William John Francis
93, of Minerva, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Minerva Eldercare. Bill was born in New Castle, Pa. on Dec. 5, 1919, a son of the late Charlotte (Williams) and William B. Francis. He was the owner of Francis Good Food and Coffee in Minerva for 37 years and a member of The First Presbyterian Church. He was active in the Rotary Club of Minerva with 65 years of perfect attendance. He was a Past President, Paul Harris Fellow, and chaired the Special Children's Party for many years.
Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary (Kemp) Francis; three daughters, Charee Francis-Vogelsang, of North Canton, Cathy (Luther) Stack, of Minerva, Cindy (Brian) Persing, of Lantana, Texas; grandchildren, Bill Earley of North Canton, Todd (Tonia) Earley of Minerva; great-grandchildren, Carsen and Jaxon Earley, Tracy (Donnie) Polen of Minerva, Angel (Mike) Kerr of Minerva, Michael (Carrie) Stack of Carrollton; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Charles (Molly) Francis, of Silver Spring, Md.
Funeral services will be held at the Bartley Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 with Rev. Ben George officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday, one hour before services. Following cremation, burial will be in Heritage Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary Club of Minerva Special Children's Party, PO Box 147, Minerva, OH 44757 or The First Presbyterian Church, 204 Edgewood Dr., Minerva, OH 44657. Friends may express condolences at our website: www.bartleyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Repository on Jan. 8, 2013