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Missionary Virginia Green Speller

July 30, 1938 ~ July 24, 2019 (age 80)

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1


Today, we pause to pay tribute to the memory of Missionary Virginia Green Speller, who was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was one, who loved her family with all her heart, and not only nurtured her family, but enriched the lives of many.

Virginia began her journey through life on Saturday,July 30, 1938 in Emporia,Virginia. She was born to the parentage of the late Russell and Odell Green. 

Virginia received her education in Greensville County Public School System; graduating from the E.W. Wyatt High School of Emporia, Virginia class of 1957. On October 14, 1958, she was united in Holy Matrimony to the late James Speller and to this union two lovely children were born, Lisa and Kenneth Speller. 

Virginia united in Christian fellowship with Royal Baptist Church, Emporia Virginia.  It was there that her spiritual gifts were developed and love for God deepened. A life devoted to God and ministry was her personal calling and purpose! She consistently attended and served faithfully until her health failed. While on her spiritual journey, she became a vital part of the Missionary Circle.  Virginia strengthened her faith by regularly attending Sunday School and Bible Study. 

“Who can find a virtuous woman? She is worth far more than rubies”(Proverbs 31:10). Virginia’s qualities of hard work, fear of God, respect she had for her husband, foresight, encouragement, care for others, concern for the poor and love for her children, all led her to a life of enjoyment, honor and worth. Yes, she was the epitome of a “A Virtuous Woman”.

Missionary Virginia, loved unconditionally. Her love was not limited to just family, but it was shared throughout the community and the county. She applied the word according to the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:14: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this you shall love your neighbor as yourself”.

'Ginia', as she was affectionately called, was a hard worker. For ten years she worked as a secretary, for the Greensville County Public School System.  Later, she was called and transitioned into the medical community. During this time, she served as a medical secretary for Dr. Paulus Taylor. Virginia continued working and was employed by the Community Youth Center followed by years of service in the home care field as an office manager for the Riley Home Care and Katawba Home Care Agency of Emporia, Virginia. She did not allow wealth of the world to limit her willing spirit to share her love abroad. With a life dedicated to service, Virginia committed to volunteering during all of the Community Youth Center events and the local Girl Scout Chapter.

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, God lifted Virginia Green Speller from this world of sin, sorrow and pain to a place of eternal rest. Her seeds are well-sown; her service on earth is complete, and she now experiences the victory and triumph of eternal life. In addition to her parents and beloved husband, she was preceded in death by:  her siblings, Irene Sills, Mary Alice Jones and George R. Green. 

We, who are bound by treasured ties of affection and love as we pass her to God’s Keeping, are: daughter, Lisa Speller of Glen Allen, Virginia and Kenneth Speller (Stephanie) of Emporia, Virginia,  seven grandchildren (her pride and joy): Tia Davis, Kandyce Harrison, Michael Broadnax, Kiara Lewis (Trevor), Brianna Sharpe, Brandon Sharpe and Zane Davis; great-grandchildren: Ahmayzan Broadnax, Aahree Broadnax, Karter Speller, London  Lewis, and Alex Harrison Ward; brothers, Fred D. Green( Susie) of Richmond, Virginia, Joseph N. Green (Louise) of Emporia, Virginia; sister, Mable Hedgepath of Emporia, Virginia; sisters-at-heart, Louise M. Green of Emporia, Virginia, Lillie Doris Barnes of Norfolk, Virginia, Ruby Williams of Norfolk, Virginia, Cleonis Speller of Atlanta, Georgia and host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She is also survived by a special friend Lawrence Mabrey of Emporia, Virginia who provided her love and support throughout the years.


The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the Family of Missionary Virginia G. Speller. 

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

 "Diligent in Business; Fervent in Spirit." - Romans: 12:11

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July 30, 2019

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Funeral Service
July 31, 2019

1:00 PM
Royal Baptist Church
106 West Atlantic Street
Emporia,, VA 23847

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