Ms. Gay Harris Barksdale of South Boston died on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, at the age of 71.

Ms. Barksdale was born March 5, 1951, in Halifax County to Pocohantas Harris Barksdale and John Harris. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant C.M.E. Church.

Ms. Barksdale is survived by six children, Phyllis Barksdale of Danville, Joanna Barksdale of Timberlake, North Carolina, Johanna Barksdale of Fairfax, Rose Barksdale of South Boston, Annette Barksdale of Richmond and Eugene Barksdale of South Boston; 19 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three bonus daughters, Tiffany Briggs, Kyra Brigham and Charlotte Betts; five godsons; one sister friend, Carolyn Chandler; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward L. Harris and John J. Harris; two sisters, Agnes Harris and Faith M. Clay; and one grandson, Traquan D. Barksdale.

Funeral services for Ms. Gay Harris Barksdale will be Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Good Shepard Outreach Mission with the Rev. Dr. Ronnie L. Keene, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant C. M. E. Church Cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be at Jeffress Funeral Home Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, from noon to 6 p.m. 

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