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Eric F. Francis

August 11, 1965 May 17, 2019
Eric F. Francis
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Eric Francis, the eldest son of James E. Francis and Sherlynn G. Francis, was born on August 11, 1965 in Newark, New Jersey. At an early age, he professed his faith to Jesus Christ and was a member of Bethel A.M.E Church. He attended the public schools of Union Township and was a graduate of Union High School in 1983. Upon graduating, he married Patricia McDowell and started their family.

On July 19, 1983, Eric entered the US Army, completed Basic Training and went on to Fort Campbell Kentucky. At Fort Campbell, Eric was stationed and trained with the 101st Airborne Air Assault School (“Screaming Eagles”). His training consisted of attaching equipment to the underside of an aircraft and rappelling out of helicopters. As part of his graduation, he was required to complete a 12-mile march within 3 hours. After completing his training and receiving his Air Assault Badge and Glider Badge, he received additional training as a Combat Signaler. Eric later served one (1) year overseas in Korea before returning to be with his family at Fort Campbell Kentucky, until he was honorably discharged in May of 1986.

In September of 1986, Eric was accepted into the Plumbing Apprenticeship Union Local #24, where for the next 5 years he earned his Journeymen’s Card. He successfully graduated from the program in 1992. Eric continued to work as a plumber and was known by family and friends as the person to call if you had a plumbing problem without having the plumber’s money. He always did the jobs for less money with professional workmanship.

Eric was loved and respected by many. He was a simple man of kind nature and a gentle spirit. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh. He was well versed in a myriad of subjects, and could hold a conversation about anything with anyone. This he shared with his father, a great historian, and both enjoyed a good debate. He had an ear for music and loved all genres. Eric was a man of faith and if he could share anything with us now, he’d say “It is Well with My Soul.”

On Friday, May 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm, Eric quietly made his transition from this earthly life into eternity.

Eric is survived by his parents, James E. Francis and Sherlynn G. Francis; four daughters: Keir Autenrieth (Michael), Mia Francis, Chelsea Francis and Jada Francis; three siblings: Franchot Francis, Daniel Francis (Sarita) and Guy Francis (Melissa); two grandsons: Anthony Autenrieth and Justin Autenrieth; godfather, Jarvis Cannon; and a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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Visitation

Thursday

23

May

6:00 PM 5/23/2019 6:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 5/23/2019 9:00:00 PM
Bethel A.M.E. Church

241 Hilton Avenue
Vauxhall, NJ 07088

Bethel A.M.E. Church
241 Hilton Avenue Vauxhall 07088 NJ
United States

Service

Friday

24

May

11:00 AM 5/24/2019 11:00:00 AM
Bethel A.M.E. Church

241 Hilton Avenue
Vauxhall, NJ 07088

Bethel A.M.E. Church
241 Hilton Avenue Vauxhall 07088 NJ
United States
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