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​



Marie Glass Crews

Mrs. Marie Glass Crews of 5158 River Road, South Boston died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 90.

Mrs. Crews was born May 26, 1926 in Pittsylvania County to the late Mr. William Henry Glass and Mrs. Julia Kirby Glass. She was married to the late Mr. Willie Eddie Crews and was a member of Laurel Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Mr. Clarence Glass and wife Janice of Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Keith Crews and wife Audrey of Scottsburg and Mr. James Crews and wife Maxine of South Boston; five daughters, Mrs. Venessa Powell and husband Coolidge of Nathalie, Ms. Thelma Crews of the home, Ms. Janice Powell of Nathalie, Mrs. Yevette Bethel and husband Linwood of Halifax and Mrs. Karen Brown and husband Joe of Durham, North Carolina; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carolyn Crews; 25 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ms. Mildred Wood of Danville, Ms. Anna Palmer of Florida, Ms. Hazel Glass and Mrs. Fannie Stephens and husband Patrick, all of South Boston; one brother, Mr. James Williams of New York; four sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, one son, Mr. Willie A. Crews, also preceded Mrs. Crews in death.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at noon at Laurel Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie N. Yancey officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, from noon until 6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the home.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


Jerome Ivan Tucker

Mr. Jerome Ivan Tucker of Philpott Road, Alton died on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke at the age of 53.

Mr. Tucker was born in Danville on Jan. 25, 1963 to the late Mr. John Albert Tucker and Ms. Frances Jones.

He was married to Mrs. Julie Ann Hairston Tucker and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Alton.

Mr. Tucker is survived by his wife, Mrs. Julie Ann Hairston Tucker, of the home; two sons, Mr. Evan Tucker and wife Tiffany of Virginia Beach and Mr. Miles Tucker of Danville; six grandchildren; one step-son, Mr. Joseph Hairston, of Roxboro, North Carolina; three step-daughters, Mrs. Krystal Caddle and husband Larry and Ms. Karen Hairston, all of South Boston, and Ms. Sharon Hairston of Alton; one sister, Ms. Maxine Brim, of Danville; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Mr. Brian Tucker.

Funeral services for Mr. Tucker will be held Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at 1 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church in Alton with the Rev. Harvey Bigelow officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 13150 Philpott Road, Alton.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


James ‘Bulldog’ Easley

Mr. James “Bulldog” Easley of 1155 Wagstaff Lane, Scottsburg died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 75.

Mr. Easley was born in Halifax County on July 8, 1941 to the late Mr. Joseph Holt and Mrs. Bettie Easley Holt and was married to Mrs. Ellen Crews Easley.

He was employed by Boston Lumber Company for 55 years.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two stepdaughters, Mrs. Elaine Sawyer and husband Vernon of Spring Creek, New York, and Ms. Lynn Snow of Wendell, North Carolina; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mr. Sterling Holt and Mr. Eddie Holt, and wife Lillian, all of Scottsburg; three nieces, the devoted Mrs. Alesia Holt Ferrell and husband Kelvin, Ms. Sharon O’Briant and Ms. Audrey Sims; one sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law; one devoted cousin, Mrs. Theresa Puckette; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends including special friends Mrs. Louise Irby and Mr. Darryl Turner.

In addition to his parents, one sister, Mrs. Frances Holt Sims, and one nephew, Mr. Creamman Lee Holt, also preceded Mr. Easley in death.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Louis S. Leigh officiating.

Public viewing for Mr. Easley will be Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the residence.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Elizabeth Carrington Gerst

Ms. Elizabeth Carrington Gerst of South Boston died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at The Woodview Nursing Home at the age of 101.

Ms. Gerst was born in Halifax County on Sept. 4, 1915 to the late Mr. Willie Floyd Carrington and Mrs. Nannie Belt Crawley Carrington.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in South Boston.

Survivors include one sister, Ms. Ida Carrington Faulkner; one sister-in-law, Ms. Ethel Johnson Carrington; two nieces, Mrs. Jeanne Buie Holmes and husband Charles and Ms. Elizabeth Smith Buckmon; two nephews, Mr. James Smith and Mr. Sam Carrington and wife Victoria; one great-niece; one great-nephew; one great-great-niece; and a host of cousins other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, three sisters, Ms. Eva Carrington, Mrs. Susie Carrington Buie and Mrs. Mildred Carrington Smith, and two brothers, Mr. Willie “Billy” Easley Carrington and Mr. Samuel Richard Carrington, also preceded Ms. Gerst in death.

Funeral services will be Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Allan Smith officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rose Garden Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Sunday, Jan. 15, from noon until 6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends half an hour prior to the service on Monday.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Eliza A. Rogers

Mrs. Eliza A. Rogers of New Jersey, formerly of Milton, North Carolina, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Middlesex, New Jersey, at the age of 90.

Mrs. Rogers was born in Milton on June 6, 1926 to the late Mr. Willie Freeman and Mrs. Inez Freeman. She was married first to the late Mr. Amos Hughes and later married the late Mr. Ruffin Rogers.

She was a member of Oak Level AME Church in Milton.

