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1929 F. 2016

F. J. Franks

August 4, 1929 — November 24, 2016

F. J. Franks, the eldest of seven children, was born to Jerry Miles Franks and Mandy Wilson  Williamson Franks Pace.  He peacefully departed this life, with his wife by his side, on November 24, 2016 at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton, Maryland.  He was born on      August 4, 1929 in Millry (Washington County), Alabama.  While in Alabama, he had to drop out of school after the third grade to go to work to help out at home.  However, after coming to Maryland, he enrolled in classes and completed his GED.

He was a migrant worker during his travel from Alabama to Maryland.  He also worked as a truck driver, kitchen manager, security guard, police  officer in St. Michaels, worked at the high school in St. Michaels,  worked at the Tidewater Inn, butler and caretaker for the Houghtons in Queenstown, Maryland and lastly chauffer, butler and caretaker for Henry C. Beck in Centreville, MD until his retirement.  A benefit of his many many jobs was meeting and getting to know many many people.

In May of 1976, he became a member of John Wesley United Methodist  in Carmichael, MD where he served in numerous capacities over the years.  To name a few, he served as a Trustee, Usher and a member of United   Methodist  Men.  He was a member of the Preston Circuit Men’s Choir and the Talbot County Christian Men’s Alliance.  In addition, he was a member of the Prince Hall Lodge of Rock Hall, MD and the Samuel T. Helmsley Elks Lodge #974 in Easton, MD.

F. J. loved watching baseball and even umpired little league baseball and softball.  The Baltimore Orioles was his favorite team.  He enjoyed playing cards.  There was not a card game that he did not know how to play.  Spades was his favorite and he could count cards with the best of them.  He also   enjoyed playing pool. Back in the day, he liked to ride motorcycles.  He was a member of the Bellevue-Royal Oak CB Club and his handle was the Honda Man.

F.J. leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 45 years, Clara Franks; one son, David (Elizabeth Franks, Orlando, FL; two grandsons, Nicholas and Erik Franks, (Orlando, FL); one great grandson, Aizen Franks, Orlando, FL; three sisters, Flora (Monroe)Abston, Franksville, AL, Glendean (M.C.) Daniels, Chaton, AL and Ella Mae (Issac) Woodard; Millry, AL; one step-brother, Joseph Pace, Miami, FL;  one aunt, Carrie Franks, Millry, AL; three sisters in-law, Carol (Melvin) Wilson, Barclay, MD, Marion Carter (Baltimore, MD) and Janet Carter (Easton, MD); one brother in-law, Samuel Carter (Sudlersville, MD); a host of nieces and nephews; special niece, Greta Tilghman (Trappe, MD); special nephew, Rev. Leonard (Denise) Palmer (Easton, MD); and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his children, Willie Mae Franks and Floyd Franks, step-father, George Pace and siblings, Dester Holcombe, Willie Ray Franks and Marjorie Carter.

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