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Thomas Macoy Francis
Augusta, GA—Thomas Maccoy Francis, 76, husband of Martha Braddock Francis, entered into rest Saturday, December 7, 2019, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 11:00 AM from Burns Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend John Donaldson officiating.
Mr. Francis, son of the late Thomas Elmer Francis and Charlotte Macoy Francis, was born in 1943, in St Louis, MO, moving to Radnor, PA, in Junior High School. He attended his father's alma mater, The Webb School, in Bell Buckle, TN for high school, and graduated with his BA in Philosophy, in 1966 from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, where he excelled at sports, namely football and track and field. He received a letter of interest from the Dallas Cowboys and still holds the Track and Field record for Hammer Throwing at Wesleyan. During his summer breaks he enjoyed working at Valley Dude Ranch in Cody, Wyoming.
He received his Masters in Forestry Business Management from Duke University in 1968 and began work with Kimberly Clark's Forestry Division in Alabama. After a transfer in 1975, Augusta became his home. He had a love for building and restoring furniture, and made it his life's work upon the opening of Thomas Fine Furniture Repair and Restoration.
He was a member of Burns Memorial United Methodist Church and the Alleluia Community. He had a servant's heart, volunteering his time to mentor boys at the Youth Detention Center, and was truly the hands and feet of Jesus to many. He was instrumental in starting the first integrated church, University Baptist, in Montevallo, AL. His old gold truck was known as "The Bread Truck" serving the South Augusta community. He will always be remembered for his caring heart, his willingness to serve, his gentle, kind spirit, and his fun sense of humor, that he kept until the end of his life.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Winton Francis Swanson (Brett), and Marcy Newbold Clyburn; his grandchildren, Rachel Randall Vanwinkle (Mitchell), Thomas Randall, Rebecca Swanson, and Huston Swanson; and his great grandchildren, Aliyah Vanwinkle, Addison Vanwinkle, and Grayson Randall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Rd, Augusta, GA 30906.
The family will have a Celebration of Life service on Wednesday, December 11, at 7:00 PM from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors.
Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, GA, 30906.
www.chanceandhydrick.com
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The Augusta Chronicle - 12/10/2019



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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2019.
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Memorial service
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December 13, 2019
Tom had the sweetest spirit. He was a gentle and fun loving man. Martha your love for Tom and his love for you were a wonderful witness and very precious to me! I will miss him.
Vanessa Milligan
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December 12, 2019
Mom and I are praying for peace and comfort! He was a godly man and will be missed!
Grace ` Merchant Riley
December 12, 2019
He will be missed, Martha. Even though it's been several years ago, I will always remember and cherish the precious times we shared. You and your family are in my prayers.
Sending much love to you and yours,
Patty Bennett
December 11, 2019
Kenny and I extend our deepest sympathy
to you and your family at this difficult
time.
You and Tom were very special to us and
should God's Love to All you met.
God Bless you
Love in Christ
Kenneth and Derrelle Lack
Kenneth&Derrelle Lack
December 11, 2019
Kenny and I extend our deepest sympathy
to you and your family at this difficult
time. You and Tom were very special to
us and showed GOD's Love to all you met.

God Bless You
Love in Christ
Kenneth and Derrelle Lack
December 11, 2019
Tom was a gift to the human race. He lived his faith everyday in everything he did. We were fortunate to know him and to benefit from his many gifts as well as his gentle grace.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you who grieve his loss. I hope you can focus on the legacy of love he left. I will during this Christmas season.
Shell Knox
Shell Knox
December 11, 2019
Hi I am Danilo from Italy, we came there with Ruggero and Christian from Via Pacis community. I remember our breakfasts together and the prayers with you all. May the Lord give Tom the deserved peace and comfort to you. A big hug.
Danilo
Danilo Bonometti
December 9, 2019
Ms. Martha, I am sorry to learn of Mr. Francis passing although I knew his health was starting to decline over the last several years when you moved away into a nearby neighborhood. I know that he was a kind and gentle man of God. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Barbara Ellis
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