Walter V. Franklin, Jr.

January 30, 1935December 14, 2012

Walter V. Franklin, Jr., 77, of Austin, passed away December 14, 2012. He is survived by his wife, of 57 years, Wanda; daughter, Debbie Bennett and husband Tony of Pflugerville; daughter, Carrie Henderson and husband Billy of Lexington; and son, Walter Franklin of Austin. In addition, he is survived by nine grandchildren, Michael and Michelle Holler, Kristen, Tiffany and Jessica Barron, Brittney Franklin, Dana Kanetzky, Janna Wolter, and William Henderson, as well as eleven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sally Goodrich and husband Harold of Rohnert Park, CA.

Walt graduated from Ft. Hood High School in 1953. He attended Cisco Jr. College in Texas and Santa Rosa Jr. College in California before joining the United States Air Force where he honorably served his country for 21 years and was a Vietnam Veteran. He later earned a Masters Degree in Business from Park College.

Walt will be remembered for his strong dedication and love for family, friends, and country. He lived life to its fullest and had a great sense of humor, which will always be remembered. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Pflugerville, where he served as a Deacon and choir member for many years. Walt had a strong faith in God and great courage which he demonstrated to the end as he said on December 11th when faced with uncertainty of life that “Only God Can Decide”.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Pflugerville. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Memorial Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Pflugerville Building Fund at First Baptist Church, 306 S. 10th Street, Pflugerville, Texas 78660.

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  • Visitation Sunday, December 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 17, 2012

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Wanda Franklin

January 4, 2014

Nov 2, 2013

My Dearest Husband,
It is so hard to believe you have been gone almost a year. Seems like yesterday. We had a nice Thanksgiving even though we all missed you so much. I made my chocolate pies as usual that you loved. I missed my stirrer though. I also made potato salad but I didn't have my taster either.

As per our Christmas tradition, all the kids got the decorations out and decorated the yard. We missed our supervisor of course, but had so many good laughs and tears remembering how you liked it just right.

I have been going to our senior adult choir practice where we sing the old loved hymns. Someone requested "Precious Memories", I set quietly through the song afraid I would cry. I thought of so many wonderful memories over our 57 years of marriage and how much I miss you. Everything I do brings back a memory. It gives me a little peace to know you have been healed of all your health issues and where you are (in heaven with our Lord), even though at times the loneliness is almost unbearable.

Walter finally had to put Jewell to sleep. When we went by the cemetary, Walter said "Dad, Jewell is coming to see you."

I am trying to keep things going. God has given me my good vision back so I can drive now. Guess you had a talk with Him. I miss you and love you so very much.

Your loving wife,

Edna Ruth Skinner

January 4, 2014

Vernon (My Dear Brother-in-law) was quite the guy. He was a good Christian man and took care of his family. I was with Vernon, Wanda, and the family until he was laid to rest and during that time I was over-whelmed by his faith, strength, and courage; that is a memory I will always treasure in itself.

There are so many wonderful memories, gosh, I can't write all of them down. The travels we made were so much fun, with many laughs and we even shared a few tears together. Don and Vernon were pilot and co-pilot on our trips, with me and Wanda in the back seat, however, we did keep an eye and ear open (Ha!). Every once in a while I would have to get involved in Vernon's co-piloting and add my 2-cents in (Ha!) which would end in a big laugh for us. Well, not all the time, but most (Ha!). The blessed part of it all is that we were together being family and having fun.

Golly, what more can I say as it all sums up to love and compassion for each other. I speak for our beloved husbands, Don and Vernon. We have great memories that will always be treasured.

Love, Ruth


January 4, 2014

My best grandpa is Walter Franklin. He is my best grandpa ever!!!!!! Love you so much forever Grumps!


Jay Whited

December 13, 2013

The first memory that comes to mind for me is riding in the car with Walt and Walter when Walter and I were teenagers. Walter was driving and Walt was riding in the front passenger seat. Walt would hold his hand on the dashboard just about the whole time apparently preparing for a crash and every once in a while would say something like "Walter, slow this damn car down". Walter and I have laughed about it many times since.

I also remember how Walt was not only a good father, but also a really good friend to his son. He was "one of the guys" and enjoyed fishing, playing pool or just being around Walter and Walter's friends.

Angie Holler

December 4, 2013

There are so many memories I have of Grandpa Franklin in the last eight years, some that make me laugh to ones that bring tears to my eyes. He was such a loving man to his wife, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, to everybody he met. If he did not agree with a decision you made or your behavior he would tell you, but always add at the end that he loved you no matter what. The way him and Grandma Franklin looked at each other, you saw true love. The love that everybody hopes and wish they will have one day. The two main memories that bring a smile to my face is the day he taught me how to waltz. He told me that everybody should know how to and I was not very good at it but I finally caught on. When the day came to show off my new dance skill I am not sure who was more proud, me for not tripping or getting off beat or him because I didn't trip over his feet or get off beat. The other is the day that it was just me and him talking. I was having a problem that I was not sure how to handle or if currently I was handling it the right way. He never told me what I should do or how to handle it, he just told me different stories about different times in his life. At the end of our talk he asked me if that was the answer I was looking for. At the time I told him I was more confused but he just said pray about it. I did and then all the stories made complete sense. I guess he knew that I did not need someone to tell me what to do, but for me to understand that everybody goes through similar situations and emotions and that in the end you just have to put in God's hands. A lesson I will always keep close to my heart.
I love you Grandpa Franklin!

Diana Lyn

December 2, 2013

My favorite memory of Uncle Vernon is sitting with Weston at the kitchen table listening to all of the great stories about our family. Weston was truly taken with him and he was grateful for the history of our family as was I. Love you and miss you Uncle Vernon.

Kendall Gettys

December 2, 2013

I'll always remember the look of pride on his face when he talked about his family or watched and listened to his girls sing. He and Wanda were awesome support when Daddy was injured and difficult decisions had to be made. That's the kind of man he was...always wise and supportive. He will be missed.

Brittney Franklin

May 12, 2013

Every moment with my grandp was so special, from when he gave me his tootsie rolls and licorice jelly beans when I was little, to him and I spending time together watching Wheel of Fortune while he was in the hospital. He was always there for me for every cheerleading competition and graduation, and I know he is still here for me whenever I need him. I am going to miss seeing his big smile but I know he's at peace now smiling in Heaven. I love you very much Grandpa!
Your Youngest Grand-daughter,

Michael Holler

May 12, 2013

When I was asked to write one or two memories I had of grandpa that stuck out in my head, I had a hard time. It was hard not because I have no memories, but because every moment I had with him was significant in some way. I don't remember anytime we spent together when he didn't have a lesson to teach me or wisdom to share, even if I was too stubborn to listen. He led by example not only to me but to everyone he came in contact with. He taught me that being a man isn't only about achieving your own greatness, it's about helping others do the same.
I love you so much Grandpa, and miss you dearly.
Your Grandson,

Carrie Henderson

May 12, 2013

Dearest Daddy,
I miss you so much already but I know you are up in heaven smiling down on us. Thank you for being my Daddy. You were always there for me. You taught me how to be the person I am today.
You are the one that suggested we start the Franklin Family Singers. You showed us how we could use the talent God gave us to lift others up to the Lord. You are the one that told us to keep singing. Every time I sing now, I will see your smiling face full of pride and love. When I sing, I will sing for you.
Daddy, you also taught us to be a strong and loving family. Don't worry, we will take care of Mom for you.
I love you so much Daddy,