OBIT: Mrs. Melinda McClanahan Francis, Age 61, Of Granville

Mrs. Melinda McClanahan Francis

Mrs. Melinda McClanahan Francis age 61 of the Granville Community died at 3:21 p.m. Monday afternoon January 15, 2018 at her son’s Lebanon Highway home following a battle with cancer.

Friday afternoon January 19th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted by Bro. Jackie Dawson. Following the 1 p.m. services burial was in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

She was one of five children and was born Melinda Jo McClanahan in Lebanon on August 30, 1956 and was the daughter Mrs. Betty Jo Merryman McClanahan Burke of Granville and the late J. T. McClanahan.

She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Albert Lee Burke who died at the age of 80 on June 29, 2012.

On April 3, 1983 she was united in marriage to Derrick Winfree Francis who preceded her in death at the age of 35 on December 28, 1988.

She was the former owner and operator of the Granville Market.

Mrs. Francis attended Smith County High School and received her General Education Degree.

She was a member of the Carthage First Baptist Church and more recently had attended the Carthage Full Gospel Church.

Surviving in addition to her Mother are her two sons, Dale Francis and Shayne Young both of the Rome Community; two sisters, Susie Silcox of Chestnut Mound and Lisa Cootes of Smyrna; two brothers, Maxie Gibbs Jr. and wife Michelle of White House, Tommy McClanahan and wife Pam of Lebanon; three grandchildren, Destannie Young, Kailey Young and Nolen Young.

SANDERSON of CARTHAGE