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Monday, 18 November 2019 11:36

Jean Rebecca Wray

Jean Rebecca Wray, age 73, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away November 17, 2019. She is the daughter of the late Edward and Emma Parrish. She is survived by her husband, Winfred Littleton Wray; her sisters, Virginia Myrick of Warfield, Elaine Wright of Lawrenceville, Nancy Ferguson of Vinton, VA and Joyce Campbell of Littleton, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church in Baskerville, VA with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 10228 Buggs Island Road, Baskerville, VA 23915.
Saturday, 16 November 2019 21:03

Warren Allen Gibbs

Warren Allen Gibbs, age 80, of McKenney, VA passed away November 15, 2019. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Alice Howerton Gibbs; three sisters, Thurma Brown, Anne Rash and Alice Clay; and three brothers, Earl, Norbon and Elton Gibbs. He is survived by his children, Thomas Dale Rawlings, Laura Rawlings and Scott Gibbs; his grandchildren, Thomas D. Rawlings, Jr., Skye Nicole Smith, Stephanie Lynn Rawlings, Jasmine Star Rawlings, Ashia Jade Rawlings, Triston Rawlings, Olivia Rae Rawlings, Jaxon Gibbs and Julian Gibbs; his great grandchildren, John Ranson Smith, Allie Grace Barlow and Thomas Gabriel Barlow; his brother, Larry Gibbs; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Asbury Cemetery, McKenney, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s at www.stjude.org. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements.
Saturday, 16 November 2019 12:54

Duane Kevin Griffin

Duane Kevin Griffin unexpectedly passed from this life into eternal life on September 22, 2019 at the age of 52. Duane is survived by his mother, Dana Martin; his beloved daughter Kayla Andrews (Alex); granddaughter Caroline Andrews; siblings, Richard Griffin, Jr.(Sharon), Jeffrey Martin, and Marsha Helsing (Kurt); a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other devoted family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Griffin, Sr. and step-father Clifton "Sonny" Martin. Duane was a dedicated family man and cherished his time with his family and close friend, September Kennedy, who was like a daughter to him. His proudest role in life was being a grandfather. Whether he was working on the family farm or enjoying the lake, he loved the outdoors. He was an incredibly hard worker and would lend a hand to anyone in need. His infectious laugh and bright smile were a light in this world. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. The family wishes to thank everyone for the love, kind words and support during such a difficult time. A private family "Celebration of Life" will be held in lieu of services at a later date.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 15:21

Albertis Drummond

Albertis Drummond, age 87, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away November 13, 2019. He is the son of the late Clarence Allen and Marion Spiers Drummond. Albertis served in the Army and was a Korean War Veteran and a member of the VFW, Lawrenceville Post. He graduated from Danville DTI and was a lifetime Volunteer Fireman. Albertis was a member of Dolphin Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for over 50 years. He was also past president of Woodmen Life. He is survived by his wife, Mary Drummond; his children, David Watson Drummond and wife Brenda and Deborah D. Powers; his grandchildren, Ryan Lafoon (Samantha), Jamie Lafoon (Crystal), Kelly D. Allen (Jessie) and Katie Jo Drummond; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Francis Bain Drummond and Marion Leroy Drummond; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home Lawrenceville with interment at Crestview Memorial Park, La Crosse, VA. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dolphin Baptist Church c/o Jane Hawkins, 815 Old Tobacco Drive, Dolphin, VA 23843 or Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, 400 N Main Street, Lawrenceville, VA 23868.
Sunday, 10 November 2019 14:58

