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Service set Friday for late Councilman Billy Clarke

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Hannah Lois Murray Hite / December 18, 2017

Hannah Lois Murray Hite, age 95, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at her home. She was born on Gills Mountain Road in the Red Bank Community, where she lived from her birth on Jan. 6, 1922 to her death.

Mrs. Hite was the daughter of the late William Albert Murray and the late Viola Jennings Glasscock Murray, and was the widow of Henry Belt Hite.

After graduating high school, she attended Stratford College and Danville Hospital School of Nursing. Her professional career included Danville North Main Hospital, South Boston General Hospital and 46 years with South Boston Medical & Surgical Clinic.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Hite was an active volunteer in Southside Virginia. Since childhood, she was a member of Union Christian Church where she served as a former deacon, choir member, Sunday School teacher, member of the children’s group, and president of the Women’s Fellowship group. During her many years as a board member of the Halifax County Cancer Association, she served 10 years in the capacity of board president. For 69 years, she was a member of the American Legion Post 337 Ladies Auxiliary. Additionally, she was a member of VFW Post 8243 Auxiliary, Virgilina Woman’s Club, South Boston-Halifax County Museum, Halifax County Humane Society, and the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was Past Worthy Matron.

Survivors are one daughter, Hannah Jean McGregor and husband Tony of Ringgold; one grandchild, Jennifer Clement of Youngsville, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Clement and Mary Anna Clement, also of Youngsville, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Barbara Murray of Virgilina; one niece, Carole M. Tisdale and husband Joe of Pueblo, Colo.; four nephews, James E. Murray Jr. and wife Janis of Mebane, N.C., Ralph O. Murray Jr. and wife Beverly of Virgilina, William B. “Billy” Murray and wife Iris of Virgilina and Henry E. Murray and wife Connie also of Virgilina; by two great nephews, Jason Murray and Gregory Murray and wife Paula, all of Virgilina; five great nieces, Jan Murray Crews and husband, Michael of Virgilina, Tracey Lynn Jones of Mebane, N.C., Janis Jennings Tripp and husband Mickey of Mebane, N.C., Terri Murray and Tyra Murray, both of Virgilina; one great great niece, Mickey Jennings Tripp of Mebane, N.C.; and by special friends, Lottie Sue Nunn, Louise Jaloway, and Catherine Smith.

In addition to her parents and husband, two brothers, James Edward Murray Sr. and Ralph Owen Murray Sr. also preceded her in death.

A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at Union Christian Church with Buddy Rose officiating. Burial followed in Virgilina Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday, Dec. 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Brooks Lyon Funeral Home and other times at her home, 2103 Gills Mountain Road, Virgilina.

Those wishing to give memorials are asked to please consider a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services.

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