Mickey Franklin, 63, of Crossett, died November 27, 2013.
Ask William (Bill) Smith what date his youngest daughter was born and he would say he didn’t remember the exact date but that he remembered it was cold. Indeed it was cold in Wilmot, Arkansas of January 1950 with a low a few days before January 11 of 22 F, when his baby daughter was born.
He named her Minnie but thankfully her older sisters came to her rescue and proclaimed that she would be called Mickey instead. Usually when someone asked her to spell her name she would start singing the Mickey Mouse theme song.
Ask Irene Hayes Smith and she would have probably said she was glad it was her last of six kids to be born, especially at home in the Arkansas delta.
Mickey grew up in Wilmot, attended school there and was on the basketball team. She was a member of the Class of 1966. She often lived with her grandmother, Addie Smith, who always told her “pretty is as pretty does.” Mickey was pretty, smart and fun loving.
In 1965 while working at her parent’s café in North Crossett she met the love of her life by serving him hot chocolate mixed with coffee because she was so nervous she got his order wrong. He asked her out but she already had a date for the night. He didn’t complain about the mistake and ended up with her as his date the next night and eventually as his wife. Mickey married her “handsome stranger” Eddie Webster Franklin on July 2, 1966 and they were together for 35 years. During those 35 years they had two daughters, Dianne Franklin White and husband Paul, and Laura Franklin Creach, husband Johnny. Mickey was a stay at home mom. She served on the Anderson School PTA and was a Sunday school teacher for several years at First Baptist Church of Crossett.
Mickey was creative. She taught herself to sew and became proficient at alterations but her favorites were one-of-a- kind dresses for pageants and proms. She would often watch Dallas to spot fashion trends and then transform them with her own flair into loving creations. She also could paint and draw. If you remember the murals at Anderson School, she spent one hot summer with no air conditioning painting those walls with several other moms.
She and Eddie had a passion for softball games, fast cars and Friday night dates at the Catfish Inn. They often loaned their convertibles and Corvette’s for use in the local parades. She even designed their joint headstone featuring his love of GTO’s and her love of the Corvette with their favorite cars around their names.
One could always know where they stood with her. She didn’t mince words of either praise or disapproval. She however had a very soft heart especially for anyone she felt was in need of her help and took great joy in giving. Mickey enjoyed knowing she had something she could give another, whether it was a surprise present, buying something for a stranger at a store, giving someone a ride, or cooking for someone in need. She would often do chores for the elderly and just visit or fill a grocery bag and just drop it off, no questions asked and no praise expected. She was a foster grandmother to five children and has two grandchildren of her own, Christopher White of New Iberia, La. and Kasey White of Monroe, La. She spent the last several years of her life tending to her ailing mother.
Over the years she had many friends. Her life was surely blessed by friendships with Burl Mills and Mary Peterson in the years following Eddie’s passing.
Mickey had a fondness for shopping including blue light specials she missed so much at Walmart and in later years riding the shopping cart there or her scooter at Pecanland Mall with her daughters.
Mickey loved the holidays. She would dress up as “Jaws” the shark in a costume she made for Halloween and get kids to pet her fin before they could get candy. She hosted Thanksgiving at her home and her mother-in-law, Maxine Aubrey, called her the hostess with the mostest. She made sure Christmas’ were special and wanted it to be a dressy affair or a full diamond day. Missing her this holiday season will be her father-in-law, Jett Aubrey of Magnolia; brother, Robert “Sonny” (Janice) of Tillar; sister, Nancy Hoover (Jim) of Ridgeland, WI; brother, William “Buddy” Smith (Shirley) of Hamburg; sister-in-law, Cody Jane Burchfield of Ashdown; brother-in-law, Grady Mike Franklin of Maude, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
As much as she will be missed here, Mickey was saved as a young woman when Brother Jody Gannaway ministered to her after her father’s passing. She was baptized into the Kingdom at Magnolia Baptist Church in 1971. Rejoicing with her on her arrival home to Heaven on November 27, 2013 included her beloved husband, Eddie; her father, Bill; mother, Irene; sisters, Merlene Kelly and Billie Smith; brother-in-law, Larry Burchfield; her grandmother, Addie; mother-in-law, Maxine; and a herd of Pekingese.
Visitation will be November 30 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home at Crossett. Funeral services will be held December 1 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church at Crossett. She will be laid to rest at Belle Cemetery in Wilmot.
Now it’s time to say goodbye
To all your company
M I C, see you real soon
K E Y, why? Because we love you