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John M. Francis

imageJohn Milton “Big Daddy” Francis, 85, of Deltaville, formerly of Mechanicsville, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Marian R. Francis; his daughter, Brenda F. Bailey and her husband Eugene; three grandchildren, Francis, Justin and Allison Bailey; six sisters, Ruth Carter, Bessie Best, Irma Heath, Jeannette Carlin, Marie Fowler and Rosa Lee Grant; one brother, Robert Francis; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raleigh and Annie Francis; brothers, Gilbert and James Francis; and sisters, Bertha Johnson and Louise Bryant.

Mr. Francis was co-owner with John Bragg of Bragg & Francis Tile and Marble Inc. He loved his craft, working over 40 years. It can be found in buildings all across the state and remains a part of his legacy.

He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church, the West Richmond Businessmen’s Association, the Home Builder’s Association of Richmond, and Woodmen of the World.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Zoar Baptist Church, Deltaville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department or Zoar Baptist Church. 

posted 10.28.2009

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