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Willie Franklin Sr., a retired Cement Finisher for Local 567, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, February 2, 2018 at home surrounded by his children. He was 88 years old. Mr. Franklin was born in Maringouin, Louisiana and lived in New Orleans. He was a Deacon at St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Franklin had been a faithful Deacon of Pilgrim Progress Missionary Baptist Church for 57 years. Survivors include three sons, Willie Franklin Jr., Zachary Franklin and Nathaniel Franklin; two daughters, Rose Franklin Green and Lynette Franklin Butler. Brother-in-Law Joseph Whitfield, Sister-in-Law Mary Sharper, Nephew Robert Davis and Niece Patricia Stepter; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church. 2926 Jackson Ave. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. Interment: St. Bernard Memorial Gardens, Chalmette, LA. Arrangements by Rhodes Funeral Home. Please visit to share online condolences.