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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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Joanne Miller Russell / October 23, 2014

Joanne Miller Russell of Alton passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Halifax Regional Hospital. Born in Union, Miss. on Oct. 17,1937 she was 77 at the time of her death. She was the daughter of the late Walter Guy Miller and Jewel Jones Harmon and was married to the late Charles Linville Russell, Sr. She was a member of First Crossroads Baptist Church and was retired from the US Government Census Department.

Mrs. Russell is survived by a daughter, Helen R. Martin of Westmont, Ill., a son, Charles L. Russell Jr. and wife, Lisa of Benson, N.C., and a sister, Alice H. Lengthorn, a brother, Donald Harmon of Lawrence, Miss., eight grandchildren, Matthew Russell (Sandra), Sherri Hatcher (Calvin), Anthony Russell, Jodie Russell, Gabrielle Martin, Stephen Martin (Amanda), Joanna Martin and Michelle Martin, eight great grandchildren and a special friend, Mary French.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nora Lynn Russell and two brothers, Kenneth J. Harmon Jr. and John M. Harmon III.

A funeral will be held at First Crossroads Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dan Ward officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home on Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. and at other times at her home.

Those wishing to give memorials should consider the Turbeville Volunteer Fire Department or First Crossroads Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.powellfuneralscom.

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home.

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