Rev. Jack Woodrow Franklin

November 22, 1923September 25, 2013

Rev. Jack Woodrow Franklin, 89, of Victoria, passed away September 25, 2013. He was born November 22, 1923, in San Antonio to the late Russell Sterges and Rebbie Melson Franklin. Rev. Franklin served as pastor for First U.M.C. in Somerset, First U.M.C. in Universal City, First U.M.C. in Devine, First U.M.C. in Hondo, First U.M.C. in Mountain Home, Oxford U.M.C. in San Antonio, St. Paul’s U.M.C. in Kerrville, St. Mark’s U.M.C. in Victoria and was the administrator for Hill Top Village in Kerrville and Wesley Manor in Weslaco. He also served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean conflict.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan Verret of Dallas; sons, Russell Franklin and Thomas Franklin, both of Inez; sister, Mary F. Hatter of Floresville; five grandchildren, Emily Nolen, Angela Dunkle, Clifford Franklin, Annalisa Franklin and Wendy Franklin; three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Jean Franklin, and grandchild, Nathan Verret.

A joint funeral service will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 11 AM, at First United Methodist Church in Victoria, for Rev. Jack Franklin and wife, Rosa Jean Franklin, who passed away March 18, 2011. Rev. Jarrell Sharp will be officiating.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 11 AM, at the San Fernando Cemetery III, 1735 Cupples Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78226.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Methodist Children’s Home, 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco, Texas, 76708.

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  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2013

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Paula Thies

October 4, 2013

Rev. Jack Franklin was a faithful servant for UCUMC, Texas. He was devoted to this church family and the community near the church. He was one of the 9 charter pastors who served as Board Members for Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program in 1983. RACAP has celebrated 30 years of proud service to those in need. He was a personal friend and strong partner as we worked with RACAP. God Bless his family. Paula and Chuck Thies

John,Kay,&Becky Hasty

October 1, 2013

We were a young family at St. Mark's UMC when Jack Franklin was pastor there. He and his wife, Jean, meant a great deal to us at this time in our lives.

John & Lottie Millsaps

September 30, 2013

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the family of Reverend Franklin. He was our first pastor when we, as a young couple, moved to Oakland Estates and became members of Northside Methodist Church, later to be renamed Oxford United Methodist Church. We are grateful for the many treasures of life we received through Rev. Franklin. God bless his family

Betty Parkman Hoyle

September 29, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family as you celebrate the lives of your father and mother. In 1961, Brother Franklin was the minister at Northside, changed later to Oxford U.M.C., when my father was killed in a plane crash. My mother and her 3 children received much love and caring from this wonderful family during our loss. You will always have fond memories to cherish. Brother Franklin was a servant of God. God bless you.

Betty Parkman Hoyle

September 29, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. Brother Franklin, who was the minister at Oxford UMC and his wonderful family were there for my mother and her 3 children when my father was killed in a plane crash in 1961. Cherish your memories of your father and mother. They were always serving God.

Cheryl Boldt

September 27, 2013

I have such wonderful warm memories of Jack and his wonderful family. His entire family gave my family great love and support. My 'shouts of joy' for the celebration of a life that touched so many other lives and made a difference in each of us. Blessings and love to all the family members! Cheryl Boldt, San Antonio

mark lustgraaf

September 27, 2013

May God send His Angels to surround all of you and keep you out of harms and evils ways. let Him guide you back into his Arms and being reassured everything will be ok. im from devine, mark lustgraaf son of robert lustgraaf, maker of the south texas flea market with the dinosaur. and devine is my hometown. my respects and condolences. god bless you

September 27, 2013

Our prayers to the family. I know you kids do not remember us but you Dad officiated our wedding in Somerset in 1965. Tom, you used to call my mother, Loretta Newman, grandmother. Your dad was a great man of God and will be greatly missed. Our love to the family. God bless all of you.

Myra and Clarence Borchardt

M'Liss Moore

September 27, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. I really enjoyed visiting with Jack at Kiwanis meetings. With sincere sympathy -