Fredrick Franklin Heavner, a.k.a. “D.D.”, passed away peacefully Friday, March 17, 2017, surrounded by family. Fred was born in Lincolnton, NC on November 14, 1938, the son of the late William Victor Heavner and Ruth Hubbard Heavner. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Erma Wilborn Heavner and brother, Bill Heavner. Fred graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1957 and Gardner Webb Junior College in 1959, where he played football for both. After serving in the Army, he completed his education at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating in 1965. His career with Phillips 66 Petroleum began in February of 1965 and brought him lifelong friendships with Jack Hensley and Rayford Pate. Fred was a raised Mason and member of Corinthian Lodge No. 230, in Rocky Mount, NC, for 47 years. Fred joined the Sudan Shriners of Rocky Mount, NC on May 22, 1971. Fred was an avid golfer and skier who loved to travel. His family’s second residence was in Emerald Isle, NC, where he loved to surf fish, enjoyed rocking on the front porch, sipping Muscadine wine and eating Eastern NC BBQ and boiled peanuts. The family named the house “Heavner’s Haven” and considered it “a place where all the problems of the world were solved”. Fred was a hard worker, dedicated family man and loved to help others.
Left to cherish his memory is his brother, Joe R. Heavner and wife Peg, Aunt Carolyn Sigmon, two sons and two daughters; Rick Lister, Valerie Rockeman and husband Jeff, Dale Lister and wife Kim, Michelle Heavner Rhoads and husband David. Fred had six grandchildren; Zach, Katlyn, McCrae, Colsen, Peyton and Camryn, one great granddaughter, Aubrey and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be two gatherings in honor of Fred’s life: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 2pm–5pm at the home of Michelle and David Rhoads located at 2441 Salem Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, and Saturday, April 8, 2017,in the Rocky Mount, NC area to be determined. Family and friends are welcome to visit during these time frames and share their memories. The family will place some of his ashes at his wife’s gravesite and some will be scattered at his favorite haven, Emerald Isle, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following:
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Office of Development
2900 Rocky Point Drive
Tampa, Florida 33607
Online: Shriners Hopsitals for Children Donations
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3999
Online: Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Donation
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This gathering will be an intimate celebration of Fred’s life at the home of Michelle and David Rhoads located at:
2441 Salem Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An intimate gathering to honor Fred’s life among old friends and family at a location to be determined and announced. Please check back for details.
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