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William Brand “Bill” France, age 71 of 104 Hodge Street, Sparta, NC died Friday, March 2, 2012 at his residence. He was born February 24, 1941 in Ohio to the late William Brand and Margery Penberthy France. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, Linda Gail France; one grandson, Branden Heith Trivett. He is survived by three daughters, Dawn Trivett, Michele Todd both of Sparta, Stacey Cochran of the home; five grandchildren, Chris Todd and fiancé Holly Holden of Elkin, Megan Holden and husband Josh, Sami Todd, Joshua Cochran all of Ennice, Jacob Cochran of the home; two great-grandchildren, Keegan Blevins and Isabella Holden of Ennice; one sister, Mary Lou Nowak and husband Tom of South Amherst, OH; one brother, Wayne Eary and wife Beryl of Amherst, OH; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the Grandview Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the Saddle Mountain Cemetery in Ennice. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Stacey Cochran, 104 Hodge Street, Sparta, NC 28675 to assist the family with funeral expenses. Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in Sparta is serving the France family.