February 26, 1948 - February 4, 2021
Henry Edwin "Coach" Franks, 72, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021. Born and raised in Marion County (Brilliant), the son of Henry Hill and Manta Jane Gregg Franks. He was a lifelong resident of Gardendale, Alabama. Graduated Florence State University 1970, where he played football. He then completed his master's degree at Alabama A&M. Ed had a distinguished coaching career 1970-2004 Dixie Junior High, Erwin High School and Gardendale High School where he lead his wrestling teams to state titles and coached numerous individuals to state championships. He coached the first three boys that were four time state champions in the state of Alabama, one of which was four years undefeated. He was inducted into Marion County Sports Hall of Fame for football. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Hill and Manta Jane Franks as well as his grandson, Daniel Paul Clark He leaves his wife of 47 years, Patricia Ann Cotton Franks. They met in Gardendale, Alabama marrying there on November 21, 1973. He leaves behind his daughters, Tara JoManta Franks (Chris) Darty and Laura Ellen (Jerry) Wilson. He will be remembered by his grandchildren, Montanna Eleese, McKenna JoLee and Cooper Rhodes Darty; Michael (Lindsey) Clark and Jericho Isaiah Wilson. Great grandchildren, Riley Marie and Reagan Nichole Clark; his brothers, Jan (Gracie) Franks, Gregg (Lisa) Franks, Perry (Angie) Franks, Joey (Carrie) Cotton and Mark Cotton; nieces and nephews, Wendell Franks, Leslie Botzer, Karli Daniels, Cheslie Maahs, Dustin Franks, Brittany Franks, Chris Cotton, Kourney Cotton Keith, Zack Cotton and their families including a host of great nieces and nephews, as well as students, athletes and fellow coaches. He made a tremendous impact on each of these lives. Visitation will be from 11AM-12PM on Wednesday, February 10th at Gardendale Heritage Funeral Home with Chapel Services at 12PM. Graveside Service will be held at 3PM at Brilliant Memorial Gardens in Brilliant AL.
Henry Edwin "Coach" Franks, 72, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021. Born and raised in Marion County (Brilliant), the son of Henry Hill and Manta Jane Gregg Franks. He was a lifelong resident of Gardendale, Alabama. Graduated Florence State... View Obituary & Service Information
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