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“Norma, I was sorry to hear of Bob's passing . . . even when think we expect it, we're never quite ready for the pain of losing someone. Thinking of...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Lynn Talbot

“Carole, Doug and family -- so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You all are in our prayers. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Dana & Steve Comer

“I have known Bob for many years,and was a sincerely Good Man. I know that He will be truly missed! May God draw you near to him in the days,weeks...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Walter D. Hall

“We are very sorry for your loss. We went to Sterling High School and RJ had such a great person and had a wonderful & beautiful soul. Please know...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Jason and Misti Hale

“Dear Norma and family, We will all miss Bob. Lois and I send our sorrow for your loss. You both have been in my prayers for some time. I just came...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Barton

“I am so sorry for your loss. I went to Sterling where I met R.J. my freshman year. He was a true friend to all of us kids. He tried to keep us out of...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Kimberly Morgan

“I was in the Alief-Hastings High School band with Carol, and after football games on Friday nights we would meet at Shakey's pizza on Westheimer. I...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Kevin Sayre

“It was my honor and privilege to know and work with Bob Francis from the time he became a member of the Houston Police Department. I have never known...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Delvin Kendrick

“Carole, Doug & girls, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this hard time. Know that I love you all very much. My...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: SEPRINA

“Norma We were saddend to read of your loss. Garth Road Baptist Church has lost a faithfull servant. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Leon and Diann

“It was such a joy to know Bob. He always had a way of making you smile. He was quite a man, and will be greatly missed ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Dianne

“Carol,Doug & girls We love you & are thinking of you. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Andy & Marie Peeler

“Doug, Carole & Girls We love you so very, very much. Our hearts are with you during this time of sorrow. We are holding you up through our prayers...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: David & Lori Roos & Kids

Robert J. Francis

Robert J. Francis, 74, formerly of Baytown, departed this life early Tuesday, June 3, 2008, peacefully at a Baytown healthcare facility. Born in Houston on September 25, 1933, he was the son of Walton Davis Jack Francis and Violet Sullivan Bramlett. A loyal "Gander fan," Bob graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, attended Commonwealth College of Science and then worked for Paul U. Lee Funeral Home. On May, 1 1967, Bob joined the Houston Police Department and worked in accident investigation, in internal affairs and with juveniles. Following his 25 year career with HPD, he retired and went to work for Goose Creek CISD in security at Ross S. Sterling High School. In 2002, Bob became a valued member of the staff of L.A. Crespo Funeral Directors. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 1442 in Old River and was also a longtime member of the HPD Bicycle Relay Team. He and his wife, Norma, were active members of Garth Road Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir and served on numerous committees, including serving as a church trustee. Bob and Norma remained involved with their church even after moving last year to Liberty.

Preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Rudy Francis and David Bramlett, Bob is survived by his loving wife, Norma Jean Francis, formerly of Baytown now living in Liberty; his children, Carole Henehan and husband, Doug, of Mississippi, Donna Coronado, of Baytown, Darla Simpson and husband, Andy, of Baytown, Donna Dalstra, of Vidor, Jacki Kokes and husband, Kyle, of Highlands, Judi Presnull and husband, Jason, of Liberty; grandchildren, Kathleen Henehan Roy and husband, David, Sara Henehan Morea and husband, Jared, Rebekah Henehan, Erin Henehan, Dustin Coronado, Desir Coronado-Dodson, Derek Coronado, Caitlin Dalstra, Cole Dalstra, Scotty Tompkins, Shara Simpson Huff and husband, Joey, Shane Simpson, Sharla Simpson, Jacob Gourlay, Kelsey Kokes, Cody Kokes, Lauryn Presnull, Ashlyn Presnull, Jaci Presnull; great-grandchildren, Ava Lynn Morea, Elyzabeth Huff, Andrew Huff; bother-in-law and wife, Gerald and Ruby Frazar; sister, Yvonne Bramlett Yeager; and uncle, Connell Lee Sullivan; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2008, at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services. A service of remembrance will be held on Friday, June 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels, with Pastor Jim Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Heirlawn Cemetery in Dayton. Honoring the family as pallbearers will be Darrell Jackson, Gary Norman, Mike Lamb, Joey Huff, Shane Simpson, Dustin Coronado, Derek Coronado and Dean Duncan.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services, 6123 Garth Rd., Baytown 77521, 281.839.0700.