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James Franklin Epps Sr.

Mr. James Franklin Epps Sr. of 1875 Kingswood Road, Buffalo Junction died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital He was born in Halifax County December 15, 1932 and was 76 years of age. He was the son of the late Obie John Epps and Neita Burton Epps and was married to Virginia Elliott Epps, who survives.

Mr. Epps was a member of Pleasant Grove Christian Church. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a tobacconist having worked with Universal Leaf Tobacco Company.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Elliott Epps of the home; one son, James Franklin ‘Jimmy’ Epps Jr. of Buffalo Junction; one daughter, Cathy Epps of Buffalo Junction; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Epps will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Christopher Kiser officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Christian Church Cemetery.

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

Those wishing to give memorials may consider Pleasant Grove Christian church Cemetery Fund, c/o Anthony Landrum, 2070 Jones Ferry Road, South Boston, 24592.
Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfuneals.com.

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

Robert Edward Farrar

Mr. Robert Edward Farrar of Neal’s Corner Road, Clover died Oct. 23 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC at the age of 59.

Mr. Farrar was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 5, 1949 to Mrs. Irene Williams Farrar and the late Mr. Raymond S. Farrar Sr. He was a member of Bethel Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, survivors include two brothers, Mr. Raymond S. Farrar Jr. of Sumter, SC and Mr. Ronald C. Farrar of Philadelphia, PA; two aunts, Mrs. Ruby Nicholson and Mrs. Blanche Johnson, both of Philadelphia; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including the devoted Ms. Judy Blanding.

Funeral services for Mr. Farrar will be Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jamil Farrar officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at the church Thursday.

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

Nancy Wilbourne Gravitt

Mrs. Nancy Wilbourne Gravitt of 1007 Newton Farm Road, South Boston died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at her home. She was born Feb. 17, 1925 and was 84 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Robert Wilbourne and Ida Dillard Wilbourne.

Mrs. Gravitt was a member of Cherry Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Randolph L. Gravitt of South Boston, Gerald B. Gravitt of Sutherlin and Christopher L. Gravitt and wife, Shelby, of South Boston; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eleanor Pinkerton of Florida.

A graveside service for Mrs. Gravitt will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. at Cherry Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Barbara L. Parker officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service and other times at the home of her son and wife, Chris and Shelby Gravitt, 1035 Newton Farm Road, South Boston.

For memorials, please consider the Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 875, South Boston.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfunerals.com

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

Helen Anderson Burnett

Helen Anderson Burnett was born March 1, 1915 to Walter Claude and Virginia Hudson Anderson. She was married to Mark Irving Burnett, who preceded her in 1989.

Mrs. Burnett kept active throughout her life by rearing four sons and her devoted duty to Buffalo Baptist Church as director of music and pianist. After moving to South Boston she became an active member of First Baptist Church. She also was an active member of Berryman Green Chapter of the DAR.

She enjoyed a good life of health, which only began to deteriorate over the past couple of years. She has a number of brothers and sisters who predeceased her, and only her brother Cecil of Halifax County survives her. Her grace and elegance will be remembered by those who knew her.

Mrs. Burnett is survived by four sons, Mark Burnett and wife Diane of Highland Ranch, CO, William A. Burnett of Advance, NC, Dr. Gerald C. Burnett and wife Joy of South Boston, Thomas H. Burnett and wife Alice of Midlothian; 10 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and one brother, Walter C. “Cecil” Anderson of Halifax.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in South Boston with the Rev. Dave Anderson and the Rev. Susan Davis conducting the service. Burial will follow at the Gravel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was held at Powell Funeral Home Sunday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. and other times at the home of Gerald and Joy Burnett, 1108 Washington Avenue, South Boston.

For memorials, please consider Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592, or First Baptist Church, 815 North Main Street, South Boston, VA 24592.

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

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

Howard Thomas Hodges Sr.

Mr. Howard Thomas Hodges Sr. of 1158 River Road, South Boston died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 80.

Mr. Hodges was born in Halifax County on Jan. 25, 1929 to the late Mr. Wyatt Hodges and Mrs. Hester Ewell Hodges. He was married to Mrs. Carry Chalmers Hodges and was a member of Berry Hill Baptist Church.

