Frankie Jean Bryan Baxter was born December 1, 1934 in Shreveport, LA to Jeanette Jolley Bryan and Richard Franklin Bryan. She departed this earth to rejoin her Heavenly Father on July 3, 2020.
Frankie lived in Memphis, TN from 1936 – 1952. She was educated at Idlewild Elementary, and Fairview Junior High, where she was a member of Justeens and was a cheerleader. She graduated from Central High School in Memphis, TN. She was a member of Tau Delta Sigma, 21 Club and Clover. She studied at Draughon’s Business College for 3 years, and her first job after graduation from Draughon’s was at H.J.Heinz Company.
From 1952 – 1959, she lived in Marshall, TX and in 1953 she won the Miss Marshall Pageant, and was 6th Runner Up in the Miss Texas Pageant. In 1954 she met and married her husband , Gene Baxter. They celebrated 57 years of marriage, and had two daughters. She moved to Lonestar TX, where she became a dance instructor and opened her own studio.
From 1969 – 1996, she lived in Nashville, TN and the surrounding area, where she was a member and held past various offices of the Hermitage Chapter ABWA. She was a founding member and past president of the Natchez Trace Chapter ABWA.
From 1996 – 2000, she retired and lived outside of Erin, TN, close to the Tennessee River.
From 2001 – 2014, she lived in Marshall, TX until the death of her husband, then moved back to Nashville, TN, where she lived with her daughter, Lesli. Lesli cared for her mother for the last seven years of her life. Frankie loved being close to her grandkids and great grandkids, and enjoyed spending time with them and playing Yahtzee and cards. Frankie was a loving mom, grandmother, and great grandmother.
She loved helping others and loved Cypress Valley Bible Church. She was loved by many and will be missed by them all.
She is survived by her two daughters, Vicki Lynn Baxter Byers, and Lesli Ann Baxter McGill; eight grandchildren, Tyran Elizabeth Baxter-Thiele, Timothy Thiele of Lebanon, TN, Dana Lee McGill of Nashville, TN, Tammy Michelle Warren of Murfreesboro, TN. Corie Lynn Byers-Tyler, Brian Tyler of Cheseapeake, VA, Amy Jeanette Byer-Vines, Clayton Vines of Alabaster, AL, Geneva Katherine Byers of Hermitage, TN, Robert Gene Byers of Chattanooga, TN; nine great grandchildren, Tanner Baxter, Addison Thiele, Jordan Tyler, Benjamin Tyler, Bishop Perry, Hayden Desind, Lilley Vines, Corbyn Vines, and Faith Warren; brother, Don Bryan; sister, Susan Bryan; special step-mom, Elaine Bryan; cousins, Lee Jolley Teston, Lisa Jolley Agnew, numerous other cousins; three nieces, Tracy Mitchell, Kimberly Fidler, and Tonya Streeter; many friends “Far and Wide” from Tennessee to Texas to Florida and Mississippi.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Franklin Bryan; mother, Jeanette Jolley Bryan; husband of 57 years, Gene Baxter; grandson Jeffrey David McGill.
The Visitation for family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 7th at Downs Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 8th in the chapel of Downs Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Colonial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203 or Alive Hospice.org.Read More