Virginia Wilkerson Coates of South Boston passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. She was born in Halifax County on Sept. 17, 1921 and was 97 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Jimmy Lee Wilkerson and the late Emma Marie Chandler Wilkerson. She was married to the late Harry Coates.

Virginia was a member of Second Baptist Church.

She loved the outdoors, her game shows, being with family and friends and her special little friends, Toby and Bella, her lap dogs.

Virginia Coates is survived by her nephew, Bernard Martin, of the home; a host of nieces and nephews; and her caregiver, Tanya Majors.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Nell Wilborn, Irene Landes, Mildred Reese and Gertrude Martin.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Lewandowski officiating.

Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday one hour prior to the service at Powell Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2176 Wolftrap Road, South Boston.

For memorials, consider Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, South Boston.