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​

Henry Arthur Miller

Henry Arthur Miller of Glendale Drive, South Boston died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 72. Born in Alexandria on Nov. 15, 1942 to the late Ealie Miller and Bernice Bittle Miller, he was married to Connie Newman Miller and was a member of On The Road Mission Ministries.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by two sons, James Miller of Alexandria and Daryl Miller and wife, Treva of Statesville, N,C,, five grandchildren. one great grandchild, two sisters, Lillie Miller Finklea and Dernice Miller Golden, both of Alexandria, a brother-in-law, Harold Newman Jr., a devoted sister-in-law, Priscilla Newman Perry, the devoted Alphonso and Willie Pearl Terry and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Howard Miller.

A funeral will be held on Monday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at Greater Mayfield Apostolic Church with Elder James Miller and Elder Daryl Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 4092 Bold Springs Road, South Boston.

Public viewing for family and friends will be on Sunday, April 26 from noon-6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

Leon Hiett

Leon Hiett of Bold Springs Road, South Boston died Monday, April 20, 2015 at his residence at the age of 61. Born in Danville on May 3, 1953 to Ester Pode Hiett and the late Larry Donald Hiett, Sr., he was married to Elanor Valentine Hiett and was a member of Evening Light Cathedral.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by his mother of Danville, two daughters, Kristy McIvor of Greensboro, N.C. and Chrissie Lanier of Norfolk, a son, Leon Hiett Jr. of Danville, a step-daughter, Tarsha Valentine of Eden, N.C., a step-son, Kevin Valentine of Axton, eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, three brothers, Larry Hiett Jr. and wife Debbie of Danville, Stafford D. Hiett and wife Dorothy of Yanceyville, N.C. and Eddie Wiles of Ringgold, three sisters, Denise Holloway and husband, Michael, Jeanette McLaughlin and husband, Cecil and Angela Woltz and husband Frentriss, all of Danville and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one sister, Bonnie G. Sims.

A funeral will be held Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at Evening Light Cathedral, Danville, VA with Bishop F. B. Kidd officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Memorial Gardens cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 4135 Bold Springs Road, South Boston. Public viewing for family and friends will be Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home. 

Willie Hubbard Canada

Mr. Willie Hubbard Canada of Murphy Grove Road, Halifax died Monday, April 20, 2015, at his residence at the age of 58.

Mr. Canada was born in Halifax County on Sept. 22, 1956 to the late Mr. Charles Edward Canada and Mrs. Carrie Lacy Jennings Canada.

Survivors include one daughter, Ms. Lasharnda Dixon, of Richmond; four grandchildren; one sister, Ms. Georgie Jennings, of Halifax; one brother, Mr. Hunter Canada, of Greensboro, North Carolina; and a host of nieces including the devoted Mrs. Rosa Terry, nephews, other relatives and friends including Ms. Mary Ellen Coleman, Ms. Mable Traynham and Mr. Orvin Lane.

In addition to his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Mary Coleman, Ms. Dorothy Canada and Ms. Rosa Canada, and three brothers, Mr. Freddy Canada, Mr. Lewis Canada and Mr. James Canada, also preceded Mr. Canada in death.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 24, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Crawford House chapel in Halifax with the Rev. Keith Mitchell officiating.

Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel CME Church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 2070 Murphy Grove Road, Halifax.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Crawford House chapel in Halifax.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.



Joyce Ann Edmonds

Ms. Joyce Ann Edmonds of Union Grove Road, South Boston died Friday, April 17, 2015, at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital at the age of 66.

Ms. Edmonds was born in Halifax County on May 26, 1948 to the late Mr. Charlie Edmonds and Mrs. Belva Brandon Edmonds.

She was a member of New Vernon Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Mr. Antoine Edmonds; five grandchildren; one brother, Mr. James Edmonds; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, three brothers, Mr. Robert Edmonds, Mr. Velton Edmonds and Mr. Phillip Edmonds, and two sisters, Mrs. Lottie Patterson and Mrs. Delois Stanton-Price, also preceded Ms. Edmonds in death.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. at New Vernon Baptist Church with the Rev. John Elliott officiating.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Wednesday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.


 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.