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


MRS. JEWEL COBBS LEE

Mrs. Jewel Cobbs Lee of Webster Street, South Boston, VA died on Tuesday, November 7th at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 93. 

Mrs. Lee was born in Halifax County Virginia on April 15, 1924 to the late Ms. Maggie Lewis Cobbs. She was married to the late Mr. Herman E. Lee, Sr. and was a member of Peaceful Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Mrs. Jewel Cobbs Lee is survived by (1) son: Mr. Herman Lee, Jr. of South Boston, VA; (4) daughters: Mrs. Mary Ann McCook of Bronx, NY, Ms. Myrtle Lee, Ms. Delois Lee and Ms. Gladys Lee, all of Maryland; (17) grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; (1) son-in-law: Mr. Leo Hendren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and mother, she was preceded in death by (1) daughter: Mrs. Sarah Lee Hendren and (1) sister: Ms. Annie M. Lee. 

Memorial services for Mrs. Jewel Cobbs Lee will be Saturday, November 18th at 2 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home with Rev. Jackie Stamps officiating. 

The family will receive friends at the service Saturday.

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


MR. JOSEPH HENRY JACKSON

Mr. Joseph Henry Jackson of Glendale Drive, South Boston, VA died on Thursday, November 9th at Duke Regional Hospital, in Durham, NC at the age of 69.

Mr. Jackson was born January 5, 1948 in Halifax County, VA to the late Mr. George D. Scott and Mrs. Flossie Jackson Scott and was married to Mrs. Victoria Jackson. Mr. Jackson was a member of Jeter Chapel Baptist Church and a United States Army Veteran.

Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife: Mrs. Victoria Jackson of the home; (3) sons: Mr. Joseph H. Jackson, Jr. (Jackie) of Ogden, UT, Mr. Jamel A. Jackson of Greensboro, NC and Mr. Jeffrey L. Jackson of South Boston, VA; (2) daughters: Mrs. Ingrid M. Bessard (Preston) and Ms. Karen Clark, both of Raleigh, NC; (1) sister: Ms. Doris Scott of Stanton, VA; (1) brother: Mr. Anthony Scott (Brenda) of South Boston, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services for Mr. Joseph Henry Jackson will be held Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Jeter Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Vaughn Brayboy officiating. Burial will follow in church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 99 and the United States Army Honor Guard.

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

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 16th at the residence, 128 Glendale Drive, South Boston, VA. 

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



MR. THOMAS MONROE JENNINGS

Mr. Thomas Monroe Jennings of Berry Hill Road, South Boston, VA died on Tuesday, November 7th at Danville Regional Hospital at the age of 68.

Mr. Jennings was born in Halifax County, VA on August 5, 1949 to the late Mr. James Jennings and Mrs. Annie Waller Jennings. He was married to Mrs. Evaline Stewart Jennings.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Jennings is survived by (1) son: Mr. Thomas Cole of Alexandria, VA; (2) daughters: Ms. Chiquita Irving and Ms. Jacqueline Isaac, both of Mississippi; (7) grandchildren; (3) great grandchildren; (6) sisters: Ms. Estelle Polk and Ms. Josephine Younger, both of Nathalie, VA, Rev. Dr. Mary Cherry of Rocky Mount, NC, Ms. Shirley Currin and Ms. Linda Jennings, both of South Boston, VA and Ms. Nancy Torian of Roxboro, NC; (2) brothers: Mr. Charlie Waller of Newark, NJ and Mr. Leon Jennings of Roxboro, NC; a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by (1) sister: Ms. Christine Jackson and (2) brothers: Mr. Joseph Jennings and Mr. Henry Waller.


Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Monroe Jennings will be Sunday, November 12th at 2:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church of God In Christ with Rev. Tony Jennings as eulogist. Burial will follow in Sunflower Baptist Church Cemetery.

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Saturday, November 11th from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.


The family will receive friends at the residence, 545 Berry Hill Road, South Boston, VA.

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


 William Venable, Jr.

Mr. William Venable, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and formerly of Halifax, VA died on November 2, 2017 at the age of 62. He was the son of the late William Venable and Annie Palmer Venable.

William was educated in the public schools of Halifax County and graduated from Halifax County High School . He continued his education at Virginia State University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. 

