Funeral services for Thelbert Franks, 93, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Franks passed away at 7:14 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Brooke Haven Healthcare.
He was born October 3, 1922, at Franklin, Arkansas, to John Henry Franks and Hulda Marie Morgan Franks. He graduated from West Plains High School and attended Iowa State College. Mr. Franks was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy during World War II for three years. He served twenty-one years with the Missouri National Guard. On March 26, 1948, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Ada Kathleen Reid, who preceded him in death on July 28, 1989. On October 27, 1991, he was married at Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, to Elizabeth “Betty” Marie Skinner. Mr. Franks was an avid farmer, was a West Plains firefighter for ten years and retired as a construction inspector at Missouri Highway and Transportation after thirty-five years. He was a member of the Veterans Honor Guard of West Plains and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1828 and American Legion Post 23. Mr. Franks was a member of the First Church of God since young manhood.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Franks, of the family home; two children, Doyle Franks and wife, Kathy and Daniel Franks and wife, Cindy, all of West Plains; four grandchildren, Tara Riley and husband, Will, Caulfield, Missouri, Randa Hugg and husband, Josh, West Plains, Nathaniel Franks and wife, Ashley, Peace Valley, Missouri and Matthew Franks and wife, Kayla, West Plains; twelve great-grandchildren; fourteen step-grandchildren; one brother, Randall Franks and wife, Elaine, West Plains; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, first wife, one infant daughter, two brothers, one infant brother, three sisters and two step-children, precede him in death.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God Audio Visual Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.