Carothers Funeral Home

212 West Trade Street, Dallas, NC


Merle G. (Holdsclaw) Franklin

January 15, 1924May 23, 2019

Merle Geneva Franklin, 95, passed away Thursday May 23, 2019. Merle is the daughter of the late Lottie I. (Brown) and Navy C. Holdsclaw. Merle worked in the textile industry. She was a member of Dallas Baptist Church. Merle will be missed by many.

Also preceding her in death are her husband - Frederick Gaines Franklin, daughter – Mary Frances Pinckard and son Tony Curtis Franklin. Merle is the last of 4 sisters.

Left to cherish her memory is her son Robbie Franklin and husband Dr. William S. Palmer, son-in-law Lee Pinckard, grandchildren Tony Franklin Jr. and wife Meridith and their son Alex, Charles Beaver and Mitch Pinckard. She leaves behind 9 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of Merle’s life will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday May 25, 2019 at The Dallas Funeral Home, 212 West Trade Street, Dallas. Pastors Baron Lee and P. Scott Henson will offer words of encouragement and hope to family and friends that gather to remember Merle. Burial will follow at Long Creek Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Merle’s name to the Live Embers at Dallas Baptist Church, 402 W. Trade Street, Dallas NC 28034.

The staff at the Dallas Funeral Home is honored to serve the Franklin family.


  • Lottie I. (Brown) Holdsclaw, Mother
  • Navy C. Holdsclaw, Father
  • Frederick Gains Franklin, Husband
  • Mary Frances Pinckard, Daughter
  • Tony Curtis Franklin, Son
  • Robbie Franklin and husband Dr. William S. Palmer, Son
  • Lee Pinckard, Son-in-law
  • Tony Franklin Jr. and wife Meridith, Grandson
  • Alex Franklin, Great Grandson
  • Charles Beaver, Grandson
  • Mitch Pinckard, Grandson
  • Merle leaves behind nine great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren

  • Larry Baker
  • Bill Whitlock
  • JIm Hooks
  • Harry Runyon
  • Mike Cloninger


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, May 25, 2019


Merle G. (Holdsclaw) Franklin

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