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Francile Newman

Francile Pauline Franklin Newman, 93, died on Friday, May 1, in Birmingham, Alabama where she has resided for the past eleven years.  A graveside service is schedule for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at Okmulgee Cemetery.   Bill Elder, pastor of Mountaintop Church in Birmingham, will be the officiating minister.   Francile was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in 1916 and lived there until 1941. Her parents were the late Grover “Shorty” and Pauline Franklin.  She is a graduate of Okmulgee High School and was an active member of First Baptist Church.  She married J. W. Newman of Okmulgee and lived most of her married life (almost 60 years) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Through the years, Francile and J. W. ministered especially to children, youth and international students.  She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Bob Kelley of Haskell and Linda and Bill Elder of Birmingham, Alabama.  She is also survived by three grandchildren and their spouses, William H. Elder, IV (and Susie Elder) of Nashville,  Linda Kristin Elder Maner (and Brannon Maner) of Birmingham  and Sally Franklin Elder Young (and Kevin Young) of Birmingham.  She also is survived by five great granddaughters, Georgia, Zoe, Libbie, Caroline Francile and Lucy.  In lieu of flowers please contribute to the youth ministry of your local church.   Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.   Online condolences may be sent at