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Eaton S. Francis Dies

Eaton S. Francis Family and friends are advised of the passing of Brother Eaton Samuel Francis, who died on Dec. 31, 2016, at Schneider Regional Medical Center.

Eaton Francis is survived by his sisters: Kathleen Francis of Fayetteville, N.C., Donna Francis of New Haven, Conn., Cynthia Francis of Atlanta, Ga. and Geraldine [Connie] Francis of Chicago; brothers: Morris Francis of Columbus, Ga., and Vincent Francis of Fayetteville, N.C.; sisters-in-law: Floriana Francis of Columbus, Ga., and Shirley Francis of Fayetteville, N.C.; nieces: Kim Brathwaite Watson, Joy Peter, April Francis, Jan Francis of Georgia and Tonya M. Abraham of North Carolina; nephew, Jason Francis; and nephews-in-law: Paul Watson and Rudy Peter; aunts: Twilona Davis of Antigua and Josephine Jackson of St. Thomas.

He is also survived by goddaughter, Marifsa H. Saddler; caretaker, Carolyn Santora; assistant caretakers: Patrick Anthony, Maryjoe Williams, Doris Smalls, Mona Jones, Jacqueline Rodgers, Jacqueline Thibou, Levi Stapleton, Pauline Nesbitt and Cheryl Richards; numerous cousins, including special cousins: Marie Horsford and Rosalind Thomas; special friends: Pearl Hanley, Bernice Heyliger, Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair Hamm, Bernice Turnbull, members of the Methodist churches in the St. Thomas -St .John circuit and members of the Bovoni Baptist Church.

Brother Francis was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church and served as Sunday school teacher, bell ringer and lay preacher. He was also a member of the Bible Study group at Wesley, The Methodist Benevolent Society and Class No. 8.

Because of his love for the Methodist heritage, the hymns and corresponding numbers he knew by heart, he was often referred to as the “Walking Methodist Hymn Book.” Brother Francis was always willing to serve in whatever capacity. Well done, good and faithful servant! May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the viewing at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Wesley Methodist Church. Interment will be at Eastern Cemetery, Smith Bay.

Arrangements are under the care of Hurley Funeral Home and Cremation Center of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Tortola.

For directions and online condolences, please visit us at www.hurleydavisfuneral home.com

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  1. I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Eaton S. Francis, better known to me as Jim. I am happy to know he is now with the Lord and one day I will see him again. I was hoping to see him before he died but life on earth is not promise. I know he loves the Lord, his family and good food. Jim is my cousin and before moving to the United States he kept close contact with us, always encouraging us in our education and in whatever way he could. There is not a day goes by that Jim is not in my heart and mind. I do hope he knows he was loved and always will be missed. Rest In Peace