Jeffress Funeral Home
 2000 North Main Street - South Boston,VA 24592
 434.572.2046 
​Stanley L. Jeffress and Wanda B. Jeffress - Owners
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OBITUARY NOTICES

Henry Wardel Chappell Sr.

Henry Wardel Chappell Sr., 79, of Poplar Creek Street, South Boston died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. He was born in Halifax County on Oct. 5, 1936, a son of the late James Chappell and Josie Smith Chappell.

Mr. Chappell is survived by his long time companion, LaSandra McNair of South Boston; 15 daughters, Barbara Barksdale and husband Earl of Baltimore, Md., Ann Ferguson and husband Leo, Denise Chappell and Carrie Jones, all of South Boston, Shelia Jeffress and husband Solomon of Alton, Joyce Marable and husband Willie of Danville, Jacqueline Cook and Vivian West and husband Eric of South Boston, Angela Polk of Danville, Gela Nethercutt and husband Charles of Florence, S.C., Tonya Chandler of South Boston, Tina Tuck of Amherst, Maxine Lester Edmonds of Roxboro, N.C., Shelea McNair of Raleigh, N.C., and Elizabeth Chappell of South Boston; 10 sons, Shon Chappell and wife Rose of South Boston, Henry W. Chappell and wife Alicia of Martinsburg, W.Va., Damon Chandler and wife Deborah and Justin Chandler and wife Sheri, all of South Boston, Henry W. Lester and wife Ann of Oxford, N.C., Kevin Lester and wife Barbara of South Boston, LaGonda Johnson of Gainsville, Fla., Tyree Kelly of Freehold, N.J., Robert Bouldin and wife Sandra of Crofton, Ky., Gregory Bouldin and wife Adrienna of Glen Allen; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Geraldine Walton of South Boston, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by three daughters, Debora Chappell, Katina Chappell and Regina Chappell and one son, Lance Chandler, two grandchildren, Christopher Polk and Kanjeia Harris, two sisters, Frances Wyatt and Roxie Stokes and two brothers, James O. Chappell, Jr. and Silas Chappell.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Jeter Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Willie Marable officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public visitation will be Friday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 6-7 p.m. and other times at 130 Poplar Creek Street, South Boston.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 


Dolly Wood Jeffresse

Evangelist Dolly Wood Jeffress of Rensselaer, New York, formerly of South Boston, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the age of 87.

Evangelist Jeffress was born Sept. 23, 1929 in South Boston to the late Mr. Beverly Wood and Mrs. Eliza Jennings Wood Medley. She was married to the late Elder Emmett Jeffress, who formerly pastored Wilborn Temple First Church of God in Christ, Albany, New York. While in New York she served as district president of the Pastors’ and Ministers Wives’ Circle, Western District of Eastern, New York First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction #1 and of Wilborn Temple COGIC Evangelist/Missionary Board.

Evangelist Jeffress is survived by one daughter, Ms. Louise Long Cooper, of Danville; three grandchildren; six great grandchildren; four sisters, Ms. Lillie Mae Wood of Halifax, Ms. Gladys Holt and Ms. Mamie Delores Price, both of South Boston, and Mrs. Dorothy Loraine Moorman and husband William of Lennig; two brothers, Deacon Luther Wood and wife Catherine and Mr. Beverly David Wood and wife Joan, all of South Boston; two sisters-in-law; a devoted goddaughter and caregiver, Ms. Genine Mandeville, of Menands, New York; and devoted nieces and nephew who were caregivers, Deborah, Elder Tony and Kendra Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends including the Wilborn Temple Family.

Funeral services for Evangelist Dolly Jeffress will be Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at noon at The Crawford House Chapel in Halifax.

Burial will follow in the Spanish Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will start at 10 a.m. the morning of the service.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


MR. ABRAHAM BRIGGS

Mr. Abraham Briggs of South Boston, VA died on Sunday, January 24th in Wilson, NC at the age of 78.

 Mr. Briggs was born in Halifax County on August 26, 1938 to the late Mr. Alexander Briggs and Mrs. Susie Norwood Briggs. He was a member of Jeter Chapel Baptist Church and was formerly employed by Faulkner Lawson Drug Company, US Plywood and National Car Rental.

