JAMES FRANK “FRANKIE” FELL
May 3, 1940 – January 30, 2022
Frankie Furr, age 81, went to his heavenly home on January 30—appropriately a Sunday for this man of faith. Frankie was the son of Howard and Ethel Furr and lived in Concord all his life. During his years at the Concord/Independent Tribune, he was a talented photographer. During his 42 year career he met and photographed many famous and interesting people including Dale Earnhardt, Jimmy Carter, Roy Rogers and both George Bushes. One of his favorite photos, which hung proudly in his house, was an autographed picture of the Minnesota Twins’ hit song Harmon Killebrew. He reported on happy events like the return of a local National Guard unit from Operation Desert Storm and tragedies like deadly house fires. He was well known throughout the Concord/Kannapolis area for having photographed so many students in a wide variety of settings during his long career. After his retirement, Frankie devoted himself to the ministry of his United Methodist church center in Concord—in many ways. He served on several committees, helped with annual fundraisers, chauffeured those in need of a ride to church, and delivered meals to trapped members. The center recognized his dedication and service by awarding him Layman of the Year 2019. When not in church service, Frankie was a regular patron of social events at the Cabarrus Senior Center, where he was a willing and enthusiastic dance partner.
Frankie was one of those people who “never met a stranger.” He liked photography, but he loved people. First up was his 53-year-old wife, Danella. If you were a member of Center Church, your birthday would never pass without a call from Frankie. Frankie was not a man of great fortune, but like the apostle Paul he had learned to be content under all circumstances, which few people can say of themselves. All who knew him will miss him.
He was predeceased by his wife Danella, his brother William “Sonny” Furr of Columbia, SC, his sister Ann Furr Gillespie of Concord, and is survived by several cousins, nephews, and nieces. A memorial service celebrating Frankie’s life will be held on Sunday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the Center UMC, 1119 Union St S, Concord, NC 28025 with a viewing at 2:00 p.m. After the service, his ashes will be interred alongside his beloved wife in the center’s columbarium, a project that was the direct result of Frankie’s efforts. Monuments can be sent to the UMC center at the above address.
The Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord serves the Furr family.
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Posted by Hartsell Funeral Home – Concord on February 8, 2022.