Franks, Dorothy Edith Riley (LaFayette)

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Dorothy Franks
Dorothy Franks

Dorothy Edith Riley Franks, 87, of LaFayette, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

She was a member of Chattooga Baptist Church and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Laureate Alpha Epsilon Chapter in LaFayette. Dorothy was an American World War II POW survivor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Franks; grandson, Charlie Huggins; four sisters; and three brothers.

She is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Johnny) Bass of LaFayette and Helen Franks of Jacksonville Beach, Fl.; sons, Chuck (Linda) Franks, Robert (Michelle) Franks, and Tommy (Tami) Franks all of LaFayette, and David (Laura) Franks of Midway, Ga.; grandchildren, Brad Huggins, Jon Franks, Joe Franks, Jessica Franks, and Lauren Franks all of LaFayette, Amber McCormick of Sylvania, Ga., Heather Jones of Dacula, Ga., Jennifer Franks of Atlanta, Matt Franks of Wooster, Oh., Nick Franks of Dunwoody, Ga., Josh Ernest of Chattanooga, Carson Franks of Huntsville, Al., and Airman Alex Franks of Dalzell, SC; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks goes to the staff of PruittHealth-LaFayette for their wonderful care and support.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ken Roach officiating.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday from 5–7 p.m. and Sunday from noon until hour of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Ga. 30646.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

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