A Gentleman and A Gentle Man
WAYNESVILLE — Josiah Wilson “Joe” Francis, 88, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at his residence.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Robert Cleveland “Bob” and Inez Ratcliffe Francis. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Francis, a brother, Edward Eugene “Gene” Francis and a nephew, Richard Francis. He was a U.S. World War II Navy veteran, having served on the USS Flagship. Joe was a 1942 graduate of Waynesville Township High School, and attended Mars Hill and North Carolina State University. He made his career teaching Vocational Agriculture at West Henderson High school in Henderson County. Joe was an active and dedicated member of Calvary Road Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 54 ...