John Loston Franklin was born March 21, 1936, to Alvin Sr. and Mattie Lou Malone Franklin in East Caney.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; one sister, Laura Franklin; and one brother, Haskell Lee Franklin.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Zola Faye Franklin; children Tony Franklin, Ester Vaughn and Robert Franklin; stepchildren Velma Hall, Annie Williams (Johnny), James Thornton Jr., Rodney Thornton (Cynthia), Charles Thornton (Carla), Kathy Nelson, Sandra Nelson, Janice Berry (David) and Ray Mitchell; brothers Eugene Franklin, Noah Lee Franklin and Alvin Franklin Jr.; sisters Madine Cash and Margie Thomas (Bobby); a host of grandchildren and great-, and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Homegoing services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Greenville with Rev. Terrance Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Emory Hopewell Cemetery.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Grace and Mercy-Grundy Funeral Home.