Franklin was born on July 1, 1923 in Milo, Oklahoma. He was the third child born to loving parents, Haston and Eliza Franklin Millard. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age at the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church. He received his formal education in Tatums, Oklahoma and graduated from Tatums Public Schools.
In 1944, Millard enlisted in the United States Navy. and in February 1952 he married Helen Franklin. There were four children born to their union.
He continued his service until he was honorably discharged. He worked for Water Utilities of San Diego from April 20, 1953 to July 10, 1980.
Shortly after he arrived in San Diego, he united with Mt Erie Baptist Church under the leadership of the Reverend Darden, and continued under Reverend Dr. Walter G. Wells. He served on the Usher Board for numerous years.
Millard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed watching sports, going to the park, and spending time with his grandchildren. His kind and loving spirit will be missed by all that knew him.
On Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 2:12 P.M, Millard Filmore Franklin departed this life at Point Loma Convalescent Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; son, Greg; both of his parents; two sisters, Epimetheus Robinson and Virgie Lyda; four brothers: Wilburn, Clemon, Martin and Otis Franklin.
He leaves to cherish his memories: sons, Larry and Dennis Franklin of Ardmore, OK and Jeff Franklin of San Diego, CA; Son in Law: Frank Dickerson, San Diego, CA; daughters, Annette Dickerson and Stephanie Franklin of San Diego, CA; Sisters: Rose (Roscoe) Evans of Houston, Tx, Theresa Howard and Johnnie (Theopolous) Howard of Oklahoma City, OK, Alma Douglas, Norvell Green and Nadine (Glennon) Pickens, all of Ardmore, OK; and a host grandchildren, great-grandchldren, other relatives and many friends.
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