Ellis Hagood Francis Sr.
Ellis Hagood Francis Sr., 78, of 1072 Rodgers Chapel Road, Clover died April 5, 2004 at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Mr. Francis was born in Halifax County on May 2, 1925, the son of the late Eskar Lenard Francis and Kate Lily Yates Francis, and was married to Edith Snead Francis. He was a member of Fork Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, was retired from Daystrom Furniture Company and was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Services will be held at Fork Baptist tomorrow, April 8 at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Jason Murray and Billy Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving Mr. Francis are his wife; two sons, Ellis Hagood Francis Jr. of South Hill, and his special friend, Debra Critcher, of Roxboro, N.C., and Tommy Wayne Francis and his wife, Heather of Clover; two daughters, Patricia F.
Gordon and her husband, Jerry, of Buffalo Junction, and Jane F. Womack and husband, Gary of Halifax; two sisters, Joyce B. Brooks of South Hill and Lillian Toombs of Staunton; three grandsons, Jeremy Francis, Adam Francis and Daniel Francis, all of Bracey; and one granddaughter, Mary Lee Francis of Clover.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Willie Thomas 'Bill' Francis and Ernest 'Booster' Francis; and two sisters, Mary Conner and Fannie Yates.
The family will receive friends this evening, April 7 between 7:00 and 8:30, at Brooks Funeral Home, and other times at the home.
Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider Clover Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 199, Clover, or Fork Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 5202 Falkland Road, Scottsburg, 24589.
Edith Blackstock Francisco
Edith Blackstock Francisco, 88, of 5031 Hunting Creek Road, Nathalie died January 11, 2004 at Duke University Medical Center.
Mrs. Francisco was born in Halifax County on December 7, 1915, the daughter of the late Joe Riley Blackstock and Daisy Ligon Blackstock and was married to the late George Morell Francisco.
She was a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church, a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Triangle Volunteer Fire Department and was a recipient of the outstanding citizen award of the Woodmen of the World.
Survivors of Mrs. Francisco include two daughters, Lois F. Green and fiance, Ronnie Womack, of Vernon Hill and Dr. Dale F. Williams and husband, Ray, of Roxboro, N.C.; five sons, Larry C. Francisco and wife, Ila, of Raleigh, N.C., Jackie M. Francisco and wife, Mary Ann, of Halifax, David R. Francisco and wife, Mary L., of Nathalie, Danny T. Francisco and special friend, Leslie Hatcher, of Sutherlin, and Chris F. Green and wife, Tiffany, of Clover; one brother, A.B. 'Buster' Blackstock of Nathalie; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Francisco was also preceded in death by one daughter and son-in-law, Patsy F. and Johnny Johnson; three sisters, Ethel B. Neal, Elizabeth B. Ward, and Evelyn H. Woltz; and four brothers, Andrew Blackstock, Joe 'Rat' Blackstock, Earlie Blackstock and Jesse Blackstock.
A funeral service will be held today, January 14 at 3 p.m. at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Tony Sisk and H.V. Conner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider Hunting Creek Baptist Church, c/o Steve Anderson.
Major William Randolph Watkins III
Major William Randolph Watkins III, USAF, 37, of Goldsboro, NC, died April 7, 2003, in Iraq while flying a combat mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Major Watkins was born in Halifax County on December 17, 1965, the son of the late William R. Watkins Jr. and Anne Marie Haley Atkins of Danville.
He is survived by his wife, Major Melissa Watkins; 11 month-old-son, William Tucker Watkins; and their second child expected in August; his mother; sister, Mary Garrett Watkins of Philadelphia, PA; one brother, Edward Barksdale Watkins of Richmond.
Also surviving are his uncles, Tucker Carrington Watkins IV of Clover, Jeff Haley and William Haley, both of Danville, Phillip Haley of Chicago, IL, and Joseph Haley of Richmond; aunts, Louise Watkins Moore of Halifax, Porter Watkins Thrift of South Boston, Judy Hooker and Terri Hall, both of Danville, and Betty Stuart Scott of Beckley, WV; and his grandmother, Rosemary Hellman Haley of Danville.
Major Watkins graduated from Woodberry Forest High School in 1984, and is a 1989 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served 12 years in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer in the A-6E Intruder and F-14A Tomcat. In June 2001, he transferred to the United States Air Force as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F-15E Strike Eagle and was stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC. He was recently selected to assume the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was due to pin in the coming year.
