Jeffress Funeral Home
 2000 North Main Street - South Boston,VA 24592
 434.572.2046 
​Stanley L. Jeffress - Owner
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Mr. Matthew Richardson, Jr.

Mr. Matthew Richardson, Jr. of Ridge Street, South Boston, VA died December 13th at Emporia Manor in Emporia, VA at the age of 75.

Mr. Richardson was born March 22, 1943 in Sumter, SC and was the son of the late Mr. Matthew Richardson, Sr. and Mrs. Rosalee Blanding Richardson. He was married to Mrs. Essie James Richardson and attended Ebenezer Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Richardson was a retired Halifax County Public Schools educator and was a United States Army veteran. He was also a member of American Legion Post 99, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, and will be forever remembered for his mentorship to area youth.

Mr. Matthew Richardson, Jr. is survived by his wife: Mrs. Essie J. Richardson; (1) daughter: Mrs. Melinda Ponton and husband Michael; (1) son: Rev. Matthew Richardson, III and wife Vashunda; (3) grandchildren; (1) great grandchild and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Richardson will be Wednesday, December 19th at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. Andre’ Williamson officiating. Military honors will be performed by American Legion Post 99. Thereafter, his remains will be forwarded to Henryhand Funeral Home in Kingstree, SC where a visitation will be Friday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and graveside rites will be Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church Cemetery.  

The family will be receiving friends at the residence, 2107 Ridge Street, South Boston, VA.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.

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

Ruby Childress Wesson

Mrs. Ruby Childress Wesson of Sturgeon Road, Lawrenceville died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at her residence at the age of 79. 

Mrs. Wesson was born Jan. 9, 1939 to the late Mr. Tom Childress Sr. and Mrs. Emily Barksdale Childress and was married to the late Mr. James Wesson.

Mrs. Wesson is survived by one daughter, Ms. Donna Mae Edmonds, of South Boston; one grandson, Mr. Keith Wesson, of Lawrenceville; one granddaughter, Mrs. LaTisha Crenshaw, (Kenneth) of Virginia Beach; one great-granddaughter, Ms. Harlem Crenshaw, of Virginia Beach; three sisters, Ms. Martha Ferrell, of Newport News, Ms. Ruth Crite of Browns Summit, North Carolina, and Ms. Catherine Wade of Englewood, New Jersey; one brother, Mr. Ernest Childress, of Grove City, Pennsylvania; five sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, three sisters, Pearl, Mary and Louise and five brothers, Tom Jr., Robert Earl, Clarence, Tony and Leonard, also preceded Mrs. Weston in death.

Funeral services will be held, Monday, Dec.17, 2018, at 2 p.m. with services at Mt. Pleasant Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with Sandra Bailey, eulogist.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel.

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


Synetha Davis Crews

Mrs. Synetha Davis Crews of Leda Road, Nathalie, died on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at her residence at the age of 92.

Mrs. Crews was born in Halifax County on May 27, 1926 to the late Mr. James Jefferson Davis and Mrs. Letishe Terry Davis. She was married to the late Mr. William Henry “Budge” Crews and was a member of County Line Missionary Baptist Church.

 Mrs. Crews is survived by two sons, Mr. William Crews (Joyce) of South Boston and Mr. Curtis Crews (Elois) of Nathalie; one sister, Ms. Lassie B. Davis, of Vernon Hill; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including a special caregiver, Tiffany Traynham.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Mr. Jimmy Davis, Mr. Hermon Davis, Mr. Carter Davis and Mr. Roosevelt Davis; five sisters, Mrs. Mattie Sue Brown, Mrs. Cordie Jones, Mrs. Lottie Easley, Ms. Will Helen Davis and Mrs. Sallie B. Dixon.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crews will be Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. at County Line Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Otis R. Dillard officiating.

Burial will follow in the Davis Family Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, from noon until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family is receiving friends at her residence, 2069 Leda Road, Nathalie.  

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


MR. JOHN EDWARD LACKS

Mr. John Edward Lacks of Mount Laurel Road, Clover, VA died on Sunday, December 2nd at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 74.

Mr. Lacks was born in Halifax County, VA on September 24, 1944 to the late Mr. Luther B. Lacks and Mrs. Emily Scott Lacks. He was married to the late Mrs. Lula D. Lacks.  

Mr. Lacks is survived by (3) sisters: Mrs. Mary Lacks Greene (Walter), and Ms. Irene Lacks, all of Clover, VA and Mrs. Emily Ferguson (Dennis) of New Haven, Conn; (3) brothers: Mr. Lorenzo Lacks of Clover, VA, Mr. George C. Lacks (Annie) of New Haven, CT and Mr. Luther H. Lacks of Brooklyn, NY and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services for Mr. John Edward Lacks will be Thursday, December 13th (Rescheduled) at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Morris Mitchell as eulogist. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  

. The family will receive friends at the residence, 1007 Mount Laurel Road, Clover, VA.

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


MRS. CAROL JEAN BARLEY TURNER

Mrs. Carol Jean Barley Turner formerly of Halifax County, VA died on Friday, November 30th at Woodview Nursing Home at the age of 70.

