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​

 John Truman Chandler

Mr. John Truman Chandler of Bethel Road, Halifax died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at his residence at the age of 65.

Mr. Chandler was born in Halifax County on Aug. 24, 1949 to the late Mr. Reuben Chandler and Mrs. Elizabeth Stovall Chandler. He was married to Mrs. Mary Elizabeth C. Chandler.

He was a member of St. Paul CME Church and was an employee of the former J. P. Stevens Company for 28 years and later worked for Lasco Bathware and the Town of Halifax.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Nunciata Brown and husband Duron, Ms. Lawanda Chandler and Ms. Sharonda Chandler and friend Donnell, all of Halifax; two sons, Mr. Timothy Chandler and wife Vanetta of Alexandria and Mr. Garry Chandler and wife Aiesha of South Boston; 15 grandchildren; two brothers, Mr. Reuben Chandler and wife Patricia and Mr. Willie Chandler and wife Angela, all of South Boston; three sisters, Mrs. Helen Dean and husband Melvin of Petersburg, Mrs. Catherine Harwell and husband Rod of South Boston and Mrs. Mary Womack and husband Robert of Halifax; two aunts; six sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Chandler will be Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Berry Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Haynes officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 2184 Bethel Road in Halifax.

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

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


Mary Nett Coleman Barksdale Patrick

Mary Nett Coleman Barksdale Patrick of Clay Street, South Boston died Friday, April 10, 2015 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 90. Born in Halifax County on Feb. 6, 1925 to the late John Coleman and Addie Coleman, she was married to the late Lewis Lester Patrick Sr. She was a member of St. Luke Apostle Church.

Mrs. Patrick is survived by a daughter, Addie Burns and husband Charles of Rahway, N.J., two sons, Samuel Barksdale and wife Andrea of Java and Lewis L. Patrick Jr. and wife, Judy of the home; 14 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Artie Barksdale Jr. and wife Mutt and Junius Barksdale and a granddaughter, Crystal Boyd.

A funeral will be held Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at The Crawford House Chapel in Halifax with Elder Harry J. Betts Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Garden Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 


Annie Mae Stovall Curtis

Mrs. Annie Mae Stovall Curtis of 1099 Paul James Road, Halifax died Saturday, April 11 at her residence at the age of 83.

Mrs. Curtis was born in Halifax County on March 12, 1932 to the late Mrs. Lucille Stovall Brooks and was married to Mr. Leon Curtis. She was a member of New Mt. Olive Apostolic Church.

Mrs. Annie Mae Stovall Curtis is survived by her husband, Mr. Leon Curtis of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Gail W. Chandler and husband, Charlie of Omega, Mrs. Glenda Hendricks and husband, Rodney of Greensboro, North Carolina and Ms. Deborah Williams of Dallas, Georgia; one son, Mr. William Walton and wife, Penny of Dumfries; thirty grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren; two sisters, Ms. Sarah Tucker of Halifax and Dr. Anne Tucker and husband, Willie of Wilmington, Delaware; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her mother, four sisters and five brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Mae Stovall Curtis will be Tuesday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at New Mt. Olive Apostolic Church with Suffragan Bishop Leonia Palmer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1099 Paul James Rd, Halifax, VA. Public viewing for family and friends will be Monday, April 13 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at The Crawford House Chapel in Halifax.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


 Avery Deon Chism

Mr. Avery Deon Chism of Meherrin died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Centra Lynchburg Hospital at the age of 42.

Mr. Chism was born in Portsmith on September 17, 1972 to Mrs. Patsy Mabry Chism and the late Mr. Esko Chism. He was married to Mrs. Kimberlee Bolin Chism and was a member of St. Luke Apostiolic Church.

