New, Franklin "Sonny"

Written by Steve Lauber.

Franklin D. “Sonny” New, 72, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 5, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born Oct. 19, 1940, in Jenkinsjones, West Virginia, to the late William R. and Cora Opal  (Gentry) New. He married Edna Eleanore “Tic” Phillips on Sept. 29, 1967, in Morenci, Mich,. and she preceded him in death Oct. 30, 2011.

Sonny lived his early life in West Virginia and moved to Fayette in 1960. He was employed with Fayette Tubular Products for 36 years, and later retired from Sauder Woodworking in Archbold, Ohio, following eight years of service. Sonny was a member of the Gorham-Fayette Volunteer Fire Department for several years. He enjoyed camping, watching television and playing cards.

Sonny is survived by three step-children, Frank (and Terry) Storrs of Fayette, Jeff Storrs of Granite City, Ill., and Connie Sue (and Randy) Bryan of Fayette; a brother, Charles (and Grace) New of Archbold, Ohio; a nephew, Robert New; a niece, Linda (and Rick) Bailey; nine step-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; and extended family in West Virginia and North Carolina.

In addition to his wife and parents, Sonny was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley New, and a step-grandchild, Nathan Storrs.

Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Paul Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial donations are suggested to Fayette Nazarene Church or a charity of their choice.

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