Frank C. DeBolt, Sr., age 90, passed away peacefully in Savannah, Georgia, on June 7, 2020.
A native of West Virginia, Frank spent over twenty years in the United States Navy, primarily as an aviator and in the field of electronics. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University and also obtained a Master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. His duty stations included bases on the east and west coasts, the U.S.S. Wasp, Trinidad, West Indies, and Panama. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 1973. After his military service, Frank and his family settled in Savannah, where Frank was a flight instructor for FlightSafety International until his retirement in 1996.
As a young man, Frank developed an interest in electronics and was a ham radio operator. Later, music also became a large part of his life. He enjoyed playing old-time folk music on the banjo and “jamming” with fellow old-time music enthusiasts. He utilized his woodworking skills to build several banjos of his own. He also loved Sacred Harp singing. He sang for many years with Sacred Harp groups in Hoboken and Savannah. He was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, serving in a variety of functions, including Treasurer and member of the A/V committee.
Frank was married to Margaret Wayt DeBolt, who was well-known locally for her books on Savannah history. They were married for 56 years, until her death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Margaret DeBolt Edwards, of Roanoke, Virginia, and his brother, Walter A. DeBolt, Jr., of Jacksonville, Florida.
Frank is survived by his three children and their spouses: Frank C. DeBolt, Jr. and Robin Culler, of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Brian W. DeBolt, of Savannah, and Jennifer DeBolt Harrington and James W. Harrington of Raleigh, North Carolina.
A memorial service honoring Frank’s life will be held later this summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the church building fund of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah.
I’m so sorry to hear of sweet Frank’s passing. Frank told me all I needed to know about running the old control board and mics for recording the services at the UU Church of Savannah. I always looked forward to working with him on Sunday mornings. Condolences to his family and friends.
- Trent Kissinger, Savannah, GA
Besides my father, Frank was the most trustworthy and dependable person I ever knew.
- Ardis Wood, Savannah, GA
We’re so sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. What a great guy... we enjoyed seeing him back at church before the pandemic shut things down. He was an amazing audio guy!
- Gordon & Cathy Webb, Savannah, GA
Loved your parents and Frank was always so thoughtful and kind. I also appreciated his good work and good sense as a leader at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah.
- Caroline M Hopkinson, SAVANNAH, GA
I'm so sad to hear of Frank's passing but relieved to see that he passed peacefully and in the comfort of his home. Frank was a wonderful human being who shared his vast intelligence and skills freely with his church community, about whom he cared deeply. What I remember most about him, though, is his dry wit and subtle but unmistakable charm. Really loved that guy and always will. Rest in Peace, Dear Frank.
- Kelly Blackmarr, Savannah, Ga
We so enjoyed singing with Mr. and Mrs. DeBolt when they were coming to Hoboken. As health and other hindrances kept him away; we saw him occasionally at the Savannah sing. I always enjoyed talking and singing with him. We pray that he is now singing in that heavenly host in the eternal beyond. May God bless this family in their time of bereavement by filling the void left by the ties of nature with contentment for God's divine purpose. Christian Love, Clarke Lee
- Clarke Lee, Hoboken, GA
We were so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Both of us enjoyed chatting with Frank, and remember last seeing him and Brian at the dinner and music party we organized in Rahn Hall in February. I would often query him about details of the building and was amazed at how much he recalled from the great volume of work he was involved with at UUCS. It was always a pleasure seeing Frank, and we'll all miss him. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
- Bill and Donne Rolfes, Savannah, GA
Frank was such a great guy. We always enjoyed talking with him and he did so much good work for the church. It's hard to see him go, but he certainly had a long life, well lived.
- Lind and Ernie Hollingsworth, Savannah, GA
With deepest sympathy to Frank’s family. He always had a few friendly words for me.
- Denise German, Greenville, SC
Respect, admiration, friendship; Common threads that bind us all. Frank endowed us all with those traits and was one of the funniest, smartest people I've ever known. I understand what you feel and hope that peace will come to you again as it did with your Dad.
- Claudia Edwards, Forest , Virginia
I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. What a long life and legacy he has left with you all. My love and prayers go with you.
- Fran Coley, Peachtree Corners, Georgia
- Judith Gauthier, Savannah, GA
I knew Frank to be a gentle man and a gentleman. He was a Unitarian, like me. Frank had lived for some time in Canada, my homeland. He really enjoyed it, and took every opportunity to reminisce with me about his Canadian experience. We both did shape note singing with a small group in Savannah. Frank’s enthusiasm for the music, and especially his excitement about joining the annual sing in Hoboken, Georgia, was contagious. It saddened us all when, in his last years, he could not always join us. Another memory I will always hold of Frank is his loving devotion to his wife Margaret. I respected Frank greatly. His quiet strength will be missed. My condolences to his family.
- Judith Gauthier, Savannah, GA
I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Frank was such a wonderful person, always ready with a smile, and he loved a good hug. The WRUU community radio station, would not exist without his generous support, in so many ways, in the early years and beyond. I wish you comfort in the recognition of his spirit carrying on through your family and all the good work he did in life.
- Vicki Weeks, Savannah, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A Celebration of Life Will Be held at a later date