Franklin Scales, 76, of Orangefield, passed away on Sunday, March 10, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, March 13, at First Baptist Church of Orangefield. Officiating will be the Rev. Forest Wood of First Baptist Church in Orangefield, and Pastor Daniel Rose of Community Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday at the church.
Born in Orange, on March 3, 1937, Franklin was the son of Ausbon Arizona “Jiggs” Scales and Katie Mae (Burke) Scales. Frank worked as a maintenance mechanic at DuPont Sabine River Works for 33 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. Frank loved to watch sports on television as well as attend his grandchildren’s sporting events where he was always very encouraging to them.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents; son, Danny Scales; son-in-law, Dr. Sam Leifeste; sisters, Nelda Evans, Margaret “Pug” Granger, Jeanette Bullion; brother, Clyde Scales; and sister-in-law, Betty Frederick.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sarah Jane Scales; son, Franklin L. Scales, Jr. and wife, Jan of Lincoln, CA; daughters, Dr. Nina Leifeste of Orange and Vickie Scales of Bridge City; sisters, Doris Peveto of Orangefield and Geneva Mancil of McLewis; sisters-in-law; Margie “Tootsie” Scales of Orangefield and Barbara Jean Hill of Broken Arrow, OK; brothers-in-law, Pete Frederick of Mauriceville, Ronnie Bullion of Orangefield, Joe Neal Granger of McLewis; grandchildren, Dustin Guillory and wife, Mallory, Sarah Catherine Scales, Katie Cogbill and husband, Daniel, Tyler Leifeste, Joanna Scales, Samantha Leifeste, Jacob Scales, Joshua Scales, Natalie Scales; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dustin Guillory, Tyler Leifeste, Joshua Scales, Jacob Scales, Ricky Sheppard, Rod Sheppard, Todd Sheppard, Daniel Cogbill, Slade Hunt, and Toby Armstrong.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Christian School’s Athletic Department; 3400 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Orange, TX 77632; 409-883-4531.