John Charles Franklin passed into the arms of Jesus on the evening of May 18, 2021.
He was born in Anniston, Alabama to Curtis and Susie Franklin and from then until the end was a joy to all those who knew him. He graduated from Weaver High School in 1984 and went on to gain a Bachelor’s degree in music and a Master’s degree in counseling from Jacksonville State University. He put his education to good use as a substance abuse counselor at Calhoun Treatment Center, where he was employed from 1997-2011. Charles loved his work and cared deeply for his patients; he touched many lives, not only of his patients but their families and his coworkers as well. His courageous and positive outlook on life were an inspiration to all who met him, and the love of Jesus was always felt in his words and deeds alike.
He was married to Heather Whittington, the love of his life, in 1987 and they enjoyed almost 34 years together; he was the kindest of husbands and the light of her eyes. Charles was preceeded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Susanne. He is survived by his wife, Heather Franklin, his beloved brother Curtis Franklin, sister-in-law Carol Franklin, and a host of family and friends. He is sorely missed, but we look forward to a glorious reunion in heaven.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II Timothy 4:7-8.