William had a successful career in the financial services industry. He owned his own mortgage company before continuing to hold positions as a licensed stockbroker. He also held positions with various banks and mortgage companies, including Branch Manager for Full Spectrum Lending. He advanced in his career to mortgage underwriting as a Senior Mortgage Underwriter and worked with Wells Fargo Bank. His final position was with Citizens Bank. 

In addition to his parents, William and Annie Venable, he was preceded in death by his beloved niece Kristen Grady. 

William is survived by his wife Angela of Philadelphia, PA; three sisters, Shelia Venable of Charlotte, NC; Sandra Grady (John) of Takoma Park, MD; Jacqueline Venable of Alexandria, VA. He also leaves a special niece Lauren Dew (Colin) of Washington, DC; a nephew Shaun Grady of Sacramento, CA and one aunt, Naomi Venable of New York, NY; seven great nieces and nephews and a host of dear cousins, in-laws and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Saint Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Halifax, Virginia on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the service on Saturday

Funeral services str provided by Jeffress Funeral Home, North Main Street, South Boston, VA.


MS. DEBORA WILBORNE BATES

Ms. Debora Wilborne Bates of Gretna, VA died on Sunday, November 5th at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital at the age of 52.

Ms. Bates was born in New York on November 28, 1964 to the late Mr. Wilson Wilborne and Mrs. Gloria Randall Wilborne. She was married to the late Mr. James Bates and was a member of Bethel Grove Baptist Church.

 Ms. Bates is survived by (2) daughters: Ms. Tina Yuvonda Bates and Ms. Catherine Daphne Bates, both of Cody, VA; (2) sons: Mr. Timmy Bates and Mr. Channing Davis of Maryland; (5) grandchildren; (1) sister; Mrs. Denise Dance (Michael) of South Boston, VA; (2) brothers-in-law: Mr. Roger Dabbs (Ronda) and Mr. Sam Dabbs, all of Volens, VA, (1) uncle: Mr. Charles Garrett; (1) aunt: Mrs. Barbara Carter (Charles) and a devoted friend: Mr. Joseph Jones, Jr. and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Ms. Debora Wilborne Bates will be held Friday, November 10th at Bethel Grove Baptist Church at 1 p.m. with Pastor Marvin Bowman, and Rev. Michael Dance as eulogist. Burial will follow in church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 3420 Cody Road, Gretna, VA.

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


MR. WAVERLY NATHANIEL JENNINGS

Mr. Waverly Nathaniel Jennings of Lower Liberty Road, Nathalie, VA died on Saturday, November 4th at Sentara Woodview at the age of 82.

Mr. Jennings was born September 24, 1935 in Halifax County to the late Mr. Austin Jennings and Mrs. Nettie Leigh Jennings. He was married to Mrs. Evelyn Jackson Jennings and was a member of Sunflower Baptist Church.

Mr. Waverly Nathaniel Jennings is survived by his wife: Mrs. Evelyn Jackson Jennings of the home; (6) children: Mr. James Jennings (Linda) of South Boston, VA, Mr. Robert Jennings and Mrs. Evelyn Renee Armstrong (Tony), all of Maryland, Mr. Farrell Jennings (Debra) and Mr. Greg Jennings (Natisha), all of Clover, VA, and Ms. Jessica Jennings of Nathalie, VA; (8) grandchildren; (2) great grandchildren; (4) brothers: Mr. Charlie Jennings, Mr. James Edward Jennings, Mr. Robert Louis Jennings (Claire) and Mr. Linwood Barksdale; (2) sisters: Ms. Lizzie Wade and Ms. Queen Wimbush; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by (3) siblings: Ms. Annie Marshall, Ms. Florine Robertson and Mr. Willie Roy Jennings.

Funeral services for Mr. Waverly Nathaniel Jennings will be held Thursday, November 9th at 12 noon at Sunflower Baptist Church with Rev. William E. Mosby, Jr. officiating and Rev. Robert M. Tucker, Jr. as eulogist. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Wednesday, November 8th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1154 Lower Liberty Road, Nathalie, VA.

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


Garrie Elwyn Bowman Jr.

Mr. Garrie Elwyn Bowman Jr. of Union Grove Road, South Boston died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 31.

Mr. Bowman was born May 30, 1986 in Halifax County to Mrs. Carolyn Womack Harris and Mr. Garrie Elwyn Bowman Sr.

