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


Charlie Edward Wooden Jr.
Mr. Charlie Edward Wooden Jr. of Chase City and formerly of Halifax County died Wednesday, Aug. 19, in Augusta, Georgia, at the age of 60.

Mr. Wooden was born on July 22, 1955 in Halifax County to the late Mr. Charlie Edward Wooden Sr. and Mrs. Naomi Jackson Wooden. He was employed by F. L. Moore and Sons Trucking Company and was a member of Bethel Grove Baptist Church.

Mr. Wooden is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sandra W. Green and husband Saint Paul of Richmond and Mrs. Vanessa W. Carden and husband Charlie of Clover; two nieces; three nephews; two great-nieces; three great-nephews; two aunts, Mrs. Marion Snead of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Christine Lacks of Randolph; his longtime companion, Ms. Ruth Saunders, of Chase City; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Wooden was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Marquetta Wooden Thaxton.

Funeral services for Mr. Charlie Edward Wooden Jr. will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at 11 a.m. with services at Bethel Grove Baptist Church, 6116 Mt. Laurel Road, Clover, with the Rev. Maurice Ferrell officiating. 

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home chapel in South Boston and at all other times at the home of Mr. Charlie and Mrs. Vanessa W. Carden, 7188 Morton’s Ferry Road, Clover.

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


James Edward Venable

Mr. James Edward Venable of 1240 Reverend Coleman Road, Clover died Friday, Aug. 21, at his residence at the age of 86.

Mr. Venable was born on June 6, 1929 in Halifax County to the late Mr. Wilson Venable and Mrs. Emma Flossie E. Coleman Venable. He was married to Mrs. Bettie Ann Coles Venable and was a member of Spanish Grove Baptist Church.

He was a Korean War Army veteran.

Mr. Venable is survived by his wife, Betty A. Venable, of the home; seven daughters, Mrs. Phoebia V. Canada and husband Johnnie, Ms. Flossie L. Venable and companion James and Ms. Ritha M. Ferguson, all of Clover, Mrs. Janice I. Traynham and husband Ernest and Mrs. Brenda V. Clements and husband Keith, all of South Boston, Ms. Mary V. Watkins of Scottsburg and Mrs. Diane Coleman and husband Henry of Halifax; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary H. Venable, of Roanoke; two sisters, Ms. Anne Graham and Ms. Anna Dabbs, both of Albany, New York; one sister-in-law, Ms. Fannie L. Jones, of Crystal Hill; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, including two wonderful cousins, Ms. Katherine McCargo and Mrs. Maxine Coleman.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Venable was preceded in death by three sons, Mr. Joseph W. Venable, Mr. James E. Venable Jr. and Mr. Kenneth L. Venable; five brothers, Mr. Nolan Venable, Mr. Albert Venable, Mr. George Venable, Mr. Arthur Lee Venable and Mr. Lonnie Venable; three sisters, Ms. Emma Venable, Mrs. Dorothy Edmondson and Mrs. Ida M. Mitchell.

Funeral services for Mr. James Edward Venable will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at 2 p.m. with services at Spanish Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Womack officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 99.

Public viewing will be Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home chapel and at all other times at the residence, 1240 Reverend Coleman Road, Clover.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


Sandra Ford Mobley

Dr. Sandra Ford Mobley, formerly of Halifax County, died at her residence in Richmond on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at the age of 74.

Born Sept. 1, 1940 in South Boston to the late George Frances Ford and Florence Breedlove Ford, she attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Kelvin Mobley of Atlanta, Ga., two brothers, George Ford, Sr. and wife Barbara of Halifax and Breedlove Ford and wife Beulah Mae of South Boston and a great aunt, Mary Kent and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 1058 Buckshoal Road, Virgilina with Rev. Dr. George Ford, Sr. officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rose Garden Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 5 until 6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston, VA.

Angel Marie Williams

Angel Marie Williams of Halifax died Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 11.

Miss Williams was born in Halifax County on June 1, 2004 to Martinique Williams and Darryl Gomes. She was an active member of New Arbor Baptist Church and served in the youth department and junior choir. She was a recent graduate of Cluster Springs Elementary School and was scheduled to attend Halifax County Middle School this fall.

Angel is survived by her mother, Martinique Williams; one brother, Justin Luke Williams and one sister, Ava Maria Williams, all of Halifax; her maternal grandparents, Larry Junior Williams and Althea Marable Williams of South Boston and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Luke Marable Sr., Edith Williams Marable, Leslie Williams Sr. and Sarah Williams.

Public viewing hours for family and friends will be Friday, Aug. 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel, South Boston.

The funeral will be private. The family respectfully asks that their request be honored.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 


John Henry Venable

John Henry Venable of Holland Drive, South Boston, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at his residence at the age of 67. Born in Halifax County on Aug. 22, 1947 to the late James Edward Venable and Mary Sue Willis, he was married to Brinda Howard-Venable and was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam.

