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Kit Lindsey France passed away peacefully on Friday, March 12th, at the age of 72.

Kit was born on June 2, 1948 in Washington, D.C. to James and Mabel France. He was a Veteran of the US Army and, as a Conscientious Objector, trained dogs during the Vietnam War. In 1970, he married his childhood sweetheart, Pat. They were married for 50 years. Following in his father’s footsteps, he worked as a commercial painter until taking up carpentry and eventually becoming a contractor. He built numerous houses and was an integral part of designing and building the Waynesboro Seventh Day Adventist Church in Virginia.

Kit was known for his steadfast faith, generosity, love of color, and unflagging good humor. When he was young, he was often mistaken for Elvis and was known to forge a few autographs. He was always scheming—his next prank, business plan, or build. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1986, he battled hard, his heart and spirit beating steadily until his final moments.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia; daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey and Jordan Leahy; grandchildren Ruby Day and Hazel June; siblings James (Jimmy) France, Cathy Gonzalez, Ronald (Ronnie) France, Sharon Masin, and Renee Ford; as well as many nieces, nephews, and members of his extended church family.