EDWIN M. BETTS JR.
LINDA R. AKIN
Linda Rountree Akin, 65, of Dinwiddie, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Born on April 21, 1953 in Suffolk, she was the daughter of the late Blanchard G. and Carrie Byram Rountree, and the widow of Gary Morris Akin. She was a member of Dinwiddie Baptist Church and a nurse for over 25 years, ending her career at Chippenham Medical Center.
She is survived by a son, Jason M. Akin of Dinwiddie; a daughter, Jennifer A. Shaylor (Chris); two grandchildren, Lee A. Shaylor and Jackson G. Shaylor.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Dinwiddie Baptist Church, 18418 Wilkinson Road, Dinwiddie, Virginia 23840 with the Reverend Malcolm Hutton officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation at www. liverfoundation.org, or the ARDS Foundation at www.ardsglobal. org/. Condolences may be registered at www. ealvinsmall.com.
Edwin Morris Betts, Jr., 89, of Petersburg, VA, died Thursday, November 22, 2018. Born July 28, 1929 in Charlottesville, VA, he was the son of the late Edwin Morris Betts and Mary Hall Stryker Betts. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Baxter Betts.
He is survived by his children, Mary “Bee” Betts and E. Morris Betts, III (Stacey), both of Petersburg, VA; grandson, Zachary Wilson Reeves; sister, Betsy B. Lang (Hunter) of Charlottesville; sister-in-law, Jean Baxter Spivey of Petersburg; and lifelong friend, Ellen Moyer.
Mr. Betts obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Virginia. His career in education included serving as teacher, assistant principal, principal at Petersburg High School from 1953 until 1972, and administrative positions with the Petersburg School Board from 1972 until 1989. He served as Acting Superintendent four times between 1990-2003. He served as President of the Virginia Education Association in 1966 and as a Virginia representative on the Board of Directors of the National Education Association from 1967 until 1973. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Petersburg since 1966 and served as president 1980-81. He also served as District Governor for Rotary International’s District 7600 in 1991-92. Mr. Betts was a former member and chairman of the Planning Commission of Petersburg, former member and president of the Southside Community Concert Association, former member and chairman of the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and former administrator for Southside Virginia Emergency Crew, Inc. He was a member, former Vestryman and Senior Warden, and Lay Reader at Christ & Grace Episcopal Church.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Christ & Grace Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693, Southside Virginia Emergency Crew, P.O. Box 574, Petersburg, VA 23804, or Christ & Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 S. Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23805. Condolences may be registered at www. jtmorriss.com.
DONALD BUTLER JR.
BUTLER Donald “Sonny” JR., 62, of Matoaca passed away November 20, 2018. He was preceded in death by his mother, June Butler; and brother, Ricky Butler.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Butler; sons, Joseph, Tyler and Jeff; father, Donald Butler, Sr.; sister, Robyn Bryant; grandson, Landon; and several nieces and nephews.
Sonny was an avid hunter and NASCAR fan.
Funeral services will be private.
WILLIE H. CAMPBELL
Mr. Willie Howard Campbell was born in Newhall, WV, on April 25, 1930, to the late Andrew William Campbell, Sr. and Willie Mae Hairston Campbell. They moved to Bluefield, WV, where he attended Mercer County Public Schools and attended Genoa Senior High School before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1948.
He began his military career in Texas. After receiving basic, technical and war-skill training he became part of the occupation forces in Japan. He performed tours of duty in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He served his country around the world in various Military Airlift Command and Strategic Air Command installations. Upon relocating to the United Kingdom in 1952, Willie met and married his wife, Joan M. Taylor, on December 18, 1954. This union was blessed with five children.
Willie retired from the Air Force in 1972 after 24 years of service to his country. He began his second career at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, NY. During his time at the Lab, Willie was a breath of fresh air to all people who worked with him and always had a joke. Willie was a well-respected, active member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, where he reached one of the highest honors of being a Worthy Patron. Willie was baptized by Father Bienz and confirmed in the Episcopal Church by Bishop Witcher Campbell on Long Island, NY. After retiring from the Lab, Willie and his wife relocated to Virginia. Once settled, Willie became a government employee with the Department of Defense. Upon his final retirement, Willie enjoyed gardening, puzzles, photography, and spending time with his family.
Willie was a faithful member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Petersburg, where he enjoyed worshipping and fellowship with other members at the 8 A.M. service.
Willie transitioned into his eternal home on November 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Willie Mae Hairston Campbell; sister, Estella Norwood; brother, Leonard Campbell; sister, Viola Anthony; and brother, Andrew Campbell.
He leaves his precious memories to be cherished by his dedicated and loving wife Joan of 64 years; five children, David, Howard, Pamela (Christopher), Warren, and Jo Ann (Larry); three grandchildren, Nicole, Randolph, and Addison; two brothers, Harold and James (Trina); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and many of his children’s friends who looked upon him as a second father.
Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 26, 2018, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 228 Halifax Street, Petersburg, VA, the Rev. Willis R. Foster, Rector. The inurnment at Virginia Veteran Cemetery.
A wake will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, November 25,
2018, at the funeral establishment.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Capital Campaign, 228 Halifax Street, Petersburg, VA 23803 in memory of Willie H. Campbell.
J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.