Robert Franks

Robert  Franks

Robert Gary “Bob” Franks, 76, of Harbinger, NC, died on Monday, July 22, 2013 in his home with family. Born in Dublin, GA. Bob was the son of the late George Gordon Franks and Annie Olwen Bush and was the devoted husband of the late Mary Jane Maffett Franks.

Bob Franks enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 and rose through the ranks to retire as a Quarter Master Chief Master (QMCM) and in command of the TWR Diamond.  Spending his career on the submarines as the (COB) he honorably dedicated service to his country and his shipmates. He was a member of the Atlantic Masonic Lodge No. 2, A.F. & A.M., Khedive Shrine Temple, and Sudan Shrine Temple in North Carolina. Bob loved his retirement in the Outer Banks and enjoyed golf cart rides to the sound for sunsets, boating, fishing , tending to his garden with his “little friend” Prissy, his dog, and doing his daily crossword puzzles. Bob was an avid Redskin and Virginia Tech fan.

Mr. Franks is survived by a daughter, Janet Melissa Franks of Virginia Beach, VA; sons, Robert Mitchell Franks and Benjamin Chester Franks of the Outer Banks; a sister, Barbara Ann in Georgia; grandsons, Gary and Trey; Granddaughter, Amy; devoted friend and companion, Jeanne Marsh; and a host of nieces and nephews throughout Georgia and North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his son Gary Andrew Franks in 2011.

A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the residence at 158 Owens Beach Road. A graveside memorial service will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.  Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Franks family. Condolences may be sent to the family at In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Khedive or Sudan Shrine Hospitals

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  1. William W. Whelan

    As a North Carolina submariner and chaplain of the Tarheel Base of USSVNC, I extend condolences to Bob’s family. Be assured, Bob’s oar is at rest. Chaplain Bill

  2. Chaplain Ray Fritz

    On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), our sincere condolences to Janet, Robert, and Benjamin, and all of Robert’s family and friends as you mourn Robert’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers that God will whisper peace to your hearts and comfort you in your grief. We are grateful for Robert’s long and dedicated service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. To our “Brother of the Phin” … “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country.” — Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

  3. John and AJ Eccles

    We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing so soon after meeting your family. I hope it’s comforting to think of him and Mary Jane tending some azaleas and watching sunsets together again.

  4. Erin McCown

    Mitch, Ben and Janet, I was saddened to hear of the loss of your father. Please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of the O’Neal family.

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