January 27, 1979 - March 14, 2016
March 14, 2016
January 27, 1979
Elmira, New York
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Francis Paul DeVine, 37, born January 27, 1979, in Elmira, NY, has lost his courageous battle with brain cancer on Monday, March 14, 2016, at LifePath Hospice Home in Sun City Center, FL. Francis graduated from Waverly High School in 1997, joining the Army out of high school. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves from 1997 until 2013 having served in Iraq from 2006-2007. At the time of his diagnosis Fran was working as a welder in Alabama for Boilermakers Local 433 in Tampa, FL
Francis was charismatic and flamboyant, loving life to the fullest. His motto was "I live for today." He was the life of the party making everyone laugh. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched so deeply. His Army brothers and sisters remained vigil by his side until the end showing the bond they shared on and off the battle field. His wife, Sarah, was sent as an angel to comfort and care for him. Now we will do the same for her.
Francis is survived by his faithful and caring wife, Sarah of Riverview, FL; mother and step-father, Mike and Terri Smith of Waverly; father, George of Waverly; paternal grandmother, Loretta DeVine of Waverly; paternal grandfather, Richard (Margaret) Chandler of Nichols, NY; grandmother, Virginia Cooke of Waverly; father-in-law, Mike Redfern of Ohio and mother-in-law, Suzanne Price-Redfern of Ohio; sister-in-law, Manda Redfern of Ohio; brothers, Chris (Terri) Smith of Wilson, NC; Tim (Ann Lynn) Smith of Wilson, NC; sister, Shanon (Rudy) Braza of Texarkana, TX; nephews, Brandon, Jordan, and Andrew Smith; Owen, Eldon, and Aiden Braza; nieces, McKenna Smith; Alana and Maraina Smith; and Skylynne DeVine. He is also survived by many special uncles, aunts, cousins, Army family and friends too numerous to mention. He leaves behind his faithful canine Polar Bear and felines Thor and Loki.
He is predeceased by his brother, Christopher DeVine in 2015; grandfather, George Devine; grandmother, Althea Chandler; aunt, Marcia DeVine, and cousin, Kyle Chandler.
Full military memorial services will be held at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY, 14892 on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4 P.M. Celebration of Life will be held at The Grille at the Train Station, 718 North Lehigh Avenue, Sayre, PA 18840 following the memorial service. Those wishing may visit our Facebook page or send a private sympathy message of remembrance for Francis’s family in “obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com.
Flowers will be provided by the family. Any memorial contributions can be made to Sarah DeVine at 10208 Marsh Harbor Way, Building #40, Apt 5, Riverview, FL 33578, the GoFundMe page for Francis DeVine at https://www.gofundme.com/francisdevine, LifePath Hospice Home, 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City, FL 33573 in memory of Francis DeVine or the charity of your choice.