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205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy, LA

OBITUARY

Donald "Ray-Bo" Ray Franks

December 13, 1953October 25, 2019
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Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for human masters

God’s word tell us that working hard, but with faith in mind, can lead to great things he has planned for us”

After battling cancer for four long years, Donald Ray Franks of DeQuincy, Licensed General Contractor, businessman, and spiritual leader, passed away on October 25, 2019 at the age of 65 surrounded by his family, whom he adored and lived for.

“Ray-Bo” was born on December 13, 1953, to the late JD and Dorothy Franks of Oretta, LA. The two most important values they instilled in him were the importance of hard work and Christian values. Through his ability to dream, willingness to work hard, and his determination, at a young age he started in construction. His career included ventures in many different areas such as bridge building, highways, commercial buildings, subdivisions and even tourism properties. His leadership was not confined to business; he was also actively involved in the DeQuincy Church of Christ and served for over two decades as either deacon or elder. For many years, he volunteered his time and talent as a fill-in preacher for churches in need.

His love of the Lord and his natural gift of creating, inspired him to bring people together though the LA-Texas RV Rally that he and his wife Donna founded. With the help of others, they have hosted with them for over twenty plus years. This rally gave Christians the opportunity to enjoy a yearly week of fun and fellowship. Although he was incredibly generous to many people in our community, his kind heart led him to reach out even further to work with a team of other Christian men to build over 40 churches between Mexico and Africa. Two of the many projects throughout his lifetime he was most passionate about included, along with the other volunteers, building a Medical Clinic and assisting with the needs of an orphanage both in Ghana, Africa.

Ray is survived by the love of his life, his loving wife of almost 45 years, Donna Gayle Franks; one daughter, Deanette Renee Franks Stanley and husband Vernon of Westlake, LA; and one son, Travis Ray Franks and wife Amanda of DeQuincy, LA. He is survived by his grandchildren, Cade Elveston and his father Mike of DeQuincy, Jared and Jacob Bertrand, Kane Stanley, and Sadie Gaille Franks. He is also survived by his siblings, Johnny Franks and wife Kathryn of Hemphill, TX, Joey Franks and wife Teresa of DeQuincy, LA, Donna Kay Manuel (his twin) and husband Daniel of Many, LA, and Marty Franks and wife Vickie of Oretta, LA.

A Celebration of Ray’s life will be held at DeQuincy Church of Christ on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 10:00am. Visitation will be at DeQuincy Church of Christ on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Visitation will resume at the church on Monday, from 9:00am until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Bivens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Ghana Corner Stone Orphanage and Preparatory School or Ghana Medical Missions Clinic (Mail to: Ben Fulks, 130 N. Shore Circle, Lone Star, TX. 75668), or The DeQuincy Church of Christ Building Fund (Mail to: DeQuincy Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1104, DeQuincy, LA. 70633)

The family would like to thank Dr. Joudeh and his staff, along with our “family” at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital and Dr. Kahn and staff for the wonderful and personal care they showed. Also, we are grateful for all of our helpers from “A First Name Basis” home care service, along with DeQuincy Home Health.

Thank you for all your love and prayers during this difficult time-The Family of Ray Franks

Services entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonsnider.com.

Proverbs 20:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2019
  • Visitation Resumes Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, October 28, 2019

Memories

Donald "Ray-Bo" Ray Franks

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Wilburn Delancey

October 31, 2019

Dear Donna,
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your wonderful husband and partner. He will surely be missed by many. He will especially be missed by those friends who shared worship time with him, RV Rallies, sports, time in the Rio Grande Mountains in Colorado, visits in our home. These memories will be cherished forever. He will be greatly rewarded by God for the many churches and Christians he preached to and taught. My thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Christian Love
Wilburn Delancey and Susan Delancey

mary alley

October 29, 2019

He is an awesome Uncle . Uncle Ray you are greatly missed . I know you are up there with Pawpaw (Patrick Hulin sr) . I Miss you both. I am praying for the whole family. God please take care of my Uncle Ray. Love you Uncle Ray. Love you Aunt Donna , Deanette, Travis. Keeping y all in my prayers. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Joe Ewing

October 28, 2019

We loved going to church and visiting him and Donna he will be sadly missed. May God bless his family he left behind.

Stephen Tomaszewski

October 28, 2019

Without fail, Uncle Ray, in his calm and collected way set the example of a man of thought and integrity throughout my life. I always appreciated his words of wisdom and comfort and will forever miss his presence on this Earth. To my Aunt Donna, Deanette, Travis, and all of your family; my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Stephen T.

