Amiel ‘Moose’ Cavanaugh of Clover; one step-daughter, Mitzi Duncan Waller and husband, Ronnie, of Nathalie; one step-son, Richard Edward Duncan Jr. of Nathalie; seven grandchildren, Gary ‘Tommy’ Orme Jr., Christopher Orme, Jennifer Orme, Joseph Arnold, Blair Hall, Blake Waller and Katlyn Duncan; four great-grandchildren; and two special friends, Mrs. Rosalie Hill and Ms. Clydia Mae Davis.

One daughter, Julie Anne Orme; and one brother, Arthur Cavanaugh, also preceded Mrs. Duncan in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Republican Grove with the Rev. Shelton Miles officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family received friends at Powell Funeral Home Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and other times at her home.

Those wishing to give memorials may consider First Baptist Church of Republican Grove, 2201 Leda Grove Road, Nathalie, 24577, or North Halifax Vol. Fire Dept., 4201 Leda Grove Road, Nathalie, 24577.

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

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

Shirley Canada Jones

Shirley Canada Jones, 66, of Skipwith went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, in UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Mrs. Canada was born in Nathalie on March 17, 1943 to the late Floyd A. and Mary B. Canada. She was a 1961 graduate of Mary Bethune High School, Halifax, and a 1965 graduate of Virginia State University, Petersburg, with a B.S. degree in mathematics. She also was a 1982 graduate of Longwood University, Farmville, with a M.S. degree in school administration. 

She taught in the public schools of Mecklenburg, Halifax and Lunenburg counties for a total of 28 years until her health diminished, and she retired in 1993.  She also presently was serving as treasurer of the Mecklenburg-Brunswick Retired Teachers Association.   

She was a devoted member of Cherry Hill Baptist Church where she served as president of the youth ministry and as president of the women’s missionary.

Cherishing her memories are her husband of 44 years, Charles E. Jones of Skipwith; two sons and daughters-in-law, Adrian Jones (Jodi) of Leesburg, and Ron Jones (Gillian) of Bristow; three grandchildren, Adriana, Jada and Joshua Jones; two sisters, Christine Garrett and Connie M. Jones, both of Nathalie; two brothers, James A. and Johnnie E. Canada both of Nathalie; and a vast number of other loving relatives and caring friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jones will be conducted 11a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Cherry Hill Baptist Church, Buffalo Junction, with Rev. Dr. Herman Lundy delivering the eulogy and Rev. Waverly Brown Sr. officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday evening from 6 until 7 p.m. at C. H. Harris Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to her favorite charity, United Negro College Fund, P.O. Box 10444 Fairfax, VA 22031-8044, or on-line at www.uncf.com.

Arrangements are by C. H. Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Clarksville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.harrisfhc.com.

Louise Fountain Jones

Mrs. Louise Fountain Jones of Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 90.

Mrs. Jones was born in Halifax County on Oct. 3, 1919 to the late Mr. Robert Fountain and Mrs. Tencie Cook Fountain and was married to the late Mr. Wallace Jones.

She was a member of Owens Grove Baptist Church and was a retired employee of D.C. General Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Louise Fountain Jones is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Carrington of the home; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Mr. Willie Carrington; one step-daughter, Mrs. Blonnie Richmond of Roxboro; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Fountain Jones will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at Owens Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. John Leigh officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at the home of Mrs. Rebecca Carrington, 1175 Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Willie Holt Easley Jr.

Mr. Willie Holt Easley Jr. of Leighwood Trail, Halifax died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 71.

Mr. Easley was born in Halifax County to the late Mr. Willie Holt Easley Sr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Younger Easley and was married to Mrs. Cleo Edmonds Easley. He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of the home; one daughter, Ms. Vernell Green of Halifax; one son, Mr. Charles Edmonds of Timberlake, NC; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Mr. Frank Easley of Halifax, Mr. Joe Easley of Mt. Rainer, MD and Mr. Richard Easley of Philadelphia, PA; four sisters, Mrs. Aline Martin, Mrs. Inez Hartridge, Mrs. Mattie Logan and Mrs. Lou Bailey, all of Halifax; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Vernell Edmonds of Halifax; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Tracy Edmonds; 10 sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and a  host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Easley was preceded in death by seven sisters and one brother.

Funeral services for Mr. Easley will be held Monday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at New Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Willie N. Yancey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Crawford  House Chapel in Halifax and all other times at the residence of Ms. Vernell Green, 1183 Leighwood Trail, Halifax.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Allie Franklin Gordon

Mr. Allie Franklin Gordon of 14647 Highway 92, Chase City died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at his home. He was born in Halifax County Nov. 18, 1936 and was 72 years of age. Mr. Gordon was the son of the late Allie James Gordon and Mary Yancey Gordon and was married to Minnie Womack Gordon, who survives. He was a member of the Living Waters Church of God.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Gary Franklin Gordon of Arkansas, Jerry Watson Gordon of Fredericksburg and James Alex Gordon of Drakes Branch; one brother, James Gordon of Hurt; and one sister, Mary Ann Gordon Royster of South Boston.

Funeral services for Mr. Gordon will be held at Powell Funeral Home Chapel Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Greg Robinson and Ed Marsh officiating. Burial will follow in Black Walnut Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home Saturday from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, consider the Living Waters Church of God.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfunerals.com

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