Janet Hunter Speas, 83

Published 5:29 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CUMBERLAND, May 19 — Janet Hunter Speas, 83, of Cumberland, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015. She was born in North Carolina to the late Hiram G. and Ada Edwards Hunter on December 26, 1931.

She worked over 30 years in corrections and retired as a captain at Buckingham Correctional Center. She was the first woman captain in the state of Virginia as well as the first woman captain in a maximum-security facility. She was a long-time member of Jones Chapel Church and loved working in her flower garden.

Mrs. Speas is survived by her daughters, Pat Speas of Cumberland and Rachel Speas of Farmville; a brother, Allen Hunter of Rustburg; and her many beloved pets, Brandy, Hoppy, Max, Pickles, Rufus and Precious. She was preceded in death by her son, Raven Speas and her brothers, Walter and Red Hunter.

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A funeral service was held on Sunday, May 17 in the Jones Chapel Church with interment in church cemetery.

Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, served the family. www.puckettfh.com.