Mr. Gerald Thomas Wilson, age 76, of South Hill, died Sunday March 22, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Myrtle Wilson of the home; a daughter Rayna Wilson Adams of Macon, N.C.; and sons, William Andrew Wilson of Grover, N. C. and Curtis Glen Wilson. Also surviving is a brother, James Lee Wilson of Fancy Gap, Va.; a sister Loretta Lou Dodrill of Rocky Mount, N.C. and two grandchildren, Brook Nicole Adams and Courtney Paige Adams Fussell. Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, James Wells Wilson and Virginia B. Wilson and his sister, Martha JoAnne Kenner.
Mrs. Bernice T. Penick, 71, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. died Saturday March 8, 2015. Bernice was born August 21, 1943 in Chase City, Va. She was the daughter of Darold and Emma Thomas and is survived by her husband, Ralph “Allen” also of Port St. Lucie, son and daughter-in-law, Darold and Carrie of Baltimore, Md., and daughter and son-in-law Tom and Darlene of Warrenton, Va. She is also survived by her grandchildren T.J., Connor, Sydney and Allana.
Mrs. Mary Frances McMurray McLean, age 75, of Bracey, Va. , died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in VCU/Community Memorial Hospital, South Hill, Va. She was a former bookkeeper at the J. E. Rice Insurance Co., of Dunkirk, Md.
Deacon John Eddie Smith, age 94, son of the late Lewis Smith and Willie Belle Miller-Smith, was born August 20, 1920 in Mecklenburg County and departed this life March 14, 2015 at his residence South Hill.
Mr. Michael Bedford Seamans, age 62, of South Hill, died Sunday, March 15, 2015 at his residence. He was a weight enforcement officer for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Mr. Everett J. “Bud” Young, age 76, of South Hill died Sunday, March 15, 2015 in VCU Community Memorial Hospital. He was a pressman for forty-three years at the South Hill Enterprise and an U.S. Army veteran.
Mrs. Virginia Alice Raney Legge, age 90 of South Hill, died Monday, March 9, 2015 in VCU/Community Memorial Hospital. She was a retired supervisor at the former La Crosse Sportswear, a Senior Regent with the Loyal Order of the Moose. and the widow of Douglas Sidney Legge.
Mr. Mark Mokris, age 48, of South Hill died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 .
Mr. Gerald G. Gordon, age 83 of Clayton, N.C. died Sunday, March 8, 2014. Mr. Gordon was the son of the late Chalmers Gordon, Jr. and Frances I. “Fannie Belle” Gordon. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Chalmers T. Gordon, and sisters Elizabeth G. McCormac and Zenora Gordon and is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cody Daniel Lynch, age 27 of Kenbridge, died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his residence. He was an employee of Finch Logging and is survived by his true love, Nina Boyter; his parents, James D. and Lisa Short Lynch of Littleton, N.C.; his sister, Casey and her companion Kendall Finch of Bracey; two brothers, Dylan Lynch and companion Tiffany Crutchfield of La Crosse and Dalton Lynch and wife Sarah of Norlina, N.C.; his grandparents, Grace and David Bobbitt of Littleton; three uncles, Gregory Bobbitt and wife Dawn Ashby, David D. Bobbitt, John Lynch, Jr. and wife Sandra; two nieces, Kayleigh and Karriann; three nephews, Kendall, Jr., Chasen and Rylan. He was predeceased by his grandparents Gladys and John D. Lynch, his grandfather John Short and his uncle Joey Lynch.
Mr. Garland Hillsman Thomas, Jr., age 72 of South Hill, died Monday, March 2, 2015 at his daughter’s home in Durham, N. C. He is preceded in death by his parents Garland H. Thomas, Sr. and Evelyn Nicholson Thomas of South Hill. He was a 1960 graduate of Park View Senior High School, and received an Associate of Arts Degree from Danville Technical Institute in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He served during the Vietnam Era with the Army Corp of Engineers and as a civilian submariner working in missile gas system design in Newport News, VA. Garland was a member of the American Legion Post 79. He had a distinguished career of progressive responsibility with Carrier, opening service branch offices in Tennessee and North Carolina, and then transitioning to AC Corporation in Greensboro, N. C. He then returned to his hometown of South Hill to become the owner-operator of West End Mini Mart. He was a people person, lover of history, and enjoyed returning home for the entrepreneurial challenge of starting his own business.
