Roy Francis "Mac" McEachern was a well liked and respected member of the Jacksonville Community for decades. Roy Francis called Jacksonville home after serving 20 years in the United States Marines Corps. He retired from the USMC after 20 years of devoted service to our country. His time with the Marine Corps was by any measure extraordinary. His time with the Marines was punctuated by his service in Vietnam during several tours. Before his onsite duty in Vietnam he was a member of the elite Marine Corps HMX1 Marine Corps Helicopter one flight crew. He served with distinction at the White House and from Quantico, Virginia, for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. He retired from the Marine Corps with an Honorable Discharge and the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
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Roy Francis was born on January 19, 1937, in Boston, Massachusetts, and passed away on June 21, 2014, in Onslow County. He is survived by his beloved children, Joanne Brault of Gardner, Massachusetts, Michael Franklin of Springfield, Missouri, and Dr. Diane McEachern of Bethel, Alaska; also granddaughter, Catherine Graham of Missouri.
In the later years of his retirement Roy Francis traveled to Alaska, Boston, Canada and San Diego, spending time with his children and these were the best of times for all. We will all miss him dearly.
Graveside services with full military honors by the United States Marine Corps will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 30 at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville.
Condolences may be sent to the family at jonesfh.org.
Published in Jacksonville Daily News from June 27 to June 28, 2014