Andrew C. Francis

July 02, 1987 ‒ September 12, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

BELLVILLE:  Everything happens for a reason. Nothing occurs by chance, it’s all part of God’s divine plan.  Learn to trust, and go where He leads you.  Trusting God during the good times is easy, it’s in the deep valleys when character and faith become real.  The valley of the shadow of death is still only a shadow, as the Lord in His sovereignty delivered Andy to rest September 12, 2018 from Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.  He was 31.

Born July 2, 1987 in Sidney to Craig and Tracey Francis, Andy was graduated from Fairlawn High School in 2005 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2009.

He worked for Columbia Gas of Ohio and was respected among his peers as the guy to call for help and advice.  It was after a work vehicle accident Andy became a safety advocate for the company traveling far and wide sharing his story.

Strong in his faith, he was a long-time member of Green View United Church of Christ where he was active in the youth activities. He attended Impact Worship Center.

Sports have always been a part of Andy’s life playing baseball, basketball, track and soccer, but his favorite was basketball.   His talent, conduct and positivity on the court not only earned him a four-year letter at The Naz, but also a reputation that would make any coach proud to have him on his staff.  Andy shared his love of sports with his three sisters, supporting them in their athletics, and was proud to coach T-ball in the Clear Fork Youth League.  One of the things Andy was most looking forward to, was teaching the game to his children, taking every opportunity to play with them.

Fun loving, he loved planning the next weekend’s escape with the kids to a waterpark or zoo, a bonfire in the backyard with friends, or a week at Lake Cumberland.  He loved everything about Ohio State but also followed his Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.  Always busy, Andy never sat still…even when he was sleeping.  He constantly had his phone pressed to his ear, chatting away to his family and friends, just to see how their day was or what was new.  Andy was quick with sarcasm and humor and loved to tease, but everyone knew it came from a place of love. Andy would give you the shirt off his back, as he was a man of encouragement.

Andy’s #1 priority was Jena, Cooper and Josie.  Known to spoil the children, he wanted to give them the world and teach them everything.  Family time was his best time, playing, romping and just sharing a laugh.

He is survived by his love Jena R. Francis of Bellville, his precious children Cooper and Josie Francis; parents Craig and Tracey Francis of Sidney; three sisters Ashley and Kenny Miller, Amanda and Xavier Gross of Lima, and Audrey Francis of Sidney; paternal  grandparents Don and Crystal Francis of Sidney and Barbara Smith of West Chester; father-in-law and mother-in-law Marty and Sherry Dickerson of Butler, brother-in-law Jake and Kelly Dickerson of Mt. Gilead; nieces and nephews Maddie, Kayden, Riley and Kinley Miller; and a host of friends and family who have been a tremendous support.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Myron and Sandra Smith, and two tiny children who were ushered directly to heaven.

Friends may call Monday, September 17, 2018 from 2-7 pm in Impact Worship Center, 160 Woodruff Road, Mansfield, where the service honoring the Life of Andrew Francis will be held Tuesday, at 11 am.  Pastor Patrick Bailey and Pastor Jim Oates will officiate.  Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.  The  Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations in memory of Andy may be made to New Perspective Foundation or an education fund for his children (please make checks payable to Jena Francis).

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  • My deepest sympathy to you all. What a wonderful obituary . Sending love and prayers to you all. 💕

  • Dearest Jena, Cooper, Josie, and family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. I pray for strength and guidance for the family as God holds your hand each step of the way. Andy was a great guy. He will be greatly missed by so many. However, I know he is in the arms of angels in heaven now. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs!

  • My deepest sympathy to Jena , your family and friends. What a beautiful obituary. Love to you❤️

  • So very sorry for your families loss. You all have been in my thoughts this whole time, and will continue to be. Hugs to you all through this difficult time 💕

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of Andy’s family. May God be with you all through this difficult time. The obituary was beautiful. May God Bless.

  • Our deepest sympathy for this family. Our thoughts and prayers are continuing during this and will continue for a long time. Andy was a wonderful person with a wonderful family and will be greatly missed from his family at Columbia Gas! He will never be replaced in our hearts. Rest in the arms of the angels Andy!

  • Jena:

    We cannot express how sorry we were to hear of your Andy’s passing. Although I only had the pleasure of meeting Andy a few times with your family, I could tell his family was the core of his soul. We are praying for you to have strength and that he has eternal rest with God.

