Business owner and coach, Franks is a part of Havelock's fabric

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Doug Franks works on upholstery projects at a sewing machine at City Upholstery in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 07:13 PM.

It would be fair to say that Doug Franks has influenced thousands of lives.

Franks, who runs City Upholstery, Havelock’s oldest upholstery business, spent much of his life on local baseball fields where he coached generations of young players.

“I have coached the grandkids of the kids I coached,” Franks said. “I have managed or coached in over 500 baseball games and I have probably been to over 1,500 baseball practices.”

Two years ago, Franks stepped back from his active role in local Babe Ruth and Little League baseball, but he still gets approached all the time by former players.

“The biggest pleasure I get is being in Bojangles and having somebody come up and say “Hey coach, do you remember me?’” he said.

It might take a minute, but Franks eventually gets around to knowing exactly who’s asking.

“I’ve had some real difficult kids to coach and those are the ones I’ve had the most pleasure with,” Franks said.

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