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Feb. 10, 1930—May 31, 2015 Douglas Swanson Franklin, 85, was born Feb. 10,1930, to Will and Ethel Franklin in Big Stone Gap, VA, and passed away on May 31, 2015, in Crossville. He worked as a postman for the United States Postal Service. Aside from woodworking, he loved to attend bluegrass festivals and to study his own family genealogy. He is survived by his wife, Pearl Faye Franklin; children, Mark Franklin (Jane), Debra Franklin Sharp, Rita Franklin and Charlotte F. Luttrell (David); step-children, David Phipps (Vickie), Thomas Phipps (Melanie), John Phipps (Beth) and Wanda Phipps Simmons (Richard); grandchildren, Victor Shane Franklin (Anita), Michael Eric Sharp, Benjamin David Luttrell, Lindsey Ann Sharp and Nickolas Franklin Luttrell; and one great grandchild, Preston Mark Franklin. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Will Arch Franklin and Ethel Reedy Franklin; first wife, Patry Sharon Carey Franklin; brothers, Lonnie Bruce Franklin and Arch Vernon Franklin; and sister, Lois Franklin Miller. The family received friends at Crossville Memorial on Thursday, June 4, 2015, with a service that followed. Drew Shelley officiated, with burial in Green Acres Memorial Gardens. Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
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