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Celebrating the life of

Frank Butler Ouzts, III

October 11, 1949 - December 11, 2021

Frank Butler Ouzts, III

Frank B. Ouzts, III, 72, died Saturday, December 11, 2021.

Frank was born in Augusta, GA in the fall of 1949 to the late Virginia Pierson and Frank B. Ouzts, Jr. The family moved to Savannah in 1964. Frank served with the Army National Guard and was a member of Tybee Island American Legion, Post 154. Frank and his wife Judy owned and operated Papa’s BBQ for nearly 50 years. He was a member of Georgia Restaurant Association and Buy Local Savannah. 

Frank’s mission since 1972 has been to make hungry people happy. He spent countless hours working and fundraising for Savannah and the Island communities. Frank enjoyed the outdoors with a passion. He loved boating, picnics, family gatherings, the beach, and living at Tybee. 

In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by a brother, Michael Brent Ouzts.

He leaves behind his wife, Judy; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Susan Ouzts; two nieces, Sara Lindsay (Ian) and Virginia Hallex (Tyler); and two great-nieces, Teagan and Piper Lindsay; and many other friends and family that will dearly miss his smile, laughter, and generosity. 

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Tybee Island American Legion, Post 154 on Tybee. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, 2501 East President Street, Savannah, GA 31404.

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Praying that God will comfort the families heart.Met this kind man when I would order food to go at his restaurant.He will be greatly miss. R.I.P. Mr.Ouzts.

- Barbara Griffin, Savannah, Georgia

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They don't make Men like Frank anymore. What a great Soul. He was a straight shooter, a Giver, and you always knew where he stood. The World is crazy right now and worse off without him. Love to Judy and their Family.

- Bill Dewrell, Woodstock, GA

My heart breaks for my friend I knew from Jr High School through life. Frank was a shining light to all those who knew him!! Always wanting to help people!! Prayers go to Judy and family. He will never be forgotten!!

- William Bruce OBerry, Savannah, GA

The neighbor hood they called theirs will never be same .. Blessing and prayers to Judy and family.

- Terry and Susan West, Savannah, Ga

To the family of Frank Ouzts thinking and praying for all.

- Anna Tompkins, Savannah, Ga

Dear Judy and family , I am so sorry for the loss of Frank . I always enjoyed his company and was proud to be a friend . May god see you through these difficult days .

- Chuck Hudson, Fleming, GA

There are no words to describe the loss we all feel at this time. I will miss our talks at Papa’s at lunch and dinner. I pray God gives Judy the strength to get through this difficult time.

- Alan Burn, Savannah, GA

Judy, we were so very sorry to hear of Frank's untimely passing. He was in my homeroom at SHS and I have known him for a long time. Savannah has lost a dear person and his memory will live on. God bless you at this most difficult time and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Marvin and Barbara (Catoe) Hirsch

- Hirsch (Cato), Savannah, GA

Our deepest sympathy and condolence to the Ouzts family. We have enjoyed do many meals at Papa's BBQ. We offer prayers for healing and comfort .

- Patillo Family, Savannah, GA

Oh Judy and Bill I am so so sorry. Prayers for the repose of this wonderful gentleman’s soul and strength and comfort for y’all.

- Patti Ward Neidlinger, Tybee Island , GA

Judy I’m so sorry . Sending you love and prayers . May you find peace in all the wonderful memories of Frank !

- Catherine Delaney , Charlotte, NC

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May happy memories help you in the days ahead.

- Barbara and Sandra Piper , Seneca , S C

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- A friend , Savannah , GA

I am so very sorry to hear this about my good friend, who I've known since college. I just saw him a few weeks ago, where we shared memories and our thoughts about how times have really changed and how we're dealing with it. I will greatly miss him but I am grateful for the years that I called Frank my friend. Prayers for peace and comfort go out to his family and friends.

- Phil Rahal, Savannah, Georgia

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May the life of Frank serve as a testament of living a life of caring and giving to others. God bless and be with Judy, all family members, the PaPa's family and friends

- Connie and Randy Rudd , Savannah , Georgia

Our hearts are broken for you and your family. You are all in our prayer Katharine and Mary-Porcher grew up having Friday night dinners with you and Franks as! We are all so brokenhearted for your loss Judy! I know you are a big part of our lives you both have been such a big part of our lives! Much love to you and your family during this horrible time we will be thinking of you and praying for you!

