Miss Marguerite Adele Yates, 45, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 31, 2008 at
Moses Cone Hospital.
Miss Yates’ funeral was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Forbis &
Dick Brooke Chapel in Stokesdale, NC with Rev. Roland Shepley and Rev. Dan
Ramsey officiating. Burial followed in Lakeview Memorial Park.
A native of Pittsylvania County, Va., Marguerite was born on May 29, 1962 the
daughter of Robert Glenn and Dorothy Goodwyn Yates. She was a member of Mt.
Bethel Christian Church.
As a founding member of the SPCA of the Triad, Miss Yates was well known as an
animal lover. She worked as the main cruelty investigator for both the Humane
Society and SPCA, and had worked for FEMA in an animal rescue capacity.
She is survived by her mother, Dorothy G. Yates of Stokesdale; father, Bob
Yates, Sr., of Belews Creek; sister, Sabrina Craft and her husband, Chris, of
Petersburg, VA; brother, Bob Yates, Jr., and his wife, Marlene, of Stokesdale;
aunt, Joan Coiner of Virginia Beach, Va.; uncle, Courtney Goodwyn and his wife,
Mary, of Blackstone, Va.; godparents, Marvin and Brenda Overman of Greensboro;
nephews, Bobby Yates III and his wife, Holly, of NC State, Raleigh, NC and
Benjamin Yates of Stokesdale; as well as cousins, Nick Coiner of Yorktowne, Va.,
and Kim, Pam and Lee Goodwyn of Virginia.
The family received friends Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the
funeral home, and other times at her mother’s home.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA of the Triad, PO Box 4461, Greensboro, NC
On-line condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com.
Chesta Alice Hubbard Morrissette, 93, of Burkeville, VA died Friday, April 4,
2008. She was the widow of Joseph Johnson Morrissette, Jr. Mrs. Morrissette was
born February 4, 1915 at “Avondale Farm,” Rice, VA, to the late Harry Hunter
Hubbard and Estelle Wilson Hubbard. She was preceded in death by three sisters,
Janie H. Jones, Marian H. Carrington and Hilda H. Mahan.
Mrs. Morrissette is survived by two sons, Joseph F. Morrissette of Burkeville,
VA and J. Hunter Morrissette of Harrisonburg, VA; two granddaughters, Susan M.
Jackson and husband, Brandon, and Caroline M. Thielecke and husband, Tim; four
great-grandchildren, Hunter B. Jackson, Marley G. Jackson, Emma E. Thielecke and
M. Claire Thielecke, all of Roanoke, VA; one sister, Mamie H. McClenny of Rice,
VA; and one brother, H. Fielder Hubbard of Surfside Beach, SC.
Mrs. Morrissette graduated from State Teachers’ College, now Longwood
University, Farmville, VA with a B.S. Degree. She did additional work at William
& Mary College, University of Virginia and University of Alabama. She taught
nine years in the Prince Edward County School system and 21 years in the
Nottoway County School system. Mrs. Morrissette was a devoted member of
Burkeville Baptist Church. She was a faithful servant of the Woman’s Missionary
Union (WMU) and she held many positions in the Burkeville Baptist Church WMU and
the Southside Baptist Association WMU. In 1997-98, she served as Southside
Baptist Association WMU Centennial Chairperson. Also, she was a Royal
Ambassadors (RA) Leader. Mrs. Morrissette was a member of Burkeville Woman’s
Club and a charter member of Judith Randolph-Longwood Daughters of the American
Revolution (DAR) Chapter, Farmville, VA.
The family received friends from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m., Sunday, April 6, at Jennings-McMillian Funeral Home, Crewe, VA.
The funeral services were held 3:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, at Pisgah Baptist
Church, Rice, VA and interment in Pisgah Baptist Cemetery. Immediately following
the interment, there was a reception at Pisgah’s Social Hall for family and
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burkeville Baptist
Church Building Fund or your favorite charity.
Jennings-McMillian Funeral Home, Crewe, VA is handling the arrangements.
Kelvin R. Streety, 43, of Colorado Springs, CO and formerly of Blackstone, died
March 28, 2008.
He is survived by one sister, Kay Blount of Blackstone.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, at W. E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home
Chapel, Blackstone, with interment in Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone
Robert Douglas, 84, of Crewe, died March 31, 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Viola Douglas; one son, Michael Yates; one daughter,
Darlene Terrell; two sisters, Catherine Shelton and Frances Douglas.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, at Mt. Gazerine Baptist Church,
Blackstone with interment in the Foster Family Cemetery, Crewe.
Everett Franklin Ashworth, 80, of Victoria, retired co-owner of Ashworth
Transport, Inc., died April 2, 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Janie M. Ashworth; two sons, Franklin O. Ashworth
and W. Ray Ashworth, all of Victoria; two step-daughters, Carolyn Jones of
Victoria and Barbara Newcomb of Aylett; eight grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren.
Mr. Ashworth served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was a
life member of Lunenburg County VFW Post 9954.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. at Staples Funeral
Home, Victoria. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery, Victoria.
James M. “Pete” Jordan, a professor for more than three decades at Salem College
in Winston-Salem, N.C., died Wednesday, April 3, 2008. He was 78.
Born in Prince Edward County, Va., Mr. Jordan received bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in English literature from the University of Virginia. He also served
two-and-a-half years with an intelligence unit of the U.S. Army before joining
the faculty at Salem College in 1960.
Mr. Jordan taught English literature at Salem College for 36 years before
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Virginia Fitzgerald Jordan.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Sally; a son, James M. Jordan,
Jr.; and two grandchildren, Marilyn and Patrick.
There are no local services planned. An inurnment will take place at Lakeview
Cemetery in Blackstone, Virginia at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jess Byrd
Scholarship Fund at Salem College, 601 S. Church St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
Vogler and Sons Funeral Home on Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem, NC and the
Hamner-McMillian Funeral Home of Blackstone is assisting the Jordan family.
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Wynemah M. Cox passed away Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, at the Decatur County
Hospital in Oberlin, Kansas, at the age of 71. She was born July 23, 1936, in
Decatur County, Kansas, to George L. and Martha E. (Schrammel) Wurm. Wynemah
grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Herndon High School in 1954, then
earned her Registered Nurse (RN) diploma in Kansas City.
On April 18, 1958, Wynemah was united in marriage to Francis Frank Cox at St.
John’s Lutheran Church in Oberlin. Together, they raised their four children.
For many years they made their home in Denver, Colorado. In 1976, they returned
to Kansas where they made their home in Herndon.
Wynemah had an outstanding career in nursing, working in various hospitals,
including Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where she worked in
the Emergency Department. While there she completed requirements to become a
Critical Care Nurse Practitioner.
Upon returning to Kansas, Frank and Wynemah worked together in Cox’s IGA Market
in Herndon until Wynemah started the Rawlins County Home Health Agency in
Atwood, Kansas. In 1981, she became the administrator of the Rawlins County
Public Health Department and Home Health Agency, a position she held until
retiring in 1989.
Wynemah was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oberlin. She was also
active in several civic and professional organizations. Wynemah was a
family-oriented person and enjoyed participating in activities of both the Cox
and Wurm families. Her hobbies included family genealogy and making scrapbooks.
Survivors include her husband, Frank, Herndon; four children, Dr. James F. and
Lucinda Cox of Blackstone, VA, George and Cheryl Cox of Roy, WA, David Cox of
Hays, Roseann and Mike Domsch of Atwood; three grandchildren, Shakia Rose Domsch,
Sohn Michael Domsch and James Alexander William Cox; two brothers, Dale Wurm of
West Covina, CA, George Wurm of McCook, NE; and two sisters, Susan McKain of
McDonald, and Rosa Boehm of McCook, NE. her parents and a brother, Lawrence Wurm,
preceded her in death.
Randy D. Pettry, 59, of Chester, died March 25, 2008. He was preceded in death
by his father, Rev. Sherman D. Pettry.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Sledd Pettry; two sons, Michael Pettry of Key
West, Florida, Ryan Pettry of Chester; two daughters, Kacee Lotti and husband,
Mike, of Chester, Nicole Pettry of Chester; mother, Frances Pruitt Pettry of
Forest; three brothers and their spouses, Larry and Rosalie Pettry of Ohio,
Ricky and Peggy Pettry of Lynchburg, Preston Douglas and Kelli Pettry of Forest;
one sister and her husband, Diana and Randy Anderson of Forest and many nieces
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 27, 2:00 p.m. at the Bennett & Barden
Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Hwy. (Rt. 60), Powhatan. Interment Sledd Family
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Richmond SPCA.
Thomas Walter Tabon, Sr. 80 of Blackstone, peacefully departed this life on
Monday, March 17, 2008, at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
He was born in Oxford, NC to his parents, the late Walter Tabon and Eliza Powell
Tabon. He was the 11th child of twelve. He was preceded in death by his siblings
and a grandson, Dwayne Tabon. He joined the Shiloh Baptist Church in Dinwiddie
at an early age and was a faithful member. He retired from the Sheffield
Furniture Co. after which he started his own painting and lawn service. He also
worked for the Ace Hardware in Blackstone. His declining health did not keep him
from working until recently.
He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted wife of 60 years, Annie Mae Branch
Tabon of Blackstone; four children, Robert Branch of Colonial Heights, Thomas
Tabon, Jr. of Wilsons, Lena Cousins of Blackstone, and Jerry Tabon, Sr. of
Chesterfield; eight grandchildren, one of which he raised as his own daughter,
Latrece Coleman; twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, to include his pastor Rev. David Banks,
Sr. of Richmond and a devoted friend, Thomas Taylor, Sr. of Blackstone.
A home going service was held on Saturday, March 22, 2008, at the Shiloh Baptist
Church in Dinwiddie.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Shirley B. Johnson Funeral Home in
Lula A. Spaine of Blackstone, died on March 31, 2008. Widow of Baxter A. Spaine,
born Nov. 11, 1906 in Lunenburg County, Va. She was the youngest of four
children born to Kathryn Crymes and Charles Arvin.