Eva Johnson

October 27, 2019

I just want to offer condolences to Donna and the rest of the family. I pray you will have some peace knowing he is in the arms of his savoir and no longer suffering. How beautiful for him to be singing with the angels today!!! What a wonderful example of Christ he was to so many. I have known Bo almost all his life and I am very honored to have been able to call him brother and friend. I will continue praying for y'all in the hours, days, weeks, and months ahead of you for strength and peace.

Eva and Greg Johnson

Pat Stanley

October 26, 2019

I was talking to my brother this morning and told him of Bo’s passing. He was as shocked as I was to hear about his home going. But I remembered back in high school ( I know many years ago) Bo and I were teamed up to go sell ads for our high school year book. Bo made it so much fun I actually enjoyed the time. My heart goes out to his family and friends as he will be missed. Love and prayers, Pat (Smith) Stanley

Kevin Breaux

October 26, 2019

He was one of the best bosses i have ever had he cared and was very loving he will be missed sorry for yall lost

Crystal Nix

October 26, 2019

So sorry for you loss. My prayers are with the family.

Ronnie and Sam Pierce

October 26, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. Praying God will see you thru the days ahead. And hold you close

Jennifer Yellott Smith

October 25, 2019

My Pop, who most know as Frenchie, worked with Ray for many years. I remember them cutting up and laughing. They always seemed to enjoy working together. When my Pop had a stroke and became an invalid many of the friends he had fell by the wayside, as often happens. Not Ray. Ray always checked on Pop. He went to see him and would send he and Mom cards and monetary gifts. After Pop passed he continued as long as he could to check on Mom. I will always appreciate the kindness he showed my parents and the faithful way he stood by his friend, Frenchie. I bet they will be drinking coffee in Heaven and laughing at all the old times. My condolences and prayers are with Donna and the family.

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Biography

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for human masters

God’s word tell us that working hard, but with faith in mind, can lead to great things he has planned for us”

After battling cancer for four long years, Donald Ray Franks of DeQuincy, Licensed General Contractor, businessman, and spiritual leader, passed away on October 25, 2019 at the age of 65 surrounded by his family, whom he adored and lived for.

“Ray-Bo” was born on December 13, 1953, to the late JD and Dorothy Franks of Oretta, LA. The two most important values they instilled in him were the importance of hard work and Christian values. Through his ability to dream, willingness to work hard, and his determination, at a young age he started in construction. His career included ventures in many different areas such as bridge building, highways, commercial buildings, subdivisions and even tourism properties. His leadership was not confined to business; he was also actively involved in the DeQuincy Church of Christ and served for over two decades as either deacon or elder. For many years, he volunteered his time and talent as a fill-in preacher for churches in need.

His love of the Lord and his natural gift of creating, inspired him to bring people together though the LA-Texas RV Rally that he and his wife Donna founded. With the help of others, they have hosted with them for over twenty plus years. This rally gave Christians the opportunity to enjoy a yearly week of fun and fellowship. Although he was incredibly generous to many people in our community, his kind heart led him to reach out even further to work with a team of other Christian men to build over 40 churches between Mexico and Africa. Two of the many projects throughout his lifetime he was most passionate about included, along with the other volunteers, building a Medical Clinic and assisting with the needs of an orphanage both in Ghana, Africa.

Ray is survived by the love of his life, his loving wife of almost 45 years, Donna Gayle Franks; one daughter, Deanette Renee Franks Stanley and husband Vernon of Westlake, LA; and one son, Travis Ray Franks and wife Amanda of DeQuincy, LA. He is survived by his grandchildren, Cade Elveston and his father Mike of DeQuincy, Jared and Jacob Bertrand, Kane Stanley, and Sadie Gaille Franks. He is also survived by his siblings, Johnny Franks and wife Kathryn of Hemphill, TX, Joey Franks and wife Teresa of DeQuincy, LA, Donna Kay Manuel (his twin) and husband Daniel of Many, LA, and Marty Franks and wife Vickie of Oretta, LA.

A Celebration of Ray’s life will be held at DeQuincy Church of Christ on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 10:00am. Visitation will be at DeQuincy Church of Christ on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Visitation will resume at the church on Monday, from 9:00am until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Bivens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Ghana Corner Stone Orphanage and Preparatory School or Ghana Medical Missions Clinic (Mail to: Ben Fulks, 130 N. Shore Circle, Lone Star, TX. 75668), or The DeQuincy Church of Christ Building Fund (Mail to: DeQuincy Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1104, DeQuincy, LA. 70633)

The family would like to thank Dr. Joudeh and his staff, along with our “family” at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital and Dr. Kahn and staff for the wonderful and personal care they showed. Also, we are grateful for all of our helpers from “A First Name Basis” home care service, along with DeQuincy Home Health.

Thank you for all your love and prayers during this difficult time-The Family of Ray Franks

Services entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonsnider.com.

Proverbs 20:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.