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Bettie Green Mitchell

Bettie Green Mitchell, 99, of Clover died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Durham, N.C. She was born in Halifax County on May 12, 1915, a daughter of the late John Henry Green and Katie Foster Green. She was married to the late George W. Mitchell and was a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church.

Mrs. Mitchell is survived by nine daughters, Carrie Ford and Martha Mitchell, both of Danville, Bettie Stanfield and husband Albert, Naomi Carden and Lena Arrington, all of South Boston, Mattie Muse and husband Donald of Halifax, Rebecca Carter and husband Joseph of Ft. Washington, Md., Esther Mitchell of Durham, N.C. and Elizabeth Carter of Clover; four sons, George W. Mitchell Jr. and wife Mary of Clover, Gordon D. Mitchell and wife Lula of Brookneal, Vine N. Mitchell of Scottsburg, Moses Mitchell and wife Mary of Randallstown, Md.; 69 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Green and wife Vie of Los Angeles, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Geneva Mitchell Green, two sisters, Marian Lee and Priscilla Pleasants and four brothers, Paul Green, Haze Green, Elijah Green and John H. Green Jr.

A funeral will be held Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew Baptist Church with Rev. Alfred Chandler officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church on Friday.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

J​ohn Eddie Terry Sr.

John Eddie Terry Sr., 75, of 301 Glendale Drive, South Boston died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at his home. He was born in Halifax County on Dec. 8, 1939, a son of the late Claude Terry and Sallie Clark Terry and was married to Niccie Ragsdale Terry. He was a member of New Vernon Baptist Church, American Legion Post 99, was a United States Army veteran and long time employee of J.P. Stevens.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Terry is survived by two sons, John Eddie Terry Sr. and wife Brenda of Alton, Michael H. Terry and wife Cheryl of Halifax; one granddaughter, Brea R. Terry of Virginia Beach; three sisters, Gladys Wimbush of Vernon Hill, Catherine Jefferson and Laverne Terry, both of Richmond; three brothers, Wallace Terry of South Boston, Samuel Terry of Lynchburg and Cordell Terry and wife Myra of Albany, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Van Terry and one brother-in-law, Pierce Carter, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. at New Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. John Anthony Elliott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by the United States Army and American Legion Post 99.

The family will receive friends at his home.

Public viewing is Friday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

​Mary Eliza Lawson Owen
Mary Eliza Lawson Owen, 91, of 1062 Cherry Hill Road, South Boston died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at MeadowView Terrace, Clarksville. She was born in North Carolina on April 18, 1923, a daughter of the late Aaron Lawson and Susie Faulkner Lawson. She was married to the late Deacon Isaiah Owen, Sr. and was a member of Blue Wing Grove Baptist Church.

Mrs. Owen is survived by one daughter, Cathie Owen Vincent of Richmond; one son, Isaiah Owen, Jr. and wife Jeanie of South Boston; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Annie Crawley of South Boston; one brother, Daniel Lawson of South Boston; a devoted niece, Susie Paniel of South Boston; two sisters-in-law, Eva Fountain and Nannie Owen; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by five sisters, Beatrice Green, Ida Sue Tapp, Virginia Murphy, Alise Tuck and Beaula Murphy and five brothers, Edward Lawson, Will T. Lawson, James Lawson, Otis Lawson and Walter Lawson.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at Blue Wing Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Hayward Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 1066 Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston. Public viewing Friday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

James Lewis Walton

Mr. James Lewis Walton of Ellyson Avenue, South Boston died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 67.

Mr. Walton was born in Halifax County on April 8, 1947 to Mr. James Lee Walton and the late Mrs. Ollie Crowder Walton.

He was employed with Berry Hill Nursing Home.

Survivors of Mr. Walton include three sons, Mr. James D. Bumpass of Roxboro, North Carolina, and Mr. Luther C. Bumpass and Mr. Jaquon E. Woody, both of South Boston; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his father of Cluster Springs; five sisters, Mrs. Gertie Link and husband Harold of Detroit, Michigan, Ms. Alis Leigh, Ms. Vernal Bruce and husband Pastor P. W. Bruce and Mrs. Patricia Chandler and husband Reuben, all of South Boston, and Mrs. Sandra Davis and husband John of Halifax; three brothers, Mr. Kenneth Walton and wife Cathy of Halifax, Mr. William Walton and wife Deborah and Mr. Terry Walton and wife Petra, all of South Boston; three aunts; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including the devoted Mr. Raymond Womack and Mr. Garland Harris.

One brother, Millious J. Walton, also preceded Mr. Walton in death.

Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at The Crawford House chapel in Halifax.

Burial will follow in the Walton Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the home of his father, 1146 Horseshoe Trail, Cluster Springs.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, from noon until 6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

Jerry Lee Cunningham

Mr. Jerry Lee Cunningham of Sandy Beach Road, South Boston died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at his residence at the age of 56.

Mr. Cunningham was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 21, 1958 to the late Mr. Robert Lee Cunningham and Mrs. Augusta Dance Cunningham and was a member of Dan River Bethel Baptist Church.

He was employed with Climate Control Inc. and was a United States Army veteran.

