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Donald Franklin

December 31, 1930 — August 22, 2018

Born in Joliet, IL on December 31, 1930 Departed on August 22, 2018 and resided in Gallatin, TN Visitation: First United Methodist Church - GallatinSunday August 26, 2018 1:00pm to 2:00pmFuneral: First United Methodist Church - GallatinSunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Donald Lee Franklin

Born in Joliet, IL on December 31, 1930

Departed on August 22, 2018 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Visitation: First United Methodist Church - Gallatin Sunday August 26, 2018 1:00pm to 2:00pmFuneral: First United Methodist Church - Gallatin Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Donald Lee Franklin, age 87, formally of Warsaw, IN., passed away August 22, 2018. He was born December 31, 1930 in Joliet, IL., son of the late Thomas and Frances Sears Franklin. Don retired after 42 years with RR Donnelly and Son, was a member of Gallatin Kiwanis Club, foreman Sumner County grand jury, and Gallatin First United Methodist Church and choir member. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Edward Franklin.
Don is survived by his wife, Jeanne Franklin; his children, Linda Fetherolf of Calera, Al, Steven Franklin (Debbie) of New Albany, IN, Scott Franklin (Katrina) of Akron, IN, Laura McCarty of Gallatin, TN; two sisters, Louise Blew and Joyce Kozbiel (Fred) both of Winter Haven, FL; one sister-in-law, Joyce Franklin of IL.; 15 grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 26,2018 at 2pm at Gallatin First United Methodist Church with Rev. James Johnson and Rev. Ted Hill officiating. A visitation will be from 1pm until service time at 2pm at Gallatin First United Methodist Church and another visitation to follow after the service at Ramsey Hall.
I lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gallatin First United Methodist Church Choir.

11 Comments Vickie and Bob McFadden August 24, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

So sorry to hear of the passing of this great Man. Don was a very special person, he loved his Church, the Choir, his family and his community. When he was able, he served. I know you all will miss this matriarch of your family.

Vickie McFadden August 24, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

Oops, I many patriarch, couldn’t correct it after I sent send.

Jon Weidner August 24, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

Mrs. Franklin,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband. You will be in my prayers.

Jon Weidner

Sarah Jackson August 24, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

Jeanne, So sorry to learn of Don’s death. He was a good friend to us and so many others and I know he will be missed by many people.

You and your family are in our prayers.

Sarah and Harold Jackson

Catherine Wilson August 25, 2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

Don was a wondsrful man and he will be greatly missed! I love, Jeannie

Bob DeGraff August 25, 2018 at 1:25 am - Reply

I met Don and his family in 1965 when we first moved to Warsaw. I was a “Donnelley Brat” along with quite a few other kids whose parents worked there. “Mom Franklin” took care of the guys on our Warsaw High school swim team. Over the years I got to know Don professionally, after I was hired for the Donnelley in Gallatin. I mourn with the whole family and remember the legacy that is your Dad. He is a man that will not be forgotten by any of the lives he touched.

Pat Givens August 25, 2018 at 9:32 pm - Reply

So sad to learn of Don's passing. He loved his family and his church. I really grew to know Don & Jeanne in the kitchen at FUMC. He brought all of us ‘kitchen ladies' treats from his garden!! He loved to serve others at church and in the community! He will be missed but I know he is in heaven with Our Savior.

Johnnie Godwin August 26, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

Sympathy from neighbors Johnnie and Phyllis Godwin–ever since April 1980. We’ve enjoyed living just across the street from Don and Jeanne. They have blessed our lives. My own career in Christian publishing put me in regular contact with Donnelley, and I know Don’s colleagues appreciated his statesmanship as a leader and executive and friend. Phyllis served a term in the grand jury under Don’s Sumner County leadership, and she really respected the way he managed that important part of our citizenry and efforts at integrity in the justice system. We honor both Don and Jeanne and pray Jeanne and family will have a sense of celebration as Don has gone to join the heavenly choir. Blessings on you.~

Cliff, Jeri and Bug plus the rest of our gang! August 27, 2018 at 2:34 am - Reply

So sorry to hear about your dad Steve. Know that you and all of your family are in our prayers. We love you.

Joyce Edwards August 27, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

Jeanne, I wish I was there to give you a big hug. I remember how faithful you was to care for Don. I miss seeing you in the choir that I loved so much. I am so far away – living in Arizona now near my only daughter. My prayers are with you my dear friend.

Jean Hammons Ingram August 29, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

Sorry for your loss.

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