George Fredrick Franklin, 91, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at his home.
He was the son of the late George R. Franklin and Mary Ellen Buster Franklin. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Gertrud Franklin; a son, Floyd Blackwell; his sisters: Nellie Wilcoxon, Lucy Randolph, Nona Hannah, Essie Jenkins and Bessie Franklin; his brothers: Jake Franklin, James “Cotton” Franklin and William Franklin; his stepmother, Thursa Franklin; great-granddaughters: Addison Goodner and Kendall Scoggins; a son-in-law, Bill Adkins.
He was a retired World War II Army veteran with more than 23 years of service.
At the time of his retirement he held the rank of sargeant 1st class. He was a field artillery crewman. After his retirement he worked at several different places in the Cleveland area and retired from Eaton Corporation. He enjoyed telling stories of his past and taking care of his yard and grandkids. He was a member of the Cookson Creek Baptist Church.
Left to cherish his memories are his daughters: Helen Adkins, Judy Stanfill and her husband, Mike, Becky Crabtree and her husband, Don, Linda Nichols and her husband, Jeff, Brenda Burns and her husband, Joe: grandchildren: David Strickland, Cassie Gaston, Blake Crabtree, Jenna Crabtree, Tanner Goodner, Chad Goodner, Taylor Nichols, Reid Burns, Billy Adkins, Lisa Carson, Tammy Blackstone, Lee Stanfill and Nichole Floyd; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; half-sister, Mary Johnson; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Magdalene Wilcoxon.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Wildwood Avenue Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. Herb Conley officiating.
Interment with full military honors will follow in the Cookson Creek Baptist Church cemetery with grandsons Blake Crabtree, David Strickland, Billy Adkins, Tanner Goodner, Reid Burns, Lee Stanfill and Taylor Nichols serving as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends this evening from 5 until 8 at the funeral home.
We encourage you to share your memories and or condolences with the family by going to www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.