OBITUARY

Mary Massie Franklin

July 30, 1934May 12, 2019
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Mary Massie Franklin, 84, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019 at her residence in Bentley Commons. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Alton Lee Franklin.

Born in Goode, July 30, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Wharton B. Massie, Sr. and Sallie Elizabeth Massie. She was a Registered Nurse and retired from Virginia Baptist Hospital after 38 years of service and was a member of Randolph Memorial Baptist Church. She loved crafts and especially quilting. She also loved people and was affectionately known by many as Granny or Big Granny.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Wharton B. Massie, Jr. and Durock Wingfield Massie.

She is survived by two daughters, Betsy Franklin McKinney and her husband Bob of Bedford, Cindy Franklin Soult and her husband Glenn of Madison Heights; two grandchildren, Rev. Greg Soult and wife Maryanna and Mandy Soult Cassise and husband David; four great grandchildren, Brandon, Gavin, and Josiah and Hannah.

A service celebrating her life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Randolph Memorial Baptist Church with her grandson, Rev. Greg Soult officiating. Interment will follow in Briarwood Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

The family also wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Bentley Commons and Gentle Shepherd Hospice for their loving care of Granny.

For those wishing to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests Randolph Memorial Baptist Church Renovation Fund, 4246 S. Amherst Hwy, Madison Heights, VA 24572 or to the Lynchburg Area Food Bank, 501 12th St., Lynchburg, VA 24504.

  • FAMILY

  • Alton Lee Franklin, Husband of 56 years
  • Betsy Franklin McKinney, Daughter
  • Bob McKinney, Son-in-law
  • Cindy Franklin Soult, Daughter
  • Glenn Soult, Son-in-law
  • Rev. Greg Soult and his wife Maryanna, Grandson
  • Mandy Soult Cassise and her husband David, Granddaughter
  • She is survived by four great grandchildren, Brandon, Gavin, Josiah and Hannah.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Greg Bailey
  • Donnie Brooks
  • Tripp Craig
  • Dwayne Landon
  • Chris Ramsey
  • Doug Ramsey
  • DONATIONS

  • Randolph Memorial Baptist Church Renovation Fund
  • Lynchburg Area Food Bank

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 16, 2019

Memories

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Diane Arrington

May 15, 2019

Cindy, Glenn & family:
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May God bless each of you in the difficult days ahead.
God bless each of you.
Diane (Tucker) Arrington & Joe

Wanda McGee

May 14, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Aunt Mary's death. I have so many fond memories of her and will never forget her big hugs and her laugh. She was so very special and I know that you all will miss her, but I'll just bet that she's happy that she and Uncle Alton are finally back together.

Sending comfort and healing thoughts your way.

Wanda & David McGee

Ernestine Massie Tabor

May 14, 2019

What a sweet lady. You will be missed. Our prayers are with your family

Barbara Rumburg

May 14, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mary's death. I knew Mary and Alton through a quilt guild. She was such a delight to know. I loved to see her quilt creations. She always did a beautiful job. It is hard for me to talk about her without mentioning Alton because I always saw them together. My "Alton Franklin Lilac" bloomed this Spring and I thought of them and the thoughts were always good.

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