Donald “Curly” Francis

Sep 21st, 1942 - Jul 26th, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Sun, Jul. 30th, 2017 1:00pm


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Sun, Jul. 30th, 2017 3:00pm

Donald “Curly” Francis

Goreville-Donald “Curly” Francis, 74 died at 4:00 AM on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Shawnee Christian Nursing Home.

Curly was born in Johnson County, a home delivery, to Almus and Vivian (Kelley) Francis. He is survived by his children; Chris and Tina Francis of Goreville, IL, Sammy Francis of Marion, IL and Eric and Chrissy Francis of Crestone, CO, seven grandchildren; Jordan, Chandler, Logan,  Megan, Riley, Roman, and Corinthia, Four great grandchildren; Bryson, Trevor, Claire and Luna.  Four brothers; Aubrey and Donna Francis, Pete and Fran Francis, Rick and Ruby Francis and Steve and Lorna Francis all of Goreville, IL, Three sisters; Gussie and Bob Marlow of Salem, IL, Dorothy Pfeffer and Jean and Tom Tripp both of Goreville, IL and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Sam Francis, two brothers-in-law, Bill Pfeffer and Delmar McNeil and one sister-in-law, Helen Francis.

Curly was well known in the Goreville Community for his story telling and practical jokes and will be missed.

Services will be at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville, IL, with Rev. Null officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to help with burial expenses.

9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Everett harris

    From: Rockport tx, Illinois

    Date: July 27, 2017

    Curly, you were a good brother-n-law and I always enjoyed your tales.

  • Guest: Lorna Francis

    From: Goreville , Illinois

    Date: July 27, 2017

    Your quick wit and long tales will be missed

  • Guest: Ellen phalin

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: July 28, 2017

    Curly I loved u like my own dad. Thank u for all the memories u left behind for me to cherish…I will sure miss our morning blueberry rolls and coffee…

  • Guest: Harold and Kathryn Ewing Family

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 28, 2017

    Our deepest sympathies. Curly was one of a kind!

  • Guest: Sue Hileman

    From: Goreville , Illinois

    Date: July 28, 2017

    Curly you were a very special kind hearted person and I am gonna miss you like crazy so fly high with the angels RIP Buddy

  • Guest: Dallas Leon Harris

    From: Helendale, California

    Date: July 29, 2017

    Curly, you were one of the funniest people I ever knew, your the first person to inform me of the “Mile or More Bird”.

    Rest in peace Curly

    Leon Harris

  • Guest: Doris (Harris) Haskell

    From: Valrico, Florida

    Date: July 29, 2017

    Thank you, Curly, for the wonderful years of happiness you gave to my sister. You were a blessing to her and a good brother-in-law to me. May God’s blessings be with your family at this time.

  • Guest: Lora Leach

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear of Curly’s passing. I remember visiting him and Ruby with my parents( David and Mary Leach) several times over the years and always loved hearing the stories he had to tell. He was sure a character!!! 🙂
    He is definitely be missed by the community, he was one of a kind! My thoughts and prayers are going out to the family.

  • Guest: Linda Harris Dietrich

    From: Granbury, Texas

    Date: July 31, 2017

    Thank you Curly for all the years of being there with Rose and Mariah so that they were not alone and for all the things you taught Mariah over the years. She loved all the animals and helping you get all your work done. Thank you for being there for Mae and I will never forget having to buy you a case of beer because I lost my bet to you on the weight of the turkey you brought over and gave to Mae. Rest in peace