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GASTON -- Francis M. “Frank/Frankie” Whetsell, 56, entered into enteral rest on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Richland Memorial Hospital.

Born July 7, 1962, to Sandra and William A. Whetsell in Orangeburg. Frank graduated from South Carolina State University with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and computer science. Frank was a master machinist, and worked at Whetsell's Tool and Dye in West Columbia for many years. Frank was a loving father to Casey Humphries (Chris), and a wonderful Papabear to Cylis and Corbyn Humphries.

In addition to his parents, Frank is also survived by his sister, Melissa (Lisa) Derrick; two nieces; and many loving relatives and friends. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Kathy Ketten Whetsell, and son, Corey Adam Whetsell.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington, 4720 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29073. The funeral service for Frank will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1600 Ebenezer Road, Bowman, SC 29018. Burial will follow in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Frank's memory to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1877 Duncan Chapel Road, Bowman, SC 29018, or St. Jude Children's Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com.

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