LAWTON — Lloyd Dwayne Franklin, 74, died on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, in Lawton, Okla.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at Cameron Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Jones, pastor and Rev. Travis Wollenberg, associate pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ark., officiating. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Rev. Mike Teel, associate pastor of Cameron Baptist Church, officiating. Services were under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
Lloyd was born on May 12, 1932, in Sayre, Oklahoma to John and Opal Bills Franklin. He grew up in Weatherford and attended school there. He married Isabelle Ann Lopez on Sept. 2, 1950, in Wheeler. He joined the United States Army on August 9, 1950 in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He served in the C Battery, 158th Field Artillery Battalion of the 45th Infantry Division in Japan during the Korean Conflict. He received the Army Occupation Medal Japan, United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal with bronze star. After the military, he began working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in the construction department and retired as a switchman in 1987 after 35 years of service. He was a member of CWA Local 6009 where he served as president. He was a member of Cameron Baptist Church, former member of Alfalfa Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Adult Sunday School Teacher. He was the first Fire Chief of the Crow Roost Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Isabelle, of the home; three daughters and sons in law, Debra and Ted Evans, of Lawton; Toni and Jimmy Garbutt, of Stephenville, and Susan and Russel Stoll, of Lawton; one son and daughter in law, Rev. Michael Franklin and his wife, Lori, of Ft. Smith, Ark.; his sister, Betty Jo Francis, of Ft. Cobb, Okla.; ten grandchildren, Jonathan Franklin, Ft. Smith Ark., SaraJane Franklin, of Ft. Smith, Ark., Michael Evans and his wife, Carrie, of Lawton, Tommy Evans and his fianc/, Heather Castrogiovanni, of Lawton Timothy Evans, of Lawton, Misty Warner and her husband, Chris, of Hollywood, Cali.; Lea Lea Bills-Garbutt, of Stephenville, and Chance (Bubba) Garbutt, of Stephenville, Rance Stoll and his wife, Erin, of Lawton and Phillip Stoll and his fianc/, Jennifer Rupe, of Lawton; five great grandchildren, Celeste, Dillon, Tanner and Aiden Evans, and Briley Ann Stoll, all of Lawton.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice of Southwest Oklahoma at 1930 Ferris Ave., Suite 5, Lawton, Oklahoma 73507 or to Cameron Baptist Church Building Fund at