Terrell Chandler Franks, 97, husband of Edna McCurley Franks, died Wednesday, February 17, 2021. He is survived by daughter Terri Dickson, granddaughter Katie Steenerson, great grandson Chandler Steenerson, and son Mark Franks. He was preceded in death by his son Steven Franks in 1981. The immediate family will hold a small service at home.
Chandler grew up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and attended Mississippi State for two years. After serving in World War II he finished his degree at Baylor University and attended graduate school at University of Texas. He then began his career as a research chemist at the Hanford Nuclear Project in Richland, Washington. It didn’t take long for the local church ladies there to fix him up with fellow Southerner Edna McCurley, whom he married in 1953.
They settled in Mauldin, South Carolina, in 1958, and never managed to leave. For 30 years Chandler worked at Texize, and later Dow Chemical, where he played a key role in developing Spray and Wash(!) A deacon at Mauldin First Baptist, he was known for being a quiet gentleman devoted to his lovely wife and unruly children. For 63 years he loved calling Edna “darling,” “sweetheart,” and “dear.” He built the kids a rambling three story playhouse that (unintentionally) resembled an abstract expressionist pile and took them fishing at Earl’s Lake.
Although science was his vocation, art and literature were his avocation. He never lost his passion for learning, attending classes at Furman University, such as Latin, watercolors, and tai chi, into his nineties. He went on adventures with Elder Hostel and especially loved trips to the Southwest to study Native American culture. He was a fixture at the Life Center fitness club and played in the Yesterukes, a traveling ukulele band.
He died at home, surrounded by family, knowing how much he was adored and respected. But he may not have fully realized the great esteem and fondness felt for him by his friends, coworkers, fellow church members, and neighbors.
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