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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Lori Gibson Wells
Posted: February 14, 2018 - 1:04 pm

Lori Ann Gibson Wells, 56, of Chatham died Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at UVA Medical Center.

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William P. Livingston
Posted: February 14, 2018 - 8:51 am

William Paul Livingston, a long-time resident of Dover and Rehoboth by the Sea, Del., passed away on February 10, 2018, at 95 years young. Bill was the son of the late Joseph Hall Livingston and Laura Mae Tirrell, both of Jefferson City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his brother Bob, sister Margie, and the love of his life, Elizabeth “Pat” Livingston, who passed August 5, 2017. In 1944 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. While stationed at Dover AFB he met and married Elizabeth Wharton Wilson on September 26, 1944. (Bill was quite the romantic and, all through his married life, was known to leave cute little notes hidden in the house for her to find). In 1949, he graduated from Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, Missouri, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Education in 1951.

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Monday 02/12/2018
Charlie Arthur Anderson, Jr.
Posted: February 12, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Charlie Arthur Anderson, Jr., 88, of Gretna died Saturday, February 10, 2018.

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Tina Collins Reynolds
Posted: February 12, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Tina Collins Reynolds, 53, of Sandy Level died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Duke University Medical Center.

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Iris Henderson Tate
Posted: February 12, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Iris Henderson Tate, beloved wife, mother, Grandma Georgia and Gigi, was welcomed into the gates of Heaven by her siblings, parents, and her beloved grandson Trey. She was the epitome of a true Southern lady. She loved entertaining her family on any occasion. Her table was always open.

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Jonathan Alex Rawlings
Updated: February 12, 2018 - 3:44 pm

Jonathan Alex Rawlings passed away February 5, 2018, in Cape Coral, Fla.

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Thursday 02/08/2018
Floyd Allen Holley
Posted: February 08, 2018 - 3:38 pm

CALLANDS – Floyd Allen Holley, age 91, of 2837 Mapleton Dr. Callands, entered into rest on February 7, 2018 at Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Janie Hurrell Jones
Posted: February 08, 2018 - 8:24 am

Janie Hurrell Jones, 95, of 1647 Lawless Creek Road, Blairs, Virginia, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on February 6. Janie was born on August 1, 1922, to Thomas H. and Roberta C. Hurrell. After “Berta” died unexpectedly, Janie was raised from the age of two by her Aunt and Uncle, Dora and Emmett Snead. Janie had two brothers, Leonard and Leslie T. Hurrell, who was killed on the USS Houston, March 1, 1942. Janie is believed to be the first Gold Star family member from World War II from Danville. In 1943, Janie married Austin E. Jones Sr. who survives and has been her adoring husband for 74 years. She is also survived by four children: Austin Jones Jr. (Sandy) of Blairs; Suzanne Marshall of Blacksburg; Cathy Nesselroade (Bob) of Danville; and Frankie H. Jones (Diane) of Danville. Grandchildren include April Daily, Leslie Jester, Christie Wall, Holly Vicks, Michael Marshall, Ashley Jones, Scott Jones, and Megan James as well as six great grandchildren. She was also particularly fond of her devoted friends and caregivers, Shirley McCain and Michael Younger. Janie was a past Worthy Matron of the Danville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and a Life Master of the Danville Duplicate Bridge Club. She was a member of Kentuck Baptist Church. The family would like to give special thanks to Commonwealth Home Nursing and Hospice and cargegivers Darlene Reaves, Vickye Pittmon, Stacy Davis, and Ellen Cop.

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Tuesday 02/06/2018
Shirley Bowen Gammon
Posted: February 06, 2018 - 10:07 am

Shirley Bowen Gammon, 79, of Chatham, entered into rest on February 5, 2018, at Lynchburg General Hospital.

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Monday 02/05/2018
Fred Keith
Posted: February 05, 2018 - 1:46 pm

Fred Keith, 72, of Martinsville, Va., went to be with his Lord, Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born January 28, 1946, in Floyd, Va., to the late James Keith and the late Lila Wilson Keith. Fred proudly served his country in Vietnam as a member of the US Army.