Mr. Jerry Lee Cunningham is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Brittany C. Abbott, and husband Francell M. Abbott III of Alaska; one grandson, Francell M. Abbott IV; two brothers, Mr. Tony Cunningham of South Boston and Mr. David Cunningham and wife Pamela of Baltimore, Maryland; six aunts, Ms. Eva Lawson, Ms. Sadie Drumwright, Ms. Jean Crawley, Mrs. Sylvia Whitt and husband Charlie, Ms. Willie Dance and Ms. Laura Dance; four uncles, Mr. Richard Cunningham and wife Fannie, Mr. Moses Cunningham, Mr. Roosevelt Dance and wife Joanne and Mr. Rufus Dance Jr. and wife Anita; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Lee Cunningham will be Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at Dan River Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Dwight Wilkerson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 99.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 until 8 at Jeffress Funeral Home and all other times at the residence, 2234 Sandy Beach Road, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.



Earl Richard Allen

Mr. Earl Richard Allen of MacDonald Drive, Scottsburg died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at his residence at the age of 67.

Mr. Allen was born April 26, 1947 in Halifax County to the late Mr. James Richard Allen and Mrs. Marie Jeffress Allen.

He was a member of St. James Baptist Church.

Mr. Earl Richard Allen is survived by two daughters, Ms. Natasha Jackson of Alexandria and Ms. Monique Asante of Woodbridge; four grandchildren; one brother, Mr. Nelson Allen, of Baltimore, Maryland; one devoted friend, Mr. Henry Ewell, of Scottsburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Allen was preceded in death by one sister, Ms. Rena Amos.

At the request of the family, there will be no service or visitation for Mr. Earl Richard Allen.

This announcement is by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.




Mrs. Millie Ann Frances Clark Chappell

Mrs. Millie Ann Frances Clark Chappell of 4207 East Hyco Road, South Boston, VA died on Tuesday, December 2nd at her residence at the age of 86.

Mrs. Chappell was born in Halifax County on April 27, 1928 to the late Mr. Louis Oliver Clark and Mrs. Sallie Lee Coleman Clark. She was married to the late Mr. Linwood Lee Chappell and was a retired nurse at Halifax Regional Hospital with 28 years of service. Mrs. Chappell was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mrs. Chappell is survived by: (2) daughters: Ms. Teresa Harris of the home and Mrs. Debra Mayo and husband, Ronnie of Halifax, VA; (3) sons: Mr. Byron Chappell and wife, Julie of Jacksonville, Fl, Mr. Linwood Chappell, Sr. and wife, Darlene of South Boston, Va. and Mr. Ledon Chappell and wife, Marne’ of Clover, VA; (8) grandchildren; (15) great grandchildren; (5) sisters-in-law: Mrs. Alberta E. Clark, Mrs. Charlotte Richardson, Mrs. Hattie Holmes, Mrs. Doretha Stovall and Mrs. Catherine Chappell; (1) brother-in-law: Mr. James Chappell; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and spouse, Mrs. Chappell was preceded in death by (3) sisters: Mrs. Lilye Coles, Ms. Eva Clark and Mrs. Maggie Hicks; (2) brothers: Mr. William O. Clark and Mr. James R. Clark; and (1) granddaughter: Ms. Tiffany Shanel Harris. 

Funeral services for Mrs. Millie Ann Frances Clark Chappell will be held Friday, December 5th at 12 noon with services at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Brother Michael Carrington officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends at the residence, 4207 East Hyco Road, South Boston, VA.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, 2000 North Main St. South Boston, VA. 


Gracie Marie Talley Stanfield 

Mrs. Gracie Marie Talley Stanfield of 5138 Bill Tuck Hwy, South Boston died on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at The Woodview at the age of 89.


Mrs. Stanfield was born in Virgilina on Sept. 30, 1925 to the late Mr. John Talley and Mrs. Atha Puryear Talley. She was first married to the late Mr. Clifford Lester and later married to the late Mr. Albert Nick Stanfield.

She was a member of Jeter Chapel Baptist Church, where she served as deaconess.

Mrs. Stanfield is survived by six daughters, Ms. Lucille Luster of Temple, Texas, Ms. Mary M. Walton and Mrs. Atha Ridges (James), both of Bronx, New York, Mrs. Marjorie Carrington (Jack) and Mrs. Karen C. Carden (Garfield), both of Newport News and Mrs. Bertha Rogers of South Boston; three sons, Mr. Jerome L. Stanfield of Hampton, Mr. Albert H. Stanfield (Betty) and Mr. Leon B. Stanfield (Catherine), both of South Boston; 35 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Kattie Williams of South Boston and Mrs. Cecil Crutchfield of Roxboro, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and spouses, Mrs. Stanfield was preceded in death by two daughters, Ms. Gracie T. Stanfield and Ms. Lillie C. Stanfield; four sons, Mr. Philmore Lester, Mr. Willie Stanfield, Mr. Elisha J. Stanfield and Mr. Eddie Lester; three sisters, Mrs. Nora Talley, Mrs. Eva King and Mrs. Carrie Carrington; and four brothers, Mr. Keister Talley, Bishop Zebedee Talley, Mr. Freddie Talley and Mr. Irvin Talley.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gracie Marie Talley Stanfield will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. with services at Jeter Chapel Baptist Church in South Boston with the Rev. Samuel Mitchell officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family is receiving friends at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, from 6 until 7 p.m., and at other times at the residence, 5138 Bill Tuck Hwy, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.