Carl Leon Franks, 89, of Lewistown, MO, formerly of LaBelle, died on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 in the Country Aire Retirement Estates of Lewistown.
He was born on April 27, 1919, the son of Roy R. and Beulah Boone Franks.
On June 15, 1940 he married Leta Belle McCabe and she preceded him in death on September 21, 1978.
Leon was a farmer for most of his life, he also drove a feed truck for the MFA at LaBelle. He was a member of the LaBelle Saddle Club and enjoyed participating in their many activities. He loved hunting, especially deer season when he and friends gathered at the home of his son, Dean. He attended a one room school during his elementary school days. In his later years he enjoyed fishing and mowing grass with his little Massey.
He is survived by a daughter, Judy Darnell and husband, Tom of Monticello, MO; one son, Mike Franks and wife, Tammy of Sevierville, TN; eight grandchildren, Susan Tanner, Glenn Franks, Jason Darnell, Angela Raleigh, Jessica and Kathleen Franks and Michael Shane Franks, and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leta, two sons, Carl Leon Jr. at birth, Roy Dean Franks in 2006 and a brother and his wife, Bobby Dean and Doris Franks.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A family graveside service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 10, 2009 in the Lewistown Cemetery. Pastor Delbert Earlywine officiated.
A contribution in his memory may be made to the Lewistown Cemetery.