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Ruth Emily (Burgess) Franks

September 4, 1942 ~ December 12, 2020 (age 78)


Ruth Emily Franks, 78, of Killeen passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in a local nursing home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Ruth was born to Annette and Dalton Burgess on September 4, 1942 in Dallas, Texas, one of two sisters. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Sam Huston University in January 1966. Ruth worked as an administrative assistant for many years at Oncor Electric, retiring in February 2007. Though she went by “Ruth” or “Emily” for most of her life, she was most affectionately known as “Gee” by her grandchildren.

A devout Christian, Ruth’s favorite Bible verse was John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Ruth defined herself through devotion to her children, her grandchildren, and her husband, the late Rev. Johnny F. Franks.  She loved her church, family, friends, rescue ‘grandpups’, & Walker Texas Ranger.

Ruth is survived by her daughter Amy and husband Tony Altgilbers, son Christopher and wife Jennifer Carter, son Jeffrey and wife Dolly Carter, grandsons C.J. Carter and Dalton Carter, and her beloved sister Pamela Haley and her children Michael, Brooke, and Matthew. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dalton and Annette Burgess, and her husband, Rev. John Floyd “Pe-pa” Franks.

A memorial service for Ruth will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Trimmier in Killeen at 11 AM. Mom had a heart for helping dogs. If you are so moved, please consider a donation in her name to Pearl’s Place animal rescue. or

Arrangements are entrusted to Crotty Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Belton.

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Memorial Service
February 6, 2021

11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Trimmier
6405 Chaparral Rd
Killeen, TX 76542

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