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South Boston Council votes in favor of cigarette tax

South Boston Town Council moved decisively to impose a 10 cent-per-pack tax on cigarette purchases in town by voting 4-1 in favor of the levy Monday night.

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Burlin Allen Gregory Jr. / February 13, 2018

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, God called his child, Burlin Allen Gregory Jr. to his eternal home. “Al” was born in Newport News, Sept. 23, 1957, the son of the late Burlin Allen Gregory Sr. and Sandra Cooley Gregory. Being the son of a military father, Al and his family traveled and lived in many places. He himself served in the U.S. Marine Corp before joining the civilian workforce. He worked as a maintenance mechanic for Burlington Industries until the plant’s closing and then at GST. Al’s interests included photography and skeet shooting.

His three grandchildren were his utmost pride and joy.

Al is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Janet Wilson Gregory; sons, Burlin Allen Gregory III and wife, Sarah of Chase City and Christopher Scott Gregory of Burlington, N.C., sisters and brother, Debra Johnson of Bracey, Lisa Purohit and husband, Girish of Farmville, Jim Gregory and wife, Kim of Cary, N.C., and Diane Edmonds of Brodnax; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Lindsey, and Aidan; devoted friend, Monty Kelly; and his faithful companion, George.

He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Friday, Feb. 9, at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Reynolds and Dr. Diane Edmonds officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of choice in his honor.

Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home is caring for the Gregory family.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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