Larry Heaton, the late president of Franklin Community Bank, has been honored by the Virginia General Assembly. Heaton was killed in a December traffic accident.
Monday, February 11, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The Virginia General Assembly has passed a resolution honoring the late Larry A. Heaton.
Heaton, who was president of Franklin Community Bank and a well-known community leader, was killed in a traffic accident in December.
Del. Charles Poindexter patroned the resolution celebrating Heaton's life.
The resolution reads:
WHEREAS, Larry A. Heaton, a well-known leader in the Commonwealth's banking industry and admired community supporter from Collinsville, died on December 9, 2012; and
WHEREAS, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Atlantic Christian College, Larry Heaton was a career Virginia banker, with over 30 years of banking leadership in the Martinsville and Rocky Mount areas; and
WHEREAS, Larry Heaton became a bank chief executive officer at a young age, demonstrating his strong leadership abilities; and
WHEREAS, Larry Heaton was instrumental in starting Franklin Community Bank, serving as its chairman, president, and chief executive officer from its 2002 opening until his death; and
WHEREAS, committed to helping the banking industry serve its customers and communities, Larry Heaton was an active leader with the Virginia Bankers Association and Virginia Association of Community Banks; and
WHEREAS, Larry Heaton was a community leader, serving on numerous boards, including the Franklin County YMCA, the Blue Ridge Foundation, the Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, and the Franklin County Economic Development Advisory Committee; and
WHEREAS, Larry Heaton was an active member of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church and the Rocky Mount Rotary Club; and
WHEREAS, a man of great integrity, Larry Heaton made an indelible imprint on the communities where he lived and worked through his humble service, community leadership, and business acumen; and
WHEREAS, Larry Heaton will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife, Betty, and sons, Daniel and Matt, as well as all of his colleagues at Franklin Community Bank, numerous other family members and friends, and the communities he served; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby notes with great sadness the loss of a respected business and civic leader and admired citizen of the Commonwealth, Larry A. Heaton.
A copy of the resolution will be presented to Heaton's family "as an expression of the General Assembly's respect for his memory."