SHELBY - Franklin Lee Plank, Sr., 78, of Shelby, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at his residence. A native of Bluff City, Tenn., he is the son of the late John E. Plank Sr. and Vergie Lee Hicks Plank.
He worked as a truck driver for most of his life and retired from Turner Trucking Company. He served in the U.S. Army
during the Vietnam War
and worked in the Army Corp of Engineers for 13 years. He loved Dale Earnhardt racing, the Dallas Cowboys, John Wayne, and really loved driving his truck. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers, John Plank Jr., Paul Plank, G.L. Plank, and H.C. Plank; and three sisters, Shirley E. Plank, Margaret Elizabeth Turner, and Sarah E. Roberts.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Rolle Plank of the home; four daughters, Wanda Ruth Dean of Shelby, Barbara Ann Buchanan of Wilmington, Monika P. Barnes of Charleston, S.C., and Rosa Faber and husband Georg of Germany; one son, Franklin Lee Plank Jr. of Greensboro; one sister, Molly Ball of Winston-Salem; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Visitation: The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Funeral: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel
Burial: Western North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
Officiated by: Dr. Tim Sims
Funeral home: Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150.
Online condolences: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com