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ANNA — Francis Westbrooks, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Union County Hospital in Anna.

He was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Cobden, the son of Francis Marion and Cora Ann (Lowery) Westbrooks.

He married Barbara Louise Treece on Nov. 29, 1947, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden. She preceded him in death Jan. 12, 2018.

Francis is survived by his two sons, Hugh M. (Elaine) Westbrooks of Greenville and Mark (Mara) Westbrooks of Eldorado; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; former daughter-in-law, Mary Ann (Bill) Bowen of Jonesboro; many nieces and nephews, and a special thank you to Lydia (Jeff) Williams and grandson, Matt Westbrooks for their care in his final days; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 70 years, Barbara Louise Westbrooks; son, Stephen Westbrooks; granddaughter, Elizabeth Westbrooks; three brothers and five sisters.

Francis was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna for many years. He owned and operated Advance Furnace Company in Mounds until his retirement.

Francis served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He was extremely proud of his service and was honored to serve. He was a life member of the Carroll P. Foster Post 3455 of the VFW in Anna.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna, with Father Federico Higuera officiating. Interment will be in Casper Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post 3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Navy Funeral Honor Team. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the church and Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home.

Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

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