Frances Patterson Nix, age 83 of Rocky Mount, VA, died on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Edward Patterson and Mary Ann Fralin Patterson; sister, Mary Ann Woody; and brother, Robert “Eddy” Patterson. She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, E. Thomas Nix; her son, Patrick T. Nix; daughter-in-law, Julie McBride Nix; two granddaughters, Zoë and Ella; two sisters, Emily McCraw and Evelyn Dowdy; sister-in-law, Linda Patterson; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was a teacher of Government and History for over 30 years at Franklin County High School. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where she served as Chair of the Altar Guild and Clerk of the Vestry. She was President of the Franklin County Retired Teachers Association and a member of the Carilion Franklin Memorial Auxiliary. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Rocky Mount, on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. with Father David Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Parrish Hall prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center or Trinity Episcopal Church Outreach Program. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Clarence Wesley Byrd, age 95 of Moneta (Scruggs Community) died Wednesday, October 24, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reva
Wilson Byrd; son, Mike Byrd; parents, William and Curtis Lee Byrd; and siblings, William Byrd, Mary Brown (Clay), and Julia Brown (Mac). Mr.
Byrd was a United States Army/Air Force Veteran of World War II. He retired from DuPont after 32 years of service. He is survived by his son,
Don Byrd (Barbara); daughter, Sharon Byrd Layman (Dan); daughter-in-law, Judy Byrd; grandchildren, Terri Blankenship (Philip), Jason Byrd
(Kelly), Katie Flynn, and Daniel Layman; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and special friend, Bonnie Harlow. Visitation will
be held 6-8 p.m. Friday at Mt. Ivy Christian Church, Scruggs, Va. The family will process from Mt. Ivy Christian Church at 9:15 a.m. Saturday to
Franklin Memorial Park where interment will be at 10 a.m. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. back at Mt. Ivy Christian Church with
Rev. Steve Pasley officiating. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Herbert Lee Mason, age 85 of Rocky Mount died on Tuesday October 23, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Mason; son, Sammy
Mason; daughter, Phyllis Mason; and his parents, Joe and Ila Mason. He is survived by his children, Rusty Mason (Angela) and Amanda Mason-
Dixon (Ricky); grandchildren, Brittany Mason, Mason Dixon, Major Mason; step-grandson, Zach Leonard; great-grandson, Blake Mason; brother, Ralph “Cotton” Mason; sister, Faye Hicks (Bobby); and papa’s little buddy, Daniel “Dink” Blackwell. Mr. Mason was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. He also spent two years in the National Guard. He was a member of New Vision Baptist Church. His family will gather for a memorial service on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. at Canton Church with Pastor Joe Wooldridge officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Fork Mountain Rescue Squad. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Bernie Galvin died quietly at home at Smith Mountain Lake surrounded by his loving family on Saturday night, October 6th. Cynthia Galvin, his wife of 37 years, was constantly by his side. Bernie was born in Rochester, NY, the son of James and Mary Leona Galvin. He was predeceased by his brother, Leo. Bernie was the first in his family to go to college. He graduated from the College of Forestry at the University of Syracuse, got married and joined the Navy in June 1953. He married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann (Liz) Hayes and moved to Providence, RI for flight training. Flying was one of the greatest joys of his life. He was a 20-year career Naval pilot. He retired in 1974 as a Lieutenant Commander at the end of the Vietnam War.
After his retirement, Bernie was a pilot for Oakwood Mobile Homes for 14 years until he retired from flying. He considered himself fortunate to spend 36 years behind the controls of airplanes. Bernie was known for his love of bad puns and was an amazing story teller. He was a lover of music and an enthusiastic singer. He loved mysteries and thrillers. He often read aloud to Cindy as she drove them on countless trips. Bernie acted in community theater for several years; one of his most famous roles was Count Dracula. After the tragic accident that took Liz’s life in 1981, Bernie was
fortunate to find love again with Cindy Williams. He considered himself a blessed man for having two wonderful marriages in a single lifetime. Bernie was predeceased by his son Daniel and Cindy’s son Bobby. He is survived by seven children: Annie, Tim, Mary Ruth, Katie, Peter, Stephen, and Sarah (and their spouses), Cindy’s children: David, Michael, Donna, Donnie, and Jennifer (and their spouses), 26 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Bernie was a founding member of St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount and was very active in parish life. For many years, he and Cindy managed the Spaghetti Suppers for the parish. Bernie loved the family that he and Cindy blended and spent his happiest years at Smith Mountain Lake where he did a stint as President of Cool Branch Volunteer Company. Bernie had an adventurous life that he lived with gusto. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 3:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount, VA. with Father Mark White officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Penhook United Methodist Church, or the Free Clinic of Franklin County. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Gary Bell, age 75 of Moneta, died suddenly on Friday, September 28, 2018 at his home. Gary was a proud graduate of Penn Yan Academy, Penn Yan, New York and the State University College at Geneseo, Geneseo, N.Y. He served his country as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam. After his service, he worked as a Veterans Outreach Worker for the Veterans Administration until his retirement. He was a member of the local Porsche Club, past member of the Ruritans, and a dedicated volunteer for the Bedford Ride. He will be missed by his wife Nancy, of Moneta, his three siblings, Sylvia Burke of Brockport, N.Y., Cindy Willson (Jim) of Penn Yan, N.Y., and Lawrence of Tampa, Florida; brother-in-law, Jerry Scearce (Rita) of Greensboro, N.C. Donations in Gary’s memory can be made to Bedford Ride and the Humane Society. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount – Smith Mountain Lake.