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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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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

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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Joseph Lee Wilcox

SoVaNow.com / March 24, 2014

Joseph Lee Wilcox of Virgilina Road, Virgilina died Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Durham, N.C. at the age of 70. Born in Clarksville on July 4, 1943 to the late Wade Wilcox and Blanche Dotson Wilcox, he was married to Betty Allen Wilcox and was a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Wilcox is survived by his wife, of the home, a daughter, Tameika W. Dunkley and husband, Frank of Virgilina, two sons, Russell Allen of Vista, Calif., and Lamont Wilcox of Charleston, S.C., three grandchildren, two sisters, Mildred Saunders of Clarksville and Lucille Skipwith of New York City., a brother, James Wilson of Clarksville, an aunt, Mary Lou Tuck of Henderson, N.C., two sisters-in-law, Lunnie Taborn of Oxford, N.C. and Mrs. Lillie Jacobs of Virgilina, two brothers-in-law, Nathaniel Allen and wife, Anita of Rocky Mount, N.C. and Robert Allen of Wilmington, N.C. and a host of nieces, nephews, including the devoted Jerry Carter, Jr. of South Boston and other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Maggie Wilcox and Evelyn Kersey and a brother, Charles Wilcox.

A funeral will be held on Monday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney Dillard, Jr. officiating.

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 5238 Virgilina Road, Virgilina.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home.

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