OBITUARY: Frankie Albright Church


Frankie Albright Church passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

She was born on December 7, 1937, to Walter Martin Albright and Frances Virginia Welch Albright, Frankie was one of three sisters in the Albright family. Her sisters are Shirley Martin Fachilla, husband Frank and sister Peggy Joyce Allen who preceded her in death.

Frankie married Douglas Church in 1957 and they became parents of three children: Hollan Douglas Church Jr., wife Angie, of Houston, Texas, Lisa Carol Sailer, husband Kevin of Leggett, Texas and Mary Virginia Kindler, husband Steve of Cross Bridges, TN.

She has five grandchildren; Martin Layne Sailer, Matthew Scott Sailer, Sean Douglas Crabtree, Bryan Alan Kindler, Haden Preston Church and five great-grandchildren, Ethan Hollan Sailer, Emma Grace Sailer, Avery Louise Sailer, Carson Scott Sailer, and Sage Bowynn Crabtree; and nieces Suzanne Borum and Francis Elizabeth Fachilla.

Frankie graduated from Central High School in Columbia, TN, Class of 1956 and received an associate degree in architectural drawing from North Harris County Community College in Houston, Texas.

She was a cheerleader in high school, enjoyed school dances, rock and roll music of the 1950’s and spending time with girlfriends at Woodland Park pool. Frankie was an avid reader of mysteries and novels and her most loved hobby was painting pictures of animals, people, country scenes and winter scenes for Christmas cards.

She volunteered for the Library Board of Maury County; she was a member of the Students Club; the Chestnut Group, and the Historic Anthenaeum Board. She often commented that she enjoyed these activities, but her love of her family, her husband Doug and her beloved yorkie, Ryder, took precedent over everything else. Frankie was of the Methodist Faith for most of her life and was currently attending the Bigbyville Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, October 20, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Vann and Rev. Alan Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. The family will visit with friends on Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at

Active pallbearers are H. Douglas Church Jr., Martin Layne Sailer, Matthew Scott Sailer, Sean Douglas Crabtree, Bryan Alan Kindler, Haden Preston Church, Steve Kindler, Kevin Sailer. Honorary pallbearers are her beloved sister-in-law, Faye Borum, dearest friend Martha Kelley, Melba and Allen Hannah, Joy and Hugh Erwin, Kaye and Phain Smith, Sherrie and Randy Drane, Shirley Casselberry, Jo Ann and L.M. Coffey, Gerri Ann Edwards, and members of the Friendship Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to the Maury County Public Library, 211 West 8th Street, Columbia, TN. 38401.


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