Robert “Wayne” Gearhart, age 76 of Ferrum died Wednesday, November 28, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Rosa Gearhart; brothers, David and Russell Gearhart; and sister, Barbara Wright. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Margie Gearhart; son, Daniel Gearhart; brothers, Jimmy, Harold (Mary), Barry (Anne) Gearhart; sister, Betty Ferguson (Ronnie); brother-in-law, Steve Crook (Dot); many nieces, nephews and special friends. Wayne was a United States Vietnam Veteran. He served in both the Air Force and Marines and was proud of his service to his country. Wayne enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, gardening, birds and his farm animals but most importantly his family. He will surely be missed by many that knew him. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Flora Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Rick Poland officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Bobbie Lawson Oliver, 86, of Rocky Mount, VA passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 while surrounded by loved ones. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Our mother was a kind, loving, generous and sweet soul. She loved her family, and God. She was a longtime member of Franklin Heights Baptist Church. She was a Lawson from Lawsonville, NC. The 2 nd eldest of five children – 4 girls and a boy. She was affectionately known as one of the “Lawson girls”. She was set to attend Appalachian State Teachers College (now Appalachian State University), but gave up her
opportunity so our father could attend college as a medical student. Luckily, our father later decided on the building industry instead of medicine which brought them to Rocky Mount. She was forever the great woman behind the great man. After our father’s death, she took over sole management of the family commercial real estate business which grew and prospered under her 25 years of leadership. Mom worked tirelessly with Nina Bowles for Franklin Heights to become part of the Town of Rocky Mount so residents could be provided greater public services. Another passion was growing flowers and gardening. It brought her much peace and happiness. She had a green hand, not just a green thumb. Our mother loved living in Franklin Heights and raising her children there as well. She was grateful for the love and support of her lifelong next door neighbors, Jean Alderman and Nina Bowles. It was her desire to stay at home as long as possible. She deserved to have her every need and wish fulfilled. Fortunately, we were able to do this with the additional help of her great caregivers: Irene Mattox, Erma Gearhart and Sharon Tyree. They loved “Miss B” and she loved them. Without question, you were the best mother a person could have. We will miss your quick wit, those beautiful blue eyes and your welcoming smile. She is preceded in death by her husband, O. Z. “Lote” Oliver, parents: Oscar and Noel Lawson and sisters: Betty Lawson Gregory and Shirley Lawson Powell. Survived by her children: Kenny Oliver and his wife, Angela; Jan Oliver and her partner, Kim Kort; and Perry Oliver and wife, Lisa. Plus her couch buddy cat, Sadie which she shared with her neighbor, Jean. Her grandchildren: Ashleigh Oliver; Jessica Toscano and her husband, Travis; Brittany Oliver and her fiancé, Travis Byrd; Morgan Furches and her husband, Daniel; and Joshua Oliver and his fiancé, Sarah Hughes. Her sister, Mary Lawson Fitts and brother, Edward T. Lawson and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Bobbie Lawson Oliver Memorial Fund established at either charity: Alzheimer’s Association – Roanoke Office, 3959 Electric Rd, Suite 357; Roanoke, VA 24018 or Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands (PCHH), P O Box 545, Wytheville, VA 24382. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Franklin Heights Church. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 12 noon. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Harrison Lee Brown, age 58 of Rocky Mount died Wednesday, November 28, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Janice Brown; brother, Tommy Brown; and sister, Annabelle Brown. Surviving are his wife, Loretta Brown; and children, Samuel Brown, Ambria Brown, Destiny Brown, Daeyeshawn Brown, and Kaeyeshawn Brown. Mr. Brown was a member of Faith Fellowship Church. Funeral services will be conducted from Faith Fellowship Church 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Our beloved Rabon (Tink) Bussey, age 82 of Rocky Mount passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018. Rabon was born in Rocky Mount, VA to the late John William Bussey and Elizabeth Saul Bussey; in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, Cornelius (Jack) Bussey, James (Jake) Bussey, Walter (Herbert) Bussey, Bunion (B.B.) Bussey and Artis Lee Bussey; his beloved sister, Anna Bussey Morris. Rabon is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jeanette (Judy) Hodges Bussey; two sons, Rabon Bussey Jr. (Caryn) and Mark Bussey (Karen); four granddaughters, Elizabeth Bussey, Olivia Bussey, Kathryn Mason and Olivia Mason; one grandson, Bennett Bussey; three sisters, Nadine Bussey Rutrough, Avis Bussey Board and Patsy A. Bussey (Pat). Rabon was active in all his sons activities from their childhood to adulthood. Rabon served in the U.S. Army, being honorably discharged, starting his professional life as an employee at E.I. DuPont Company until his retirement. Rabon has been a lifelong member of the Rocky Mount Baptist Church. He was an amazing son, brother, father, husband, grandfather, coach and friend who always put the needs of others in front of his own. He will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be conducted at Flora Funeral Chapel, 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2018 with Chaplain Rick Poland and Rev. David Slayton officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. The family suggests memorials be made to Rocky Mount Baptist Church, 85 West Church Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 or The American Heart Association. His family will receive friends 5-8 pm Monday, November 26, 2018 at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center.
Mildred Ann Mitchell Dillon, age 92 of Rocky Mount went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, November 24, 2018.She was born in Franklin County, VA on February 26, 1926 and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Herbert Dillon; her parents, Robert Lindsey Mitchell, Sr. and Virginia Belle Draper Mitchell; brothers, Robert Lindsey “Bobby” Mitchell, Jr. and James David Mitchell; and granddaughter, Dillon Seward McGhee. She is survived by her son, David Thomas Dillon and wife Kathy R. Dillon of Rocky Mount; daughter, Ann Dillon McGhee and husband Seward M. McGhee of Richmond; five granddaughters, Lindsey Dillon King of Hampstead, NC, Megan Dillon Greene of Chesterfield, VA, Olivia Dillon of Roanoke, VA, Whitney Davison of Corona, CA and Kendall McGhee Martin of Richmond, VA; two step-grandchildren, Paul Yeatts of Waynesboro and Melissa Yeatts of Chesterfield; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Edwin Mitchell; and her dear brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Betty Dillon; along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at Rocky Mount United Methodist Church 2 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Will Waller and Rev. Bruce Tuttle officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Mount United Methodist Church, 35 North Main Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Her family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday at
Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.