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Harold Lee Frank

September 30, 1924 — December 31, 2023

Mocksville, NC

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The Harold Frank Story
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Mr. Frank Remembered at US Sentate

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MOCKSVILLE – Mr. Harold Lee Frank, 99, a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army, of Ralph Road, went to his Heavenly home on Sunday, December 31, 2023, at the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury.

Mr. Frank was born on September 30, 1924, in Tyro, to the late Ed and Annie Wood Frank.

Mr. Frank was a distinguished Army Veteran of WWII. He was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient and a highly honored POW. After returning home, Mr. Frank married the love of his life, Reba McDaniel Frank and settled in Mocksville where he raised his family and worked for Dixie Furniture and then R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Mr. Frank eventually retired from a long career at RJR. Mr. Frank achieved many accomplishments throughout his life and was a pillar of his community. He served as a special deputy sheriff, county commissioner, and helped organize the Cornatzer Dulin Fire Department. Mr. Frank’s passion was raising gamefowl and traveling with his wife to many Gamefowl Breeders Association events all over the country. He was a lifetime member of NCGBA. Later in life, Mr. Frank traveled to numerous destinations as an inspirational speaker at many Military events. He was accompanied by US Army Veteran Mark Hager to many of these events and Hager eventually wrote a book about Mr. Frank titled ‘The Last of the 357th Infantry’ and produced a documentary entitled ‘From BAR to POW’ highlighting Mr. Frank’s war experience. Mr. Frank was knighted by the French Ambassador and awarded the French Medal of Honor. He also returned to Normandy for the 75th D-Day Anniversary. Mr. Frank was honored by the Gary Sinise Foundation through the Soaring Valor Flight to New Orleans to visit the WWII Museum and participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial. He spent much of his time at Miller’s Restaurant, Davie Senior Services with many special friends especially Ms. Kelly Sloan, and the Forks of the Yadkin and Davie County History Museum in Mocksville with friends Mark Hager and Brenda Bailey. Mr. Frank was an inspiration to many. He leaves behind a legacy that will live on in all our hearts. Mr. Frank will always be a true American Hero.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Reba Mae McDaniel Frank; and his sisters, Jean Frank and Naomi Parks.

Survivors include three sons, Eddie Lee Frank (Terri), Danny Ray Frank (Larrie), and Randy Dean Frank all of Mocksville; six grandchildren, Joy Hamilton (Ryan), Frankie Frank, Angie Douthit, Pharris Frank (Amanda), Dana Sulier, and Samantha Frank-Taylor (Brandon); 15 great-grandchildren, Alexander and Isabella Hamilton, Jaxon Moss, LeeAnn Cowick (Ray), Autumn Linville, Waylon and Jacob Frank, Korri and Mallory Steelman, Lila Hunter, Pharris Sulier, Josie and Hank Colbert, and Journey and Daisy Taylor; one great-great-grandchild, Adilee Cowick; two brothers, Archie Frank (Pat) and Joe Frank (Jackie) all of Tyro; two nephews, Gary Frank (Lynn) and Thomas Frank (Marianna); three nieces, Tracy Pringle (Scott), Dawn Case (Harvey) and Kaye Daniel; and many more loved family members.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, January 5, at Cornatzer Methodist Church Cemetery, with Military Honors conducted by the U.S. Army, the VFW Memorial Honor Guard, and Rolling Thunder. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 4, at Eaton Funeral Home. Memorials may be considered for Disabled American Veterans, 1958, US Hwy 601 South, Mocksville, NC 27028 or to Rolling Thunder, P.O. Box 310, Boonville, NC 27011.
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