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1956 Francis 2021

Francis Lee Asher

January 21, 1956 — November 20, 2021


Francis Lee Asher, born on January 21, 1956 to William E Benline Sr and Leenora M Benline (Briggs).

Frank lived a full and adventurous life. Graduating from Martins Ferry High School, he was instilled with a love of music as a marching band member. He traveled the world for a time as a part of a gospel band spreading his love of God.  He would become a minister after receiving his masters as a Baptist. He was proud member of the University Baptist Church on Lane Avenue in Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially the holidays and birthdays.  Frank was always willing to try new board games and enjoyed being gathered around the table laughing and telling stories.

Frank was lucky enough to marry his Husband Richard (Rick) Asher whom he spent over 14 years with. When Rick passed away, Frank looked forward to his reunion with his love at the right hand of God, saying “That one day they would dance again in the presence of the Lord.”

Frank was the youngest of four children. He was survived by his eldest brother William E Benline Jr (Paula) their children Wendy and William (Heather). His older brother Joseph Benline (Diane) and their children Tina, Joseph (Teresa) and Russell (Kelly). His sister Debra Tucker’s children Edward E Tucker (Melissa) and Sarah J South (Jeremy). Frank was lucky enough to be survived by many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his husband, Richard Asher, his parents William E Benline, Sr. and Leenora M Benline (Briggs), and sister Debra Tucker.

A memorial service will take place at 1 PM on December 11, 2021 at University Baptist Church, 50 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43201. A meal hosted by the church will follow.

In lieu of flowers consider donations to Kaleidoscope Youth Center that serves and supports LGBTQIA+ young people in Ohio,

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Memorial Service

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

University Baptist Church (Columbus)

50 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201

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