Mr. Venable is survived by his wife of the home, three sons, John Henry Reid and wife, Holly of Prattsburgh, N.Y., Craig Reid Sr. of Upstate, N.Y., and Todd Reid and wife, Shanell, a daughter, Pieschette Harrison and husband Robert Harrison, 24 grandchildren, a sister, Elnora Tyler of South Boston, a brother, Charles Venable and wife, Ethel of Halifax, two aunts, Annie Howard of South Boston and Ruth Venable of Queens, N.Y., his mother-in-law, Lillie Mae Howard and a devoted cousin, John E. Logan and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Craig Reid Jr. and a brother, Eddie S. Venable.

A funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Crawford House Chapel with Rev. Willie N. Yancey officiating. Burial will follow in the New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.

Public visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence of Brinda Venable, 1014 Holland Drive, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 


Gilbert Holeman

Mr. Gilbert Holeman of 3064 Philpott Road, South Boston died on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 55.

Mr. Holeman was born on April 7, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late Ms. Hazel Ragland Talley and Mr. Arthur E. Talley. He was a member of Blue Wing Grove Baptist Church and was a former employee of Balmar Printing Company in Falls Church.

Mr. Gilbert Holeman is survived by one sister, Ms. Katina Talley, of South Boston; six brothers, Mr. Woodrow Meadows and wife Rochelle of Baltimore, Marlyand, Mr. William Ragland and wife Jackie of Roxboro, North Carolina, Mr. Filbert Holeman of Nathalie, Mr. Arthur Henry Talley and wife Carolyn of Laurel, Maryland, Mr. Donald Boxley and Mr. Dean Talley, both of South Boston; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Holeman was preceded in death by one sister, Ms. Zelda Burns.

Funeral services for Mr. Gilbert Holeman will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. at Blue Wing Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Haywood Jennings officiating.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home chapel.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 3064 Philpott Road, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Catherine Barnett Williams

Mrs. Catherine Barnett Williams of Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at MCV Medical Center in Richmond at the age of 79.

Mrs. Williams was born in Halifax County on June 5, 1936 to the late Mr. Arthur Barnett and Mrs. Englebirth Ragland Barnett. She was married to the late Mr. Johnny C. Williams and was a member of Owens Grove Baptist Church.

Mrs. Williams is survived by one son, Mr. Willie Williams, and wife Mary of South Boston; three grandchildren; one sister, Ms. Daisy Mae Barnett, of South Boston; two brothers, Mr. Willis Barnett of South Boston and Mr. Herbert Barnett of Richmond; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including the devoted Mrs. Shirley Clauden of South Boston and Mrs. Mary Alice Owen of Baltimore, Maryland, who was like a daughter.

In addition to her husband and parents, two sisters, Mrs. Geneva Drumwright and Ms. Josephine Barnett, and two brothers, Mr. Joseph Barnett and Mr. Thomas Barnett, also preceded Mrs. Williams in death.

Funeral services will be Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Owens Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. John Leigh officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1168 Cherry Hill Church Road, South Boston.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home chapel.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Gregory Thomas Coleman
Gregory Thomas Coleman of Marion’s Trail, Halifax died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 at his residence at the age of 55. Born Nov. 23, 1959 in Philadelphia, to Betty Hudson Coleman and the late Samuel Coleman Sr., he was married to Carla Forgy Coleman and joined Piney Grove Baptist Church at an early age.

In addition to his wife of the home, Mr. Coleman is survived by a daughter, Markeshia Coleman, a son Marcus Coleman and his mother, all of Halifax; three sisters, Jackie Lea of Roxboro, N.C., Christina Coleman of Halifax and Debora Coleman of Richmond; five brothers, Joseph Sims, Samuel Coleman Jr., Alfred Coleman, Phillip Coleman, all of Halifax and Samuel Lee Coleman of Maryland, an aunt, Elizabeth Hudson of Maryland, two uncles, Paul Hudson of Maryland and George Hudson of Philadelphia, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Whitfield Scott officiating.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at The Crawford House chapel in Halifax.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1237 Marion’s Trail, Halifax.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

Scentique Lawanda Tabron

Ms. Scentique Lawanda Tabron of James D. Hagood Highway, Scottsburg, VA died August 8th at VCU Medical Center in Richmond at the age of 42.
Ms. Tabron was born September 10, 1972 in New York and was the daughter of Mrs. Juanita Tabron Jones and the late Mr. Barry Jones. She was a member of Spanish Grove Baptist Church and was a sales representative with Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Ms. Scentique Tabron is survived by her mother: Mrs. Juanita T. Jones of New York, NY; her devoted and loving fiancé: Mr. William Satchell of Scottsburg, VA; (3) brothers: Mr. Rasheed McDaniels of Georgia, Mr. Rasheed Tabron and Mr. Shadid Tabron, both of New York; her paternal grandmother and step-grandfather: Mrs. Arlene Foy and Mr. John Henry Foy of Scottsburg, VA; (3) aunts: Ms. Patricia Tabron of New York, Mrs. Denise Foster and husband Paul and Ms. Diane McFallen, all of Clover, VA; (1) uncle: Mr. Anthony Jones of South Carolina; her god parents: Mr. and Mrs. John and Janice Torian of Scottsburg, VA; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Ms. Scentique Lawanda Tabron will be held Saturday, August 15th at 2:00 p.m. with services at Spanish Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Byrd eulogist and Rev. James Carrington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends at the residence, 5101 James D. Hagood Highway, Scottsburg, VA. Public viewing hours will be Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home with the family being present between 6 and 8 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, North Main Street, South Boston, VA.