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William Wilson Wells, Sr.
Updated: February 05, 2018 - 10:09 am

William Wilson Wells, Sr., 84, of 231 James Rd., Danville, Va. passed away Friday, February 2, 2018, at his residence. He was born January 7, 1934, in Dry Fork to the late Joel Estes Wells, Sr. and the late Elsie Smith Wells. William was a member of Lively Stones Baptist Church. He was a member of the following organizations; Roman Eagle Masonic Lodge of Masons for 50 years where he served as a past Worshipful Master, board of Roman Eagle Health & Rehab, a member of TPA (Travelers Protective Association) for 50 years where he held various offices, a member of Pochantion Tribe of Redman #124. William worked for Dan River Mills for 48 years where his last position was in the Personnel Office. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army in Germany.

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Friday 02/02/2018
Mary Dodd Snow
Posted: February 02, 2018 - 2:16 pm

Mary Dodd Snow, 100, formerly of Dry Fork, went home to be with the Lord on February 1, 2018, at SOVAH Health-Danville. She had resided at Chatham Health and Rehab for the last two years.

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Thursday 02/01/2018
Robert Preston Tuck
Posted: February 01, 2018 - 3:22 pm

Robert Preston Tuck, 73, of 2068 Tightsqueeze Rd., Chatham, Va., entered into rest on February 1, 2018, at SOVAH Health-Danville in Danville.

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Tuesday 01/30/2018
Timothy Neal Travis
Posted: January 30, 2018 - 11:54 am

Timothy Neal Travis, 50, of 107 Reid St., Chatham, entered into rest on January 26, 2018, at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond.

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Bobby L. Jennings
Posted: January 30, 2018 - 10:45 am

Bobby L. Jennings, 81, of Lucama, N.C., passed away Tuesday, January 30.

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Monday 01/29/2018
Robert ‘R.D.’ Dexter Williams, Sr.
Posted: January 29, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Robert “R.D.” Dexter Williams, Sr., 75, of Gretna died Friday, January 26, 2018, at his residence.

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Betty Jean Wooldridge Haley
Posted: January 29, 2018 - 8:52 am

Betty Jean Wooldridge Haley, 87, of 278 Major Court, Danville, Virginia, passed from this life surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Sovah Health Danville. She was born November 1, 1930, in Appomattox, Virginia, to the late Elsie Shaner Wooldridge Saunders and late Robert Lee Wooldridge. Mrs. Haley is survived by her husband, Charles Henry Haley. She loved spending time outdoors working in her yard. Mrs. Haley worked with Dan River, Inc. for many years, and she was also employed with Disston for several years prior to retirement. Mrs. Haley was a member of North Main Baptist Church.

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Friday 01/26/2018
Ida Mae Watlington Johnson
Posted: January 26, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Ida Mae Watlington Johnson, 85, of Woodbridge died Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
Charles Owen Haymes Sr.
Posted: January 24, 2018 - 4:32 pm

Charles Owen Haymes Sr., 81, of 111 Hedrick Dr. Chatham, received complete healing from his earthly body, entered into Heaven, and has been clothed with his heavenly body on January 24, 2018, at his residence.

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Monday 01/22/2018
Shirley Brooks Pickral
Posted: January 22, 2018 - 5:12 pm

Shirley Brooks Pickral, 82 of Gretna, died Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Guggenheimer Health and Rehab Center in Lynchburg.

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Patricia ‘Pat’ Updike Connor
Posted: January 22, 2018 - 9:44 am

Patricia “Pat” Updike Connor, 77, of Gretna died Friday, January 19, 2018, at her residence.

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Roger Cleo Boswell
Posted: January 22, 2018 - 9:42 am

Roger Cleo Boswell, 95, formerly of Chatham, passed away Saturday, January 20th, at Sovah Health following a brief decline in health.

