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Obituary for JESSIE LEE FRANKLIN, SR.
Jessie Lee Franklin Sr., affectionately known by his family and friends as "Buddy", "Bert Charlie", "Brother", and "Uncle J" departed this earthly realm on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Jessie graced this world with his presence on September 28, 1947 in Dunkirk, Maryland. He was the sixth child of eight born from the union of the late Sherman Franklin Sr. and the late Ada Annie Viola Evans-Franklin.
Jessie was educated in the Calvert County Public School System. He served in the United States Army as a Sharpshooter Expert beginning in September 1967. He was stationed in Korea for the majority of his service. In 1970, he married Lucille Bertina, three children were born from that union: Nicole, Jessie Jr. and Nichelle.
In 1972, Jessie founded J. L. Franklin & Son Trucking Company where he served as the Chief Executive Office for 37 years. Some of his long-term contracts included E&C Excavation and Brandywine Construction Co. of Maryland. He retired in 2009 due to illness. His favorite pass times were hunting, fixing appliances, repairing cars, and watching Western movies as well as wrestling matches.
He was determined, goal oriented and strong-willed. When Jessie walked into a room he could lighten the mood with his silly, but engaging jokes and loud belly laughs. He had a very humorous side. As an extrovert, he enjoyed people and left a lasting impression wherever he went.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories his devoted wife of 47 years Lucille Bettina, three children: Nicole Franklin, Jessie Franklin Jr. (Laketia), Nichelle Sandy (Mark); six grandchildren: Sierra Thompson, Tyra Thompson, Myles Sandy, Madison Sandy, Kyndan Franklin, Kree Franklin; one brother: Sherman Franklin .Jr; two sisters: Annie Rawlings, Barbara Jean Moore; three sister-in- laws: Louise Franklin, Brenda Johnson, Paula Creek; two brothers-in-law: Bobby Creek (Gladys), Clifton Creek (Paulette); four God-children: Consernetta Rawlings-Guy, Faith Harris, Devonia Johnson, Kevin Franklin; close friends: Donald .Johnson and Steve Smith. He also leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.