Carl U. Eggleston, President

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Silas Evester Brown
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August 9, 1950 May 9, 2018

Silas Evester Brown was born to Emma Foster Brown and Paul B. Brown. After a long illness, he departed this life in the hospital in Richmond, VA.  A memorial service was held on May 15, 2018 at the Minor B. Eggleston Chapel, Farmville, VA.

At an early age Silas was baptized at Union Baptist Church in Farmville. He later married Christine Lee Toney.  He can be lovingly remembered for his joy in helping people.  

Silas was preceded in death by his parents Emma and Paul Brown Sr; Ellen Wilson Brown; grandmother Ollie Foster and brother Mark Brown.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Christine; stepchildren David and Shena Toney; twin brother Paul (Stella); aunts Gloria Foster and Tina Brown; sisters-in-law Marie Brown, Bernice VanRomondt (Percell) and Stella Allen; brother-in-law Paul Lee, Jr.; Kimberly Foster, and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Clarence Chancey Thornton
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February 17, 1946 May 8, 2018

Clarence Chancey Thornton, son of the late Chancey and Frances Thornton was born February 17, 1946. Funeral services were held on May 15, 2018 at the Minor B. Eggleston Chapel, Farmville, VA. Place of internment was the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia, VA.

Clarence joined Monroe Baptist Church at an early age. He attended Prince Edward County Schools until the schools closed in 1959. Clarence went on to serve in the United States Army where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Sharp Shooter 1st Class Gunner. He continue to serve his country by joining the Virginia National Guard.

Mr. Thornton was joined in Holy Matrimony to Cynthia Lockett and from that union two sons were born.
He is preceded in death by his wife Cynthia, brother James and sisters Bessie Carter and Louise Sprague.

He leaves to cherish his memory his sons Andre Lockett and Lennie Thornton, brother John (Alice) Thornton, nieces Nannie and Rosa Sprague; nephews James (Vivian Sprague) and Herbert (Iris) Sprague; granddaughters Ananda, Aniya and Kamali; twin grandsons Jacoby and Jaleel, and a host of great nephews and nieces. He also leaves a special friend, Hazel Williams.

Wilbert "Mitch" Bowen
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May 31, 1955      April 29, 2018

Wilbert "Mitch" Bowen was born May 31, 1955 in Rice, Virginia. He was the youngest child of the late Edith Smith Bowen and Freddie H. Bowen. He was preceded in death by his brother Freddie "Leroy" Bowen.

Mitch was a graduate of Prince Edward County High School. He entered the United States Army at an early age where he served 3 years and worked as a food service specialist. He was also awarded as a sharpshooter and M16 rifle expert. Mitch had a love for cooking, good laughs and good music.

He leaves to cherish his memories three daughters: Shannon Bowen Clark (Darius Clarke) of Atlanta, Georgia, Shante Bowen Gibbs (Ricky Gibbs) of Rice, Virginia and Whitney Simone Eanes of Rice, Virginia; one brother, Willie E. Bowen (Mildred Bowen) of Rice, Virginia, a sister in law, Mary Bowen of Rice, Virginia; five grandchildren; a special friend Eva Bartee of Buckingham, Virginia, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Elton Percy Fisher
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August 15, 1940      April 20, 2018

Elton Percy Fisher, lovingly known as” Fisher”, was born to the late Dorothy and Bradley Teal on August 15, 1940. He departed this life at his residence in Cumberland County on April 20, 2018. 

Funeral services were held at the Minor B. Eggleston Chapel, 914 So. Main St., Farmville, VA. on Friday, April 27, 2018. Mr. Fisher was laid to rest at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Rice, Virginia.


Mr. Fisher received his education in Prince Edward County Schools, graduating from R. R. Moton High School.  He joined the United States Army in 1961 and was honorably discharged in 1964. He married Betty Robinson on August 14, 1965. Four children were born from this Union. He had two sisters that proceeded him in death, Gloria Harding and Nancy Gaither.


He leaves to cherish his memory: Wife: Melinda Fisher of Decatur, GA; four children: three sons, Byron Keith Fisher of Hanover MD, Elton Tracy Fisher of Richmond VA, Wendell Lamar Fisher(Suzanne) Charlotte NC; one daughter, Iris Fisher Phillips of Richmond VA; two sisters, Barbara Teal Brooks (George) of Baltimore MD and Deborah Hamlin of Baltimore; two brothers, Bradley Teal (Hazel) of Baltimore MD and Robert Teal of Baltimore MD; a devoted help mate and lifetime friend, Betty R. Fisher; six grandchildren (Brandon, Jayde, Kristin, Quinn, Tyler, Chloe) and one great-grandson (Brayson); devoted nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends that he loved dearly.