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Walter C. Francis

September 29, 1935 - December 19, 2018

MURFREESBORO, NC – Walter C. Francis, age 83, passed away on December 19, 2018 at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mr. Francis was born in Northampton County, NC, on September 29, 1935, a son of the late John Eldridge and Vidie Spence Francis.  Walter was a welder by trade and worked for over 40 years with Union Camp.  He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and gardener.  Most of all, he loved his family and being with them.

Besides his parents, Walter was preceded in death by a son, Clark Francis, a sister, Nellie Shackleford, and a brother, John E. Francis, Jr.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 63 years, Marie Galloway Francis, two sons, W. Keith Francis and wife, Elizabeth of Sedley, VA, Brian Francis and wife, Janet of Murfreesboro, NC; three grandsons, Walt Francis, Brandon Francis and wife, Lauren, and Justin Francis and wife, Kelly; a granddaughter, Sarah Francis; three brothers, Carter Francis of GA, Larry Francis and wife, Jan of Murfreesboro, NC, and  Steve Francis and wife, Diana of CA; and a sister-in-law, Peggy Francis of Pendleton, NC.

The family will receive friends on Friday, December 21, 2018, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro, NC, and other times at the home of Brian and Janet Francis.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at 11:00 am, at the Meherrin Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, NC, with Rev. John Porter officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to Meherrin Baptist Church, 519 Meherrin Lane, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855 or online by clicking here; or to Unexpected Grace Ministries, PO Box 458, Courtland, VA, 23827 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Francis family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, December 21, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel

314 Main Street West
Murfreesboro, NC 27855

The family will receive friends at the home of Brian and Janet Francis other times.

Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018

Time: 11:00 am


Meherrin Baptist Church

519 Meherrin Lane
Murfreesboro, North Carolina 27855

Rev. John Porter will be officiating the service.

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018


Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery

519 Meherrin Lane
Murfreesboro, NC 27855

Burial will follow the church service.

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