Jul 06, 2010 - 08:58:54 pm CDT REIDSVILLE - Mrs. Sophronia Graves Southerland died Thursday. She was a native of Caswell County and was a resident of Lynchburgh, Virginia for many years before relocating to Reidsville fifteen years ago. Attending the local public schools, she was a graduate of Caswell Training School, Class of 1936 and pursued further education at Winston-Salem State University, receiving a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She received additional studies at the University of Virginia, attaining a Master's degree in Education. As an ardent educator for over fifty years, she taught in the Cleveland, Ohio, Norfolk, Virginia systems and retired from the Lynchburgh County School System. She was a member of New Ephesus Baptist Church. Her parents, George W. Graves and Elizabeth Pickard Graves; beloved husband, Rev. Mc Carthy Southerland; son, Macron Southerland; sisters, Nellie Graves, Ophelia Graves and Lillie Boyd; brother, Troy Graves, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: two sons, Thyron Levi Southerland and Victor E. Southerland (Hester); foster daughter, Janice Moore; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one devoted sister, Annie Ruth Percell; special niece and nephew, Sharon Broadnax (Rick) and Milton Percell (Debbie); great-nephew, Brandon X. Broadnax; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2010, from the New Ephesus Baptist Church, Highway 158, Ruffin. Rev. Thomas Williamson presided and interment followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends Monday from 12:30 until 1:00 p.m. at the church and, may be contacted other times at 543 East Morehead Street. Funeral arrangements are by Johnson & Sons.
Courtesy The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina).