Ralph Edward Franklin

Ralph Edward Franklin, 77, of Springdale, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  He was born August 22, 1941 in Ft. Smith to William Edward and Dorothy (Hattaway) Franklin.

Ralph served in the Air Force.  He was a fantastic salesman and a great sales teacher. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling.  Above all Ralph was devoted to his family and was a servant of the Lord and a member of the Church of Christ.  He served as elder at both the Greenwood and South Hill Street Churches of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Nell O. (Gage) Franklin whom he married November 4, 1960 in Ft. Smith; three children, Lance Franklin and wife Patty of Farmington, Bryan Franklin and wife Michelle of Rogers, Tamara Walker and husband Rusty of Rogers; two brothers, Larry Franklin and wife Melissa of Van Buren, Jerry Franklin and wife Linda of Alma; 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Ralph was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Franklin; and one great-grandson, Ryan Edward Franklin.

A funeral service was held Friday, November 16,  at South Hill Church of Christ followed by interment with military honors at Fayetteville National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to South Hill Church of Christ, 1136 S Ellis Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

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Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor

Very sorry to hear of Mr. Ralph’s passing. Prayers for Nell and the family.

Max & Sula Traphagan
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Max & Sula Traphagan

Our thoughts, prayers and love to the family.

Pamela Roach
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Pamela Roach

Praying for you and the whole family. He was such a wonderful man.

Phil & LaFonda Britton
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Phil & LaFonda Britton

We are so very sorry for your loss of our dear brother in Christ, Ralph. Our prayers are with all of the family, especially Nell, during this difficult time.
Love in Christ, Phil & LaFonda

Kristen Tellifero
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Kristen Tellifero

So very sorry for the loss of a great and funny man. He will be missed greatly. Praying for comfort and strength to the family. I love you all.

Kristen Tellifero
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Kristen Tellifero

Thankful for Ralph when I was 18 trying to get a start out on my own. He very willingly and happily helped me land a job I loved at the newspaper. His joy was contagious.

Judy Payton Larmon ,Carma Payton Hamby
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Judy Payton Larmon ,Carma Payton Hamby

Our heartfelt sympathy is with Nell and the family. 🙏🏻❤️

David and Liz
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David and Liz

Nell, we are so sorry to hear about Ralph, our hearts are broken for you and the family. Prayers for you all!!

malcolm
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malcolm

NELL AND KIDS, OUR FAMILY WAS SO BLESSED TO HAVE RALPH A PART OF IT FOR SO LONG . WHEN WE HEARD THAT RALPH WAS COMIING, WE KNEW FUN WAS ON THE WAY. THERE WAS SO MANY THINGS WE DID PERIODICALLY. CHURCH CAMPS, FISHING, DOMINOES, REUNIONS, WATCHING A MOTEL BURN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AND OH YES, WATCHING RALPHS’S RESUSITATIVE EFFORTS AT A CAR ACCIDENT. WE WILL MISS HIM GREATLY, AND ITS BITTER/SWEET, FOR WE SEE THAT GLORIOUS REUNION ON THE HORIZON FOR US ALL. MAY THE LORD GRANT YOU PEACE AND COMFORT UNTIL THEN. MALCOLM

David Brownfield
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David Brownfield

RIP.

Jerry Lee Baker
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Jerry Lee Baker

Ralph is a strong Christian. He was always fun to be around. I didn’t see him a whole lot but I will miss him! I look forward to seeing him again soon. – Jerry L. Baker
Jerry’s memory: Larry Branum and I taught Ralph how to play the game 42 (with dominoes). It did not take any time for him to catch onto the game. And, Ralph was beating us every round thereafter!

Tracy Van Kooten
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Tracy Van Kooten

Loved this sweet man! Prayers for all the family.

Richard Miller
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Richard Miller

Nell: So sorry. Ralph over the years was always a good man to be around.

Pam (Langham) Hargrove
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Pam (Langham) Hargrove

Sorry to hear this…May God comfort Nell and the family during this time..

Jim and Jan Barnsley
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Jim and Jan Barnsley

We are very sad at Ralph’s passing. He was a good neighbor, a good man and will be missed. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you Nell and your family. Just condolences do not express our sorrow at his passing. May he rest in peace. Nell, may you and your family find comfort in the Lord in the days to come.

Ashley Cope
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Ashley Cope

I am so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. He was such a wonderful man and full of life and laughter… one of the best “shadow lake dads”. Rest In Peace Ralph.
Praying for you Nell and family.

Dawn Burke
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Dawn Burke

So very sorry for your loss ! I worked with Ralph at the Morning News. He was a wonderful guy liked by all ! Enjoyed working with him so much !

Martha O'Neal
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Martha O'Neal

Nell, Lance and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brenda Franklin
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Brenda Franklin

Oh Nell I am so sorry!!! Lots of love, Prayers and Hugs sending you way!!! And prayers for the entire family

Susan
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Susan

It was an honor to meet Ralph and Nell. His love for his family and his Lord were very evident. A wonderful legacy!

Sandra Thompson
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Sandra Thompson

So many good memories of times spent with the whole Gage family and the laughter Ralph Franklin brought to the gatherings. He will be missed greatly, but has gone on to better gatherings. God strengthen you Nell and wrap you in His love.