Steven Ray Blythe

Steven Ray Blythe, age 30, of Brodnax, VA passed away November 9, 2019. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ralph Woodberry Lewis, Jr., James Lester Long, Sr. and Charles Lewis Blythe, Sr.; his uncles, Steven Randall Blythe and Charles Lewis Blythe, Jr.; and his cousins, Lindsey Michelle Blythe, Brandon Blythe and Dustin House. He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Sherri Blythe, Sr.; his brother, Kevin Blythe, Jr.; his grandmothers, Sharon Lewis and Katherine Blythe; his Aunts and Uncles, Rhonda Blythe Ayscue (Dwight), Bruce Blythe (Angela), Jeff Blythe (Heather), Debbie Barker (Eric), Melinda L. Prince (Tommy), R. W. “Dickie” Lewis, III, Kenneth Lewis, Missy L. House (Ricky), Karen Lewis (Donnie), and James L. Long, Jr.; his beloved dog “Son”, Bubba and many cousins, friends and family. The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA, www.aspca.org or your local animal shelter.
Saturday, 09 November 2019 16:51

Leonidas Corling "L.C." Harrison

Leonidas Corling “L.C.” Harrison, Jr., age 86, of Warfield, VA passed away November 8, 2019. He is the son of the late Leonidas Corling and Clara Tucker Harrison. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Allgood Harrison; his sisters, Katherine H. Lewis and Lillian Gray Harrison; and his brother, William Ernest “Bill” Harrison, Sr. He is survived by his children, Jacqueline Scott Harrison of Chesterfield, VA, David Christopher Harrison of Oldhams, VA, Matthew Corling Harrison and wife Patricia of Warfield, VA and Francis Benjamin Harrison and wife Mary Catherine of Forest, VA; his grandchildren, Grayson Alexander Driskill, Albert Page Harrison, Austin Chambers Harrison, Joshua Clark Harrison, Jared Christopher Harrison, Matthew Tyler Harrison, Ann Frances Harrison and Sarah Lawson Harrison. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Concord Presbyterian Church, Rawlings, VA with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at L.C.’s home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Concord Presbyterian Church, c/o William C. Tucker, Jr., 20806 Baskerville Mill Rd., McKenney, VA 23872.
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 16:39

Joseph Peter Bittman

Joseph Peter Bittman of White Plains passed away Monday, November 4, 2019, at MCV-VCU after a well-lived life of 81 years. He was born September 25, 1938 in Nutley, New Jersey to Joseph and Marie Bittman. From 1960 to 1966 Joseph served as a SPEC4-supply clerk in the Army/New Jersey National Guard. He graduated in the class of 1960 from the National Agriculture College/Delaware Valley College with a major in dairy husbandry. Joe continued his lifelong passion for farming, milking cows, working draft horses, raising animals, growing crops, and pursuing a simpler way of life, first in New Jersey and New York followed by over 45 years in Virginia. Working for Brunswick County as a truck driver, rounded out his days. He also served the community for over ten years on the Southside Community Service Board. Joseph’s parents preceded him in death. Survivors include his son, Matthew, his sister Rita Carey of Whiting, NJ, two nieces Anne Carey of Whiting, NJ and Patty Johnstone of Wantage, NJ, several nieces and nephews, two adopted children, and two grandchildren. He also leaves friends he gathered along the way, who became family by choice. A memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Southside Community Services Board, P. O. Box 713, Lawrenceville, VA 23868 or a charity of choice. Burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ at a later date.
Monday, 04 November 2019 10:12

