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Catherine Dunn Gosney

Mrs. Catherine Dunn Gosney, age 83, of 5228 Bill Tuck Highway, South Boston died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at her home. Born Oct. 16, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Richard Dunn Sr. and Eloise Thomas Dunn and was the widow of Irvin Alvis Gosney. She was a homemaker, and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Wallace B. Gosney and wife, Faye, of Alton and Wesley Ray Gosney of South Boston; a daughter, Linda Lloyd and husband, Allen, of South Boston; one brother, Lloyd Dunn of South Boston; three sisters, Myra Shelton of Stoneville, NC, Maggie Ann Overton of Halifax and Louise Dunn of South Boston; five grandchildren, Michael Gosney, Cindy Gosney Fisher, Kevin Gosney, Kristin Gosney and Jason Lloyd; and by six great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayland Lloyd Gosney and Willard Gosney; a granddaughter, Tammy Seate; one great-grandchild, Thomas Seate III; three brothers, Ollie Dunn, Rommie Dunn and Richard Dunn Jr.; and one sister, Margaret Dunn.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gosney will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in Brooks Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Aarons Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday night from 7 until 8:30 and other times at her home.

Thelma Wilkerson Hargrove

Mrs. Thelma Wilkerson Hargrove of 5139 East Hyco Road, South Boston died Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 70.

Mrs. Hargrove was born in Halifax County on Nov. 3, 1939, to the late Mr. Sydney Wilkerson and Mrs. Emma Faulkner Wilkerson and was married to Mr. Earl Hargrove Sr. She was a member of Abiding Branch Christian Ministries.

Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Mr. Earl Hargrove Jr. of Charlotte, NC and Mr. Chestley Hargrove of Java; nine grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Gracie Brooks of South Boston; two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Regina Hargrove and Mrs. Talithia Hargrove; one brother-in-law, Mr. John Brooks; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hargrove will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at Abiding Branch Christian Ministries with Rev. Wallace Pierce officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at the Chapel of Jeffress Funeral Home Saturday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. and all other times at the residence.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Roosevelt Franklin Womack

Mr. Roosevelt Franklin Womack of Brooklyn, New York, formerly of Halifax, died Nov. 9 in New York at the age of 77.

Mr. Womack was born in Halifax County on Oct. 18, 1932 to the late Mr. Bernard Younger and Ms. Jossie Womack and was married to Mrs. Pauline Sweeney Womack.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Ms. Adrienne Womack and Ms. Deneen Womack, both of Jamaica, Queens, NY; four brothers, Mr. Onzie Womack and Mr. Willie Mack Womack, both of Vernon Hill, Mr. Willie Lewis Womack of South Boston and Mr. Frank Reed of Brooklyn; five sisters, Ms. Alice Womack of Vernon Hill, Mrs. Gladys Barksdale of Nathalie, Ms. Mable Carrington of South Boston, Mrs. Dorothy Fuller of Charlotte, NC and Mrs. Katie Scurry of Philadelphia, PA; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Isabelle Womack; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Womack was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Wilsie Powell and one brother, Mr. Fleantol Womack.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. at New Mt. Olive Apostolic Church with District Elder Leonia Palmer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at the home of Mr. Willie Mack Womack, 1236 Waltman Trail, Vernon Hill.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston

Ralph G. Daniel

Ralph G. Daniel, age 67, of Bel Air, MD, died on November 7, 2009 at home after a long fight with cancer.  Born in South Boston, he was the son of the late William Jackson ‘Jack’ Daniel and Sally Dockery Daniel.   He will be greatly missed by his children, friends, and relatives.

He was a graduate of Halifax County High School and served in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer.  While serving, he was involved in unloading U.S. Marines in Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Upon returning from the Navy, he was employed by Lynchburg Foundry in Lynchburg, as a timekeeper and moved into the Machinist/Mechanic Apprentice Program.  He was then promoted to western sales manager in Chicago, IL.  In 1980, he transferred to Baltimore, MD when Lynchburg Foundry was acquired by Griffin Pipe Products. He was a district sales manager for the Baltimore office.  He retired from Griffin after 37 years of service. He then went to work for Hughes supply of Aberdeen, MD as a sales representative.

