Retired United States Marine Mervin Alexander Franklin went to be with his Lord September 6, 2021, at the age of 92. He will be remembered for his love of country, his generosity to anyone in need, and his talent for painting, especially landscapes.
Mervin was born in Marbury, Maryland, May 31, 1929. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 in 1946, and served in the Vietnam War from 1965-1967. He remained a proud Marine until the end of his life. Following his retirement from the Marines, he also held jobs at Portsmouth and Newport News Marine Terminals and the Norfolk Naval Base.
He was especially proud of all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and everything they accomplished. He possessed a natural talent for "tinkering," and could fix almost anything. He also loved animals, especially his little Yorkie "soul mate" Yoda, who died 15 years ago. He was known for his charm and easy way with people, including at his last three retirement communities, Talbot on Granby, Churchland House in Portsmouth, and The Ballantine in Norfolk, where he made many friends.
Preceding Mervin in death were his wife, Mary J. Franklin, his longtime companion Doris McLaughlin, and more recently Shirley Parker, his sisters Phyllis Rogers and Shirley Schellin, brothers William Franklin, Edward Franklin, and John Davis, his grandson Alexander Franklin, and his great-grandson Dylan Franklin.
He is survived by his children, Patricia Franklin of York, Pennsylvania, Paul Franklin (Trudy) of Norfolk, Terence Franklin (Barbara) of Virginia Beach, and Bruce Franklin of Dameron, Maryland; his grandchildren: Erin Franklin-Giddens, Brigid Barrineau (Daniel), Teresa Tenney (Cameron), Kelly DeJesus, Brian Franklin (Kera), Kevin Franklin (Gillian), Tara Franklin, Kristen Gherardy (Juan), Chelsea Franklin, and Zachary Franklin; and his great-grandchildren, Connor, Collin, Kaitlin, Catie, Emily, Maryanne, Cory, Samantha, Ivan, Eryk, Pierce, Brooke, and soon to be Alexandra.
A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk at 2:00 PM on Saturday, the 25th of September. Contributions may be made to the Marine Corps League. Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.hollomon-brown.com
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Sep. 19, 2021.