Ben Young

Ben Young, 83, of South Hill, Virginia transitioned to that great car dealership in the sky in Chester, Va, on November 3, 2019, after a long neurodegenerative illness. Ben grinned into the world as the second child of the late Dillard Lynn Young and Susie Samford Young of Warfield, VA. He graduated from Alberta High School in 1953, spent a year at Randolph-Macon College, and then then performed his drafted service in the U.S. Army post-Korea War. Returning home, he raised a field of watermelons one summer (or so he said) and joined the now Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in 1955. Ben always loved stock car racing, and spent many an hour at the old Lawrenceville Speedway in the 1950s and early 1960s. It must have been an affinity for cars that transpired into marriage to the late Mary Elizabeth Malone in February, 1964, thereafter honeymooning at the Daytona 500. Aside from racing, Ben, ever the country boy, enjoyed an avid life fishing primarily in local ponds and hunting, for many a year with a local South Hill hunt club (although one would be hard-pressed to remember any luck with that). He also played on a local South Hill softball team in the 1970s and enjoyed listening to radio baseball broadcasts, in the absence of a race. Ben led the life of a teetotaler, non-smoker, a man of some Scottish heritage that showed in matters of finances, non-gambler, and strait-laced. Yet . . . for many years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he and a friend put together an annual bus trip to an Orioles baseball game at the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore that after the bus left town threw out a carpeted, plywood makeshift table down the aisle for an hours long poker game, to and from, with the kids in the back. A true interstate gambling operation. Ben grew up in the Methodist Church at the now-abandoned Mt. Carmel Church in Brunswick County and for many years served as a offertory teller as well as treasurer of the Sunday School at South Hill UMC. Ben’s community involvement did not stop there however. He maintained a membership in the South Hill Moose club and from 1975 to 1991 served as treasurer of the South Hill Lions Club. Ben also believed in a community duty to care of the sick and grieving, visiting folks in the hospital, bringing food where needed, and expressing sympathy as required. But back to cars. Ben enjoyed the car business. As a side gig (long before the “gig economy”), Ben sold cars for the old Lawrenceville Chevrolet. In 1991 after 36 years, Ben retired from VDOT and shortly thereafter indulged his passion as a salesman for Saddler Motor Company in South Hill and later Boyd’s. He finally retired-retired in 2007. Ben is survived by Benny Young of Washington, DC, and his husband Joseph Mia currently residing in Los Angeles, and his three sisters Frances Brown of Richmond, VA, Betsy Winfield of Stoney Creek, VA; and Mary Northington of Myrtle Beach, SC; their husbands; and a number of nieces and nephews and their children. Visitation hours will be from 6-8 pm, November 6 at Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, VA, which will host the funeral service at 2 pm November 7 with interment at the nearby Oakwood Cemetery to follow. Donations in lieu of flowers may be in made in memory to Ben to the UVA Health Foundation for the Kipnis Lab, https://giving.uvahealth.com/ways-give, or to the South Hill Lions Club for its White Cane Day outreach, P.O. Box 424, South Hill, VA, 23970. Folks coming to the visitation and funeral are also encouraged to bring their no longer used eyeglasses to deposit in bins that will be available for donation to the Lions Club for its eyeglass recycling campaign!
Sunday, 27 October 2019 15:40

Calvin Lee Carpenter

Calvin Lee Carpenter, age 65, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away October 27, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Carpenter; his daughters, Nicole C. Clary and husband Danny and Christina C. Daniels; his grandchildren, Maygan, Austin and Haylee Clary and Hunter Daniels; his brother, Larry Carpenter; his sister, Linda Adams; and his “girls”, Rebecca “Becky” L. Clarke, Anne T. Phillips and Kathy W. Atkins. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville, VA. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. The family requests that you dress casual and comfortable to the visitation and funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:10

Willie Mae Clary Browder

Willie Mae Browder, just shy of her 95th birthday, died October 23, 2019 at the Bloom Retirement Center where she had lived the last eight years. She was predeceased by her husband Winston F. Browder; her parents, Gregg and Elle Clary; brothers, Pete, Garland and Gregg Clary; and sister, Gladys Hall. Mrs. Browder is survived by two sons, Stephen (Brenda) and Gregg (Cindy); two grandchildren, Caitlin and Madison Browder; a devoted friend, Denise Williams; and loving nieces, Barbara Hudson and Jean Moseley. Willie Mae worked until she was 84 as a bookkeeper and tax preparer. She started working with Ethelyn Cross and over the years as the company changed she ended after 53 years with Creedle, Jones and Alga. She also worked at the Big Three Warehouse and helped her husband with his farming. Her past times were watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune where she was hard to beat and doing difficult crossword puzzles. A graveside service will be held at the Edgerton Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2019. Visitation will be at the home of Brenda and Steve from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019 and after the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Edgerton Memorial Cemetery or the Edgerton United Methodist Church, c/o Jane Ward, P.O. Box 2, Dinwiddie, VA 23841.