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Russell Francis, 90

MARCH 10, 1922-APRIL 12, 2012

April 12, 2012

Russell Francis, 90, of Hancock, died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born March 10, 1922, in Phelps, Ky., he was the son of the late Joseph Francis and Vesta Sanders Francis Faith.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Tonoloway Rod & Gun Club and Webster B. Harrison Post 26, American Legion, both of Hancock, Md., and the Loyal Order of the Moose, Berkeley Springs. W.Va.

He was always involved in family activities and coached softball in his earlier years.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and bingo player.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Mae Miller Francis, whom he married Sept. 25, 1951, at Hancock United Methodist Church; one daughter, Janice Nelson and husband, Herman, of Great Cacapon, W.Va.; three sons, Russell Francis Jr. and wife, Brenda, of Hancock, William Joseph Francis and fiancee, Tina Peck, of Needmore, Pa., Donald Lynn Francis and wife, Linda, of Warfordsburg, Pa.; brothers, Jeremiah Faith and Elzie Faith Jr.; sisters, Della Mills and Zelda Bullis; grandchildren, Jenna Diehl, Cally Stotler, Jerry Stotler, Timothy Farmer, Brooke Francis, John Francis and Riley Francis; great-grandchildren, William Diehl III, Tiffany Diehl, Anthony Farmer and Brandon Farmer; great-great-granddaughter, Lacy Diehl; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Elzie Faith; brothers, Vergil Francis, Norman Faith and Joseph Francis Jr.; and sisters, Gertrude Bishop and Beulah Kerns.

A service will be held Monday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at the Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt Jr. will officiate. Burial with a military service by the Tri-State Honor Guard will be in the Parkhead Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. For the convenience of family and friends, the funeral home will be open 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Online condolences will be accepted at www.grovefh.com     

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