April 4, 1937 – Feb. 3, 2023
Frank Paul Franklin,Sr., 85, of Columbia, died Feb. 3, 2023, at Merit Health Hospital in Hattiesburg.
Born April 4, 1937, he was the son of the late Horace Franklin and Hattie Franklin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Frank Paul Franklin Jr., grandson, Shon Sims,; one sister, Edith Harrison; three brothers, JW Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin and John Franklin.
Survivors are his children, Jerry (Sharon) Sims, Sheba (Jonathan) McLendon, Howard (Kelly) Franklin, Felicia (Johnny) Irvin, all from Columbia, Cedric (Yolanda) Franklin of Fort Worth, TX, Chadwick (Ariquica) Franklin of Seattle WA; grandchildren, Courtney, Corbin, Anissia, Chelsley, Acacia, Kayla, Katelynn, Chandler; bonus grands, Sydney and Landon; 11 great grandchildren; siblings, Joseph Franklin, Palm Dale, CA, Louise Blakeney, Lline, CA, Roberta Sims, Jesse (Maryland) Franklin, George Ben (Norwedia) Franklin and Bobby (Annie) Franklin, all from Columbia.
Funeral services were Feb. 11, 2023, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Columbia, burial at St. John National Baptist Church, Columbia, Rev. Rickey Lee officiating and rendering the eulogy.
Pallbearers were Jason Spencer, Dillon Hertenstein, Chandler Franklin, Jason Gardner, Ronald Harvey and Caleb Varnado.
Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Irvin, Jerry Sims, Cedric Franklin, Jonathan McLendon, Howard Franklin and Chadwick Franklin.
Washington Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.