A memorial service was held on April 26 in Southwest Asia by the members of the deployed forces with which he was serving. The funeral will be held tomorrow, May 3, at 11 a.m. at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Halifax. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
A joint memorial service for Major Watkins and his pilot, Captain Eric Cas of Amarillo, Texas is tentatively planned for Friday, May 9, at Seymour Johnson, AFB, NC.
Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider the Watkins Children's Education Fund, C/ BB&T, P.O. Box 1677, Goldsboro, NC 27533-1677.
Viola Alderson Carrington
Viola Alderson Carrington, 91, of 2114 North Main Street, South Boston, died April 29, 2003 at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Carrington was born in Halifax County on August 2, 1911, the daughter of Samuel Alderson and Ella Edmondson Alderson and was married to the late Robert Lee Carrington. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held May 4 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist with the Rev. Dr. James Crowder officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Garden Cemetery.
Survivors of Mrs. Carrington include five daughters, Thelma Bryant of New York, NY, Sammy Holloway of Oxon Hill, MD, Marion Carrington of Englewood, NJ, Jean Winston and Melba Crews, both of South Boston; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph Alderson of Red Oak; two sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; and one sister-in-law, Ruby Alderson. She was preceded in death by five children, Barbara Steward, Robert Carrington, Alfred Carrington, Mae Alderson-Brown and Merra Carrington.
The family will receive friends at Jeffress Funeral Chapel Saturday evening from 7:00 until 8:00, and other times at the home.
Daniel Webster Hamlett Sr.
Daniel Webster Hamlett Sr., 69, of New Haven, CT, formerly of Halifax County, died on April 24, 2003.
Mr. Hamlett was born in Campbell County on November 4, 1933, the son of David Hamlett and Temple Pannell Hamlett, and was married to Betty Mae Hamlett. He was a former member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty D. Hamlett and Henrietta Hamlett, both of New Haven, and Lorretta Bernard of Atlanta, GA; two sons, Linore Hamlett of Newton, NC and Daniel W. Hamlett Jr. of New Haven; two stepsons, Glasco Staten of New Haven and Herman Lee Staten of Topeka, KS; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Henry of Halifax and Frances Dickerson of Albany, NY; five brothers, William Moses Hamlett, George Hamlett and Herbert Hamlett, all of Halifax, Harold Hamlett of Danville, and Herman Hamlett of Albany.
Funeral services for Mr. Hamlett will be held tomorrow, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Brookneal with the Rev. Lorenzo Otey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home of Barbara Hamlett, Crystal Hill.
Tammy Sue Jones
Tammy Sue Jones, 40, of 2010 Union Grove Road, South Boston, died April 29, 2003 at her home.
Mrs. Jones was born July 12, 1962, the daughter of Earl J. Murphy and Natalie Murphy, and was married to John Henry Jones Jr.
Survivors include her husband; her father and his wife, Kathy, of Ruther Glen; two sons, Bobby Williams of South Boston and Brian Williams of Spottsylvania; two daughters, Tanya and Melissa Williams, both of Spottsylvania; one stepdaughter, Teresa J. Badawi of South Boston; one brother, Michael Murphy of Ruther Glen; one grandchild, Katlyn Marie Williams; and two step-grandchildren, Jeremy Hudson and Renee 'Ke-Ke' Sims. She was preceded in death by her mother; and one sister, Sandra Marie Murphy.
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The family will receive friends at the home.
Joyce Elaine Moorefield
Joyce Elaine Moorefield, 51, of 1092 Golden Leaf Road, Nathalie, died April 27, 2003 in Lynchburg.
Ms. Moorefield was the daughter of the late Claude Bernard and Ethel Tucker Moorefield. She was a member of the Bread of Life Church in Rustburg.
Survivors include one son, Emanuel Hunt; two goddaughters, Mary and Kendra Allen, all of Charlottesville; three foster daughters, Crystal and LaQia Torian and Brandy brooks of the home; two sisters, Gelois Miller and husband, John, of Nathalie and Henrietta Scott of Newark, DE; four brothers, Jimmie Moorefield and wife, Berta, of Madison Heights, Tucker Moorefield and wife, Lynn, of Newark, George Moorefield and wife, Diedra, of Mt. Rainer, MD, and Joseph Moorefield of Nathalie; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ms. Moorefield will be held tomorrow, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Republican Grove Baptist Church, Nathalie with burial in the family cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from &:00 to 8:00 at the chapel of Jeffress Funeral Home, Brookneal.
Arch Samuel Satterfield
Arch Samuel Satterfield, 90, of 2196 Huell Matthews Highway, South Boston, died May 1, 2003 at Berry Hill Nursing Home.
