Thelma Lee (White) Franklin (1948 - 2013)

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GASTONIA - Thelma Lee Franklin, 64, of 1611 Warren Circle, passed away Feb. 16, 2013, at her residence.

She was a native of Gastonia, born March 8, 1948, to the late William Fred and Mattie Paysour White.

He was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard Franklin; brother, Robert Lynn White; and a sister, Brenda Sue Mitchell.

She was employed by Gaston County Schools for 16 years. She also loved and cherished the staff and children of Cramerton Middle School and was so blessed by all.

Survivors include her significant other, Ken Mathis, of Dallas; sons, Allen Nelms and wife, Teresa, of Kings Mountain, and Tony Herrin, of Gastonia; daughters, Charlotte Bryan and husband, Jimmy, of Bessemer City, Vanessa Newman and husband, Stephen, of Bessemer City, Thelma Diana Franklin, of Gastonia, and Toni Kay Franklin, of Gastonia; sister, Virgie Ann Black of Gastonia; brother, Robert Michael White and wife, Crystal, of Ranlo; sister-in-law, Carolyn White, of Gastonia, 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; and a sister at heart, Brenda Watts.

The funeral service will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb, 19, 2013. at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home with the Rev. Bo Osborne officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cramerton Middle School.

Condolences may be made to the family at

The family is being cared for by Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, 704-864-5144.
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Published in Gaston Gazette from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2013