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

   MS. DELIA FRANCIS HENDERSON

Ms. Delia Francis Henderson of L.P. Bailey Memorial Highway, Halifax, VA died on Thursday, September 14th at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 95.
 

Ms. Henderson was born in Halifax County, VA on April 24, 1922 to the late Mr. Albert Henderson and Mrs. Ada Crews Henderson. She was a member of Banister Hill Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and for many years worked in Washington, DC and Alexandria before returning to Halifax County. 

Ms. Henderson is survived by (2) daughters: Mrs. Frances Tucker (Wayne) of Gretna, VA and Ms. Cheryl Henderson (Shane) of Alexandria, VA; (2) sons: Mr. Harvey Henderson (Venus) and Mr. Daryl Henderson (Francine), all of Halifax, VA; (12) grandchildren; (14) great grandchildren; (1) sister-in-law: Mrs. Florine Henderson of Alexandria, VA; a very special cousin: Ms. Mattie Mae Quarles of Halifax, VA, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by (2) children: Mr. Alvin E. Henderson, Sr. and Mrs. Sharon H. Stevens; her siblings: Catherine, James, Mae Ella and Henry Henderson.

Funeral services for Ms. Delia Francis Henderson will be Wednesday, September 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Banister Hill Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. Matthew Richardson, III officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Tuesday, September 19th from 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 7055 L.P. Bailey Memorial Highway, Halifax, VA.
 

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

   MS. BESSIE LENA TRAYNHAM  

Ms. Bessie Lena Traynham of Hamilton Blvd., South Boston, VA died on Sunday, September 10th at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 73.

Ms. Traynham was born in Halifax County, VA on September 12, 1943 to the late Mr. Robert Lee Traynham and Mrs. Maria Farmer Traynham. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, South Boston, VA.

 Ms. Traynham is survived by (2) sons: Mr. Terry Traynham of Washington, DC and Mr. Jerry Traynham and wife Tammy of Richmond, VA; (1) daughter: Ms. Shelia Traynham of Suitland, MD; (1) grandson: Mr. Jerrod Traynham; (6) brothers: Mr. Charles Traynham (Arlene) of Baltimore, MD, Mr. James Traynham (Wanda) of Philadelphia, PA, Mr. Harry Traynham, Mr. Robert Traynham (Daisy), Mr. Ernest Traynham (Janice) and Mr. Richard Traynham (Thalia), all of South Boston, VA; (6) sisters: Ms. Mildred Traynham of Fayetteville, NC, Ms. Frances Sutphin, Ms. Catherine Traynham, Mrs. Doris Brooks (Curtis), Ms. Lorena Traynham and Ms. Loretta Crews, all of South Boston, VA; (4) half sisters: Ms. Peggy Callazo of Fayetteville, NC, Ms. Carolyn Clark, Ms. Diane Clark, and Ms. Deborah Lovelace, all of South Boston, VA, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Bessie was preceded in death by (1) son: Mr. Douglas Traynham; (1) half sister: Ms. Shirley Ferguson and (2) half brothers: Mr. Robert Lee Garland and Mr. Larry Garland. 

Funeral service for Ms. Bessie Lena Traynham will be held Saturday, September 16th at 2:30 p.m. Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. William Avon Keen officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Garden Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, September 15th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at 905 Webster Street, South Boston, VA and at 200 Hamilton, Blvd. Apt. # 16 A, South Boston VA.

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



MR. MIRON JEROME POWELL

Mr. Miron Jerome Powell of Dryburg Road, Scottsburg, VA died on Monday, September 11th at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA at the age of 66.

Mr. Powell was born in Halifax County, VA on March 23, 1951 and was the son of Mrs. Irene Carden Powell and the late Mr. George Samuel Powell. He was married to Mrs. Patricia Dixon Powell and was a member of Traynham Grove Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the Board of Deacons. 

 Mr. Miron Jerome Powell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Patricia D. Powell of the home; (1) daughter: Ms. Shonda Powell of Scottsburg, VA; (1) son: Mr. Michael D. Powell and wife Tatonya of Scottsburg, VA; (6) grandchildren; his mother: Mrs. Irene C. Powell of Scottsburg, VA; (2) sisters: Mrs. Ardell Brooks and husband Charlie of Randolph, VA and Ms. Barbara Powell of Scottsburg, VA; (2) brothers: Mr. Louis J. Powell and wife Janice of Columbus, GA and Mr. Alphonso Powell of Columbus, OH; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including the devoted Mr. John Dixon of Vernon Hill. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Mr. Nelson Powell.

Funeral services for Mr. Miron Jerome Powell will be Friday, September 15th at 12 noon at Traynham Grove Baptist Church with Rev. William Avon Keen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, September 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA. 

The family will receive friends at the residence, 5235 Dryburg Road, Scottsburg, VA.

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


MRS. DORIS OLIVER SEYMOUR

Mrs. Doris Louise Oliver Seymour of Woodbrook Avenue, South Boston, VA died on Friday, September 8th at Sentara Woodview Nursing Home at the age of 78.

Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Oliver Seymour will be Saturday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church, Alton, VA with Rev. Harvey Bigelow officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Seymour was born in Halifax County, VA September 23, 1938 to the late Mr. Harry Keister Oliver and Mrs. Lelia Mae Wade Oliver. She was married to Mr. James Allen Seymour and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church, Alton, VA.

Mrs. Seymour is survived by her husband, Mr. James Allen Seymour of the home, (2) daughters: Ms. Vivian Seymour of Richmond, VA and Ms. Karen Seymour of South Boston, VA; (1) son: Mr. Eric Seymour of South Boston, VA; (4) grandchildren; (2) great grandchildren; (3) brothers: Mr. Nelson Oliver (Arnetta) of Bronx, NY, Mr. Harry Oliver (Thelma) of Ft. Washington, MD, and Mr. William Oliver of Alton, VA, (1) sister: Ms. Marie Blake of South Boston, VA, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by (1) sister: Mrs. Eva Owen Carrington and (1) brother: Mr. Robert Oliver. 

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, September 15th from 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 606 Woodbrook Avenue, South Boston, VA.

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


Mark Nathaniel Jackson

Mark Nathaniel Jackson of South Boston died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at his residence at the age of 61.

Mr. Jackson was born in Halifax County on June 28, 1956 to the late Mary Jennings Jackson and Benjamin Newman. He was raised by his grandparents: Oscar Jennings and Ida Sue Jennings and was a member of First Baptist Church in South Boston.

Mr. Jackson is survived by a devoted friend, Deborah Wells of the home; a daughter, Mary Jackson (Deyon) of South Boston; a step daughter, Shavonda Well (Cameron) of Lynchburg; a son, Mario Jackson of Milwaukee, Wis., three grandchildren; four sisters, Rosa Wyatt, Ida Jackson Brandon and husband, Marlon, Christine Jackson and Margaret Chandler, all of South Boston; a brother, Jimmy Holt of South Boston; a step-sister, Charlotte Holt; a devoted cousin: Henry Jennings Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including the devoted, Ronnie Mitchell, Nathanial Mitchell, Terry Chism and Edward Dalton Williams.

He was preceded in death by four brothers: John Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Benjamin Jackson and William Davis.

A funeral will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Ferry Street, South Boston. Burial will follow in the Rose Garden cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 340 Ferry Street, Apt. 110, South Boston.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 


MR. EARNEST LEE CHAPPELL

Mr. Earnest Lee Chappell of Alexandria, VA and formerly of Halifax County died on Tuesday, September 5th in Alexandria at the age of 75.

Mr. Chappell was born in Halifax County on June 22, 1942 to the late Mr. Ernest Chappell and Mrs. Irene Chambers Chappell. He was a United States Army Veteran.

 Mr. Chappell is survived by children: Helen McKethan, Francine Walker, Letisia Barnes, Donnie J. Barnes and Anthony Barnes, all of Alexandria, VA; a devoted friend: Ethel Coleman of Alexandria, VA; (5) brothers: Bobby (Mamie) Chappell of Connecticut, NY, John Chappell, Alexander (Gloria) Chappell, Michael Chappell and Ronald Chappell, all of Halifax, VA; (8) sisters: Annie (Richard) Jones of Connecticut, NY, Mary Hendricks, Mildred Jones, Shirley Boyd, and Nancy Waller, all of Nathalie, VA, Carolyn Farmer, Kathryn Baker and Belinda (Gordon) Word, all of Halifax, VA. He is also survived by a host of extended family, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services for Mr. Earnest Lee Chappell will be Saturday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m. at The Crawford House Chapel in Halifax. Burial will follow at New Zion Baptist Church cemetery with military rites by the United States Army and American Legion Post 99.

Public viewing for family and friends will be prior to service on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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


MRS. HESTER SYDNOR JONES 

Mrs. Hester Sydnor Jones of Washington, DC and formerly of Halifax County died on Monday, September 4th at Sentara Halifax Regional hospital at the age of 96.


Mrs. Jones was born in Campbell County, VA on January 11, 1921 to the late Mr. Willie Sydnor and Mrs. Fannie May Miller Sydnor. She was married to Mr. Clarence Jones and was a member of Hills Creek Baptist Church where she served as a Deaconess and Usher. She was also a member of The Order of Eastern Stars.  

Mrs. Jones is survived by (1) daughter: Ms. Marie Octavia Davis of Hyattsville, MD; (1) grandchild: Ms. LaShanna Marie Brooks of Hyattsville, MD; (1) sister: Ms. Learlean Hemphill of Temple Hill, MD; (1) brother-in-law: Mr. Garfield Walton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by (6) sisters: Mrs. Clarissa S. Williams, Mrs. Hazel S. Saxon, Mrs. Adell S. Adams, Mrs. Florence S. Lovelace, Mrs. Hattie S. McClean and Mrs. Janie S. Walton; and (7) brothers: Mr. Willie Sydnor, Jr., Mr. Huey Sydnor, Mr. Harold Sydnor, Mr. Charlie Sydnor, Mr. Wesley Sydnor, Mr. Albert Sydnor and Mr. Opie Sydnor. 