He was a lifetime member of American Waterworks Association, Masonic Marshall Lodge 39, and American Legion Post 39.  He was a long-standing member of the Board of Directors as associate advisor for the Associated Utilities Contractors of MD.  He was also a past member of Harford County Contractors Association.  He loved sports, playing golf, watching the Baltimore Ravens, and going to dinner on Friday with friends. His greatest love was watching his children play sports for their high school and college teams. 

The husband of the late Marilon Gammage Daniel is survived by a son, Bill Daniel and wife, Stephanie, of Reisterstown, MD; daughter, Cynde Hendrick and husband, Paul, and their children, Chelsea and Bridget of Bel Air, MD, daughter, Gina VanDetta and husband, Eric, and their children, Joey and Matthew of Bel Air, MD, daughter, Mary Ellon Ballance and husband, Todd, and son Wheeler of Hatteras, NC.  He is also survived by his brother, Robert Daniel, of Atlanta, GA; and companion, Judy Curry of Parkville, and her family. He was predeceased by his brother, Doug Daniel of Petersburg.

Friends may call at McComas Funeral Home, P.A., Bel Air, MD on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.  Services will be held at the funeral home in Bel Air on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. with Dr. James Ditto officiating.  Interment will be in Highview Memorial Gardens, Fallston, MD.

Those who desire may make a contribution to the Disabled American Veterans, 1300 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 572, Bel Air, MD.

Memory tributes may be sent to the family at

Claire Virginia Dunn Davis

Claire Virginia Dunn Davis, age 55, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Crystal Victoria Davis; her brothers and sisters, Yvonne D. Burnette (Jerry), Dorinda Martin (Bob), Margaret Greer Eddie Dunn, Gary Dunn, Kenny Dunn (Tammy), Chip Dunn, Brian Dunn (Sarajane), Wayne Conner (Evelyn), Alvin Conner (Carol Ann), Stan Conner (Brenda), and Gerald Conner; and several nieces, nephews and dear friends. One brother and sister-in-law, Billy Conner (Patsy), preceded Mrs. Davis in death.

The family received friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, Richmond, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 11. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, Scottsburg.

Norris Whitt Harris Sr.

Norris Whitt Harris Sr. of Norfolk passed away at his home on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years of age.

Norris was born in Chatham on Jan. 10, 1915, and was the son of Alfred and Clara Harris. He was married for 51 years to Helen Long Harris who preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Anne Elizabeth Harris, her husband, Mark Gregory Stengel; his son, Norris Whitt Harris Jr., his wife, Kathryn, and their daughter, Alexandra, who is Norris’ only grandchild. Not to be forgotten is Nuisance the dog, found at an animal Shelter. Nuisance brought much joy, amusement, and companionship to Norris.

Norris spent his career as an electrical engineer for VEPCO, now known as Dominion Power. He was very proud of his work for VEPCO. He was fond of reminiscing about his day sin the countryside as a young surveyor and the wonderful Packard automobiles he owned.

He served in the 116th Infantry, Virginia National Guard from 1933-40. During WWII, he served in the Pacific Theater as a member of the 518th AAA Battalion. He remained in the Army Reserves retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Norris and Helen traveled extensively after retirement, visiting over 56 countries.

