|Albert Eugene Franklin was born September 20, 1907, to the late Seamon and Dessie Lewis Franklin in Lettsworth, Louisiana. He died Sunday, December 15, 1974, at West Monroe, Louisiana, at the age of 67.
He joined the church at an early age and served in full connection with the Methodist Church 30-1/2 years. At the time of his death he was serving the St. James-St. Paul United Methodist Church, having served St. James for ten years and St. Paul five years. Other charges were St. Peter Ct., Macedonia-New Roads; Angie Ct., Bogalusa; Peoples, N.O.; and Angie Ct.
Reverend Franklin is survived by: his wife, Beaulah Wright Franklin; two daughters, Joyce A., Varnado, Louisiana, and Margaret O., New Orleans, Louisiana; three sons, Albert P., Walter E. and Wilbert C. of New Orleans, Louisiana; one son-in-law; two daughters-in-law; one sister-in-law; one nephew; five nieces; two aunts; two uncles; and a host of relatives and friends.
Reverend Franklin lived a faithful, full and fruitful life. He was instrumental in leading many persons to Christ, whom he loved and served well.
Whenever and wherever you met him, he had a joyful story to tell that would brighten the day. He will be long remembered—as a servant, as a friend, as a brother to all mankind.
The great servant of Christ John Wesley went to heaven March 2, 1791, in the eighty-eighth year of his life after preaching the Gospel for sixty-five years. Shortly before his death Mr. Wesley said, “I will get up.” While they arranged his clothes, he broke out singing in a manner which astonished all about him: I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath, and when my voice is lost in death, praise shall employ my nobler powers. My days of praise shall ne’er be past, while life, and thought, and being last. Or immortality endures. Happy the man whose hopes rely on Israel’s God; He made the sky, and earth and seas with all their train…His truth forever stands secure. He saves the oppressed, He feeds the poor and none shall find His Promise vain.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1975; p. 178 By R. S. Murray|