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James Francis

James Edward Francis, at the age of 62 years old, went to his eternal home on February 10, 2020; he was surrounded by his loved ones in his home. He was born on January 1, 1958, to Beryl and Ruth Francis in St Louis, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Beryl and Ruth Francis; and one brother, Mike Francis.

Jim leaves behind the love of his life, Beverly Henson; son Tony Francis; daughter, Monica "Doodles" (Tony) Kelts; Dustin (Laura) Henson; sister, Vicky (Richie) Roberts; brothers, Jack Francis, Tom (Linda) Francis; grandchildren, Piper Francis, Paige Robinson, Jaren Robinson, Chloe Kelts, Adam Henson, Autumn Henson; along with many nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones.

Jim followed in his Dad's footsteps working for Canal Barge as a riverboat pilot. Later he joined the Cross Country Trail Rides where he made many lifelong friends who gave him the name "Too Tall." The road always called to this asphalt cowboy, he spent his remaining career as a truck driver for Bland Trucking.

In his younger days, Jim loved to hot rod & drag race his several different muscle cars. Anyone who had the privilege of riding with him could testify to his skill, knowledge, and passion for winning the race. As a child, he built a special bond with horses by breaking and riding them with his dad and siblings. This carried throughout his life leading to many hours of trail riding and floating along the Jacks Fork River. He enjoyed the game of pool and sharing his knowledge with those around him on how to master the game. Later he could be found taking long trips and exploring the countryside in his 1974 VW dune-buggy with Bev. Jim had an undeniable love for his children and grandchildren. He never missed a moment to tell them how much he loved them and how proud of them he was.

For anyone who knew Jim knew how big his heart was, how much he valued his entire family, and that he was never afraid to stand for what was right. He was a one-of-a-kind cowboy who is riding through Heaven on his favorite horse Traveler. He gave his heart to the Lord at a young age and was baptized together with his daughter on January 25, 2020. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Yarber Mortuary Chapel, Mountain View with Bro. Tommy Boyd officiating. Interment was in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery, Mountain View, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnny Wade Foundation No Child Should Have Cancer. Condolences may be expressed at


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