Emma F. Eagle

July 6, 1916February 23, 2019

Emma Dow Franklin Eagle, 102, of Martinsville passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019. She was born on July 6, 1916 in Franklin County, VA, to the late Charlie Perry Franklin and Claudie May Brock Franklin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Eagle; brother, Perry W. Franklin; half-brother, Charlie Franklin; step-brother, John Morton Crutchfield; sisters, Esther Mae Richardson, Magdaline F. Hawks; and step-sisters, Lula C. Barrow and Mary C. Jerral. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen Richardson and husband, Thomas (deceased); her son, Carl J. Eagle and wife, Shirley; six grandchildren, Wendi R. Hare, Torri R. Keene, Tiffani R. Austin, Tomara R. Spencer, Paige E. Belcher, and Timothy K. Eagle; and nine great-grandchildren. Mrs. Eagle was a member of Kearfott Memorial Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, February 25, 2019 at McKee-Stone Funeral Home of Martinsville, officiated by Rev. Ronald Edwards. Visitation will be held at 12:30 PM prior to the service. Interment will be at Roselawn Burial Park on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:00AM, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Michael Hatfield.


  • Charlie Perry Franklin, Father
  • Claudie Mae Brock Franklin, Mother
  • Charles E. Eagle, Husband
  • Perry W. Franklin, Brother
  • Charlie Franklin, half-brother
  • John Morton Crutchfield, step-brother
  • Esther Mae Richardson, Sister
  • Magdaline F. Hawks, Sister
  • Lula C. Barrow, step-sister
  • Mary C. Jerral, step-sister
  • Mary Ellen Richardson, Daughter
  • Roy Thomas Richardson, Son-in-law
  • Carl J. Eagle, Son
  • Shirley Eagle, Daughter-in-law
  • Wendi R. Hare, Grandchild
  • Torri R. Keene, Grandchild
  • Tiffani R. Austin, Grandchild
  • Tomara R. Spencer, Grandchild
  • Paige E. Belcher, Grandchild
  • Timothy K. Eagle, Grandchild
  • Mrs. Eagle is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Emma F. Eagle

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Maxine Buffkin Steele

February 24, 2019

Mary Ellen and Carl,
I am so saddened to hear of your Mother’s passing. She lived a good long life and I will always remember her as a great cook. Every time I eat a biscuit, I think of her because she made the best biscuits. I pray God will comfort all your families during this difficult time.

Philip Mahoney

February 24, 2019

Sorry for the loss of your mother Carl. She lived a long wonderful life. Blessings!

Linda Via

February 23, 2019

I always called her nanny Eagle, i loved and respected her from the minute I met her until this day. Nanny was always there for me though the good time and bad times she would always say, turn it over to the Lord, pray about everything, worship him every day, not just when things are bad. I will never forget the night I went into labor with my 1st born, Paige, she was with me that whole night, she knew I was scared but she kept me calm and even laughed at me when I was saying crazy things, like it must have been those hot dogs we had for supper, I ate 2 many. I was only 18 ,dumb as a rock bc I didn't even think i was in labor bc baby wasn't due for another 5 wks. I remember like it was yesterday we were in the bathroom, i was throwing up, then I felt like I had to pee. Well after I did. All the pain in my right side and back completely stopped it was about 5:30 am Sunday morning, I said nanny "pain has stopped I am now going back to bed to get some sleep I've been up all night you need some sleep yourselves " see you later. I walked to the bed laid down and nanny came in and said "get up ,you too Carl,now go to the hospital I said why I'm fine now? Nanny said you have been in labor all night and your water just broke ,I just couldn't believe it , nanny said hurry it won't be long now, we checked in hospital at 7am. My baby was born at 11:07am that Sunday. God took home the best angel i ever knew. She taught me so much about being a wife. Mother ,between my mother and nanny i was the luckiest woman on God green earth i had 2 mothers help and guidance. Nanny was a great Christian, I wish that I could be even just a 3rd of the Christian she was. As she would always say I love you no matter what you do, I forgive weather its right or wrong weather i agree or i don't agree ,its not my place as a Christian to not to bc my lord forgives us, Christians should to . Nanny ill always love you,my hearts is broken ,but i kn that you are shouting all over heaven ,