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Robert Lee France


Mr. Robert Lee France, 85, Johnson City, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Lakebridge Healthcare Center.
Mr. France was a native of Johnson City, Tennessee. He was a son of the late William Burton and Delzie Vance France. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elfriede Baetz France and four sister and three brothers.
Robert served his county in Germany for eight years during World War II. He retired after a long career with the Ford Motor Company in Michigan and returned to his native Tennessee for thirty more years.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Annemarie France-Smith and Steven A. Smith of Johnson City; granddaughter and husband Courtney Leeanne and Chad Berry of Johnson City; brother Marion France and wife Grace of Lapeer Michigan; sisters-in-law Joyce France of Johnson City and Margaret France of Romulus, Michigan; special niece Shanon Bailey and husband Mike of Michigan; several other nieces and nephews; and special friends Anita and Siegfried Buschell of Germany.
Per Robert’s request, a private committal service was held Roselawn Memory Gardens.

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Jean Shell
to the France Family: I am so sorry for your Loss. Robert was a true friend. I enjoyed talking to him and would wait for his calls. he was so pleasant to talk to and could make you laugh. The Johnson City UAW Retirees has lost a true friend and Member. Our Love and Prayers are with you all. Jean Shell
David Montgomery
As a pastor in Robert's community; I enjoyed the fellowship and support that Robert gave us at the church. I also enjoyed our visits with him at the nursing home. He thoroughly enjoyed the church services that we had on the 4th Sunday of each month at Lakebridge; and our radio broadcast each Sunday morning at 8 am on WETB. I will sure miss Robert He was my brother in Christ and a personal friend. I along with Cherokee Community Church on Bill Bennett Rd will remember all of the family in prayer.