Jean Dorothy Howell Webster - On a snow-covered morning of February 26, 2015, Jean Dorothy Howell Webster residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, went home to be with the Lord. Jean, also known as Mama Jean, was born May 2, 1930 in Palmer Springs, Virginia to parents, Lucy Ann and Pressley Howell. She attended Roanoke Elementary School in Palmer Springs, Virginia, and high school in Wise, North Carolina. She entered into holy matrimony on August 25, 1950 in Paterson, New Jersey with John George Webster. They were happily married for 63 years. The Lord blessed this union with one daughter and three sons.
Mrs. Marian Elizabeth White, age 71, of Petersburg, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Retreat Hospital in Richmond. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Ann Bennington Thompson, age 84 of Brodnax, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 in the Hundley Center. She was a retired employee of the former Burlington Industries South Hill Plant and was a life member of VFW Post #7166.
Mr. Ivon Lee Hauenstein, age 90, of Tanglewood Shores, Bracey, departed this life peacefully on Friday, February 27, 2015 at his home, surrounded by family and friends.
Mrs. Hattie Bell Edenbeck, age 87 of Brodnax, died Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Emporia Manor. She was a retired employee of the former Dixon Dress Co. in Alberta. She was the widow of Jasper Holton Edenbeck and was also predeceased by her son Henry C. Smith and her daughter Mary Tucker.
James Bryan Cook, Jr., of Chester, son of the late James Bryan Cook and Maude Moseley Cook, passed away on Feb. 15, 2015. He was predeceased by a brother, William Manning Cook. He was born on February 3, 1924, in La Crosse, Virginia, and was a 1940 graduate of La Crosse High School. In 1944, he was graduated from Wake Forest College, where he was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1948 and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School in 1960. He was an instructor in chemistry at Wake Forest College from 1944-46. From 1947 to 1958, he was assistant to the bursar of Wake Forest College and from 1960 to 1967 he was assistant treasurer and secretary of the Board of Trustees. From 1967 to 2004, he was employed by the Virginia Division of the Budget, now the Department of Planning and Budget, as a budget analyst and later as Senior Advisor. He received the George A. Bell Award from the National Association of State Budget Officers in 1999. He was a parishioner of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Chester, Va. and was a member of the vestry, senior warden, chairman of the finance committee and a member of the Executive Board of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Mr. Cook was a member of the Jamestowne Society, the Virginia Historical Society, the Chesterfield County Historical Society, and Preservation Virginia. He was devoted to his hometown of La Crosse, Virginia, and was a member of its Centennial Committee from 1999 to 2004. He was a co-author of the History of the Town of La Crosse, published in 2011.
Earnest Bailey, 92, of Fort Mitchell, Virginia passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was born on July 30, 1922 in Charlotte County, VA to the late Jasper Hinton Bailey and the late Nannie Glidewell Bailey.
Mr. Harry Truman “Blue Bird” Bohannon, age 68, of Kenbridge, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 in VCU/Community Memorial Hospital. He was a dear and loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Bohannon was a retired Maintenance Mechanic at Rochester Button Co. of Kenbridge for thirty-six years and a current employee of Virginia Marble, he was also the president of Bohannon Hunt Club.
Mrs. Jane B. Baisey, age 87 of La Crosse-South Hill, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at VCU-Community Memorial Hospital where she was a retired admissions clerk. She was the widow of Milton T. Baisey and is survived by two sons, Jerry Baisey and wife Sandra and Randy L. Baisey, all of La Crosse; two grandchildren, Diane Fraizer and husband Eddie, Travis Baisey and wife Heather and one great-granddaughter, Taylor Lynn Baisey. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory with interment in Crestview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence United Methodist Church, 1222 Wilson Road, La Crosse, VA 23950. Online condolences may be sent to www.crowderhitecrews.com.
