William C FRANKLIN Sr.
September 4, 1933 – August 3, 2019
William Coleman Franklin, Sr. was born on September 4, 1933 to the late Ed and IdeIla Franklin in Huntsville, Alabama. He was the fourth of eight children; Rev. George, Charles, Thomas, Arthur, Julia Franklin whom all preceded him in death. He lost his Mom at a young age. Later, his Dad married Bertha Holman (deceased). They raised 16 children; Freddie, Sr., James and Alvie Lee whom all preceded him in death. He attended Madison school in Alabama. He worked on the farm with his Dad. In the 1950's, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He accepted Christ at a young age. He was baptized and became a member of New Light Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Weathersby. He sang in the church choir. He also sang gospel songs in a Quartet. He worked at White Motor, Inc. for 15+ years until the company moved out of Cleveland, Ohio. He was hired at the Ohio Aluminum Industries, Inc. as a machinist and was promoted to a Foreman position. He was awarded a "Perfect Attendance" Award for "no call-off" calls for seven years. He was the only employee in the company nationally that had received this award. He retired from Ohio Aluminum after 30 years of service. He met and married the love of his life Louise Blackmon and they raised seven children together. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and family gatherings during the holidays. He faithfully traveled south to his hometown for many years to visit his family. He loved to sing and listen to gospel music. One of his favorite songs was "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding. He loved to watch sports; boxing and football. He also loved to work on cars. He was a very caring person and always willing to help others in need. Later, he married Mildred Pace who preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn four sons; Jerry, Michael in Cleveland, OH; William C., Jr. (Angela) in Maple Hts., Gregory in Florida; three daughters; Vanessa Rashad, Renee Johnson and Linda Hemingway, all in Cleveland, OH; five sisters: Sarah Mae Gray, Addie Pearl Brown in Cleveland, OH; Georgia Mae Erskine (Jessie), Minnie Rainey and Mattie Miller in Huntsville, Alabama; two Brothers; Willie Holman; Virgus Holman (Leola), of Huntsville, Alabama; twenty-two Grandchildren; twenty-four Great Grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones
- Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
- Wake Saturday, August 17, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2019