Mr. Avery Deon Chism is survived by his wife, Mrs. Kimberlee Chism of the home; his daughter, Ms. Shytyria Chism of Baltimore, Maryland; four sons, Mr. Avery Chism, Mr. Deonte Chism and Mr. Esko Chism, all of Baltimore, Maryland and Mr. Caleal Brown Chism of Roxboro, North Carolina; his mother, Mrs. Patsy Mabry; his sister, Ms. Ashley Chism of Charlotte, North Carolina; three brothers, Mr. Al Chism of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Dominic Chism of Lynchburg and Mr. Deon Chism of Charlotte, North Carolina; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Judy Coleman of Warrington, and his step mother, Mrs. Naomi Chism Lipscomb of Nashville, Tennessee; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends including Ms. Danielle Miles.

Funeral services for Mr. Avery Deon Chism will be Tuesday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Luke Apostolic Church with Elder Harry J. Betts officiating. Burial will follow in the New Zion Baptist Church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Monday from noon until 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.



Johnnie Howard Dixon

Elder Johnnie Howard Dixon of Vernon Hill died Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Berry Hill Health and Rehab at the age of 84.

Elder Dixon was born in Halifax County on Sept. 26, 1930 to the late Mr. Harvey Columbus Dixon and Mrs. Pearl Etta Younger Dixon, and he was married to the late Mrs. Geraldine Coleman Dixon.

He was a member of Christ In You Worship Center.

Survivors include five sons, Mr. John Howard Dixon Jr., Mr. Earl Thomas Dixon and wife Cathie, Mr. Paul Clinton Dixon and Bishop Joseph Abraham Dixon Sr., all of Vernon Hill, and Mr. David Wayne Dixon of Chase City; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Mr. James Harvey Dixon of Long Island, Mr. Edward Eugene Dixon of Valhalla, New York, Mr. Elmer Lee Dixon of Woodbridge and Mr. William Earl Dixon of Elmsford, New York; four sisters, Mrs. Lola May Dixon Weston of Woodside, New York, Mrs. Lucy Pearl Dixon Whitlock of Stokesdale, North Carolina, Mrs. Vivian Odessa Dixon-Winstead of Blairs and Ms. Lillian Vernita Dixon of Yonkers, New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, two brothers, Mr. Lloyd Winbush Dixon and Mr. Douglas Dixon, and two sisters, Ms. Annie Magadeline Dixon and Ms. Ruby Janet Dixon, also preceded Mr. Dixon in death.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Christ In You Worship Center with Bishop Joseph A. Dixon Sr. officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home and all other times at the residence, 1056 Pitt Trail, Vernon Hill.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


​ Allen David Brown

Mr. Allen David Brown of Danville, formerly of Halifax County, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at Danville Regional Hospital at the age of 52.

Mr. Brown was born in Middletown, New York, on Sept. 19, 1962 to Mrs. Elnora Venable Brown Tyler and the late Mr. Charlie Brown.

He was a former member of Greater Mayfield Apostolic Church.

In addition to his mother of South Boston, survivors include two sons, Mr. Allen Brown Jr. and Mr. Markel Patterson Brown; eight grandchildren; seven brothers, Mr. Robert Brown of Richmond, Mr. Charles W. Brown, Mr. Cory Brown, Mr. Mike Brown, Mr. Eric Brown, Mr. Jonathan Brown and Mr. Quinn Brown, all of Brooklyn, New York; one sister, Ms. Denese Brown, of Brooklyn; three adopted sisters, Ms. Milika Tyler, Ms. Danea-Sha Tyler and Ms. Winter Tyler; two uncles, Mr. Charles Venable and wife Ethel and Mr. John Venable and wife Brenda; eight grandchildren; two great aunts; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including a special cousin, Mr. Keith Venable; and a devoted caretaker, Ms. Angela Polk.

Funeral services for Mr. Brown will be Friday, April 10, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at Elkhorn Baptist Church with Pastor V. Harriston as eulogist, and the Rev. Dr. C.L. Motley officiating.

Burial will follow in Elkhorn Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence of Ms. Elnora Tyler, 1015 Harris Drive, Apt. 210, South Boston.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Crawford House chapel in Halifax.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.

