Frank M. Rodriguez
Heaven gained a precious angel. Frank M. Rodriguez, 94, of Pocahontas, Virginia went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 19, 2023 at his home surrounded by family.
Born in Bishop, VA he was the son of the late Joe and Pearlie Jones Rodriguez. Frank “Frankie” was a graduate of Tazewell High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Later, he earned his Funeral Director license in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began his career in Pocahontas and served his community for 60+ years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas, Virginia, the Pocahontas Lions Club, VFDA and a Shriner. In addition to serving his families he also owned and operated IGA Foodliner, Frankie’s Dairy Bar, Cozy Corner restaurant, an ambulance service and a laundry mat in his hometown as well as being active in his community.
His greatest love was being a dad and husband, being a funeral director and serving local families in time of need. Anyone who knew Frankie would agree he was a dapper gentleman with a heart of gold who would do anything for anyone and ask for nothing in return. His smile was contagious and his compassion for his work was endless. He never met a stranger and had a calming demeanor to those in need. Frankie was a true family man to his wife, children and grandchildren, they were his world! He loved to travel, fish, hunt and simply spend time with those he loved.
In addition to his parents, he is proceeded in death by his loving wife Peggy Wells Rodriguez, sister Kathleen Rodriguez, brother George Jones and Mike Rodriguez, uncles Harry “Jock” Jones, Charley Jones and aunt Blance “Maw” Harmon. Those left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Kim Rodriguez Moon (Barron) of Lancaster, South Carolina, Kathy Rodriguez Tickle (Jeff) of Pembroke, Virginia, and Karen Rodriguez Carter of Pocahontas, Virginia. Grandchildren Kristen Gordon (Patrick) of Spencer, North Carolina, Kris Ashley (Grace) of Heath Springs, South Carolina, Adriana Stevers (Joey) of Pembroke, Virginia, Skylar McClure of Pocahontas, Virginia and Ashton Carter of Pocahontas, Virginia. Great grandchildren Cameron and Liam Gordon, Carah and Gavin Ashley, Emmalyn, Preston and Boden Stevers. Brother Bill (Bert) Rodriguez of Colorado and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His companion of 8 years, Stella “Pru” Walker of Pulaski, Virginia.
Funeral services will be held at Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Virginia at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2023 with Dr. John Wells (nephew) and Reverend Reginald Blakewood officiating. Friends may call between 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Internment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Bluefield, West Virginia. Military Rites will be conducted by the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Kris Ashley, Patrick Gordon, Joey Stevers, Skylar McClure, Frank Farthing and Jim Sager. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jeff Tickle and Barron Moon.
The family would like to thank Dr. Stephen DeGray and wife Wendy, the staff at Lewis Gale Blacksburg Hospital, Encompass Health Princeton, West Virginia and Legacy Hospice Richlands, Virginia for their excellent care. Special thanks to his companion Stella Walker for loving and caring for him numerous years. Also, a heartfelt thanks to Josephine “Pnut” Spaulding for all her help and dedication over the last few months.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Christian Action Center, PO Box 608, Pocahontas, Virginia 24635