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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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Robert Lewis Burns / January 11, 2018

Robert Lewis Burns, 57, of Hyco Road, South Boston, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. He was born in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 3, 1960, a son of the late Janie Marable Hester and Robert Burns. He was married to the late Zelda Ragland Burns and was a member of Banister Hill Baptist Church.

Mr. Burns is survived by one daughter, Tara McCraw (Warren) of South Boston; two sons, Carlous Ragland and Robert Burns Jr., both of South Boston; his step-mother, Catherine Burns of Halifax; two sisters, Deborah Womack and Sandral Hilliard, both of South Boston; five brothers, Michael Easley (Ellice), Troy Edmonds, Michael Marable Sr. and Robert White (Muriel), all of South Boston and Aundra Edmonds (Gloria) of Clarksville; one daughter-in-law, Theresa Alston; two godchildren, Patrice Williams (Daniel) and Michael Marable Jr. (Shernita); two aunts, Evelyn Cunningham (Joel) and Rita Wrinkler; five uncles, Larry Foxx, Donell Foxx, Paul Burns, Henry Burns and Lester Burns; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and devoted friends including Amy Cole, Felix Crowder, Lee Holland, Herman Young and Cherise Camreon.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Janie M. Burns.

A funeral will be held Friday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Banister Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. William Carr officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing for family and friends will be at the service on Friday.

Arrangements by Jeffress Funeral Home.

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