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Walter C. Hodges

Walter Hodges obit photoWalter C. Hodges, age 77 of Rocky Mount, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, John William (Cova) and Nannie Pearl Hodges; three sisters, Irene McGuire, Gertude Prater and Peggy Hawks. Surviving are his wife, Sylvia Halcomb Hodges; his children, Teresa Gibson (Jackie), Heather Day (Warren); Jazzy, his precious dog; his grandsons, Bryan Gibson (Cara) and Kaleb Ferguson. Also surviving are his seven sisters, Edith Wray, Louise Lynch, Nannie Holland, Joyce Hudson, Elizabeth Holcomb (Blaine), Maxine Weeks (Wayne), Brenda Furrow (Wray), and many nieces and nephews who were all special to him. A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Rocky Mount Christian Church. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and all other times at the home. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

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Robert P. "Bobby" Shively

Robert P. “Bobby” Shively, age 69 of Rocky Mount died Saturday, January 3, 2015. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Chapel, Rocky Mount.

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Clara Fisher Armstrong

Clara Fisher Armstrong, 77 of Moneta passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in a Roanoke hospital. She was a very loving lady that will be missed by everyone that ever came into her life’s journey. She was known for her outpouring love and compassion for her animals especially Cody, who fulfilled her every moment of life. Clara retired from American Electric Power and later became the Customer Service Manager of Newbold Corporation. She enjoyed life to the fullest living her dream on Smith Mountain Lake.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Wayne V. Armstrong; son, Mike Armstrong (Patti), Florida; four grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; her sisters, Kay Skaggs, Ohio, Sherry Youell (Jon), West Virginia, and Sankie Iemma (Anthony), Indiana. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Her family will accept flowers or for those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2840 Electric Road, Suite 106A, Roanoke, Virginia 24018. A memorial service celebrating her life will be conducted from Conner-Bowman Funeral Home Chapel 2 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015. Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home and Crematory, 62 Virginia Market Place Drive (Route 220 at Wirtz Road), Rocky Mount. www.connerbowman.com (540) 334-5151

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Wilma Lousie Jones

IMG 195388327756372Wilma Lousie Jones, age 78 of Rocky Mount died Friday, January 2, 2015. She was preceded by her husband, James Curtis Jones, Sr.; two children, Mary Wallace and Craig Jones. Surviving are her children, James Jones, Jr., Wendy Jones, Michelle Butler, Jeanne Kendrick, Michael Jones and Brenda Matthews; 14 grandchildren; 30 great- grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at Flora Funeral Chapel, 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

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Marjorie A. Watrous Crandall

Marjorie CrandallMarjorie Watrous Crandall, age 91, of Rocky Mount, VA went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 22, 2014. She was the daughter of Fred and Angie Watrous of Ledyard, Connecticut. She was predeceased by a husband of sixty-six years, Joseph Carroll Crandall and a son, Joseph Carroll Crandall, Jr.; brothers, Louis and Royal Watrous and a sister, Joyce W. Schultz.

As a tribute to Marjorie Arline Watrous Crandall we would like to reflect on this tremendous woman of God who inspired us to remember the verses of Proverbs 31 that this woman so beautifully exemplified:

(Proverbs 31:10) Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. 

(Proverbs 31:26) She opened her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

(Proverbs 31:27) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of Idleness.

(Proverbs 31:28) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

As a young girl, Mom would kneel by her window, gazing up at the north star asking that the Lord would use her as a “help meet” to advance the kingdom of God. Throughout her life she was thankful to God for so graciously answering her prayers. Having been blessed to be the mother of 12, seeing 11 of them reach adulthood and being the spiritual mother to thousands, Mom was always at her husband’s side laboring together with joy for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Never complaining, even moving 9 times in two years, she was always the picture of meekness constantly considering the needs of others before her own. She would awaken early each morning to read her Bible and visit with the Lord. Her prayer each day was that the Lord would  order her footsteps and give her and her family great success. As the number of grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great grandchildren grew to well over 100, she would pray daily for each one by voicing their names before the Lord.

Our Mother was our role model and best friend. Everyone’s name was always safe in her mouth and her ability not to dwell on anything negative was strength to us all. She was a humble, gentle, soft spoken, gracious, hard working woman who had great insight and sound counsel for those in need of a word of wisdom.

Mom has now received her greatest reward in Heaven. We count it an honor and a privilege to have been able to glean wisdom from her. We have all been blessed by the very beautiful spirit of our precious mother. We look forward to the day that we will sing and rejoice with you again in eternity!

Her legacy in life includes eleven surviving children: Elizabeth (Fred) Woods of Boones Mill, Va.; Margaret (Wayne) Holcomb of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Ann (Jack) Ness of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Rosemary (The Late Michael) Stoneman; Daniel L. (The Late Theresa) Crandall; Arlene Jacobs of Rocky Mount, Va.; David (Ellen) Crandall of Roanoke, Va.; Sylvia (Freddy) Clark; Philip (Gina) Crandall; Esther (Rick) Huff; John (Michele) Crandall of Rocky Mount, Va.; 55 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Fred Watrous of Massachusetts; Steven and Carroll Watrous of California.

As the wife of Pastor Joseph Crandall she helped to found the Blue Ridge Gospel Tabernacle and Blue Ridge Bible College in Rocky Mount, Va. As well as help with the pastoring of churches in Mineral, Virginia; Littleton, Maine; Worcester, Massachusetts; Oyster Bay, New York; Coudersport, Pennsylvania; Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Norwalk, Connecticut; Sarasota, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado and Lake Placid, Florida.

The viewing will be held at the Blue Ridge Gospel Tabernacle on Monday, December 29, 2014 from 6 until 8:30 PM. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 1 PM at the Blue Ridge Gospel Tabernacle. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Joseph and Marjorie Crandall Memorial Student Center at the Blue Ridge Bible College at 445 Blue Ridge Ct., Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount, 540-483-3835.