Mrs. Rogers is survived by one daughter, Ms. Eva H. Cunningham; three grandchildren, Mrs. Sharon Taylor and husband Michael, Mr. Gerald Cunningham and wife Michelle and Ms. Jennifer Cunningham; and six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husbands and parents, four brothers, John, Frank, Buford and Fred Freeman, and two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Slaughter and Ms. Eva Freeman, also preceded Mrs. Rogers in death.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Oak Level AME Church.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 2802 Hwy. 57 North, Milton, NC.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Janie Marie Burns

Janie Marie Burns, 33, of South Boston, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 at MCV Hospital, Richmond. She was born in Halifax County on Sept. 25, 1983, daughter of Robert Lewis Burns Sr. and the late Zelda Ragland Burns. She was a member of Blue Wing Grove Baptist Church.

Mrs. Burns is survived by her father, Robert Lewis Burns Sr. of South Boston; her spouse, Theresa Alston of Burlington, N.C.; two sisters, Tara McCraw and husband Warren of the home of Patrice Williams and husband Daniel of South Boston; two brothers, Robert Burns Jr. and Carlous Ragland, both of South Boston; her grandmother, Catherine Burns of Halifax; her godmother, Barbara W. Jones of Oxford, N.C.; her godfather, Lee Holland of South Boston; two god sisters, Sade Williams of Oxford, N.C., and Ikeda Holland of Raleigh, N.C.; two god brothers, Robert Clay Jr. of Decatur, Ga., and Michael Marable Jr. of South Boston; one godson, Jeremiah Clardy, other relatives and friends, including a devoted friend, Cherise Cameron.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at Blue Wing Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Graham Coleman officiating. 


Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 5197 East Hyco Road, South Boston.

Public viewing will be Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Jeffress Funeral Home.

  Charlotte Alice Holt

Charlotte Alice Holt, 78, of South Boston, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. She was born in Halifax County on Jan. 30, 1938, a daughter of the late James Sydnor Holt and Annie Lee Scott Holt. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and was retired from the Halifax County Public School System, where she served for over 30 years.

Ms. Holt is survived by one daughter, Helen Booze of South Boston; two sons, Jimmy Cecil Holt and James Lloyd “Pete” Holt, both of South Boston; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Chandler of South Boston; three step-sisters, Ida Brandon, Christine Jackson and Rose Wyatt, all of South Boston; one step-brother, Mark Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Holt and Mattie Harris Holt; six nieces, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Lorenzo, James and Thomas Holt, three brothers, Alvis, Lloyd and Belvin Holt and two grandchildren, Terry Lee Holt and Sonya Elissa Bailey.

A funeral will be held Friday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at McLaughlin Memorial United Holiness Church with Rev. Jeffrey McLaughlin Sr. and Rev. Robert Winbush officiating. Burial will follow in Owens Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 1016 Third Street, South Boston.

Public viewing will be Thursday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Jeffress Funeral Home. 


   MRS. MARIE BROWN DAVIS

Mrs. Marie Brown Davis of L.P. Bailey Memorial Highway, Halifax, VA died on Tuesday, January 3rd at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 86.

Mrs. Davis was born in Brunswick County, VA on April 26, 1930 to the late Mr. James William Brown and Mrs. Emma Sue Tisdale Brown. She was married to the late Mr. Robert Sterling Davis, Sr. and was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.

Mrs. Marie Davis Brown is survived by (8) children: Ms. Barbara Jean Spencer of Keysville, VA; Mrs. Emma Hardy and husband George of Lunenburg, VA, Mr. James R. Davis of Richmond, VA, Ms. Annie Berkley of Greensboro, NC, Mr. Ulessie W. Davis and wife Delphine of Campbell County, VA, Mrs. Rose Lipscomb and husband Harvey of Richmond, VA, Ms. Sheila Davis and Ms. Angelina Davis, both of the home; (17) grandchildren including the very devoted Mrs. Tracey Moorman and husband Rodney and Ms. Tiffany L. Davis; (19) great grandchildren; (1) sister: Mrs. Goldie Lambert of Baltimore, MD; and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by (1) son: Mr. Robert S. Davis, Sr.

Funeral services rescheduled for Mrs. Marie Brown Davis will be held Wednesday, January 11th at 11:00 a.m. at New Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Willie N. Yancey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be one hour prior to the service on  Wednesday and the family will receive friends at the residence, 7114 L.P. Bailey Highway, Halifax, VA.

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

Mr. John Archie Hamlette

Mr. John Archie Hamlette of German Creek Road, South Boston, VA died January 4th at Avante’ Nursing Home in Lynchburg, VA at the age of 72.

Mr. Hamlette was born in Halifax County, VA on June 9, 1944 and was the son of the late Mr. Archie Hamlette and Mrs. Pearl Poteat Hamlette. He was married to Mrs. Loretta Gordon and was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church. Mr. Hamlette was a retired United States Army veteran with 20 years of service.

Mr. John Archie Hamlette is survived by his wife Mrs. Loretta Gordon; (2) step daughters: Ms. Dina Owens and Ms. Lorena Johnson, both of Chambersburg, PA; (1) sister: Ms. Geraldine Hamlette of Alexandria, VA; (3) brothers: Mr. William Hamlette of Alton, VA, Mr. Ray Hamlette of South Boston, VA and Mr. Dana Hamlette of Danville, VA; numerous step grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hamlette was preceded in death by (2) sisters: Ms. Addie Pearl Hamlette and Ms. Josephine Hamlette and (3) brothers: Mr. Joseph Hamlette, Mr. Charlie Hamlette and Mr. Edward Hamlette.

Funeral services and burial for Mr. John Archie Hamlette will be private at a later date.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Monday, January 9th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home in South Boston, VA.

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