Williams Funeral Home & Crematory

Williams Funeral Home & Crematory

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 16:35

Lloyd Meade "Buck" Harrison, III

With the Grace of God and unrivaled strength, our beloved Lloyd Meade “Buck” Harrison, III, passed into his Creator’s heavenly kingdom after a courageous battle with Covid. He was 57. Throughout his month long battle, he remained optimistic and continually gave a “thumbs up” to his healthcare team and family, who were able to FaceTime him. He was able to personally be with his family during his final hours. Buck was born on November 18, 1963, in McKenney, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd Meade Harrison, Jr. and Suzanne Peebles Harrison, and his brother Charles Holton Harrison. He was the grandson of Lloyd Meade Harrison and Lois Ferrell Harrison of McKenney, Virginia, and Marion Wooten Peebles and Dorothy Holton Peebles of Lawrenceville, Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Kei Harrison, of Emporia, Virginia, sons, Stanley Meade Harrison and Holton Winfield Harrison of McKenney, Charles Henry Harrison of Richmond, Virginia, and Lloyd Benjamin Harrison of Oceanside, California, his brother, Marion Peebles Harrison, his sister-in-law, Avery Hesford Harrison of Duck, North Carolina and brother-in-law, Brian Kei of Chester, Virginia, nieces Suzanne Harrison, Morgan Kei and Kacey Kei and nephews, William and Smith Harrison. Known as “4 boys Harrison”, his sons were his life. Family would often characterize him as “Mama Buck” because he was a lot like his own mother in his instincts and care for his sons. To those who knew him best, he will be remembered as a quiet, honest, dependable, and good man; always quick with a nickname and witty comment. He enjoyed many visits from his family to his grandparents’ home place, right across the road from his own farm, where he was so happy to pass on traditions of hunting and stewardship of the land. Buck is survived by many family and friends who attended Brunswick Academy. Those friendships have lasted a lifetime. Buck started playing football in 1978 and fell in love with the sport. It is amazing the details he could remember from his many games. He also played basketball but often joked that he felt he was more of a training tool to prepare the other players. He was fine with that. Buck’s love for football and Brunswick Academy lasted well into his adulthood, where he served on the Board of Directors and helped coach the Junior Varsity Football team and was famous for the second string known as “Buck’s beagles”. He wanted to give those guys a chance at playing in the game too. Buck loved his family and friends, and he also loved his family farm, Sunnyside, named for the sunny side of the Nottoway River, only about a mile down the road. Buck was a good shepherd. He started in the cattle business with his father right after his graduation from Virginia Tech in 1986. He cared for the land and his cattle with tender loving care and constant vigilance. Many a kid in the area when they would see a cow in any field, not particularly Buck’s, would say “Buck’s Cows!” You could say he had his own brand. After Brunswick Academy, Buck attended Virginia Tech earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Education. He loved his Hokie Football and was an avid season ticket holder for over twenty years. He was a lifelong member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church located across from his farm. He served as Senior and Junior Wardens as well as treasurer on the Vestry. A private funeral service will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd, at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life Service will be planned for later in the year when circumstances allow. The family will be forever grateful to the staffs of Chippenham Hospital and Crewe Medical Center for their wonderful care and support. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Post Office Box 357, McKenney, Virginia 23872. Arrangements are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 11:37

Sally Maitland Petric

Sally Maitland Petric, age 69, of Warfield, VA, widow of Alexander Petric, passed away at her home on Monday January 18, 2021. Born and raised in Dinwiddie, she was one of ten children born to the late Robert Leon and Gladys Elizabeth Williams Maitland. She was preceded in death by four of her siblings, Gladys Roberta Maitland, Susie “Sissie” Mayton, Robert Seward, and Robert Leon “Bubba” Maitland, III. Sally worked at the Warfield Post Office for many years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed watching the hummingbirds in her yard, fishing, and playing cards with her family. Most of all, she enjoyed her grandchildren and eating ice cream with them. She is survived by her son, Roger Petric (Crystal); grandchildren, Joseph and Alex Petric; siblings, Rufus “Budda” Maitland, Lidie Cottee (Ross), Mary Ann Dawson (Herbert), Shirley Winkler, and Ruby Myers, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Williams Funeral Home & Crematory in Lawrenceville, VA. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.
Monday, 18 January 2021 19:04

