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Service set Friday for late Councilman Billy Clarke

Pedestrian suffers life-threatening injuries in Route 501 hit-and-run

Virginia State Police are investigating a Friday morning hit-and-run in northern Halifax County at the Staunton River and Campbell County line that sent a pedestrian to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital.…

Remains of Emma Compton Layne identified; leads sought in homicide

Human remains found in the Nathalie area in November have been positively identified as those of Emma Compton Layne of Cody, who has been missing since June 20, 2017.


One Dixie for all

Scottsburg merges with Halifax County Dixie Youth to form one countywide league





Virginia Ann Watts Wilkerson / December 26, 2017

Virginia Ann "Pete" Watts Wilkerson, age 87, of Chase City, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. She was born Oct. 3, 1930 in Maxton, North Carolina to the late Charles Howard Watts and Bettie Fallen Watts. 

She retired as an executive assistant for Stone and Webster Engineering Company. She was a long time member of Chase City Presbyterian Church and attended Hermon Presbyterian Church in her later years. 

"Pete" is survived by her husband, Jimmie Yancey Wilkerson; daughter, Carmen Bienick Wilkerson and husband, Paul Bienick of Beaver, Pa., two grandsons, Joshua Paul Wilkerson-Bienick and wife, Charity and James Yancey Wilkerson-Bienick; and two great-grandchildren, Caroline Virginia Wilkerson-Bienick and Jackson Charles Wilkerson-Bienick. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Hoyle; sister-in-law, Evelyn Watts; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her parents; one brother, Ryland Watts; and two sisters, Marian Turner and Evangeline Hoyle. 

A funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the Newcomb Allgood Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. Interment followed in Woodland Cemetery in Chase City.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Hermon Presbyterian Church, Chase City Rescue Squad, or Southside Rescue Squad.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Newcomb Allgood Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.

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