Williams Funeral Home & Crematory

Williams Funeral Home & Crematory

Saturday, 11 July 2020 15:13

Mary Elizabeth Watkins

Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Watkins passed away at the age of 82, on July 3, 2020 in Rocky Mount, NC. She grew up in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Lizzie is the daughter of the late Robert Samuel Watkins Jr. & Elizabeth Fleming Watkins of Lawrenceville. Lizzie attended college at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia, and held a career in social work, residing in Florida, Alaska, and North Carolina. Lizzie will be remembered for her love and dedication to raising champion show Dobermans, her service in the social working field, and her love of NC barbecue. Lizzie was predeceased by first husband, Don L. Frazier, and second husband, Anthony J. Horniblow. She is survived by 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. A private ceremony was held by family, with burial entrusted to Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, VA.
Friday, 10 July 2020 14:11

Joseph Wayne Grimsley, Jr.

Joseph Wayne Grimsley, Jr., age 56, of Chesapeake, VA, died suddenly on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Wayne and Linda Cravotta Grimsley, and his mother-in-law, Elsie Buckner Clary. Wayne is survived by his wife, Rhonda Clary Yates Grimsley; sisters, Julie Grimsley Perry of Zebulon, NC and Christy Grimsley Broughton (Eddie) of Wendell, NC; father-in-law, Smithy Clary of Lawrenceville, VA; sister-in-law, Andrea Clary Walker (Will) of Willow Springs, NC, as well as several nieces and nephews. Wayne grew up in Raleigh, NC and remained in the area attending college at UNC Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelors in Journalism and his Masters in History at NC State University. Wayne loved drawing, reading, writing, the Braves and politics. He was very active with the Democratic Party throughout his life. He began his career as a reporter and a desktop publisher, and after receiving his PhD at Mississippi State University in History, he became the head of the History Department at Halifax Community College and then finally moved to Tidewater Community College in Virginia where he was currently teaching American history. His writings include a biography James B. Hunt: A North Carolina Progressive, McFarland that was published in 2003. He met and married his soul mate and wife Rhonda and they lived happily in Chesapeake, Virginia for 14 years. They loved to travel, watch old movies, read and spend time with their family and their cats. Wayne was a loving and passionate husband, son, brother, friend and colleague that will be missed terribly. He was taken from us too soon. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Joseph Wayne Grimsley Memorial Scholarship Fund at Richmond Community College set up in remembrance of his late father to the RCC Foundation, P.O. Box 1189, Hamlet, NC 28345 or online donations can be made at https://wedreg.richmondcc.edu/test/FoundationGive/index.html. The Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and leadership potential and help benefit students enrolled in RCC with their education expenses. A private funeral service will be held.
Monday, 06 July 2020 18:19

William A. Hudson

William A. Hudson, age 79, of Lawrenceville, VA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 5, 2020 while surrounded by his loving family. Born in Columbia, NC, he was the son of the late Arvin Washington and Winifred Swain Hudson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Hudson. Bill’s early working years were in construction. He worked on many large projects all over Virginia including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. In 1963, Bill joined the Virginia State Police as a State Trooper and was stationed in Fredericksburg, VA when President Kennedy was assassinated. He transferred to Brunswick County in 1967 and became an active and well-respected member of the community. In December of 1971, Bill began employment with Parker Oil Company, Inc. as General Manager and retired in 2009. Bill was a man of many loves and talents, including gardening, wood-working, and visiting the beach, but above all else was a loving and devoted family man. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly Rose Hudson; daughters, Leslie Hudson Daniel (Jeffries) and Shelly Hudson-Baker (Reggie); grandchildren, Miles Jason Brockwell and Beverly Jordan Baker; a sister, Sandra Hudson Nixon, as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, VA. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massey Cancer Center, P.O. 843042, Richmond, VA 23284.
Friday, 03 July 2020 15:14

Vivian Irene Humphreys

Vivian Irene “Rene” Humphreys, age 88, a lifelong resident of Freeman, VA, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020. The daughter of the late William Otis and Ruby Mae Simms Powell, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lee Humphreys, and a sister, Kathleen Powell Daniel. She will be remembered as a devoted caregiver, having cared for several of her family members in their final days. Mrs. Humphreys is survived by a nephew, Dale Daniel as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Crestview Memorial Park, La Crosse, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Services are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory, Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 20:01

