Lokie Milton Francis

April 21, 1930 - January 23, 2024

04/21/1930 - 01/23/2024

Past Services

Visitation
Sunday January 28, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Meherrin Baptst Church
519 Meherrin Avenue
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
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Funeral Service
Sunday January 28, 2024
2:00 pm
Meherrin Baptst Church
519 Meherrin Avenue
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
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Cemetery
Sunday January 28, 2024
2:30 pm
Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery
519 Meherrin Lane
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
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BLOWING ROCK, NC – Lokie Milton Francis was born April 21,1930 to Henry and Ilta Francis in Hertford County. On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, he went to be with Jesus.

Lokie worked for several years on the family farm in Mapleton. In 1952, he met and later married Betty Jean Cobb. They had 1 daughter. He worked many years in the HVAC/Plumbing business. Lokie was a lifelong member of Meherrin Baptist Church where he served in various roles to include Deacon, Sunday school teacher, RA leader, and maintenance committee member. Also dear to his heart was the prison ministry. The Gideons and Full Gospel Business Men International were also important to him. Lokie enjoyed sharing his Faith and telling others about Jesus. Lokie was quietly generous to many people. The annual Watermelon Festival brought joy to Lokie and Betty as they enjoyed decorating their motorcycle and riding in the parade. There were also many years of camping.

As his health declined, he moved to the Blue Ridge to be near his daughter, Pat and his son-in-law, Bill.

Lokie is predeceased by 4 siblings and wife of 68 years, Betty Jean.

He is survived by daughter Pat Thornton and her husband Bill from West Jefferson NC.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 2:00 pm at the Meherrin Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, NC, with Rev. John Porter officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Meherrin Baptist Church cemetery.

Pat wishes to thank the amazing staff at The Foley Center in Blowing Rock NC as well as Liberty Hospice for their excellent care and support.

Donations may be made to Meherrin Baptist Church, 519 Meherrin Lane, Murfreesboro, NC 27855 or online by clicking here or St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place • Memphis, TN 38105 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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Lynette Marlowe Crews
25 days ago

Pat,
As you begin the journey of firsts without your Dad, know that prayers are being lifted up. It sounds like he left quite a legacy. I pray that you find solace in the knowledge of how he loved you and comfort in the memories of how you honored and cared for him.

JANIE & JAMES FERGUSON
25 days ago

Pat, so sorry to hear of Uncle Lokie’s passing. The last of the Francis siblings and he lived a long and joyful life. Hope it was a peaceful passing and he is now reunited with Aunt Betty Jean. Am planning on being at the funeral. Hope to see you there.

Gloria Vinson Lassiter
28 days ago

Prayers for Mr Lokie’s family. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. He was such a good friend and kind to everyone. We’ve missed seeing him in Murfreesboro.

Mary Booker Daniel
28 days ago

Pat I know your love and care for your Dad was beyond compare. You were a faithful daughter to the very end. I know Betty was happy to see him. May God send comfort to you and Bill. Sending my love and care.

Tom Vann
28 days ago

I remember Mr. Francis well as a fine Christian man. He was a Sunday School teacher to me in my youth at Meherrin Baptist Church. May God comfort his family.

Richard T. Vann Jr. “Tommy”

Melissa Presnell, RN
29 days ago

I feel privileged to have been able to help with the care of Lokie at The Foley Center. He will be missed greatly. Pat, you are welcome to visit us anytime. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to the service, I have to work. Love and prayers for you all.

KATHERINE FUTRELL SKINNER
29 days ago

Pat & Bill so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart felt love goes out to you as well as my prayers. praying God will hold you in His arms giving you peace & comfort & strength through it all. God’s Blessing always. Katherine Futrell Skinner