By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Franklin “Wayne” Lisle

Franklin “Wayne” Lisle

Franklin “Wayne” Lisle, age 78, was called to his Heavenly home 11/30/2013. Most recently, he had resided in Jefferson and Gainesville, Ga. He was born 12/16/1934 in Columbus, Ga. to the late Hubert Wayne Lisle and Wanda Estelle Horton Lisle.

Wayne leaves behind his wife of 50+ years, Jenetta Faulkner Lisle, Jefferson, Ga. to cherish the memories of being what he often referred to as the “love of my life”.

Wayne leaves behind to remember all of his “Pearls of Wisdom”, his beloved children and their families: Dareyl and Sallie Lisle, Gainesville (Maggie, Samantha, Gennifer, Megan, David, Brian) Jennifer and Lee Goza, Jefferson (Annie, Rachel, Tim, Kellie, Michael and Matthew) Ellen and David Semones, Warner Robins (Seth, Kade and Luke) He also leaves behind his brother Mike Lisle (wife Angela) of Carrollton, Ga. He is preceded in death by two grandsons Daniel Goza and Mackenzie Lisle, and his brother Jerry Lisle of Lake Mary, Fl. (wife Evon)

His father was a civil engineer who worked on government dam construction projects throughout the U.S. From 1st-12th grade, Wayne attended 26 schools. The longest span at one school was his last 2 years, at Lake Worth High School, Florida. Remaining friends with this 1953 graduating classmates for the next 60 years was a great pleasure to him. Wayne excelled in everything that he did with his competitive nature and desire do his best in all that God put before him.

He proudly served 3 years in the Army 82nd Airborne unit during the Korean War. He studied Civil Engineering and attended Ga. Military College, Southern Technical Institute and Marshall School of Law.

He founded Lisle Associate General Contractors in Lawrenceville, where he designed and built hundreds of large, steel framed buildings.

With Jenetta, he was blessed to be able to travel for decades to wonderful countries worldwide, never meeting a stranger. Many times he was able fulfil his passion for golf by playing famous courses. This led him to eventually own 3 golf courses, one of which he designed and built.

In the 1950’s, he played minor league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles.

In 2007, he was inducted into the prestigious Norcross Baseball Hall of Fame. Recently, he enjoyed playing with his son on MSBL/MABL baseball with 40+ year old men, until the age of 77. Wayne truly loved following his grandchildren around the State as they played various sports, seldom missing an event.

Prospect United Methodist Church was very special to him as he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and served with his church family in the work of the Lord, for over 35 years. Wayne whole heartedly poured himself into loving God, his family, his church and friends. We will miss his zeal and passion to live life to the fullest, and his desire to help others to do the same. God truly blessed this little corner of the world with Wayne Lisle, who we will all greatly miss.

On Sunday, December 8th at 2:30 p.m. family and friends met for a Celebration of Life service at Prospect United Methodist Church. Officiating were Pastors Eddie Herring, David Semones and Len Walker, Jr.
The immediate family will travel next week to Berrien Co. for interment at Riverside Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Prospect UMC Footprints of the Future Building Fund. http://www.prospectchurch.com