Winston Virgil “Roadrunner” Franks, 73, a resident of Etowah and formerly of Benton and Cleveland, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home.
He loved watching football, especially University of Tennessee, and loved watching Fox News.
He was a member of Cloverleaf Baptist Church in Cleveland and was a proud U.S. Marine Corp veteran. A medal of good conduct was presented to him while in the Marine Corp. He was formerly employed at Magic Chef and Bendix Corp. in Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Edgar Louis and Edith Williams Franks; two infant sisters: Barbara Ann and Faye Irene Franks; one infant brother, Dwight Franks; maternal grandparents, Sam and Nettie Williams; paternal grandparents, the Rev. Joe and Ida Franks.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wanda Wright Franks; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Rose Franks, of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Nathan Honey of Reliance; grandsons: Joshua Trentham, Jacob Trentham, Mark Smith, Michael Smith, Caleb Honey, and Jonathan Honey; granddaughters: Tabitha Pike and Gynalyn Comiso; great-grandchildren: Allyssa and Chase Pike, and Kaitlyn and Emily Leverenz; five sisters and three brothers-in-law: Shirley Price of Cleveland, Sylvia and J.M. Brown of Cleveland, Angie and Charles Murphy of Delano, Wawanna Derrick of Cleveland, Sharon and Russell Russ of Ocoee; three brothers and one sister-in-law: Eddie and Mary Lou Franks of Benton, Joe Franks and Johnny Franks, both of Cleveland; aunts, Patsy Colley of McDonough, Ga. and Lois Messamore of Manchester; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Benton Station Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Herron officiating.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Trentham, Jacob Trentham, Maynard Call, Mark Smith, Michael Smith, Jason Brown, Caleb Honey, and Jonathan Honey. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
We invite you to visit the Franks family guestbook and send a message of comfort to www.serenityfunerals.com
Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.