Mr. William Arlington “Billy” Hite, Jr. age 68 of South Hill, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at his residence. He was a retired salesman for Southside Candy Company with 46 years of service and was currently employed at Murlo Paper and Plastics of La Crosse. He is survived by his wife of 39 years Marjorie Moseley Hite; his daughter Kathryn H. Vega and husband Jonathan of Richmond; two sons Christopher A. Hite and wife Leigh of Richmond and Ryan Hite and wife Tina of South Hill, his brother
Alma Elizabeth “Libbie” Marable Love, 92, of Kenbridge, VA. Formerly of Hopewell, a school teacher and widow of Chalmers Glenn Love, claimed the promise of resurrection on February 12, 2015. She was the daughter of the late William Presley Marable and Mary Lee Ford Marable. She is survived by her sons, William Glenn Love of Kenbridge, Ernest Ford Love of Norfolk, John Ellett Love of La Crosse; daughter, Mary Jean Lester and son-in-law Tom of Colonial Heights; five grandsons, John Christopher Love, Patrick Michael Love (Brooke), Matthew Stephen Love (Callie), Thomas Ryan Lester and John David Lester; great-granddaughter, Alexis Blake Love and great-grandson, Ellett Gibson Love; numerous nieces and nephews. She graduated as the Valedictorian of the Hopewell Class of 1939 and graduated from Madison College in 1944. She taught in the Suffolk, Kenbridge and Victoria High Schools as well as Blackstone and Kenbridge Day Schools. She was a member and deaconess of the Kenbridge Christian Church. She was also a member and “true granddaughter” of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Lunenburg Chapter. She was also a member of the Lunenburg Retired Teachers Association.
Rev. Robert Joe Day, age 87 of South Hill, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 in Chase City Health and Rehab Center. He was a retired United Methodist Minister Elder in the Virginia United Methodist Conference with over sixty years of service to many churches in Virginia and West Virginia and the widower of Mary Ellen Day.
Mr. A.R. “Dick’’ York, age 73, of Americamps, Bracey, died Monday, February 2, 2015 at McGuire’s V. A. hospital in Richmond. He was a retired truck driver for Epes Transport and a Vietnam Army veteran.
Mr. Marion Gene Austin, age 87, of La Crosse died Thursday February 5, 2015 in VCU Community Memorial Hospital. He was an Army Air Corp veteran in World War ll, a master electrician for the Department of the Navy and the widower of Nancy Vogt Austin.
Mrs. Florence Marion Tremblay Long age 74 died on in her home Feb. 6, 2015 in Bracey, Va. from a lone time bout with cancer.
Henry Ford Walker Jr., son of the late Hazel Hill Walker and the late Henry Ford Walker Sr., was born December 29, 1948, in Mecklenburg County, Va., and departed this life on his birthday, December 29, in MCV Hospital, Richmond, Va.
Mr. Arthur Calvin Eck, age 83, of Littleton, North Carolina went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at his residence. He was an employee of IBM for 33 years, studied linguistics on his own including German, Russian, French and Spanish and was a lifelong student of the Bible, ordering his first Bible course at the age of 7.
Miss Minnie Lee Propst, age 82 , of South Hill, died Monday , Feb. 2, 2015 in the Hundley Center. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Lillian Copley Moseley, age 90, of La Crosse, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in Meadowview Terrace, Clarksville. She was a retired secretary for Fred E. Watkins, having worked in the Planters Warehouse and the former Watkins Motor Company, a member of the Prestwood Chapter of the DAR and a Worthy Matron of the OES #48. She was also the widow of Edward B. “Jimmy” Moseley.
Mrs. Barbara Ann King Panther , age 73, of South Hill, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in the VCU/Community Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Allyne Brewer Greene, age 80, of South Hill, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Transitions LifeCare , Raleigh, NC.
Mrs. Virginia R. “Ginny” Wesson, age 74 of South Hill died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at her residence.
Thearoy Malone, the ninth child of the late George and Lucy Ann Malone was born April 24, 1924 in La Crosse, Virginia and on January 29, 2015, he went home to be with the Lord.
