Noel Francis

Nov 19th, 1951 - Jun 5th, 2021


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2021 5pm-8pm


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Wed, Jun. 9th, 2021 1pm

Noel Francis

Noel Ray Francis, 69, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Noel was born on November 19, 1951 in Johnson County to Almus Rufus and Vivian Geraldine (Kelley) Francis.  He married Frances Bernice Stokes on March 21, 1970 at Busby Chapel in Goreville.

Noel worked as a correctional officer; retiring from the Marion Federal Penitentiary.

Survivors include:

Wife-Fran Francis of Goreville


Shane and Christie Francis of Goreville

Steve and Kristin Francis of Marion


Dakota and Courtney Francis of Goreville

Colten and Aimee Francis of Vienna

Dalton Francis of Marion

Veronica Francis and fiancé Taylor Carter of St. Louis

Isabella Francis and friend Hank Thro of Edwardsville

Tyler Barnfield of Goreville

Alicia Barnfield of Goreville

Great grandchildren:

Grayson Francis of Goreville

Gunner Francis of Goreville

Cole Francis of Goreville

Scarlett Francis of Vienna


Gussie and Bob Marlow of Salem

Dorothy Pfeffer of Goreville

Jeanine and Tommy Tripp of Goreville


Rick and Ruby Francis of Goreville

Steve and Lorna Francis of Goreville

Multiple nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Aubrey Francis, Donald Francis and Sam Francis; granddaughter, Stefanie Francis.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 1pm at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville with Rev. Kenny Blumenstock officiating.  Burial will follow at Busby Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 5pm-8pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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15 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Stacy Bunton

    From: , Illinois

    Date: June 7, 2021

    His deep love and commitment to his family was easy to see. Such a sweet man who has left an enduring legacy of honor, love and grace. Prayers for peace for all the family.
    Much love,
    Chris & Stacy Bunton

  • Guest: Steve & Trish Jackson

    From: Hawk Point, Missouri

    Date: June 7, 2021

    We extend our deepest sympathies to beloved family members.

  • Guest: Angela Morrison

    From: Independence, Missouri

    Date: June 7, 2021

    So sorry for your loss Steve, and Lorna.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you,
    And your family.

  • Guest: Goddard’s Auto Body

    From: Vienna , Illinois

    Date: June 7, 2021

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Michael Diercks

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 7, 2021

    Pete was a amazing person and I am so sorry to see him gone. I worked with many members of his family and it was a pleasure. Family you have my deepest condolences for your loss.

  • Guest: Everett harris

    From: Rockport, Texas

    Date: June 7, 2021

    Deepest sympathies. Pete and .I have been friends all my life. We will sincerely miss him.

  • Guest: Tim Bowns

    From: Pell City, Alabama

    Date: June 7, 2021

    Condolences and prayers of peace and spiritual healing to the entire Francis family. Pete was a great man and I know he will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Guest: Jon M Somers

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 7, 2021

    It was an honor to have known and worked with Pete. A solid man with great integrity. May Gods peace be upon the family. It truly was an honor sir!

  • Guest: Lynne Redden

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: June 7, 2021

    Fran, I am so sorry. You and your family will be in my prayers. God bless you all.

  • Guest: sean redinger

    From: Paducah, Kentucky

    Date: June 7, 2021

    theres no doubt that the lord gain a sweet soul….

    im glad he was a part of my daughter and grandaughters life

  • Guest: Doris Haskell

    From: Valrico, Florida

    Date: June 8, 2021

    Pete was a wonderful person. I know he will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless to all his family and friends.

  • Guest: Jerry Lindsey

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: June 8, 2021

    Gussie, Dorothy, Jeanine, Rick and Steve. We’re sorry for the loss of your brother and Fran, sorry for your loss of your husband. It’s hard to put into words the depth of your feelings of loss. May God bless you all.
    Jerry and Angie Lindsey

  • Guest: Delores Charles

    From: CREAL SPRINGS, Illinois

    Date: June 8, 2021

    Steve and Shane, I am sorry to hear about your dad. You, your mom Fran, and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Carol Hiller Loban

    From: Garden Valley, Idaho

    Date: June 9, 2021

    My deepest sympathy to Fran and Family. Great Memories from School years….May God wrap his arms around you during this very difficult time.

  • Guest: Jill Hyde

    From: Lafayette, Illinois

    Date: June 10, 2021

    Sincerest condolences Fran. You lost your right arm and we know it. You two sure had a special love. Take good care of yourself during this time of grief. Fondly, Jill and Tom