Earl Woodrow Washburn

Earl Woodrow Washburn, 96, of Lawrenceville, VA, passed away June 30, 2020. Earl was born December 20, 1923. He was a deputy sheriff for 39 years with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and retired in 1988 as Captain. He is predeceased by his wife of 73 years, Minnie Clarke Washburn; his parents, Fletcher C. Washburn and Janie W. Washburn; his brothers, Clyde, Clarence, Jesse, and Grady; and his sisters, Myrtle Fackler, Emma Sue Roberts, and Janie Brown. Earl, our father and our Papa, will be lovingly remembered and missed by his four children, Everett Earl and wife Robbie, Keith and wife Judy, June Love, and Kent and wife Beverly; his ten grandchildren, Amanda, Heather (Iain), Daniel (Dawn), Wilson (Brandi), Julie, Shanna, Alicia, Everett (Christy), Laura (Chris), and Collin; 14 great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Blake, Nelia, Gracie, Luke, Jack, Sean, Grant, Aubreigh, Carson, Carter, Myles, Everett III, and Lawson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A private funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lawrenceville United Methodist Church, 300 W. Church Street, Lawrenceville, VA 23868.
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 13:30

Rosie Maria Camacho

Rosie (Rosalina) Maria Camacho passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the age of 21 in her home. Rosie was born in Emporia, VA on April 27th 1999 to her loving parents Carol & Lupe Trejo. She also had 2 very loving brothers Jose Camacho and Victor Trejo. Rosie was loving, caring, and fearless at heart. She loved her family and friends and fought for anyone she felt needed fighting for. She will always be remembered and dearly loved by everyone she crossed paths with. We will never forget you Rosie and we love you very much. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands are now at rest God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. Unknown The viewing for Rosie will be held on Wednesday July 1st 2020 from 6-8 pm at Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, VA. The funeral will be held on Thursday July 2nd at James Square Baptist Church for graveside services beginning at 2 pm.
Monday, 29 June 2020 17:53

Kenneth Odell Harrison

Kenneth "Kenny" Odell Harrison passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on June 28, 2020 in South Hill, VA due to complications following lung cancer. He was 61 years old. Kenny was born on October 14, 1958 in Lawrenceville, VA to his parents, Harvey Odell Harrison and Betty Harrison Franklin. He received his education from Brunswick County Public Schools. After his education, he went straight into the work force where his “I can do it all” skills obtained him multiple job opportunities at companies such as Abell Lumber, International Veneer Company, Elberta Box and Crate and more. In his spare time when he wasn’t working or spending time with family, Kenny enjoyed hunting, planting his garden, riding his self-built Harley Davidson motorcycle, building whatever came to his mind, and fixing anything that was broken that he thought needed to be fixed. He could literally fix anything whether it was a piece of equipment, a car, a leaking roof, a broken window, or a broken TV. Kenny is preceded in death by his father, Odell Harrison and step-father, James Franklin. Kenny leaves to cherish his memories to his wife, Wei Wei of South Hill, VA; his two daughters Jennifer Ward and Amber Harrison of Lawrenceville, VA; his youngest daughter Kendel Harrison of South Hill, VA; his mother, Betty Harrison Franklin of White Plains, VA, three grandchildren, Ezra, Karter and Kaylee of Lawrenceville, VA; one sister Donna Reekes (Tommy) of White Plains, VA; two brothers David Harrison (Tammy) of Lawrenceville, VA and Scott Harrison (John) of Santa Fe, New Mexico; nieces Christy Crane (Kurt), Angie Martin (TJ), Jessica Harrison (Jordan), Debra Harrison and Phyleshia Harrison; multiple great nieces and great nephews, cousins, and a host of other family members and friends. A public viewing will be held on Tuesday June 30th, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Williams Funeral Home & Crematory, Lawrenceville, VA. A funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 1, 2020 in the chapel at Williams Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville, VA.
Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:03

