Francis 'Frank' Gwendale Connell


Francis "Frank" Gwendale Connell, 94, passed away on July 7, 2019 at his home in Thomasville, Georgia. He was born in Grady County on October 17, 1924 to Ellie and Cleveland Connell. He was one of seven beloved brothers and sisters, all preceding him in death.
As a young man during World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy Submarine Corps in the Pacific. Returning home, he established himself as a hairdresser in Thomasville, Georgia and opened his own beauty shop and, later, a beauty school. He enjoyed working with the Thomasville Junior Service League on many of their fundraising Follies events, creating elaborate hairstyles at the request of different directors each year.
He was chairman of the Georgia Hair Fashion Committee for many years and served as an instructor at several of the Hair Fashion Committee Shows. It was also his love of teaching that led him to open Frank's Beauty School, which remained open until the field of cosmetology was introduced into Georgia's Technical Schools.
Frank loved both hunting and fishing - hobbies he pursued for most of his life and shared with his two grandsons when they were young. In later years, he enjoyed picking tomatoes in local fields and sharing them with friends. He served faithfully as an usher at First United Methodist Church for many years and was a member of the Lawson Neal Sunday School class.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Davis Connell; his daughter, Patti Connell McWhorter, and husband, Ted; three grandchildren - Erin McWhorter Whitlow, Bryant "Bo" McWhorter, and Seth Connell McWhorter; three great grandchildren - Anna Grace Whitlow, Jackson McWhorter, and Ellie McWhorter. His youngest son, Greg Connell, preceded him in death in 1991. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 10 at 10:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, Thomasville, Georgia, followed by the service there at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home, Thomasville, Georgia.
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Cynthia and Tom Stephenson
Jul 10, 2019
Judy and family, Tom and I were so sorry to hear of Frank’s death. We have very fond memories of you and Frank. I know he will be missed by many. Prayers for you all.
Robin Roberson
Jul 10, 2019
Mrs Judy .. I was so sadden to hear of Mr Frank’s passing. It was my pleasure to have met you both and to work with him. I will be praying for you
Nan Mautz
Jul 09, 2019
Papa Frank was the sweetest, most dapper man I've known. He was a treasure to all who knew him. May he rest in peace.