In Memorandum | George Francis

30 12 2008

Obit Oldest American Man
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Over the weekend, the man whose eyes had seen more than any living human being finally closed for good when 112-year old George Francis died.

The wheelchair-bound Mr. Francis succumbed to congestive heart failure in a Sacramento nursing home on Saturday. Born in New Orleans in 1896, just two decades removed from Reconstruction, when Mr. Francis came into the world, radio had recently been invented and man had yet seen the 20th century or began to take flight. He lived before the birth of the NAACP, the San Francisco Earthquake or the sinking of the Titanic.

Politically active throughout his life, he voted for FDR in the 1930s and ironically cast his final vote for the man who would become the nation’s first African-American President, Barack Obama.

Just think about this, Mr. Francis lived through both world wars, man’s first walk on the moon and got to vote for the first black president. Those of us born within the last fifty years can truly marvel at Mr. Francis’ long life and the vast amount of experiences that surely he must have endured over his memorable journey.

“He lived four years in the 19th century, 100 years in the 20th century, and eight years in the 21st century. We call him the man of three centuries,” said Anthony Francis, the centenarian’s 81-year-old son.

In an interview after Obama’s victory, a wheelchair-bound Francis said he felt like jumping up and down. “For people who say voting doesn’t matter, I think that’s crazy,” he said.

Francis is survived by four children, 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. His wife, Josephine Johnson Francis, died of cancer in 1964 at the age of 63.

Well done, my good and faithful servant now close your eyes and rest!

Rest in Peace.

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2 01 2009
Lady Di

Yeah, my mentor sent me info on this as she is related – distant. My great, great Aunt made it to 110. GOD love both their souls.

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