William John Francis

William John Francis, 93, of Minerva, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Minerva Eldercare.

Bill was born in New Castle, Pa., on Dec. 5, 1919, a son of the late Charlotte (Williams) and William B. Francis. He was the owner of Francis Good Food and Coffee in Minerva for 37 years and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

He was active in the Rotary Club of Minerva with 56 years of perfect attendance. He was a past president, Paul Harris Fellow, and chaired the Special Children's Party for many years.

Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary (Kemp) Francis; three daughters, Charee Francis-Vogelsang of North Canton, Cathy (Luther) Stack, of Minerva, and Cindy (Brian) Persing, of Lantana, Texas; grandchildren, Bill Earley of North Canton, and Todd (Tonia) Earley of Minerva; great-grandchildren, Carsen and Jaxon Earley, Tracy (Donnie) Polen of Minerva, Angel (Mike) Kerr of Minerva, and Michael (Carrie) Stack of Carrollton; 19 great-granchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Charles (Molly) Francis of Silver Spring, Md.

Funeral services will be held at the Bartley Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 with the Rev. Ben George officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday, one hour before services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary Club of Minerva Special Children's Party, P.O. Box 147, Minerva, OH, 44757 or the First Presbyterian Church, 204 Edgewood Drive, Minerva, OH, 44657. Friends may express condolences at the website, www.bartleyfuneralhome.com

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