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Obituary for Jean Franklin (Thompson)

Jean Franklin, age 76, of Alto, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2023.

Born on March 24, 1946, in Alto, she was the daughter of the late William Sanford Thompson and Cora Puckett Thompson Whiteside. Mrs. Franklin was a homemaker who was of the Holiness faith. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, listening to music, especially George Jones, watching wrestling, receiving flowers, putting puzzles together and going to yard sales. Oramer enjoyed sitting on her front porch and having people dropping in to visit, and from then on you were considered part of the family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James William “Bill” Franklin; brothers, James William Thompson, Royce Edward “Pete” Thompson; and father of her children, Leon Davidson.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Randall Davidson (Denise) of Baldwin, and David Westmoreland (Sharon) of Mt. Airy; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha Ivester (Michael), and Toni Church (Eddie) all of Alto; grandchildren, Blake Church, James Ivester, Shawn Ivester (Tiffany), Stephanie Church (fiancé, Juan Lucas), Samantha Ivester, Kathy Underwood (Branson), Dasha Davidson, and Ralee Davidson; six great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law; Sanford Thompson (Dianne) of Alto, and Melvin Thompson (Janell) of Lula; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Robbie Campbell and Rev. Fred Enlow officiating. Interment will follow in Baldwin City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at the funeral home.

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