James Francis

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 22, 2019

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 23
rd , 2019 from 6:00 P.M-8:00 P.M at Labby Memorial Funeral Home in Leesville, LA.
James Thomas Francis, 83, was born April 3rd, 1936, in Millcreek, Missouri to Obey and Dorothy Mills Francis.
He passed from this life August 21,
2019. He moved to Louisiana when he was stationed at Fort Polk in 1957, where he met and married the Love of his life, Linda Lou Ellis in 1958. They were married 61 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Peggy Sue Francis,
brother William Francis, nephews Bobby and Joseph Francis, Clay Ellis, and Kevin Calhoun, grandnephew Colton Francis, niece Cindy Calhoun, sisters-in law Janice Jones, Faye Calhoun, Faye Ellis, and Sharon Francis, and brothers-in-law Billy Jones,
Ralph Calhoun, Truman Ellis, and Gayle Ellis, and his very special friends Max Antony and Hal Chapman.
He is survived by his partner in life, wife Linda, daughter Peggy Thompson, and the owners of his heart, granddaughter Casey Thompson
and great-granddaughter Riley Faye Thompson, brothers; Robert and Harry Francis, sisters-in-law Melba Newman, Sara Francis many loving nieces and nephews and special friends Marvin Jones and Leslie Bassett.
Jim was proud of his service in
the Army, and his Cherokee heritage. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and arrowhead hunting. He was a mechanic who loved that work, especially working on and rebuilding antique cars in his shop. His buddies would stop in and they could talk
all day, and generations of their sons would bring cars or bikes or motorcycles to get him to help fix them, and to learn how they were built. He worked as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic at Fort Polk until his retirement in 1995.
Words of
comfort may be expressed to the Francis Family at www.labbymemorial.com.