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Deputy Sheriff Bobby Ray Franks

Houston County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, December 23, 2002

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Bobby Ray Franks

Deputy Sheriff Franks,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 23, 2022

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Franks.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 27, 2022

Bobby Franks was a good man and police officer and my friend !!! I sure miss him !!

Ricky Rains
I was his friend

June 12, 2019

Never forgotten.

Police Officer - -
Mesquite (TX) Police Department

December 23, 2014

Rest in peace Bobby

former sgt Jim Clark
formerly with Houston County Sheriff Office

May 16, 2014

Heroes live forever, Deputy Franks, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Houston County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 23, 2013

Rest in peace, Deputy Franks. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Houston County and the great State of Texas are not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 23, 2012

Time has a way of healing wounds but we never forget. We do not forget your sacrifice, your friendship, your devotion to the sheriff's dept. and community. It has been ten years since that fatefull day-you are remembered and so you shall ever be

Investigator Joe Willis
Special Prosecution Unit-Texas

December 20, 2012

not a day goes by that i dont think of you. i ride by your grave every school morning and afternoon on the bus. i cant sleep with out the picture of u above my bed every night... love and miss you poppy

jacob stowe

September 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the ninth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for rhe solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 23, 2011

Rest in peace, Deputy Franks. You're not forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

December 23, 2011

You have not been forgotten. Thank you for your long and dedicated service to law enforcement. You are a true hero.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 23, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 13, 2008

You have not been forgotten. I know you have a large family and during the past 5 years there has not been a single day that one of them has not been thinking of you. Continue to watch over all of them and protect them from harm. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 23, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your dedication and service

Manchester, NH

December 22, 2007

i miss u and still love u

son jason stowe

February 1, 2007

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

December 23, 2004

Bobby, It is already a year since you left us. You will never be forgotten! Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers my brother.

Guy L. Genovese
Retried TX Police Officer

December 24, 2003

Rest easy, Brother, you are not forgotten.

Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. Bloomington, In.l

December 23, 2003

Its late in coming, but I wanted to take the time to offer special thoughts about Bobby Franks. Bobby was a very good law enforcement officer, whom I got to know while in high school. He was one of a few who took a sincre interest in kids. A true professional, compassionate person. We in blue will miss him!

Assistant Chief Troy D. Harrison, Sr.
Pasadena ISD Police Dept.

I will never forget the time that I spend with Bobby. He loved the outdoors and was sportsman to the end. How is the hunting up there, see you later Bobby?

Darrell S. Bobbitt

As a friend and co-worker of Deputy Bobby Franks I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and condolences from the department and family. I know it means a lot to me to see the reflections and helps me move on as this is the first time that I have experienced a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty personnally and being from a small department a close friend and someone I have been friends with for years.

Deputy Justin Killough
Houston County Sheriff's Department (Texas)

12/23/2002 a hero fell, a family lost a loveone and I lost a partner. Bobby Franks died serving his fellow man and will never be forgotten. I am proud to have served our community with Bobby and will always miss him.

Deputy Randy Hargrove
Houston County Sheriff's Office

Our department just lost a wonderful officer of two years the day before this tragic incident. We all are still grieving and will for a long time.
I pray that the lord will help comfort you in this most difficult time.
Rest in Peace my brother.

Officer Rick Kelly/Traffic Division
East Point Police Department, GA

God speed sir! You will be missed!

Andi -Criminal Justice Student

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