- George Warner, Savannah , Georgia

I met Frank at Tybee when we were 14 years old and we have managed to keep in touch over the years. Coming home won’t be the same without seeing him at PaPa’s or visiting at the Beach. Those friendships are hard to come by. He will be Gone, but Never Forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Judy and the family as they go through this devastating time.

- Ann (Jarvis) Halligan, Savannah , GA

Judy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your wonderful memories bring you peace.

- John and Sherry Crowell, Tybee Island, GA

Judy I'm heartbroken to hear of Frank's passing. I am thankful that I have the fond memories of him and my father at so many events over the years. I pray for strength to get you through this.

- James Blackburn III , Savannah , Ga

Our hearts are saddened to learn of Frank’s passing. Frank & Judy have been part of our family & family celebrations for so long. He will be greatly missed , until we meet again. God Bless Judy & family. Praying for peace & comfort.

- The Prewitt & Rodgers family, Savannah, GEORGIA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time...

- Richard & Gina Howell, Savannah, GA

Judy, We are devastated by the loss you are experiencing. Frank was such a kind and generous man, always quick with a smile and hello. He always stood on the side of right! Please know there are so many people you and Frank have touched with your hospitality. Savannah is missing a true Gentleman. Our thoughts are with you and your family. HM and Michael

- Fleming, Savannah, Ga

Dear Judy, I was so shocked to hear of Frank’s tragic accident. He was a wonderful person and the two of you have been such a great team all these years. I know that your heart is broken and I pray God will comfort you in the coming days and weeks. Sorry I can’t be there in person on Thursday but I will be there in spirit. Love, Carmel

- Carmel W. Sanders, Macon, GA

So terribly sorry to hear about Frank He was one of a kind. Our thoughts are with you throughout this difficult time.

- Sue and Arnie Seyden , Tybee Island , Ga

Judy, please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Frank will be dearly missed! Jan and Jimmy Carnes

- Jan and Jimmy Carnes, Richmond Hill, Ga

Frank Baby! You’re going to be missed be many. Judy you and Frank were truly two peas in a pod. You are in my prayers continuously. RIP my friend

- Stan Allen, Tybee , Ga

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Condolences to Judy, Bill and family; Frank was such a kind person and made the community a better place. Praying for comfort in the days ahead.

- Randi Bryan, Savannah, Georgia

May God keep you and your family close to his heart. We are so sadden by the passing of Frank. You are in our prayers. He will be missed by many.

- Mike,Dean and Erin Lowe, Tybee island, Georgia

Judy I’m so sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. I was very blessed to have known him all the way back to high school. He was a gentleman with a very kind soul. May god bless you through this difficult time.

- Neill Bright, Savannah , Ga

Papas BBQ and Friday night dinners were a constant in our family. The food was always good and there were smiling faces behind the counter. Frank and Judy took both of our teenagers in to give them jobs during high school. May his soul Rest In Peace. Rob and Lori

- Roberts, Savannah, Ga

We are thinking of all of you in this trying time. Prayers to you Judy, Bill, and the rest of the family.

- Kalen & Jamie Pinckney , Savannah, GA

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- Sommer&Anthony , Savannah, Ga

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May you rest in peace Frankie and May God Bless you Judy.

- Jack Fitzgerald, Nevils, GA

Sending our sincerest sympathy to everyone. May the Lord be with you all and help you through this most difficult time. Flank will be missed by everyone who knew him he was a terrific guy who never met a stranger.

- Charlie & Trudy Stumpf, Savannah, GA

I'm still in shock! I can't believe Frank is gone. Frank was one of a kind. He was king, generous and a wonderful friend. I will miss him... My condolences to you and your family..

