Michael Lynn "Big Ike" Gwaltney

11/09/1961 - 11/23/2020


Mr. Michael Lynn “Big Ike” Gwaltney, age 59 of South Hill, died Monday, November 23, 2020 in VCU/MCV hospital in Richmond. He held the rank of Sergeant as a Correctional Officer at the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Boydton and a Life Member of the Southside Rescue Squad. Mike is survived by his daughter Kendall Gwaltney, a son, Aaron Gwaltney, his mother, Lucy B. Gwaltney , a brother Robert A. Gwaltney and wife Billie Jo and a sister Sylvia Mills and husband Ronnie all of South Hill. He was predeceased by his father Robert W. Gwaltney. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, November 27, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. in Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home with interment in Crestview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:30 P.M. until the hour of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southside Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 546, South Hill, Va. 23970. Mask and social distancing are still encouraged. Online condolences may be sent through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Gwaltney family.

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  1. I was saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. I worked with him for 14 Years at the Mecklenburg County Jail when I was the counselor. He truly was a big man, not just in his profession, but in the community as well. He will be missed


    Heaven gained another angel on Monday. Sending his family my deepest sympathy in your loss. May God be with each of you in the months ahead without him. Lots of love from my home to yours.

  3. To the family of Big Ike

    So sorry about Big Ike , my heart is with you all during this time. To Kendall and Aaron and the rest of family I send my thoughts and prayers as well as my love.
    Big Ike was a good friend, we first meet back in the late 80’s as he was put on Sunday night with me on SSRS. I learned from big Ike to be kind hearted and loving to everyone. We kept each other entertained and level headed. He was a excellent provider and had compassion for every patient. He will surely be missed by this community and his second family Southside Rescue Squad.
    I am sorry i will not be able to make it to the service tomorrow, due to having to work. But know my heart and thoughts are with you during this time.
    If you need anything please let myself or Diane know.
    Big Ike we love you brother till we meet again !!

    With love
    Johnny & Diane Moretz

  4. Condolences

    I knew Mike working with him years ago at CMH. There’s rarely any real comfort in words at a time like this. Just know a lot of people will be praying for the family and he will be missed. Virtual hugs.

    Carole Edmonds Smith

  5. Friend tabernacle baptist church family

    Dear Qwaltney Family,

    This is Brianna Martin from tabernacle baptist church I am so sorry for your loss. Mike will be severely missed at Tabernacle Baptist Church and Southside Rescue Squad I remember that every Sunday I used to speak to Mike and Lucy and I enjoyed talking to Mike.

  6. Loss of Mike

    My dear Lucy, Robert and Sylvia, you know I am holding you in my heart and prayers. I know Mike and Bob are having a grand reunion.
    And Kendall and Aaron, Be very proud of your father. He was a GOOD MAN. I’ve known him off and on for almost 40 years, ever since I took my first EMT course. And we worked together at CMH west wing and Pavilion and I think, Patient Transport. So I know what a good person he was. He will be missed by the community. Love June

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