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​

Debra Sheree Torian Link

Ms. Debra Sheree Torian Link of Williams Street, South Boston died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at her residence at the age of 56.

Ms. Link was born in Jamaica Queens, New York on June 23, 1958 to the late Mr. William A. Torian Sr. and Mrs. Lillie Mae Wyatt Torian.

She was a member of Abiding Branch Church Christian Ministries.

Survivors include one daughter, Ms. Crystal M. Link, of South Boston; two sisters, Mrs. Phoebe T. Johnson and husband Kenneth of South Boston and Mrs. Serita T. Williams and husband Leroy of Midlothian; two brothers, Mr. William A. Torian Jr. and wife Lanetta of South Boston and Mr. Bennie L. Torian and wife Mary of South Carolina; two aunts, Mrs. Ella Wyatt Weaver and husband LeVon of Queens, New York, and Mrs. Ella Louise Wyatt of South Boston; her devoted friend, Mr. Moses Miller, of South Boston; her father-in-law, Mr. Henry Link, and wife Nannie; two sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Ms. Link will be Saturday, March 21, 2015, at noon at First Baptist Church, Ferry Street, South Boston with the Rev. Wallace Pierce officiating.

Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1507 Williams Street, South Boston.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, March 20, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


ALICE WOMACK HOLT

Alice Womack Holt of Waltman Trail, Vernon Hill died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at ManorCare Nursing Home in Alexandria at the age of 80. Born in Halifax County on May 28, 1934 to the late Jossie Womack, she was married to the late John Henry Holt and was a member of New Mt. Olive Apostolic Church.

Mrs. Holt is survived by four daughters, Margaret Owens, Vivian Thomas, Brenda Holt and Linda Holt, all of Maryland, two sons, James Holt and wife, Glendia and Cecil “Stacey” Holt and wife Tawanna, all of Maryland, twenty grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren and one sister, Gladys Barksdale of Nathalie, a brother, Onzie Womack of Vernon Hill, first cousins who were raised as sisters, Mable Carrington of Vernon Hill and Dorothy Fuller of Charlotte, N.C. and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Holt was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.

A funeral will be conducted on Monday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at New Mt. Olive Apostolic Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1232 Waltman Trail, Vernon Hill.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Sunday from noon-6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

ROBERT BANK SWEENEY

Robert Bank Sweeney, 75, of Mountain Road, Halifax died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Inova Hospital, Alexandria. He was born in Halifax County on Oct. 17, 1939, a son of the late Moses Sweeney, Sr. and Mary Peters Sweeney. He was married to the late Nancy Elizabeth Brown Sweeney and was a member of County Line Baptist Church.

Mr. Sweeney is survived by one daughter, Cassandra Davis and husband Arthur of Nathalie; one son, Robert Leon Sweeney and wife Pamela of Sicklerville, N.J., one son-in-law, Kerr Emmanuel of Washington, DC; eight grandchildren, including the devoted Taylor Davis; three great-grandchildren; two foster children, Bobby Strader of Kentuck, Narda Strader of Danville; a devoted sister, Catherine Clark of Oxon Hill, Md., four brothers, Moses Sweeney Jr. and wife Henrietta of Landover, Md., John Winston Sweeney and Randolph Sweeney, both of Halifax, Andrew Sweeney of Newport News; one sister-in-law, Doris B. Petty and husband Randolph of Halifax, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one foster daughter, Mattie Emmanuel.

A funeral will be held Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at County Line Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Otis R. Dillard officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at 4148 Mountain Road, Halifax.

Public viewing Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at The Crawford House, Halifax.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.


OLIVER "DOCK" TRAYNHAM, JR.

Mr. Oliver “Dock” Traynham Jr. of Bethel Road, Halifax died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 80. Mr. Traynham was born Sept. 24, 1934 in Halifax County to the late Mr. Oliver Traynham Sr. and Mrs. Tabitha Judkins Traynham.

