Robert Ernest Franklin was born February 4, 1941 to the late Mr. Ernest Franklin & Gerthel Woodard Franklin. He passed peacefully at home on September 11, 2021. He was 80 years of age.
Sergeant Major Franklin served 30 years in the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5 awards), Good Conduct Medal (9 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Metal (3 campaign stars) and numerous service and Campaign awards. He also earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
Robert is preceded in death by three brothers; Joseph, Clyde, and Ernest Franklin Jr. and three sisters; Ada Robinson, Darlene Boone and Gerthel Hardeman.
He leaves to cherish his memory and legacy his loving wife of 25 years, Elizabeth Franklin, son Robert Franklin Jr, stepdaughter Denise Cunningham (Kevin), stepson Roshard Bray, three grandsons; Jordan, Harrison, and Winston Franklin and two Godchildren; Montrell Sutton and Lashika Holley. He also leaves 3 brothers; John, Forrest, and Cornelius Franklin and five sisters; Shirley Edwards, Linda Franklin, Celestine Jones, Arlene Franklin, and Annette Franklin. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews.
Robert loved serving his country in the U.S. Army and considered it an honor and privilege. His other loves included, camping, dancing, listening to his jazz music, sharing war stories and spending time with his family and friends. Everyone always knew where they stood with him, as he had a unique gift to identify individual’s character.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Alz.org-Robert Ernest Franklin)