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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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Melvin Nathaniel Hatcher Jr. / February 13, 2018

Melvin Nathaniel Hatcher Jr., 40, of Chase City, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Hatcher was born in South Hill, on March 4, 1977 to the late Melvin N. Hatcher Sr. and Brenda Smith Hatcher. He attended Bluestone Senior High School and was a member of Silone Baptist Church.

Mr. Hatcher was a self-employed barber.

Cherishing his memories is his son, Melvin N. Hatcher III of Miami, mother, Brenda Hatcher of Chase City, two sisters, Kelly Hatcher of Chase City, and Camille Baskerville of Chase City, two brothers, Cameron Hatcher of Chase City, and Brandon Hatcher of Richmond, one aunt, Earline Palmer of South Hill; six uncles, Winthy Hatcher Jr., Robert L. Hatcher, Marvin Hatcher , Eric Smith, Edward Smith and Leon Craddock and a vast number of other loving relatives and caring friends.

In addition to his father, Mr. Hatcher was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Winthy Sr. and Julia Harper Hatcher, and his maternal grandparents, Louie and Lula Alberta Revis Smith.

As per the family’s request there will be no services.

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Arrangements are by Giles-Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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