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Friday 01/19/2018
Maude Edda Osborne Adkins
Posted: January 19, 2018 - 2:36 pm

Maude Edda Osborne Adkins, 92, of 1489 Cooksburg Rd. Chatham, entered into rest on January 18, 2018, at Sovah Health in Danville.

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Thursday 01/18/2018
Jimmy Ray Keatts
Posted: January 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Jimmy Ray Keatts, 68, of Gretna died Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at his residence.

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Mary Easley Franklin
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Mary Easley Franklin, 83, of Gretna died Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at her residence.

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Tuesday 01/16/2018
Montie Wayne Heath
Posted: January 16, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Montie Wayne Heath, 69, of 4661 Irish Rd., Chatham, entered into rest on January 16, 2018 at his residence.

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Monday 01/15/2018
Zada P. Oakes
Posted: January 15, 2018 - 12:26 pm

Zada P. Oakes, 94, died on January 13, 2018, at Roman Eagle Nursing Home in Danville after suffering a stroke. She was born in Martinsville on March 17, 1923, to Pearl G. and Lafe P. Prillaman, who predeceased her. Also preceding her in death were her sister Norris P. Miller, brothers James A. Prillaman, A. Otis Prillaman, L. Berkley Prillaman, and Kenneth G. Prillaman, brothers-in-law F.B. “Snookie” Davis and Raymond P. Miller, sister-in-law Barbara M. Prillaman, and son-in-law Luther M. Scruggs.

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Lois Adams Byrd
Posted: January 15, 2018 - 12:21 pm

Lois Adams Byrd, 68, of 249 Davis Rd., Chatham, entered into rest on January 11, 2018, at her residence.

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Tuesday 01/09/2018
William ‘Bill’ Thompson, Jr.
Posted: January 09, 2018 - 11:54 am

William “Bill” Thompson, Jr. was born April 25, 1942, in Richmond, the only child of Carrington and Margaret Thompson, and he will be laid to rest in Chatham with those of his family who came before him. Having said goodbye to those he loved, Bill died in San Diego, Calif., following a long and courageous battle against Parkinson’s disease that finally took him on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

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Monday 01/08/2018
Aaron Matthew Waters
Posted: January 08, 2018 - 12:42 pm

Aaron Matthew Waters, 35, of Pittsville died Friday, January 5, 2018, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital after over eight years of declining health.

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Rev. Julian Parks Griffin
Posted: January 08, 2018 - 9:49 am

Rev. Julian Parks Griffin of Burlington, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 4, 2018. He was the oldest son of the late William Samuel Griffin and Thelma Blackmon Griffin. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Becky Bailey Griffin; his daughter, Kathryn Griffin Tucker; his son Jonathan David Griffin; and his grandson, Brian Hope.

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Friday 01/05/2018
Darrell Wayne Oakes
Posted: January 05, 2018 - 4:20 pm

Darrell “Wayne” Oakes, 81, husband of Mary Ann Oakes, of Morehead City, N.C., passed away on January 3, 2018.

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
Mozelle Kendrick Reynolds
Posted: January 03, 2018 - 4:50 pm

Mozelle Kendrick Reynolds, 87, of 7349 Callands Rd., Chatham, Va., entered into rest on January 2, 2018, at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

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Tuesday 01/02/2018
Herman Thomas Murphy
Posted: January 02, 2018 - 2:28 pm

Herman Thomas Murphy, 88, formerly of 5633 Dry Fork Road, entered into rest on December 31, 2017, at Piney Forest Health & Rehab in Danville.

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Friday 12/29/2017
Anna Dykes Evans Dodson
Posted: December 29, 2017 - 4:58 pm

Anna Dykes Evans Dodson, 75, of Chatham, entered into rest on December 28, 2017, at Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Nancy Reynolds Hundley
Posted: December 29, 2017 - 4:28 pm

Nancy Reynolds Hundley, 84, of 16033 Callands Rd., Callands, entered into rest on December 28, 2017, at her residence.

