Franklyn Bruce Rock, 86, of Mt Lake Road, Newport, VA departed this life Saturday afternoon, February 4, 2017 at home in the loving care of his family. Born in Warsaw, Virginia on December 5, 1930 he was a son of the late Irving Bruce Rock and Ruth Esther Luttrell Rock. He was retired from VPI Entomology Dept. as a carpenter with 23 yrs. Service. He was a member of Sherry Memorial Christian Church where he would play his guitar and sing in church along with his wife. He was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers and step-son Tucker Harvey.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 42 yrs Gladys Meredith Harvey Rock; his step sons and their wives Robert Burns and Barbara Harvey of Rich Creek and Darrell Edward Harvey and Dorothy of Newport; his step-daughters and their husbands Doris Jean Stiff and Ronnie of Newport, and Patricia Ann Dowdy and Larry of Newport; his daughter-in-law Debra Harvey; his sister Indianola Rock Balderson; his twelve grandchildren, his twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and his ten great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday February 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke. Burial will follow in the Porterfield Cemetery on Mt Lake Road in Newport with military graveside honors by local American Legion and VFW Posts. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 until 8 pm. The family wishes to thank the Newport Rescue Squad and caregivers Peggy Williams, Pat Dowdy, Debbie Harvey, and Nancy Ford for their kind and devoted support. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.