Mr. Roy L. McCormick Sr. of Halifax passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Alice P. McCormick, and he is survived by his three children, Linda Baker, Rhonda Inge and Lee McCormick.

On Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, my mom, Lucy Estelle Powell, affectionately known by family as Bess, joined my dad in heaven to spend eternity together.

Mrs. Mary Holt Darensbourg of South Boston died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Snow Hill, North Carolina, at the age of 84.

Olive Slaughter West, 98, of Clarksville, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15, 2019. 

Maynard L. Guill, 85, son of Holt E. and Lessie Duffer Guill, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Richmond. 

Mary Lou Breeden of Vernon Hill passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. She was born in Albemarle County on Nov. 17, 1941 and was 77 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Robert Hoy Breeden and the late Isabelle Leona Mealer Breeden.

Eloise Nichols Hedderly of South Boston passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. She was born in Halifax County on April 29, 1928 and was 91 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Charles T. Nichols Sr. and the late Martha Ann Crews Nichols. She was married to the late Charles Jefferson H…

Mrs. Adele Brooks of Sinai Road, South Boston died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Berry Hill Nursing Home at the age of 102. Mrs. Brooks was born in Halifax County on Jan. 25, 1917 to the late Mr. Walter Womack and Mrs. Fannie Marie Chandler Womack and was married to the late Mr. Henry Brooks.

Mrs. Mary Jane Watts Epps, wife of James David Epps III, passed away at her home on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at the age of 76. She was born in Halifax County on Aug. 23, 1943 to the late Charlie Franklin Watts and the late Beatrice Gravitt Watts.

Elizabeth Rebecca Crews Allgood, 89, of Danville passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.  Elizabeth was born on Dec. 28, 1929 to the late Oris Paul Crews and Elizabeth Stanley Crews of Nathalie, and she was raised on a beautiful farm in Halifax County. 

Mrs. Eva Gladys Tuck Owen Fountain of Virgilina died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Sentara Woodview Nursing Home at the age of 95.

Mrs. Minnie Lovelace Duncan of South Boston died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, at the age of 92. Mrs. Duncan was born in Wilco, West Virginia, to the late Mr. Allen A. Lovelace and the late Mrs. Fannie Wynn Lovelace. She was married to the late Mr. Charles Duncan.

Francis W. Spraggins passed away peacefully in the home of his son, Michael Spraggins, with his family in Silver Springs, Maryland, on March 13, 2019. Mr. Spraggins was born in South Boston on April 6, 1926 to Ephriam D. Spraggins and Marguiete Skinner Spraggins.

Hazel Merrett Wall Hunt, 88, of Danville died on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Mrs. Hunt was born on Nov. 12, 1930 in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina, and she was raised on a beautiful farm near Alton.

Mrs. Dorothy Barksdale Dixon, 93, of Long Island peacefully passed away on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Gretna Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Pittsylvania County to the late Oliver Barksdale and Lizzie Melissa Coleman Barksdale.  

Mildred Maxey Jacob, 85, of Brookhaven, Georgia, passed away on Sept. 22, 2019. 

Eugene Ray Reaves Jr. of Alton passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. He was born in Halifax County on May 16, 1970 and was 49 years of age. He was the son of the Eugene Ray Reaves Sr. and Linda Waller Reaves. He was married to Lisa Jordon Reaves.

John H. Harwood II, 74, of Washington, D.C. died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, from pancreatic cancer.   

Roy Monroe Francis, 83, of Nathalie passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at home. He was the husband of the late Gladys Dunkley Francis.

James Ray Tharpe, age 81, of Drakes Branch passed peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. 

Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Puryear, husband of Vivian Leigh Puryear, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at the age of 72. He was born in Halifax County on Feb. 17, 1947 to the late Jessie Lee Puryear and the late Gladys Wilkerson Puryear.

Mr. Oscar Louis Carrington of Ball Park Loop Road, Halifax died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 73.