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Vivian 'Peggy' Harman
Posted: December 29, 2017 - 8:53 am

Vivian “Peggy” Harman was born December 1, 1941, to William David Morton and Eula Grace (Dalton) Morton in Gretna, Va., Pittsylvania County. She passed away on December 26, 2017, in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Climax High School and she was on the women’s basketball team. She later resided in Tazewell, Va., where she raised her three children.

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
Victor Lindberg 'Lindy' Aaron Sr.
Posted: December 27, 2017 - 1:35 pm

Victor Lindberg “Lindy” Aaron Sr., 90, of Chatham, entered into rest on December 23, 2017, at Sovah Health-Danville.

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Tuesday 12/26/2017
Rebecca Pickeral Turner
Posted: December 26, 2017 - 9:25 am

GRETNA – Rebecca “Becky” Pickeral Turner, 91, of Gretna, passed peacefully into eternity Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Gretna Health and Rehab Center.

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Michael Collins Lynch
Posted: December 26, 2017 - 9:07 am

Michael Collins Lynch, 70, of Mount Vernon, formerly of Avon Lake, Ohio, and Pittsville, Va., died Friday December 22, 2017, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, following a brief illness. Mike was born February 14, 1947, in Mount Vernon to Russell E. Lynch Sr. and Vesta (Keyes) Lynch. He graduated from Avon Lake High School, attended Cleveland State University, and served two years in the United States Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a professional photographer in both Ohio and Washington, D.C.

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Emogene Guthrie Mayhew
Posted: December 26, 2017 - 9:00 am

GRETNA – Emogene Guthrie Mayhew, 90, of Gretna, died Friday, December 22, 2017, at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital.

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Friday 12/22/2017
Frank Ingram
Posted: December 22, 2017 - 1:15 pm

GRETNA – David Frank Ingram, Jr., 94, of Gretna, died Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Runk and Pratt at Liberty Ridge in Lynchburg.

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Thursday 12/21/2017
Lawrence Dabney Brumfield
Posted: December 21, 2017 - 2:23 pm

KEELING – Lawrence Dabney Brumfield, 78, of 765 Brumfield Rd., Keeling, entered into the arms of Jesus on December 20, 2017.

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Wednesday 12/20/2017
Brenda Layne Velarde
Posted: December 20, 2017 - 3:13 pm

GRETNA – Brenda Layne Velarde, 65 of Gretna, died Sunday, December 17, 2017, as result of an automobile accident.

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Lelia Atkinson Burnett Bowen
Posted: December 20, 2017 - 11:58 am

Lelia Atkinson Burnett Bowen, 98, formerly of Danville passed away Monday, Dec. 18, in the Orlando, Fla., area, where she had lived since 2003.

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Monday 12/18/2017
Effie Irby Hardy
Posted: December 18, 2017 - 4:15 pm

Effie Irby Hardy, 91, of Hurt died Sunday, December 17, 2017 at The Summit in Lynchburg.

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Rev. Hasful Clyde Crowder
Posted: December 18, 2017 - 4:02 pm

Rev. Hasful Clyde Crowder, 91, of 593 Woodlawn Academy Road, Chatham, entered into rest on December 17, 2017, at SOVAH Health in Danville.

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David Michael Holley
Posted: December 18, 2017 - 3:38 pm

David Michael Holley, 65, of 2785 Mapleton Drive, Callands, Va., passed away Monday, December 18, 2017, at his residence. He was born December 23, 1951, in Callands to Helen Oakes Holley and Floyd A. Holley. He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Wilkes Holley. David retired from Norfolk Southern following 39 years of service. He loved hunting and fishing. David was of the Christian Faith.

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Mary Amos Motley
Posted: December 18, 2017 - 12:35 pm

Mary Amos Motley, 82, of Chatham died Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Gretna Health and Rehab.

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Gary 'Peanut' Woodson
Posted: December 18, 2017 - 9:42 am

Gary “Peanut” Roger Woodson, age 62 of Chatham, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Lynchburg General Hospital surrounded by his family.

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