Celebrating the life of
Franklin (Frank) Delano Yelton
December 06, 1932 - November 17, 2021
Beloved husband, dad, grandaddy, and great-grandaddy, we will always remember your sweet smile, witty sense of humor, and generous heart. Together we have weathered many storms, and now you have finally arrived in calm waters.
Franklin (Frank) Delano Yelton, 88, died peacefully in his home on November 17, 2021.
Frank was born in Boiling Springs, NC. He was raised alongside his brothers and a sister by his loving mother, Sallie Elison. In 1976, Frank moved to Savannah with his wife Betty.
Franklin is preceded in death by his mother, Sallie Elison; his first wife of 30 years, Betty Wall Yelton; as well as his longtime companion, Claire Rosemary Cramer; and five brothers.
He is survived by two daughters, Judith Leaptrot and Robin Tarvin; son-in-law, Michael D. Tarvin; granddaughter Renee Hill; great-granddaughters, Zoe, Chloe, and Ceara Morris; brother, Lloyd Yelton and sister, Virginia Toney.
Frank proudly served in the USCG, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer after 30 years of service, traveling throughout the world from Okinawa to the Bering Straits of Alaska. He went on to teach diesel mechanics at Savannah Tech for 12 years, inspiring students to pursue new vocations. He concluded his career in public relations for Testmaster Inc. at age 84. Frank was dedicated to a lifetime of hard work, but even more he was devoted to spending time with his family. Each Sunday dinner, holiday, and birthday spent together was cherished.
Frank was an avid golfer and a member of Hunter Golf Club. He could be found many mornings on the golf course where he made long lasting friendships, earning the nick-name, “The Shot-Maker.”
Beloved husband, dad, grandaddy, and great-grandaddy, we will always remember your sweet smile, witty sense of humor, and generous heart. Together we have weathered many storms, and now you have finally arrived in calm waters. “Fair winds and smooth sailing.”
Special thanks to Hospice Savannah and our caregiver angels; Florence, Candace, Jamilla, LaKesha and Gentle Hands Home Health Care for their compassion to our family.
The family welcomes donations to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416..
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 22, 2021 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel.
Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2021 in Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.
We can be confident that Frank will delight living in a paradise with wonderful health. He made the best of life ,in spite of many challenges. What an inspiration for all of us ,to be a blessing to humanity. He will be thrilled to serve the perfect heavenly Kingdom government by Christ. Isaiah 9:6,7 This rulership will even raise those “sleeping” in the graves as was Lazarus. When Jesus calls, Frank will answer, Job 14:14 We know who he will be looking for. We all want to be there to greet him. John 5:28,29 Please enjoy: JW.org, “Enjoy Life Forever”. Love and Prayers, Sandy Wirfs
- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. What a fantastic person and what an exceptional life. We were so blessed that we got to know him. Your Father was a blessing and a light to all who knew him. We will be praying for your family.
- Charlotte and John Zimmerman, Midway, GA
My deepest condolences to the entire family. He was a terrific father, grand and great grandaughters. He will be sorely missed but he has left a lasting legacy to his friends and family.
- Bernice McCall, Savannah, GA
Praying for you and your family strength at this difficult time. It was a pleasure being apart of your family. Mr. Frank was very special to us. Thanks for trusting Gentle Hands Home Heath Care as part of his added family. He will be missed.
- Hattie Hicklen, Savannah, Ga
I taught at Savannah Tech with Frank, and remember him as being a really nice guy. I'm sure the family have many fond memories of Frank for comfort. Sincerely, John
- John A. Brown, Savannah, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
- 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Mon, November 22, 2021
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
4605 Hwy 80 East (map)
Savannah GA 31410
- Graveside Service with Military Honors
- 2:00 p.m. on Tue, November 23, 2021
- Greenwich Cemetery
330 Greenwich Road (map)
Savannah GA 31404