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Longtime association ministry leader Bob Franklin dies


Bob Franklin

MACON Bob Franklin, former director of missions for Noonday and Mid-State Baptist associations, died July 8 after a long battle with injuries sustained from a November car accident. He was 78.

A native of Center Point, AL, Franklin graduated from Howard College (now Samford University) and Southern Seminary before serving as minister of education at Highland Baptist Church in Florence, AL; First Baptist Huntsville, AL; and Woodlawn and Dawson Memorial Baptist churches, both of Birmingham.

Franklin remained in Alabama at Judson College in development, recruitment, and church relations from 1971-77 before leading Montgomery Baptist Association. In 1985 he went to Noonday Baptist Association, serving there until 1997 when he accepted a position as director of Associational Strategy for Southern Baptist Associations at the North American Mission Board. In 2002 he retired from NAMB to serve as director of Macon Baptist Association until his accident.

During his 35 years of service as a director of missions, Franklin started more than 50 churches and led more than 60 mission trips. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Louise Hunter Franklin; sons Dr. Lee Franklin, of Montgomery, AL, Bartow Baptist Association director of missions David Franklin, of Taylorsville, and John Franklin, pastor of Post Oak Baptist Church in Russellville, KY; and 11 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bob Franklin Mission Fund, in care of Mid-State (Macon) Baptist Association, 3396 Napier Ave., Macon, GA 31204.