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Issac Junior Easley

Mr. Issac Junior Easley of 1221 Sweeney Trail, Halifax died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at the age of 70.

Mr. Easley was born June 2, 1939 to the late Mr. Isaac August Easley and Mrs. Annie Younger Easley. He was formerly employed with the Halifax County Public Works Department.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Jennifer Sparger of Camp Springs, MD; two sons, Mr. Kenneth Easley and Mr. Kevin Easley, both of Oxon Hill, MD; one granddaughter, Ms. Kendall Easley; six sisters, Mrs. Nannie Edmondson and Ms. Mary Easley, both of Halifax, Mrs. Betty Palmer of Vernon Hill, Ms. Dorothy Easley, Ms. Linda Easley and Ms. Brenda Easley, all of Clinton, MD; two brothers, Mr. Willie Easley and Mr. Larry Easley, both of Halifax; two sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. One brother, Mr. Therman Easley, also preceded Mr. Easley in death.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.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 at the church one hour prior to the service and all other times at the home of Ms. Mary Easley, 1215 Sweeney Trail, Halifax.

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

Nancy Clark Hockenberry

Mrs. Nancy Clark Hockenberry of Killeen, Texas, formerly of Halifax County, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Henry Bernard Morris

Mr. Henry Bernard Morris of Red Bank Road, Virgilina died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at The Woodview nursing home at the age of 82.

He was born on March 26, 1927 to the late Willie Osborne Morris Sr. and Bessie Tuck Morris. He was married first to the late Margaret Welcher Morris and then to Estelle Cox Morris who survives.

Mr. Morris was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Union Christian Church where he was a former deacon.

Mr. Morris is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters, Carolyn Morris Whitlow and husband Danny of South Boston, Freida Morris Sneed and husband John of Dover, DE; two sons, Carey D. Morris of Virgilina and Earl W. Morris and wife Stacy of Nathalie; two step-daughters, Joyce C. Green and husband Ronnie of South Boston, Linda C. Howell of Farmville; one sister, Barbara Morris Holt and husband Coy of Cluster Springs; one brother, Gerald G. Morris of Virgilina; one sister, Beatrice M. Buchanan of Clarksville; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; one step-great-grandchild; and special friends, Jr. and Paula Talley.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Mr. Morris was preceded in death by one son, Henry Allen Morris; and by six brothers, Thomas Morris, Albert Morris, Franklin Morris, Woodrow Morris, Willie O. Morris Jr. and David Morris.

Funeral services for Mr. Morris were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Union Christian Church with the Rev. Jimmy Pulliam and the Rev. Scott Welch officiating. Burial followed in the Virgilina Cemetery.

The family received friends at Brooks Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to give memorials is asked to consider Virgilina Fire Department and EMS, P.O. Box 266, Virgilina, VA 24598, or Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592.

Online condolences may be made at www.brooksfhinc.com

Leon S. Newman

Leon (Lee) Stagg Newman, 93, died peacefully on Oct. 15 at the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC. He was the youngest son of the late Mrs. and Rev. Dr. Charles E. Newman of Virgilina, longtime pastor of the Union United Church of Christ in Virgilina.

Mr. Newman was a graduate of Elon University and North Carolina State University, where he received a chemical engineering degree.  He worked eight years as an engineer for Alcoa and 36 years for Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. as technical manager for plants in West Virginia, Wales, Bahrain, and Ghana. Mr. Newman received the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America, the highest scouting award given a volunteer, and was active with Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society, and his church.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha Davis Newman, of Asheville; a son, Dr. L. Stagg Newman Jr., and wife, Dr. Cheryl F. Newman, of Candler, NC; a daughter, Anne Newman, and husband, Dr. Paul Nadler, of Metuchen, NJ; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Joel Nadler.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Nov. 7, at St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of your choice or to St. Giles Chapel for the new health-care chapel and gardens, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, 1617 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.

Angela Denise Smith

Ms. Angela Denise Smith of 754 North Main Street, Halifax died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at the age of 44.

Ms. Smith was born in Oxford, NC on June 27, 1965 to Mr. Earnest Carr and Mrs. Vernelle Lovelace Carr and was a member of Banister Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Ms. Victoria Smith of Halifax; one son, Mr. John Carr of Temple Hills, MD; her parents of Halifax; one sister, Ms. Lanette Carr of Temple Hills, MD; one brother, Mr. Michael Carr of Temple Hills, MD; her maternal and paternal grandmothers, Mrs. Nannie Lovelace and Mrs. Mille Carr, both of Halifax; her godmother, Mrs. Amy Hicks; one niece; four nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Ms. Smith will be held Friday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at Banister Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. William Carr officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Garden Cemetery, South Boston.

The family will be receiving friends at the home. Public viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Crawford House Chapel in Halifax.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Lillian Hamlett-Wright

Lillian Fears Hamlett-Wright, 68, a devoted mother and wife, of Carson Street, Brookneal, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Brookneal.