Mrs. Turner was born in Halifax County, VA on December 24, 1947 to the late Mr. Mitchell Barley and Mrs. Norva Tucker Barley. She was married to the late Mr. Cordie Turner.


Mrs. Turner is survived by (2) daughters: Cassandra Turner of Teaneck, NJ, and Tara James (Tony) of Union New Jersey; (1) son: Antron Turner of Teaneck, NJ; (1) grandson: Zeshawn James; (3) sisters: Barbara Barley of Java, VA, Marjorie Barley of Woodbridge, VA, and Clara Barley of South Boston, VA; (1) brother: James Barley (Angela) of Woodbridge, VA; (3) aunts; (3) brothers-in-law; (1) sister-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by (5) brothers: Wilson, Clarence, Pearlie, Arbie and David Barley and (1) sister: Geneva Barley Brown.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carol Jean Barley Turner will be Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Elkhorn Baptist Church with Rev. Ronald Rodgers officiating and Rev. Dr. C. Lewis Motley eulogist. Burial will follow in the Barley Family Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, December 7th from noon until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress funeral Home, 2000 North Main Street, South Boston, VA. The family is receiving friends at 2081 Logan Road, Java, VA.  


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


MRS. MATTIE LEE MITCHELL JONES

Mrs. Mattie Lee Mitchell Jones of Halifax, VA died on Sunday, December 2nd at her residence at the age of 72.

Mrs. Jones was born in Halifax County, VA on June 8, 1946 to the late Mr. William Harry Mitchell and Mrs. Elnora Mosley Mitchell and was married to the late Mr. Willie Cephas Jones, Jr. She was a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church and a former employee of Burlington Industries.


Mrs. Jones is survived by (1) daughter: Mrs. Maranda Jones Cousin (Edward) of Fredericksburg, VA; (1) son: Mr. Randy Cephus Jones of Dayton, OH; (3) grandchildren; (1) great-grandson; (2) sisters: Mrs. Ernestine Ghee (Matthew) of Scottsburg, VA, and Mrs. Gracie Majors ( Theodore, Sr.) of Halifax, VA; (2) brothers: Mr. Elijah Mitchell of Charlotte, NC and Mr. Roy Mitchell of Silver Springs, MD; (3) sisters-in-law: Mrs. Dorothy Gunn (Walter), Ms. Jerline Jones and Mrs. Esther Edmondson; A double cousin: Mr. Daniel Edmondson (Nannie) of Scottsburg, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and close friends including Ms. Geraldine Tisdale. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by (1) brother: Mr. William Harry Mitchell, Jr.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Lee Mitchell Jones will be Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Baptist Church with Rev. Alfred L. Chandler officiating and Navy Chaplin James L. Dance as eulogist. Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, December 7th from 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress funeral Home, 2000 North Main Street, South Boston, VA. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 4060 Mountain Road, Halifax, VA.  


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


MRS. STACEY DENISE BARBOUR

Mrs. Stacey Denise Barbour of New York died November 7th at Isabella Geriatric Center in New York at the age of 48.


Mrs. Barbour was born in New York on October 16, 1970 to Mrs. Claudette Dozier Barbour and the late Mr. James (Jimmy Lee) Barbour. She was married to Mr. Howard E. Smith and was employed as an Executive Assistant with McGraw-Hill Education Company of New York.

Mrs. Barbour is survived by her husband: Mr. Howard E. Smith of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; her mother: Mrs. Claudette Dozier Barbour of Florence, SC; (1) sister: Mrs. Valerie Machado of Brooklyn, NY; (1) brother: Mr. James Albert Barbour (Wilma G) of Middletown, NY; (4) nieces: Ms. Victoria Machado, Ms. Alicia Machado, Ms. Eden Barbour and Ms. Alexis Barbour; (1) nephew: Mr. Marcus Machado and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Memorial services for Mrs. Stacey Barbour will be Saturday, December 8th at 2 p.m. at The Crawford House Chapel in Halifax, VA.  

The family will receive friends at the service on Saturday.

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

Douglas Lee Oakes

Lively, loving, laughing Douglas Lee Oakes fell asleep in death on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

Our dear family member and friend to many was born Sept. 2, 1960 to the late Junior Clarence and Julia Ann Oakes. During his time growing up in his hometown of Chatham, Doug had many friends and acquaintances.

His contagious smile followed him to Nathalie, where he became a friend and acquaintance to many.

Doug is survived by his wife of 36 years, Gloria Jean Barbour Oakes, (he called Glo); and father and mother-in-law Melvin James and Annie Barbour (he called Mr. and Mrs. B.).

Of the union, he leaves two daughters, Krystal (he called Krys) and Paris (he called Willie); and three grandchildren of this union, Kelyse (he called Lou), Jourdyn (he called Joey) and Ashtin (he called Fat Cat).

Memorial services will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at 2 p.m. at The Crawford House Chapel.

At the request of the family there will be no public viewing. 

Funeral services are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Ken Torrin Henry

Mr. Ken Torrin Henry of Nathalie died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at his residence at the age of 32.

Mr. Henry was born in Danville on Dec. 9, 1985 to Mr. Kenneth E. Henry and Ms. Audrey Dixon.