Mr. Satterfield was born in Halifax County on March 23, 1913, the son of John Fleet Satterfield and Ella Elizabeth Boyd Satterfield and was married to Louise Long Satterfield. He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, a WWII Veteran, and a survivor of Pearl Harbor. He was also a member of American Legion Post 8.
Survivors include a devoted niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by one son, Wayne Anderson Satterfield.
Services for Mr. Satterfield will be held today, May 2 at 2 p.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church with the Revs. Rudolph Jacobs and Doug Martin officiating. Burial will take place in Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Military Rites.
The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider Halifax County Rescue Squad, PO Box 183, South Boston, 24592.
Thomas Lee Whitlock Sr.
Thomas Lee Whitlock Sr., 70, of 4212 East Hyco Road, South Boston, died April 28, 2003 at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Mr. Whitlock was born in Halifax County on September 29, 1932, the son of Gordon Coleman Whitlock and Lena Pannell Whitlock and was married to Fannie Mae Coles Whitlock. He was a member of White Oak Grove Baptist Church in Sutherlin.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Mae Whitlock and Tracey Whitlock, both of Vernon Hill, and Sandra Whitlock of Duluth, GA; two sons, Thomas L. Whitlock Jr. of South Boston and Stacey Whitlock of Duluth; 8 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Vennie Whitlock of South Boston and Willie C. Whitlock of Petersburg; and one daughter-in-law. He was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Whitlock; one sister, Pauline Majors; and one brother, Maynard Whitlock.
Funeral services for Mr. Whitlock were held May 1 at 1 p.m. at White Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Melvin Fuller officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery.
George Wesley Garrett Sr.
George Wesley Garrett Sr., 62, of South Boston died April 6, 2004 at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Mr. Garrett was born in Halifax County on March 15, 1942, the son of Milton Palmer Garrett and Phoebe Smith Garrett and was married to Delois Williams Garrett. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Shenell Garrett of South Boston and Darlene Ragland of Nathalie; two sons, George Wesley Garrett Jr. of South Boston and James Richard Garrett of Nathalie; seven grandchildren; five sisters, Annie Ragland and Connie Carrington, both of Clover, Beulah Miller of Nathalie, Nannie Canada of New York and Phoebe Jennings of South Boston; six brothers, Dr. William Brown of Washington, D.C., Milton Garrett of New York, Saint Clair Garrett of Alexandria, William Garrett of Nathalie, Lester Garrett of Chase City and Alexander Garrett of New York. Mr. Garrett was preceded in death by one daughter, Debbie Garrett; and one son-in-law, Michael Ragland.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow, April 10 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with the Rev. James E. Traynham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home of Delois Garrett, 1160 Cole Ferry Road, Nathalie.
Frances Langford Gentry
Frances Langford Gentry died on Friday, February 13, 2004.
She was born July 15, 1928, and was a devoted educator.
She began her teaching career in Stokesdale, N.C., in 1955 and retired in 1986 from the Burlington School System.
Mrs. Gentry is survived by her husband of 46 years, Lamberth George Gentry, two children, Andrew and Sandra, one granddaughter, Miranda, three sisters, Carolyn Chambers of Rougemont, N.C., Ethel Blalock and husband David of Timberlake, N.C., and Mary Hunley and husband Merritt of South Boston, and four bothers, Johnny Mack Langford and wife Norma Jean and Tex Wayne Langford, all of Roxboro, Tim Langford and wife Elizabeth of Virgilina and George Langford and wife Faye of Lake Worth, Fla.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 16, at 2 p.m. at the Rich and Thompson funeral chapel in Burlington N.C.
Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Kinnett Memorial Baptist Church, 1106 East Morchead Street, Burlington, N.C. 27215 or the charity of the donor's choice.
Ruby Wyatt Gerst
Ruby Wyatt Gerst, 78, of South Boston, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at South Boston Manor.
She was born in Halifax County on November 12, 1925, the daughter of the late Drewey Wyatt and Mary Bruce Wyatt and was married to the late Roney Gerst Jr.
Mrs. Gerst was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Lou Frances Young of Hyattsville, Md., Lorena Gerst Veney of South Boston and Mary Augusta of Forestville, Md., two sons, Lee Archer Gerst of Washington D.C., and Otis E. Gerst of Hyattsville, Md., six step-children, Ronald Lee Gerst, Tyrone Gerst, Rowena Coleman, Jacqueline Taylor, Dewanda Gerst and Meinesia Gerst, one brother, Thomas William Wyatt of New Jersey, three sisters, Sarah Ann Gerst of Jamaica, N.Y., Ella Louise Weaver of Queens Village, N.Y., and Edith Grandy of Queens, N.Y., 14 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including the devoted Ella Carrington.
