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Beulah Lea Francis Whitlow

Beulah Lea Francis Whitlow, 83, the eighth child of the late William Daniel Francis and the late Lois Mae Dawson Francis, was born Oct. 2, 1930 in Pittsylvania County at the family farm near Java. She died Jan. 4, 2014 at her home in Halifax County in the Hyco Road community. She was married to the late John Riley “Pete” Whitlow Jr.

Beulah is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Bowen and husband Ray of South Boston and Joyce Hull and husband David of Waynesboro. Grandchildren include Brian and Aleta Chandler of Gray, Tenn., Leeann and Rob Thornton of Hopewell, N.J., Riley and Heather Chandler of Waynesboro, Jonathan Hull of Seattle, Wash., Aaron Hull of Baltimore, Md., Adam and Lilly Hull of Washington, D.C., Rebekah Hull of Waynesboro, Nathan Hull of Glen Bernie, Md., Mark Hull of Waynesboro and Mary Catherine Hull of Lynchburg. Great grandchildren are Austin Chandler, Natalie Chandler, Rachel Thornton, Oscar Chandler and Lauren Thornton. Also surviving are her brother. Lewis Harper Francis, of Sutherlin; and sisters-in-law, Emily Lou Francis of Java and Pat Francis of Graham, N.C.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses, Mary and Gordon Bowen, Thelma and Bernard Edwards, Edward and Onie Francis, Ruth and Lawrence Walker, Ruth Francis, Eva and Walter LaForm, Albert Francis, Malcolm and Faye Francis, Henry and Ven Francis and Lawrence Francis.

Beulah was a graduate of Spring Garden High School and Virginia Commercial Business College. She was a binder at Craddock -Terry Shoe Company, an associate with Service America at ABB and a custodian with Halifax County Public Schools at Virgilina Elementary School. She was a member of Black Walnut Baptist Church where she served in the church nursery.

The family will greet friends at Brooks Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and other times at her home, 3183 Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston. 

A service celebrating her life will be at Brooks Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, with the  Rev. Raymond Wooten officiating. Burial will follow in Halifax Memorial Gardens. 

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials  be made to Black Walnut Baptist Church, P.O. Box 20, Cluster Springs, VA. 24535 or Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592 or the Frazier Pool Scholarship Fund, Hyco Road Ruritan Club, C/O Wayne Bowen, 3149 Rip Rap Rd., Virgilina, VA 24598.