Rose Mae Dickey

Rose Mae Dickey, age 77 formerly of Smith Mountain Lake passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Cody Dickey; children, Carita “Ms. Kitty” Ballou, Toni Ann Randolph, Debbielyn Clark (Dickey); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren including two special grandchildren, Nickholis Hammond and James Milton. Rose has a beauty salon in her home for many years. She was an avid square dancer, quilter and served as a volunteer on the Natural Bridge Maintenance Crew on the Appalachian Trail. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy ( As the request of Mrs. Dickey there will be no services. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.



Kelle Taylor Holy Elk Face

SKMBT C22014081410110Kelle Taylor Holy Elk Face, 53 of Wirtz passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014. She was born December 1, 1960 in Cherry Hill, NJ. She was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving 10 years and an employee of Allstate. Kelle was a member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Buck Taylor. Kelle is survived by her husband, Leo Holy Elk Face; children, Ashlee, Nicole ( Justin) and Styles; mother, Joan Taylor, brothers, Tim and Jeff Taylor; 2 grandchildren. Memorial services will be conducted at Flora Funeral Chapel, 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2014 with Tom Cain and Pastor Jeff Robinson officiating. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to service at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount and other times at the home of Joan Taylor, 2150 Taylors Road, Boones Mill.


Jack Watson Blankenship

Jack Blankenship 2On Monday, August 11, 2014 Jack Watson Blankenship, age 86 of Penhook was called home to be with his heavenly father. He was born in Danville, VA on January 28, 1928 to the late Mary Henderson and Donald Earl Blankenship. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Carlton and Dan Blankenship. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara R. Blankenship; along with seven children, Jack W. Blankenship, Jr. (Debbie), Frances Wells (Charles) all of Emporia, VA, William W. Blankenship (Tammie) of Staunton, VA, Robert W. Arthur (Audrey), Deborah Hunt all of Penhook, VA, Tammy Haskins of Stephens City, VA, and Mary B. Eanes (Fred) of Halifax, VA. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel R. Reynolds (Cindy) and David O. Reynolds, Leone Blankenship; nieces, nephews, special pie baking aunt, Florence Wright; special friends, Earl Sturgill and Doug Law; his church family and friends. He loved to fellowship at Boones Chapel Church of the Brethren in Penhook. He will be greatly missed by everyone, especially his faithful companion, Red Dog. Visitation will be at Boones Chapel Church of the Brethren in Penhook on Thursday, August 14 from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will also be held at the church on Friday, August 15 at 2 pm with Pastor Mike Gallimore officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.


Frances Estelle Austin Sledd

Frances SleddFrances Estelle Austin Sledd, age 70 of Rocky Mount died Saturday, August 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Vennie Myrtle Austin; and four siblings, Clinton Austin, James Stafford Austin, Lois Irene Austin, Adelle Woody (Jim). Surviving are her husband, James “Jimmy” Sledd; son, Randy Robertson; daughter-in-law, Christy Robertson; daughter, Lora Sink and husband Brad; grandchildren, Randi Robertson, Nikki Mantei, Eli Sink and girlfriend, Hali Moore; brothers, Larry Austin (Dreama), James Austin “Shorty”, Rodger Austin (Charlotte); sisters, Shirley Franklin, Glenda Peters (Eddie); mother-in-law, Helen Sledd; sister-in-law, Joyce Greer (Roy); and special friend, Mary Thurman. Graveside services will be held at the Jones Family Cemetery (beside Fairview Church of the Brethren) 11 a.m. Thursday with Rev. Eddie Peters and Chaplain Rick Poland officiating. Special thanks to Carilion Hospice of Franklin County especially Kitty Ruby and Joe Grisetti for their care and concern. There will be a private family visitation from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. prior to the service on Thursday at Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.


Eugene Wilson Akers

Eugene AkersEugene Wilson Akers, age 81 of Rocky Mount died Tuesday, August 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Wolton Akers; mother, Louise S. Akers; nephew, Danny M. Brooks; sister-in-law, Judy L. Wood; nieces, Annette Wood and Christie Shively. Eugene is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 60 years, Ethel L. Akers; sister, Nancy A. Rhodes (Dusty) of Penhook; brother, Selma (Duck) andBrenda A. Akers of Franklin County; uncle, James Caroll (Jim) Akers of Roanoke; sisters-in-law, Garnett L. Flora (David), Martha L. Hubbard (Billie) one of Eugene’s best friends, Becky L. Coleman (Rev. Ron); brothers-in-law, Jimmy L. Law (Gail) and Donnie Wood; many nieces and nephews. Eugene was a charter member of the Rocky Mount First Church of the Brethren. When Eugene started in the milk trucking business he had only one truck. When he retired after 35 years he had a fleet of trucks known as Akers Trucking. With hard work and fair treatment to all, Eugene built a successful business. Eugene was loved by all that knew him. He and Ethel loved to travel in their motor home. They went cross county and visited every state but Alaska. He served his country in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany for about a year. Eugene loved and was there for all of his and Ethel’s family. Ethel would like to thank Dr. F. Amos, Lynn Wood, Freddie Peters, Pearl Simmons, family, and Carilion Hospice of Franklin County for the loving care given to Eugene. He will be missed. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday at Flora Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Collins and Pastor Ronald Coleman officiating. Interment will follow with military honors in Franklin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rocky Mount First Church of the Brethren, 405 Tanyard Road, Rocky Mount, Va. 24151. His family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

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