LAKELAND - Robert Clay Franklin, 58, passed away on October 8, 2017. He was born July 2, 1959 in Knoxville, TN, to the late John C. and Bonnie Cate Franklin.
Robert is survived by his wife, Sharon Holbrook Franklin and three children: Jonathan, Alex, and Hannah Franklin; brother: Rusty Franklin (wife, Sharon); sister: Debi Morgan, 1 grandchild, Ellianah Franklin, a large extended family, and many friends.
Bob graduated from Lakeland High School in 1977, and earned both his bachelor and master degrees from Florida Southern College. He was Director of Development, St. Petersburg Debit and Credit, at Fidelity Information Services, having worked for the company for almost 30 years. He enjoyed traveling with his family, especially to Ireland; going to Disney World; and was an avid Florida Gator fan. He was a member of Highland Park Church in Lakeland.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Highland Park Church, 4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland. Visitation will be from 12:00 - 2:00 pm, with a service at 2:00 pm. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation ( ) or Lustgarten Foundation. ( ).

Published by The Ledger from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2017.
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I still miss Bob so much at FIS. Although this year we haven’t been in the office much at all I still thank about him all the time. Miss you Bob
Diane Schreiber
October 6, 2020
RIP. Your smile & charismatic approach to life will be sorely missed.
Laura Sparks
October 13, 2017
I will miss our bragging sessions about how well our sons did in music. My deepest condolences to the family. His work family will miss him, I will miss him.
Juan Rivera
October 13, 2017
The thing I remember most about BOB is his perpetual smile. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and will keep you all in our prayers.
Phil Pedone
October 12, 2017
The thing I remember most about Bob is his perpetual smile. He was always such as pleasure to be around back at LHS. So
to hear of his passing.
October 12, 2017
May our Creator hold you close and bath you in love and light, during your time of loss, our Prayers for all of you,
Jordan & Cyndi Read
Jordan&Cyndi Read
October 12, 2017
My deepest sympathy. We all loved Bob so much. He will be forever in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers to his beautiful family.
Michele Lovett
October 12, 2017
Bob was such a great guy at work. He was always smiling and cracking a joke. He always made me feel like part of the IT family. He was always warm and welcoming and I am so going to miss seeing his smiling face. He will be missed so much. I am praying for peace for his family. Heaven got a really good one! Way too soon.
Diane Schreiber
October 12, 2017
Such a good person taken well too soon! I wish the family comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Paulina Mule'
October 12, 2017
Such a great loss. Bob was one of the first people I got the opportunity to work with at Telecredit. He was always happy and he will be greatly missed.
Sherri Maged
October 12, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.
Dana Bumpus
October 12, 2017
Bob was a special person, so compassionate when someone needed his help. We will all miss him very much.
Sandy McCormick
October 12, 2017
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