Robert H. Ferguson

Robert H. Ferguson, Capt. USN (Retired,) age 84, of Valentines, VA, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and served our country for 30+ years in the United States Navy. He was a man of commitment, a man of character and integrity, a man of honor, dignity, and grace. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Patricia; son, Blair Ferguson (Debbie) of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter, Piper Riddick (Cathy) of Smithfield, VA; son, Robert Ferguson, Jr. (Julia) of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Trevor Ferguson, Keely Ferguson, Blake Davis (Dana), Taylor Davis (Aaron), Robert Ferguson III, and Abigayle Ferguson; great-grandchildren, Wake Davis and Harper Corbett; sister Carol (Bob) Casey and niece, Laura. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Christian Church, officiated by Pastor Greg Hand. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Hill Christian Church (P O Box 550, Gasburg, VA 23857) or Central Volunteer Rescue Squad (P O Box 386, Gasburg, VA 23857). Especially be in prayer for Pat and their family through this difficult time of sorrow. Sympathy cards may be sent to Pat Ferguson and family at P O Box 208, Gasburg, VA 23857. Condolences may also be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Monday, 18 January 2021 11:31

Charles Abernathy Rainey, Jr.

Charles Abernathy Rainey, Jr., age 77, a lifelong resident of Dinwiddie, VA, and beloved member of his community, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021. He was one of three children born to the late Charles Abernathy and Page Sawyer Rainey. Charles was a member of the first graduating class of Richard Bland College. He completed his education at the MCV School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1966. Soon after graduation, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served proudly for three years. Following his military service, Charles returned to Dinwiddie County to work as a Pharmacist at Dinwiddie Drug Store. In 1991, he became owner of the store, and continued to operate it until his retirement in 2018. Charles is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Townsend Rainey; daughters, Allison Leigh Rainey and Stephen Wood, and Austin Rainey Hudson and husband, Jason; grandchildren, Sydney Ann Hudson and Tucker Grey Hudson; sister, Mary Rainey Chappell and husband, Earl; brother, Donald Rainey and wife, Beverley. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Western Heights Baptist Church, 24416 Cox Road, N. Dinwiddie, VA 23803 followed by interment at the Rainey Family Cemetery in Dinwiddie. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, also at the church. The service will be live streamed on the Western Heights Baptist Church Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rocky Run Athletic Association c/o David Bunch, 19515 Courthouse Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841. Arrangements by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Monday, 11 January 2021 16:06

Lindsay Wright "Deacon" Brown

Lindsay Wright “Deacon” Brown, age 81, of Lawrenceville, VA, passed away at his home on Monday, January 11, 2021. Born in North Carolina, he was the son of the late Rexwell Lee and Roxie Mae Lane Brown. Deacon was a friendly man who never met a stranger. He was farmer for most of his life and loved all of his animals, including his cows and Tennessee Walking Horses, but was especially fond of his dogs, Lucky and Teddi. In his earlier years, Deacon was a regional race car driver and made many lifelong friendships across Virginia and North Carolina. He also enjoyed racing go karts and was happy to teach interested young folks about the sport. In addition to these things, he was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Frances Pearson Brown; his children, Cynthia Lynne Koon (Lee), Kenneth Michael Brown, William Rexwell Brown; grandchildren, Candace Francis (Tommy Hollowell), Katrina Dix (Aaron), Shannon Smith (Max), Millie Rayne Brown, and Gavin Deacon Brown; a brother, Wayne Brown; and a very special friend, Debbie Smith. A graveside funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery (the old church cemetery) on Ankum Road in Gasburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Central Rescue Squad, PO Box 386, Gasburg, VA 23857. Arrangements by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Sunday, 03 January 2021 19:29

Marion McMullin Tatum

Tatum, Marion McMullin passed away, January 1, 2021. Born September 21, 1928 in Petersburg, VA to Leonard Aubry and Pearl Beazley McMullin. She was preceeded in death by her husband, Rev. William P. Tatum, Jr., her parents and siblings, Emily Schultz Dunlap, Norman McMullin, and Pearl Roper McMullin. She is survived by her four children, Patricia Poythress (Neil), William P. Tatum, III (Arlene), Jeanette Woodfin (Joe), and Marion Fauver (Dicky). She was a beloved grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She lived her life as a testimony to God, serving diligently with her husband in many churches throughout the United Methodist Conference of Virginia. God was always first in her life. Her sincere, spiritual kindness drew many people to her and closer to God. Part of her spiritual journey included participating in a "Walk to Emmaus", as a pilgrim. It strengthened her personal relationship with Jesus Christ as God's grace and love was revealed to her through other believers. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her. We celebrate her new life now residing with Jesus, as we know she had the best New Year ever. Services to be held at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, VA on Thursday, January 7, 2021 @ 3:00 PM with Rev. Michael H. Browder officiating. Visitation to be held one hour prior to the service. Interment at Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gasburg, VA at the conclusion of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Olive Branch United Methodist Church, PO Box 65, Gasburg, VA 23857. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Saturday, 26 December 2020 14:07

