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James F. Franklin

October 18, 1950April 5, 2021
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James Florence Franklin was born Oct. 18th, 1950 in Walton County GA. to Robert Henderson and Lindie Mae Franklin. James proudly graduated from Archer High School in Atlanta, GA. Following high school he briefly volunteered for military service with the United States Navy, but was medically discharged. Undaunted, James dedicated himself to a long and successful career of over 40 years with Office Furniture Expo. Loved by both co-workers and customers alike, it became his second home.

In 1985 James married the love of his life, Lillie Mae Boykin. Together they raised Frankie Lee Hill Jr. and gave birth to Eric Lorenzo Franklin.

Here to cherish James in loving memory is his wife Lillie, grandchildren and great grandchild. Frankie & Marie-Elizabeth Hill, (Debra DeMillo, Ryah Walker, Brianna Walker, Taylor Hill, Myles Hill, Jasmin Hill, Frankie Lee Hill III, & David Salinas Jr.), Eric & Katrina Franklin, (Desiree Nichole Franklin & Dean Xavier Franklin.) Seven Sisters-in Law, Vivian Russell, Carolyn (Lloyd) Pernell, Marian Boykin, Elizabeth (Willie) Hicks, Edith (John) Smith, Belinda Boykin, Vernice Grier and a host of cousins and other relatives.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Funeral

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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  • Interment

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Memories

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Mike LaMorte

April 14, 2021

I first met James when I started out in the office furniture industry with Global back in the fall of 1988. James was one of our early supporters when Global was just getting started in the Atlanta region. Throughout the many years I dealt with James as a customer, he always treated me and others on our team with dignity and respect no matter how serious the problem.Every time I entered Office Furniture Expo ,Franklin greeted me with an infectious smile and many times we spoke about basketball -most of the times about how bad the Hawks were doing.

Thanks for the many years of support James and many prayers to your family. Rest in peace my friend

Mike LaMorte

Tammie Jackson

April 14, 2021

Imma miss you Uncle. We all shall see each other again soon. Rest on.

Lee Kern

April 13, 2021

James and I where Managers at Office Furniture Depot from 1985
(when the Doraville location opened) to 1998. James and I where always planning. Wether it was office space or simply life. He had a infectious laugh. If I ever was having a bad day, he always found some way to shed some good light on it. I will sorely miss MY FRIEND James. RIP my Friend.
Lee, Jessica and Brian Kern

Jack Hyman

April 13, 2021

Brenda Samples

April 13, 2021

Lillie,
My sincere condolences to you and the family. I was deeply saddened to hear of James passing. Franklin was a wonderful person. I know words can't take away the hurt you're feeling, but we are sending you love and strength in this time of loss. May God bless and keep you strong.
Brenda, Tandi, and Tiara Samples

Steve Altmann

April 12, 2021

I first met James over 40 years ago when he was working for my father at Aaron Office Supplies. He was always so nice to me and I remember that he would give me a comic book whenever I would see him at the store. He was just so sincere and I can still hear his distinctive laugh today. James was a great man with a good heart and an integral part of the Office Furniture Expo family. Even though I rarely saw him over the past few years, I will miss him. My sincere condolences to the entire Franklin family.

Marian Boykin

April 11, 2021

LILLIE, we will all miss James. My special name for him was “Mr James”, he always looked so professional with his quiet demeanor. I know he will always be in your heart. I encourage you to look to God for peace and comfort. The days ahead will not be easy, but trust in God with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and he shall direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5-6). Love you Sis.
Eric, Frankie be encourage, love you both.
Aunt Merio

paulette orr

April 11, 2021

It was such a joy to meet Lillie, we worked together and became instant friends...like family! 0f course, it goes without saying, I met James as well. He was such a jovial and gracious soul! I had many conversations with him on the phone or at their home when I would visit with Lillie! He was always full of laughter , always smiling!
I was just in shock to learn of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Lillie (and Family) daily. My word of comfort would be remembering the great and loving relationship Between James and Lillie and knowing that in times like these, God will bring comfort and peace.

Vernice Grier

April 11, 2021

My sincere condolences to my loving sister Lillie Franklin, and family for the loss of your husband James Franklin, my loving brother-in-law was truly my brother-in -love and I will miss him dearly. I’ll miss his smile, his infectious laugh, and James always checking on me he was a wonderful brother, I’ll miss James affectionately calling me Banana. Our hearts are broken this is such a tremendous loss for our family I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers my dear sister for the coming weeks always and forever.
Love you Sis, Vernice

Calvin Pace

April 10, 2021

James taught me so much when I started at OFD. I will always be grateful for James imparting his level of knowledge & experience upon a freshman. R.I.P.😢

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Biography

Born October 18, 1950 to Ms. Lindie Mae Franklin and Mr. Robert Henderson, in a small town called Walton, GA, James grew up as an only child and was raised by Lindie Mae. James’ father took no active role in his upbringing, forcing Lindie to work very hard to raise James on her own. James started at a very young age doing odd jobs such as cutting grass, and when he could, helping his mother on her job. Working so diligently at such a young age shaped his character, and molded him into the beloved man he became. James attended Samuel Howard Archer High School, where he was a member of the basketball team, The Nevettons, the Electronics club, and the Tailoring Club. Graduating in 1968, James enlisted in the United States Navy where he served his country with both courage and distinction, after which was honorably discharged.

James began work at Aaron Office Supplies at age 20 in 1970, where he started work as a driver, delivering office supplies, and furniture. The store later became Office Furniture Expo. During this time he met his future wife, Lillie Boykin Hill, and her son Frankie Hill, whom he raised as his own. James and Lillie conceived a son, Eric Franklin who was born in 1976, and 9 years later, joined in the bonds of holy matrimony.

James quickly rose from the position of delivery man at Office Furniture Depot to the positons of Office Manager and Sales manager where he worked tirelessly for over forty years. James was presented the Employee of the year Award twice, and was recognized for the milestones of 10 and 20 years of dedicated service respectively.

James’ passion for life resonated so strongly with his children, that many of his passions, including chess, basketball, love of jazz, love of American muscle cars, responsibility and duty have become ingrained as foundational parts of their lives.

James was known and admired for his tireless work ethic, fierce devotion to friends and family, and easy going, friendly demeanor. It was almost as if James never met a stranger; everyone was welcomed and treated as a friend.