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J. Cecil Franklin

The funeral service for J. Cecil Franklin, 92, of Iron City, Ga., was held on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Christian Faith Church with the Revs. Ron Kirkland and Herman Enfinger officiating.

Interment followed at Kelly Cemetery with Wilton Albritton, Michael Albritton, Darren Franklin, Benny Franklin, Mike Pepper, Joshua Briones and Les Lovering serving as active pallbearers.

Mr. Franklin was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Colquitt, Ga. He died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. Mr. Franklin was a farmer, a member of New Harvest Worship Center, and a member of Woodman of the World.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. Franklin and Matilda Newberry Franklin; his wife, Margaret Hall Franklin; his grandson, Bartley Briones; his great-granddaughter, Lena Margaret Herring; and his brothers, William Franklin, Hugh Franklin, J.D. Franklin and Gene Franklin.

He is survived by his son, W.C. Franklin and his wife, Joyce, of Colquitt, Ga.; his daughters, Katherine Albritton and her husband, Ray, of Colquitt, and Beth Briones and her husband, Jimmie, of Moultrie, Ga.; his brother, Lonnie Franklin and his wife, Judy, of Bristol, Fla.; his sisters, Louise Dean and her husband, Tillman, of Bainbridge, and Jenell Kelley and her husband, Max, of Donalsonville; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.