Posted: Mon 11:57 AM, Jan 13, 2014
Funeral Home: Hadley Funeral Home
Regis Eugene Francis 78, also known as "Gabby" or "12 Gauge" to his friends, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Marietta Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
"Gabby" was born Saturday, November 23, 1935 in Constitution, OH to the late Lewis and Lenora Hall Francis.
He worked as a mechanic for Big 4 Auto Sales and tended oil wells for Dr. Anderson, worked concessions for WVWA Wrestling and worked as well for Halls Stone Quarry in Constitution, OH. "12 Gauge" was an avid Jimmy Johnson fan and wrestling fanatic.
He is survived by his wife, Rosetta Thrasher Francis whom he married on August 13, 1966 in Marietta, OH; daughters Sylvia Cozart (Stevan Lauderman), Becky Francis (Kelly King), Ellen Patterson (Roger); grandchildren, Jennifer Moore, Sandra Bohlen (Will), Timothy Patterson (Kayla), Ryan Mugrage (Alisha), Stacy Patterson, Lisa Patterson, William Patterson; great grandchildren, Anastasia and William Moore; siblings, Virgil, Iva Jo and Alice, and lifelong friend Gary Stevens.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings, Lenora, Grace, Mabel, Lewis, Robert and Clifford.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta, OH 45750 with Danny LeMaster officiating. Burial to follow in Gravel Bank Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 PM Saturday, January 11th at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com.