Mrs. Frances Duncan Wrenn, 89, of Rock Hill died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
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The family will receive friends at Greene's Funeral Home Northwest Chapel on Friday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Celebration of Life Service will be at St. John's United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, with her nephew, Rev. David Wilson Duncan, and Rev. Lee Ann Livingston assisting St. John's Senior Pastor Rev. Debra Quilling Smith and Assistant Pastor Rhett Haselden in officiating. Immediately following will be a graveside service at Grandview Cemetery.
After moving to the city of Decherd, Tenn., the Duncan family of Franklin County always called their old country home place "Up Home." How fittingly it also describes going to heaven. On Feb. 17, Frances Duncan Wrenn, age 89, went "Up Home." Having moved to S.C. in 1945, after marrying U.S. Army Captain Earle Wrenn of Chester, she soon settled into married life in Rock Hill.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, they were co-owners of Wrenn Brothers Plumbing Company Inc. on West Main Street in Rock Hill. Earle would later go to work for McDevitt and Street Construction Company of Charlotte. Frances would be a stay at home mother until going to work at Oakdale Elementary in 1967. Eventually, she joined Earle at McDevitt and Street as his Administrative Assistant, from where they both retired.
Frances was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church. She and Earle were married on May 5, 1945, at Decherd Methodist Church. They joined St. John's United Methodist Church in Rock Hill in 1947. She held numerous positions of leadership including The Administrative Board, The Board of Trustees, The Building Committee, United Methodist Women officer, Circle President, Retired Fellowship President, Barber Hardin Sunday School Class President and Annual Conference Delegate. Frances also served the United Methodist Church as a member of the District Building Committee. She received the Special Missions Recognition Pin from the United Methodist Women. One of the highlights of her Christian life was her involvement with The Walk to Emmaus. She attended Central Carolina's Emmaus Walk # 10 in 1986. She and Earle shared this experience of spiritual renewal, enriching their faith and marriage.
After moving to Rock Hill, Frances joined the Junior Woman's Club and assisted in opening the Junior Welfare League Thrift Store. She was also a member of the Rock Hill Women's Garden Club. After retirement, she was involved in the Shepherd's Center, the YMCA Silver Fox Club, St. John's Retired Fellowship and the Oakland Baptist Merry Makers. Always ready to experience something new, if asked to join a trip or an outing, she would ask, "When?" never asking, "Where?" It didn't matter.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Earle Wrenn, and their son, Steve Wrenn. She was the last surviving child of Stephen Rowe and Collie Ledford Duncan of Decherd, Tenn. Also preceding her in death were her parents; her sisters, Roegina Duncan Jacks of Memphis,Tenn., Virginia Duncan Robinson of Winchester, Tenn. and Helen Duncan Garner of Fayetteville, N.C.; and two brothers, Lucius Duncan of Decherd, Tenn. and Wilson Duncan of Rock Hill.
Frances is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean Wrenn Roach and Doyle Roach of Lancaster and her grandchildren and their spouses, Brittany Wrenn and Marc Schafer of Cornelius, N.C. and Dr. Jarrett Wrenn and Lizzy McNeill, parents of her great-grandson, Hart Wrenn, of San Francisco. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Frances Duncan, Ruth Wrenn of Rock Hill and Harriett Wrenn of Chester; daughter-in-law and "son-in-law," Cindy Wrenn Gabriel and Dr. Sammy Gabriel of Spartanburg; family members Aaron and Lorin Melton of Matthews, N.C.; Shontale Melton of Kershaw; and Brenda Hart of Lancaster as well as best friends Gail Kendall, formerly of Rock Hill; Frances Beagle of Alpharetta, Ga.; Lib Wallace, Ruby Whisonant and Pearl Gregory, all of Rock Hill, and all of her sisters in Christ at St. John's.
Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel is in charge. Her favorite color was purple, so if you are so inclined, please wear purple. Donations in memory of Frances may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 149, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneralhome.net.
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Rock Hill, SC 29732
Published in The News & Reporter on Feb. 22, 2014