Ernest R. Franchell, III

ernest franchell, iii

October 5, 1950 ~ March 29, 2011

Born in: Buffalo, New York
Resided in: Stone Mountain, GA

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  1. I remember so many great times with Ernie and his family. always a smile on ” Big Ernies” face and always a pleasure to share a drink and jokes with.

    Years have passed by since MaryEllen and I last saw him but we remeber him well and smile as we think of him and his family.

    We wish his family well and hope they celebrate his life.

  2. Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with the Franchell Family. Ernie was one of a kind and will truly be missed.

  3. To the Franchell family:
    Please accept our sincere sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We have fond memories of Ernie from his visits to the Suess home, which will remind us of him whenever we see the beautiful work he did there.
    May God bless you and help you find peace with his decision to take Ernie home – something must need remodeling in Heaven and we’re sure he’s up to the challenge…
    Kevin, Dar, Alicia & Curtis

  4. I have so many wonderful and fun memories of Big Ern and the Franchells that I will treasure and hold dear always. Big Ern was definitely one of a kind and will be greatly missed!

    Love to all of you,

  5. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Fulfillment of Bible prophecy shows
    That we are living in ”the last days.” 2Timothy 3:1
    Very soon now, Jehovah God is going to intervene
    in humans affairs and wipe out Wickednessdeath.
    from the earth. We can be confidence in this
    Astounding hope. Just before resurrecting his
    friend Lazarus, Jesus told Martha.:
    “Everyone that is living and exercises faith
    in me will never die at all.”-John 11:26.

  6. havent seen Ern for several years but he was always in my thoughts as akind and generous and forgiving friend

  7. I can remember Big Ernie always making us kids laugh. I can rememer us living right next to you all. I have lots of childhood memories with you all. My prayers & thoughts are with you. May God surround you with his Angels durning this time of need.

    Kendra Reese

  8. All the memories come back. Man what a loss. My heart goes out the the whole family. He is now with John and mike and my brother Dale. RIP ERNIE

  9. I am so sad to hear of Ernie’s passing. He was a unique guy with the best sense of humor & a great big heart! I bet he is already up there making plans for the place! My sympathy to you & yours, Maureen.
    When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

  10. There are things deep down in side of all of us that make us who we are. They are memories and people. Pieces of me died w/ Mike and John and another piece is gone w/ Ernie. He lived his life to the fullest and inspired many of us to do the same. It wasn’t and isn’t the amount of time spent with him, it was the quality. We can all be thankful for that. Mike was like a brother to me and Ernie could be no less. I share your loss.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. I have very fond memories of Big Ern. May all of your memories be your strength . He lives on in all of our hearts.
    Love you all,
    Kim Watson Mello

  12. We Extend oud sincere condolence to the Franchell Family. Ernie now guards the most important gate of all as he joins his fellow Marines. “I will miss you brother Ernie” I will always cherish the memories.

    “Semper FI”
    Michael R. Palmer, USMC
    Susan Chmiel


  14. Maureen,
    We are very sad to hear of Ernie passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Our years of memories of Ernie will help all of us through this difficult time.

    Donna & Tom

  15. To the Franchell Family –
    We are all very sad to hear of Ernie passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our years of memories of Ernie will help us all through this time.

    Donna & Tom Fila

  16. Dearest Maureen, Uncle Bud, Aunt Marlyn, and family,

    Words can never begin to express my profoundest sorrow and with you, deepest loss at our beloved Ernie’s sudden death. It seems so unreal and the tears just keep flowing. I send my love and just want to say I care and also am at an overpowering sense of loss and sadness.
    I have the fondest memories of Ernie. I have a special photo album of our reunion a couple years ago on Face Book and will try and figure a way to send an album with those photos.
    My brother’s Bill, Bob Jim and sister Donna also send their love and share this deep and overwhelming feeling of shock, loss and pain. We loved Ernie so very, very much. We love you and your family so very much.
    Love, George Franchell and family

  17. Ernie will be remembered for the love he had for his family and friends as well for his sense of humor and fun loving spirit. My deepest sympathy to you Moe,family and friends.

    Dick Burley
    Stone Mtn. Ga.

  18. To All of the Franchell Family:
    My fondest memories of Ernie where during my high school years when I was dating his brother Michael. I will always remember how much Michael adored his older brother, Ernie could do no wrong!!! He was the coolest and most fun,everybody loved Ernie!! My heart aches at his passing for the Franchell family. I have wonderful memories of Ernie and Michael. The whole Franchell family holds a special place in my heart and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone. I am sure that Ernie, Michael, John and my brother Thomas are in heaven now smiling down on us. My love always to Maureen and the entire Franchell family at this difficult time. Fondest thoughts
    Kim Cauley McGinty.

  19. Deepest sympathy for the Franchell Family. You are in our prayers. If you need anything give me a call 716-834-4013. The Gemini Football team alumni will sorely miss Ernie. .

  20. My thoughts & prayers are with all of the Franchell Family at this so very sad time.
    The Love you all show toward others & the Strength of Family you all pocess, will assist you going forward, as it has previously.
    I’m so very lucky to have known Ernie – he was great man, brother, husband, father, friend. His big smile was contagious. God Bless.

  21. Maureen and famly:
    I am so sorry for the sudden loss of a great man, and a cool cousin who I always looked up to. Little Ernie and Kelly, your dad was such a great guy. Aunt Marlyn and Uncle Ray, Karen and Liz, I will always cherish some great memories of family gatherings with Ernie back in the late 1960’s.
    Carl & Elise

  22. I can’t express how sorry I am for your lost. Big Ern will always be remember in my heart

    Thom Kaminski

  23. Sadly, I just got the news about my friend Ernie from Mo yesterday. I was stunned. I last spoke to Ern about a year and a half ago, maybe two. As always, he was positive, talking up retirement and playing the hand he was dealt, with his trademark laugh and grit.

    I got to know Ernie and Mo in the late 70’s when Ellen and I moved to Atlanta and shared many, many afternoons and evenings laughing and carrying on with them and Li’l Ern and Kelly until we moved away in late 1984. Ernie was kind, he was hilarious, he was reliable, he was loyal, he was a fine, fine husband and father. Every time he came back from Buffalo he always made sure I got some of the Molson Brador stash. He remembered the past but lived in the present and for the future. I was proud to have him as a friend.

    It is a great regret that I did not do a better job of staying in touch with Ernie and Mo as much as I would have liked. But whenever I called him it was always like we had been together only a week or two ago. It was always great to talk to him, remember him and talk about him. I had been hoping to vist Ernie and Mo with my wife next year when she retires.

    Ernie will be remebered with a lsmile, a laugh and a tear until the day I die. He was the man.

    God Bless him!

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