Mr. Charles Ernest Francis, Jr., 77, formerly of Cannon County died Aug. 17, 2010. Mr. Francis was born Dec. 11, 1932 in Readyville. His parents were the late Charles Ernest Francis, Sr. and Elizabeth Tassey Francis.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene (Hardy) Francis of Starke, FL; daughter, Beth Francis Isabel of Valrico, FL; sons, John David Francis of Ft. Myers, FL; Donnie E. Francis of New York City; sister, Elizabeth Marshall of Nashville; brother, Jesse Francis of Knoxville and two granddaughters.
Mr. Francis grew up in Cannon County and graduated Central High School in the Class of 1950. He was very athletic and a star football player. His son John David inherited his athletic ability and was a kicker for the University of Florida. Mr. Francis joined the U. S. Navy after high school.
After serving his country, he graduated from MTSU with a BA and Masters Degree in Education. He moved to Starke, FL and worked in the Bradford County School System for 40 years as an educator and administrator. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the VFW, a charter member of the Civitan Club and Bradford County High School Athletic Club.
Memorial services were held in Starke, FL. Contact Smith Funeral Home for further details. (615)563-5337 www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net.