William Ross Franck of the Presbyterian Village in Austell, Georgia passed away on Thursday, January 8. 2015. Born in Bethlehem, West Virginia the son of George Everett and Nora Ellen Franck, Ross graduated from Wheeling High School in 1953 and was a long time employee of Wheeling Pittsburg Steel and Corrugating Company. Ross was married to the late Kathryn Abernathy Franck and they had one son, Brian Franck of the home. In addition to Brian, Ross is survived by a nephew, Johnny Franck of Lawrenceville, close personal friend Geneva Cole of Wheeling, WV., sister-in-law two brother-in-laws and their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews. Ross was a veteran of the United States Army and was stationed for part of his tour of duty in France. For many years the Franck’s were members of the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church where Kathryn served for several years as a Elder. Brian is a 1983 graduate of Central Gwinnett High School, 1988 graduate of Erskine College and is employed by Sage Dining Services as a chef. Visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday January 11th from 2-4pm at Wages and Sons Funeral Home. The Services will be held on Monday in the chapel of the funeral home at 1pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Paul Ard Scholarship Fund at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 800 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville Georgia 30046, (770) 963-9498.

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  1. Brian

    So very sorry about your Dad. You know how much we loved him, he was our brother. Unfortunately, we will be unable to come down. Dick has been having a great deal of trouble with his back and has been advised by his doctor not to travel. We are extremely sorry and sad about this. Know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if we can do anything for you. You will always be a welcome part of our family.

    Love Patty &Dick

  2. Brian,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was as much a part of our family as any of my blood relatives. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that you truly a part of our family as well. May God give you comfort in such a difficult time in your life.

    Love, Jenny Edge Ragase

  3. Dear Brian,

    Tom and I are so sad to hear of Ross’ passing. He was a special friend. We always enjoyed being in his company. We will treasure our last visit at the Goumet Lunch group in December. We send you our prayers for comfort and peace.

    Tom and Joyce Parks

  4. Brian, we never met but your father was a close dear friend I use
    to go to luncheons and dinner with them when they were in Wheeling.
    In fact we exchanges several emails on the day he past. Was such
    a shock to me. He was the kindness man and the class of ’53 will
    surely miss him. My prayers go out to you thru you dark hours coming
    up. I sent the news of him passing to the classmates I have on my
    email list. God bless you RIP dear Ross
    Shirley Jagaczewski … Class of ’53

  5. So sorry to hear of Ross’s passing. Always enjoyed seeing and talking with him at our class reunions. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
    Sharon (Coulter) Schmahmann class of 53

  6. Brian
    I am so sorry about your dad. Although we didn’t see each other often he was my best friend. I remember being with you and your dad at the Master’s Golf tournament and having such a great time.
    Ross my dear old friend rest in peace till we meet again.

  7. My wife and I are regretful for the loss of your father. I remember him as an athlete and classmate. Loss
    of a loved one is so hurtful and it will take time to adjust —take the time and remember your father and
    all he meant to you and family. Good luck and God -speed.

  8. Brian
    I am heavy- hearted to hear of Ross’s passing. Last month he was in Wheeling and I had a chance to talk with him and Geneva at the Olive Garden Restaurant. I probably embarrassed him as I was so surprise to see him I jumped up and gave him a hug. He really look well to me then. Knowing he is now with Jesus is comforting. No more illness. My prayers are with you.
    1953 classmate

  9. Ross was truly one of the kindest and most generous people I’ve ever known. He never complained. He accepted everyone as they are, and loved life, family and friends unconditionally. He was also so loving to and interested in our children and their activities. I value the time I got to spend with him, listening to stories about his family in Zanesville, working on the railroad, and traveling the world. Together we went to the National World War I Museum to donate some papers and artifacts from his Dad’s military service in France. The Museum was very pleased to have these items as they had never seen many of them before. It was a great day spent with Ross, and one that I will always remember. I am so sorry he is gone. He had a big impact on all of our lives, and he will not be forgotten.

  10. Dear Brian,

    Ross, our class president, Wheeling High School Class of “53, was never seen without a smile. He was ever present to help anyone in need – an excellent example of a true citizen. He always said nice words about everyone. His presence will be missed by all whom he touched. Our world needs more people like Ross Franck. Our sincere condolences to you.

    Dr. Jay and Susie Keefer

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