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Sending our Deepest Sympathy and prayers to Juanita Yates who lost her sister last week.
Our Deepest Sympathy is extended to the family of Jim King. Please keep them in your prayers.
KING, JAMES ROBERT, Jr “Jim”, 80, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Nottoway Court House, Nottoway, VA.
Jim was the owner and pharmacist of Crittenden’s Drug Store in Crewe, VA, for decades. He was a humble, yet extremely generous Christian gentleman. He truly loved his family, his church, his community and his friends, especially his golfing buddies. He will be famously remembered for his love of Pepsi-Cola, the Washington Redskins, and orange golf balls. He will be forever admired for his incredible work ethic and quick, dry wit. Here is his story.
Jim was born on May 27, 1940 in Victoria, VA, the eldest of three children, to Bud and Ethleen King. He was a 1958 graduate of Victoria High School in Victoria, VA, and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Pharmacy in 1962.
As a youth, Jim developed his strong work ethic delivering newspapers in Victoria, always having a moon pie and Pepsi when he was done. In high school he played basketball, played the saxophone in the band, and was a member of the Monogram Club. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and earned the Order of the Arrow Award and the God and Country Award. Upon graduation, Jim was accepted to MCV’s School of Pharmacy.
During his four years at MCV, Jim met his future wife, Carla Yates, from Pennington Gap, VA, also attending pharmacy school. They graduated together in 1962 and married the very next day in Victoria. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by Wornom’s Pharmacy in Hampton, VA where he and Carla established their home. Although it was still early in his career, he was awarded the esteemed Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award from the Virginia Pharmacist Association (1970) recognizing his extraordinary civic contributions in the community. While they were living in Hampton, they had Sabrina, their first child, born in 1963 who would later graduate from Virginia Tech 1987 with degree in Health and Physical Education. In 1972 his second daughter, Holly King, was born. She followed in her parent’s footsteps, went to MCV’s School of Pharmacy, graduated in 1995, and would later work in the family business.
In 1974 Jim and Carla moved the family to Crewe, VA where they purchased Crittenden’s Drug. Jim was the full-time owner and pharmacist. In 1987 he moved his family to “The Oaks” at Nottoway Courthouse, which he proudly called home until the day he died.
During Jim’s decades at Crittenden’s, he was lovingly referred to as “Doc” by the community because of his pharmaceutical expertise, and local doctors often relied upon him for his professional advice. He had an uncanny way of hiring employees who would exemplify his expectation of excellent customer service, and he mentored many young people in the community.
Shortly after moving to Crewe, the family joined Crewe United Methodist Church where Jim sang in the choir, was a Trustee and Finance Chair. He also joined the Crewe-Burkeville Lion’s Club and was recognized as Lion of the Year multiple times. In 2005 Jim received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for his service to Lion’s Club International. He served on the Nottoway County Electoral Board for 28 years, many of them as Chairman. In 2009 because of his many years of community service, he was asked to be the Crewe Homecoming Parade Grand Marshall.
Jim was an avid golfer. He amazingly made 4 holes in one, one of which was a par 4 of hole number 9 of the Crewe Country Club golf course. After searching for a while for the ball, they finally checked the cup and found his signature orange ball. In recognition of his support of the Crewe Country Club, an annual tournament, the King’s Cup, is named in his honor. Ironically during this year’s King’s Cup, Jim passed away between Saturday and Sunday play, on Saturday night.
Jim enjoyed traveling with his family, visiting 6 continents, and enjoyed many summer vacations at Capon Springs with family and friends, where he played golf during the day and cards as night. He was an extremely competitive Bridge player and was an excellent dancer.
His wife of 46 years, Carla, passed away in June of 2008. He married Barbara M. Gates, a graduate of Grace Hospital School of Nursing, on March 1st of 2012 in a private ceremony performed by their respective pastors in the prayer chapel of Crewe Baptist Church. Barbara, an extremely knowledgeable and compassionate registered nurse, lovingly called upon her expertise to tenderly care for Jim in his final months.
Jim is survived by his wife of 9 years, Barbara Gates King; two siblings, Michael “Randy” King (Lynn) of Roanoke and A. Joy King of Chesapeake; daughters Sabrina King of Crewe and Holly King Morris (Wesley) of Jetersville; step-sons Edward Gates (Tiffany) of Surf City, NC, Louis Gates (Jenny) of Fort Mill, SC.; grandsons Tyler Morris of Blackstone and Hunter Morris of Jetersville; step-granddaughters Connor Gates Stafford (Matt) of Bedford, Jordyn Austin of Chesapeake, step-grandsons Hunter Gates and Parker Gates of Fort Mill, SC.; two step-granddaughters Gia Stafford of Roanoke and Sydney Stafford of Bedford, VA.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 5, from 5 to 8 pm at Joseph McMillian Funeral Home, 1826 Cox Rd., Blackstone, VA 23824. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 6 at 2 pm at Crewe United Methodist Church, 607 E. Georgia Ave., Crewe, VA 23930. Interment to follow at Crewe Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Crewe United Methodist Church Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 105, Crewe, VA, 23930; Amedisys Hospice, 4591 Lifestyle Lane Midlothian, VA 23112, or Nottoway County Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 453, Crewe VA, 23930.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.mcmillianfuneralhome.com.
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More arrangements for Todd.
Services for Todd :
Thursday,April 1st, 2:00 at Crewe Cemetery.
Visitation at McMillan funeral home, in Blackstone, on Wednesday, March 31st.
The family will be at the funeral home all day and evening to receive friends and family.
