Larry A. Heaton, 55, of Collinsville, died Sunday, December 9, 2012. Born in Pittsburg, Pa. on 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.
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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, Ore.; his niece, Ginny Taylor; and his nephew, Thomas Taylor.
The memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, December 14, 2012, at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church, Collinsville with the Rev. Dr. Tilden Bridges officiating. Memorial contributions be made to Rocky Mount Rotary Club, P.O. Box 224, Rocky Mount, VA 24151, or Grace Network, P.O. Box 3902, Martinsville, VA 24115. 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.
Published in Roanoke Times on Dec. 13, 2012