Mr. Norman Francis (Poppy), age 96, Jonesborough, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021 at his residence.
Mr. Francis was born in Washington County and the son of the late Charles Elden & Louise Oliver Francis. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, of 53 years, Lois Larson Francis and second wife, Virginia Smith Francis, son, Michael Francis, one brother, one sister, and a son-in-law, Keith Spiker. He was a Christian.
Mr. Francis was a United States Army Air Corp WWII Veteran. He was the Town Recorder for Jonesborough. He was a former Alderman for the Town of Jonesborough. He volunteered for the fire department for 36 years and retired as chief in 1989. He was a member of Jonesborough Civitan Club. He was an avid bowler that participated in the Senior Olympics in bowling, billiards, and horseshoes. He also enjoyed woodworking and mowing.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia “Pat” Ball, Teresa “Terrie’ Spiker, and Laura Hamilton (Mike); grandchildren, Mikki Henley (Earl), Nikki Krueger (Todd), Ed Ball (Amber), Christie Bass (Jon), Cindy Fowler (Nathan), Joe Spiker (Lindsay Barnett), Aimee Gillespie (Justin), Amanda Barlow (J.W.), and Rebecca Hilton (Jason); and eighteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Minister Ben Cole officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Wednesday prior to the service.
Interment services will be conducted 11:00 am Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Maple Lawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren.
Pat, I am so sorry to see that your Dad has passed away. He was a fine man and I know he will be missed. I just noticed this obit...had I known earlier I would have come to the funeral home. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Cathy and Ken Francis
Norman was a wonderful friend and overall beautiful soul! The world will miss him greatly! God bless him and his family. Our heartfelt condolences to all who loved him!
He was a wonderful man our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Janice and Michelle Mcinturff
Thank you sir for your service to our country. Prayers lifted for the entire family.
pat and rest of the family am sorry for your loss of your dad your dad came to Arby's to eat with your step mom your dad was a wonderfulman he always high respect for your dad. I am going miss him too thank u sharing your dad with the town of Jonesborough remember that he love all his friends and family wish that I could be with u guys I just got out of the hospital if u call me at 423 741 6236 love u very much and prayers God be all during this time and prayers love every day love everyone
I still have a Certificate of Occupancy signed by Mr Norman from back in '89, when I was first opening the Pharmacy. He and I were already acquaintances and were soon good friends who would always take a moment to make each other smile and laugh. I enjoyed his friendship, he will be missed.
Norman was a great man. There was never a question about how much he loved his family and how much they loved him.
I had the pleasure to take care of him at the VA for the past three years. I got to know him, his precious daughter Pat and have worked with his granddaughter for four year. A very precious family that I love with all my heart. It was my pleasure to take care of him. My prayers go to the family in this time. Love you