Jeanne Hollins Trent, 81, of Chase City, VA, passed away on October 17, 2011. She was born on August 28, 1930 to the late Edwin and Sallie Winston Hollins and grew up in Louisa County, VA. She graduated from Radford College in 1950 and taught school for 9 years. She worked for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services from 1959 to 1993 and was Director of that agency for 29 years before retiring in 1993. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church and Ruth Sunday School class in Chase City, VA. She was a trustee for the church. Through many years of service to the church, she was a member of the finance and personal committees. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Chase City Lions Club. She and her husband, Walter Edgar Trent, were married for 49 ½ years and lived in Hillsville, Courtland, and Rustburg, VA, before moving to Chase City in 1958. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Edgar Trent, and her brother, Edwin Hollins. She is survived by two daughters, Renee Trent Maxey and her husband, Don, of Rice, VA, Tammy Trent House and her husband, Ricky, of LaCrosse, VA, and one son, Elic Edgar Trent II and his wife, Tammy, of Chase City, VA. She is survived by one sister, Doris Davis and her husband, Paul, of Chester, VA.
She was elected and served as chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Committee for several terms and was active in Republican politics for over 50 years. She was a conservative politically and in her work at Social Services. She was known for her strong work ethic. In her position as Director of Social Services, she believed in efficiency and strived to conserve taxpayer dollars wherever possible, while at the same time striving to provide help for those truly in need. Since 2000, she has served as a volunteer at Community Memorial Health Center in South Hill, VA, contributing over 4,000 service hours.
Jeanne was a devoted wife and mother, and her passion was raising her children in a happy and loving home. Her love and generosity to and for people will be her legacy. Her interests included volunteer work, helping others, current events, and politics.
The funeral service will be officiated by Rev. Gene Burris, assisted by Rev. Brandon Ives and will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Chase City, VA. The family will receive friends on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at her home located at 705 Overlook Road in Chase City, VA. Following the church service, a graveside service will be held at the Trent Family Cemetery located on Trent Cemetery Road in the Bethel Area of Charlotte County, VA.
In memory of Jeanne, donations may be made to the Trent Lawn Memorial Fund of the First Baptist Church, 206 E. Second St., Chase City, VA 23924, or to the CMH Cancer Clinic, P.O. Box 90, South Hill, VA 23970. The family greatly acknowledges the care provided by CMH Hospice of South Hill, VA. Arrangements by Newcomb Allgood Funeral Home in Chase City, VA.