George Edward Franklin
A private funeral service for George Edward Franklin, 72, was conducted Saturday, July 25, 2020, at J.O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 South Johns Street, Florence, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence LLC.
Mr. Franklin, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Augustus (Annie) Franklin Jr., was born October 21, 1947, in Darlington. “Jimmy,” as he was affectionately known to many, was raised by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Boyden (Annie) Shaw Jr. in Jamaica, Queens, Long Island, N.Y., and his grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. James Matthew (Leathia Kate) Brown, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He passed away at home Sunday, July 19, 2020.
On July 30, 1973, he was joined in marriage to his lovely wife, Joyce Byrd Franklin and God blessed them with two wonderful children, Brian (Evelyn) Franklin and Joy (Eugene) Champion.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Joyce Franklin; two children, Brian (Evelyn) Franklin and Joy (Eugene) Champion; five grandchildren; two sisters, Hilton (Frank Jr.) Shaw-Gilbert and Marlena Shaw-Wright; four brothers, Richard (Margaret) Olds, Earl (Theresa) Franklin, Harvey (Barbara) Franklin, and Marvin (Cynthia) Franklin; five sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.
Public viewing and family visitation were held Friday, July 24, 2020, at J.O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St., Florence.