Services will be in South Boston on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. The family will receive friends at Brooks Funeral Home, 115 Main Street at 1 p.m. Graveside services will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Minnie Belle Howerton

Mrs. Minnie Belle Howerton went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. She was born in Selma, NC to the late Melvin Brooks and Evelena Blalock Oldham, and was married to Robert E. ‘Gene’ Howerton. She was a retired salesperson and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors are her husband; daughter, Debbie Willis Puryear and husband, Tony, of South Boston; granddaughter, Tami Denise Pace and fiancé, Kenny Bowes; grandson, Matthew Scott Wilkins and wife, Jacqueline; granddaugher, Amberly Rose Moon; grandson, Adam Blake Wilkins; great-grandson, Hunter Steven Pace; great-granddaughter, Savannah Raine Bowes; great-granddaughter, Laci Briann Wilkins; great-grandson, Kaden Garrett Bowes; daughters, Rhonda Jill Davis and Becky Sue Willis, both of South Boston; step-daughter, Beth Wilson of South Boston; sisters, Doris Stacey of Roxboro, NC, Patsy Henderson of Halifax, Ila Arthur of Danville, and Ava Rives of Siler City, NC; brothers, Melvin ‘Buddy’ Oldham of Goldston, NC, Ralph Oldham of Roxboro, NC, and Charlie Oldham of Bear Creek, NC.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Black Walnut Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday night from 7 until 8:30 at Brooks Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1041 Leigh McKay Trail, South Boston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 875, South Boston, VA 24592. Online condolences may be made at

Bobby Ray Newton

Mr. Bobby Ray Newton, 60, of Halifax, widower of Fannie Watson Newton, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at his home.

The son of Leonard and Virginia Fifer Bray, Bobby was a native of Halifax County and attended Bluestone High School. He was a retired truck driver.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Edmonds Park.

Mr. Newton is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Edward Andrews and grandchildren, Starlet Goodson, Dylan Goodson, Garnett Lloyd III and Skye Lloyd. Also surviving are brothers, Donald, Charles and Rennice Bray and Marshall Tingen.

Cremation Society of Virginia-Southside, Inc. is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Sudie McDowell Roark

Mrs. Sudie McDowell Roark of 17081 Old Richmond Road, Keeling died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital. She was born in Pittsylvania County on Dec. 14, 1923 and was 85 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Henry W. McDowell and Stella Hart Woodson McDowell and was married to the late Wilmer Ryland Roark Sr.

Mrs. Roark was a member of County Line Baptist Church
Survivors include one son, Wilmer Ryland Roark Jr. and wife, Florine, of Halifax; three step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mabel Perry of Sandston, Kathryn Moss of Danville and Patsy Gray of Knoxville, TN; two brothers, Garland McDowell of Danville and Delbert McDowell of Keeling; special family members, Mary McDowell of Java, Mary Lynn Griffin and family of Roxboro, NC, Rebekah Nichols of Greensboro, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews. One brother, Robert McDowell, and two sisters, Edith McDowell Sparrow and Janie Sterling, also preceded Mrs. Roark in death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Roark will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at 2 p.m. at County Line Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Collins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service.

For memorials, please consider the County Line Baptist Church, c/o Debra Hess, 3008 Ridgeway Road, Vernon Hill, 24597.

Online condolences may be directed to

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

Jean Moorefield Fore

Mrs. Jean Moorefield Fore of 2502 Fernwick Drive, South Boston died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born in Danville on Oct. 22, 1925 and was 84 years of age. Mrs. Fore was the daughter of the late Alec Dallas Moorefield and Minnie Shelton Moorefield and was married to Carlton Bernard Fore, who survives.

Mrs. Fore was a member of First Baptist Church, South Boston.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Betty Carlton Puryear and husband, Donnie, of Raleigh, NC and Kathy Ann Gibbs of Danville; one son, David ‘Mickey’ Fore of South Boston; two grandchildren, Andrea Jean Devin of Richmond and Brooke Glass of OK; one sister, Dorothy Patterson of Danville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Four sisters, Molly Ward, Virginia Kemp, Nell Bollen and Catharine Johnson, also preceded Mrs. Fore in death.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Stewart and the Rev. Dave Anderson officiating. Burial followed in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family received friends Saturday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home and other times at her home.

Online condolences may be directed to

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