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Southall recognized for service on board

The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors recognized one of its own members during the board’s regular December meeting. After helping honor other distinguished members of the county government with commemorative plaques, Farmville 701 District Supervisor and Board Chairman Jim Wilck said, “The next one I’d like to present is to Gene (A.) Southall for his work on our Board of Supervisors.” Applause ensued as Wilck asked Southall to come forward. “Gene was sheriff for 24 years, but he agreed to fill in and help us out for a period of time (on the board), and we’d like to recognize him.” Southall’s Farmville 101 District supervisor seat was previously held by the late Howard Simpson, who had served on the board for 27 years before passing away Feb. 13, 2018. When the board was looking for candidates to fill the seat, Southall applied for it and was later appointed by judges to fill it. The commemorative plaque he received noted that his service on the board ran from May 15, 2018-Dec. 31, 2019. He opted not to run for reelection in November 2019. Southall is pictured in front, holding his plaque. In back are, from left, Prospect District Supervisor J. David Emert, Buffalo District Supervisor Llew Gilliam Jr., Hampden District Supervisor Dr. Odessa Pride, Prince Edward County Administrator Wade Bartlett, Wilck, Lockett District Supervisor Robert M. “Bobby” Jones, Leigh District Supervisor and Board Vice Chairman Jerry R. Townsend and Farmville 801 District Supervisor Pattie Cooper-Jones.