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Joseph Marlow Lacks / May 18, 2017

Joseph Marlow Lacks died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the age of 82. Marlow was born in Halifax County on Oct. 17, 1934, a son of the late Johnnie Armstead Lacks and the late Rosa Conner Lacks Adcock and was married to Mary “Bea” Guill Lacks. He was a retired mechanic at Tultex and also a farmer. Mr. Lacks was a member of Grace Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bea Lacks; children, Rickie Lacks (Carolyn), Donna McCann (Cecil) and Brian Clay; grandchildren, Holly Powell, Joey McCurry, Jessy Lacks, Andrew McCann, Luke McCann, Kristin Lacks, Daniel Lacks, Arianna “Boo Boo” Clay, Lanie Clay, and Kamden Clay; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard Lacks, Sterling Lacks and Michael Lacks; and sisters, Alice Martin, Betty Carol Robbins, Polly Lacks, Daisy Hatcher, Dolly Dyer, Ida Smith, Peggy Dyer, Hazel Thompson, Sharon Matthews, and Barbara Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Kenny Lacks, granddaughter, Paula Comer, great-granddaughter, Savanna Powell and sister, Margaret Hazelwood.

A funeral will be held Friday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Stewart, Rev. Kevin Begley and Rev. Dave Cline officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church from 1-2 p.m. and other times at 1007 Pine Court, South Boston.

Online condolences directed to

Arrangements by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services.

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