Tommy Franks

Tommy Franks

GRAVOIS MILLS, Mo. – Tommy "Tom" Mark Franks of Gravois Mills, Mo., passed away at the age of 72 on Christmas Day, 2012, at University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, Mo.

He was a former resident of Urbana-Champaign.

He was born Aug. 7, 1940, in Pekin, a son of the late Irving

and Beverly (Jones) Franks, and was the oldest of three brothers, Robert of Naperville and Michael of Pekin.

Tom was a graduate of Pekin Community High School and held a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

He married Margaret Horton of Nauvoo in October 1965 while both were employees of the Office of the Secretary of State in Springfield. They are survived by two sons, Geoffrey Mark (b. 1966) of Jefferson City, Mo., and Thomas Michael (b. 1968); and daughter-in-law, Shannon, of Fort Myers, Fla.

Shortly after the birth of his two sons, he moved the family to the Urbana-Champaign area and went to work for IBM as a sales representative. After 17 years at IBM he worked for several technological companies and mortgage brokerages in sales until his retirement to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2007.

The great accomplishment in his life was that he was a family man with two sons he was very proud of and a wife whom he loved dearly. Summer vacations and Fighting Illini sporting events with the family were among his favorite things.

During his long career he developed many friendships; regretfully, he was unable to keep up with his pals due to failing health. Nevertheless, any obstacle that he encountered he had the toughness to overcome it, until the


Tom was an avid reader of thriller and legal novels, as well as historical and political works. He also enjoyed watching political shows and movies.

In addition, Tom loved technology and kept up with the latest electronic gadgets that came on the market.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, who passed away in July 2011.

Friends will be received from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Nauvoo.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family has asked that you make a donation in memory of Tom to the American Diabetes Association at; or

the American Cancer Society at

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