Willie Franklin Sr
CHAMPAIGN Funeral services for Willie B. Franklin of Champaign will be at noon Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Jericho Missionary Baptist C flip flop hurch, 1601 W. Bloomington Road, Champaign. The Rev. Lekev flip flop ie Johnson will officiate. to noon Saturday at at the church.
Willie B. on Friday, March 28, 2014, at home.
He was one of five sons and three daughters born to Benjamin John and Wilma Jackson Franklin on Jan. 26, 1938, in Tunica, Miss. He resided in the community of Champaign Urbana for 66 years and was employed at Illinois Power Co. as a lineman. Mr. Franklin retired after 32 faithful years of service.
He attended elementary school in Tunica, Miss., and graduated from Central High School in Champaign in 1958. He was a faithful member of Jericho Missionary Baptist Church, which he attended faithfully until his sudden transition. He was married to the love of his life, Lorraine.
Mr. Franklin brought much joy and laughter wherever he was present and truly loved his entire family, which is extended to his fellow longtime friends. His uplifting personality and spirit will be missed wholeheartedly.
Mr. Franklin spent his life serving not only his family but his community. He had a special place in his heart for children and he, along with the Heavenly Seven Social Club, distributed book bags and school supplies to the children of the community each year prior to the beginning of the school year.
He was a member of the Heavenly Seven Social Club, Racial Justice Now, Frances Nelson Health Board, Mason, IOTA, Hunters Club and the Local Laborers Union 703 (IBEW). His hobbies included fishing, hunting, entertaining and cooking.
He leaves to cherish his fond memories his wife, Lorraine; one son, Willie Franklin Jr. He was blessed with an abundance of nieces, nephews and many cousins and dear friends.
He is now in the presence of the Angelic Host; his parents, Benjamin and Wilma Franklin; his grandparents, Henry and Leola Jackson; flip flop one brother, James Franklin; and one sister, flip flop Rose Members.