Mr. Howard Thomas Hodges Sr. is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carry Chalmers Hodges of the home; two daughters, Ms. Susie Hodges of South Boston and Ms. Mary M. Hodges of Richmond; three sons, Mr. Howard T. Hodges II of Copperas Cove, TX, Mr. Kenneth Hodges Sr. and Mr. Ronnie Hodges, both of South Boston; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Hodges of South Boston; one sister, Ms. Brenda Edmunds of Philadelphia; two brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; two special friends, Mrs. Deborah Sims and Mr. Jack Carter; his devoted caregiver, Ms. Ruth Ni; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hodges was preceded in death by one son, Mr. Willie W. Hodges; one grandchild, Ms. Nyshya Hodges; five brothers, Mr. Carson Hodges, Mr. Frank Hodges, Mr. James Hodges, Mr. Drewey Hodges and Mr. Joe Hodges; four sisters, Ms. Shirley Hodges, Mrs. Teresa Easley, Mrs. Annie Powell and Ms. Mary Hodges.

Funeral services for Mr. Howard Thomas Hodges Sr. will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. at Berry Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Wimbish officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 1158 River Road, South Boston.

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

Floyd William King

Mr. Floyd William King of 7244 Hunting Creek Road, Clover, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at his residence at the age of 85.

Mr. King was born in Halifax County on May 30, 1924 to the late Mr. Richard King Jr. and Mrs. Lula Johnson King. He was married to the late Mrs. Vernice Hill King and was a member of Bethel Grove Baptist Church.

Mr. King was a retired employee of Bethlehem Steel.

Mr. Floyd William King is survived by three daughters, Ms. Ruth Perkins of Alabama, Mrs. Iretta Lovelace of Hempstead, NY, and Mrs. Vera Goode of Clover; two sons, Mr. Floyd Junior King of Baltimore and Mr. Jerry King of Richmond; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Mr. Joseph Goode; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Floyd William King will be held on Monday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl T. Howerton Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 7244 Hunting Creek Road, Clover. Public viewing was from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Carolyn Jean Shearin

Carolyn Jean Shearin, 60, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Halifax Regional Hospital. 

The daughter of Willie Gray and Lena Harris Shearin, Carolyn graduated from Bluestone High School and had worked in food service management and hotel/motel management. 

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Hitesburg Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Jeaux Simmons officiating. 

Carolyn is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Doran and Renee Overbey of Hitesburg; daughter and son-in-law, Christie and Ray Tussey of Winston-Salem and six grandchildren.  Her sister, Linda Shearin of Clarksville, and brother, Wayne Shearin of Chase City, also survive. 

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Marcella Overbey. 

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wclfh.com. Please consider contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Childress

Mr. Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Childress died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Dunn and Sons Funeral Home, 540 North Main Street, Halifax.

Funeral services for Mr. Childress will be Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant CME Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are by Dunn and Sons Funeral Home, Halifax.

Otis Edmonds Jr.

Mr. Otis Edmonds Jr. of Brooklyn, NY, formerly of Halifax County, died Wednesday, Oct. 14 in New York at the age of 63.

Mr. Edmonds was born in Halifax County on March 19, 1946 to the late Mr. Otis Edmonds Sr. and Mrs. Flossie E. Edmonds.

Survivors include three children, Tonya Garrett, Corey Edmonds, both of New York and Sandy Edmonds of Brooklyn, N Y; nine grandchildren; three brothers, George Edmonds of Baldwin, NY, William Edmonds and Keith Edmonds, both of Brooklyn; one sister, Gladys E. Majors of Halifax; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Edmonds will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. at Christ Temple Blue Rock Pentecostal Church with Elder Branford Edmonds officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at the church on Saturday.

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

Vivian Martin Terry

Vivian Martin Terry, 66, of 6833 Slatesville Road, Keeling died Oct. 15, 2009 at Danville Regional Medical Center after being in declining health for two months.

She was born August 22, 1943 in Halifax County the daughter of Pearl Wright Martin of Brookneal and the late Albert L. Martin. She was employed at J.T. Davis Insurance Agency as an agent. She was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church.

On November 4, 1979 she married James Terry Jr. who survives of the residence.

In addition to her mother and husband, Mrs. Terry is survived by four daughters, Rhonda S. Taylor (Tony) of Amelia, Pamela T. Sterusky (Mark) of Charleston, SC, Barbara S. Fisher (Wayne) of Volens and Sandra S. Vaughn (Jeffery) of Keeling; one son, Kenneth D. Short (Diane) of Nathalie; her grandchildren, Amber Nicole Taylor, Toni Lynn Taylor, Rebecca Diane Taylor, Wesley Haynes, C.W. Fisher Jr. and Cody Vaughn; and her special friends, Sandra G. Hughes (Robert) of Keeling.

Two children, Ronnie A. Short and Judy A. Short; and one brother, A.G. Martin, preceded Mrs. Terry in death.

Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home, North Main Chapel, Danville. Rev. Carl Burger officiated with burial in Highland Burial Park.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.