James L. Franklin, 67, of Jasonville, Indiana passed away at 11:20 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 in Shakamak Good Samaritan Nursing Center, Jasonville. He was born October 18, 1943 in Linton to James L. Franklin and Virginia (Moss) Franklin.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Franklin of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; daughters and son-in-law, Jamie and Billy Simpson of Jasonville and Jannell Franklin and Joan Duncan of Indianapolis; grandchildren, James and spouse Brittney Simpson, Bethany Simpson, Casey, Abby and Emma Bowmer, Darion and Noah Wilson; great-grandson, Bryceton Simpson; sister, Leah Kessinger of DeMotte, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Julie Franklin Wilson.
James was of the Baptist Faith, was a retired coalminer and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a life-time member of the Jasonville V.F.W. Post #6225, member of the American Legion Post #172, U.M.W.A. Local 1423, and was the first National President of Compac. He loved playing music with his friends, loved wood-crafts and wood-working. James was very proud of his Grandkids and loved spoiling them.
Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home; 218 South Meridian Street; Jasonville, Ind. with Visitation scheduled 5-9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services are 2 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Cox Funeral Home with Pastor Sam Bush officiating.
Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Linton, Ind. with Military Graveside Rites.