William E. Franks, 78, of Macksburg. passed away at 3:20 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at OSU East in Columbus following a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.
He was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Lower Salem, a son of William Ray Franks and Edna Anna Stille Franks. He an owner operator truck driver, was a member of the Ohio National Guard, enjoyed spending time with family, restoring antique cars, going to flea markets and farming.
On Nov. 13, 1954, he married Mary Frances Lewis, who preceded him in death on June 30, 2004.
He is survived by one son and two daughters: Benjamin E. Franks of Macksburg, Barbara (Michael) Gilchrist of Coolville, Joanne Davis of Nashport, Ohio; five grandchildren: Matthew, Andrew and Sarah Boyd, Devon and Lindsey Davis; three great grandchildren: Mackenzie, Kaylea and Joel Boyd, his sister Nancy Green of Massachusetts and special friend Evelyn DeVaughn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with burial following in Salem Township Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Thursday from 2-4 p.m and 6-8 p.m. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.Lankfordfh-.com.