Donna Marie McCollum, 31, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, after a long period of declining health.

Tommy Lewis “Dynamite” King of Nathalie passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. He was born in Halifax County on Oct. 30, 1951 and was 67 years of age. He was the son of the late Mildred O. Moser and the late Overton King. He was married to Linda M. King who survives.

Dr. Gil A. Abenes, who was the chief of anesthesiology at Halifax Community Hospital from 1967 until his retirement in December 1993, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at his home in Pagadian, Mindanao, Philippines.

Lucas Wayne Wazeka of Halifax passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

Charles Allen McKinney of Scottsburg passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at the Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

Jean Bradley Briley of Virgilina passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. She was born in Greensville County on Feb. 15, 1942 and was 77 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Jessie Benjamin Bradley and the late Blanche Evelyn Phillips Bradley. She was married for 60 years to George Alle…

Ella Frances Hardie Ryan “Pud,” 89, of Brookdale Danville Piedmont and formerly of 210 Meadowbrook Drive, Danville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, after several years of declining health.

Ms. Katherine Cornelius McCargo of MacDonald Road, Scottsburg died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Sentara Woodview at the age of 107.

Wyse S. Burton, 70, of Gloucester passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at Walter Reed Convalescent and Rehab Center in Gloucester.

Mrs. Annie Mae Clay Bowen of Hudson Road, Virgilina passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Born in Halifax County on June 7, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Howard Clifton Clay and the late Irene Brown Clay. She was married to the late Watson Bryant Bowen.

Calvin Duane Raney of South Boston passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. He was born in Westboro, Missouri, on April 15, 1928 and was 91 years of age. He was the son of the late Milford Smith Raney and the late Cecil Helen Mather Raney Harshberger. He was married to Delores Gay (Dee) Pierson…

Vince Morgan Gordon Jr. of South Boston passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on June 22, 1984 and was 35 years of age. He was the son of Rebecca Ann Lowery and Vince M. Gordon who survive.

Mrs. Kathy Lynn Clay Smith of Alton passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Granville County, North Carolina, on Dec. 20, 1965 and was 53 years old. She was the daughter of the late Overton Clay and the late Mildred Josephine Jones and w…

Mr. James Edward Carden of Scottsburg died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Woodview at the age of 82.

Edwin Newton Church Sr. of Spartanburg, South Carolina, age 80, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at The Hospice Home, and was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

There will be something for everyone both days at the big book sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28. The sale will be held at the small brick former school board building at 726 Mountain Road, Halifax, next to Halifax Lofts.

Mr. Allen Wayne Conner of South Boston passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the age of 80.

Mr. James Edward Powell of Scottsburg passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at his home. He was born July 4, 1940 in Halifax County and was 79 years old. He was the son of the late Luther J. Powell and the late Martha Hackney Powell.

Mrs. Hazel Osborne Compton of Halifax passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Sentara Regional Hospital. She was born in Halifax County on Feb. 6, 1927 and was 92 years old. She was the daughter of the late Shellie Banks Osborne and the late Annie Steube Osborne and was married to the late…

Queen Ester (Queenie) Petty-Womack was born on Jan. 31, 1932 in Halifax County to the late Willie Clifton Petty and Rosa Alice Barksdale-Petty.

Jonathan “David” Baskervill, 33, of Halifax passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, after a heroic 14-year battle with ALS. He was born in Halifax County on April 27, 1986 to Robin Williams Baskervill and William Nelson “Bill” Baskervill Jr.

Mr. Louis Tyrone “Tye” Muse of Glen Allen, formerly of Halifax County, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at his residence at the age of 67.

Mr. Carter Claiborne Jr. of Queens, New York, and formerly of Halifax County, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at Dry Harbor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Queens, New York, at the age of 87.

Elnora Daniel Puckett, 97, of 2181 Ringgold Road, Ringgold went home to be with Lord on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, after being in declining health for the past three years.

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