JONESBORO -- Cecil E. Franklin, 80, went to be with the Lord at 6:19 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
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He was born Sept. 15, 1932, in Pomona, the son of Clarence E. and Ethel Cauble Franklin. He married Glenda Lingle Aug. 3, 1978, in Grand Tower.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Franklin of Jonesboro; three children, Maury Lee (Esther) Franklin of Mounds, Sherry Lee (Rick) Ellet of Carterville and Clyde "Rusty" (Marilyn) Arnold of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Jennifer Elaine Carter of Clinton, Nicole Marie Ternes of Peoria, Christina Dawn Porter of Glenburnie, Md., Amber Joy (Shayne) Seely of Galatia, Cory Glenn Ellet of Carterville and Kim (Scott) Swain of Jonesboro; three great-grandchildren, Caitlan and Jessica Porter and Colton Swain; one brother, Gerald (Susie)Franklin of Grand Tower; three sisters, Evelyn McCaleb of Grand Tower, Shirley Colyer of Thebes and Darlene Carre of Scott City, Mo.; son-in-law, Lloyd "Red" Dunn of Jonesboro; other relatives; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Cecil E. Franklin Jr.; daughter, Claudia Dunn; and granddaughter, Carmen Dunn.
Cecil was a member of Anna First Baptist Church. He was a Christian man who loved the Lord and loved his family. He loved the outdoors -- hunting, fishing, trapping, growing his own garden -- and he also enjoyed digging roots.
He loved to travel and had planned a trip to Costa Rica with his wife, Glenda.
Cecil held honorary memberships in Masonic lodges throughout Southern Illinois and was a member and past master of Anna Masonic Lodge 520 AF&AM and Dongola Masonic Lodge 581 AF&AM. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from CIPS Company in 1992 after 26 years of service and also was a member of Operating Engineers Local 148.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with the Rev. Les Sinks officiating. Interment will be in Anna Cemetery with graveside military honors by Carroll P. Foster Post 3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Team in Marion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the funeral home with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Masonic Children's Home in Murphysboro or the donor's church of choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To view this obituary or leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Dec. 11, 2012