Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Eddie A. Francis, Jr.

Eddie A. Francis, Jr., age 47, of Erie, PA, was called Home by our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Eddie was born June 18, 1975 in Shelby, the son of Darlene Tackett Carpenter and the late Eddie Francis, Sr. He was a 1993 graduate of Plymouth High School. A talented musician and singer, Eddie was the front man for his band, “Eddie Francis and Freight Train” for several years. During his time on the road, he traveled the world and entertained thousands of fans. In addition to entertaining people through music and celebrations, Eddie also enjoyed cars, motorcycles, hunting and fishing. Some of his best memories included working on vehicles and catfishing with his father. Eddie was well-known for his amazing musical talent, his genuineness, and his ever-present willingness to lend a helping hand in any way he could for his beloved family and friends. He was so greatly loved and will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and everyone he touched.

Eddie’s greatest love was his family and friends. In addition to his mother, Eddie is survived by two children, Hallie Dawson (Daniel) of Delaware and Austin Francis of Ashville; one grandson, Daniel Dawson, expected February 2023; his fiancé, Lindsey Gredler Magouirk of Harborcreek, PA; his stepfather, Ron Carpenter of Shiloh; one brother, Ryan Francis (Jacqueline) of Plymouth; three sisters, Loretta Branham of Sandusky, Rhonda Arrendondo of Opelousas, LA, and Melissa Carpenter of Willard; father and mother-in-law, Bob and Deb Gredler of Harborcreek, PA; sister-in-law, Stacy Heidecker (Kurt) of Harborcreek, PA; three brothers-in-law, Matt Gredler (Stephanie) of Wattsburg, PA, Mike Gredler (Cynthia Buroker) of Erie, PA, and Jon Gredler of Fort Mill, SC; three nephews, Raylin Francis, and Brantley and Connor Gredler; two nieces, Layne Francis and Elise Gredler; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gertrude and Leon Burl Francis and Walter and Josephine Tackett.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 1-3 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 where services will be at 3 pm at the conclusion of calling hours. Pastor Steve Burkhalter will officiate the services with the assistance of his father, Steven, Sr., providing music. Following the services at the funeral home, a celebration of Eddie’s life will be held at his brother Ryan’s home, 4607 Henry Road, Shelby, Ohio 44875. All are welcome to attend.

In honor of Eddie’s love for his family and the exciting anticipation of his grandson’s arrival in February, those wishing to leave memorial contributions can do so for the benefit of Daniel’s birth. For those unable to attend, condolences may be left on Eddie’s obituary post on the funeral home’s website, or of the funeral home’s Facebook page,

To view Eddie’s tribute video, click the link provided:

Memories & Condolence

  1. Jeni Shaver says:

    Darlene and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers thru this difficult time! God bless all of you! Jeni Shaver

  2. Darla and John Conley says:

    John and I are so deeply sorry for your great loss. Sending our Deepest condolences. With Deep Sympathy John and Darla

  3. Cheryl Hamons says:

    Darlene, Loretta, Ryan and families, my condolences to your families. Eddie was such a nice guy. I always enjoyed talking to him. Praying for the peace that passes all understanding that only the Lord can supply.

  4. Holly Korbas says:

    Darlene and Ryan,
    It broke my heart to read that your Eddie passed away. You will be in my prayers and thoughts throughout the coming days. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Carla Clawson says:

    Darlene , Ryan and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. My heart breaks for you. I didn’t know him personally but just looking at his picture you can tell he had a very kind heart. Prayers for strength as you get through this difficult time.

  6. Melody says:

    We are so deeply sorry for the loss of Eddie. Sending our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers .Hugs and Love.

  7. Annie Shepherd says:

    May you all find comfort in your beautiful memories of Eddie to help at this difficult time. Prayers of peace.

  8. Debbi Watkins says:

    So sorry for your loss.

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