- Natalie Reis, Bluffton, SC

Judy, I am so sorry this happened. I learned a lot from you and Frank in my time at Papa's and enjoyed that time immensely as part of the Papa's BBQ family. Please find comfort in the fact that Frank was a good man and that his memory will be carried by so many people who loved him. Tim (Cookie)

- Timothy Rowell, Savannah, GA

Frank will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Heaven has truly gained a special angel

- Gail and Jack Brown , Savannah , Georgia

Our hearts ache for your loss. No words just love, prayers, and blessings for you and your family

- Donna C Piper, Tybee Island, Georgia

Judy,words cannot express the grief I feel at the loss of such a good friend...the good times we all had at Doc's beach house, aboard SEALARK, at the beach and conversations at the restaurants. I will miss Frank dearly always remember that voice saying,"So eddie,tell me about"...You and Frank will always be in my thoughts.

- Edwin Longwater, Savannah, GA

Dear Judy and family, Words cannot express in words the loss of Frank’s untimely passing. He was a true friend not only to us but to the community at large. We are grateful to have known him from his time on West Bay and the Seacoast Motel to present. Always enjoyed his quick smile and chats at Papa’s and wherever we ran into each other. God Bless, Olin And Sharon

- Olin and Sharon McIntosh, Savannah, GA

I was so sorry to learn of Frank’s passing. Frank was always so friendly and helpful to others. He will be missed by all who knew him. May God comfort Frank’s family and friends in this time of loss. Kay Wade

- Kay Wade, Savannah, GA

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Many thoughts and prayers - our hearts are broken. Savannah will not be the same without him.

- Anne Bone, Savannah, GA

Judy, you and your family are in our hearts and on our minds.

- Lyn & Bill, Tybee Island, GA

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Frank was a dear friend of many years. We lost touch, but he is a memorable soul. He was a kind, thoughtful, civic-minded person, who cared about the welfare of all.

- Jo Ann Lee, Charlotte, NC

Frank was a Dear Friend to many and will be greatly missed. Praying for Gods comfort to Judy, Bill, Susan, family and friends.

- LaRandie Raymond Holley, Bluffton , SC

I met Mr. Frank and Mrs. Judy when I worked for his brother Bill at Bacon Park Tennis Courts. He was always kind to me every time I saw him. To the family May you continue to lean on GOD at this time of bereavement. Much love and prayers.

- April Snider-Brown, Savannah , Ga

Much sympathy and prayers to the Family, friends and employees at Papa's BBQ.

- Michael and Karen Lemack, Savannah, GA

What a tragic loss this is to Judy and the whole family and also to his Papas family and anyone who knew Frank - myself included. This was a good man and a good friend - It saddens me greatly that he has left the island. My love and deepest sympathy to Judy and family. Julian Sipple

- Julian Sipple, Tybee Island, Ga

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Our heartfelt condolences on this terrible loss. All our love. Always remembered and never forgotten.

- Chuck & Darlene Newcity, Murphy , NC

So sorry to hear about Frank God bless you may he Rest In Peace prayers to Judy and the family

- Earl Bashlor, Savannah, GA

Heartfelt condolences and prayers for Judy and family, Frank was such a wonderful person and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

- Carol Ann Kaminsky, Tybee Island, GA

Judy we are so sorry to hear about Frank.One of best person we have ever meet.JUST know we love you and if we can do anything let us know.Prayers, love and peace for you.

- Garvin and Kathy Gann, Pembroke , GA

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Uncle Frank was truly a one of a kind. Always quick with a smile, a good story or a shoulder to lean on. Always willing to lend a hand to whom ever needed. He had a heart of gold. Loved everyone he met. Aunt Judy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you.

- Stacy Welch, Norcross, Ga

I did not know Frank well, but ate his wonderful BBQ from time to time. I have known his brother Bill for more than 45 years and I want to express my condolences to Bill and his family.

- Don Jones, Savannah, GA

Ms. Judy, I am so very sorry to learn about the loss of Frank. You both have always held a special place in my heart. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed.

- Tina Hinson Mock, Savannah, GA

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Frank has been a friend to our family since the 70's. Frank was a kind and humble man. Always helping and giving to others. He will truly be missed by many. God be with you Judy and the rest of your family. RIP Frank!!!

- Hedrick Fanily, Savannah, ga

Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

- Beasley Family, Pooler, Georgia

God bless you all. Frank was a very kind and loyal man. I will miss him.

