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Frank Holsey Tufts, Jr.

May 13, 1932 ~ February 4, 2021 (age 88)


Frank Holsey Tufts, Jr., age 88, of Sweetwater Community in Clarkesville, Ga. passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

Born in Sparta, GA, he was the son of the late Frank H. Tufts, Sr. and Thelma Wood Tufts.  Frank served his country proudly in the U.S Navy from 1950 to 1954.  After his military service, he lived in Smyrna, GA working for Lockheed in Marietta. Frank attended and did volunteer work at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Smyrna.   Then while working in the oil business at Sinclair, BP and Fina, Frank achieved an Engineering Degree at Southern Tech in Atlanta. He then worked as the U.S. Government Asst. Motor Pool Manager in Atlanta.  He was also owner, with his wife Dawn V. Tufts of Dixie Gallery Antiques in Chamblee, Smyrna and Marietta, GA and finally moved the business to Clarkesville, GA after his retirement, where his amazing skill and innovation turned tired and dull antiques of old, in to beautiful treasures enjoyed by many. His daughters remember him especially, for his many inventions. Frank enjoyed all of his friends who were members of the “McDonalds” breakfast club every morning until Covid shut it down.

Frank was predeceased by his wife, Dawn Violet (Poneleit) Tufts, his four sisters, Joyce Guetta, Milledgeville, GA; Mary Ruth (Rudy) Peeler, Milledgeville, GA; Ermine Archer, Macon, GA; and Ann Church, Decatur, GA and grandchild Beau Cantrell.

He is survived by his daughters Margaret Ann Tufts, Roswell, GA; Catherine Violet Tufts, Alto, GA and Frances Tufts Welch, Clarkesville, GA; his grandchildren, Jason Edward Dunham, FL; Forest Brook Cantrell, GA; Elizabeth Dawn Clawson, WI; Ashley Rose Fulmer, GA; Jeremy Robert Cantrell, GA; Matthew Chancey Cantrell, GA; Ann Marie Couch, GA , 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 1:00 PM at Hillside Memorial Chapel. 

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Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256

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Memorial Service
February 27, 2021

1:00 PM
Hillside Memorial Chapel
5495 Highway 197 South
Clarkesville, GA 30523
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