Mr. Briggs is survived by (2) daughters: Ms. Terri M. Briggs of Plainfield, NJ and Ms. Shawn T. Briggs of Piscataway, NJ; (1) son: Mr. Randy R. Briggs and wife, Sharina of Plainfield, NJ; (6) grandchildren; (5) great grandchildren; (8) sisters: Ms. Janie Brown, Ms. Rose Haskins, Ms. Frances Batts, Mrs. Mildred Paterson and husband, Ray, Ms. Maria Scott, Ms. Yvonne Paniel, Ms. Ann Coleman and Ms. Linda Briggs; (2) brothers: Mr. William Briggs and wife, Bernadette and Mr. Reginald Briggs and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by (1) son: Mr. Clifton Tony Briggs; (1) sister: Mrs. Mary Thomas and (2) brothes: Mr. James (Bubba) Briggs and Mr. Wilkins (Bud) Briggs.

Funeral services for Mr. Abraham Briggs will be Monday, February 1st at 1:00 p.m. at Jeter Chapel Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 4 to 5 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffess Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.  


MR. JAMES EDWARD DUNKLEY, SR.

Mr. James Edward Dunkley, Sr., affectionately known as “Boo”, formerly of South Boston, VA died on Saturday, January 23rd in New York at the age of 73.

Mr. Dunkley was born in Halifax County on September 6, 1943 to the late Mr. Abraham Dunkley and Mrs. Pearl Dunkley. He was married to Mrs. Shirley Marie Dunkley and was a retired employee of Creedmoore Psychiatric Center in New York.

Mr. Dunkley is survived by his wife: Mrs. Shirley Marie Dunkley; (2) daughter: Ms. Shirley V. Dunkley of New York and Bonnie M. Henry and husband, Larry of Virginia; (2) sons: Mr. James E. Dunkley, Jr. and Mr. Anthony D. Dunkley, both of New York; (8) grandchildren; (4) great grandchildren; his daughter-in-law: Mrs. Natasha O. Dunkley; his siblings: Ms. Mary Ennis, Ms. Martha Sharpe, Mr. Benjamin Dunkley, Mr. Frank Dunkley, Mr. William Dunkley and Mr. Milton Dunkley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by (1) sister: Ms. Lucille Dunkley; (2) brothers: Mr. Stephen Bowman and Mr. Roger Lee Dunkley.

Graveside services for Mr. James Edward Dunkley, Sr. will be Wednesday, February 3rd at 11 A.M. at Rose Garden Cemetery with Rev. Harold Watkins officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 2nd from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffess Funeral Home, North Main Street, South Boston, VA.  

Will Fred Coleman Sr.

Will Fred Coleman Sr, of Clover died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., at the age of 96. Born in Halifax County on Dec. 9, 1919 to the late Johnnie Henry Coleman and Arnetta Hamburg Evans Coleman, he was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where he served as an usher and trustee and was a United States Army veteran.

Mr. Coleman is survived by two sons, Will F. Coleman Jr. of Bronx, N.Y., and William F. Coleman and wife, Tenise of Walden, N.Y., the mother of his sons, Agnes G. Coleman of New York City, two step-daughters, Michelle and Denise, five step grandchildren, his nieces and nephews. Nannette and husband, Jimmy, Sandra and husband Bill, Edward and wife Naomi and Johnnie and wife, Dawn a special niece whom he called a daughter, Robin V. Mardre-Garrett and husband, Saint-Clair, Paula, Barbara, Earl, Jr., Benita, Ronald and Donald; a brother-in-law, seven sisters-in-law, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends,

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Pattie, Pauline and Nancy and two brothers, John and Earl Coleman and his companion, Rita Belle Bruce Smith.

A funeral will be held Sunday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Rev. James Traynham officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 99.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 7207 Hunting Creek Road, Clover.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

Shirley Ann Wilson Mitchell

Shirley Ann Wilson Mitchell of South Boston died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at her residence at the age of 64. Born March 3, 1951 in Charlotte County to the late Hunter Mosley and Eve Wilson Mosley, she was married to Elijah Mitchell Jr. and was a member of New Mt. Olive Apostolic Church. Mrs. Mitchell was employed by Dollar General Distribution Center.

Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her husband of the home, two daughters, Shannon Wilson and Donna Mitchell, both of South Boston, two sons, Maurice Mitchell and wife, Angela of Snellville, Ga., and Boris Buster and wife, Michelle of Atlantic City, N.J., seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, seven sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including the devoted Deloris Claiborne and Thelma Canada.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Wilson.

A funeral will be held Sunday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m. at New Mt. Olive Apostolic Church with Leonia Palmer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m .-6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 722 Lincoln Drive, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

Keith O’Donald White

Keith O’Donald White, affectionately known as KO, of Cumberland County, formerly of Halifax, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital at the age of 52.

Born in Halifax County on July 5, 1963 to the late Hattie White Sims, he was married to Catherine Shearn White. He was a member of Banister Hill Baptist Church and was a United States Army veteran. For many years he was director of Cumberland County Department of Recreation.

Mr. White is survived by his wife of the home, three sons, Dante White of South Boston, DeVon Shearn and DaSean Shearn, both of Cumberland, a brother, Kevin Sims of Seattle, Washington, two grandchildren, Jamaal White and Ja’Kayla White, his mother-in-law, Mary Ethel Shearn of Patterson, N.J., a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and a host of other relatives and devoted friends, including Travis Gilliam, Alfonso Bell, Duane Partusch, David Sullivan, Omar Liggins and Howard Paras.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m.at Banister Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Neville Kidd officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m at Jeffress Funeral Home and from 5-7 p.m. at Cumberland County Elementary School, 1541 Anderson Highway, Cumberland.

The family will receive friends at the home of Sharon Harvey, 354 North Main Street, Halifax.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

Michael Maalente’ Hill

Michael Maalente’ Hill of Randolph died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at the age of 23 Born in Halifax County on March 14, 1992 to Carol Michael Hill and Vera Morton Hill, he was a member of Brown’s Memorial Church of God in Christ and was employed at Jones Apparel Warehouse.

Mr. Hill is survived by his parents of Randolph, two sisters, LaShena Price-Hill of Detroit, and Toanisha L. Hill of Randolph, a brother, Xavier D. Hill of Randolph, his grandfather, Andrew Ferrell of Clover and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including the devoted Jason Henry.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthews Baptist Church with Rev. Alfred Chandler officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 5122 Black Walnut Road, Randolph.

Arrangements by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

   MR. ROBERT “LP” OLIVER

Mr. Robert “LP” Oliver of Philpott Road, South Boston, VA died on Monday, January 4th at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 83.

Mr. Oliver was born in Halifax County, VA on January 29, 1932 to the late Mr. Harry Keister Oliver and Ms. Lelia Wade Oliver. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Lily Silva and was a retired United States Air Force veteran with 26 years of service. Mr. Oliver joined New Bethel Baptist Church at an early age and was educated in the public schools in Halifax County and later attended Fayetteville State University. 

Mr. Robert “LP” Oliver is survived by (2) daughters: Ms. Loraine Gordon and Ms. Laura Williams, both of Los Angeles, California; (4) grandchildren: (8) great grandchildren: (3) brothers: Mr. William S. Oliver of Alton, VA, Mr. Harry C. Oliver and wife Thelma of Suitland, MD, and Mr. Nelson E. Oliver and wife Arnetta of Bronx, NY; (2) sisters: Ms. Marie Blake of Alton, VA and Mrs. Doris Seymour and husband James of South Boston, VA; (1) brother-in-law: Mr. Junius S. Carrington of Alton, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by (1) sister: Ms. Eva Carrington.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at a later date. 


Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.

Sylvia Woody Crawley

Mrs. Sylvia Woody Crawley of Turbeville Road, Alton died Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at her residence at the age of 69.

Mrs. Crawley was born in Roxboro, North Carolina, on July 26, 1946 to the late Mr. Clayborn Woody Sr. and Mrs. Emma Hughes Woody. She was married to the Rev. Sylvester Crawley and was a member of Dan River Bethel Baptist Church and also faithfully served at New Shiloh Baptist Church.