Shirley Acton Whitby

Shirley Acton Whitby, age 82, of Lawrenceville, VA, passed away at her home on Thursday, December 24, 2020. Born in Missouri, she was the youngest of 17 children born to the late William Greenberry and Sarah Lillian Calvin Acton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Kay Whitby. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Willie Clifton Whitby; a son, Tim Whitby; a daughter, April Whitby Williams (Jimmy); grandchildren, J.C. Williams (Brennan), Roger Gerome Craft, II, Robert Andrew Craft (Crystal), and Jessica Lane Whitby, as well as several great-grandchildren, one brother, and one sister. The family is planning a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Rescue Squad, PO Box 386, Gasburg, VA 23857 or Gasburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 225, Gasburg, VA 23857.
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 13:21

Bernard Gary Winston

Bernard Gary Winston, age 62, of Newport News, VA, formerly of Lawrenceville, VA, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father, Edmund Pleasant Winston. Gary was employed by Vulcan Materials Company for 22 years. He is survived by his children, Jennifer Clary (Chad) and Dawson Winston; grandson, Cullen Clary; his mother, Beverly Winston-Cassidy; and three brothers, Steven Winston, Eric Winston, and Jeffery Keith Winston. Services will be private.
Saturday, 19 December 2020 16:52

Willard Earl Pulley

Willard Earl Pulley was called to his eternal resting home on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Envoy of Lawrenceville at the age of 94. Affectionately known as “Weto,” he was born on May 18, 1926 to the late Fed and Anna M. Pulley in Brunswick Co., Virginia and was the 4th of 12 children. Willard relocated with his family to Dinwiddie Co. where he attended Dinwiddie Public Co. Schools until he went to work on a farm to help provide for his family. At a young age, Willard joined Rocky Mount Baptist Church in McKenney, VA. Willard enlisted in the United States Army in 1944 then was drafted on January 13, 1946 during World War II as a Private First Class for the Panama Canal Department. After 6 years of service, he moved back to Brunswick Co. a place he called home for the remainder of his life. Weto was a hardworking man that was a long-distance truck driver for Butler Lumber Company until he retired after 25 years, worked on cars, loved to hunt, and was a farmer at trade. He was an avid gambler that enjoyed playing poker and you could always catch him at Mayfield Pool Hall on Friday and Saturday nights. Willard was married the late Carrie “Mallissie” Hubbard on February 1, 1976. Weto was a man that spoke his mind, there was never a dull moment with him, he was a great friend, he always had great stories to tell, and he was a fun-loving man that enjoyed life. You could always find him at Hardee’s every morning chatting with his McGuire buddies about various topics. His favorite line was “when I die, there’s going to be a line of cars all the way to Emporia full of women crying Sweet Daddy is Gone”! He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers John, Fred, Rochester, Stephen, Acrea, James Pulley, and sister Mattie Jones. Left to spread his legacy, one son John of Lynchburg, VA; two daughters Brenda of Gladys, VA and Natasha Hardy of Chesapeake, VA; three grandchildren Kionne, Tiana and Briana Pulley of Lynchburg, VA; a special step-grandchild Sonia Jackson of Lynchburg, VA; three sisters, Agnes Thorne, Bernice Harvell, Susie Allen; and one brother Eddie Pulley (Pearl); a special friend Joan Rainey, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 14:14

Carter Blose Jones

Carter Blose Jones, age 67, of Dinwiddie, VA, passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Anderson and Nancy Elizabeth Livesay Blose, and her husband, Terry Kenyon Jones. Carter was a graduate of the MCV School of Pharmacy and retired after 32 years as a Pharmacist at Hiram W. Davis Medical Center. She was a generous person who always looked for the best in people, but most of all, adored her grandchildren very much. She is survived by her sons, Scot D. Jones (Chrystal) and Ryan K. Jones; grandchildren, Grace Carter Jones, Cole Edward Jones, Avery Wynn Jones, and Kate LeeAnn Jones; sisters, Nancy Lee Davis (Mark) and Betty Dunn (Avery); and nieces, Hunter, Kelly, and Lee. In memory of Carter, please donate to Dinwiddie Volunteer Fire & EMS Co. 1, 13516 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841. Services are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA.