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Estelle Etheridge Lynch

Estelle Etheridge Lynch, age 91, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Halifax Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Lynch was...

Nettie Alice Taylor Moody

Nettie Alice Taylor Moody, 89, of Seaboard, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. A native of Northampton County, Nettie was the daughter of...

Curtis Eugene 'Red' Norwood Sr.

Curtis Eugene Norwood, Sr., 69, of Roanoke Rapids, passed away on March 19, 2019, at the Durham VA Medical Center. Curtis “Gene” “Red”...

Marian Kidd Wilkins

Marian Kidd Wilkins, 89, of Gaston, passed away on March 18. She was born March 23, 1929, in Roanoke Rapids, the daughter of the late...

Ella Mae Rackley Rackley

Ella Mae Rackley Rackley, 101, a resident of Hampton Manor in Gaston, died March 17, 2019, at Halifax Regional Medical Center. Mrs....

Obituaries Page

Elsie Marie Hammack Griffies Moseley

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Elsie Marie Hammack Griffies Moseley, 83, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019. A native of Gasburg, Virginia, Elsie was the daughter of the late Fletcher Alexander and Martha Ella Ellis Hammack. In...

Kenneth Dean Mulrooney

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Kenneth Dean Mulrooney, 56, formerly of Roanoke Rapids passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019. Kenny was born April 4, 1962 in Alexandria, VA to Thomas Michael Egenlauf and the late Mary Elizabeth...

Phillip Wayne Outland

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Phillip Wayne Outland, affectionately known as Donkey, 44, died Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Hertford County, NC. Phillip was born in Northampton County, August 28, 1974, son of the late Gary Wayne...

Hazel Jones (Wrenn) Luton

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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...

John Timothy 'John T' Moore

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John Timothy "John T" Moore, 46, of Roanoke Rapids, died March 12, 2019, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. John was born December 27, 1972, in Halifax County, the son of Marion Leonard and...

Richard Abb 'Woody' Woodroof Jr.

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Richard Abb “Woody” Woodroof Jr. went to be with His Lord and Savior on March 9, 2019. He was born April 7, 1924, in Adsit, VA, as the youngest child of the late Richard Abb Sr. and Jimmie Harris...

J. Lloyd Andrews

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J. Lloyd Andrews, 90, of Roanoke Rapids, died on Saturday, March 9, 2019, with his loving family by his side. A lifelong resident of Roanoke Rapids, he was the son of the late Junious Lloyd Andrews,...

Helen Lorine Letchworth

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Helen Lorine Letchworth, 82, of Weldon, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Liberty Commons. Helen was born January 26, 1937, in Halifax County to the late George Washington Dunston and Susie...

Hoyt Edward Giles Jr.

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Hoyt Edward Giles, Jr. 74, of Littleton died March 4, 2019, at Liberty Commons. Hoyt was born May 8, 1944 in Gwinnett County, GA, the son of Hoyt E., Sr. and Alice Brunelle Hall Giles. He was...

Tygnal Louis Vick

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He rarely talked to anyone he couldn’t make smile (or laugh out loud). Anytime his name was mentioned, somebody (sometimes everybody) smiled. He loved the Lord, his family, and his church. To him,...

David Ray Barnes

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David Ray Barnes, 65, of Roanoke Rapids, died Saturday, March 2, 2019, in his home following a period of declining health. He was born August 7, 1953, in Halifax County, a son of William Harvey and...

William Earl 'Pipeman' Outland

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William Earl “Pipeman” Outland, 64, died Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Rich Square Nursing & Rehabilitation in Rich Square, NC. Mr. Outland was born in Northampton County, July 5, 1954, son to Roger and...

David Ray Barnes

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David Ray Barnes, 65, of Roanoke Rapids, died Saturday, March 2, 2019, in his home following a period of declining health. He was born August 7, 1953, in Halifax County, a son of William Harvey and...

Joshua Daniel Stansbury

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Joshua Daniel Stansbury, 25, of Roanoke Rapids, passed away Monday, February 25, 2019, at his home. Joshua was born September 4, 1993, in Halifax County. He was preceded in death by his cousin,...

Dennis Ray Blackmon

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Dennis Ray Blackmon, 64, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. A native of Halifax County he was born to the late David J. and Cassie Pollard Blackmon and was preceded in...

Gladys Irene Dunn Baird

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Gladys Irene Dunn Baird, 84, of Roanoke Rapids, died February 26, 2019 at Halifax Regional Medical Center. She was born September 4, 1934, in Boydon, VA, the daughter of James Edward and Virginia...

Roy Whitley 'Dinks' Brown Jr.

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Roy Whitley “Dinks” Brown, Jr., 51, of Conway, died at his home Tuesday, February 26, 2019, surrounded by his family. Roy was born, June 9, 1967, in Hertford, Co., son to Roy Whitley Brown and Linda...

William Joseph 'Bill' Shearin

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William Joseph “Bill” Shearin, Jr., 67, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. Bill was born January 30, 1952, in Nash County to the late William Joseph Shearin, Sr....

John 'JW' William Butler

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John “J.W.” William Butler, 43, of Roanoke Rapids passed away Friday, February 22, 2019, at home. J.W. was born in April 24, 1975, in Nash County to Kenny and Linda Clements Butler. He was preceded...

David Lee Balmer

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David Lee Balmer, 38, of Roanoke Rapids, died Monday February 25, 2019, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Jessica Fahey Balmer of Roanoke Rapids; sons Jason Anthony Balmer and Kaiden...
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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.