Ansel Lamar "Butch" Hooks

Ansel Lamar “Butch” Hooks, 46, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at his home after an illness.
Butch was born January 8, 1963 in South Boston, a son of Opal H. Hooks and the late William Ansel Hooks of Marion, SC.
Surviving besides his mother of the home is a sister, Margaret Karen Turner of Marion, SC; two special nephews, Kevin Browder of Mullins, SC and Robert Browder of Marion, SC; and special friend, Esteban Freausto of Marion, SC.
Visitation as held from 12:30-2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Open Door Independent Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at the church at 2 p.m.  Burial followed at Devotion Gardens Cemetery directed by Richardson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Open Door Independent Baptist Church, 4705 Sandhill Road, Marion, SC 29571.

Robert Andrew "Rob" Guthrie Sr.

Robert Andrew “Rob” Guthrie Sr., 90, of Nathalie passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at Virginia Baptist Hospital.  He was happily married to Geraldine Stevens Guthrie for 67 years.
Mr. Guthrie was born in Halifax County, August 20, 1919, a son of the late Flournoy C. Guthrie and Virginia Turner Guthrie.  He was a faithful member of Childrey Baptist Church where he served as deacon and head usher for 20 years, a U. S. Army veteran and owner of R. A. Guthrie General Store and Scrap Metal.
He was a dedicated dad to his two sons, Bobby Guthrie and wife Gayle, Phillip Guthrie and wife Lynne, all of Nathalie; and to his daughter Pam Anouilh and husband Rod of Durham, NC;  he was a doting papa to his three grandchildren, Robbie, Sherrie and husband Danny and Katelyn; he was “walk with me grandpa” to Maelyn Nicole;  he was a big brother to Jim, Ran and Max Guthrie and to Anne Jennings and Pattie Yates; he leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Guthrie, and a sister, Mavin Adams.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Childrey Baptist Church by the Rev. Jerry Stanfield with interment to follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Henderson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Brookneal and will be at the residence of his son and daughter-in-law Bobby and Gayle Guthrie other times.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of our family and friends and also to the staff and doctors at Lynchburg General Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, persons are asked to consider their local fire departments and rescue squads, the Hospice of the Hills or the Pallitive Group at Virginia Baptist Hospital.

Annie Streat Bailey

Mrs. Annie Streat Bailey of 4252 Cowford Road, Halifax died Wednesday, Oct. 7, at her residence at the age of 91.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Halifax County January 24, 1918 to the late Mr. Willie Streat and Mrs. Augusta Braxton Streat and was married to the late Rev. James E. Arnold. She was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church.
Her survivors include three daughters, Ms. Erma A. Arnold of Halifax, Mrs. Annie Mitchell of Blanch, NC and Mrs. Melba Buster of Hopewell; two sons, Mr. Kavanzo Arnold of Hampton and Mr. William Arnold of San Diego, CA; one step-daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Farmer; one foster daughter, Mrs. Mattie L. Jones; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Tuija Arnold; two sons-in-law, Mr. Richard Mitchell and Mr. Cain Buster; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, one son, Mr. James A. Arnold; one sister, Ms. Mary Streat; and three brothers, Mr. Willie, Mr. Corey and Mr. Joseph Streat, also preceded Mrs. Bailey in death.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Whitfield Scott officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
The family received friends at the home.
Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, North Main Street, South Boston.

James Durrie ‘Junie’ Chandler Jr.

Mr. James Durrie ‘Junie’ Chandler Jr. of Danville, formerly of Halifax County, died Tuesday, Oct. 6 at his residence at the age of 60.

Mr. Chandler was born in Halifax County on September 11, 1949 to Mrs. Hennette Chandler Chandler and the late Mr. James Durrie Chandler Sr. and was affiliated with the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses congregation in Danville.

Mr. Chandler is survived by three daughters, Ms. Tanya Chandler-Porter of Baltimore, MD, Mrs. Brandy Walkins of Lynchburg and Mrs. LaKeisha Smith-Herbin of Roxboro, NC; six sons, Mr. James Chandler III of Greensboro, NC, Mr. Michael Chandler and Mr. Derick Chandler, both of New Jersey, Mr. Benjamin Boyd of Charlotte, NC, Mr. Brad Booth of Texas and Mr. Bryant Booth of Fayetteville, NC; 31 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his mother of South Boston; eight sisters, Ms. Sandy Carrington of Ft. Washington, MD, Mrs. Diane Greene of  Halifax, Mrs. Rosalind Dickerson of Mt. Airy, Ms. Barbara Fallen, Mrs. Darlene Chappell and Mrs. Shernita Ferrell, all of South Boston, Ms. Juanita Owen of Roxboro, NC and Mrs. Cornelia Barksdale of Greensboro, NC; two brothers, Mr. Mark Chandler of Roxboro and Mr. Bruce Chandler of South Boston; two sons-in-law; five brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Chandler will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Danville, with Brother Arthur Moore officiating. Interment will follow in the Chandler Family Cemetery, Crystal Hill.

The family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. Hennette Chandler, 106 East Forest Trail, South Boston.

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