David Eugene Franklin, Sr., age 73, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at his home.

He was born on May 19, 1947, in Canton, Illinois, to Donald Eugene and Dorothy Frances (Hoots) Franklin.

David attended school in Fulton County, Illinois, through tenth grade and received his GED in March, 1977, in Benton County, Arkansas. He was a faithful attendee and supporter of Weisbach Community Church.

He had a strong interest in mission wanting all people to know forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. His priorities were God, family, and country. He had a mechanical aptitude; enjoyed gardening and lawn work, all things related to tractors and farming, amateur (ham) radio and its phonetic alphabet, reading, poetry-often writing poems to be included in Christmas cards. He had an excellent memory with many Scripture passages, poetic paraphrases and hymns committed to memory. He will be remembered for his hearty laugh, his mischievous sense of humor, his systematic preparation, his integrity, his careful life before God and his quiet enjoyment of get-togethers with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Etta (Riddle) Franklin, of Shoals; Sons, David Eugene Franklin, Jr. and wife Tina, of Spokane Valley, Washington; Daniel Keith Franklin and wife Michelle, of Washington, Indiana; and Dale Edward Franklin and wife Lisa, of Salem, Ohio; Melody Franklin, of Marengo, Ohio, the mother of his grandsons, Joshua David Franklin and wife Lisa, of Caledonia, Ohio; and Jonathan Mark Franklin, of Marengo, Ohio; Grandchildren, DeeLynn, Aundrea, Katie, Christian and Ryan Franklin, of Washington, Indiana; Matthew, Derek, and Kayla Franklin, of Salem, Ohio; Great-grandchildren, Maleah and Mason Franklin, of Caledonia, Ohio; siblings, Carol Franklin, of Canton, Illinois; Ruth Gordon and husband Lloyd, of Shoals; Janice Canaday and husband Joe, of Aledo, Illinois; and John Franklin, of Bryant, Illinois; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carol Jean (Headley) Franklin; sister, Phyllis Franklin; and infant granddaughter, Anna Jean Franklin; and three nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 10th, at the Weisbach Community Church, with Pastor John Zeigler officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals, of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Ho-mes, Inc.

Pallbearers will be Terry Tichenor, Adam Sickler, Adam Crouse, Joel Gibson, Collin Hampton, and Bryon Albright.

Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery, at Shoals.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Evangelical Faith Missions, P.O. Box 609, Bedford, IN 47421-0609.

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