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021
William Todd Weston, Sr.
William Todd Weston Sr., of Nottoway, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 29th, 2021. He was born on October 2nd, 1963. He was well known for Todd’s Place and the former owner in Crewe, Virginia. Todd enjoyed riding around with his dog and finding trouble wherever he was. He never met a person he didn’t know. Todd was preceded in death by his father, John Edward Weston Jr. He is survived by wife, Theresa Layne; his mother, Helen Kee Weston; two children, Casey Hamley (Luke) William Todd Weston, Jr. (Kayla Johnson), and grandson, William Todd Weston III; stepchildren, Dustin Overholt (grandchild, Lily Overholt) and Dakota Rhodes; sister, Gail Weston; brothers, Johnny Weston (Faye) and Christopher Weston; many lifelong friends; and by his dog, Razor.
Todd will lie-in-state on Wednesday March 31, 2021 until 7:30 P.M. at the Joseph McMillian Funeral Home 1826 Cox Road, Blackstone, VA 23824. Graveside Funeral Services will be held in Crewe Cemetery.
Our Prayers and Sympathy goes out to the family of Todd Weston. Todd passed away today.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Virginia (Granny) McDaniel.
Please keep her family in your prayers.
Virginia Jones “Granny” McDaniel, 90, of Crewe, VA passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. She was the daughter of Jesse and Effie Jones of Victoria and the widow of William Desmond McDaniel. She is survived by her five children: Jeanette and Bobby Barton, Joyce and Ray Price, Doug and Rose McDaniel, Denise and Joe Flowers, and Donnie and Nancy McDaniel; seven grandchildren: Scott and Jason Lewis, Courtney O’Hara Daniel, Douglas and Andy McDaniel, Daniel and Matthew Houchins and Desi McDaniel; She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren: Noah, Baileigh, Colton and Spencer Lewis, Margaret and Genevieve Daniel, Sam and Mary Katherine McDaniel and Bentley and Bryson Jackson; her sister, Louise (Betty) Lindsey and numerous nieces and nephews. Her happiest times were spent with her family, working in her yard and going to her children and grandchildren’s ball games. She loved watching all sports on television and was a huge Nascar fan. Graveside funeral services will be held Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2PM at the Lakeview Cemetery in Victoria, VA. Memorial donations may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 4591 Lifestyle Lane; Midlothian, VA 23112 or to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 7721 Hunrgarytown Road; Crewe, VA 23930
Malcolm Lee Dews
( March 18, 2021 )
Malcolm Lee Dews, of Crewe, Virginia, passed away on March 18, 2021, at Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville. Mac was born January 13, 1936, in Red House, Virginia, to Carl and Frances Joy Dews. He spent his childhood on the family farm where he learned the value of hard work and was nurtured by his parents and much-loved grandmother, Hattie Dews. When he was a teenager, his family relocated to Madison Heights, Virginia. In high school he played on the baseball and basketball teams until he graduated in 1953.
After a brief attendance at Lynchburg College, he served in the US Marine Corps until 1961. During his inactive reserve duty which began in 1957, he entered the roofing industry in Lynchburg, Virginia, as an estimator for Montague Betts. In 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn McIvor. In 1964, he became an estimator for T.B. Dornin-Adams. In 1969, Mac began working for Pittsburg-based Koppers Company and was instrumental in the expansion of the Eastern District sales territory. His success working with people was exemplified when he far exceeded his 1970 sales quota (374.3%) to the extent that his picture, under which was written, “It can be done,” was hung in his boss’s office. Subsequently, as the family story goes, Carolyn received two dozen red roses from Koppers.
In 1973, Mac and his family moved to Virginia Beach when he accepted a position as the general manager of Fowler Roofing Company in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1980, he purchased Thompson Roofing Company in Crewe to start his own business which became known as Dews Roofing, Inc., where he and Carolyn worked together until their retirement in 2011 at age 75. His sons have always said that he so loved his career, his colleagues, and those he served, that he would have worked forever.
His service to the roofing industry included active long-time membership in the Virginia Association of Roofing Contractors now known as the Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals. During his membership, he was president in 1978-1979, Contractor of the Year in 1982, and later awarded VARP hall of fame status.
Mac was an active member of Crewe United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the maintenance committee. He was a member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge #73 AF&AM. He served on the Town of Crewe Planning Commission and the Nottoway County Planning Commission. He loved volunteering at the Crewe Railroad Museum. He was an avid bluegrass-music listener and an outdoorsman enjoying fly-fishing, hunting, and bird-watching. His love of baseball was evident in his unending devotion to the Chicago Cubs and his loyal attendance at his sons’ games.
Mac was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerry D. Carwile, nephew Eddie Carwile, brother-in-law Preston Bryant, and niece Sherry Bryant. He is survived by his wife and children Carl (Lisa), Chuck (Kitty), and Andy (Tom); sister Sandria Bryant; grandchildren Sarah and Jamie Hunte; great-grandchildren Mariah Martin and Raegan, Preston, Jase, and Aubrey Hunte; nieces Whitney Michels and Missy Sprankle; nephews Donnie and Mikey Carwile.
A celebration of life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, March 27, at Crewe United Methodist Church. Anyone wishing to commemorate Mac’s life may make a contribution to Crewe United Methodist Church, Nottoway Emergency Squad, Crewe Railroad Museum, or a charity of choice. Arrangements are by Joseph McMillian Funeral Home of Blackstone, VA. https://www.mcmillianfuneralhome.com
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