Loyd Franks

Loyd Junior Franks, 78 of Perkinston, passed away Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, following a lengthy illness. Born July 23, 1941 in Georgia, he was the oldest of six children. Junior, as he was known to most everybody, was one of a kind really. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and drag racing, among other things. He went to work for a construction company on the coast, quickly picking up carpentry skills that would keep him busy in life. After 15 or so years there, he decided to go into business for himself, opening Franks Construction where he specialized in renovating and remodeling houses. There is no telling how many clients and projects he worked on in over 30 years in business. In his spare time, Junior was the consummate "horse trader". He absolutely loved to buy and sell things, but he would much rather trade or barter with you. There was always something for sale or trade at his home on Hwy. 29 there in Perkinston. And if you stopped by, there was always a few stories to tell as well. He could make you mad or angry at times, but could also make you love him before you left. Underneath the staunch wheeling-dealing person that so many knew, was a funny, loving and caring father and Pawpaw. Over the past few years, you never saw him without his chihuahua son "J.J." by his side, or at least in the truck. Junior and J.J. had a very special bond, one that may sound like one of his "tales", but true. They shared the same birthdate for one, but J.J. also had some serious medical problems of his own. While Junior was in the hospital, he grieved in his absence and succumbed to his illness Saturday afternoon as well, just about the same time. Both wil be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew and loved them. Junior was preceded by his parents, Loyd & Mattie (Woodson) Franks and his borther-in-law, Reggie Ladnier. Left to cherish his memories are: his only son, Dennis (Becky) Franks of Perkinston; his granddaughters Gaby and Kloe; his sisters: Joann Ladnier of Gulfport, Earlene (Gabe) Parker of Perk, Joan (Charlie) Farmer of Bond, Chris Hoenke of Biloxi and Norma Jean (Todd) Lee of Carnes. Trinity Funeral Services is assisting the family, and will have complete obituary details available soon. Please keep the Franks family in your prayers during this difficult time.

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