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Donna Beaird Wilson

Donna Beaird Wilson, 76, of Littleton died Saturday May 25, 2019. The family will receive friends Monday May 27, 2019 from 5-6 P.M. at...

Betty Smith Johnson

Betty Smith Johnson gained her wings and departed this earthly life, on May 23rd, 2019, to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus...

Margaret Lassiter Morris

Margaret Lassiter Morris, 97, formerly of Weldon, died May 22, 2019, at the Oliver House in Wendell. Margaret was born March 19, 1922, in...

Robert 'Buddy' Michael High

Robert “Buddy” Michael High Buddy went home to be with the Lord on May 19, 2019. He was a loving husband, Daddy, Granddaddy, Brother,...

Rosaleen 'Rose' Ennis Lucas

Rosaleen “Rose” Ennis Lucas, 85, died May 20, 2019, in her Roanoke Rapids home, while surrounded by her family. Rose was born April 4,...

Obituaries Page

Joe Nathan Pepper

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Joe Nathan Pepper, 96, of Roanoke Rapids passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at his home. Joe was born May 25, 1922, in Halifax County to the late Bernard William Pepper and Maggie Shaw Pepper. He...

Andrew Garland Allgood Jr.

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Andrew Garland Allgood Jr. “Once a Marine Always a Marine” Andrew Garland Allgood, Jr., 67, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at his residence. Andrew was born in Roanoke Rapids,...

Donna Marquette O'Brien

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Donna Marquette O’Brien, 96, passed away May 15, 2019, at Carolina Rest Home. Donna was born January 24, 1923, in Clinton County, New York, to the late Charles Henry Whitman and Grace Choiniere. She...

Phillip Earl Rooke

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Phillip Earl Rooke, 86, died May 13, 2019, in his Roanoke Rapids home following a period of declining health. Earl was born October 5, 1932, in Halifax County, the son of Lofton and Louise Gray...

Mary Millender Underdown

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Mary Millender Underdown, 79, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids. Mary was born September 6, 1939, in Franklin County, Florida, a daughter of Jessie...

Eddie Lee Wells

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Eddie Lee Wells, 87, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019. A native and lifelong resident of Halifax County, Eddie was the son of the late Joseph Carol Wells Sr. and Elizabeth Clary Wells Harvey. A Veteran...

Phyllis Bradley Walker

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Phyllis Bradley Walker, age 47 of Suffolk Va. went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday May 7, 2019. Walker was born in North Hampton Co. NC the daughter of the late William...

Eugene Wayne Jordan

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Eugene Wayne Jordan, 71, of Gaston, NC, died May 8, 2019, at Hampton Manor. Wayne was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC, the son of the late Vauban Eugene Jordan and Grace Wrenn Jordan. He was a member of...

Melvin Rebecca Braddy Exum Reid Edwards

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Mrs. Melvin Rebecca Braddy Exum Reid Edwards, 85, of Roanoke Rapids died Monday, May 6, 2019 in Signature Healthcare. Born in Emporia, VA, on May 26, 1933, she was the daughter of Frank Elvin and...

Tyler Patrick Warren

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Tyler Patrick Warren, 24, of Littleton, NC, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019. He was born in Halifax County and was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Phyllis and Tommy Warren....

Wayne 'Cecil' Barnhill

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Wayne “Cecil” Barnhill, 79, of Halifax, NC, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019. He was born in Halifax County to the late Ryan Hercules Barnhill and Dorothy Pittman Barnhill and was preceded in...

Susan Hux Capps

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Susan Hux Capps, 71, of Roanoke Rapids, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 27, 2019, at her home. Susan was born July 25, 1947, in Norfolk, VA, to the late H.T. Hux, Jr. and Lucy Dickens Hux....

Stella Sue Grigg Nelson

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Stella Sue Grigg Nelson, 68, of Garysburg, NC, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019. A native of Halifax County she was born to the late Thomas Wilkins Grigg and Evelyn Frances Wooten Grigg. Stella...

