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Phil and Si Robertson’s brother Jimmy Frank dies from heart attack at 78

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Author Jimmy Frank, the brother of Duck Dynasty’s Phil and Si Robertson, died unexpectedly from a heart attack over the weekend.

James Francis Robertson died on Friday, November 21, at the age of 78. He was born on February 28, 1936.

He graduated from Vivian High School and LSU with a degree in journalism, and was affectionately known to friends and family as Jim or Jimmy Frank.

Jimmy Frank served in the US Air Force before attending LSU. After retiring from a successful career in journalism and public relations, he was able to pursue his passion for writing especially in the area of historical fiction. Although Jim was an avid LSU alumni and Boston Red Sox fan, his first loves were God and his family. Those around Jim enjoyed this man with a kind heart whose spirit was larger than life.

The announcement was made on Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s Facebook page: “Please pray for the Robertson family. Phil & Si’s brother, Jimmy Frank, passed away this weekend. Please pray for Connie his wife, their sons & families. It’s tough to lose such a wonderful man so quickly, he had a heart attack. It will hard on them this week & for a long time after the funeral. Pray for strength for all of them.


Jimmy Frank and his Connie lived in Elgin, Texas.

Phil and Si Robertson’s parents, Merritt and James Robertson, had seven children: Jimmy Frank, Harold Gene, Judy Gimber, Tommy, Phil, Si and Jan. All of the brothers and sisters graduated from college and some obtained master’s degrees.

Their brother, Harold Gene Robertson, died on October 27, 2017, at the age of 74. Phil and Si Robertson also lost their parents and sister Judy Gimber.

James Francis Robertson was a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Connie Robertson, sons Jim and wife Masako Robertson, Stephen and wife Holli Robertson, Matthew and wife Su Robertson, Quentin Rance and wife Celeste, David Robertson, John Robertson and eight grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, November 25, at Elgin Church of Christ, 703 N Avenue C, Elgin, TX 78621. Graveside service will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.