September 11, 2023

Curtis W. Franks, age 79, of Coeburn, Virginia, entered into his eternal rest on September 7, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren, lovingly by his side.

He was a lifelong resident of Sandy Ridge; happily living on the family homeplace. Playing music was Curtis’ life. He played many instruments, the mandolin especially. Picking and singing on front porches, at local churches, and other SWVA venues. He loved the Lord first and foremost with all his heart. He was always happy to help family, friends, and neighbors with anything he could. He never said “no”. He was a graduate of Coeburn High School in 1963, retired from Pittston Coal Company in 1995, and worked several years for Franks Construction Company.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Thomas Doyle and Rosa Carico Franks; three Brothers: Gifford, Troy, and Bernard Franks; three Sisters: Dorothy Franks Spears, Florence Franks Stout Tickles, and Mary Margaret Franks Collins; and one Granddaughter: Anna Elizabeth Franks.

He is survived by his wife for over 61 years: Ella May Foster Franks; two sons: Burton and wife Lisa of Troutville, VA, Salola Curtis “Sogie” and wife Amber Franks of Coeburn, VA; and two daughters: Pamela (Rickey) Stallard of Saint Paul, VA, and Amy (Jeffrey) Mullins of Wytheville, VA. Also, survived by 10 Grandchildren: Nathan and Coleman Stallard; Josh and Luke Franks; Tia (Cody) Hinkley; Emily Mullins, Rebecca (Kyle) Counts; and Martin (Kelsey) Franks, Issac Meade, and Lindsey (Brandon) Williams. And 9 Great Grandchildren: Lillianna, Abigail, Maddison, Maverick, and Jentsen Stallard; Colton, Anderson, and Lola Beth Franks; and Asher Franks.

Funeral services were conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2023, in the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home chapel. Graveside committal services were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2023, at Greenwood Cemetery in Coeburn, VA.

When asked to describe their dad, the children answered, “Best friend, Godly, Steady, and Hero.”

Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home of Norton is serving the Franks family.