S. Dean White

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S. Dean White, 68, of Gaston passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019. Dean was born March 20, 1951, in Henry County, Virginia to the late Canada Chester White and Mary Surratt White. He was also...

Dr. Phillip 'Phil' Taylor Sr.

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Dr. Phillip W “Phil” Taylor, Sr., 94, died Wednesday, April 25, 2019. He was the son of the late John Richard Taylor and Sadie Wynne Taylor. He was preceded in death by brothers, Marvin F Taylor and...

Ellen Smith Foster

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Ellen Smith Foster, 72, of Roanoke Rapids, died Wednesday April 24, 2019. Ellen, a native of Halifax County, was the daughter of the late Staffard Samuel and Dolphine Irby Smith. She was a graduate...

Armando Gentile

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Armando Gentile, 77, of Roanoke Rapids, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in his home. Born August 12, 1941 in Italy, he was the son of Giuseppe Gentile and Theresa Basso Gentile. He enjoyed healthy...

Bessie Mae Thompson Morris

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Bessie Mae Thompson Morris, 78, of Littleton, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Bessie Mae was born October 6, 1940, in Halifax County to the late George Lewallen Thompson, Sr. and Cloy Green...

Wallace Benton Edwards Jr.

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Wallace Benton Edwards, Jr., 90, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Halifax Regional Medical Center. Wallace was born in Halifax County, NC, the son of the late Wallace Benton...

Charles Roberts Jr.

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Mr. Charles Roberts, Jr., of 1290 Pine Log Road, Emporia, VA departed this life on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the VCU-MCV Medical Center in Richmond, VA. A public viewing will be held Friday, April...
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Hazel Jones (Wrenn) Luton of Midlothian Virginia.

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Hazel Jones Luton announces her passing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the age of 77. Hazel battled cancer for many years, never losing an exceptional passion for life or allowing it to slow her down. Hazel was predeceased by her parents, Sidney Rivers Jones and Lena Whitby Jones; former husband, Bob Black; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Hazel will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 25 years, Dr. James (Pete) Luton; and her children, Kendra Novey, Allison Wrenn and Randy Wrenn (Marcia). Hazel’s life was beautifully filled with the love of her eight grandchildren who fondly called her “MiMi,” Ashley Henderson (Kenny), Austin Perkins (Jessica), Anne Levy (Jake), Trae Wrenn, Casey Wrenn (Jennifer), Eric Lynch, Jonathan Wrenn and Brent Novey. Hazel adored her great grandchildren, Reed, Aiden and Adaline Henderson, Hunter and Wyatt Wrenn and Rooker and Kennah Wrenn. Her family also included four Miniature Schnauzers that were truly loved and adored, Sidney, Baxter, Max and Dieter.

Hazel was a treasured staff member of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry with a distinguished career that spanned 44 years. While there, Hazel became beloved by not only the staff and doctors, but by hundreds of students with whom she shared a wonderful relationship. Hazel cherished these special friendships and remained a part of many students’ lives well beyond dental school. To this day she is cherished by the dental community throughout the United States and abroad. Hazel is also the only staff (non-faculty) member to have an endowment named in their honor at the school and is one of only three luminaries to have two different endowments named in their honor.

In addition to her love of family, friends, dogs and dentistry, Hazel was a fabulous cook. Her cakes, cookies and muffins were famous and always in demand. MiMi’s Bump Cookies were especially a smash hit with her grandchildren and their friends. Any person who fell ill would also be treated to a special treat or homemade dinner. Hazel’s cooking was wonderful, not only for its delicious taste, but because she cooked out of love and concern for all. That was her secret recipe in the kitchen, as well as in life.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, Va. 23113.

Interment will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the family plot at the Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Road, Emporia, Va. 23847. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the Hazel Luton Scholarship Fund: https://www.support. vcu.edu/give/fund?fund=4548. You may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the fund or donations.