The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 P.M, Friday, February 10, 2017 at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, Pineville Road, Buena Vista, Georgia. Interment will follow in the Pineville Cemetery.
Mrs. Joyce Swanson Franklin was born October 26, 1954 in Buena Vista, Marion County, Georgia to the late Lee Gibson and the late Mary Swanson Terry. She was preceded in death by three siblings, Mitchell Terry, Alfred Terry and Mildred Terry. She was educated in the public school systems of Taylor County and Schley County. Accepting Christ at an early age, she joined Evergreen Baptist Church of Mauk, Georgia. After many years of dedicated services, she retired from the Marion County Board of Education, Tyson Foods, and Manhattan Shirt Company.
She was united in holy matrimony to her beloved, Jesse Franklin, and to this union, they were blessed with four children, fifteen grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren.
On Friday, February 3, 2017 she was called from labor to reward while a patient in the Phoebe Sumter Memorial Hospital, Americus, Georgia in the surrounding of her beloved family. Sleep on beloved and take thy rest, the act of God we do not question, for he alone knows best. Left to remember her with love and affection are her husband, Jesse Franklin, Buena Vista, Georgia; four children, Ann Swanson-Grant, Phenix City, Alabama, Mary Swanson, Buena Vista, Georgia, Cynthia McKenzie, Dallas, Texas and Keisha Swanson, Buena Vista, Georgia; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; five siblings, Ernestine Gibson-Pitts (Terrence) Atlanta, Georgia, Teddy Swanson (Sherril), Buena Vista, Georgia, Mattie Terry Roberson (Brian), Enterprise, Alabama, Patricia Terry, Buena Vista, Georgia and Robert Terry (Liz), Columbus, Georgia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edward Green (Mae Pearl), Arthur C. Franklin (Louvenia), Ulysses Franklin and Essie Franklin, all of Buena Vista, Georgia; a host of beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.