|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1936|
|Death: ||May 9, 2008|
Johnny E. Franklin, 71, of Mount Calm, died at a Waco hospital Friday, May 9, 2008. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Mexia City Cemetery with Cameron Simmons officiating.
Johnny was born in Paris, Texas, to Christine Lee Franklin and the late Fred Franklin. After attending elementary school at Forest Glade, he graduated from Mexia High School in 1955, and attended Texas A&M, where he was a member of the famed Aggie marching band. One of his most memorable experiences with the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band was the 1956 train trip to Los Angeles to participate in the A&M-UCLA football game. He graduated from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M - Commerce, with a degree in business administration. While there he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
He served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Phoenix, Ariz., and returned to Texas to take a position with the Mercantile National Bank at Dallas. After several years in the banking business, Johnny moved to Mount Calm where he engaged in the cattle business. Following his retirement, he enjoyed traveling, visiting all the continents and nearly every state. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Ann Dillard, in Mexia in 1961. They became the parents of two daughters. Johnny served on the Board of Directors of the First State Bank of Mount Calm, as well as on the board of Birome Water Supply Corporation for several terms, which included serving as president of that organization.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy; daughters, Kathleen Franklin, of Mount Calm, and Elizabeth Simmons and her husband, Cameron, of League City; grandsons, Jacob and Benjamin Simmons, of League City; his mother, Christine Franklin, of Mexia; and a brother-in-law, Hughes Dillard, of Mexia.
Waco Tribune-Herald: 5/12/2008...X2
Nancy Ann Dillard Franklin (1937 - 2011)*
Mexia City Cemetery
Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: May 12, 2008
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