Harold Lee Frank

Published 12:04 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

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

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

Mr. Frank was a distinguished Army Veteran of World War II. He was a Purple Heart 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 Co. 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 military events. He was accompanied by Mark Hagar to many of these and Hagar eventually wrote a book about Mr. Frank titled ‘The Last of the 357th Infantry’. 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. He spent much of his time at Miller’s Restaurant, Davie Senior Services with many special friends especially Ms. Kelly Sloane, and the Forks of the Yadkin and Davie Co. History Museum in Mocksville with friends Mark Hagar and Brenda Bailey.

Mr. Frank was an inspiration to many. He leaves behinds 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 sister, Jean Frank.

Survivors include: 3 sons, Eddie Lee Frank (Terri), Danny Ray Frank (Larrie), and Randy Dean Frank, all of Mocksville; 6 grandchildren, Joy Hamilton (Ryan), Frankie Frank, Angie Douthit, Pharris Frank (Amanda), Dana Sulier, and Samantha Frank-Taylor; 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; 2 nephews, Gary Frank (Lynn) and Thomas Frank (Marianna); 2 nieces, Tracy Pringle (Scott) and Dawn Case (Harvey); and many more loved family members.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 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 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4 at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials may be considered for: Disabled American Veterans, 1958, US 601 S., Mocksville, NC 27028; or to Rolling Thunder, PO Box 310, Boonville, NC 27011.

Online condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.