Julius Donald (Donnie) Fralin

After a brief and courageous battle with cancer, Julius Donald (Donnie) Fralin, age
82 of Bassett departed his earthly home for his heavenly home on Monday,
December 11, 2017. Donnie was born May 15, 1935 to Ernest and Grace Fralin.
Donnie is preceded in death by two wives, Lou Lynch Fralin and Imogene All
Fralin. He is also preceded in death by two brothers-in- law, Julian Obenshain and
Dudley Lewis. Donnie “High Pockets” was a long haul truck driver for 40 years,
driving first for Virginia Carolina (VC) and for Cargo Transporters at the time of
his retirement. He was a devoted NASCAR fan. He traveled to many races,
collected memorabilia, and watched most races on television. His favorite driver
was Bill Elliot and currently he was a fan of Ryan Blaney. Donnie leaves to
cherish his memory five sisters and one brother, Joyce Obenshain, Jessie Derey
and husband Bud, Cynthia Strock and husband Terry, Nancy Lewis, Serena
Jones and husband David, and David Lee Fralin. He is also survived by his
step-sons, John Franklin and Tim All. Donnie is also survived by many nieces
and nephews who lovingly called him "Uncle Donnie." He also leaves three
special "sister" cousins, Jo Emma Houston, Sue George, and Mary Furrow and
husband Wesley. The family extends thanks to the staff of the VA Veteran's
Care Center in Salem, along with the staff of the Palliative Care Unit of Carilion
Roanoke Memorial Hospital and the Drs. at the Blue Ridge Cancer Center. A
celebration of Donnie's life will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017
at Flora Funeral Chapel in Rocky Mount, with Rev. Robbie Jones and Rev.
Mark Washington officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The family
respectfully request no flowers or food. Memorials can be made to Friendly
Christian Church, P.O. Box 192, Spencer, Va. 24165. Online condolences may
be made at Arrangements by Flora Funeral
Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.


Richard V. Hall

Richard V. Hall, 89, of Hardy, VA, departed for his heavenly home on Saturday, December 2, 2017. He was a life-long resident of Franklin County, VA and served his church, Halesford Baptist Church, as a Deacon for 20 years. Mr. Hall distinguished his life by all who knew him as a compassionate, caring and kind man who performed untold deeds of kindness for his family, loved ones and those in the community who needed his assistance
or guidance. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy with dignity and honor. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise P. Hall, two children, son Michael Hall and his wife Gladys; daughter Sue Dodd and husband Park; and foster son, Roy Pagans; three grandchildren, Tyler Call, Lauren Ward and her husband Corey, and Elliott Call; and four great granddaughters Emma Call, Ella Call, Suzy Ward and Libby Ward.

The funeral service will be held at Halesford Baptist Church, 2485 Lost Mountain Road, Wirtz, VA 24184 at 12 noon, Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to noon. Graveside services with United States Navy Honors will be immediately after the service at Franklin Memorial Park, 21440 Virgil H. Goode HWY, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center,
Rocky Mount/ Smith Mountain Lake.


Keith Edward Nance

Keith Edward Nance, age 59 of Penhook passed away Monday,
December 04, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila
Nance; mother Shelby Lawrence Nance; grandparents James and
Gladys Lawrence; uncle, Richard Lawrence; cousins, Amy Lawrence,
Ricky Lawrence and Ernie Adkins. Surviving to cherish his memory is
his daughter and son-in- law Autumn and Clay Tucker; grandchildren
Audrah Tucker Kurstin Tucker and Ethyn Fitzgerald Tucker; sister
Gina Siebler; a number of other family members. Services will be
private. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation
Center, Rocky Mount.


Mary Harlow Griggs

Mary Harlow GriggsMary Harlow Griggs, age 69 of Rocky Mount transitioned to her paradise in Heaven with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Mary was a life time member of Franklin Heights Baptist Church and loved her church family very much. Mary also served several years as a volunteer for the Auxiliary at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Preceding her in death are her parents, Lewis and Eva Mae Harlow; four brothers, Marion Harlow (Juanita), Bill Harlow (Betty), Jim Harlow (Shirley), Gary Harlow (Jane); also preceding one sister, Dorothy Briggs (Hal); one brother-in- law, Robert Jenkins. Surviving family members include a loving, devoted husband of 51 years Tom Griggs; two daughters, Dana Luke (Johnny), Kim Griggs (Shawn) and son Mark Griggs; surviving siblings, Max Griggs (Karla), Hal Briggs, Libby Sprouse (Terry), Joyce Ann Harlow, Janet Stump (Dallas), Shirley Harlow, Betty Harlow, Jane Harlow and Junanita Harlow; Also several nieces,
nephews and cousins. Mary had three grandchildren she loved very much, Travis Rusgrove (Hannah), Gabrielle Griggs, Anthony Griggs. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Her grandpups, Ashland, Littlebit, Cougar and Cam brought much joy to her life as well. The entire Griggs family would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in her care including all family and friends who cared for and prayed for us. Also a very special thank you to the outstanding staff at Franklin Healthcare your kindness and love and care you gave to our mother will never be forgotten.

Funeral services will be conducted at Franklin Heights Baptist Church, 2:00 pm. Friday, December 1, 2017 with Dr. Stan Parris and Dwight Hayes officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Mary asked in lieu of flowers please make a donation of your choice in her honor. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.


Sandra Atkins Martin

Sandra Atkins Martin, 67 of Rocky Mount passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Lucy and Joseph Atkins. Sandra is survived by her husband, Karl; son, Bryan Young (Tina); daughter, Kim Jones (Jeff); one sister, Jolene Riddle; six grandchildren, Zach, Ben, Gabe, Olivia, Sophia Jones and Emma Young; niece and nephew; Kim Bruggemann (Willis) and their children, Hunter, Aaron and Kaylee; Michael Toler (Lori). Sandra always loved spending time with her family at Myrtle Beach and Nags Head.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Friday at Flora Funeral Chapel with Pastor Roger Jones and Pastor Anthony Budzik officiating. Interment will follow in Snow Creek Memorial Gardens. Her family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount and other times at their residence.