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Thurman Ray Franklin

April 22, 1943 ~ February 16, 2022 (age 78)

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     Thurman Ray Franklin, 78 of the Hares Creek Community of Robbinsville, NC passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

     He was a native of Jackson County, born April 22, 1943, the son of the late Thurman N. and Ruby Rogers Franklin.

     He is survived by his wife, Ola Gladden Franklin; daughters, Devona Rae Finley (Eric) of Waynesville, NC, Sonya Kotila (Kenny) of Sylva, NC; his 2 granddaughters, which were his pride and joy, Karissa and Hayley Finley; brother, Boyd Franklin, his ham radio companion of TN, younger brother, Mark Franklin of Hayesville, NC, older sister, Phoebe Bateman (Howard) of Franklin, NC, twin sister, Reba Beck (Sam) of Hayesville, NC; step sons, Eddie Anderson, David Anderson, Dale Anderson, Jackie Anderson and step daughter Sue Adams all of Robbinsville, NC

     . Ray had been an employee of Hensley Tire Company in Sylva for many years and retired from the maintenance department at Western Carolina University. He received training in woodworking and left many special creations for family and friends to enjoy. His faith grew and developed while attending church services at Valleytown Cemetery Chapel in Andrews, NC. Ray will be remembered for his interest in hunting, fishing, camping and his sense of humor as he talked with the many “radio buddies” he contacted all over the country. He will also be remembered for his faithfulness in frying potatoes and ramps at their annual ramp festival. Ray left a testimony of his faith in God giving comfort and peace to all those who loved him.

     Funeral Services will be held at 6:00 pm Monday, February 21, 2022, at the Townson-Smith Chapel. The Reverend James Patterson will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4:00 till 6:00 pm at the Chapel prior to the service. Committal Services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Ashe Cemetery located on Ashe Loop off Fairview Road in Sylva, NC.

     In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Ashe Cemetery Fund, Dede Finley, 18 Sorghum Dr. Waynesville, NC 28785.

     Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Franklin Family. An online register is available at

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February 21, 2022

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Townson-Smith Chapel
160 Five Point Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Funeral Service
February 21, 2022

6:00 PM
Townson-Smith Chapel
160 Five Point Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

February 22, 2022

2:00 PM
Ashe Cemetery
801 Ashe Loop Road
Sylva, NC 28779

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