Clifford Franey

Clifford Franey James Clifford Franey left this life with a sense of peace and calm on November 16, 2012, at the age of 84. Clifford was born in Whitesville, Kentucky on March 1, 1928 to Alice and Walter Franey. He grew up during the Great Depression years of the 1930's. As a young man, he worked in the tobacco patches and wheat fields. He was educated at St. Mary's of the Woods Elementary and High School and graduated in 1946. He followed a popular saying in those years, "go west young man go west". He did just that by going to Visalia, California and found a job at Bob Meyers Clothing Store in Tulare. In 1953, he and his cousin, Allen Brazil, opened up California Apparel in Lindsay, California. It was a successful, local clothing business for many years. In 1950, he married Ruby Zatlukal and had three children: Roger, Linda and Lori. Clifford was extremely social, loved life and was genuinely loved by all. Clifford had many admirable attributes. He served his country through the National Guard as Sergeant James Franey. He was known as an honest man you could trust and count on with love and with respect. Clifford was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Lincicum. He is survived by his brother Roger and Elinor Franey; sister Dorothy Barnard; son Roger Franey and daughter Ashley; daughter Lori and Jim McLeod, Kelsey and her husband Nate, and Grace; son-in-law Ken Lincicum, grandsons, Jason and Melissa Lincicum, Mia, Maddox; Ken and Christina Lincicum, Macie, Kaitlin and Dylan. The Rosary will be held at Sterling & Smith Funeral Home in Tulare on Tuesday evening, November 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM (Viewing beginning at 5:00 PM). His Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Visalia, CA.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Nov. 24, 2012