Barbara Jeane Franz
Tharp Funeral Home
220 Breezewood Drive
Lynchburg, VA
Barbara Jeane Franz
Barbara Jeane Franz passed away on Friday, July 9, 2021.
Born in Pekin, IL on Monday, November 3, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Earl Clark & the late June Kracht Clark. The wife of the late Raymond Lynn Franz, Barbara is survived by her sons, Daniel "Danny" Franz, of Lynchburg, and Raymond Matthew "Matt" Franz, of Charlottesville, sisters, Carolyn Kroll, of Eureka, IL, and Marilyn Collins, of Peoria, IL, brothers, Steve Clark, Big Sandy, TN, and William Clark, Pekin, IL, and several nieces and nephews. Nieces, Kim Collins and Jennifer Milburn, nephew Adam Clark all of IL.
Over the last 30 years, Barbara was dedicated to the special needs community. She spent much of her life organizing & running diverse programs in order to keep the community engaged & active. Her latest project was Puppets Alamode. Prior to that, she spent many years in charge of the Challenged Sports Exchange & was involved in many other aspects within the special needs community.
Condolences can be sent to 3539 Round Hill Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24503. A celebration of Barbara's life will be conducted at 2pm Saturday on July 24th, 2021, at the ARC of Central Virginia.
Memorial contributions can be made in her name and sent to the ARC of Central VA, 1508 Bedford Avenue, Lynchburg, VA, 24504.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit
Published by Pekin Daily Times from Jul. 18 to Jul. 20, 2021.
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So sorry for the loss of your mom Matt and Danny. I have many good memories of her from the past. Your mom was a wonderful awesome person. I'm sure she will be missed by many people. Sending hugs and lots of love to you both
Debbie Sueltz
July 29, 2021
Matt and Danny, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I always enjoyed working with her at the studio and the friendship we formed. Sending hugs to you both.
Pat Petry
July 20, 2021
Sending prayers to your family for peace. Barb truly made a difference in our community and she will be missed!
Maggie Mace
July 19, 2021
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