Franklin Nathaniel Ijames

Published 2:26 pm Friday, May 20, 2022

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Mr. Franklin Nathaniel Ijames, 83, of Mocksville, transitioned to his new home on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Forsyth Medical Center following a brief period of illness.

Franklin, affectionately known as Frank, was born on June 8, 1938 in Davie County to the late Wesley Roosevelt and Ira Wilson Ijames. He was also preceded in death by: his brothers, Alvis Thomas Ijames, and Claude Calvin Ijames; and a sister, Ruth Faye Sales.

Frank grew up in Davie County and attended Davie County schools. He was a multi-talented carpenter and automobile body mechanic. Professionally, he operated Frank’s Body Shop for over 40 years and worked at Ingersoll-Rand Compressors in Mocksville. Frank was an active member of Mainville AME Zion Church and served as a member of the Steward and Usher Baords. He enjoyed puzzles, painting cars, restoring cars and gardening until he was over 80 years old.

Frank leaves behind to cherish his memory: 2 sons, Paul Hairston of Lexington, and Corey Foote of Mocksville; 3 daughters, Darlene Easter, Lavonda Foote and Tamica Maddox, all of Mocksville; 7 grandchildren, Tyler Hairston, Shannon White, Chantia Washington, Andrea and Toni Easter, and Zariah and Taye Maddox; 8 great-grandchildren, Kanaia White, Amya, Travell J., Marquis and Anyssa Washington, Owen Martin, and Kade and Kiel Adams; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.