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Frank Roger Brigance
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1911
Olive Branch
DeSoto County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 2007
Olive Branch
DeSoto County
Mississippi, USA

Frank R. Brigance Obit -DeSoto County Tribune-(May/11/2007)

Frank Rogers Brigance of Germantown was a man who lived his life serving the Lord and helping others, according to his daughter Glenda Brigance Durell. "His lifelong joy was serving the Lord and doing for others," she said. "He loved the Lord with all of his heart, and his concern was always for others. He was miserable when he couldn't get up and go fix something for someone or help them with anything. "He just wanted to stay active and be helpful. He was honestly the sweetest person in the whole wide world." Frank died on Sunday, April 22, 2007, at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. He was 95. Funeral services for Frank were held April 28, 2007, at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch with burial in the Brigance family cemetery on Center Hill Road. Frank was born to John Franklin and Sarah Alice Rogers Brigance on July 5, 1911, east of Olive Branch in the Center Hill area. Frank was married twice to women who preceded him in death; the first, Lucille Carpenter Brigance who died in 1944, and the second, Louise Ludlow Brigance who died in 1990. Frank and Lucille were married in 1932, and he and Louise were married in 1946. He was a World War II veteran, serving under Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the occupation of Japan. He retired from the Memphis-based Illinois Central Railroad as a switch board man in 1965, later moving to Grand Valley, Tenn., where he served as a substitute teacher at Middleton High School for many years. He was a longtime member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., where he served as a deacon for many years. He left the church for some time to serve the Lord in the Grand Valley area and returned to Bellevue in 1994. He served at Bellevue under Dr. R. G. Lee, Dr. Ramsey Pollard, Dr. Adrian Rogers and Dr. Steve Gaines. He was a member of the Pulpit Committee which recommended Dr. Rogers to Bellevue. Frank loved to teach, Glenda said. He taught many of the young medical students in Sunday School when Bellevue was in its mid-town Memphis location, often bringing them home after church for home-cooked meals. He later also taught men's classes. He was a real student of Bible prophecy and was often asked to teach Bible studies on Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelations, sometimes traveling out of town for a week at a time to teach. In addition, he filled the pulpits from time to time for various churches when their pastor had to be away. For many years, Frank and his wife, Louise, traveled with a group of golfers from Bellevue to places throughout the South, enjoying golf, fun and fellowship. For the last 10 years, he has enjoyed the annual vacation week at the beach with his daughter and her family where all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved his homemade rolls for breakfast. He loved to cook and share his rolls, cakes and other favorite dishes with everyone. According to Glenda, Frank truly was obedient to what Jesus called the two greatest commandments, recorded in Matthew 22:36-39, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,with all your soul, and with all your mind" and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Frank graduated in 1929 from DeSoto County Agricultural High School, known today as Olive Branch High School, where he played football and baseball. Frank was recognized last October by the Olive Branch High Football Letterman's Club as the oldest living Olive Branch High football captain. Frank was captain of the 1928 football team when he was a senior. He was also known for having played on the second and third football teams the high school ever had. He played offensive right halfback. The football program, known then as the DeSoto County Aggies, was started in 1926. "He would always talk to me about his days playing football," said Frank's great nephew, Greg "Buz" Phillips, communications director for the City of Olive Branch who currently records statistics at Olive Branch High football games. "I always enjoyed sitting down and listening to him and recount on how things were back then." Olive Branch High principal Kyle Brigance, Frank's great nephew, also enjoyed hearing Frank reminisce about the old days. "He was a family patriarch," Kyle said. "I remember how much family meant to him. He would always share the family stories. My grandfather died when I was 18 so he was always a link to that past. He was an extremely enjoyable family figure." Greg added that Frank would take charge at Brigance family reunions by saying grace and telling his old stories. "I had a lot of respect for him and the way he led his life," Greg said. "He was a godly man and a strong family man. I always thought a lot of him. He was a down-to-earth type of person. "He was respectful and would shoot straight with people. He was also a good teacher and would always help people in need. People highly admired him, and so did I." Following high school graduation, Frank went to work at the cheese factory in Olive Branch. After being laid off at the factory, he began playing senior professional baseball. Later, in 1941, he began working for the Illinois Central Railroad, from where he would later retire. According to Glenda, aside from his love for football and baseball, Frank was very interested in his family genealogy. He also highly respected his country and was a dedicated family man. "He was a strict but very caring and loving father," she said. "He loved being with his family. He was always there for me when I needed him. "I miss him, but I'm happy he's not hurting anymore and that he is now where he has always wanted to be; with his Lord." Frank also leaves his daughter Antoinette Ludlow Hubbard; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. 
Family links: 
  John Frank Brigance (1876 - 1934)
  Sarah Alice Rogers Brigance (1873 - 1955)
  Louise L Goodell Brigance (1915 - 1990)
  Antoinette Ludlow Brigance Hubbard (1936 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Brigance Family Cemetery
Olive Branch
DeSoto County
Mississippi, USA
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Record added: Jun 15, 2011
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Frank Roger Brigance
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Frank Roger Brigance
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