Lee Joseph Francis San Angelo Lee Joseph Francis went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ at his private residence in Grape Creek, Texas at the age of 57 on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Lee was born on Sept. 25, 1959, in San Antonio, Texas. He was adopted by his loving parents, Richard Francis and Ruth Stephenson, who preceded him in death this spring. He is survived by his wife, Cassie Francis from San Angelo; his three children and their spouses, James and Avery Francis, John and Aimee Francis and Jenna and Zack Smith. His grandchildren include William and Leytn Francis, Avery and Kenzie Francis and Dean Smith, as well as multiple nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers-in-love, Rebecca and Paul Niendorff and Nancy and Andrew Hannon. In 2003, his family expanded to include his biological family. He is survived by his birth parents, Vickie Tucker and Bob Denton. He is also survived by his half-brothers and sisters-in-love, Shawn and Suzanne Tucker, Richard and Tammy Tucker, Richard and Misty Denton, and one half-sister and brother-in-love, Robin and Tenny Ahn, as well as multiple nieces and nephews. Lee married Cassie Shook on Nov. 9, 1985. He graduated from Central High School in San Angelo, Texas in 1978 and from Angelo State University with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing in 2009. He and Cassie pastored a church in Thackerville, Oklahoma and two churches in Premont, Texas. He was the volunteer choir director for Tree of Life Church's On Fire Choir that sang all over San Angelo in the 80's. Ministering in the church, whether it is was through preaching, singing, or volunteering was one of his greatest joys. But he was also a nurse, and saw this as a wonderful ministry, too. In his career as a nurse, he was a Director of Nurses of two nursing homes, the DON of two home health agencies, and worked in hospice care for many years, just to name a few. He was most recently employed at Community Hospital on Med-Tele, and oh, how he loved his "tribe". Through the years he was highly involved with his kids and their school activities, volunteering in the classrooms tutoring students in math, science, and even helping his father-in-love be a trainer for the Christian School's sports' program. He sang The Star Spangled Banner with passion at many events throughout San Angelo. Lee could spin a tale, play expertly with the guitar, and sing wonderfully. As said by a beloved niece, "He had a heart big enough to fit everyone in it." Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at The Life Church, 1414 N. Chadbourne St. in San Angelo, Texas. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lee Francis Memorial Fund at Celebration Church, P.O. Box 3507, San Angelo, TX, 76902. Online condolences may be made at shafferpioneer.com .
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