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John Francis Essic

May 29, 1925 December 6, 2018
John Francis Essic
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Obituary for John Francis Essic

Mr. John Francis Essic, 93, went peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father early Thursday morning, December 6, 2018. He was born May 29, 1925 in Davie County to the late John Frank and Mary Lois McMath Essic.

Francis graduated from Farmington High School in May 1942. He attended Appalachian State Teachers College where he played basketball and baseball from 1942-43. He returned to ASTC in the Spring of 1945 after serving in the US Army Air Force during World War II. Francis graduated in November 1948, earning his Bachelor of Science degrees in Physical Education and Social Studies. He then earned his Master of Arts in 1950 from ASTC in School Administration and History.

Francis married Mary Lou Freeman on July 4, 1947 at home plate in Mt. Airy, NC where he was playing professional baseball and continued playing there through 1950. In 1949 he became the youngest manager in Mt. Airy professional baseball. He then began coaching in high schools and colleges from 1950 – 1969. From 1969 – 1971, he was Charlotte Business Manager for the Carolina Cougars. From 1971 until his retirement, Francis was the Owner and Operator of Essic Sport Shop.

Francis was active in the Civitan Club, serving in many offices including President of Civitan International in 1967-68, and in First Baptist Church of Gastonia, where he served in many capacities and was known to occupy a back row seat! There are many honors that he was awarded, but just a few are in 1967 he was chosen the Tar Heel of the week, he is in the Sports Hall of Fame for Pfeiffer College, Davidson County, Mt. Airy, Surry County, and Gaston County. In 1988 was President of Gaston Country Club.

In addition to his wife, Mary Lou, of 71 years, Mr. Essic is survived by his daughter, Martha and husband David Williard; granddaughter, Traci and husband Scott Harbin; great-grandchildren, Anna-Taylor and Jackson Harbin, all of Gastonia.

A service of committal will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Gaston Memorial Park. A service to Celebrate the Life of Mr. Essic will be held 1:00pm, Saturday, December 8, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Gastonia, with Rev. Steven T. Fuller officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 2650 Union Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054, Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054, or Civitan International Research Center, 1719 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233.

Condolence messages and remembrances may be shared with the family at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Essic.


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Previous Events

Graveside Service

Saturday

8

Dec

11:00 AM 12/8/2018 11:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 12/8/2018 11:30:00 AM
Gaston Memorial Park

1200 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Gaston Memorial Park
1200 South New Hope Road Gastonia 28054 NC
United States

Celebration of Life Service

Saturday

8

Dec

1:00 PM 12/8/2018 1:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 12/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
First Baptist Church

2650 Union Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054

First Baptist Church
2650 Union Rd. Gastonia 28054 NC
United States

Receiving of Friends

Saturday

8

Dec

1:30 PM 12/8/2018 1:30:00 PM - 3:00 PM 12/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church

2650 Union Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054

Immediately following the service at the church

First Baptist Church
2650 Union Rd. Gastonia 28054 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Gaston Hospice

PO Box 3984
Gastonia, NC 28054

Civitan Internationl Research Center

1719 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233

First Baptist Church

2650 Union Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
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