She is survived by her son, Jesse and wife, Jane, a grandson, Timothy Spaine and
his children, Melissa and Matthew, all of Richmond, a granddaughter, Jennifer
Lowrey and her husband, John, and their daughter, Abigail of Havana, Cuba.
She will be remembered for her deep love and devotion to her family. She was
associated for many years with the Blackstone Congregation of Jehovah’s
Graveside services Wed. 1:00PM at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone. Arrangements
by the Hillsman-Hix Funeral Home of Amelia.
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
Randy Jeter, 43, of Waterloo, Iowa, formerly of Virginia, died March 15, 2008.
He was born in Farmville, Virginia, the son of Jack and Rachel Hudson Jeter.
Randy is survived by life partner Ken Frasher, Waterloo; mother, Rachel and
stepfather, George Johnson, Blackstone; sisters: Teresa (J.D.) Finch, Stoney
Creek; Sharon (Kell) McComas, Chesterfield; and brother Eddie (Jeanne) Jeter,
Funeral services were held in Waterloo at Locke Funeral Home.
Elizabeth C. “Tib” Horton, 85, of Blackstone, died Wednesday, March 19, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy T. Horton.
She is survived by two sisters, Teresa A. McDaniel and Frances C. Lawson; two
brothers, Robert M. Codispoti and Joe M. Codispoti.
A graveside service was held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22nd at Dale Memorial
Tom M. Johnson, 89, of Farmville, formerly of Crewe, died Wednesday, March 19,
2008. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene Crawley Johnson; a
brother and a sister.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline Stephens Shelton Johnson; one daughter, Kay
Johnson Norton Wrenn; one granddaughter, all of Crewe; two grandsons; seven
great-grandchildren; his brothers, Gus, Charles and Grady Johnson; sisters,
Gladys Rudd, Opal Buuttil, Juanita Carpenter and Nina Fay Collier.
He was a retired car inspector with the Norfolk and Western Railroad and a U.S.
Army veteran of WWII, having served in the European African, Middle Eastern
Funeral services were held 12:00 Noon, Saturday, March 22, at Jennings-McMillian
Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Crewe Cemetery.
Mrs. Gwendolyn Stokes Jennings, 60, of Burkeville, died March 17, 2008.
She is survived by her husband, Horace Jennings; four sons, Horace, Jr., Dennis,
Reginold and Michael Jennings; two daughters, Crystal and Gwnedolyn Jennings;
eight grandchildren; four brothers, Frederick, Eddie, James and Larry Stokes;
one sister, Joan McCargo.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, from Yielding Zion Baptist
Church, Burkeville with interment in the Jennings Family Cemetery, Burkeville.
Richard Leon Suggs, Sr., 60, of Blackstone, VA died Monday, March 24, 2008. He
was a U.S. Navy Seabee and combat veteran of the Vietnam War.
Richard is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol Suggs; four children, R.L.
Suggs, Jr. (Elizabeth) of Amelia, Kenneth Suggs (Bernice) of Blackstone, Melinda
Suggs Cheatham (Steve) of Wisconsin and Kevin Suggs (Amanda) of Blackstone. He
also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Chelsey, Kaitlyn, Brandy, Coleman and
Haley Suggs, and Jennifer Orendorff and Jeremy Taylor; a great grandson, Gabriel
Orendorff; sister, Diana Craig and brother, Jerry Suggs, both of Florida.
Graveside funeral services with military honors will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday,
March 26, at the Suggs Family Cemetery, Green Hill Rd. (Rt. 609) near
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Kenston Forest
School, Scholarship Fund, 75 Ridge Road, Blackstone, VA 23824.
Joseph McMillian Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be
sent to www.mcmillianfuneralhome.com 3-27-1tc
Sherry Ann Griffin Kellum, 39, of Keysville, died March 22, 2008.
She is survived by her children, Julian Lee (Jaylee) Mayton III and Shellie Ann
Mayton, both of Keysville; her mother, Virginia Anita Martin of Kenbridge; two
sisters, Darlene G. Barton of Green Bay and Connie G. Crutchfiled of Brodnax.
She is also survived by her maternal grandparents, Floyd and Hazel Martin of
Sherry was an employee of Big Oak Farm in Green Bay.
Graveside funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. in
the Kenbridge Cemetery.
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Marguerite A. Yates, 45
Chesta A. Morrissette, 93
Kelvin R. Streety, 43
Robert Douglas, 84
Everett F. Ashworth, 80
James M. Jordan, 78
Wynemah M. Cox, 71
Randy D. Pettry, 59
Thomas W. Tabon, Sr. 80
Lula A. Spaine
Randy Jeter, 43
Elizabeth C. Horton, 85
Tom M. Johnson, 89
G. Stokes Jennings, 60
Richard L. Suggs, Sr., 60
Sherry Ann G. Kellum, 39