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Janet Dunkley DeJarnette

July 12, 1922 — August 27, 2021

Janet Dunkley DeJarnette

Mrs. Janet Dunkley DeJarnette of South Boston, formerly of Clover, VA passed away Friday, August 27, 2021 with her daughter, Kathy Terry by her side at the Commonwealth Assisted Living Facility in South Boston, VA.  She was born in Halifax County, VA on July 12, 1922 and was 99 years of age.  She was the daughter of the late John Harrison Dunkley and the late Maggie Elizabeth Barnes Dunkley and was married to the late Jessie Williams DeJarnette, Sr.


She was the oldest member of Ash Ave. Baptist Church, where she was a devoted Christian who displayed her faith by helping others. She was a loving mother and grandmother to all her family and friends. She had a zest for life, travel, quilting, cooking, bluegrass music, fishing and crabbing.  She was known for her green thumb, beautiful orchids, gardenias, coconut pies and fried chicken. Janet loved her children unconditionally and was known as “MeMe” to all her family.  She also helped raise many children in Halifax County after she retired from Sales Knitting.


Mrs. Janet Dunkley DeJarnette Is survived by:

Three Daughters

Peggy D. Clayton and husband Cecil of Roxboro, NC

Betty D. Sadler and husband James of South Boston

Kathy D. Terry and the late Paul Terry of Roxboro, NC

Two Grandchildren

Malcolm “Chip” E. Ragans, Jr. and wife Rosemary of Halifax

Rechelle Ragans Estep and husband Bob of Bistro, VA

One step-grandchild

Amanda C. Headley (Ron) of Roxboro, NC

Seven Great Grandchildren

Five Step-Great Grandchildren

One Great Great-Step Grandchild

Special friends, the late Jim Angell and his family, Judy and Steve Furches, John Angell and children of Seaford, VA

Host of nieces and nephews

***Preceded in death by***

Six Sisters

Mae Dunkley, Anita Whitlow, Maggie Eudy, Minnie Moss, Belle Martin and Virginia Foster


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Coy Terry officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Powell Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter, Kathy Terry, 1079 Holly Court, Halifax, VA.


For memorials please consider the Ash Ave., Baptist Church, 900 Ash Ave., South Boston, VA 24592


Special thanks to Marsha’s Homecare for their care and devotion and Commonwealth Assisted Living staff.


Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Powell Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592. Online condolences may be directed to


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Past Services


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

1:00 - 1:45 pm (Eastern time)

Powell Funeral Home


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