Death: June 24, 2012
June 24, 2012
Charles D. (Charlie) Santrock, of Rocky Mount, at the age of
80 years, died on Sunday, June 24, 2012. He was preceded in
death by his parents, Edward L. and Rubie Santrock; and one
brother, Eddie Santrock.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggy W. Santrock; his
children, Donna S. Gutierrez, Brantley (Pete) Santrock and Nancy
S. Nolan (Curtis); and grandchildren, Brantley Gutierrez, Victoria
Gutierrez, Charlie Nolan, Mary Beth Nolan, Katelyn Santrock and
Charles proudly served his country in the United States Air
Force receiving many Decorations and Awards for his
outstanding military service, serving in Korea and Vietnam.
He was an outstanding citizen of Rocky Mount and Franklin
County. After retirement in 1973, he taught at Franklin County
High School for five years, later an Industrial Engineer at the
Lane Company, served on the Planning Commission for the
Town of Rocky Mount, and elected to Town Council in 2001. He
was also a member of the Rocky Mount Lions Club, Rocky Mount
United Methodist Church, a life member of the Methodist Men,
Sunday School recorder and Usher Board. Charles has given
more to the community in the name of patriotism.
His greatest joy was being active in the American Legion Post
#6, as Commander and Adjutant, during which he attended and
presented American Flags at many military funerals. He also
placed American flags on Veterans graves on Memorial Day and
enjoyed working with the Junior ROTC programs at the high
school. Charles was a member of VFW and
Veterans Memorial Commission, where he
presented programs on patriotism and the
American Flag to various organizations. In 2004,
Charles was presented the Franklin County Patriot
Award, in 2007 was presented the Medal of Honor
by the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution, and in 2011, the American Legion Hall was named
after him and he was honored with the Post Commander
Emeritus, which is the highest honor given in American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider memorial
contributions to your local chapter of the American Cancer
Society, 2840 Electric Road, #106, Roanoke, VA 24018-3551; to
American Legion Post #6, 136 Tanyard Road, Rocky Mount, VA
24151; to Rocky Mount United Methodist Church, 35 North Main
St., Rocky Mount, VA 24151 or to Franklin County High School,
Junior ROTC Program, 25 Bernard Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.
All of his friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. on
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Rocky Mount United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Bruce Tuttle officiating.
Arrangements by Lynch Conner-Bowman Funeral Home, 140
Floyd Avenue, Rocky Mount, Va., 540-483-5533 .