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Robert N. Francis, 70, affectionately known as “Bob”, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Born on September 12, 1948, in Alcolu, he was the son of the late Robert and Susan V. Nelson Francis. Robert received his education in the public schools of Clarendon County and later graduating from Baltimore City Public Schools. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving at the Naval Amphibious Base at Little Creek in Norfolk, VA. Robert’s last duty assignment and major command was on the USS Shadwell where he was employed as a Navy Mechanic. After serving his tour of duty, he was honorably discharged in 1973. When he completed his military service, he pursued his lifelong career with PST Trucking Incorporated as an OTR Truck Driver. He thoroughly enjoyed being on the open road. In 1996, Robert met his fiancé and love of his life, Marlene Cochran of Erie, PA. Robert leaves to cherish his memories: one son, Michael Williams of Rocky Mountain, NC; four brothers, John (Betty) Nelson of Alcolu, Curtis Francis of Gable, Thomas and Norman Francis, both of Baltimore, MD; three sisters, Dian (Kennie) Marshall of Baltimore, MD, Darlene Francis of Washington, DC and Deborah Francis of Sumter; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the home, 1345 Boise Lewis Road, Gable. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019, 2 p. m. from the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Melissa Harvin, pastor of Cypress Fork AME Church, Alcolu, officiating, eulogist. The procession will leave at 1:20 p. m. from the home.

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