Rev. Daniel L. Franklin, 75, of Monticello passed away on November 17, 2017 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
He was born December 19, 1941, to the late William McKinney and Matilda Miller Franklin of Longview.
Daniel, known by most as “Danny Boy,” was a member of Mt. Peleum AME Church for many years. He graduated from Drew High School in Monticello. After high school, he sought out employment opportunities in the North. While residing in Wisconsin, he was called into ministry. He returned to his southern roots many years later where he continued his walk with Christ as an African Episcopal Pastor and an Itinerary Pastor in the Monticello and Crossett districts. He was faithful and deeply committed to his congregations throughout his appointments.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William McKinney and Matilda Miller Franklin; his brother, John W. Franklin, Sr.; and his grandchildren, Fredon Teamer and Travis Skaggs.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Helen D. Franklin; daughters, Shirley Franklin of Milwaukee Wisconsin, Lynn Skaggs of Hot Springs, Marchelle (John) Odom, Aretha Franklin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Dorothy (Kason) Smith of Houston, Texas; sons, Steven Bartmann of Philadelphia and Robert (Saisha) Thompson of Wichita, Kansas; his brother, Donald Franklin Sr. of Longview, Arkansas; his sister, Matilda Jordan of Monticello; 20 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Longview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.