Texas ARF Leader, Ohannes Frankian Passes Away

Ohannes "Hovig" Frankian

Ohannes “Hovig” Bedros Frankian, 66, born in Anjar, Lebanon, passed away Saturday evening, April 16, at the Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Ohannes was raised in Lebanon and studied theology at the Antelias Armenian seminary. He later studied Armenian linguistics at Haigazian College in Beirut. Ohannes was a respected leader of the Houston Armenian community, serving as a deacon and choir master of the St. Kevork Armenian Church. Ohannes would proudly serve as an interim priest during times of cleric transitions. He was also the principal of the Armenian school for fifteen years, and is lovingly called “Baron Hovig” by all of his students.

Ohannes was a founding member of the Serop Aghpur chapter of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. He was an advisor for the Dro chapter of the Armenian Youth Federation and served as emcee during cultural events and celebrations.

Ohannes was known as a caring person and was loved by many. His jovial attitude lifted the spirits of everyone around him and he was often the focal point of social gatherings. His spirit touched the lives of those around him, and he will be greatly missed. His family finds solace in that he will always remain in the hearts of those who knew him. He was honored in his life and will continue to be in his passing.

Ohannes is survived by his wife Shoghig; his three children, Nora, Herag, and Silva; his brother Vrouir Frankian and wife Berjoug and their three children, Ani and husband Curtis Vernor, Sevag, and Vicken; his brother Paul Frankian and wife Barbara Stephen and daughter Stephanie; the Makhoulian, Serkhoshian, Janbazian, Ghoughasian and Pachanian families.


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  1. Edward said:

    A true patriotic Armenian who cared about our people and our fate. He was a dedicated principal of the Armenian School in Houston. He also was the chorus conductor of the Armenian Church in Houston with long years of service to the local Armenian community in every respect. His absence shall be felt for a long time. His memories will remain in our minds. God bless his soul and sincere condolences to his family.

  2. Isaac Andakian said:

    R.I.P. Hovig Frankian….. It is a big loss “enger” for me, the American-Armenian community in Texas, and for all the Anjarians…. May God bless your soul…. ;-(