Bobby Davis

Bobby Davis of Riverdale Drive, South Boston died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital at the age of 81. Born May 18, 1934 in North Carolina to the late Addie Black, he was married to Nancy Edmonds Davis and was a member of Union Grove Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of the home, two sisters-in-law, Mildred Coffee of Jamaica, N.Y. and Catherine Edmonds of South Boston and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

A funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. at The Crawford House Chapel in Halifax with Rev. Shirley M. Woody officiating.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1078 Riverdale Drive, South Boston.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

Lucille Ferrell
Lucille Ferrell of Keysville, formerly of Richmond, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at Britthaven Nursing Home in Keysville at the age of 92. Born in Halifax County on Sept. 16, 1922 to the late William Ferrell Jr. and Madie Lacks Ferrell, she was a former member of St. Matthew Baptist Church and later joined Cedar Street Baptist Church in Richmond.

Ms. Ferrell is survived by a son, Otis Ferrell Sr. of Clover, four grandchildren, Otis Ferrell Jr., Craig Ferrell, Marcia “Rita” Williams and husband Robert, all of Clover and Michelle Ferrell of Richmond, nine great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including her caregiver, Robert King.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, James Junior Ferrell, one grandson, Stacie Ferrell, three sisters, Alberta Harvey, Gertrude Ferrell and Fannie King, three brothers, Willie, Tommy and Johnnie Ferrell and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Marion Ferrell.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Lacks Family cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the home of Otis Ferrell, Sr., 1051 Lackstown Road, Clover.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

George Samuel Powell

Mr. George Samuel Powell of Hazelwood Mill Trail, Scottsburg died July 28, 2015 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 84.

Mr. Powell was born in Halifax County on Aug. 10, 1930 and was the son of the late Mr. Little David Powell and Mrs. Gladys Venable Powell. He was married to Mrs. Irene Carden Powell and was a member of Spanish Grove Baptist Church where he served on the board of deacons. 

Mr. Powell was a retired employee of Georgia-Pacific Plywood, Inc.

Mr. George Samuel Powell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Irene C. Powell; two daughters, Mrs. Ardell Brooks and husband Charlie of Randolph and Ms. Barbara Powell of Scottsburg; four sons, Mr. Miron Powell and wife Patricia of Scottsburg, Mr. Louis Powell and wife Janice of Columbus, Georgia, Mr. Nelson Powell and wife Sheila of Scottsburg and Mr. Alphonso Powell and wife Doreen of Columbus, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Lewis and Mrs. Sally Ann Yancey, both of Baltimore, Maryland; two brothers, Mr. Earnest Powell of Scottsburg and Mr. Charlie Mitchell of Baltimore, Maryland; three brothers-in-law, Mr. Wendell Carden, Mr. Joe McLemore and Mr. Arthur Brooks; six sisters-in-law, Mrs. Marilyn Carden, Mrs. Ollie McLemore, Mrs. Emma Brooks, Mrs. Willie Mae Coleman, Ms. Geneva Powell and Mrs. Sandy Mitchell; one aunt Mrs. Ann Mitchell. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Powell was preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Carden, Mrs. Dorothy Shaw and Mrs. Lillie Smith, and one brother, Mr. Cecil Powell.

Funeral services for Mr. George Samuel Powell will be Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Spanish Grove Baptist Church, Scottsburg with interment in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Jeffress Funeral Home on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. and at all other times at the residence, 1025 Hazelwood Mill Trail, Scottsburg.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Louella Torian King
Mrs. Louella Torian King of Oakes Avenue, South Boston died Monday, July 27, 2015, at Roman Eagle Rehabilitation and Health Center in Danville at the age of 92.

Mrs. King was born in Halifax County on Jan. 24, 1923 to the late Mr. Lutenter Torian and Mrs. Ella Bet Lee Torian. She was married to the late Mr. Willie Sherman King and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Mrs. King is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Renee’ King Jiggetts-Tucker, and husband James of Danville; two grandchildren, Damon Jiggetts and wife Nikole of Richmond and Tameka Jiggetts of Raleigh, North Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Taelyn, Sydnee and Ahmari; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Watkins and husband Theodore of South Boston and Mrs. Juanita Torian of Alexandria; one brother, Mr. James Arthur Torian; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including a special friend, Ms. Wendy Hupp.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Mr. Larry Sherman King; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Owens, Mrs. Roxie Tomlinson and Mrs. Elsie Ragsdale; two brothers, Mr. George Torian and Mr. Timothy Torian.

Funeral services for Mrs. Louella Torian King will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Chandler officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rose Garden 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.