    Mike and Deb Abbott

  • Alrhough you do not know me, Jena, I have followed your situation through Dana Owens. Having lost a daughter at age 35, leaving behind her 3 and 6-year-olds, we surprisingly learned just how resilient chikdren are. Despite their loss and sad moments they taught us all to treasure the smallest joys of daily life that goes on. I hope you experience this through your young ones. I pray for healing for you all! God bless you!
    Kathi Paullin, Delaware

  • Francis family, wife and children,

    Words don’t seem to express how very sorry I am for your loss. Though I know for all the people his life impacted in such a positive way, his spirit will live on in the hearts of many. As his cousin that shared classes from kinder through 10th grade, I know we have lost such an incredible member of our family. However, I also know God has gained quite the angel. So much love and prayers sent to his wife, babies and closest family members in this time of grief.

    God Bless,

    Heather Kies

  • Francis family,
    My deepest condolences to all those this loss affects. Like my daughter, Heather Kies said, there are no words that can possibly express how we feel at a time like this. I pray that all are blessed with comfort from the hands of our God. For He is always with us and is the Healer and Comfortor.
    God Bless
    Tina Sowders

  • To the Francis family,

    What a beautiful obituary, and beautiful pictures. We are so incredibly sorry at the untimely Los of such a vibrant young man. May God give you the strength to be able to handle everything that has come to pass. Prayers to everybody.

    May God bless you all,
    Chuck and Kim Kies

  • What a beautiful tribute to Andy’s life. He was loved by many and will truly be missed. In faith I know God will comfort and lead you through this difficult time. Your faith is evident and He will not fail you. Please know our thoughts and prayers go with you in the days ahead. God bless all.

  • My profound and deepest sympathy goes to you all during this time. May the Lord cover you with love and peace, and may the many unwavering prayers spoken protect you, forever.

  • Jena, Cooper and Josie,
    Words can not express the sympathy we have for your family, or the loss you feel in your hearts. They say time heals all wounds, but will never replace the loss of your loved one.
    We pray for you, for love, comfort, strength, and to continue your faith. God has great plans for us, though they might not be the same as ours. Trust in the Lord, and know he is always with you all. God bless!
    Melissa, Darienne and Alexandra Hammond

  • What a beautiful tribute…I only know Andy and Jena through Laura and Darrick Faucett’s facebook pages and the lovely message above. Jena, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your beautiful children, and we are so thankful for your faith and the surety that Andy lives in Heaven with our Father, healed and whole, and you will see him again one day. Grace and peace be with you, and may your memories give you comfort.

  • Please accept our families heart felt sympathies on the loss of Mr. Andy Francis. We will continue to pray for you all and wish you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of your pain. This beautiful tribute accurately depicts everything that Andy stood for. I am personally honored that I got the opportunity to know Andy over the course of our lives and most importantly the honor to call him my friend. He will continue to live on in the hearts of all those who knew him and he will be greatly missed.

    God Bless,

    Jeremy, Lauren, Allison and Hannah Morris

  • We are deeply saddened for you your loss. God has a plan for your future as spoken in Jeremiah 29:11. There will be hope and triumph in your life.

  • Man what can there be said about Andy….except AMAZING. I had the private of knowing Andy for a little over 9 years. He was just a light in so many lives. He loves to play and scare my kids with scary mask and say “do u want me to go get my grandma’s wish was a scary witch mask. He loved life and I will never forget the bond and friendship I had rig him and Jena both. I will always love u both with my soul. But how amazing it it that he is walking with God right now. Rejoice!!!

  • Jena and Family,,, I cannot explain how we feel seeing this post. We have been keeping in touch with your facebook posts on how Andy had been coming along. Our LORD above has a very special jod for your Andy. His tribute is beautiful. Prayers sent you way. GOD BLESS.

  • Jena, Marty, Sherry, and all family members of Andy: Please accept my prayers and condolences for this tragic loss. Jena, you have wonderful parents who were my work associates at Columbia Gas. Strong faith in God is imperative to surviving a loss of this magnitude.May God give you strength every day as you go forward to live a different life than you were living. Lean on your family and friends when you need to cry and feel the pain of this loss. Remember, grief is like the tide, it comes and goes at it’s own whim. You do not control it. God be with you and with all those who will be supporting you.

  • To Andy’s Wife & Children and All Family Members.

    So sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. He was a wonderful young man, with great parents & siblings. The obituary was a tribute to the life he lived, it shows his love and faith. Please know there are many keeping you in their prayers at these side times. I know at times it is hard to understand God’s plan.
    Take care, you are in our Thoughts & Prayers.

  • Our sincerest condolences to all family and friends of Andy. We never had the pleasure of meeting him…only through social media after reading the article about the accident in The Bellville Star. When my friend (she is 87) and I would get together we would check for updates on his condition and any new pictures. Just from looking at all the pictures of family and friends you could tell he was loved by all. He was truly an inspiration to those that never even met him!! What a blessing. Praying for all of you.