|On Monday, September 26, 1994, a strong spiritual and motherly voice and presence was lost when Mrs.Beulah Wright Franklin died at Bogalusa Medical Center in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Her courage in life could well be summed up in the words, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. . . there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord. . . will give me on that day...” (2 Timothy 4:7-8) She has obtained the crown.
Mrs. Beulah Franklin was born on March 15, 1916 to the late Peter Wright and Louvenia Murphy Wright She was married to the late Reverend A. E. Franklin, and to this union five children were born; A. E. Franklin, Jr. (deceased), Walter Franklin, Wilbert Franklin, Margaret 0. Franklin (deceased), and Joyce Franklin Fields.
Mrs. Franklin was a devoted and loving mother. She worked hard with Reverend Franklin as they ministered across the Louisiana Conference. A faithful supporter of the youth program, she attended Church School regularly. Her work with youth will forever be remembered. She was truly an outstanding woman in each community where she served. A dedicated United Methodist Woman, she was always ready to do her part in the local unit and on the District and Conference levels.
Many young couples in the ministry will remember the motherly advice and guidance she would impart to them the kind words of encouragement and wisdom Mrs. Franklin offered were from the heart for she dearly loved God, the ministry and the church. Often she would give a smile and immediately one would feel relieved. She was a good listener. Many times she would share experiences and laugh about the joys, pains and sorrows that she endured as a minister’s wife. She would conclude “God is with us.” Truly she will be missed.
Services for Mrs. Beulah Wright Franklin were held from the Mary’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnado, Louisiana with the Reverend Oscar Tippin officiating. Interment was in Moses Cemetery of Varnado, Louisiana.
“Sleep on. beloved, sleep, and take thy rest, Lay down thy head upon thy Saviours’s breast We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best-Good night! Good-night! Good-night!” (Doudney)
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1995; p. 262 By Terrence S. August|