May 7, 1948-Feb. 22, 2019

Funeral services for Gene Russell Franks, 70, of Fairview Alpha will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Boxwood Church of Christ, 123 Boxwood Church Road., Merryville, with Bro. Earl Franks officiating.  Interment will follow in Bivens Cemetery, Merryville. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, Coushatta, and Wednesday from 1 p.m. until service time at Boxwood Church of Christ.

Mr. Franks was born May 7, 1948, in DeRidder and passed away Feb. 22, 2019.

“Russ,” as he was called, grew up in Merryville.  He served in the United States Navy from 1968-70.  He worked years in the papermills and retired from Natchitoches Parish School Board.

Russ was a good man.  He cared for others and would help out any way he could.  Russ enjoyed working on his farm taking care of his cows, chickens, ducks and dogs.  Russ was known and admired by many.  He was always cracking jokes and making people laugh.  Gene Russell Franks will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra “Jeannie” Franks; and parents, Clinton and Annie Franks.

Mr. Franks is survived by two sons, Josh Franks and wife Shelly and Luke Franks and wife Bridget; two grandchildren, Gavin and Conner Franks, all of Fairview Alpha; and one brother, Rodney Franks and wife Jerry of Merryville.

Pallbearers will be Josh Franks, Luke Franks, Warren Cooley, Brandon Cooley, Dale Franks and Wes Jeans.


Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home

Coushatta, LA