Damon Jamal Franklin

Sunrise: March 1, 1976

Sunset: June 1, 2019

Damon Jamal Franklin was born March 1, 1976 and slipped away into eternal peace on June 1, 2019, after doing what he loved best running and exercising, he was 43 years old. He was born at Albert Einstein Hospital in Bronx, New York City to Thurston and Miriam Franklin.

“Losing a child changes us not just for a few days or weeks or months, Losing a child changes us not just for the first year, but for life.”

As a young children he was full of jokes and pranks as he got older, he was very respectful and quiet around adults but was very talkative with his peers and co-workers. He loved sports of all kinds, and was a wiz at math and an avid reader. He never missed a day of school and was never sick. He started kindergarten here and Ocean View Elementary School and Norview
Elementary both in Norfolk, VA. , we then moved to Texas and he finished Elementary School there. Upon our return to Virginia, he attended Plaza Middle School and graduated from Frank W. Cox High School with honors in 1994. He went on to work two jobs, for Hampton Inn and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, until he enlisted in the Army December of 2004. He attended Boot Camp at Fort Benning, GA and became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne.He served in Iraq and  Afghanistan. He was then stationed at Fort story and attended ECPI University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a major in Network Security, Summa Cum Laude in April of 2014. He quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant 1st class. He was a member of Calvary Revival Church and attended faithfully when he came home. He attended school in Fort Knox, Kentucky and became a recruiter in Chester, VA in April 2018. You cannot be quiet or non-talkative to be a recruiter. He was currently living and working there.

He was predeceased by his loving grandmothers, Josephine Stevens and Elsie Comer, grandfather, Edward Franklin, and uncle, Joseph Stevens. He leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Thurston and Miriam Franklin, his only sister, Tanisha L. Landis (Joshua), one niece, Jada N. Landis of Glen Burnie, M.D. a special aunt/god-mother, Gwendolyn Gadsden (Henry) of
Raleigh, N.C., special cousins, LaVerne Robinson (Anthony) and Ronald C. Gadsden also of Raleigh, N.C. two great aunts, Clara Marshall of Greensboro, N.C. and Evelyn Bowe of Raleigh, N.C., special God- sister, Valesha T. James and Jeffrey James and their mother, Aritha James all of Virginia Beach, VA, a special friend, India Graham of Norfolk, VA and a host of relatives and friends.

“Your Wings were ready but our Hearts were not” – Dad and Mom

Viewing Friday, June 7, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Jr. Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Monterrio & Alexis Watson says

    We send our Deepest Condolences and will continue to pray for you all. Be blessed- Love the Watson Family

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    Pat Scott says

    I am so sorry for your loss. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, especially a child. Stay strong.
    Pat Scott

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    Tuesday Randolph says

    Thinking of you and family at this very painful time. May God be with you and know that your son is in his loving arms.

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      SFC James West says

      It was with great sadness that we all learned about your passing. You will be missed brother! We send our deepest condolences and will continue to pray for your family. – Chesterfield Recruiting Station

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    Henry Vargas says

    I send my condolences to you and your family and will keep you in my prayers.

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    Ernest and Redina Tyler says

    Mariam and TJ, we are praying for your during these difficult times. May God give you comfort and peace forever in your hearts. Your Brother and Sister in Christ.

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    Willie & Leah Williams - Gainesville, FL says

    Miriam and TJ, this is still a shock to me and I am praying for your comfort in this time. Damon will be missed but never forgotten. We miss you guys and love you.

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    Debra White says

    To the Franklin Family,
    I wish I had the words to lighten your pain, although I know words sometimes aren’t enough. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your son and know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Debra White

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    Patrease Mayes says

    T. J. and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers. God Bless you all.

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    Gary Watson says

    Our condolences and our family’s prayers are with you and your family, May God give you comfort and peace to you.

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    Jake Crosby says

    T. J. to you and the entire family I send my deepest condolences and all my prayers. God will embrace you and see you through these tuff times. May Damon rest in eternal heavenly peace.

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    Erik and Cathleen Moye says

    Truly sorry for your loss. Our continued prayers for you and your family.

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    Sarah Bland says

    Praying with and for your family.
    From your Grove church family

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    Dec. Kaaron George says

    Praying with and for your family. From Lamb and Lion Worship Center.

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    CPT Giovanni Mackie says

    I served with this awesome man. He was an amazing Soldier and a fearless warrior. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

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    SSG Patrick Horan says

    I served with this awesome Soldier. RIP brother until Valhalla. To the Franklin family my prayers to all of you during this difficult time

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      Meagian D Harris says

      Sending my condolences and prayers to the entire family. SFC Franklin was an outstanding soldier, and a great man. RIP Battle

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    Ehihi Dominion says

    Thinking of your loss, I am praying for you and family at this very painful time of grief . I pray that God will be with you and your family and I will like you to know that your son is in his loving arms, and will forever be. RIP Brother.

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    Walter Lloyd says

    My condolences and prayers go out to you and your family.

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    SFC Richard Foster says

    I met you at the 437th Civil Affairs. We sat next to each other during the Civil Affairs school at Fort Dix. You will be missed. Prayers to the family.

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    Onika rozier says

    I met SFC Franklin his first day at the unit we were assiged to at Fort Story. He was an awesome friend, Soldier and person always respectful of everyone. You will be missed. My prayers go out the the Franklin family.

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    Dr. Betty Seltzer says

    TJ & Miriam, Our Prayers for strength and encouragement during this difficult time. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Heartfelt condolences and love from your cousins in Maryland.

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    Jocelyne Harlack says

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. You are in my thoughts and my prayers.

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    SFC (R) Kevin Sawyer says

    My Condolences and Prayers to the family of SFC Damon Franklin. It was honor to have served with him. A Leader of Leaders.

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    Oliver says

    God bless you and The Lord Jesus strengthen you in this time of need.

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    Emmanuel Abreu says

    SFC Franklin worked with me on the Network team at NMCI Norfolk. I remember that at lunch time he always would go work out. He was always quiet and very respectful. He was a great guy and great soldier.My deepest condolences to go out to his family.

    Until we meet again brother. RIP.

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    Phil says

    Damon was a true patriot, leader and friend. He will be missed dearly, but never forgotten. May his example shine on forever in us.

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