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Emma Carrington Edmunds

January 30, 1946 — February 9, 2020

Emma Carrington Edmunds

Emma Carrington Edmunds of Halifax, VA passed away February 9, 2020.  She was born in Richmond, VA on January 30, 1946 and was 74 years of age. She was the daughter of the late James Easley Edmunds and the late Lavinia Winston Edmunds.


She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Vestry. Emma graduated from Randolph Macon Women’s College and was a journalist with the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Magazine. She worked as director of Editorial and Design at University of Virginia and later at History United as Project Historian in Danville, VA.


Noted for her work on Civil Rights, Emma developed an exhibit “Mapping Knowledge from 1945-1975”, which is now at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.


Emma Carrington Edmunds was devoted to her family. She is survived by:

Two Sisters

Lavinia “Bebo” Edmunds of Baltimore, MD
Anne Sutphin and husband Lee of Richmond, VA

Nieces and Nephews

James Hannaway of Washington, DC

Emma Hannaway of Baltimore, MD

William Sutphin and wife Meredith of Richmond

Elizabeth Isaacs and husband Kevin of Charlottesville

Peter Sutphin and fiancée Andrea Bustos of Richmond

Great Nephew

Wyatt Sutphin


A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 197 Mountain Rd., Halifax, VA,  with the Rev. Paul Rowles officiating. Burial to follow in church cemetery.


For memorials please consider Virginia Humanities, University of Virginia, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903; St. John’s Episcopal Church. 197 Mountain Rd., Halifax, VA 24558 or Randolph College,


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Past Services

Funeral Service

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Johns Episcopal Church

484 Mountain Rd, Halifax, VA 24558

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