Melissa H. Carter, 65, of Martinsville, Va., passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. She was born on June 9, 1954, to the late Curtis C.L. Hodge and Lois Jeanette Nance. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Alice Faye "Bille" Cullen, and her brother-in-law, James C. Stone Jr. She was a very active member of McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, and was a faithful servant to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Melissa was the first employee of King's Grant Retirement Community where she was an H.R. Director for twenty eight years. She was an avid photographer, loving mother, wife, and NanaMel. Mrs. Carter is survived by her husband, Mike Carter of the home; sons, Michael Carter II (Ashley) of Martinsville, Va., and Chad Harrison of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Melissa Messer of Julian, N.C.; goddaughter, Olivia Dyroff (Nick) of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Curtis Hodges of Greensboro, N.C.; sisters, Carol Sandford (John) of Richmond, Va., Patricia Hankins (Barry) of Axton, Va., and Vickie Sue Stone of Martinsville, Va.; and brother-in-law, Rick Carter (Brenda) of Martinsville, Va. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Talan and Langston Harrison, Evan and Avery Carter, and Autumn Sharpe; her god-granddaughter, Vivian Dyroff; nephews, Adam Carter and fiancée, Cheryl, and Brad Carter (Julian); great-niece, Maryn Carter; her longtime friends, Doris Biga, Becky Farrar, and Valery Kyle, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020, at McCabe Memorial Baptist Church and other times at the home. A funeral will be held 3 p.m. at the church Friday, with Dr. G.H. Vaughan, the Rev. Mike Hearp, and a longtime friend, Becky Farrar officiating. Burial will follow the service at Roselawn Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, 107 Clearview Dr., Martinsville, VA 24112. Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville, Va., is serving the Carter family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.
Douglas Lee Goad, 74, of Martinsville, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020,at his home. He was born in Dugspur, Virginia, on April 2, 1945, to the late Ellis Goad and the late Lila Dalton Goad. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Vernon Goad, Berlin Goad and Arlie Goad and sisters, Margie Nester, Inamae Tolbert and Ruby Nester. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Dorothy Young Goad; sisters, Imogene Nester, Opal Alderman, Ivery Dalton, Betty Carter and Ann Ackers, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends Friday, March 6, 2020, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel where a funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m. withPastor Kirk Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Burial Park. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com. Bassett Funeral Service is serving the Goad family.
Jack Milton Hodges, 83, of Ridgeway, Va, passed away on March 3, 2020. He was born on December 27, 1936, in Martinsville, Va. to the late George Dewey and Virginia Thomasson Hodges. Jack retired from Suntrust Bank after 36 years of employment and was on the Virginia Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation Board for 43 years. He was a former Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Trustee of Fontaine Baptist Church in Martinsville where he was a lifelong member. Jack was preceded in death by a brother, George Kenneth Hodges (Imogene); sister, Phoebe H. Leach (Bill); brother-in-law, Raymond Cardwell; and sister-in-law, Nancy Jones Hodges. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Betty Jean Hodges of the home; daughters, Sandra H. Durham (Eddie) of Callaway, Va. and Brenda H. Childs (BJ) of Durham, N.C.; granddaughters, Casey Jean D. Halstead (Charlie) of Ferrum, Va., and Ashley Susan Childs of Durham, N.C.; siblings, Dorothy Cardwell, Earl Hodges (Dot), Glen Hodges (Theresa), Howard Hodges (Betty), and Nancy Stowe (Marshall); also numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 2 p.m. at McKee-Stone Funeral Home with the Reverend Merle Brown officiating. Interment will be held at Roselawn Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service. Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home of Martinsville,Va. To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com.
Alice Fay LaPlant, of Bassett, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Martinsville Health and Rehab following a long illness. She was born in Portsmouth, N.H. and was the daughter of the late Joseph Demar and the late Lillian Pelkey Pratt. She was also preceded in by her husband, Bernie LaPlant; stepfather, Robert Pratt; and sisters, Cora and Carol. Alice retired from Stanley Furniture. She loved spending time with family and friends with family cookouts being one of her favorite times. She is loved by many and will be greatly missed. Alice leaves behind a large and loving family; sisters, Lillian O'Dell and Nancy Nickerbocker; children, Edward and wife, Michelle, Clifford and wife, Teresa, Erick and wife, Melinda, Liz and husband, Mark, Tammy and Terrie; grandchildren, Maxx Smith, Harley Smith, Christine Button, Michael Jo Hall, Ryan Button, Alexis Farrell, Terrie Jo Fitzgerald, Jessica Hodgkins, Heather Williams, Brianna McAdams, Alexis Smith, Kayla Smith, Madaline Smith, Anjellica Smith, Christie Lynn Smith, Alicia Bishop, Ashley Haywood, Gary Haywood, Michael Haywood, Katie Haywood, Troy Bodah, Randy Kingsley, Natasha Kingsley, Amanda Spencer, Brandin Lawson, Kari Lawson; 31 great-grandchildren and numerous other extended family members including Shelia (Larry) Johnson, Robin (Rick) Gonyea, Chris Cutter, Barry (Michelle) Cutter, Ashley Brown and Allen Bodah. The family will have a memorial service on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 3 p.m. at T.R.A.S.H. Ministry in Collinsville. Information supplied by Bassett Funeral Service.
Thomas A. "Goose" Martin, 64, of Rocky Mount, died on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at the Rocky Mount Health Care & Rehab. Survivors include son, Tommy Martin; granddaughter, Rhiannon; sister, Barbara Martin Price; and niece, Rena. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 4 until 5:30 p.m. at the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel.