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Franklin D.  Echols
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Mr. Frank D. Echols, age 80, of Douglasville passed away April 20, 2017. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 27, 1937, the son of the late Jim and Eva Mae Gaddy Echols. He graduated from West Fulton High School in 1954 and briefly worked alongside his sister before joining the Atlanta Police Department on February 3, 1958. In 1963, Officer Echols was promoted to Detective where he worked in the Vice, Robbery, Homicide, Fugitive, and Intelligence Units. During his tenure as a career officer, he was promoted several times to the positions of Vice Squad in 1970; Lieutenant in charge of Vice in 1971, Captain in Intelligence in 1972, and Major in 1982. Major Echols’ most notable area of expertise was in Crime Prevention. He became Commander of the Crime Prevention Unit in 1987 and developed a program with citizens groups to encourage communities to assist in the prevention of crime. The program became known as Partners Against Crime (PAC) and was adopted by the Department of Public Safety for the entire city of Atlanta. He received many honors, including Atlanta Public Safety employee of the year in 1984. Major Echols retired in 1991 following 33 years of honorable service.

Following retirement, Mr. Echols enjoyed working in the yard, riding his motorcycle, building things. He would have many neighbors ask for his help in their yards so he began calling himself “Yard Man”. He was deeply loved by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by three brothers; four sisters; the mother of his children: Hazel Eckard Echols; and his beloved cat buddy, Boots.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, JoAnn McLarty Echols of Douglasville; son and daughter-in-law: Steven and Julie Echols of Canton; daughters and sons-in-law: Tammy and David Jackson of Acworth and Leann and David Hopkins of Villa Rica; step-daughter: Tina J. Dunton; grandchildren: Jeremy Echols, Joy Dixon and her husband, Thomas, Tanner Jackson, Kendall Jackson, Heather Hicks and her husband, Jesse, Camp Hopkins, Holly Hopkins, and Haley Hopkins; great granddaughter: Emma Grace Dixon.

The Funeral Service will be held at Hightower’s Memorial Chapel in Douglasville at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 23, 2017, with Reverend Ikey Watson and Reverend Bill Shattles officiating. Musical selections will be rendered by Mr. George Mann.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. until the service hour of 4:00 P.M.

Interment will follow on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Kennesaw Memorial Park with Dr. Steven Echols officiating. David Jackson, Jesse Hicks, Camp Hopkins, Jeremy Echols, David Hopkins, and Ray McCravy will serve as Pallbearers.

The family requests contributions be made to Wellstar Community Hospice, 4040 Hospital West Drive, Austell, Georgia 30106; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692 Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

A special "Thank You" to Wellstar Community Hospice especially Thomasine Thomas for her extra love and care.

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Hightower’s Memorial Chapel of Douglasville has charge of the arrangements. 770-489-2818

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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hightower's Memorial Chapel

7034 West Broad Street
Douglasville, GA 30134





4:00 PM
Hightower's Memorial Chapel

7034 West Broad Street
Douglasville, GA 30134





11:00 AM
Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery

1306 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association

PO Box 840692
Dallas, Texas 75284-0692

Wellstar Community Hospice

4040 Hospital West Drive
Austell, Georgia 30106

American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 22478
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123

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