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Ser­vices for Mr. Larry D. Spencer of Rich­mond, VA, will be held 1 p.m. Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30, 2018, at the Chapel of J. M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va. Rev. Car­los Jordan, Rocky Mount Bap­tist Church, Mcken­ney, Va., eu­lo­gist. In­ter­ment will be held at Oak­wood Ceme­tery, Rich­mond, Va.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments en­trusted to the staff of J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­

On Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 23, 2018, Mrs. Betty Ann Turner Lacy made her fi­nal jour­ney home. Upon ar­riv­ing at her phys­i­cal res­i­dence for a fi­nal time, she made her jour­ney to her eter­nal home where she was greeted by her Sav­ior and her loved ones who had gone on be­fore. She was the mid­dle child to her par­ents Hin­ton and Rose Beatrice Turner, born May 3, 1935. Betty Ann was pro­ceeded in death by her par­ents, and eight sib­lings, Sher­man, Max­ine, Robert, Ju­nious, Hin­ton, Edith, Dolores, and Jerry.

Betty Ann was blessed to be born in Peters­burg, Vir­ginia and grew up in Bland­ford where she was sur­rounded by love and com­mu­nity. She re­ceived her early ed­u­ca­tion in the Peters­burg Pub­lic School Sys­tem. She ac­cepted Christ at an early age and was bap­tized at Bethany Bap­tist Church lo­cated in the cen­ter of the Bland­ford com­mu­nity. She met and mar­ried her late hus­band of 42 years Marvin F. Lacy and resided on the Heights where to­gether they pro­vided a won­der­ful and lov­ing en­vi­ron­ment to rear their only daugh­ter, Ni­cole. Their legacy of love will live on for years to come. Dur­ing that time Betty Ann worked as a house­keeper and laun­dry man­ager at Old Stage and Days Inn, Hopewell, VA.

In 1992, she joined Mount Olivet Bap­tist Church and was a faith­ful mem­ber un­til the de­cline in her health. She served as a mem­ber of the Mis­sion­ary Min­istry, Se­nior Min­istry, and the An­gels of Mercy Can­cer Min­istry. She loved her Pas­tor and church fam­ily and faith­fully watched the church ser­vice when she could not be in at­ten­dance up un­til the end.

When peo­ple think of Betty Ann they think of strength. Her life was not easy and in 2004 she was di­ag­nosed with Breast Can­cer and beat it like the cham­pion she was. She was a rebel with a gen­tle heart and spirit and was loved by many and her legacy will live on for many days to come.

Left to trea­sure Betty Ann’s mem­ory and in­domitable spirit are her lov­ing and de­voted daugh­ter Ni­cole of Peters­burg; de­voted nieces, Wanda Heath (Fred) of Va­rina, VA, Nina Turner, Up­per Marl­boro, MD, Priscilla Evans “Ride or Die” of Peters­burg and a host of other nieces. De­voted neph­ews Robert Turner Sr. (Di­ane) of Detroit, MI, Robert Evans (Glo­ria), Wayne Evans, Ch­ester­field, VA, Robert Turner Jr. and James Evans (Brenda) of Peters­burg, VA de­voted cousin Ernest Fultz of Peters­burg, VA and a host of other neph­ews and cousins.

Betty Ann was sur­rounded by a large ex­tended fam­ily who loved her and she loved them. They in­clude Troy Ker­shaw, Bev­erly Britt, Wanda Brown, Kevin Win­field, and Di­ane Foy. As well as the Tucker Fam­ily, Robin­son Fam­ily, and Skin­ner Fam­ily. And last but not least her bud­dies Bar­bara Davis and Louise Walker who were al­ways present with her at home and dur­ing her fi­nal stay in the hos­pi­tal.

Ser­vices will be held 12 noon, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31, 2018, at Mt. Olivet Bap­tist Church, 800 Au­gusta Av­enue, Peters­burg, VA. Rev. Dr. Wes­ley McLaugh­lin, Pas­tor, eu­lo­gist. In­ter­ment to fol­low at Dinwiddie Memo­rial Park.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30, 2018, at the fu­neral es­tab­lish­ment.

J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­


Vi­vian Gail McCann, 61, of Peters­burg, passed away Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24, 2018. She was born to the late, Roy and Bertha McCann on March 27, 1957. Gail worked for the City of Peters­burg as a Com­pli­ance In­spec­tor.

She is sur­vived by her brother, Troy D. McCann (Mary); un­cle, Ge­orge M. Mait­land (Anita); neph­ews, Matthew and Jack McCann; and nu­mer­ous cousins, friends, and co­work­ers whom she con­sid­ered ex­tended fam­ily.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 2:00 p.m. Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, 2018, at the Colo­nial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Fu­neral Homes & Cre­ma­tory, 2033 Boule­vard, Colo­nial Heights, Vir­ginia 23834. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, 2018, at the fu­neral home. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Vir­ginia 23060 or the Colo­nial Heights/ Peters­burg SPCA, 201 Tem­ple Av­enue, Suite E, Colo­nial Heights, Vir­ginia 23834. Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www. ealvins­


“In fam­ily life, love is the oil that eases fric­tion, the ce­ment that binds closer to­gether, and the mu­sic that brings har­mony.” — Friedrich Ni­et­zsche

Joe loved his fam­ily and was the hap­pi­est when sur­rounded by them.

Joe was born Joseph Allen Mur­phy on Oc­to­ber 20, 1952, in Bal­ti­more, MD, to Rox­anna Mur­phy and Ju­nius Spann. Joe grew up in Bal­ti­more, MD, and Brook­lyn, New York.

He de­voted 21 years of his life to be­ing a sol­dier in the Army as an in­fantry­man, and a dec­o­rated re­cruiter. Af­ter re­tir­ing from the Army, he worked as a con­tracted travel agent for the fed­eral govern­ment.

Joe was a very sin­cere fa­ther, hus­band, and grand­fa­ther. His per­son­al­ity was very invit­ing. He was loved by his fam­ily and liked by ev­ery­one he met.

On the day of his pass­ing on Oc­to­ber 19th, he is sur­vived by his wife- Janie; daugh­ter­sSushawn and Tieshea; and his only Grand­son Dante’; sis­ter­sPriscilla, Tina, and Lori; as well as count­less nieces, neph­ews.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice will be held 12 noon Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, 2018, at the Peters­burg Chapel of Joseph M. John­son and Son Fu­neral Home, 530 S. Sycamore Street, Peters­burg. Rev. Herbert Holly, of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will fol­low at the Amelia Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery. in honor of Nancy may be made to the Prince Ge­orge Fire De­part­ment and EMS Ser­vices.

Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered on­line at www.jt­mor­ be sent to www.blan­dand­tuck­er­fu­ner­al­

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