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Frank Hargis

Apr 29th, 1937 - Jun 22nd, 2024

In honoring Frank’s wishes, no services will be held.

 

      Franklin “Frank” Lee Hargis, age 87, of Flora, Illinois, peacefully passed away on Saturday evening, June 22, 2024, at his home.  Born on April 29, 1937, in Flora, he was the beloved son of Rodell Theodore and Gladys F. (Bowen) Hargis.  On August 17, 1955, Frank married Norma J. Stanford at Bethlehem Christian Church.  Their 68 years of marriage were a testament to their enduring love and commitment.

      Throughout his life, Frank was known for his hard work and diverse talents.  He worked in the oil fields, at the shoe factory, and eventually began using his artistic creativity as a sign painter.  Frank also ventured into the van customization business, worked at the lumber yard, drove a school bus, and retired as a machinist at Hella.  A true artist and craftsman, he was a proud member of the Knifemaker’s Guild, creating custom knives that became prized collector’s items.

      Frank was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  In recent years he cherished the visits from the wildlife right outside of his home, and kept snacks ready for all of his friends—including the birds, squirrels, and rabbits. 

      His interest in history led him to buckskinner reenactment events, where he enjoyed using black powder guns and authentically recreating period-accurate clothing and tools.  With his extensive knowledge of Flora and Clay County history, Frank’s memories and appreciation of the past made him a valuable resource, and he enjoyed sharing old photos and recollections online.

      Frank is survived by his wife, Norma Hargis of Flora; his children, Rebecca (Keith) Belcher of McLeansboro, Randy (Lisa) Hargis of Flora, and Scott (Donna) Hargis of Flora; his grandchildren, Misty (Jeremy) Dozier, Jenny (Tim) Connaway, Shaun (Lindsay) Belcher, Matthew (Mandy) Hargis, Nathan (Jenna) Hargis, Topper Eastin, Logan (Deonna) Hargis, Travis (Kristina) Hargis, Misty (Mitch) Gill, Chris Smith, and Kim (C.J.) Smerdel; along with 28 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

      He was preceded in passing by his father, Rodell Hargis; mother, Gladys Hargis Hamilton; father-in-law, Wilson Stanford; and mother-in-law, Dorothy Stanford VanDyke.

      In honoring Frank’s wishes, no services will be held.  Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations are suggested to the Oil Belt Christian Service Camp or the Oblong Children’s Christian Home, and these can be made through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, please visit www.frankandbright.com

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Dean and Jill Lewis

June 25th

Thinking of all of you and knowing He is with his Lord Jesus. He is a treasure to many and we think alot of him . I know he is missed by many.

Larry Kramer

June 25th

A really good man AND an accomplished artist! He left so many examples of his skills. However , his great character always shines so beautifully…..

Becky Bonville

June 25th

My heartfelt sympathies to such a beautiful family that you have created! ✝️🙏❤️

Carla Stanford

June 25th

Frank was my bus driver at Xenia. One look in that mirror and we were sitting down and quiet!! He was one of a kind.

Brenda Rinehart Bullard

June 25th

Sending heartfelt condolences to the family. Frank was always so thankful for the care given to him and would express that wholeheartedly.

Jim and Joanne Tomasek

June 25th

Condolences to the family

Ella Burgess

June 25th

Frank will be missed, he was a nice person. Prayers for Norma and the family.

Chris Childers

June 25th

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs!

Leisha Fry

June 25th

Norma, Randy and Lisa, Sorry to hear about Frank. I know that Mike and Myrna really enjoyed spending many fun times with you. I even remember seeing some of Franks’s knives. My thoughts are with you all!

Terry Igert

June 25th

You all have our deepest sympathies!! He was a great man!!

Micheal W Engelmeier

June 25th

Condolences to the family, Frank was always a guy man to visit with, his wealth of knowledge, about a vast array of topics, were eminence, and his personality a special one. I always enjoyed the times we spent at many different places along life's way. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed.

Rixk and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

June 25th

We are so sorry for your loss. Norma, Becky, Randy and Scott. He will be missed by many. His old pictures of Flora that he would post was so interesting. I will always remember the flying squirrels he had. I thought Marla was just making this up until I got to see for myself. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ❤️🙏🏻

Ashley & Roberta Moore

June 25th

Rest in peace Mr. Frank. My heart goes out to him and his beloved family. God bless and comfort their heartache thru these times.

Sharon and Mike Gray

June 25th

We have known Frank for many years. A wonderful person and a big help with our Purple Martins. Prayers of comfort for Norma and all the friends and family.

Carl and Brenda Bandy

June 25th

We are so sorry you lost your dad, grandpa, great grandpa and great great grandpa. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.❤️

Sue and Dennis Hampsten

June 25th

So sorry for your loss. Blessings to all of you. God’s love 💕. He will be missed Dennis and Sue Hampsten

Mary A (Thompson) Clark

June 25th

Just like Carla, Frank was our bus driver. My sincere condolences to the family. Even though I did not know he personally, the wonderful tribute your family has written about him tells the story of a great man. I got a few of those looks in the mirror also.

Rick and Cathy Billingsley

June 25th

Prayers for Randy and family.

Dave Dunnihan

June 25th

Sorry for your loss Rest in peace Frank Will miss your Post of Flora Dave

Dave & Judy Dunnigan

June 25th

Always enjoyed his post about Flora History

Lynne & Fred Gocey

June 26th

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.

Frank Cunningham

June 26th

Remember Frank as a great friend...condolences to Norma and the family

Brent Schroeder

June 26th

Praying for you all at this time. Frank was a great guy. He sure had a lot of talent. Hope some of it rubbed off to ya`ll.

Larry and Donna Milner

June 26th

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the family.

Denise Tadlock

June 27th

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful guy he must have been. Cherish your memories!

Cheryl McCarty

June 27th

Norma and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you find peace in your wonderful memories of a truly good man.

Carolyn Matchett

June 27th

Randy and Lisa my thoughts and Prayers are with you and the the family at this time of loss. May God be with you to give you Peace and Comfort. Hugs

Ken and Terri Lence

June 27th

Dear Norma and family, we are so sorry to hear about Frank! He was a great man. Prayers for you all.

Frances Grimes Work

June 29th

So very sorry for your loss Randy. Prayers for the entire family. May God give you each strength and comfort to get through this difficult time.

Cousin Lynn Gebhardt

June 29th

So very sorry to hear this news. I'd like to come visit after I recover fully from Covid contracted this past weekend. Remembering good times and Bowen gatherings with all of you and how much Frank liked my dad's famous Altadonna's original cheeseball. Guess he can get that secret recipe from my folks now!! May God's peace, comfort and blessings be with you through this healing process. My love and Hugs to all.

Steve and Kim Ranson

July 4th

Our hearts are heavy for you all. Heavens gain is a temporary loss for us. Much love, hugs and prayers to you all.

 

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