Mr. Franklin Delano Chavies, 91, of Himyar, passed away Wednesday morning, June 12, 2024 at his home. He was the son of the late Edward Douglas and Laura Ellen Gambrel Chavies born June 8, 1933 in Pineville.

Frank was a United States Navy veteran who dedicated 28 years of service to his country and achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class. His spirit of service to others continued within his local community, as he was an original member of the East Knox Volunteer Fire Department and their former secretary. He was also a devoted member of the Himyar Baptist Church. In his spare time, Frank enjoyed going bowling, playing softball and checkers and reading his Bible.

On December 7, 1954, he united in marriage with Edith Baker at Himyar and to this union five children were born.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith; son, Franklin Darrell Chavies and brothers, Alford, Tye, Elmer and Jack Chavies.

Survivors include his loving children, Terry and Dale Cleaveland of South Carolina, Joanna Turner of Morhead, David and Michelle Chavies of Flat Lick and Dennis and Carrol Chavies of Himyar; cherished grandchildren, Daniel Arnold Jr., Donald Arnold, Erin Bentley, Kristina Kegley, Jamie Marion, Jason Chavies, Nathan Chavies, Vanessa Cooper, Katie Walker, Valarie Chavies, Timothy Chavies and Alecia Chavies; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; among other loved ones and dear friends.

His funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of the Knox Funeral Home Monday, June 17 at 11 A.M. with Rev. Sam Moore and Rev. Jimmy Siler officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Farley Cemetery with military funeral honors.

Casket bearers will be members of the East Knox Volunteer Fire Department. Honorary bearers will be his family and friends.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Sunday from 6 until 8 P.M. and Monday prior to the funeral hour.

If you wish, gifts may be made in the form of contributions to the East Knox Volunteer Fire Department in his memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.

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