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Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to…

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A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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James Edward Pannell Jr.

SoVaNow.com / November 26, 2012
James Edward Pannell Jr., 60, of Ball Park Loop, Halifax died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at the home of his mother. Mr. Pannell was born in Halifax County on Nov. 16, 1952 and was the son of James Pannell Sr. and Rosa Tucker Kirby. He was married to Virginia Womack Pannell and was a member of Republican Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by one daughter, Roxann Majors of Halifax; one granddaughter, Dominique Majors; three great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; his mother, Rosa T. Kirby of Halifax; his father, James Pannell Sr. of Nathalie; three sisters, Georgia Lovelace of Halifax, Janet Gregory and Linda Berger, both of South Boston; four brothers, Chester Pannell and Waverly Pannell, both of South Boston, Bruce Pannell of Halifax and Charles Pannell of Brookneal; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including the devoted Brenda Pannell and Walter “Red” Edmunds.

A funeral was held Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at Republican Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Lorenza S. Otey officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Funeral services are by Jeffress Funeral Home, 2000 North Main Street, South Boston.

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