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

Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 07:13 PM.

Franks still works every day with five employees.

“I’m friends with them. I don’t Lord over them,” he said. “I’ve had several good employees, some kept as long as 25 years.”

He still takes time to work on the old PFAFF commercial sewing machine, piecing together jobs for cars, boats and airplanes.

“It is second nature for me to sit down and sew,” Franks said. “I take what they don’t want to do.”

Franks was an avid water skier until a back injury kept him off the skis five years ago. He still hunts and is a rabid Havelock Rams football supporter, more than a half-century after attending the first-ever Havelock High football game in 1957.

“I’ve actually had an active life and an enjoyable one,” Franks said. “It’s just like the commercial says. A body in motion stays in motion. I’ve never been a couch potato.”

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