Frances “Fran” Irene Luce was born in Pineora, GA, daughter to the late Irene Futch (neé Zeigler) and Lemuel Jacob Futch, Sr. She died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at home in Savannah on October 4, 2021.
Fran was predeceased by her husband, James “Jim” Luce, in a marriage spanning more than five decades. She was a Savannah resident for most of her life, though she also spent several years in Baraboo, WI, the hometown of her husband, before they returned to Savannah.
Fran had a full life: she is survived by all five of her children: Brenda Hall (Gainesville, GA), Deborah (Nick) Aracic (Piedmont, CA), Cheryl (Jack) Peacock (Marble, NC), David (Bernadette) Luce (Hilton Head Island, SC), and Dennis (Beverly) Luce (Cypress, TX). During the span of her life, she also had seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Fran volunteered for many years for the Savannah Folk Music Society’s monthly concerts. She loved jazz, and was active in the Coastal Jazz Association, including organizing and volunteering at the Savannah Jazz Festival from 1983-2007. It’s there that she met Jim Gibson, her companion of almost twenty years. She placed God at the center of her life, and was a long-time member of Eastern Heights Presbyterian Church and Grace Church of the Islands. She enjoyed her summers at Trackrock in the Georgia mountains among the lively community there. She spent her life doing the things she loved best – spending time with people and following her many interests, always adding more of each. She leaves a wide community of people who loved her, enriched by her beauty, energy, and enthusiasm.
Graveside service will be held at 3:00pm on October 7, 2021 in the Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park, 1600 Wheaton Street, Savannah, GA, 31404 with Pastor J.C. Cunningham officiating. The service may be viewed livestream by visiting www.foxandweeks.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in Fran's memory to Grace Church of the Islands, 6901 Concord Road, Savannah, GA 31410.
Such a beautiful mom. Prayers and hugs to the Luce family.
- Kay Peacock, Guyton, GEORGIA
Fran was a very good friend and a dear UDC sister. Fran always new what to say to get people to smile. When anybody needed someone to talk to she was always there for them. She always shared herself and her great sense of humor with all her friends. I will always be thankful for her true friendship and cherish her memory. She will be greatly missed. I will be keeping Brenda and all of the family in my prayers.
- ELAINE WILSON, Richmond Hill, GA
Dearest Deborah, Nick and Family - We are very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing and hope your memories will see you through this difficult time. Love Aunt Gloria, Lucy,Gloria,Carl,Mike and Steve
- Aracich-Hughes, DelCorso, Gillette, NJ
Fran was a wonderful friend. We will be praying for you all.
- Joyce McElroy, Perry, GA
I have some great memories when I think of the Luce family! So sorry for your loss. We will be thinking and praying for you all especially throughout the next few days.
- Deanna Summers Avery, Kathleen, Georgia
I am very sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. I remember her fondly. I pray you all will find comfort and strength at this time.
- Donna Summers Appleget, Monterey, CA
Fran will be missed. She was always so delightful and I always enjoyed the ice cream on her porch.
- Sonya & Tim Cristofaro, Blairsville, GA
Brenda, Deb, Cheryl, David and Dennis So very sorry to hear of Aunt Fran’s passing. I have fond memories of her lively personality and smile. Please know we are thinking of you at this difficult time.
- Peter Hickethier & Kathy McCarthy, Adams, Wi
Bernadette, I am so sorry to hear of David’s lovely mother’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers!! I will share with the group tomorrow. Please know we are here and praying for you all! Barbara Griffin Scobey
- Barbara Scobey, Port Wentworth, SC
My dear friend and neighbor Mrs. Fran, I will truly miss you. My condolence's and prayers goes out to Mrs. Fran Family and Mr. Jim. James and Jeannette Cooper, Savannah, Ga
- Jeannette J Cooper, Savannah, Georgia
On behalf of Coastal Jazz/Savannah Jazz we mourn the loss of our beloved Fran with you all. She and Jim and the Peacocks made so many contributions to our Festival all the years we were in the Park. We missed you all these past two years and hope we can get together again next year. With love and sympathy.
- Paula Fogarty, Savannah, GA
She was a special person, our Aunt Fran...warm, friendly and full of fun. We so enjoyed having her at a Luce Reunion in WI about 10 years ago....the last time we saw her. Our subsequent contact with her was thru Christmas greetings we exchanged every year...hers were always sent within a few days after Thanksgiving! With love and sympathy to all of her children...our cousins...wish we could have had some time together over the years...come see us in Wisconsin!
- Andrea Hickethier Milfred, Rio, WI
It was such a privilege and a blessing to get to know Fran. She never saw me without sharing her strong faith and love of family. She was also always such a beautiful person, never failing to build you up and sharing her Christian love, kindness and joy with you. I will surely miss her. You are all in my prayers, family and Jim truly as well.
- David Gaskin MD, Savannah, GA
My son Derek Medsker told me one of the family had found his name in Fran's address book and called and told him Fran had passed. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. I grew up next door to Fran and her family. I am Paula Adams the oldest daughter of Charlie H. Adams, Sr. who lived next door until his passing in 2014. Fran was always a good neighbor who was a positive influence on those around her. I have fond memories of her as I grew up. Please accept my condolences and prayers for your family as I am so very sorry for all of your loss. Paula (Adams) Edwards
- Paula Jean (Adams) Edwards, Savannah, GA
We loved Fran and will miss her very much. We are sorry for your loss.
- Doreen, Lawrence & Dorian Ketchens, Harvey, LA
Fran was a joy! I'm so glad I got to have her as a part of my life and that my boys got to spend many years getting to know their great-grandmother. She was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed!
- Erika Simmons, Franklin, NC
Mom, I am going to miss you. Your son David Luce
- David Luce, Hilton Hilton, South Carolina
Perhaps they aren’t just stars in the sky…but our loved ones looking down on us to let us know they are happy.
- Cheryl Peacock, Marble, North Carolina
Mrs. Luce was like a second mother to me as I grew up with Cheryl and spent every moment I could with the Luce family. Her finesse and eloquent way of guiding her children are unsurpassed. Mrs. Luce instilled a strong work ethic and her love for God into her children and me. I am eternally grateful!
- Evelyn Aimar, Savannah, Georgia
Fran was one of the most precious and energetic people I've ever known. And, loyal! She was a customer who became a dear friend, and I looked forward to working with, and spending time with her every Savannah Jazz Festival season. Over the years, we put out some great looking t-shirts together--Fun times! Heaven has surely welcomed a saint Home. Praying peace over her family and all who knew and loved her. Kathy~Kaleigh Productions
- kathy mcintosh, SAVANNAH, GA