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Shirley Womack Hastings / January 07, 2019

Shirley Womack Hastings of Scottsburg died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at her home. She was born Dec. 14, 1934 in Halifax County and was 84 years old. She was the daughter of the late Shirley Womack and the late Elizabeth Moore Womack.

She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hastings is survived by her children, Kimberly Ann Hastings of Scottsburg, John Thomas Hastings Jr. and wife Brenda of Clover, Shelley Hastings Whitlow and husband Richard of Halifax, and Warren Joseph Hastings and wife Donna of Scottsburg; six grandchildren, John Thomas Hastings Ill., and wife Sara of Alton, Richard Allen Whitlow Jr. and wife Samantha of South Boston, Jennifer Hastings Crenshaw and husband Michael of South Boston, Matthew Warren Hastings and wife Melanie of Aarons Creek, Ashley Whitlow Gravitt and husband Shayne of Raleigh, N.C., and Lindsey Hastings Prochaska and husband Michael of Wilmington, N.C., great grandchildren Erica Whitlow, Grace Whitlow, Jillian Hastings, Charlotte Gravitt, Olivia Gravitt, Maeve Prochaska, Jeremiah McBride, Austin Gens and Phoenix Whitlow; one brother, Randolph Womack; and two sisters, Francis Hughes and Geneva Bates.

She is preceded in death by a daughter, Bethsheba Hastings; four sisters, Florine Vaughan, Hilda Watts, Margaret Crenshaw and Barbara Weatherford; and two brothers, Berkley Womack and George Louis Womack.

A funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Bethel Baptist Church and other times at the home, 6093 Bethel Road, Scottsburg.

For memorials please consider a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Powell Cremation Services.

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