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Luther Francis


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Luther Francis Obituary
FRANCIS, Luther Age 94 of Columbus, IN passed away Wednesday October 25, 2017. He was born February 4, 1923 in Breathitt County, KY to the late Monroe and Linda (Stidham) Francis. Along with his parent he is preceded in death by his brothers Virgil, Earl, and Arthur Francis, his sister Nan (Francis) Gagens Hazelwood, his wife Gladys (Combs) Francis, their daughter Norma Jean Francis, their son Douglas Francis, daughter in law Barbara (Salyers) Francis, grandson Douglas Todd Francis, great-grandson James Robert Edmonson, his second wife Verna (Sherrets) Francis and Novake Banks. He is survived by his daughters Linda (Charles) Saunders of Germantown, OH, Virginia Francis of West Carrollton, OH, and Nedia (Henry) Bozeman of Fort Payne, AL. Granddaughters Jessica Francis of Old Hickory, TN, Jennifer (Lou) Imundo of West Carrolton, OH, Natalie Saunders of Miamisburg, OH, grandsons James Edmonson of Fort Payne, AL, and Travis (Elizabeth) Saunders of Longview, WA, 6 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Luther was a WWII Army Veteran from 1939 to 1945 and was in the 13th Calvary Machine Gun Company out of Ft. Knox, KY. He was engaged in four battle invasions in North Africa as well as Angio Beach Head, Italy. One of his best memories was serving under General Patton in the First Armor Division as a tank driver. He was able to tour the Patton Museum in Fort Knox, KY at the age of 88 which he thoroughly enjoyed. After the service, Gladys and he raised their family in Hazard, KY. He worked as a construction worker and a coal miner. Around 1965 he moved his family to Miamisburg, OH and took a job at McCalls Magazine in Dayton OH as a maintenance oiler. Later in life he moved to Naples, FL and from there to Columbus, IN. He enjoyed playing the banjo on the weekends and at different blue grass functions. The nursing home residents at his final home enjoyed his music as well. He was known as "Banjo Man" there and he was blessed with a good life, loved our Lord Jesus Christ and studied his bible often. A private memorial service will be held for the family. Arpp & Root Funeral Home, Germantown OH.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Nov. 5, 2017
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