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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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Roderick Guthrie Hunt / November 20, 2017

Roderick Guthrie “Ricky” Hunt, 68, of South Boston, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. He was born in Halifax County on September 7, 1949, son of the late Roy Ryland Hunt and the late Frances Guthrie Hunt. He was married to the late Ann Mason Hunt for 42 years.

He was a member of Beth Car Baptist Church. He was a retired teacher and principal from Halifax County, and Person County, N.C., school systems. He was a United States Army veteran and served 19 plus years in the Virginia Army National Guard. He also was The Worshipful Master of Faulkner Memorial Lodge 91 and coached little league baseball.

Mr. Hunt is survived by two sons, Byron Hunt and fiancée Kelly Honeycutt of Virgilina and William Dickerson Hunt and wife Megan Seat of South Boston; three grandchildren, Zoe Leigh Hunt and Liam Hunt of South Boston and Collin Shotwell of Virgilina; two brothers, David Hunt of South Boston and Luke Hunt and wife Rhonda of Vernon Hill; two sisters, Gayle Averette and husband Clay of Halifax and Jackie Perkins and husband Neil of Nathalie; and a sister-in-law, Brenda Hunt of Roanoke.

His wife, Ann Hunt, parents, Roy and Frances Hunt and brother, Paul Hunt, preceded him in death.

A funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at Halifax Baptist Church with Rev. Ridge Cullum officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the church prior to the service on Saturday.

Memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice.

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Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home.

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