Mrs. Betty Jane Farrar Farlow, 85, resident of High Point, N.C. died January 29, 2015 at High Point Place.
Eunice Garnett Clary Taylor, age 102, of Ebony, Virginia, died Feb. 1, peacefully at her home. She is survived by five children: Linda T. Elliott of Ebony; Franklin D. Taylor and wife, Connie of La Crosse; Barbara T. Mumford and husband, James of Ebony; Thomas A. Taylor and wife, Sandi of Freeman; and Kathryn T. Clary and husband, John Drew of Lawrenceville. She also is survived by six grandchildren: April S. Elliott of Virginia Beach; Amy S. Elliott of Ebony; Christy Mumford Jerding of Richmond; Ashley Clary Turner of South Chesterfield; Holly Taylor Walton and husband, David of Lawrenceville; and Brandy T. Clary of Lawrenceville; four great-grandchildren: Taylor Rae Turner, Bethany Paige Walton, Claudia Grey Walton and Isaac Jordan Walton; as well as numerous close friends whom she considered to be her family. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband, John Garland Taylor; one son, John G. Taylor Jr.; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Meade Taylor; her beloved sister-in-law and lifelong companion, Wilma P. Taylor; as well as two sisters, Effie Kidd and Selena Hodges, and four brothers, Eugene, Edward, Hobson and Bernard Clary.
Marion Woodrow Blanton, 74 of South Hill, Va. died, January 22, 2015. He was son of the late Woodrow W. Blanton and Sally Clary Blanton and brother of the late McArthur Blanton and Faye K. Kirby.
Ms. Doris Ephemia Winford, age 52, died in Los Angeles, CA on January 6, 2015.
Mr. Gayle Paulette Wells, age 73 of South Hill, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Envoy of Lawrenceville.
Mrs. Iris Manning Overton, age 91 of Chase City, died Wednesday, January 21, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover C. Manning and Carrie B Manning; a brother George W. Manning and sister Rosa Lee Manning Ashworth. Mrs. Overton is survived by her daughters, June O. Dougherty of Chase City and Carolyn O. Thompson of Vinton and a brother, John F. Manning (Mrytle) of South Hill; three grandchildren, Cathy, Crystal & Jonathan and four great-grandchildren, Larry, Drew, Kole & Jessika.
William McCall Pennick III, 41, of Gates, died Jan. 20, 2015, at Salem Memorial Hospital. His memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at Gates Community Church. He was born Sept. 2, 1973, at Camp LeJeune, N.C., to William and Christine Pennick. His father thought he was an exceptional son and was very proud of him. Bill was an accomplished athlete, particularly in baseball, both at Stayton High School, Regis High School, where he was 2A player of the year in 1991, and later at Western Oregon University where he was a two-time all-conference pitcher. Bill married Julie Kristine Jacoby on June 17, 1995, in Stayton. After graduating from Western Oregon, Bill worked in the logging industry for his family’s company. In 2005 Bill and his family embarked on their grand adventure by moving to South Hill, Virginia, where they lived for seven years. Bill again worked in the logging industry during their years in Virginia. He was also able to enrich his longtime interest in the Civil War by visiting many battlefields and other historical sites near their home. Bill loved history. The family returned to Oregon in August 2012, settling on Bill’s family’s farm near Gates. The farm was his favorite place in the world. He loved fishing, hunting and hiking through the surrounding woods. Bill started his current job at Santiam High School in the fall of 2014. He claimed this was his favorite job ever. Bill enjoyed interacting with the children at the school and helping create order in a busy school environment. He always worked hard to support his family. Bill was the epitome of a family man. He was always deeply involved in the lives of his four children. Whether he was singing Frank Sinatra songs to the kids as babies, patiently listening to their cries of, “Papa, watch this!” or creating all sorts of fun adventures, Bill always put his family before himself. He lived to be with his family. He had a knack for making others feel welcome. At any family gathering, Bill always made time to talk to everyone, including nieces and nephews who were barely old enough to talk. He was known as “The Baby Whisperer” to so many. He had a special way with children that was apparent to everyone. It didn’t matter if you were a patron of the food bank where he volunteered or the CEO of a corporation – Bill treated everyone with the same amount of respect and kindness. He had a special gift for making everyone feel