J Frank West, 73 of Huntsville, Tennessee passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Frank was preceded in death by his father & mother: William E. (Champ) and Wilma Sexton West and father-in-law and mother-in-law: William Meredith (Bill) and Clara Jo Smith Brown, Brothers: Roger West and Mack West, Brother-in-law: Buford Lay; Sister-in-law: Judy West.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years: Becky Brown West and his sons: Joe and Jesi West of Oneida, and Lance West and Stephanie Stephens of Helenwood; Grandchildren: Houston West, Austin, and Sadie West, Gabriel and Kelby West; Great-Grandchildren: Raelynn West and Auzie West. Siblings: Colleen Lay of West Chester, Ohio, Jim and Buncy West of Helenwood, Joan Keeton of Helenwood. Brothers-in-law: Michael Brown of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, Meredith and Chinica Brown of Murfreesboro; Sisters-in-law: Rose West, Sylvia, and Don Billingsley of Oneida; Two very special people that thought of Frank as a father: Gregory Brett Chambers of Glenmary and Colby Garrett of Robbins; a loyal dog: Rowdy; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family, and friends. A special thanks to his caregiver, Summer Walker.
Frank was a businessman for 35 years. Cofounding Denim Processing in 1987 with Jim West, Greg West, and Dub Blakely. Denim Processing was the #1 contractor in the world for Levi Strauss. In 1996 he invested in Jewelry Television of Knoxville, Tennessee, an online jewelry and gemstone shopping network. He was a co-owner in Napa Auto-Parts of Oneida, and McCoy Motorsports of Pikeville, Kentucky. Frank’s hobbies consisted of raising and showing Paso Fino horses, where he had multiple National Champions, watching and attending NASCAR and drag races, watching the Tennessee Volunteers, and watching his sons and grandsons play sports through the years.
Frank was a member of Helenwood Baptist Church for well over 45 years, in which he was actively involved in church as a Trustee and Sunday School Teacher.
The family will receive friends Saturday, November 5th from 12 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Helenwood Baptist Church with Bro. Jim West and Bro. David Barnhouse officiating. Music will be provided by Dallas West, Brenda West, Arnold, and Lloyd Stephens.
Burial will follow at the H. C. Smith Family Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Houston West, Austin West, Gabe West, Greg West, Chris West, Jacob Billingsley, Wesley Billingsley and Dewayne Jeffers. Honorary pallbearers: James West, Jeff West, Ron Keeton, David Litton, Tommy Norman, Wayne Reed, David West, Don Billingsley, Byron Billingsley, Seth Billingsley, Jerry Monday, and Gilbert Lay.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to Helenwood Baptist Church Building Fund, 235 Main St, Helenwood, TN 37755.
Jones & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Frank West.