John B Franklin
August 30, 1924 – April 12, 2021
John B. Franklin passed away peacefully in Sugar Land, Tx, at Hermann Memorial Hospital on Monday, April 12th, 2021, at the age of 96.
Mr. Franklin was preceded in death by his oldest son, Mark E. Franklin. He is survived by his sons John B. Franklin Jr and Bruce K. Franklin, grandsons Randall L. Franklin and John K. Franklin. He also had six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Franklin was born in Furlong, PA, August 30th, 1924. Although he qualified for a farmworker deferment he joined the Marine Corps in March, 1942 at age 17. He served with the 5th Defense Battalion and saw combat on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Guam. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a founding partner of Cinco Pipe and Supply beginning in 1974 and remained with them until his retirement.
The family will receive visitors at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home, located at 12555 S. Kirkwood, Stafford, TX 77477, Saturday, April 17th from 5-7pm. Graveside services will be held at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, 9974 I-37 Access Rd, Corpus Christi, TX, 78410, on Tuesday, April 20th at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Tribute and or condolences can be left at www.earthmansouthwest.com
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Mary Ann Leone
April 17, 2021
I took my first flight at age 18 to visit Uncle John in New Orleans. Excited and nervous, as soon as I saw him in the airport, I burst into tears. He hugged me, saying, "Darlin' there's nothing to worry about." I spent eight unforgettable days with him and Chris. We went fishing once, and I learned about mullets, the jumping fish. Whenever I did something silly, which was fairly often, Uncle John would look heavenward and say with equal parts affection and exasperation, "Why me, Lord? Oh, why me?!"
In 1994 when I married my sweetheart, Michael, Uncle John set aside his dislike for weddings and walked me down the aisle. My mom was overjoyed to see him and Uncle Denny, and it was a joyous day.
I will always be grateful for the kindness and generosity of my inimitable Uncle John, who lived life to the fullest.