Ruth Anderson Shoemaker, age 77 of Rocky Mount, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, June 3, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Myrtle Anderson and her father and mother-in-law, Frank and Paige Shoemaker. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 49 years, Alton E. Shoemaker, her beloved children, Rita and Ricky Shoemaker, her four- legged fur baby, Heidi, brother and sister-in- law, Allen and Lillie Anderson, in-laws, Allen and Nancy Shoemaker, Tommy and Nancy Robertson, Daniel and Judy Hodges, several nieces, a nephew, great nieces and great nephews, many cousins, friends and neighbors. Ruth was a patient, kind and soft spoken lady, who enjoyed the simple things in life. She loved to read, do puzzles, travel and laugh. Her loving words and actions always showed her strong Christian faith. She will be dearly missed by all. Ruth fought a courageous battle, so in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice. Funeral services will be conducted at the graveside, Shoemaker-Robertson Family Cemetery, 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018. Her family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Joseph Andrew Ferguson, age 97 of Rocky Mount, known to family and friends as "Jack", passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 2,
2018. Born May 24, 1921 in Franklin County he was the son of the late Walter T. Ferguson and Icie Sink Ferguson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of almost 65 years, Nellie Boitnott Ferguson; son Dr. John E. Ferguson; sister, Pernie Ferguson Hetrick; and brother, Wilbur T. Ferguson. Jack is survived by his sister, Jewell Ferguson of Winter Garden Florida; son, Jerry L. Ferguson and wife Jackie of Rocky Mount; daughter-in-law, Dr. Kristi Jo Martinson Ferguson of Iowa City,
Iowa; grandsons, Jerry, Nathan and Andrew Ferguson; granddaughter, Wendy Ferguson Grider and husband John; and great-grandchildren, John Thomas Grider III and Grace Elizabeth Grider; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jack loved the land where he was born and raised, only leaving the family farm to serve in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Jack was a lifelong member of Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren. He spent many years as an active Boy Scout Master and scout leader mentoring several Eagle Scouts. For most of his life Jack grew crops, livestock, and chickens. He succeeded his father on the Roanoke City market and was a regular fixture there for more than 50 years. The family sold eggs and fresh dressed chickens for many years. Later Jack sold produce from a bountiful garden with the help of dear friend Kris Peckman.
He loved his time on the market visiting with friends and customers, always eager to make new acquaintances. Special thanks to Dr. John T. Boone and Carilion Hospice Services of Franklin County. Funeral services will be conducted at Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren 11 a.m. Wednesday with Reverend Bruce E. Huffman officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren, 2363 Brick Church Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151-4017. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.
On June 2, 2018 Mary Evelyn Arrington (86) celebrated a grand heavenly reunion with her father and mother, Posey and Belle Hall and her loving husband, Marvin Lee
Arrington. Evelyn was born April 27, 1932 and worked tirelessly as a mother to protect and care for her children, even as she worked full time and retired from Martin
Processing. Left to cherish her memory and her ever present smile are her children and their spouses all of Franklin County; Bobby Harrison (Brenda), Marsha
Arrington, Becky Grindstaff (fiancé Keith Custer), and Rick Arrington (Teresa). Her grandchildren were the light of her life and shared her zeal for life and care for others,
they are, Jeff Robertson (Crystal), Adam Grindstaff (Kate), Kelli Hopkins (WL), Kasey Arrington, and Joshua Arrington. She had five great-grandchildren. Her
surviving siblings and husbands are, Betty June Perdue, Rose and Luther Scott, Carolyn Buchanan and Kathy and David Wray. She was a member of the Rocky Mount Church of Christ and has received the rest and crown she was promised. Her family would like to acknowledge her loving caregivers with gratitude, they are; Vanessa Gravely, Elaine Hunt, Becky Young and Ashley Lynch Doughton. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Carilion Clinic Hospice – Franklin.
Funeral services will be conducted at Flora Funeral Service Chapel, 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018. with Brother Mike Powers, Minister of Rocky Mount Church
of Christ officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center,
Edith K. Justice, age 90 of Roanoke passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Eva Kiser; husband, Raymond Justice; daughter, Janet Murphy; sons, Bobby Ray Justice, Ivan Gail Justice; two grandsons; and several brothers and sisters. Edith is survived by her children, Bethena
(Beth) Carter (Danny), Milton Justice, and Robert Justice (Ramona); three granddaughters; three grandsons; several great- grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters. Special thanks to Carolyn Mays and Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness (Welch Congregation). Graveside services will be conducted at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell West Virginia, 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Her family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Paul Wesley Hudson, age 71, passed away at his home in Wirtz, VA on Tuesday morning, May 29 th 2018. He was born on October 21, 1946 in
Rocky Mount, VA. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Coolidge Hudson; and daughter, Leslie Gale Hudson Neice. He is survived by his
beloved wife of 52 years, Bonnie Hudson; mother, Lonnie Holland; daughter, Susan Bussey (Darin); seven grandchildren, Brandon, Justin, Kelsi, Ryan, Dean, Michael, Daniel; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Linda Hudson Little (Jerry), Deborah Corn; and brothers, Mark Hudson (Darlene), Phillip Bruce (Ann), Kenneth Bruce (Karen). Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Franklin County Humane society would be appreciated. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a while then vanishes.” –James 4:14