Our beloved daddy and papa passed into eternal peace on Thursday, December 24, 2020. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Agnes N. “Nell” Francis; and two beautiful granddaughters, Becca Francis and Autumn Cantrell.

Left to cherish his precious memory and laughter are his loving and devoted children; one son, Marvin Francis (Cheryle); five daughters,  Delores Cantrell (Charles), Eleanor Smith (Roy), Anita Baldwin (Tommy), Melissa Price (Billy), and Donna Toombs (George); his loving grandchildren, Misty, Bridgette, Danielle, Shawna, Amber, Carrie, Logan, Gregory, Julia, Emily and John; his dear great-grandchildren, Tanner, Jordan, A. J., Bridglee, Wesley, Piper, Becklee, Jaxon, Eli, and Holden.

A man who lived his life to the fullest and made sure everyone around him did as well. He will live forever in our hearts with his love and laughter in our souls!

A very special and loving thank you to Pam Toombs, Afton Townsend and also Centra-Hospice for helping with his care and for loving our sweet daddy so much. You are forever a part of our family!

A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 28, 2020, at Eureka Baptist Church Cemetery, Keysville, VA. Public viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 27, 2020, at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA. Due to COVID-19 restrictions mask and social distancing is required. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is serving the family.



Condolence Messages

  1. Charlie and Anita Russell

    26 December 2020 2 years ago

    Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. Wiley was so proud of his children and how they always were “taking care of me”. He always had a big smile when you saw him. He was a good friend and neighbor.

  2. Michael G Dean

    26 December 2020 2 years ago

    Fordman…..it is with a sad heart I write to let everyone know how much I will miss you. You where such a wonderful, caring, devoted and special friend to me and my family. I can only imagine the love YOUR family felt. I will always remember the times we shared together……THANK YOU MY FRIEND

  3. Jimmie Dix

    26 December 2020 2 years ago

    Francis family, I am sincerely sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Francis. Each time I greeted him in the store was a smile and conversation. May God bless you all during this time.

  4. Longest Varner

    27 December 2020 2 years ago

    Catherine, Cary and I send our condolences to each of you; Marvin, Deloris, Eleanor, Anita, Melissa and Donna. We grieve for your loss, but celebrate for Uncle Wiley’s homegoing, where not only will he be once again with Aunt Nell, but more importantly, with Christ Jesus our Savior. God’s peace and comfort to each and everyone of you.

  5. Lawrence and Linda Varner

    27 December 2020 2 years ago

    I have 66 years worth of many fond memories of Uncle Wiley and his kind, caring, jovial attitude. Any contact with him was guaranteed to produce a smile. Thoughts and prayers for my cousins and their families. He will be missed by many including Linda and me.

  6. Patricia and Daniel Felker

    27 December 2020 2 years ago

    Sending our deepest sympathy to Marvin, Delores, Eleanor, Anita, Melissa and Donna.
    Uncle Wiley was certainly a special person and well liked by many and loved dearly by others. Please know that each of you are I our prayers. You all did a wonderful job in caring for your father and he most definitely appreciated it. Love to you all. Pat and Daniel

  7. Jayson Dix & Family

    27 December 2020 2 years ago

    Very sorry to hear about Wiley’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time. His smile and dedication to the community will be missed.

  8. Dickie and Anita Gunther

    27 December 2020 2 years ago

    I knew him my whole life and he was always the same. Happy, friendly, and encouraging. We’re all going to miss him. Anita and I are praying for you.

  9. Jeff Tuggle

    27 December 2020 2 years ago

    Don’t know many who enjoyed life like him. Never met a stranger. He’ll be missed but remembered.

  10. Mark Anthony Fears

    28 December 2020 2 years ago


  11. Alan and Doris Myers

    28 December 2020 2 years ago

    We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Wiley’s passing. He was well loved and will be missed by us all.

  12. Cheryl Whirley

    29 December 2020 2 years ago

    RIP Wiley. Prayers for God to wrap his arms of comfort around the whole family.

  13. Anita

    30 December 2020 2 years ago

    Miss you daddy


    31 December 2020 2 years ago

    Thanks for all the Love and Joy You brought to so many. You will be missed.

  15. Pamela Toombs

    26 February 2021 2 years ago

    Wiley T, I sure do have wonderful & fond memories of spending our days together, of which I feel blessed. You were such a wonderful example of a father to me & good friend to me, I will always be thankful to you & your family for allowing me to help y’all. I miss & love you Wiley

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