September 28, 2023

William E. “Bill” Franks passed early Thursday morning, September 28, 2023, at Norton Community Hospital with his loving family by his side. Bill was a loving father and grandfather. He loved to hunt, fish and train bird dogs. He was a retired coal miner and a certified welder having worked in many fields, even developing a canopy for heavy equipment. Bill was an avid reader, very generous, had a big heart and was a quick wit. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Short Franks and his parents, Wiley Robert Franks and Elsie Pauline “Podge” Franks.

He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Fultz and her husband Robert of Norton, VA; grandchildren, Ashley Addison and her husband Scott of Norton, Va., Dr. Andrew Fultz and his wife Jessica of Christiansburg, VA, and Alyssa Vipperman and her husband Jonathon of Norton, VA; great grandchildren, Carter, Lucas, Hendrix, Nolan and Everly; two sisters, Bureera Hampton of Indiana and Joan Hall of Big Stone Gap, VA; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bobby and Mary Ann Cassell of Norton, VA; good friends, Linda Clark and Diane Wagner.

The family will receive friends from11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2023, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton, VA. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Scott Addison officiating. Burial will follow in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

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