Charles G. "Charley"
WEBSTER PARISH, LA - Funeral services for Charles G. "Charley" Francis will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church Minden. Rev. Gevan Spinney and Rev. Bill Crider officiating. Interment will follow at Woodard Cemetery in Taylor under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
Charley was born September 6, 1935 in Gibsland to Robert and Esther Francis and passed away peacefully with his family at his side in Minden Medical Center Saturday November 12, 2011 after a brief illness.
His daughter Debbie Shelley, parents Robert and Esther Francis, sisters Bobby Streeter and Eleanor Green, in-laws Herman and Bessie Hines and Chuck Hines preceded him in death.
Charley is survived by his wife Betty, sons Danny and wife Schelley and his daughter Shelby, Dean and wife Jenifer and sons Turner and Trace, grandson Josh Davis, great-grandchildren Hannah and Skylar, and son-in-law Randy Shelley, and his precious little friend Barney.
Charley and Betty made their home in Haughton the last 16 years and are members of First Baptist Church Haughton.
Charley graduated from Gibsland High School. After graduation he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and played 3 years on their farm teams. After an arm injury he returned home and was employed by South Central Bell and later was employed by several contractors at LAAP for 49 years as a communication specialist.
Charley loved all sports but baseball was his favorite. He was especially happy when he was able to be a part of the Minden Crimson Tide coaching staff. He was a referee for the LHSAA for many years and met so many friends whom he never forgot. He also played American Legion baseball in Minden. His highlight game was pitching 2 straight games that went 19 innings. He played for the Minden Red Birds and always helped coaching the little league.
Charley loved the Gibsland Graduate Group reunion every month at the Grill in Gibsland. He loved being with friends he grew up with. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge # 51 in Minden.
We especially appreciate all the prayers, visits, phone calls, and the caregivers at Town & Country Rehab and Minden Medical Center during his illness. His favorite charities were St. Jude and disabled veterans. Honoring Charley as pallbearers will be Randy Shelley, Ronny Davis, Royce Green, Rodney Guin, Ken Marks, Kevin Marks, J.R. Boyett, and Brad Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wess Machen, Bill Rembert, Ricky Miller, Bobby Joe Parker, Frank R. Ivy, and "his kids"- the Crimson Tide baseball team and coach Ben Bower.