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Joseph E. Franklin, Jr.
Joseph E. Franklin Jr.

NORFOLK – Joseph E. “Bud” Franklin Jr., died peacefully at home on Oct. 2, 2016. He was the son of Annie Batten Franklin and Joseph E. Franklin Sr. He was predeceased by his older sister, Margaret Franklin Baldwin.

For 34 years he was married to Jennette Moore Franklin. He was born on Armistice Day, 1920. As a child, he always believed the Naval Base cannon shots were for his celebration.

Bud is survived by his wife, Jennette; two sons, Joseph E. Franklin and his wife, Marymarie Baker Franklin, of Carthage, Mo. and Daniel W. Franklin of Gloucester, Va. He enjoyed three grandchildren, Andrew, Timothy, and Maryanne. He had four adored great-grandchildren.

The Heyders, the Verners and the Franklins appreciate Bud’s care by his caregivers, Sherrie and Crystal Arrington and Maria Paterson. They are thanked for making his last days comfortable.

He was a Norfolk native who spent the World War II years in the Army Air Corps. He was trained to repair the Norden Bombsight, but his actual duty was patrolling the base perimeter because of his Boy Scout experience. He was stationed on Okinawa.

He returned to civil service at the Norfolk Air Rework Facility. He had previously completed an apprenticeship in aircraft instrument mechanics. He had fine eye and hand ability to work on minute things throughout his life. He retired as production superintendent responsible for 1,300 employees in 18 trades. During his civil service career, $16 million was documented in savings by people under his personal direction. He received a presidential citation from Lyndon B. Johnson, which read in part, “In special recognition of an outstanding contribution to greater economy and improvements in government operations.”

He was a graduate of Maury High School. He had continuing education through the years at VPI, William and Mary, Norfolk Division and later continuing education at Old Dominion University.

After retirement he began a business, “Wild River Outfitters,” with three friends. He sold out to his partners after a few years. He remained active in volunteer activities. He was a president of the Tidewater Archeological Society. He was on a select committee to plan for renovation of the Jamestown Festival Park. He volunteered with Operation Smile and traveled to Kenya and Nicaragua.

He was an avid traveler, visiting friends in Costa Rica often over the years. He visited all the continents except Australia and all 50 states.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at