- The Barfield Family, Whitemarsh Island, Ga.

May his memory be eternal!

- Ted and Tracey Koulouris , Savannah , Georgia

Prayers up for you and your family.

- Richard colson, Savannah, GA

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- Ted and Tracey Koulouris , Savannah , Georgia

Judy - the girls and I were sadden to learn the news about "Papa." So many memories from the Bradley's dock, Doc's Bar, running the go-cart at the restaurant but mostly feeding our family throughout the years. Frank was always so kind and generous to the girls; he will be greatly missed and a huge void for the Island. You and family are in our hearts and prayers.

- Lily, Amelia-Cate and Peggy Stone, Tybee Island, GA

Frank always had a smile and pleasant greeting ......knew him since he and Judy opened the original restaurant on the Island .....fine gentleman indeed

- charles Raymond Stewart, SAVANNAH, GA

Prayers for the family.

- james l woods, savannah, GA

RIP Frank, you are missed. Lee and Henry Morgan

- Henry Morgan, Savannah, Ga

Our most heartfelt condolences to Judy, Bill and family. Frank never met a stranger and welcomed all into his Savannah favorite restaurant. Papa's was a go to for any friends new to Savannah. Frank and I often shared our love of cooking good BBQ and making people smile. Frank was a kind and generous soul and will be greatly missed. God Speed old friend... Michael & Angela Phillips

- Michael & Angela Phillips, Savannah , Ga

Our most heartfelt condolences to Judy, Bill and family. Frank never met a stranger and welcomed all into his Savannah favorite restaurant. Papa's was a go to for any friends new to Savannah. Frank and I often shared our love of cooking good BBQ and making people smile. Frank was a kind and generous soul and will be greatly missed. God Speed old friend... Michael & Angela Phillips

- Michael & Angela Phillips, Savannah , Ga

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- Stanley and Diane Devegter , Savannah, Georgia

Judy and Family: May we also with so many others extend our deepest sympathy and love to you and family. Will miss our chats and acquaintance with Frank so much. God bless.

- Harold & Peggy Stripling, Savannah, GA

Our dear Judy, I am so sad to learn of this tragedy. God bless you. We all love you and have such fond memories with you and Frank.

- Mary Jo Adams, Savannah, Ga

It made us so sad to hear about Frankie, he was one of us, Kruger and all of us loved him dearly . We have known Frankie and Judy forever, eating sliders on Bay St in the 1970's till now. We love you and pray for you Judy and all family.

- bob dunlap, Savannah, Georgia

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My thoughts and prayers go out the family

- Aukele Anderson, Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss. He will be missed very much by many people.

- Richard Parrish, Savannah, GA

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Mrs Judy My thoughts and prayers are with you. May happy memories help you in the days ahead My Boss Mr Frank

- Shawnketer Baker, Pooler, Georgia

Safe home Frank, until we meet again. Judy, you will be in our hearts. Peace be with you and your family. Martha and Roy.

- Martha, savannah, - GA

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I so loved talking with Frank at Papas. He made everyone feel like he was welcoming you into his home for a meal cooked just for you. Prayers and love to Judy, family and friends. And to all the staff.

- Diane Lyon, Savannah, Ga

Frank was one special guy who loved being a friend to everyone and helping others privately or in community efforts. His smiling face and happy attitude will be missed by his family and friends.

- Pam & Dale Karacostas, Savannah, GA

Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember when we were all at Whitemarsh plaza and the good times we had.

- Robert Lytle, Metter, Georgia

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Judy, Frank was my brother from another mother. Peggy had me over several times for dinner. Friday nights at Suzanne's were special when he came. Vacation with him in New York was the best! We drove so it was a long trip. I appreciate what ya'll did for both my Dad's and Mother's funeral. It was special to have him as a pallbearer at both funerals. Love you!

- Pam Lowe McGahee, Savannah, GA

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So very sorry. The World will not be the same without him. Prayers for the family.