special. Coaching his son’s baseball teams brought Bill much joy. He was a wonderful teacher who always encouraged his players. He made many lasting friendships through his involvement in local youth baseball. Everyone remembers how he taught his teams the “Flip” game and would say, “By you!” when a player struck out. Bill had the rare combination of being both a great storyteller, and a wonderful listener. He mixed those qualities perfectly. His stories -- of work, of play, of family life -- invariably had listeners laughing at his impeccable timing and homespun language. His skill as a raconteur was aided by the slight Southern drawl he picked up during his years in Virginia. He was a fine conversationalist, able to discuss any number of subjects ranging from politics to religion to the possible Bigfoot tracks he found near his family’s wooded property in 1994. Bill loved entertaining people with his experiences. Occasionally, he might have even exaggerated the truth a bit. Bill’s faith was his greatest treasure. He possessed an unwavering faith, knowing that he would ultimately end up in Heaven. He often remarked that this couldn’t come quickly enough for him. Bill was an amazing example of a Christian man. He believed that his calling was to live a quiet and simple life and to work with his hands. His Bible was old and worn and covered with his notes. It was definitely well used. Bill is survived by his wife of 19 years, Julie; his daughters, Madeline, 18, and Sarah, 5, and his sons, Jack, 16, and Jonathan, 10; his parents, William and Christine Pennick of Gates; his siblings Jared (Melissa) of Stayton, and Mandy (Ryan) of Lyons; grandparents, Lyle and Barbara Rogers of Salem; 13 nieces and nephews; and in-laws Alan and Kristine Jacoby of Salem. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to MCGRA Youth sports, South Hill Dixie Youth, or Oregon Right to Life. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
Clifton William “Peter Rabbit” King, Sr., age 82, of Ebony, Va. passed away January 18, 2015. He is the son of the late Johnnie and Carrie King. He is preceded in death by his wife, Willie Lee Clary King; brothers, Earl and Jack King; and his sister, Clara Spraggins.
Louise Allen Bell, age 93, of South Hill, VA, passed away January 17, 2015. Born in Boydton, VA, she was the daughter of the late Hunter and Anna Allen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Simeon Marshall Bell; her sister, Mary Hunter Allen Stern; a niece, Doris Bell Detwiler and a great nephew, John Bell Detwiler.
Anne Kate Keen Thornton, 75, of Chase City, Virginia passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015. She was born on July 14, 1939 in Danville, Va. to the late Alvin Arthur Keen and the late Elva Turner Keen.
Mr. Dennis Wayne Edmonds, age 67, of Boydton, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, Richmond. He was a retired investigator with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department having served with the county for thirty-two years and the widower of Anne Conner Edmonds.
Mr. Melvin Green Reekes, age 81, of Richmond and formerly of La Crosse, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in Retreat Hospital in Richmond. He was a supervisor for La Crosse Sportswear and the youngest of fourteen children of John and Ela Reekes.
Mrs. Freda Taylor Wilson, age 82 of Brodnax, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in the W. S. Hundley Annex. She was a retired employee of the former Brodnax Mills, She was a life-long member of Sanford Memorial Baptist Church, having served as Sunday School Teacher, Church Treasurer, Church Purchasing Agent and several other Church responsibilities as well as with the Concord Baptist Association.
Richard Nelson Valentine, Sr. was born on Jan. 16, 1926 and was the only child of the late Alex and Mary Valentine. He departed this life on Jan. 13, 2015.
Mr. William Herbert “Bud” Lewis, Jr., age 74, of South Hill, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at his residence. “Bud” was a charter employee of Virginia Homes, a superintendent for the VDOT South Hill office overseeing bridges, a life-time member of Providence United Methodist Church and an avid outdoorsman.
Dorothy Mae Jones Whitley, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Duke University Medical Center. She was a Vance County, NC native born the daughter of the late William Henderson and Effie O’Neal Jones. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carlton Whitley; three brothers, Ernest, Luther and Charles; and three sisters, Ethel White, Elizabeth Cooke and Lois Millikin.