Francis Westbrooks

Francis Westbrooks, 91, of Anna, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Union County Hospital in Anna.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1926, in Cobden, the son of Francis Marion and Cora Ann Lowery Westbrooks.

He married Barbara Louise Treece on Nov. 29, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden. She preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 2018.

He is survived by his two sons, Hugh M. (Elaine) Westbrooks of Greenville and Mark (Mara) Westbrooks of Eldorado; seven grandchildren, Michael T. (Ashley S.) Westbrooks, Jacob (Jen) Westbrooks, Stephanie (Adam) Mummert, Ashley L. (Dustin) West, Matthew (Christina) Westbrooks, Preston (Melisa) Gross and Shelby Westbrooks; 11 great-grandchildren; a former daughter-in-law, Mary Ann (Bill) Bowen of Jonesboro; many nieces and nephews; a thank you to Lydia (Jeff) Williams and grandson Matt Westbrooks for their care in his final days; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 70 years, Barbara Louise Westbrooks; a son, Stephen Westbrooks; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Westbrooks; three brothers and five sisters.

He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna for many years. He owned and operated Advance Furnace Company in Mounds until his retirement.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He was extremely proud of his service and was honored to serve. He was a life member of Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna.

Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna with Father Federico Higuera officiating. Interment was in Casper Cemetery near Anna.

Graveside military rites were conducted by Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Navy funeral honor team.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

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