Ben Hill Franklin, Jr. 90, died August 2, 2008 at the Hospice Home at High Point. He was born January 29, 1918 in Screven County, GA. , a son of the late Helen Glover and Ben Hill Franklin. In 1941 he graduated from the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina with a B.S. Degree in Business. In 1941 he reported for active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army and was assigned to the 70th Coast Antiaircraft Artillery. He served 5 years 6 months during World War II, including two tours of duty in the Pacific Theatre. He retired from the US Army Reserves in 1953 as a Captain. He has been a resident of High Point since 1947. Soon after World War II, he joined Georgia-Pacific Corporation, where he began a long career in hardwood lumber sales. He joined National Lumber Sales Company in 1973 and in 1981 formed Franklin Lumber Sales. He retired in 2000. Since 1972 Mr. Franklin enjoyed his vacation home at Myrtle Beach, SC where he pursued his passion for deep sea fishing. He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Frances Cater Franklin in 2001. Mr. Franklin is survived by two children, Ben Hill Franklin, III of Greensboro and Frances Cater Franklin of Atlanta. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Melanie Franklin Linkous, Jordan Christopher Franklin both of Greensboro and Ashley Franklin Matthews of Asheville and two great grandchildren Tara Matthews and Craig Matthews of Asheville. Funeral services for Ben Hill Franklin, Jr. will be held 2 pm Wednesday in the chapel of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with the Reverend Ashley Crowder Stanley officiating. Entombment will follow at Floral Garden Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 7:00 pm at Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. Tags: 1941

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