Gary Don Franklin, April 12, 1943~January 12, 2015

Franklin for BookGary Don Franklin, 71,  of Fayetteville was carried by angels to his heavenly home on January 12, 2015.  He was born April 12, 1943 in Dutton, Arkansas to L.D. “Jack” and Nelline Wist Franklin.  At the age of 19, he married his childhood sweetheart Lora Etta Walker. They had two wonderful sons, Rodney and Gary Scott. Rodney and wife, Julie with children, Megan and Blake live in Edmond, OK.;  Scott with wife, Becky and children, Brooke and Colton live in Rogersville, MO.  He later married Lynda Mosley in 2003. Her children, Shelli and Palmer with their six children; Palmer Simeon, Ethan, Kelsie, Kaylen, Grayson and Mavrick loved Gary and were always welcomed with open arms. His sister,  Josephine Hancock and her husband,  Jim and their daughters live in Waco, TX.; and brother, Larry, lives in Atlanta, Georgia and have three children.

Gary retired from Campbell Soup after twenty-eight years as a mechanic. His love of the outdoors was well known with his hunting skills, his love of guns and fixing up antique cars.

His military in the Army was served in Fulda Germany where his oldest son, Rodney was born. He was always very proud to be a veteran of the United States Army and very thankful to the local Veterans Hospital for their many years of care for him. He was a member of The American Legion and faithfully supported Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Gary with his loving wife, Lynda were members of South Hill Church of Christ. He has many, many friends in the northwest  Arkansas area and his beloved Madison County roots. His kind and loving spirit will be missed.

A memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 17, 2015 at South Hill Church of Christ with Pastor Scott Gage officiating.

Cremation arrangements  by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the South Hill Church of Christ P.O. Box 3425, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702

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    Regina Jones » 13. Jan, 2015

    So sorry for your loss. Please know caring thoughts are with you. May cherished memories of Gary warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. Let the love of family and friends help you through this most difficult time. Draw comfort from Christ promise, “I Am The Resurrection and The Life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, Will Come To Life.” (John 11:25) With deepest sympathy.

    Dan & Judy Morgan » 13. Jan, 2015

    We are sorry for your loss, worked with Gary many years at Campbell Soup.

    Gary & Debbie Wist Wood » 14. Jan, 2015

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s death. He will be met with so many loved ones in Heaven and in no more pain that he has suffered so long with. We will be thinking of your whole family !

    Martha Ritchie » 14. Jan, 2015

    My deepest sympathy and most heartfelt condolences to each one of Gary’s family members. I especially send love and caring thoughts to lifetime friends/family, Larry, Micah, Desaray & Derrick. Thinking of you; prayers.

    Monika, Ronnie, Julie and Jessica Isenhower » 16. Jan, 2015

    Sweetest neighbor you’d ever meet. He used to fix our girls’ bikes when they’d race up and down our street growing up. He was always kind and thoughtful. He’d offer up his electrical expertise and helped us with car advice on more than one occasion. He would come over and checked up on us during the winter of 2009, the ice storm, when everyone lost power for days. We loved watching him tinker on his car, checking under the hood, and starting it up and re-checking under the hood, until it was just right for him. His loving and devoted wife Lynda would fix him pies and they’d make extra and bring them to our house to enjoy. When you talked to him you realized the keen intelligence he had and the gentle soul he really was. He never complained despite living with chronic, debilitating pain. He was truly an angel on earth and he will be missed and remembered. Loving thoughts and prayers from our family to his and to Lynda.

    Betty Dutton Ayers and Wayne » 17. Jan, 2015

    Lots of great memories growing up in Dutton with Gary and his sister and brother. we spent a lot of time together. He did a lot of things for my mom and dad . Always great to be around. a great friend.

    Bob & Karen Wist » 17. Jan, 2015

    So sorry to hear about Gary. Seems like it was just yesterday we were all squirrel hunting together and shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July in the middle of Dutton when the road was just dirt and rock. I have some great memories of good times with him. I know everyone will miss him.

    Jon Biffany Sr » 17. Jan, 2015

    Send thoughts and prayers for Gary and the Franklin family…

    Shirley (Wages) Mannon » 26. Jan, 2015

    Sorry to hear of Gary’s death. My sympathy goes to each and every family member at this time . May God bless each one of you.