Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2016
FRANCIS H. FANNON, III (Age 82) A 4th generation
Alexandrian, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2016
with his family by his side.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Kathy R.
Fannon; two sons, Francis H. Fannon, IV and Ryan P.
Fannon Sr.; and four grandchildren, Ryan Jr., Maggie,
Grace and T. Jackson Fannon.
Mr. Fannon attended St. Mary's grade school in Old Town Alexandria and was a 1952
graduate of St. John's College High School in Washington, DC. Mr. Fannon was a High
School All-American football player and played collegiately at the University of Virginia,
where he graduated in 1957.
He spent the majority of his early career in the life insurance industry and started his own
insurance and financial planning firm in 1980. His grandfather, Thomas. J. Fannon, a former
Vice Mayor of Alexandria, started the families Coal and Lumber business in 1885 at Duke
and Henry Streets in Alexandria. Today after 130 years, T. J. Fannon and Sons is presently
the third oldest family owned business in Virginia, currently operated by his nephews. His
faith, family and the Alexandria Community were the foundations and joys of his life. He had
a deep love and appreciation of America and traveled extensively throughout the United
States and the National Parks with his sons.
Later in life he became a guest lecturer on the Lewis and Clark expedition. His other
interests were running, golfing, charitable endeavors and worldwide travel with his wife,
Kathy. He was a longtime member of many local organizations: Alexandria Kiwanis Club,
Old Dominion Boat Club, Alexandria Sportsman's Club, Belle Haven Country Club and The
Ancient Order of Hibernians which celebrated his Irish Heritage.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis H. Fannon and Dorothy Knight Fannon,
brother, T.J. Fannon and a sister, Mary Ellen Feeney.
Besides his immediate family he is survived by his sister, Dorothy Markham;
daughter-in-law, Laura Fannon; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at
the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will occur on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's
Catholic Church, 310 S. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Frank's name to Catholic Charities,
PO Box 1219, Alexandria, VA 22313. Additional information may be found at:
Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302