Funeral services for Mrs. Gerst will be held today, March 22, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Terry officiating. burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Edna Marie Link Gilley
Edna Marie Link Gilley, 61, of 3088 Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston died March 3, 2004 at her home.
Born in Halifax County, she was the daughter of the late John and Geneva Sadler Link.
Mrs. Gilley is survived by her husband, John Gilley; her mother-in-law, Gracie Carver Gilley of Roxboro; two sons, Michael Gilley of South Boston and Troy Gilley of South Hill; three sisters, Elsie L. Wazeka of South Boston, Audrey L. Hazelwood of Halifax, and Daisy L. Duffy of Danville; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 6 at Brooks & White Chapel in Roxboro, N.C., by Dr. Toby Stone. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening, March 5, from 7:00 until 8:30 at Brooks & White Funeral Home.
Ronald Wayne Gillogly
Ronald Wayne Gillogly, 66, died March 31, 2004 in Indiana. He was born to Silas and Para Lee Elliott Gillogly of Crawfordsville, Ind.
Mr. Gillogly was first married to the late Marie Davenport and then to Aleta Ann Baker, who survives him.
He is also survived by four children, Rhonda Rogers and her husband, Jimmie, of Alton, Jeff Baker of Kingman, Bryce Gillogly and wife, Lisa, of Washington Boro, Pa., and Terri Armold and her husband, Barry, of Bainbridge, Pa.; one brother, Donald Gillogly of Crawfordsville; 11 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Maurice Edward Gillogly.
Funeral services for Mr. Gillogly will be held in Waveland, Inc.
Florine Ragland Gunn
Florine Ragland Gunn, 83, of 200 Childs Avenue, South Boston died January 20, 2004 at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg.
Mrs. Gunn was born in Halifax County on August 20, 1920, the daughter of the late Willie Ragland and Lillie A. Ragland and was married to the late George Gunn. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Her survivors include two sons, George Gunn Jr. of Alexandria and Gregory Gunn of Dinwiddie; two daughters, Suzette Williams of Baltimore, Md. and Patricia Perkins of Dinwiddie; one sister, Izetta Miller of Gretna; two brothers, David Ragland of South Boston and Leslie Ragland of Martinsville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service for Mrs. Gunn will be held tomorrow, January 24 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. James M. Crowder officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel this evening, January 23, from 6:00 until 8:00.
Howard Dwayne Hamilton
Howard Dwayne Hamilton, 49, of 2308 North Main Street, South Boston died February 28, 2004 at VCU-MCV Health System in Richmond.
Mr. Hamilton w as born in South Boston on September 28, 1954, the son of Levi B. Hamilton Sr. and Amelia Walton Hamilton. He was a member of Ebenezer CME Church and was employed by Lasco Bathware, Inc.
Survivors include his parents of South Boston; five sisters, Katrina H. Graves of Manassas, Kathy H. Brown of Holly Springs, N.C., Shelby G. Hamilton of Mitchellville, Md., Martha H. Henry of Richmond and Frankie H. Towner of Austell, Ga.; and one brother, Levi B. Hamilton Jr. of Raleigh, N.C.
Funeral services for Mr. Hamilton will be held tomorrow, March 4 at noon at Ebenezer CME Church with the Rev. Leonard Jones III officiating. Burial will follow in the Pounds Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home of his parents, 2203 North Main Street, South Boston.
Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider Ebenezer CME Church Building Fund, c/o Ebenezer CME Church, 2309 North Main Street, South Boston, 24592.
Burnis Mordecai Harris
Burnis Mordecai Harris, 73, of 2062 Wolf Trap Road, South Boston died January 19, 2004 at his home.
Mr. Harris was born in Heflin Ala. on July 5, 1930, the son of the late Missouri Hendon Harris and Simeon F. Harris, and was married to Rebecca C. Harris. He was retired from the Tennessee Department of Corrections and served in the U.S. Army.
A graveside service will be held tomorrow, January 22 at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Mennonite Church Cemetery. Pastor Kelvin Good will officiate.
Survivors of Mr. Harris include his wife; one son, Ray Harris of Crescent City, Or.; one daughter, Deborah Bramlett of Winona, Ms; one stepson, Harvey Leamond of Manassas; one brother, Benton Harris of Tyler, Texas; two sisters, Mary H. Kell and Mickey H. Redden, both of Rome, Ga.; one granddaughter; five grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren.
Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, 24592.
The family will receive friends at the home.