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9 décembre 1935 – 5 juin 2021
Franklin “Frank” Delano McConnell, 85, concluded a life well lived on Saturday, June 5, 2021, peacefully at home in the company of his wife of 60 years, Una, and his daughter-in-love, Sue.
He was born in Tom’s Creek, Virginia on December 9, 1935. He was a 1955 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and was proud of the fact that he was a cheerleader and a darn good one, for the football team. After high school, he served our country for 4 years in the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lindsay C. and Louise Gilman McConnell; brothers, Lindsay McConnell, Jr., Bob McConnell, Gene McConnell; sisters, Ruby Choate, Peggy Peak, and Lou Blankenbecler; a very special daughter-in-love, Linda McConnell, who referred to him as her “Fashion Guru”; his 2 best friends in the world, his dogs, Copper and Shyanne; and numerous other family members and friends who we know were there to welcome him at Heaven’s gate.
Frank’s legacy will live on through his wife; his sons: Timothy (Becky) McConnell, Scott McConnell, Matt (Sue) McConnell; a daughter, Nancy (Jamie) Hogsed; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five grand dogs.
What we know for sure is he loved us and we loved him. He was proud of us, just as we were of him. He played pool better than anyone we know. He greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of his pool league buddies at Zingale’s. He used to joke that he never lost a game of pool, many challengers wagered against him, but Frank’s skill on the billiards table was unsurpassed. He was always good for a dirty joke and loved to tell his wild stories that we will dearly miss. Frank loved tinkering with things, and was a regular McGyver when it came to fixing things; all he needed was a stick of gum, a clothespin, and a shoestring. He was a longtime, optimistic Florida Lottery player; he rarely let a day go by without his scratch-off tickets. He will be remembered for his quick wit and infectious personality (not always a good “infectious” but always “infectious” nonetheless).
Following his wishes, there will not be a service, but well-wishers are encouraged to drink a Cuba-Libre or drink of your choice in his honor. He was never one for sentiment or religiosity, but he wanted you to know that if he owes you a drink, and if you can find him in Heaven, he will gladly allow you to buy him one.
In his memory, Frank would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness in his name.
Rest in Peace.
His crazy stories will continue to be shared by all who knew him.
He will live on in our hearts forever.
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13 juin , 2021
I will miss you Frank. Every time I was at Zingales, I always would looked for you. I enjoyed are fun conversations. No matter what we talked about, you always made me laugh and I told those dirty jokes, as well as you. I never did get that sun visor with hair that I promised I was going to give you. So, when I get to heaven, I will buy you that drink! Until then, I will miss you my friend!
Donna & Flip Patterson
12 juin , 2021
My Uncle Frank was always full of joy and laughter! Always cutting up and telling jokes. My memories of visiting he, Aunt Una and the kids were fun times❤️ We missed many years after you all moved to Florida but you were always in my heart. Frank’s spirit will live on through you all and your joy for life. My deepest sympathies🙏
Love to you all.
11 juin , 2021
Frank was indeed a very special soul! I had the blessing of calling him Uncle Frank (my mother Ruby was his sister). Even though my family lived in Nashville and Uncle Frank and Aunt Una moved to Florida when I was young, I always felt a connection! My mother and Aunt Una exchanged letters regularly and Mama always undated me on the family! Mama thought Nancy was the cutest little thing ever! I have many wonderful memories from early Christmases when the whole family would get together! Mama and Daddy would also go over the Frank and Una’s to play Rook when we were in town. My sister and I always played with Tim while they played cards til the wee hours! They had FUN!
Frank always said whatever he was thinking and I’ll never forget one of the last times I saw him was when my grandfather, his father passed away. My sister and I had made the trip to Kingsport from Nashville in what at the time was the best vehicle either of us had, an old Ford pickup truck. Well Frank, being Frank smacked his hand on the hood and said “Girls, I don’t know if y’all will make it home in this old thing!” Needless to say, we were worried! But Laughed hysterically! I can still see in him in my mind!
My thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Una, Nancy, Tim, Scott and Matt and their families! I love you all!