James Franklin, Jr.

James Franklin, Jr.

Wednesday, September 16th, 1931 - Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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James Franklin, Jr., age 88, died in his home on Alto-Mud Creek Road on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Born in Clarkesville, Georgia on September 16, 1931, he was a son of the late James Phillip Patton Franklin and Pearl Lavada Wilbanks.

He was the regional coordinator of vital records and statistics for the state of Georgia for 30 years and retired in 1993. Mr. Franklin held the position of Minister of Music at four churches, Baldwin Baptist Church, Mount Olive Baptist Church, Antioch Baptist Church and Rock Springs Baptist Church. He served as an Army medic during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954. He received an Associate’s degree from Piedmont College in 1955 and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1949. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and devoted his life to his family.

Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Mary Evelyn Pritchett Franklin; children, James Phillip Franklin (Teresa), Brett Allen Franklin (Maureen) and Karen Davis (Dean); grandchildren, Matthew Franklin, Steven Franklin, Kyle Franklin, Madison Davis and Joshua Davis; step-grandchildren, Cassie, Tony, Paul and Jordan; siblings, William Eugene Franklin and Irene Swaim.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Level Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Brian James officiating. Interment will follow at Yonah Memorial Gardens with Rev. Walter Singletary officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11 am until 1:30 pm prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Those in attendance are reminded to adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:30pm
    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 11:00am - 1:30pm
    Level Grove Baptist Church
    157 Old Level Grove Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 2:00pm
    Level Grove Baptist Church
    157 Old Level Grove Rd
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Brian James
  • Interment

    Yonah Memorial Gardens
    255 Historic Highway 441 N
    DEMOREST, GA 30535
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Private Condolence

Kathy Thomas

Posted at 12:52am
Phillip, Brett and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Your dad was a wonderful man that touched so many lives. I have many great memories of him at church at Level Grove. ♥ Y'all will be in my prayers. He is singing with Jesus and the crew now! All my best always!
Sincerely and respectfully,
Kathy Woodall Thomas

Charles & Margaret Tench

Posted at 04:53pm
Evelyn & Family, we are so sorry to hear of James' passing. He has now joined the heavenly choir. He will be missed here on earth
singing and praising God. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and the family in the difficult days ahead.
Charles & Margaret Tench

Harold & Linda Rogers

Posted at 01:27pm

Our hearts are truly saddened today to learn of James' passing. We will never forget the great memories of you both as James directed the music at Antioch. We had a great choir and we still have and cherish the tape of that special Christmas cantata and other services. We are thinking of and praying for you and all your family today and the days ahead that God will give you the comfort, peace and strength that you need.


Bob and Ramona Glore

Posted at 11:35am
Evelyn, So sorry to hear of James' passing. You and family are in our thoughts and prayers. So many good memories of James and you when you were at Antioch!

Jim Duren

Posted at 11:01am
It was a joy to get to know James over the past several years. We attended the Men's Thursday Bible Study together and sat next to each other at this study. I enjoyed talking to him on the phone over the years too. My prayers are with you all. He was a blessing to my life and I will miss him.

Jim Duren

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