Funeral services for David "Dave" Franklin will be held at Mt. Calm Baptist Church, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery.
A wake will be held from 8 until 9 p.m. at Benevolent Funeral Home Chapel today (Friday Dec. 16, 2011).
Brother David "Dave" Franklin was born August 29, 1913 to the late John and Lula Franklin. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:55 p.m., Brother Dave received that soft whisper from his Father to come home.
At an early age he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He became a member of Mt. Calm Missionary Baptist Church in Minden, where he was actively involved in church activities and auxiliaries.
During his many years as a faithful member he served on the usher board and as Mt. Calm's custodian for 45 years until he moved to Dallas, Texas to reside with his daughter.
He was an active and devoted member of Minden Temple #109 and he served as a member of the U.S. Army as a veteran of World War II and received an honorable discharge.
Brother Dave was well known in the community. He was employed by the Coca Cola Bottling Company for more than 25 years and took great pride in working there. He was known to many and was loved and respected by his family and friends.
His grandchildren held a special place in his heart. Brother Dave was known to always lend a helping hand to his family and friends.
He leaves to cherish and pass on his memory his daughter, Gloria Ann Hamilton Thompson (Dallas, Texas); two sisters, Josephine Williams and Lou Ann Taylor (Charles) (Dallas, Texas); three step-daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Charles Fletcher (Forney, Texas), Zelda and Alphonso Alexander (Garland, Texas) and Sharon and Albert Sneed (Minden); one step-son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Barbara Hamilton (Tulsa, Oklahoma); four grandchildren, Samuel, Kesha and Sean Thompson (Dallas) and Rotonda Hamilton (Sache, Texas); one great-grandchild: Peyton Moore (Dallas); and a host of family and friends.
Brother Dave will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.