Luther A. Franklin

September 2, 1939 ~ May 11, 2014

Luther A. Franklin, 74, Jonesborough, went to be with the Lord and was reunited with his granddaughter, Emily Beth, Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Mr. Franklin was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County and a son of the late Milton Andrew and Elsie Bawgus Franklin. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company, where he worked as a maintenance mechanic. Mr. Franklin was a former elder, deacon and youth director of Harrison Christian Church and current member of Central Community Christian Church. He served as a Bible Bowl sponsor at both churches. For over thirty years, Mr. Franklin served as a volunteer and scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, where he completed Wood Badge, the most advanced training in the Boy Scouts, and received the Silver Beaver Award, the council-level distinguished service award. He also served on district committees, organized district events (Camporees, Camporas, Klondike Derbies, and Scout Shows) and led many Eagle Board of Reviews. He enjoyed many years of hiking, camping, and canoeing while in the scouts and as long as his health allowed it. Through his enthusiasm for these activities, he passed on his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. In recent years, he enjoyed his retirement by working at Walmart assembling bicycles and organized volunteer litter clean-up events for several years through Walmart. He enjoyed researching his family genealogy "? tracing his heritage back to Benjamin Franklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Virginia "Ginny"? Depew and granddaughter Emily Whitson. Survivors include: his wife, Lorraine M. Franklin, of the home; two sons, Andy Franklin, Jonesborough, and Todd Franklin, and his wife Patsy, Jonesborough; three daughters, Kim Whiston, Jonesborough, Cherie F. Jones, Johnson City, and Lori Whitson, and her husband Jeff, Gray; nine grandchildren, Aaron Whiston, Blountville, Autumn Lewis, Gray; Mark Jones, Piney Flats, Tyler, Adam, Daniel, and Laura Beth Franklin, Jonesborough, and Ashley and Taylor Whitson, Gray; four great-grandchildren, Jordan Lewis, Gray, and Rowan Mills, Dairbhre Jones, and Lucy Jones, all of Piney Flats; brother, Steve Franklin, and his wife Lisa, Johnson City; brother-in-law, Ray Depew, Michigan; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    IN MEMORY OF LUTHER…A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART. The loss I feel, for me, is deep…but the joy I feel, for you, is great because I know you are with the LORD.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It is the hardest on those left behind because we all know Daddy is with his Heavenly Father. I love you. Kitty

  3. Anonymous says:

    We want to always remember The beautiful life you lived And keep alive the memories we have Through remembering what you did. For you’re so special to all of us, A wonderful person indeed Your love, laughter and warm smile Reflected a heart that believed. Although we miss you so very much We know we’ll see you once more, For this is the hope we have in God, Being re-united in the Lord. Love and miss you… Chip

  4. Anonymous says:

    We will miss you

  5. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I feel privileged and blessed to have gotten to know Mr. Franklin and to have taken care of him in his last days here on earth. He was a very kind soul. God bless you all!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Only God knows the many young boys and mens lives that Luther influnced for the good during his years as a Scout Leader, including my son Tim. Thank you Luther – Rest in Peace love, Jim and Charlotte Cain

  7. Anonymous says:

    sorry to hear of your loss. May the peace of God be with you for the days ahead.

  8. Anonymous says:

    what a good friend luther was to steve.when he was sick and well.when steve passed away i couldnt have made it without his and lorraines help.they was a rock for me steven and  chris.steve loved going to see them.when i think about the hard time that was i can say luther and lorane was there for us.there is nothing better than a good friend.God bless you all.

  9. Anonymous says:

    i only knew Mr Franklin for a short time when i worked at walmart.but everytime i seen him he had a smile and a hello for me.i’m sure he will be missed by his family.god bless

  10. Anonymous says:

    Luther-great friend and co-worker.Will miss you.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The short time I knew Luther he touched my heart and showed me a perfect example of a Godly man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers going up for his wonderful wife, son , and daughters. A sweet wonderful family who are blessed to have each other and the memories of a wonderful loving father/husband.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Love & Prayers to the Family of my favored cousin.

  13. Anonymous says:

    We are so very sorry to learn of Luther’s passing. He was such a nice man and we always thought so much of him and Lorraine. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family as you mourn the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Don and Theresa Vance

  14. Anonymous says:

    I am very sad to learn of the passing of Luther. My condolences to his family and friends. I was a member of his scout troop during the 1974/1975 timeframe and I still have very fond memories of backpacking trips with Luther on the Appalachian Trail. He definitely passed along to me his love and respect for the outdoors.

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