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John Franklin, age 41, of Bakersville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, May 26, 2018. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of Patricia W. Fox-Jarrett and the late Melvin W. Franklin. In addition to his father, Melvin, John was also preceded in death by his step-father, Tom Jarrett; maternal grandparents, Vernon and Ruth Fox and paternal grandparents, Hoyt and Hazel Franklin. John was a hard-worker, but in his spare time could often be found fishing in the local rivers and streams.
Left to cherish his memories are his children: Austin John Lee Franklin, Ayla Powell and Willow Powell; mother, Patricia W. Fox-Jarrett of Bakersville; and special cousin, Landon Fox of Bakersville. Several cousins, extended family members and friends also survive.
A memorial gathering will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Yancey Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Dr., Spruce Pine, NC, 28777.