J. Francis Amos, MD

Class Year




Posted on: June 28, 2023

Dr. Jesse Francis Amos, age 80, well known local physician and historian, went to be with his Heavenly Savior on Thursday, June 8, 2023 after battling acute leukemia. Son of the late Jesse S. Amos and Helen Hutcherson Amos, Francis led a fulfilling life enriched by God’s blessings, family, friends, and his love of impacting others. His love of history started when he found arrowheads in his backyard as a child, and developed into a lifelong interest and work in preserving history. He served as a past president of the Franklin County Historical Society and Chairman of the Franklin County Bicentennial Commission in 1986. Francis was actively involved in preserving the 1779 Ironmasters House of the Washington Iron Works, 1769 Old Chapel Church (Church of England), Halesford Academy, Rocky Mount Depot, Jubal Early Homeplace, and the Confederate Statue at the Franklin County Courthouse. He also loved sharing local history with his wonderful children and grandchildren. Francis served as the first Director of the Carilion Family Medicine Residency program, Assistant Professor of the Family Practice Residency program through the University of Virginia, and a past President of the Virginia Academy of Family Practice. He and longtime friend Dr. Jack Bumgardner, Jr. realized a childhood goal when they opened their own Family Practice office, serving the Franklin County community for 39 years together. Francis loved his many devoted patients, working with young people over the years, and his church. He served as a deacon at Franklin Heights Baptist Church and was actively involved. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Laquita Ramsey Amos, his brother George Thomas Amos (Mary), “brother” Dr. Jack Bumgardner, Jr. (Barbara), children Jesse Francis Amos II “Frank” (Jenn), Susan Kirby (Scott), Christine “Chris” Brown (Daniel), and John Amos (Manaka). Also left to carry on his memory are his grandchildren: Ramsey and Jesse Amos, Noah and Rowan Chrisley, Garrison, Kenley, and Lawson Brown, and step grandchildren Peyton and Joshua Kirby. Brothers in law Lynn Ramsey (Phyllis) and Larry Ramsey, nieces and nephews: Sarah Dillon (Lynn), Tommy Amos (Debbie), Tiffany Apostle (Andrew), Courtney Edmunds, Gary Ramsey (Marybless), MaryAlice Green (Lewis), Lori Contreras (Devin), and Brandi Buff (Ryan), and multiple great nieces and nephews. Special friends include “son” Brigadier General Burt Thompson (Ret.) grandson-like mentee Zeb Peery, former secretary Deborah Trail, and former nurse Cindy Custer. Special appreciation to Dr. James Maxey, Blue Ridge Cancer Care, Carilion Roanoke Memorial ER and Oncology staff, and Lee Flora with Flora Funeral Service for their excellent care.