He was employed by The Virginia Employment Commission.

Mr. Henry is survived by his mother, Ms. Audrey Dixon, of Nathalie and Mr. Kenneth Henry of Altavista; one sister, Mrs. Teisha Stone, (Lawrence) of Lynchburg; one niece, Lauren Stone; one nephew, Layden Stone; maternal grandmother Mrs. Olivia Dixon of Nathalie; paternal grandparents Mr. Charlie and Tella Henry of Ringgold; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Henry will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at the Crawford House Chapel in Halifax with District Elder Donald Johnson officiating.

Burial will follow at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crawford House in Halifax.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1060 Leda Road, Nathalie.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

MR. THOMAS HOLLAND

Mr. Thomas Holland of New York died at New Jewish Home in New York City at the age of 80.

Mr. Holland was born in Franklin County, VA on May 25, 1938 to the late Elijah Holland and Jennie Cooper Holland. He was married to Mrs. Shirley Rogers Holland and was a member of Dan River Bethel Baptist Church. Mr. Holland was a United States Air Force veteran. 

Mr. Holland is survived by his wife; Shirley Rogers Holland of the home; (1) daughter: Kim Scott (David) of New York City; (2) grandchildren: David Scott, Jr. and Sean Scott; (1) brother: Leon Holland (3) nieces: Deana Claytor (Bob), Patrice Holland, and Cherrie Holland; (1) nephew: Terrance Holland, and a host of other relatives and friends; (5) sisters-in-law; (1) brother-in-law; and a host of great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Holland was preceded in death by (2) sisters and (2) brothers. 

Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Holland will be Friday, December 7th at 1:00 p.m. at Dan River Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Dwight Wilkerson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at 4215 Bold Springs Road, South Boston, VA.

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


MS. QUEEN ELIZABETH BAILEY

Ms. Queen Elizabeth Bailey of College Street, South Boston, VA died on Thursday, November 22nd at Sentara Woodview at the age of 73.


Ms. Bailey was born in Halifax County, VA on August 1, 1945 to the late Mr. Henry Clay Chandler and Mrs. Elizabeth Moore Chandler.  

Ms. Bailey is survived by (2) sons: Mr. Damon O. Chandler of Richmond, VA and Mr. Melvin L. Bailey, Jr. of Virginia Beach; (1) daughter: Ms. Harriett “Tweety” Thomas, of St. Croix, Virgin Island; (20) grandchildren; (1) sister: Mrs. Betty Jane Wood of Temple Hills, MD; (1) brother: Mr. Eddie Lee Chandler of Temple Hills, MD; (1) son-in-law: Mr. Neil Thomas of St. Croix, Virgin Island; (1) daughter-in-law: Mrs. Zakida Bailey of Virginia Beach, VA; (3) sisters-in-law; (1) brother-in-law; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins including a devoted caretaker and special friend Mr. George Daniel Crawley. In addition to her parents, Ms. Bailey was preceded in death by (3) brothers: Mr. James Henry Chandler, Mr. Charlie Wilson Chandler and Mr. Thurman Reuben Chandler (Laura).

Funeral services for Ms. Queen Elizabeth Bailey will be Saturday, December 1st at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant C.M.E. Church with Rev. Evon Bush officiating. Burial will follow in the church Cemetery.  

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, November 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the residence, 916 College Street, South Boston, VA.

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

​MR. CLARENCE EDMONDSON, SR.

Mr. Clarence Edmondson, Sr. of Lincoln Drive, South Boston, VA died on Monday, November 19th at Sentara Halifax Regional hospital at the age of 76.


Mr. Edmondson was born in Halifax County, VA on February 17, 1942 to the late Mr. Willie Edmondson and Mrs. Nannie Medley Edmondson and was married to Mrs. Geraldine Edmondson. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant CME church and worked for many years at the former O’Sulvions Industry.

Mr. Edmondson is survived by his wife: Mrs. Geraldine Edmondson of the home; (1) son: Mr. Clarence Edmondson, Jr; (1) daughter-in-law: Mrs. Latonya Edmondson of New York; (5) sisters: Mrs. Barbara King of New York, Ms. Gladys Edmondson of Pennsylvania, Ms. Daisy Edmondson and Mrs. Bernice Stanfield (Robert) of South Boston, VA, and Mrs. Dorothy Bonner (Henri) of New York; (3) brothers: Mr. Lawrence Edmondson and Mr. Harry Edmondson, both of South Boston and Mr. Curtis Edmondson of New York; (4) sisters-in-law: Mrs. Annie Nelson and Mrs. Teresa Moore of New York, Mrs. Francine Moore of Kissimee, FL and Mrs. Debbie Crawford of Los Angeles, CA; (2) brothers-in-law: Mr. Larry Moore and Mr. Jerry Moore of New York; (5) grandchildren; (1) great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by (1) brother: Mr. McArthur Edmondson, Sr.

Funeral services for Mr. Clarence Edmondson, Sr. will be Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. at Berry Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Haynes pastor and Rev. Tommie Crews eulogist Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, November 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence, 720 Lincoln Drive, South Boston, VA.


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