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Saturday, January 26, 2008

In Memory of My Dad

Bryant Lewis Franklin

October 2, 1939 - January 24, 2008

Bryant Lewis Franklin, 68, of Rome joined his precious Jesus on January 24, 2008 after a courageous battle with illness and his last days at Redmond Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Franklin was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, on October 2, 1939, to Luther Gardner Franklin and Margaret Lewis Franklin. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Anita Tabor and two brothers, Lee and Herbert Franklin.

Mr. Franklin grew up in Washington, DC and Rome, Georgia. He served briefly in the United States Army and was a veteran of the United States Air Force, obtaining the rank of Airman, Second Class and serving in the famed 17th Bomb Wing. While in the Air Force he received training in aircraft mechanics. He retired from Eastern Air Lines after 25 years service as an aircraft mechanic and avionics technician.

Mr. Franklin loved to fly/pilot airplanes. He also was an accomplished artist, painting portraits, still-life and abstract in oil. Additionally, he loved planning and implementing indoor and outdoor home improvements.

But most of all, he was the best dad and husband.

He was a member of West Rome United Methodist Church. He was also a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Bobbie; daughters, Connie (Brad) Barris and Lynn (Keith) White; three grandsons, Taylor and Daniel White and Hogan Barris; three granddaughters, Christa White, Chyenne Abercrombie and Whitney (Ryan) Cleary; great-grandson, Jackson Cleary; brother, Luther (Frances) Franklin; father-in-law, Max Coltrane; sister-in-law, Rebecca (Dennis) Baldwin; brother-in-law, Joseph (Anne) Coltrane; nieces, Tammy (Curtis) Peterson and Dianne (Kent) Southern; nephews, Tim Franklin and Lee Coltrane.

The funeral will be held Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm at the Oaknoll Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home with Rev. Les Connell officiating. Entombment will be in the Garden of the Apostles, John Mausoleum at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, with military rites provided by the American Legion Shanklin-Attaway Post #5 Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Brad Barris, Keith White, Daniel White, Joseph Coltrane, Dennis Baldwin and Lee Coltrane. Honorary pallbearers will be Taylor White and Hogan Barris.

The family will receive friends at the Oaknoll Chapel of the Jennings Funeral Home from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Saturday, January 26, 2008. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial gifts may be made to West Rome United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2247, Rome, GA 30164 or to Heyman Hospice Care, P.O.Box 163, Rome, GA 30162-0163

The family extends special appreciation to Dr. Stephen Finn, M.D. and Marla Teat, P.A.; to Shirley Griggs, RN, Betty Bischoff, RN and other staff of Heyman Hospice; and to the fifth floor nursing staff of Redmond Regional Medical Center for the Loving care and support provided to Bryant and his family at this time.

Please join the family in honoring Mr. Franklin by visiting www.jenningsfuneralhome.com and share your memories and post your tributes.

12 little hearts from you...:

A Stone Gatherer said...

Lifting you up in prayer! May God's presence fill you and surround you today and tomorrow as always!

Anonymous said...

Praying, for you and your family,May you feel His PEACE.

Denise said...

His healing is complete and now yours begins....... and it will be the same Father that accomplishes the both..... How wonderful is that......... He knows just how to comfort your heart and in that process He has your father right there to visit with..........

1Th 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Flip Flop Floozie said...

What a wonderful life your dad had...Will be praying for you. Sandy

Denise said...

Your dad lived a very full life, and accomplished much. His greatest blessing was his dear family. He will always be watching over you. May you, and your family be comforted by the great comforter at this time. You are in my heart, and in my prayers. I love you.

Donetta said...

Connie, remember to eat and rest and too take care of your self. This too shall pass this present sorrow.
I hold you in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan said...

What a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. Hugs to you, Connie!! Thank you for being a light in our world.



JUST A MOM said...

Connie that is beautiful my prayers are with you adn your family. He is running through the flowers now.

SweetAnnee said...

Lifting you up in prayer...asking for the peace of Christ..
Celebrate your father's life,
my heart hurts for you..
God has taken His
son home .

lovingly, Deena

Counting Your Blessings said...

I just found you through canIbePrettyinPink. I'm so sorry your dad is gone but so happy for him that he's with your Father. I will add your family to our blog prayer list. God is holding you gently and His whispers of love are everywhere. Praying for you...Polly

Sharon said...

Just letting you know that I am praying. Love you girl.
May you feel our Fathers arms around you.

Mary said...

Praying for you and your family that you might find strength in the comfort of God's love.