John Eldridge Francis, Jr.

July 12, 1932 - March 22, 2017

07/12/1932 - 03/22/2017

Past Services

Visitation
Friday March 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel
314 Main Street West
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
252-396-0202 | Directions
Cemetery
Saturday March 25, 2017
Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery
519 Meherrin Lane
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Directions
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Immediately following the service.

Service
Saturday March 25, 2017
2:00 pm
Meherrin Baptist Church
519 Meherrin Lane
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Directions
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Rev. John Porter will be officiating the service.

PENDLETON, NC – John Eldridge Francis, Jr.,age 84, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident on March 22, 2017 while working at his shop.

Mr. Francis was born, the 2nd of six children, on July 12, 1932 to John Eldridge Francis, Sr.and Vidie Spence Francis in Murfreesboro, NC. He graduated from Conway High School in 1950 then served his country in the United States Air Force for four years. After his service to our country, he graduated from welding school in Cincinnati, OH and Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, TN. John married the love of his life, Peggy Vinson, on March 7, 1959. John worked at Union Camp in Franklin, VA for 14 years before working as a foreman at CF industries in Winton, NC. He was the founder of Murfreesboro Machine Shop and ran that business for many years until he sold out and started P J & J Firewood and P J & J Hydraulic. He was a welding contractor for Georgia Pacific before starting Francis Sand & Gravel, Inc. while raising cattle.

John was a lifelong member of Meherrin Baptist Church. He loved his Sunday school class and fellow choir members. John was a longtime Mason and Shriner. He was an avid fisherman and hunter since childhood. John was the president of Garris Hunting Club for the past 15 years and always enjoyed time spent fishing with his wife and grandchildren. He never felt more connected to his Lord than when he was enjoying God’s outdoor beauty. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend that will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister, Nellie Francis Shackleford. and nephew, Anthony Clark Francis.

John is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Peggy Vinson Francis, son, John “Jef” Eldridge Francis III and his wife Donna of Murfreesboro; daughter, Jessica Francis Deal and her husband Dr. Martin of Oxford, NC; two grandsons, Tanner Brett Francis of Murfreesboro, and John Michael Deal of Oxford; two granddaughters, Molly Francis Deal and, Sydney Martin Deal, both of Oxford; four brothers, Walter C. Francis and his wife Marie of Murfreesboro, Carter Francis of Lawrenceville, GA, Larry Francis and his wife Jan of Murfreesboro, and Jerry Steve Francis and his wife Diana of Apple Valley, CA; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel-Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro, NC.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 2:00 pm at the Meherrin Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, NC, with Rev. John Porter, officiating. Burial will follow at the Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Meherrin Baptist Church, 519 Meherrin Lane, Murfreesboro, NC 27855 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Francis family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Katherine Copeland Brett
6 years ago

Prayers for comfort!!!

Betty S Edwards
6 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and the family. John really lived a life to be celebrated.

Wanda Pearce Pritchett
6 years ago

Peggy, was sorry to hear of your loss. Joe was very fond on John.
God be with you and your family.

Charles,Lorraine,and Jason
6 years ago

Prayers for you and the family. We love you.

Charles,Lorraine,and Jason
6 years ago

So saddened by the news of John passsing. We will pray for strength and healing for your family. We love you.

Wilkes County Garris Hunt Club Members
6 years ago

So sorry for the loss of our dear friend and fellow outdoorsman. John was a true “Warrior in the woods and on the water”. A devoted family man and leader in his home. You will be missed dearly. We love you Peggy and family.

Art and Christie Barnes Murphy
6 years ago

Peggy, Jef and Jessica. Art and I are so very sorry. John was larger than life! He will never be forgotten by those of us who knew him. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with each of you. God bless you all.

Terry & Elaine
6 years ago

Dear family
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. What a wonderful blessing you all have been to us all these years.

Walter Brown
6 years ago

My Dear Dear friend Peggy,Jeff,&Jessica,
It breaks our hearts to know of the loss of John. He was such a dear friend to us. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
We love you, Janice and Walter Brown,& Family

Doug and Nancy Cobbs
6 years ago

Our deepest condolences for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. We are praying for strength for the coming days and months until you can find some peace.