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Francis Eugene Hart


Mr. Francis Eugene Hart, 87, a lifelong resident of Granville County died January 29, 2021. He was born on June 26, 1933 in Granville County, N.C. to the late James (Jim) and Pauline Burnette Hart.

He served two years in the Army where he met his wife, Glennis Hart in LaGrange, Georgia. He retired from Burlington Industries after 36 years as Plant Administration Manager. He was a member of West Oxford Baptist Church for many years and after his wife died he moved his membership to Oxford Baptist Church to be with his son and family. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed so much playing golf with his friends until his knee gave out. Francis loved spending time with his family at his lake house. He always said this was his therapy.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery by Reverend Chris Aho. Visitation will follow the service at the cemetery. You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
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Survivors are his daughter, Pam Wilkins (Nat), his son, Randy Hart (Cheri); four grandchildren, Brent Wilkins, Natalie Wilkins Kleiner (Alex), Katie Hart and Brian Hart; four great grandchildren, Ashton Wilkins, Savannah Wilkins, Amelia and Mason Kleiner.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his lovely wife, Glennis Worley Hart, who died in 2004; his brother, James Thomas Hart and a grandson, Michael Wilkins.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Oxford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 398, Oxford, NC 27565 or to Salem United Methodist Church, 302 Forest Rd. Oxford, NC 27565.


  • John Tovey Posted January 29, 2021 10:35 pm

    R.I.P. my dear friend ,I will miss you so much as a friend and neighbor . I will miss our chats and visiting you with my dog who you loved. I’m so sad , yet happy that you are now at peace with your beloved Glenis . Your were a very special person.

  • Lynne Posted January 30, 2021 12:32 am

    Sending prayers for his family and friends. You will be missed by many🙏

  • Myrtle Reams Posted January 30, 2021 12:42 am

    When I first started working for you I was scared of you as a bear. But it didn’t take long for me to find out you were one of the finest and kindest people I ever knew. Francis you were my hero. You taught me a lot during my years at Burlington and it served me well the rest of my years in the workforce. You were loved and you will be missed by many. My sympathy to your family.

  • Ben Currin Posted January 30, 2021 3:15 am

    I met Francis as a 12 year old at Thorndale Country Club, and knew him most of my life. He was “always” one the kindest gentleman I ever knew, and remained that his entire life!!!!

  • Donna Baker Posted January 30, 2021 3:35 am

    Randy, I’m so sorry to hear that your dad has passed. I know you and your family will miss him very much.. I always enjoyed hearing your stories about him, when I worked with you at the lab. Although I only saw your dad a few times I feel I knew him through you with your sweet and funny stories. I pray that all the wonderful memories of him, comfort you and your family.

  • Carolyn Morford Posted January 30, 2021 12:39 pm

    Pam and Randy, so sorry for your loss. You were blessed with wonderful parents and now they are together again. Praying for your family.

  • Dorothy Yeargin Posted January 30, 2021 2:12 pm

    Please accept my condolences for the passing of your dad and grandfather, Francis and my late husband William were childhood friends. It is sad for those left behind that Francis will be out of your sight but for him it is an “address change” to Heaven and an eternity with Jesus, your mother and grandmother.
    Love in Christ Alone!

  • ernie averett Posted January 30, 2021 2:23 pm

    A fine man and Christian gentleman. Rest in peace old friend.

  • Linda Ann Jones Posted January 30, 2021 7:35 pm

    Pam & Randy, So sorry to hear about Francis! He was such a nice gentleman! When I would see him at church he would stop & talk for a few minutes! My thoughts and prayers are with you and all his family 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Shelley Hight Posted January 30, 2021 9:52 pm

    Yesterday we lost the kindest, most gentle man I’ve ever known. A man I’ve loved like a second dad over 60 plus years. Each time I saw him over the years of my moving away, marrying, coming home, he would wrap me in a big hug, give me a kiss on the top of the head and say, “I love you little girl.” – and in that moment, I was instantly a child again – feeling loved, safe, and secure, no matter my age.

    Christmas when I visited, taking him a little something to eat I had made for him, I got my hug, this time kissing him on top of the head and telling him I loved him. I love you too, little girl, he said as always. What a blessing he was to me and to many, many others.

    My heart is broken for Pam, Randy and his whole family who have lost a very, very special father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was someone who can’t be replaced, he was one of a kind, and you all were so blessed. He was a gentle giant of a man.

    Love you Francis and always will.

  • Vivian Wright Posted January 31, 2021 1:19 am

    So very sorry to hear about your Dad Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Dudley Williams Posted January 31, 2021 2:28 pm

    I have so many great memories of times spent with Your dad. He will always be remembered for being a wonderful friend. Your family has been blessed with such good father and mother. I miss them both.

  • Kleiner family Posted January 31, 2021 3:54 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Pam, Randy and their families. Francis was certainly one of a kind and his family was his greatest pride and joy. He had a beautiful smile that lit up any room. He had a way of making everyone feel so special and I know he will be missed by many. We feel so blessed and fortunate to have known such a wonderful man. Rest In Peace dear Francis. Mark and Autumn

  • Cynthia Stanley Posted January 31, 2021 4:57 pm

    Randy and Pam,
    What a blessing to have been the neighbor of such wonderful people as your mother, Glenis and your father, Francis. Both of them lived a life of loving each other and loving their neighbors too. The word neighbor did not have to mean next door. Each went about finding ways to give to others with no expectation of recognition. It is with sadness that I learn that your father is no longer with us. As time passes the treasures of the beautiful memories will overtake the pain of the loss.

  • Ken Adcock Posted February 1, 2021 12:21 pm

    I do not think anyone who knew Francis could not help but love him. A true gentlemen and friend. Randy,Pam.and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Donna Wilkins Snipes Posted February 1, 2021 5:45 pm

    Pam, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.
    Pat Wilkins-Lee & Donna Snipes

  • Bruce Wainwright Posted February 1, 2021 5:49 pm

    Randy and Pam, We were so sorry to learn of your father’s death. He was a great friend to Dad until the end and continued to check on Mom all along. We will be praying for all of you as you go through this time of morning. It is so good to have the LORD to lean on in times like this.

  • Michael Davis Posted February 1, 2021 8:56 pm

    Dear Pam, Randy, and Family,
    Your father was my first boss after graduating from Vance-Granville Community College, so you could say that Francis gave to me my first job. It was May of 1984 and I was only 20 years old. It was later on that summer, or maybe the next year, Francis invited several employees from Burlington to a cookout at his and Glennis’s lake house. I remember very well how much Francis enjoyed their house at the lake, and how much he enjoyed playing golf at The Thorndale Country Club.
    Francis was a good man and he will be missed by many. I will always remember him as my first boss, a good one at that.

  • Valeria Womack Posted February 2, 2021 12:14 am

    Dear Pam and family,
    I was sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My prayers are with y’all.

  • Nancy Brooks Posted February 3, 2021 8:01 pm

    Such a sweet man who I met through my parents. He will be missed by many. Hold tight to the wonderful memories.

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