He was a member of New Vernon Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother of the home and his father of Clover, survivors include his stepfather, Mr. Robert Harris, of the home; three sisters, Ms. Shena Bowman Powell of the home, Ms. Diamond Bowman and Ms. Makayla Bowman, both of South Boston; one brother, Mr. Chance Bowman, of South Boston; and a host of aunts, uncles, great-aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Bowman will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. at New Vernon Baptist Church with the Rev. John Anthony Elliott officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

The family will receive friends at the residence, 2008 Union Grove Road, South Boston.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Alneata Betts

Ms. Alneata Betts of South Boston died on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at her residence at the age of 90.

Ms. Betts was born in Halifax County on Sept. 11, 1927 to the late Mr. Bailey Betts and Mrs. Sallie Owen Betts.

She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

Ms. Betts is survived by one son, the Rev. Thurman Betts, and wife Laverne of South Boston; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Ms. Geneva Betts, of the home; one brother, Mr. James Betts, of the home; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Shirley Betts, of Madison Heights; one brother-in-law, Mr. Walter Reed, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one nephew, Mr. Benjamin Betts; and a host of nieces, other relatives and friends, including the caretakers Ms. Patricia Bailey and Ms. Alisa Carrington.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Betts was preceded in death by one son, Mr. Jerome Betts Sr., one sister, Mrs. Nannie Reed, and three brothers, Mr. Calvin Betts, Mr. Elliott Betts and Mr. Benjamin Betts Sr.

Funeral services for Mrs. Alneata Betts will be held Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at noon at Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Terry officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, from noon until 6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1056 Memorial Drive, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Annie Maude Womack Kirby

Mrs. Annie Maude Womack Kirby of Ball Park Loop Road, Halifax died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at her residence at the age of 90.

Mrs. Kirby was born on March 16, 1927 in Halifax County to the late Mr. Orange Womack and Mrs. Ollie Mae Dickerson Womack. She was married to the late Mr. Herman Kirby and joined New Vernon Baptist Church at an early age.

Mrs. Kirby is survived by seven daughters, Ms. Nancy Kirby and Mrs. Ida Watson, both of Halifax, Mrs. Ruby Palmer (Daniel) and Mrs. Eurline Birch (Bobby), both of Nathalie, Mrs. Iresten Acree (Randolph) of Meadville, Mrs. Betty Slayton of Alton and Mrs. Debra Bailey of South Boston; three sons, Mr. Carter Lee Womack of Danville and Mr. Johnnie Kirby and Mr. Donald Kirby, both of Halifax; a host of grandchildren, including Mr. Christopher Kirby; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Maude Womack Kirby will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant CME Church with the Rev. Evon Bush officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing will be Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 4078 Ball Park Loop Road, Halifax.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Andrew Leo Holeman

Mr. Andrew Leo Holeman of Pennsylvania, formerly of Halifax County, died on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania at the age of 90.

Mr. Holeman was born in Halifax County on March 4, 1927 to the late Mr. Benny Wayne Holeman and Mrs. Lillie Crowder Holeman. He was married to the late Mrs. Winifred Lavera Clay Holeman and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Mr. Holeman is survived by one daughter, Ms. Andrea Lavera Holeman, of Ardmore, Pennsylvania; two sons, Mr. Wayne Dorwin Holeman of Virgilina and Mr. Brian Deland Holeman of Ardmore, Pennsylvania; one significant partner, Ms. Keisha Manderson Holeman; four grandsons; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jeanne Lipscomb Holeman, of Ardmore, Pennsylvania; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Andrew Leo Holeman will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Emma Belle Barksdale

Ms. Emma Belle Barksdale of Vernon Hill died on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Blairs at the age of 60.

Ms. Barksdale was born in Halifax County on Sept. 9, 1957 to the late Ms. Margaret Barksdale and Mr. Ross Miller, and she was employed at Sentara Woodview.

Ms. Barksdale is survived by one son, Mr. Patrick Barksdale; four grandchildren, Donta, Deronte, Nesiyah and Ajah; one sister, Ms. Mary Jackson; three brothers, Mr. Eddie Barksdale, Mr. Samuel Barksdale and Mr. Ross Miller Jr.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, two sisters also preceded Ms. Barksdale in death.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at 2 p.m. at New Vernon Baptist Church with the Rev. John Elliott officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from noon until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the church on Friday.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.