Jack was born in Washington County and the son of the late Chester Wesley & Fannie Mae Hopper France. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley “Dick” France and Wallace France.
He was a United States Army Veteran having served during WWII in North Africa and Italy.
Jack graduated from East Tennessee State College in 1950, where he was a 4-year letterman in baseball and football; he also ran track. He received his Master’s Degree at Peabody College (Vanderbilt). After graduation, he taught and coached football at Jonesborough High School for 6 years. He was also girls and boy’s baseball and softball coach.
He retired from the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as Chief of Recreation after 35 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Claudine Ford France, Jonesborough; son and daughter-in-law, J. R. & Sara France, Johnson City; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer & Michael Price, Jonesborough; grandchildren, Dustin Price (Candice), Jonesborough, Lauren Miller (Chance), Irmo, SC and Jameson France, Charlotte, NC; great-grandchildren, Jackson & EllieKate Price, and Cason & Caylor Miller; sister, Mary Ann Young, Jonesborough; and two nephews, Dexter Young and Steve Young.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Crawford, Dustin Price, Jameson France, Chance Miller, Gary Pierson, Steve Young, Dexter Young, Howie Alexander, Frankie Bacon and Carl Ford.
In lieu of flowers, family request memorial donations be made to Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 3131 W. Walnut Street, Johnson City, TN 37604, where Jack was a life-long member.
Condolences may be sent to the France family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821