Frances “Fran” Masters Smith, of Southridge Drive, died Thursday.
Fran was born Oct. 23, 1937, in Greeneville and was a daughter of the late Samuel William and Hattie Marie Ricker Masters. She was also preceded in death by a brother: Freddy Dean Masters; and by an infant brother. Fran was a granddaughter of George B. and Fannie McGaughey Masters and Crawford S. and Anna Gertrude Freshour Ricker.
Surviving Fran are her sister and best friend: Carolyn (Bob) Isaacs; her brother: Bill Masters; nephews: Randy (June) Masters, Mike (Tonya) Masters and David (Donna) Masters; a great-nephew: Michael Masters and his mother, Tonia Masters; and great-nieces: Candice Masters, Bree Masters Rozar and Jessica Masters.
Fran was an honor student at Greeneville High School. After high school, she graduated from National Business College, and she later received her paralegal degree from Southern Career Institute.
Fran spent the majority of her career as a judicial assistant to Federal Judge C.G. Neese in Greeneville and later in Nashville, when Judge Neese was on senior status. When he retired, Fran worked in the same capacity for Federal Judge R. Leon Jordan in Knoxville and, before her retirement, Federal Judge Thomas W. Phillips.
Prior to her employment with the federal government, Fran was very active in the Tennessee Young Republican Club, having served as secretary for two years and as vice president for two years. She was named Outstanding Young Republican of Tennessee in 1974. Fran served as Gov. Winfield Dunn’s and Sen. William Brock’s Greene County Chairman.
Fran never met a stranger and is survived by many friends. She was an avid cat lover and was never without one or two and, sometimes, three of her favorite pets.
Visitation is Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Service, downtown. The funeral services will follow in Jeffers Downtown Chapel at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Andy Blackwelder officiating and Francis Lloyd, Esquire, giving the eulogy.
A graveside service will be Sunday at 1 p.m. in Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Family and friends are requested to meet at the funeral home at noon to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Randy, Mike, David and Michael Masters, Johnnie Bill Ricker and Nickey King.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Laughlin Healthcare Center and Amedisys Hospice.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hebron Cemetery, C/O Katrena Broyles, 40 Norma Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743; Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society, PO Box 792, Greeneville, TN 37744; or the charity of the donor’s choice.