Eric Richard French, Sr.

Published 11:36 am Sunday, May 26, 2019

Eric Richard French, Sr., 61 of Williamston, NC passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

He was born on Nov. 10, 1957, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Irving French and Muriel Higgins French, and his mother-in-law, Betty Sue Biles Furr. He is survived by his wife, Regina Sue Furr French, of Williamston; his son, Eric Richard French, Jr., of Houston, Texas; and his daughter, Cayce Sue French, of Greenville, South Carolina. He is also survived by his father-in-law, William (Billy) Vance Furr, of Albemarle; Uncle Richard Higgins, of Washington; his beloved dog, Ringo, and “grand-dog,” Brooks; and many extended family and friends that he loved dearly.

Eric was raised in Menlo Park Terrace, New Jersey, later moving to North Miami Beach, Florida, where he graduated from high school. After starting his career at K-Mart, he eventually moved to Albemarle, where he met the one, true love of his life, Regina. K-Mart brought Eric and Regina to Williamston, where he has lived and raised his family for the last 30 years.

Eric was an active member of the Williamston community, managing both K-Mart and Builder’s Discount Center. He was a member of many organizations, including Optimist Club, Martin County Youth Soccer, Committee of 100 and the local Home Builder’s Association. He was a loyal sports fan and rarely missed a Williamston Tigers (Knights) Friday night football game. He loved the New York Mets, the Green Bay Packers, but mostly the Miami Hurricanes and Clemson Tigers, where his children graduated from college.

Eric was a Christian man of high integrity. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and co-workers.

A Celebration of Resurrection will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in the amphitheater at Green Acres Family Campground in Bear Grass. Following the service, all friends are welcome to attend an “Irish Wake” at the family home in Williamston. Frenchy’s 441 Irish Sports Bar will be open to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Riverside High School Sports Club (Williamston), Martin Community Players or a veterans charity of your choice.

In lieu of visitation, friends are welcome to visit the family at their home.

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