March 4, 1965 ~ May 21, 2020

Born in: Tyndall AFB, FL
Resided in: Snellville, GA

Brian Keith Franklin (55) passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 21, 2020, in
Snellville, GA. He was surely greeted in Heaven by his mother – Gwynell James Franklin Christenson
and David Christenson, Bill and Kay Ward, Alexander Boehmer, Ethelene B. and William P. James
(grandparents), Oscar Oliver Franklin (grandfather) and Alice May Bolton Franklin; Vera Dell Wells
Franklin Williams (grandmother) and Floyd Williams. He was diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago,
and he battled bravely. Brian was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Brian leaves behind his pride and joy, his best buddy, co-worker, his #1 son – Jessie Ward Franklin of
Snellville; beloved wife of 34 years – Angela Ward Franklin; Charles Douglas (father) and Linda Franklin of
Loganville; Jennifer (sister) and Chris Broughton of Piedmont, SC; Vicki Huff (sister) of Loganville, GA;
Doug Boyd (brother) and Kim Chasteen of Yorktown, VA; Steve (brother) and Kim Boyd of Loganville, GA;
Matt (brother) and Lisa Ward of Loganville; Wendy Smith of Port Huron, MI; Marie and Kenneth Tolan;
Lynne and Paul Teichert; Elaine and William Conner; Tommy and Betty Franklin; Curtis and Joyce
Franklin; Gary and Yvonne Franklin; Harold and Beverly Franklin; Tawana (niece) and Michael Boehmer;
Amy (niece) Justice; James Smith (nephew); Dylan (nephew) and Aubrey Ward (niece); Adam, Andy, and
Alex Huff (nephews); Rachel (niece) and Hunter (nephew) Boyd; David (nephew) and Brenna (niece)
Chasteen-Boyd; Gracie (grandniece) Thompson and Trinity (grandniece) Boehmer, and his devoted dog,
Sugar. Brian leaves behind a wealth of cousins and friends – more precious than gold…

Brian graduated from Central Gwinnett HS in 1983, where he excelled in Track and Cross Country. He
began working in Golf Course Maintenance in 1984 at Northwood Golf and Country Club, ending with
Northwood’s closure in October of 2019. Brian and his family made their home in Gwinnett and Walton
counties. He made a lot of friends while working at Northwood. It was a place very close to his heart.
His home away from home. You have to love something a lot to do it seven days a week, and Brian
loved working outside.

Brian was committed to his family, friends and faith. He was passionate about gardening, landscaping,
UFC, football and Georgia Bulldogs, Spartan and Tough Mudder races – OCR was a passion he picked up,
a hobby he got to share with his son. He loved movies; Sci-Fi series; Bigfoot, and Star Wars. He was
convinced that there is treasure on Oak Island, Nova Scotia. His dry wit and practical jokes kept his
friends and family entertained for many years.

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Due to the C-19, there will be no services at this time.

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  1. CandleImageI was fortunate to know Brian at Northwood through the years working there. I always appreciated his smile and warm friendly manner. He was funny and easy going and everyone enjoyed being around him. Brian was such a good guy and he will truly be missed in this world!

  2. CandleImageI will miss you dear friend, but i take comfort knowing you’re whole and happy and pain free with the lord. Watch over your family till y’all meet again. Sending your family all the love and hugs!
    Stephanie Rice

  3. CandleImagePrayers for you both during this time of sorrow and love sent from us both to help guide and heal your spirits.

  4. Doug and Family, Doug and I are so very, very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Like Paul, he fought the good fight, finished his course, and kept the faith. Our prayers are with you all.

  6. CandleImageBrian,
    We sure are going to miss you. You were always there when we needed you and you had the biggest heart full of love for everyone. You always kept us laughing and we enjoyed all the time we were blessed to have with you. We know that we will meet again one day as we enter heaven to be with you and all our other loved ones who’ve already passed. Until then, we hold you in a special place in our hearts full of loving memories.
    With love,
    Matt & Lisa Ward
    2 Thessalonians 3:16

  7. CandleImagePraying for you, your Son, his Sister, Dad and all other family members during this difficult time. So sad you can’t have a Service and are having to wait. Pray God will give you the strength as you face each day❤️

  8. CandleImageSending prayers of love and comfort in the days ahead. Praying the peace of God surround you and strengthen you always.
    2 Thessalonians 3:16


    Al and Nancy Huff

  9. CandleImageDoug, To you and your wonderful family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We rejoice with you that your beloved Brian is free of pain at last. That Brian walks with the Lord and has been greeted by loved ones. We cover you and your family with prayers of comfort and peace.

  10. CandleImageBrian, you were one of the best cousins anyone could have. We will miss you so much. Prayers to Angie, Jessie and Uncle Doug and Aunt Marie

  11. CandleImageDoug sorry for the lose of you child. I know it is never easy losing a loved one. My heart felt prayers are with you.

  12. CandleImageDoug & Linda,
    Our prayers go out to you for comfort and peace through our Lord. Brian is no longer in pain and is with our Lord, which we all hope to do some day. Please know that you and your family are covered with prayers at this time.

  13. CandleImageAngie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have been watching his progress on Facebook, but did not expect this so soon. I miss you & love you!! Praying for you & your family.

  14. CandleImageLiving next door, I would often see Brian outside tending to his beautiful yard! He always kept the flowers and grass looking so nice. He always had a friendly word to say and a smile to give.
    I will miss seeing him take his daily walks with little Sugar. Brian you were a kind man and we need more people in the world like you. We will see you again.

  15. CandleImageWe are with y’all from the heart way up here.
    Brian is a good example of what a man should be and showed that to all he met.
    I have no words to make it all better.

  16. CandleImageMy heart aches with you during your time of loss. I am sure he is at peace now and will always be with you. Prayers of comfort and peace to the entire family

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