|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1986|
|Death: ||May 27, 2011|
Airshow performer Amanda Franklin passed away May 27, 2011. Doctors at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio had been treating her extensive burns, injuries, and ensuing infections since a March 12, 2011 crash landing and engine fire during a show routine. She was 25.
Amanda was born on March 14, 1986 in Springdale, AR., to Jeanie and the late Bobby Younkin. She was a very accomplished gymnast, musician, animal welfare advocate, and aviation enthusiast. After learning to fly at the age of 16, Amanda became an accomplished multi-engine and tail wheel pilot; she became proficient in over 15 different types of airplanes.
Amanda was patriotic and had the utmost respect for those who put themselves in harm's way in order to protect our freedom. She joined the Commemorative Air Force and also participated for several years in a World War Two style pinup calendar to help preserve the heritage of our country's fallen heroes. Amanda was also a huge supporter of women in aviation. As one herself, she coached and encouraged young girls that she spoke with at airshows to pursue their dreams of becoming a pilot and to never let anyone hold them back. She was a member of the Arkansas ninety-nines, a group of women pilots that dates back to the nineteen thirties. Amanda made a huge impact in a short amount of time on millions of aviation patrons, airshow fans, and humanity in general. She inspired millions from the young to the young at heart with her amazing wingwalking feats, charming personality, and calendar girl smile. She will be sorely missed by countless people the world over.
She is survived by her husband Kyle Franklin, mother Jeanie Younkin, brother and sister-in-law Matt and Michelle Younkin and niece, grandfather Jim Younkin and his wife Ada of Fayetteville AR, and extended family, all of Fayetteville AR, mother-in-law Audean Stroud and her husband Steve and the Franklin extended family. She was also survived by her "four legged children", Rocky, Rambo, Marvin, and Peggy. In addition to grandparents, Amanda was preceded in death by her father Bobby Younkin, and father-in-law Jimmy Franklin.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, AR. Interment followed at the Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery also in Fayetteville. There was a reception at the Fayetteville Country Club following.
Donations to help with medical expenses are encouraged. Go to the "Moonlight Fund" at www.moonlightfund.org and specify the Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund. You can also send a check to The Moonlight Fund, PO Box 1299, Bandera TX 78003. The Moonlight Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 24/7-assistance to burn survivors and their families in their hour of need. Any contributions made must be to the "Moonlight Fund" to qualify as a tax deduction.
Robert Allan Younkin (1955 - 2005)
Fairview Memorial Gardens
Created by: Andie Parrish 💜
Record added: Jun 17, 2011
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