A Celebration of Life Honoring a Man of Strength, Leadership, Labor and Love Major (Ret.) Anthony "Tony" Franklin

DECEMBER 29,2019
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020 | io:oo A.M.
Druid Park Avenue | Augusta, Georgia
Reverend Richard Holland, Presiding | Reverend Larry Hill, Eulogist
A Celebration o/Life
Honoring a Man of Strength, Leadership, Labor and Love
Presiding, Reverend Richard Holland
Grand Processional | Final Viewing
Opening Selection
The Avery Family
Reading of the Holy Scriptures
Old Testament.
New Testament
...Reverend Melvin Lowry
Reverend Bobby Donaldson
Prayer of Comfort
Reverend Reginald D. Jones
The Avery Family
Life Reflections of the Honoree (Limit 3 minutes)
1148 Transportation Company - First Sergeant (Ret.) Steve Lineberry
Hunting Club - Bobby Caldwell
Bessies Child Care Staff - Cheray Tucker
Church Member/Neighbor/Friend - Sandra Rouse
As An Uncle - Rufus Van and Stephen Mann
Family Tribute | Acknowledgements............Anthony Terrell Franklin
Amber D. Franklin
The Avery Family
Reverend Larry Hill
Closing Remarks
Reverend George L. Brightharp
Interment | Committal
Bellevue Memorial Gardens
... Repast...
Belle-Terrace Presbyterian Church
Major (Ret.) Anthony Franklin
was born on February I, 1952, to
the late Bessie Wright Franklin
on the Deovelent Community of
Belzoni, Mississippi. He was the
thirteenth of sixteen siblings.
Known affectionately to his family W&t W
and friends as Tony, Mississippi,
PaPa, Poppie, Unk and Big Frank; HHflf
he would answer to them all. He
transitioned from this life on
December 29, 2019.
At an early age, he was an independent thinker and doer. He joined Mt. Avrette
Methodist Church on Deovelent when all his other family members were Baptist
Church worshippers. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and later
became a member of Belle-Terrace Presbyterian Church. He faithfully served
in various capacities (Elder, Deacon, Chairman of the Deacon Board, Usher,
Chairman of Agape Ministry, Church Representative on the Board of Medical
Plus and Assistant Treasurer). He worked diligently for the church. Whenever
he was delegated a task, he worked fervently to get it done timely and correctly.
He thoroughly enjoyed working on projects such as the Cotton Patch Soul Food
Sunday during Black History Month, paving of the parking lot, updating the
church accounting system but he especially enjoyed working with the Deacons
and the Agape Ministry.
He was united in marriage to Maudree Hines. From this union of forty years, he
became the proud father of Anthony Terrell and Amber Danielle.
He graduated from McNair High School and then matriculated to Mary Holmes
College in West Point Mississippi, Paine College of Augusta, Georgia and
Georgia Military Institute of Milledgeville, Georgia. He received a BA degree in
Sociology from Paine and attended Officer Training at Georgia Military Institute
where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Officer. Having a strong work
ethic, he worked part time at JC Penny and joined the Army National Guard while
pursuing his degree.
After graduation, he began his managerial career with JCP, the GAP, United
Parcel Services (UPS) in which spanned over twenty years. He was very proud of
being store manager of the GAP when it opened in the Augusta Mall. At UPS, he
began as a driver (although he had a college degree) and advanced to Supervisory
to Time Study Observer prior to his retirement.
While working full time, he continued his career in the Army National Guard. He
advanced through the ranks until he achieved Major status. As the commanding
officer of the 1148 Transportation Unit, he lead them to Saudi Arabia during the
Desert Shield/Storm operation. He was exceptionally proud that ALL of his unit
returned home. He retired from the military with over twenty years of service.
While in active duty status, he earned numerous awards and ribbons.
After leaving UPS, he pursued a career in entrepreneurship. He opened Bessies
Child Care (named in honor of his mother). Through strong determination and
leadership, Bessies has been successfully operating for over twenty years. He
believed in sharing and helping others so annually he and his staff would hold
a coat drive for the homeless and donate all fixings for a Christmas dinner to a
deserving family.
Many organizations recognized him for his philanthropic contributions.
Working hard for what you achieved in life was his mantra and it was evident
in everything he did and what he taught his family. However, he did find time to
enjoy his hobbies of hunting, fishing, watching westerns and CNN. He would stay
hours in the woods hunting for a rabbit, coon, deer or squirrel yet would only
spend a few minutes waiting for a fish bite. Being impatient, he would say, well
they aint biting today so Ill call it a day.
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His memories will live on through: his wife, Maudree H. Franklin; children,
Anthony Terrell Franklin and Amber Danielle Franklin; grandchildren, Kealani
Carter-Franklin and Austin Franklin Lacey; brothers, Enos (Beatrice) Franklin
and Roy (Illoma) Stiff; sisters, Almeatha Williams, Veretta Franklin, Mary Mann,
Esteen (Raymond) Wilson and Wanda Sue Anderson; and many other relatives
and friends which whom he held closely to his heart.
United States Military of Fort Gordon, Georgia

Bessies Child Care Staff
... Bonnie Mohr...
Life is not a race - but indeed a journey. Be Honest. Work Hard. Be Choosy. Say thank
you, and great job to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord
giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love
your life and what youve been given, it is not accidental ~ search for your purpose and do
it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you inspire
to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best
things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the
soul. Take time for yourself ~ Plan for longevity. Recognize the special people youve been
blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.
We, the family of Major (Ret.) Anthony Tony Franklin, wish to express our
gratitude for the many prayers, and visits. We pray each of you receives an
abundance of blessings for all the love you have shown to our family during our
time of bereavement. We sincerely thank you! - The Franklin Family
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