Larry A Heaton

July 25, 1957December 9, 2012
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Larry A. Heaton, age 55, of Collinsville, died Sunday, December 9, 2012. Born in Pittsburg, PA, July 25, 1957, he was a son of the late George Leonard Heaton, Sr. and Ruth Stowers Heaton.

He was a graduate of Atlantic Christian College and was a very active member of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church. Larry was founding President, CEO and Director of Franklin Community Bank which opened in 2002 and became the President and CEO of MainStreet BankShares, Inc. in 2006. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President/Regional Retail Banking Manager with BB&T from July 1999 through April 2000. He served as President and CEO and Director of the Bank of Ferrum from June 1991 to July 1999. Larry served as Senior Commercial Loan Officer at Piedmont Trust Bank (affiliate bank of Bank of Ferrum) from 1983 to 1991, and prior to that, in various capacities with Piedmont Trust Bank. Mr. Heaton has served as a director of the Franklin County YMCA and the Blue Ridge Foundation. He has been a Board member of Franklin Carilion Memorial Hospital, a Board member of the Virginia Bankers Association, and a former Board member of the Virginia Association of Community Banks and has served on the Franklin County Economic Development Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club. Larry’s contributions to the communities where he lived, worked and served will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Heaton, two sons, Daniel Heaton and Matt Heaton both of Arlington, his sister, Joy Heaton Taylor and her husband Dr. Frank Taylor of Courtland, his brother George L. Heaton, Jr. of Portland, Oregon, his niece Ginny Taylor and his nephew Thomas Taylor.

The memorial service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, December 14, 2012, at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church, Collinsville, with the Rev. Dr. Tilden Bridges officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Network, P.O. Box 3902, Martinsville, VA, 24115, or Rocky Mount Rotary Club, P.O. Box 224, Rocky Mount, VA, 24151.

Due to limited parking at Smith Memorial, if you are capable, the family suggests parking is available at Stone Memorial Christian Church, Collinsville and First Baptist Church of Collinsville with shuttle service provided. For those less able, parking will be available at Smith Memorial. Collins Funeral Home, Bassett is serving the Heaton family where online condolences may be made at:


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Mark Hillard

August 1, 2013

I am so sorry to hear the news of Larry's passing, I was a fraternity brother and basketball mate in Wilson. I often tell stories of how hard it was to get around him in the lane!. God bless all of friends and family.

Patricia Hartman

January 4, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of this terrible family loss. We think so much of his sister, Joy. Their family are dear friends.

Patrick Oliver

December 22, 2012

I just heard tragic news, Larry and I worked out at the collinsville ymca often in the afternoon, we talked and laughed about sports his business he never mentioned his position just said he worked at a bank in Rocky mt. lol. He had just mentioned his family that had came in for thanksgiving some from other states etc. He had just showed me a new "super set" exercise. I enjoyed him so much me and my son! I met his wife once outside of el ranchos' and saw her a few times at YMCA. Blessing to his family to his family and happy holidays I know he will still be with you all standing TALL and smiling!!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely Patrick

Melanie Ingram

December 20, 2012

Betty, Daniel, and Matt -- I still can't believe Larry's gone. My heart aches for you all and I have no magical words to make everything better. The one thing I can do is pray for you...and please know that I lift your names to our Lord every morning and evening. Larry left a lasting impression on my life as well as many others -- and for that I'm forever grateful!

Rev Rick Hundley

December 18, 2012

My heart goes out to the family. As a graduate of FC in 1976 Larry was a hero of mine as I had watched him play basketball with other friends like Mike Stuart and Kenny Joyce. I left the community to prepare for ministry and great to hear of how Larry used his life to make a difference in others. You and earth has lost a soul but heaven gained a light. Our prayers go out to you and God Bless and keep you in all His ways.

Mike and Debbie Farrington

December 16, 2012

Betty, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Larry will be greatly missed!

Pamela Meeks

December 14, 2012

I used to Work for Larry at Bank of Ferrum and went thru the merger with BBandt. I lived in Rocky Mount then, Now in NC.
Larry was an inspirational man and Loved his family as well as his job. He love his 2 sons and his wife and I always admired his wife she made the buttons for the bank when we had events, She is really talented. They all were a team, My Heart goes out to you Betty, Matt and Daniel. Your Husband and Dad was a wonderful man. Know he loved you all very much and keep the happy memories close. With love Pamela Meeks

Sarah Baney

December 14, 2012

My heart aches for such a wonderful family. Your husband and father was loved by so many. My thoughts are with you three during this difficult time.

Anand Ravulapalli

December 14, 2012

Daniel Very sorry for your loss. May his soul rest in peace. After reading about your dad I felt amazed on his achievements. I am sure he is a big inspiration to you and wish you also achieve same or more in your life.

December 14, 2012

Larry was a friend and a roll model to my children the last few years. We will miss him greatly.

Johnny Miller