Tommy Gayle Clary

CLARY, Tommy Gayle, 82, of Raleigh, N.C., went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 25, 2020. He was born on January 18, 1938, in Lawrenceville, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Eldridge “Al” and Frances. He is survived by his children, William Eldridge “Al” Clary (Tanya) of Stony Creek, Va., Stacy Dunn (Barry) of Raleigh, N.C., and Tamara Clary of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren Nash Dunn, Lance Dunn, Mary Ryann Clary, Ashton Clary; great grandson James Dunn. He is also survived by his two sisters, Dian Munick of Virginia Beach, Va., and Bonnie Wallace of Wilmington, N.C., as well as nieces and nephews. In 1960, Tommy received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Citadel, where he also played collegiate baseball. Following graduation, he played for the Chicago White Sox organization for two years. He had a long and accomplished career as a superintendent for construction companies, building and repairing bridges in Virginia and North Carolina. In 1997, Tommy was inducted into the Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame as a four-year starter on the baseball team as a third baseman and outfielder. He will be laid to rest at the Oakwood Park Cemetery in Lawrenceville, Va, following a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Transitions LifeCare, transitionslifecare.org, or The Citadel, go.citadel.edu.
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:58

John Anthony Matel

MATEL John Anthony Matel, age 65, of Vienna, VA, passed away on June 22, 2020. He was born in Milwaukee, WI to the late John Matel Sr. and Virginia Haase Matel. He is survived by his wife, Christine M. Johnson; his daughter, Mariza Matel (Brendan Williams); his sons, Alex and Espen Matel; and his sister, Christine Matel Milewski (Greg Milewski) of Oak Creek, WI. After serving 32 years as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, John became a self-professed “Gentleman of Leisure…a sometime diplomat, conservationist & seeker of insights.” John purchased his first forest land in 2005 near Lawrenceville, VA, and as a landowner, certified tree farmer & naturalist, managed nearly 500 acres of Virginia forest for timber, wildlife and water quality. He actively served on boards for Virginia Tree Farm Foundation and the Forest History Society, and promoted southern pine ecology and working landscapes. John led by example, and worked to restore longleaf and shortleaf ecosystems on dedicated parcels of his land, a promise for the future and a beauty today. John’s diplomatic posts with the U.S. Department of State in Brazil, Norway, Poland, Iraq, and the U.S., let him do what he loved: working to understand societies, information and behaviors, and shape strategies to engage networked publics. His proudest accomplishments included working with Iraqis to rebuild their communities after ousting al-Qaeda in Anbar Province, and sending over 26,000 Brazilian students to study STEM fields in top American universities. His career in diplomacy included broadening experiences as President of the Fulbright Commission in Brazil, Senior International advisor at Smithsonian Institution and State Department Fellow at Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Directed Gifts. Online condolences may be made at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:38

Almeda Pearson Fletcher

Celebrating the Legacy of Almeda Pearson Fletcher Almeda Pearson Fletcher age 64, was called home from earth to eternity at Accordius Health assisted living facility in Emporia, Virginia on June 19, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Andrew Pearson and Bessie Randolph Pearson; her mother-in-law, Gracie Fletcher; one brother, Bobby Leon Pearson; three sisters, Rosemary Mason, Mattie Sue Davis and Betty Jean Fields; three brothers-in-law, Charles Fields, Sidney Mason and Carl Goode. She leaves a legacy of love and precious memories to her loving husband of 42 years, Alvin Fletcher and devoted daughter, Kendra Fletcher, two brothers; Arthur Pearson and Harvey Pearson (Sonya), two sisters; Ella Goode and Martha Pearson; her sisters-in-law, Mildred Holmes, Sheila Mills and Andrea Anderson; two brothers-in-law; Leroy (Myrtle) and Sam Davis; she also leaves precious memories to a host of nieces, nephews and friends. There will be a public viewing on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home of Lawrenceville, Virginia. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Randolph Family Cemetery in Freeman, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the F.L. Manning Memorial Scholarship Fund, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 154 Westward Road, Freeman, Virginia 23856. Williams Funeral Home will provide arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.