George Nathan Canode, Jr., 78, of Shawsville, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023.
He was born on Nov. 10, 1945. George was a graduate of Newcastle High School and went to Virginia Tech where he received a degree in animal science. He was a dedicated member of the block and bridle club. After that, he joined the army, serving in Germany during the Vietnam era. After being discharged, he worked a few jobs before working at Triangle Equipment in Christiansburg and leaving there to start his business, Farmland Equipment, in 1979. He was a lifelong member of Craig Healing Springs Christian Church and served there in various capacities throughout his life. George was preceded in death by his parents, George Nathan, Sr. and Elizabeth LaFon Canode; his loving wife, Carol Ellen Rucker Canode; and an infant grandson, William Nathan Canode.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Gregory Taylor Canode and his wife Kristi; grandchildren, Taylor and Luke; sister, Becky Hutton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jamie and Christie Rucker; special friend, Judy Purks; and many other relatives and friends.
George was a very proud “Papa” to his grandchildren, and they were his pride and joy. He always said that the reason that parents never killed their kids was for the hope of them having grandchildren. He thought the world of them and worried about them even up until the end.
George was proud that it was the oldest continuously family run farm equipment dealership in Montgomery County. As many will attest, George was not always the friendliest but would do anything for anyone if he was able. He liked the many customers that have supported him over the years. George will be dearly missed.
The family will receive friends 12 – 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. with Pastor JB Beane and Minister Kenny Davis officiating, A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Veteran’s Cemetery in Dublin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.
The Canode family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.