Funeral services for Mrs. Hester Sydnor Jones will be Saturday, September 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Hills Creek Baptist Church, 3721 Long Island Road, Gladys, VA with Pastor Joseph Charlton and Rev. Edward Saxon eulogist. Burial will follow in church cemetery. 

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, September 8th from 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.

The family will receive friends at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George Pleasant, 1063 Millstone Church Trail, Nathalie, VA.

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


MR. ROBERT LOUIS JOHNSON

Mr. Robert Louis Johnson of Cherry Hill Church Road, Cluster Springs, VA died on Wednesday, August 30th at VA Medical Center in Durham, NC at the age of 78.

Mr. Johnson was born August 20, 1939 in Halifax County, VA to the late Mr. James Robert Johnson and Mrs. Willie Owen Johnson. He was married to Mrs. Joan Miller Johnson and was a member of Mayo Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Johnson was a retired employee of Collins and Aikman, Inc. in Roxboro, NC and was a United States Army veteran.

Mr. Robert Louis Johnson is survived by his wife: Mrs. Joan Miller Johnson of Cluster Springs, VA; (1) daughter: Ms. Sandra Johnson of South Boston, VA; (1) son: Mr. Rodney Johnson and wife Patrice of Jacksonville, NC; (6) grandchildren; (1) great granddaughter; (1) sister: Ms. Janifer Johnson of Virgilina, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by (1) daughter: Ms. Joan Annetta Johnson, (1) sister: Mrs. Patricia Jeffress and (1) brother: Mr. Oscar Johnson.

Funeral services for Mr. Robert L. Johnson will be Sunday, September 3rd at 3:00 p.m. at Owens Grove Baptist Church with Rev. V. Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #99.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1130 Cherry Hill Church Road, Cluster Springs, VA.

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

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

WALLACE HOWERTON, JR.

Mr. Wallace Howerton, Jr. of Birch Elmo Road, South Boston, VA died on Tuesday, August 29th at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 77.

Mr. Howerton was born January 2, 1940 in Pittsylvania County, VA to the late Mr. Wallace Howerton, Sr.,and Mrs. Jearlean Hutchings Howerton. He was a retired employee of Georgia-Pacific Plywood, Inc.

Mr. Wallace Howerton, Jr. is survived by (2) daughters: Ms. Jennifer Howerton and Ms. Rebecca Howerton both of Halifax, VA; (1) son: Mr. Wallace Howerton of Petersburg, VA; (7) grandchildren; (2) great grandchildren; (3) sisters: Ms. Lucinda Williams and husband Robert of Halifax, VA, Ms. Judy Howerton of Keeling, VA and Ms. Lenor K. Womack of Salem, VA; (4) brothers: Mr. Earl T. Howerton, Sr. and Mr. Lawrence Howerton and wife Marsha, all of Halifax, VA, Mr. Steven Howerton of Danville, VA and Mr. Calvin Howerton of South Boston, VA; (1) daughter-in-law: Mrs. Ladenna Howerton; (1) aunt:  Mrs. Elizabeth Howerton of Danville, VA; a devoted nephew, Mr. Clifton Miller, and niece, Ms. Linda Harriston; and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by (1) daughter: Ms. Sharon Denise Howerton; (3) sisters: Mrs. Ollie Miller, Mrs. Barbara Williams and Mrs. Elritha Carter; and (1) brother: Mr. Darry Howerton. 

Funeral services for Mr. Howerton will be Saturday, September 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at New Mine Creek Progressive Primitive Baptist Church, 1525 Malmaison Road, Hwy. 726, Blairs, VA, 24527 with Rev. Earl T. Howerton, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, September 1st from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 2191 Birch Elmo Road, South Boston, VA.

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


MRS. JOYCE ELNORA WILKERSON HARRIS

Mrs. Joyce Elnora Wilkerson Harris of Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston, VA died on Thursday, August 24th at Chase City Health & Rehab Center at the age of 75.

Mrs. Harris was born August 14, 1942 in Halifax County, VA to the late Mr. James Wilkerson and Mrs. Hattie Murphy Wilkerson and was married to the late Mr. John Milton Harris. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and was a retired employee of the former Burlington Industries. 

Mrs. Joyce Elnora Wilkerson Harris is survived by (1) daughter: Wanda Renee’ Harris Crawley of South Boston, VA; (2) brothers: Richard D. Wilkerson And wife Martha of Pomona, CA, and Johnnie Wilkerson of Morris Township, NJ; (1) god daughter: Katrina R. Carrington; (7) sisters-in-law: Gail Wilkerson, Rose Cohen, Vernessa Whidbee, Verdella Cowell, Catherine McCall and husband Leary, Gladys Roberts and Ann R. Harris. (3) brothers-in-law: Robert Jenifer, Earl Ross and Clarence Cowell; (3) devoted nieces: Carolyn Richardson, Moretta Hicks and Angela Burns; a devoted friend: Ramonia Wright; and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by (2) brothers: Thomas Lee Wilkerson and George Abner Wilkerson and (3) sisters: Fannie W. Watkins, Rosa Eva Johnson and Nannie W. Owen.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harris will be Friday, September 1st at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Rodney Dillard officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, August 31st from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1038 Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston, VA.

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