- Sara Connor, Savannah, GA

Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. Frank always had a smile on his face and was a very generous man. I didn't realize the celebration of life was today until just now. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

- Linda Adams, Savannah, GA

Learning of Frank's death today was a complete shock. I have fond memories from his early days at the chicken shack next to the Alamo Plaza, and Three Pigs BBQ in the OMall with my starter hubs Ed & Dickie Q. He was a true entrepreneur who has always known the value of loyal staff and community. His success derived from hard work and dedication, ad well as from seriously good food, prepared properly. There are few so conscientious these days. My sincere sympathy to his beloved wife Judy and to the family. RIP, old friend.

- Cheryl Hunter Clemens, Savannah, Georgia

I was in the Georgia Army National Guard for over 25 years. During that time I had the opportunity to have Frank in my Fire Direction Section in B Battery 2/214th Field Artillery. It was very nice having him in my section. He was smart, nice, hard working and easy to work with. Everyone who had dealings with Frank enjoyed his attitude, cooperation, ability and friendship. We all have suffered a loss in Frank’s untimely death. I have heard others talking about how he helped them or people they knew besides what has been publicized on the internet and in the paper. We were blessed to have him for everything he did to help others by being the wonderful person he was!!

- Randal Robinson, Savannah , Georgia

I will miss Mr. Frank as will so many others. He was a unique person.

- David Avant, Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss you probably don’t remember me but I was an employee at Tybee marina back when mike and Val owned it. Frank and Judy always took the time to show me how to serve food and importance of food preparation. Having me visit papa’s as well as taking out with they families on boat rides etc. Not only did it teach me work ethics but also the importance of family something that I try to live by today. So what you may of thought insignificant had a dramatic effect on my life and I can honestly say that I’m a much better man today just from spending a couple years knowing Frank and your family. Again so sorry for your loss.

- Rick kendall, Savannah, Ga

My thoughts and prayers are with the Outz family at this sad time. Frank was very special to Toby and me and I know that he and Toby are both in the hands of God. May their memories be eternal. With my deepest sympathy, Irene

- Irene Miltiades Purdy, Richmond, Virginia

We will miss “Papa”!

- Schaaf, Savannah, GA

Frank was a gentle, kind, giving individual with a beautiful smile and a great personality to go along with it. He was truly one of our Tybee characters and the rest of us will surely miss him and will hold dear our memories of times together. My sincere sympathy thoughts and prayers are with Judy and the family God has another angel in heaven looking over us.

- Capt. P. Michelle Gillikin, Tybee Island, Georgia

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RIP

- Sheehan, Savannah , GA

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- meg svedres, Savannah, GA

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Judy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Mr. Frank will be missed dearly.

- Lillie Chandler, Savannah, Ga

Frank will always be remembered as a caring, community oriented citizen of Tybee. We were blessed to have known him and you, Judy. Prayers for his family and friends. Kathy and Carl Looper

- Katherine Looper, TYBEE ISLAND, GA

Dear Judy and all the staff at Papa’s: Frank Outz made tens of thousands of people feel right at home at the Papa’s tables. The quiet and consistent joy he had from hard work, neighborliness and a family who cherished each other cast a wonderful spell. Frank was authentic to the core. I am so glad we had a chance to tell him a few weeks ago how much we appreciated the outsized influence the Outz family had on ours and our children’s lives. Gil Stacy and Louisa Abbot

- Louisa Abbot, Savannah, GA

Bill, Judy & family, I was shocked & saddened to hear of the loss of Frank. I have so many fond memories of your family, both as a teen, and as an adult. Please know that you will be in continued prayers for strength & comfort. Margaret Daniels Reese

- Margaret Daniels Reese, Cumming, GA

My whole family was so heartbroken over Frank's death. The moment we arrived in Savannah, we would drop our bags off home and head over to Papa's. It's part of our family tradition. My condolences to Judy, his family and friends and to all his "restaurant family".

- Mary Stacy, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dear Judy & Family, I am so sorry to hear of this news. You and Frank have the most special place in my heart forever & always. I will never forget the way you took me in when I when I moved to Savannah and started at SCAD. You and Frank welcomed me into your family as if I were your own. I have never learned more about life and love as I did when I was with ya'll. I will cherish every moment forever. I love you...always!

- Celena Waller (Smith), Chester, VA

Services under the direction of:

Oakley-Cook Funeral Home