Robert Lloyd Deatherage

November 10, 1978July 11, 2018
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Robert Lloyd Deatherage, 39, of Martinsville passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. He was born in Martinsville on November 10, 1978 to Michael H. Deatherage and Nancy P. Riggs. He was the grandson of the late George H. and Ilene H. Deatherage, and Elbert Bailey and Geneva Bailey Manning.

Robert is survived by his parents, Michael H. Deatherage and Nancy P. Bailey Deatherage Riggs; his son, Archer Barbour Deatherage; brothers, Lewis C. Deatherage and Chris J. Deatherage and his wife Christy; nephew, Lane; nieces, Kylee and Lily Deatherage; aunt, Judge Susan N. Deatherage, and his former wife, Elizabeth Barbour Deatherage.

Robert received his Bachelor’s degree from Radford University and his law degree from Appalachian School of Law. He worked as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Franklin County from 2006 to 2015. He was president of the Franklin County Bar Association from 2013 to 2015. Robert also served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney Office on homicide investigations. He was certified as a “top gun” homicide and drug prosecutor and computer forensic specialist. Since 2016 he owned and operated a law firm in Martinsville.

Robert enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his son and friends. He enjoyed snow skiing, boating, water sports, motor cycles, music and caring for animals.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at McKee-Stone Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Martinsville Henry County SPCA, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy, Martinsville, VA 24112, Grace Network of Martinsville, P.O. Box 3902, Martinsville VA 24115, or the charity of your choice.


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Terri Robertson

July 16, 2018

My husband and I were honored to help Robert in his run for Commonwealth Attorney in Franklin County. He was a capable lawyer who cared for his clients as well as the individuals whom he was prosecuting. He and his lovely former wife came to our home and shared ways that we could be of help. Rest peacefully, friend.

Clayton & Donna Ware

July 15, 2018

Our payers for the family. Robert was a fine man who will missed by so many.

demetrius clapton

July 15, 2018

Bobby D I don't know what to say. Gabby and I remember how you always were straight forward with us all. You worked your way in our hearts and gained our trust with a smile and realness.

We will see you again. Keep that smile bright for us. Much love to his family and son. God knows that boy was his entire world. You loved my truck and today we all riding out for you.

Best Lawyer out here hands down!!!


July 15, 2018

You saved my life. I'll never forget that.
We may not turn out for you there but know we are all right here in force and this day is for you my man. Sleep well.

Much love Bobby D.

Shelley Sims

July 15, 2018

My deepest Sympathy to all family

Janet Patterson

July 15, 2018

Prayers and sympathy to Beth, Archer and his family, this was such a great shock. I had known Robert for a long time, he always had a smile on his face and a great person!

Robert Deatherage

July 14, 2018

My heart felt condolences to all of the family. I just saw Robert last week. He was being Robert with that smiling face and joking manner. He asked if I'd seen his client. I said, "Don't know, what's he look like"? He said he's a short guy. I looked up at him and said, "Heck Rob, everybody is short to you, you're like 9 feet tall." He laughed and said, "Yeah, guess you're right." Ill never forget him, he had charisma and class.

Rayonda Palmer

July 14, 2018

Today my heart breaks in a thousand pieces for Robert. He so loved his son. He worked very hard for all his clients. Played even harder.
Most straight forward Lawyer I've ever met. Thank you for the memories. You will be missed


July 14, 2018

I am so very sorry for your loss. Robert was a bright, compassionate, eloquent and kind man who deeply loved his family. I will always remember how his face just lit up when he talked about his little boy. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love , Debbie Cheek

Roger Harmon

July 14, 2018

So very sorry to hear of Robert's passing.

Both Susan and Robert came to my dad's funeral in 2015.
I had not seen Robert in many years. He was tall and handsome.
Now he is with Uncle George and Aunt Ilene in Heaven.

My deepest condolences to Susan and Mike and the family.