Jack McLean Tuttle

Jack McLean Tuttle, age 87 of Rocky Mount died Monday, May 1, 2017. He was born December 19, 1929 in Germantown, NC and was preceded in death by his parents, Walter B. and Primmie May Holland Tuttle; three sisters, Pauline Morton, Page Dillon and Marie Lawrence; and extended family members, Sidney and Ida Holland, Peggy Morris (Bill), Barry Sarver, and John Henry Reece. Jack served his country in the United States Army. He and Mary operated Tuttle’s Exxon in Rocky Mount for many years. Surviving are his wife, Mary Hodges Tuttle; sister, Margaret Smith of Wilmington, NC; extended family, Carmen Sarver (Pat Patrick), Audrey Reece, Judy Bussey (Rabon), Tony S. Hodges, Jr., Ron Hodges (Peggy), Pat Martin (Dave), Donna Mitchell; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Mark Griffith officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.


Willie Martin Scott

Willie Martin Scott, age 93, took her final journey home to join her heavenly family, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Waiting to welcome her was her husband of 44 years, Thurman (Junior) Scott; daughter Carol Carter; Grandson Craig Handy; Parents Cam and Daisy Martin; brothers, Buford, Hoover, and Cam Jr. Martin; sisters, Clyde Thompson, Nola Fulcher, Lola Martin; and Lena Scott.

Willie was a devoted Mom to “my twin daughters” Linda Handy (Ken) & Glenda Thompson (Bobby); an awesome Nannie to grandchildren Willie Valianos-Denny (Jyrone); Dennis Valianos; Johanna Ferguson, (Anthony); Christina Gibson (Josh); & Ruth Tapscott (Tucker); a loving great- grandmother to Rachel and Mackenzie Hall; Alexandra Valianos; Eve and Braden Ferguson; Lera,  Miles, & Silas Gibson; Riley and Stella Tapscott. Willie’s sister, MaryLou Robertson of Roanoke, and brother, Bruce Martin of Bristol, are left to continue the legacy of the Martin family.

“Ms Willie” will be remembered for her sweet smile; as a faithful member of Maple Grove Church; being a homemaker to her family; her talents as a master quilter and extraordinary seamstress and most of all for her famous pound cake which she shared with everyone.

A funeral service honoring her life will be held at Maple Grove UM Church at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, with interment in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, April 23, from 5 – 7 pm at Flora’s Funeral Service.

The family appreciates the continued love and excellent care in Willie’s life from the many caregivers and Carilion Hospice team throughout her declining health. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maple Grove UM Church Fellowship Hall; Debbie Scott, Treasurer, 6310 Turner’s Creek Road, Ferrum , Va; or to Carilion Hospice; Suite 314, 390 South Main Street; Rocky Mount Va. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.


William N. Via

viaWilliam N. Via, age 92 of Rocky Mount passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017. He was born on September 21, 1924, in North Fork, West Virginia, moving to Franklin County as a child. Mr. Via proudly served his country in the United States Army in the European Theater during World War II and served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, he was employed at Dupont in Martinsville, Virginia for over 39 years as an Industrial Mechanic. In his spare time, he enjoyed Nascar auto racing and vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with his family. Mr. Via was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Annie Via; as well as his brothers, Thomas and Joseph Via; and sister, Ruby Via. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Rose Tuck Via; daughter, Tammy Joyce (John) of Cheraw, South Carolina; and his favorite little granddaughter," Lauren Joyce of Arlington, Virginia. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Gracie Via of Salem; very special sister-in-law, Peggy Via of Rocky Mount; and very special brother-in-law, W.D. Tuck of Rocky Mount. The family would like to thank Helen Wilcox and Kitty Ruby of Carilion Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Mr. Via during his illness; and family friends, Edwin and Margie Prillaman for providing transportation, sitting, and helping the family in numerous ways; and family friend, James Lynch for his help throughout the years. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 1-2 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. with Reverend Joe Dillon officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sandy Ridge Baptist Church.


Lt. Colonel Erik Larsen

Lt. Colonel Erik Larsen (Ret. USMC) passed away at 2015 hours on April 14, 2017 surrounded by his closest family and friends. He was a devoted husband of 43 years to Beverly Larsen and 9 years to Sandra Larsen; Beloved father to Pamela Stack (Craig) and Kirk Larsen (Gina); and leaves a lifetime legacy to the world with his grandchildren Evan, Kristen & Peyton Stack and Clayton Larsen; Step-children, David Sanders (Susan), Benjamin Sanders (Jada), Terry Sanders, Amy Cochran (Jerry); six step-grandchildren, and a close family friends Lee and Kim Powell. Lt. Colonel Larsen was born on May 12, 1933 in Mount Kisco NY, the son of Danish immigrant parents, Vilhemine &; Poul Larsen. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Officers Training School and received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University. He flew experimental aircraft as a Marine Test Pilot from 1963-66 before serving a tour in Vietnam as a Marine Helicopter pilot (1967-68) and a tour in Okinawa Japan (1972). His final years in service to his country were spent in Washington DC at Quantico Marine Corps Headquarters (4 years) and the Pentagon (4 years). After 23 years of service he retired in 1976 and moved his family to their 105-acre farm in Burnt Chimney VA and in retirement, served more than 25 years as a Franklin County Magistrate. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beverly, his brother Paul and his grandson Austin Erik. In lieu of flowers, his wife Sandra is asking friends and family to buy a bottle of your favorite wine and raise a toast to a wonderful man, father, husband, grandfather and Marine. Rest well Lt. Colonel Larsen. Mission accomplished.

Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date His family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.


Barbara Sumner Smith

bartbbBarbara Sumner Smith, 80, of Rocky Mount, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, with her children by her side. Barbara's unwavering love and devotion to her family, and her firm belief in God, provides ultimate peace for those who knew, and loved her. Barbara enjoyed being an active member of First Church of the Brethren, as well as her volunteer work at Franklin Heights Baptist Church. She will be remembered as being a kind, gentle and giving woman, who was always willing to offer help, to those in need. Her greatest joys, were family and spreading the word of God. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Letcher C. Smith. Surviving are her four sons, Herman (Mitzi) Smith, David Smith, Ricky Smith, Tracey (Crystal) Smith; and two daughters, Penny S. Cundiff, Diane (Donnie) Hodges. Her grandchildren include Jonathan (Jamie) Smith, Sheila Smith, Frankie Smith, Hunter Smith, Monica Cundiff, Kimberly Anderson, Brittany Smith, Sterling (Ashley) Smith, Seth (Jordan) Smith, Erica (Adam) Fry, Ryan (Emily) Smith, and Hope Smith; along with step-grandsons, Cody Almond and Dustin Almond. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren; and Barbara's special friends at Tanyard Village Apts. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm at First Church of the Brethren in Rocky Mount with the Rev. John Collins officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park, Rocky Mount.

Flowers are appreciated, however those who so desire, may make memorial donations to

First Church of the Brethren

405 Tanyard Rd.,

Rocky Mt, VA 24151.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Flora Funeral Service, Rocky Mount. The family would like to thank CRMH, and all whoprovided care, kindness, and support during Barbara's brief illness.