December 12, 1911 ~ December 20, 2006

Born in: Virginia,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Frances Ballard Koon, 95, of 15 Craig Circle, Asheville, died Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at her home. Born in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Robert Wayne and Alta White Ballard, and she was the wife of the late Wayne M. Koon. Mrs. Koon worked as a bookkeeper and accountant and was a former bookkeeper at Groce Funeral Home. She retired from the Billy Graham Association’s radio stations WFGW/WMIT in Black Mountain. She was a long time member and director of music at East Asheville United Methodist Church. A founding member of the Asheville Community Theater, she also played the role of Robert Mitchum’s mother when the movie “Thunder Road” was filmed in Asheville in 1955. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at East Asheville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Douglas O. Benton officiating. A private burial took place December 21, 2006, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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  1. I worked with Francis years ago at WFGW/WMIT and came to love her dearly. She always seemed to have time for others and always took an interest in the lives of those around her. One of the fondest memories of those of that era was a song John Baker wrote about Fran, her monster car, and Santa Claus (you can imagine how it went). Fran, having a great sense of humor loved it. I can still hear her laughing. She was one of a kind and an asset to the lives of those around her.

  2. Frances was a dear friend to all the Bob Collins family for many years. She encouraged me at a very early age to pursue my talents in music…which I did. I always thought she was such an interesting person to talk with. I am so glad I got to visit with her recently. My prayers go out to her family members.


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