Dennis Franks


Dennis Franks, 82, of Cleveland, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.  

He was born in Athens, to the Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Franks on Dec. 18, 1937. He grew up as a typical mischievous "preacher's kid."

Dennis never met a stranger and began playing a significant role in his family's ministry when his family formed the Franks Family Quartet with his three sisters. Dennis was gifted with a strong bass voice at a mere 5 years old. Little did he know that he would use this gift to bless others through the act of worship for many years to follow.

As an adult, he sang in the Cleveland Community Chorus, the Chordells Quartet, the Silvertones Quartet, North Cleveland Baptist Church Men’s Ensemble and the North Cleveland Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Colorado Springs, Colo. He had a servant's heart and loved his country.

He served as a deacon and was an active and faithful member of North Cleveland Baptist Church where his church was his family.

He retired from Arch Chemicals where he served for 35 years. Dennis was hard-working and loyal.

There were many things that Dennis loved, some of these included: God, his family, the game of golf, Vols football, Fireballs and singing in the choir.

If you have heard Dennis sing, you can hear his voice sing these words: "Beulah Land, I'm longing for you, and someday on thee I'll stand. There my home shall be eternal. In Beulah Land, Sweet Beulah Land."

Dennis was preceded in death by his father and mother, the Rev. Thomas and Eva Franks; and his sisters: Zetta Ownby Moore and Inez Franks.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dot "Grandot" Franks; his sister, Velma Smith; his children: Tonya Presswood, Dennis Franks Jr. (Syble), Sherri Littrell (Don) and Robert Presswood (Lucia); his grandchildren: Beth Presswood, and the Rev. Luke Littrell (Blair); as well as his one very special great-granddaughter whom he loved dearly, Madilyn Grace Littrell. We love you and miss you Gramps.

A Celebration of Life service is planned for Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at 7 p.m., at the North Cleveland Baptist Church, located at 2815 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, with Dr. Jay McCluskey officiating.

The family requests those attending please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
You are invited to share a personal memory of Dennis or your condolences with his family at his online memorial located at .  

Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Franks family with these arrangements. 


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