Bernice Edmonds Poythress

09/15/1925 - 08/28/2020


Mrs. Bernice Edmonds Poythress, born September 15, 1925, of La Crosse, VA passed away peacefully on Friday, August 28, 2020 after an extended illness. She was predeceased in death by her parents, Ida Crutchfield Edmonds and Henry Edmonds, her husband James William Poythress, a son Michael William “Billy“ Poythress and a great granddaughter Addison Jenkinson. Bernice is survived by three sons; James W. Poythress (Pam) of Dallas, GA, Jerry K. Poythress (Debbie) of La Crosse and Roger D. Poythress (Patsy) also of La Crosse, two daughters; Carolyn P. Paynter (Danny) of Wise, NC and Bonnie G. Poythress of Colonial Heights, a dear daughter-in-law Jane Jordan Poythress Davis (Bill) of Moncure, NC, ten grandchildren Brandon Poythress, Brent Poythress, Andrew Paynter, Bryan Poythress, Paige Jenkinson, Patrick Davis, Stephanie Sullivan, Kendra McLean, Douglas Paynter and Brittney Dugger, seventeen great grandchildren, three sisters; Lois E. Queen of Winston Salem, NC, Eunice Cogbill of Petersburg and Iris E. Edmonds of La Crosse and many dear nieces and nephews. She truly loved her church and church family at Sanford Memorial Baptist Church. The family would like to thank the staff of Meadowview Terrace in Clarksville, VA for their loving care during their mother’s extended illness. A funeral service will be conducted Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. in the chapel at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home with interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Family and friends may visit and register starting at 2:00 P.M. while observing all Covid protocol. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Sanford Memorial Baptist Church, 32 Church St., Brodnax, VA 23920. Online condolences may be sent through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Poythress family.

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  1. Roger we were so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Sending big hugs and prayers to you, Patsy and the whole family. May God wrap his arms around you all and comfort you at this difficult time. Much love,

    Susan, Bitty and Mary Freeman

  2. We’re so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, but know she is in a better place. Roger and Patsy and all the family, you are in our hearts and prayers. Although she is gone, she will live on through her love for all of you and her beautiful flowers. May she rest in peace. With love, Jane and Edgar

  3. Poythress & Edmonds Families, We are soo sorry for your loss of Bernice! I remember as a young child she would visit with Mama n come to Little Gramas all of the time!!! Rest In Peace n give all our love ones a hug! Until we meet again!

  4. Sincere Condolences

    Jim, Pam, and all the Poythress family and friends: we mourn the loss in this life of your dear sweet mom and grandma. She was a delight to know and she will be missed. Our love to all of you at this sad time. We’re happy for her release from earthly trials and look forward to seeing her again in the sweet by and by. Much love, Wayne and Nancy

  5. Aunt Bernice

    Aunt Bernice was a sweet and special lady. I loved to hear her laugh. I’ll never forget her and my dad dancing together on more than one occasion! It’s heartbreaking to lose a parent but you don’t want them to suffer either. I have some good memories and I will miss her.

    Rest In Peace.
    Carole Edmonds Smith

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