Joseph Francis, Sr

Obituary of Joseph Marshall Francis, Sr

On Friday, October 11, Joseph Marshall Francis, Sr. took his last breath and entered into the courts of his Lord and Savior.   

Rose, his bride of 56 years, his sons, Joe and Sam, as well as his daughter-in-law, Amy rejoice in his homecoming. He is also survived by his three sisters, Una Thompson, Sadie Fowle and Kay Dunlap.

Joe was born and raised in Conway, NC. He received his education at Conway High School, Chowan College and attended North Carolina State studying mechanical engineering. He remained a loyal Wolfpack fan, but did adopt the Tennessee Volunteers after living in Chattanooga since 1970. He also loved the Atlanta Braves and rarely missed watching a game.

He worked as a sales engineer with Florida Steel in Raleigh, Atlanta, and moved to Chattanooga in 1970. After leaving Florida Steel, he continued to work as a sales engineer with FM Russell Co. and TFS Fabricators until his retirement in 2007.

He was the past member of the board at Chattanooga Christian School. One of his favorite projects during this time was installing the first swing set at Chattanooga Christian Elementary School when it was still at the Reformed Presbyterian Church on Lookout Mountain. He also served as a counselor at Contact of Chattanooga for many years. 

Joe's memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the chapel at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. 

Visitation is at 10 a.m. with the service following at 11 a.m.

Any contributions should be directed to The Mercy Fund at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian or Hospice of Chattanooga.

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Arrangements by Wann Funeral Home, 4000 Tennessee Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37409 (423) 821-7551

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