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A man of integrity, vision
Heaton honored with General Assembly resolution
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Staff Photo by Charles Boothe: Del. Charles Poindexter presents a resolution from the Virginia General Assembly honoring the late Larry A. Heaton to his widow, Betty Heaton, and their two sons, Daniel (left) and Matt.

Friday, July 26, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The family of the late Larry A. Heaton was presented a resolution from the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday honoring the banker and community leader.

Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County) presented the resolution at Franklin Community Bank in Rocky Mount.

Heaton, who was killed in an automobile accident in December 2012, was president and chief executive officer of the bank, a subsidiary of MainStreet BankShares Inc. in Martinsville. A Collinsville resident, Heaton had been the bank's only president since its founding in 2002.

Not only did Heaton help establish a successful local business in a very competitive field, he was involved in many community organizations and projects, from helping youth to raising money for charities.

"I think of him often," Poindexter said before reading the resolution. "He contributed so very much in many different areas by just being himself. He had such integrity, business leadership and vision."

Poindexter said Heaton often visited him in Richmond on legislative issues, detailing an incident where Heaton called him early one morning and pointed out a flaw in pending legislation.

"That bill died for a lack of a motion," Poindexter said. "I shudder at what could have happened if it had passed. Larry had so much common sense."

The resolution praised Heaton's banking and community leadership, saying he left "an indelible imprint" on the communities he lived and worked in.

The loss is a "great sadness," the resolution said.

Heaton's widow, Betty, thanked Poindexter for the resolution and the community for its support.

"Our family is continually blessed by your love and support," she told guests and friends at the bank. "Daily, we are reminded of how important he was to people and how he touched someone in the community."

She said he loved Franklin County, the bank and always talked about how much fun he had in the county.

Larry Heaton's two sons, Matt and Daniel, were also present.

"Dad's second family was at the bank," Matt Heaton said, thanking everyone for their support.

Matt Bruning with the Virginia Bankers Association was also on hand and presented a resolution honoring Larry Heaton to the bank's interim president, Brenda Smith.

The resolution emphasized Heaton's strong leadership, active participation with the bankers' association, his love of physical fitness and the outdoors, and his determination and perseverance.

The bankers association resolution will hang in the bank's board room.

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