July 30, 1943-July 25, 2012
ODESSA Our brave soldier has fallen… Alvin Dwayne Franks was called home on July 25, 2012, surrounded by his loved ones in the comfort of Hospice House, Odessa, Texas after a short but valiant battle with cancer.
Alvin was born to Hal and Claudine Franks in Comanche, Texas on July 30, 1943.
He lived in Del Rio, Texas until the age of 17 when he joined the Unites States Army. He spent more than 20 years of his life defending our country, including two tours in Vietnam. During his military career he received a Bronze Star, four Purple Hearts, an Army Commendation Medal and numerous other campaign ribbons and commendations for his heroic actions. He retired in 1982 with the rank of Sergeant First Class, E7 and was with the 4th Armored Tank Calvary stationed at Ft. Hood, Killeen, Texas. After his retirement, Alvin moved his family to Midland, Texas where he entered his second career in the Petroleum Industry. He worked in the Drilling Fluids or "Mud" business for 20 years where he made many friends. After his second retirement he moved to Gardendale, Texas.
Alvin is survived by his two daughters; Melinda Franks Yarbrough and husband, Alex and Rhonda Franks Dietderich and husband, Kevin both of Gardendale, Texas; his step-daughter; Kristel Banister of Odessa, Texas; his sister Diane Franks Wineland and Husband, Bill of Bend, Oregon; his granddaughter Jacqulin Nicole Yarbrough-Civello; his grandsons Shane Billingsly and Anthony Banister; his niece Ragan S. Carr and husband, Kenneth; two great-nephews Sloan Sparger and Mason Carr. As well as many cousins. Alvin is also survived by his ex-wife Bessie Paula Franks of Midland, Texas.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rae Lynn Franks and 2 grandsons Roy Dwayne Yarbrough and Bobby Alexander Yarbrough.
Visitation for Alvin will be at Odessa Funeral Home, 1700 N. Jackson Ave, Odessa, TX. On Sunday July 29, 2012, 7-9 pm followed by a chapel service on Monday, July 30, 2012, at 2 pm. Burial with Full Military Honors will be on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Abilene, Texas at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 7457 West Lake Road, Abilene, Texas.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa TX or Veterans of Foreign Wars, chapter of your choice.
Services entrusted to Odessa Funeral Home.
Published in Odessa American on July 29, 2012