The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -


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.


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.


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.

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