Barbara Jean Martin Bowman, 77, of Rocky Mount passed away, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Mary Martin; her brother, Jack Martin; and sister, Eleanor Martin. Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Jack Bowman; her children, Suzanne and Tony Deibler, Stephen and Orkhon Bowman; grandchildren, Tony Deibler, Tori Deibler, Zaya Bowman, and Noah Bowman; brothers-in- law and sisters-in- law, Vivian and Jim Prillaman, Garland and Betty Bowman; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Barbara grew up in Roanoke, where she graduated from William Fleming High School. She was a longtime member of Antioch Church of the Brethren where she served as a lifetime deacon, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and was active in the Sunshine Circle. Barbara cherished her role as mother and grandmother; cooking and baking for her family was a favorite pastime. She was also an accomplished seamstress and avid crafter; collecting also brought her pleasure – her shelves were filled with angels and cookbooks. Special thanks to Good Samaritan Hospice for their excellent care, and to Barbara’s dedicated caregivers. An extra special thank you to Andrea Jones – we are eternally grateful for your loving care the last eighteen months of Barbara’s life. You will always be a part of our family. Friends may call from 6 to 8 pm Sunday, May 21 at Antioch Church of the Brethren. Funeral services will be Monday, May 22 at 11 am at Antioch with burial to follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Antioch Church of the Brethren, 2996 Callaway Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Lois Evelyn Lindsay Brown, age 89 of Rocky Mount died Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Born in New Haven, CT to the Rev. Dr. M.E.N. Lindsay and Melcora Gruber Lindsay, deceased. Also predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Walter Chester Brown, Jr.; her twin sisters-in- law and spouses, Betty Lee Brown Shearer and John Shearer, Ann Bolling Brown Pace and Robert Pace; nephew, John Douglas Shearer; and former son-in- law, Michael (Mickey) Cantrell. Living in South Britain CT, she attended a one room school. Her family moved to Lynchburg, VA in 1941 and then to Tazewell, Virginia in 1943 where she graduated from Tazewell High School. Lois graduated from Lynchburg College and taught high school for three years in Pearisburg, VA, before her marriage to Walter Chester Brown, Jr. in 1951. She moved to Rocky Mount, VA., and taught 6 th grade for one year, before starting a family. She was active in the following civic organizations: The Junior Women's Club, Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, the Developmental Center of Franklin County, the DAR, and was an Elder emeritus of Rocky Mount Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she served in numerous capacities. She is survived by her children, W. Colby Brown and wife Mandy Guilliams Brown, Daphne Brown Oakes and husband Steven Oakes, and Lois Lindsay Brown Cantrell and friend Ronald (Ronnie) Wray; grandchildren, W. Cooper Brown and wife Flo Page Brown, Forrest J. Brown, S. Clay Oakes and wife Savannah Oakes, Evelyn Oakes Wilson and husband Norbert (Bert) Wilson, Michael Lee Cantrell II, and Dr. Chesten Lindsay Cantrell; great-granddaughters, McKenzie Oakes, Skyler Oakes and Ellie Wilson; great-grandsons, Bennett Wilson, Tyler Fellows and Tatum Oakes; sisters and brothers-in- law, Joan Lindsay Redford and Dr. Raymond Redford, Carol Lindsay Hagy and Dr. J. Albert Hagy, Sr.; brother-in- law and wife, Daniel S. Brown and Suzanne Martin Brown; special niece and next door neighbor, Nettie Shearer and spouse, Denise Michele Gerstler; nieces and their families, Amy Jo Redford, Linda Ruth Redford Verheul, Alyson Carol Hagy, Laura Lee Redford, Melchora Hagy Alexander, Amy Brown Peterson; nephews and their families, Robert Stephen Pace, Jr., Dr. Richard Brown Pace, Dr. John Albert Hagy, Jr., Dr. Mark Lindsay Hagy, Matthew Raymond Redford, Daniel Simpson Brown, Jr. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Rocky Mount Christian Church with Rev. Matthew Ricks officiating. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Michelle Cheyenne Griffin, 23, of Franklin County passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Michelle was preceded in death by her grandmother, Margaret Guy; and grandfather, Charles Eddy. She was employed by Comfort Inn in Rocky Mount, VA. Surviving are her daughter, Kylie Paige Fisher; her companion, Thomas Fisher and his parents, Tina and Frank Fisher. She is also survived by her mother and father, Valerie and Calvin Griffin; sister, Kristina Griffin; grandfathers, Mark Guy and Richard Boyles; grandmother, Sarah Boyles; aunt, Sheila Griffin; cousins, Heather and Charlotte Griffin; aunt and uncle, Raymond and Sharon Eddy; cousins, Dana and Logan Eddy; numerous extended family members and friends. A memorial service will be held at FloraFuneral Chapel on Monday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. with Chaplain Rick Poland officiating. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Dorothy E. Shaffer, age 82 of Glade Hill died Friday, May 5, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Dorothy Mentch; and sister, Myrtle Carl. Dorothy retired from Wyoming Bank in New York with 27 years of service. Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Alan L. Shaffer; and siblings, Mary, William and Harry. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Halesford Baptist Church. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
James Taylor Broce, 91 of Rocky Mount passed away Tuesday April 25, 2017. He was born February 19, 1926 and was preceded in death by his wife, Frances H. Broce; his father, Armand G. Broce and mother, Nona D. Broce; brothers, Albert A. Broce, George A. Broce and Norman E. Broce; sisters, Josephine B. Joiner, Clara K. Broce and Mary E. Broce; and son, James T. Broce, Jr. Surviving are his step-daughters, Sue D. Farris (Carl), Sandra D. Clements (Kevin); grandchildren, Robin Farris (Martha), Dillon Clements; two great-grandchildren, Isabelle Farris and Giuseppe Farris; many brothers-in- law and sisters-in- law. James was a United States Veteran of World War II and retired from the Franklin County Public School System. Following his retirement he worked as an Insurance Agent. He was also a member of Fairview Church of the Brethren. Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Jeff Wray officiating. The family respectfully request no food and in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to Fairview Church of the Brethren, c/o Tommy Young, 60 Belmont Drive, Rocky Mount VA 24151. His family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.