Ammity Elaine Coleman

 Ammity Elaine Coleman, formerly of Halifax County, died April 1, 2015 in Montclair, N.J., at the age of 74. Born in Nathalie on April 25, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Coleman and Mable Reid Coleman. She attended Ellis Creek Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was a retired employee of First Health Services.

 Ms. Coleman is survived by her son, Rodney Gordon Coleman of Caldwell, N.J., four sisters, Evelyn Wright-Nash of Philadelphia, Pa., Margaret Obie of Greensboro, N.C., Vearlie Coleman of New York and Myrtle Bates of Crystal Hill, and a brother, William Coleman of South Boston and a host of other relatives and friends. 

 A funeral will be held Monday, April 6 at 11 a.m. with services at Ellis Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Finley Fields officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

 The family is receiving friends at the home of Alvin and Gloria Bates, 7012 Clarkton Road, Nathalie.

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

 Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 


Gloria Ayscue Hankins

Gloria Ayscue Hankins of Ball Park Loop, Halifax died Monday, March 30, 2015 at her residence at the age of 79. Born in Bronx, N.Y., on Dec. 12, 1935 to the late Edward Ascue and Belivedere Irvin Ascue, she was a member of Deliverance Tabernacle Church. 

 Mrs. Hankins is survived by three daughters, Joseline Graves and husband, Alan Graves of Halifax, Simone Kirby and husband Willie of Halifax and Iris Lumpkin of South Boston, a son Gregory Hankins of New York, 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including the devoted Mrs. Cornelia Jones of Halifax. 

 In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Arthur Hankins and a sister, Diann Lugo. 

 A funeral will be held Saturday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at the Deliverance Tabernacle Church, South Boston with Carl D. Lykes officiating. 

 The family will receive friends at the residence of Simone Kirby, 3073 Ball Park Loop, Halifax. The family is honoring the request of Mrs. Hankins that there will be no public viewing.

 Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

Joe Louis DeJarnette

Joe Louis “Finn” DeJarnette, formerly of South Boston, died Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Fort Wayne, Ind., at the age of 73. Born in Halifax County on June 23. 1941 to the late Mr. Edward DeJarnette and Mrs. Louise Woodson DeJarnette, he was a member of the former Mt. Zion Holiness Church. 

 Mr. DeJarnette is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dottie Spearman and husband Sam of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Ms. Mary DeJarnette of Baltimore, Md., a grandson, Tony J. Wilson Jr. of Baltimore, three great grandchildren, Tony J. Wilson III, Tony J. Wilson IV and Naijay L. Wilson, all of Baltimore, two aunts, Hattie B. Woodson of Washington, DC and Loyola Woodson of South Boston, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

 In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, John “Sye” DeJarnette and George De Jarnette and two sisters, Norma Jean Barksdale and Louise Barksdale. 

 A funeral will be held Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Bernard Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge cemetery.

 The family will receive friends at the service on Saturday. Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home. 

 Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.


Gabriel Santos Carrington

 Gabriel Santos Carrington of Brookneal died Monday, March 30, 2015 at his residence at the age of 61. Born in Halifax County on June 21, 1952, to the late Theresa Carrington, he was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Lasco Bathware.

 Mr. Carrington is survived by a daughter, Nicole Green Orr of California, a son, Harold Penick of Alexandria, a granddaughter, Nia Riley, a great granddaughter, Kamyrn Reed, a sister, Marquita Velez of Nathalie, three aunts, Rose Carrington of Bridgeport, Conn., Marion Crawley and Beatrice Britton, both of Nathalie and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

 He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Abraham.

 A funeral will be held on Friday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Nathalie with Rev. James E. Traynham officiating.

 The family will receive friends at the home of Marquita Velez, 2125 Morton’s Ferry Road Nathalie. 

 Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. In lieu of floral tributes please consider monetary donations to the family, c/o Jeffress Funeral Home.

 Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

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.