Mrs. Crawley leaves to cherish loving memories, her husband, the Rev. Sylvester Crawley, of the home; one daughter, Rev. Sonia J. Crawley, of Nairobi, Kenya; two adopted daughters, Mrs. Virginia Majors and husband Ronald of Alton and the Rev. Sonji Y. Pass of Nairobi, Kenya; one adopted son, the Rev. Dwight Wilkinson, of Roxboro, North Carolina; two sisters, Ms. Mary E. Smith of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Mrs. Connie Stone and husband Marvin of Piscataway, New Jersey; her mother in-law, Ms. Ida Robertson, of South Boston; two sisters-in-law, Ms. Mary Parker of Upper Malboro, Maryland, and Mrs. Louise Betts and husband the Rev. Thurman Betts of South Boston; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Crawley was preceded in death by her brother, Mr. Clayborn Woody Jr.

Funeral services for Mrs. Sylvia Woody Crawley will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at 1 p.m. with services at Grace Baptist Church, 1058 Buckshoal Road, Virgilina with the Rev. Glenn Faulkner officiating.

Burial and repast will follow at Dan River Bethel Baptist Church in South Boston.

Public viewing for friends will be Jan. 5, 2016 at Jeffress Funeral Home chapel from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 4066 Turbeville Road, Alton.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


Herbert Hoover Ballou

Mr. Herbert Hoover Ballou of Sinai Road, South Boston died on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at his residence at the age of 86.

Mr. Ballou was born in Halifax County on Aug. 19, 1929 to the late Mr. Edd Ballou and Mrs. Malissa Brooks Ballou. He was married to the late Mrs. Helen Ray Warren Ballou and was a United States Army veteran.

Mr. Ballou was a member of Banister Hill Baptist Church.

Mr. Herbert Hoover Ballou is survived by two daughters, Ms. Joannie Ballou of New York and Ms. Regena Ballou of South Boston; one son, Mr. Herbert Edward Ballou, and wife Martha of South Boston; five grandchildren, Ms. Christina Jones, Mr. Abdullah Lewis, Ms. Chastity Ballou, Ms. Portia Ballou and Ms. Molly Lewis; one great-grandchild, Miss Jaycee Leigh; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Ballou was preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs. Felicia Ballou Lewis and Mrs. Sheila Ballou Lewis; one sister, Mrs. Lola Wood; and two brothers, Mr. Prunius Ballou and Mr. Eugene Ballou.

Funeral services for Mr. Herbert Hoover Ballou will be Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Banister Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. William Carr officiating.

Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 99.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1231 Sinai Road, South Boston.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


WILKINS, EMMA CARLEN​

Ms. Emma Carlen Wilkins of Virgilina, VA died on Monday, December 28th at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 71.

Ms. Wilkins was born July 15, 1944 in Halifax County, VA to Mrs. Mable Wilkins Richardson and the late Mr. Eddie Richardson. She was a member of White Oak Fork Baptist Church.

Ms. Wilkins is survived by her mother: Mrs. Mable Richardson of the home; (4) sisters: Ms. Charlotte Richardson of the home, Mrs. Margaret Lawson of Alton, VA, Ms. Alma Richardson and Ms. Florence Richardson, both of Accokeek, MD; (5) brothers: Mr. Charlie Richardson of the home, Mr. Paul Richardson of Alton, VA, Dr. Percy Richardson of Halifax, VA., Mr. Larry Richardson and wife Reba of Ringgold and Mr. Robert Richardson and wife, Dorothy of Lawrenceville, VA; a devoted sister/cousin: Ms. Addie Johnson Barnett and best friends, Mrs. Christine Sydnor and Mrs. Rose Lester; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her father, Ms. Wilkins was preceded in death by (2) brothers: Mr. George Richardson and Mr. Daniel Richardson.

Funeral services for Ms. Emma Carlen Wilkins will be held Monday, January 4th at 1 p.m. at White Oak Fork Baptist Church with Pastor Glenn Faulkner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Sunday, January 3rd from 12 noon to 6 p.m.at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel.


The family will receive friends at the church on Monday.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.