Mr. Traynham is survived by two sisters, Ms. Nancy L. Traynham of North Carolina and Ms. Lula Traynham of the home; one brother, Mr. Joe L. Traynham, of Hartford, Connecticut; three aunts, Mrs. Phoebe Edmunds Judkins of South Boston, Mrs. Rachael White Judkins and Mrs. Rosa Judkins Wilkes and husband John Henry, all of Hartford, Connecticut; one uncle, Mr. James Roosevelt Judkins, of Hartford, Connecticut; and two devoted nephews who were like sons, Mr. John Edmunds and Mr. David L. Byrd; a devoted cousin, Mr. Otis Snipes; and a host of other relatives and devoted friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Oliver “Dock” Traynham Jr. will be Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Crawford House Chapel, Halifax with the Rev. Louis Leigh officiating.

Burial will follow in Crystal Hill Baptist Church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at The Crawford House Chapel in Halifax.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 2142 Bethel Road, Halifax.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


EDITH BELE WILLIAMS MARABLE

Mrs. Edith Bele Williams Marable of River Road, South Boston, VA died Sunday, February 22nd at her residence at the age of 85.

Mrs. Marable was born in Danville, VA on November 8, 1929 to the late Mr. Nathaniel Williams and Mrs. Rebecca Venable Williams. She was married to the late Mr. Luke Marable, Sr. and was a member of Mountain Grove Missionary Baptist Church. 

Mrs. Marable is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Edith D. Tennant of Hartford, CT, Ms. Althea B. Williams of South Boston, VA and Ms. Mary Agnes Washington of Sutherlin, VA; one son: Mr. Luke Marable, Jr. of Halifax, VA; eight granddaughters; fourteen great grandchildren; one brother: Mr. Maynard Williams of Danville, VA; two sisters: Ms. Rebecca Barksdale of Blairs, VA and Ms. Irene Jones of South Boston, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Marable was preceded in death by one son: Mr. Jerry Winston Marable; four sisters: Ms. Nannie Williams, Ms. Annie Williams, Mrs. Ruby Mayo and Mrs. Doris Marable; and two brothers: Mr. Roy Lee Williams and Mr. Nathaniel Williams.

Funeral services for Mrs. Edith Bele Williams Marable will be Saturday, February 28th at 11 a.m. at Mountain Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Thomas L. Divens officiating and Rev. Nelson C. Stamps, eulogist. Burial will follow in the Marable Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 14084 River Road, South Boston, VA.

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, February 27th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.

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


MARY LENA POINTER RHAMES

Mrs. Mary Lena Pointer Rhames of Pointer Road, Alton died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, at the age of 74.

Mrs. Rhames was born in Halifax County on May 14, 1940 to the late Mr. Zachariah Pointer and Mrs. Geneva Brandon Pointer. She was married to the late Mr. Samuel Rhames.

She was a member of Greater Brandon Chapel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Mary Lena Pointer Rhames is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Sharon P. Harris, and husband Willie Sr. of Reidsville, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Mrs. Andrea “Nae-sha” Brown and husband Cornell and Dr. Louis “TJ” Muse Jr. and wife Laura; three step-grandchildren, Mr. Kevin Harris and wife Clarissa, Ms. Veronica Harris and Mr. Jerome Harris; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ms. Janette Harris of Alton, Ms. Redessa Taylor of Bronx, New York, and Ms. Rosa Lee Barnett and husband Cortez of Baltimore, Maryland; one brother, Mr. Zollie Pointer, and wife Willa of Edgewood, Maryland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Mr. Willie J. Harris Jr., two sisters, Mrs. Gloria Kelly and Mrs. Elnora Hamlett, and four brothers, Mr. Leonard Pointer, Mr. Elvoyd Pointer, Mr. Jeremiah “Sonnie” Pointer and Mr. Ozea Pointer.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lena Pointer Rhames will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Greater Brandon Chapel Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Galloway officiating and the Rev. Floyd Stanfield, eulogist.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing hours for family and friends will be Monday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will be receiving friends at the residence, 2111 Pointer Road, Alton.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.