Bradley Franklin obituary (1952 – 2021) – Mattoon, IL

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Bradley “Brad” Davis Franklin

May 26, 1952 – November 9, 2021

MATTOON – Bradley “Brad” Davis Franklin, 69, of Mattoon, IL, died at 4:50 am on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.

A funeral service in his honor will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Apostolic Center Church, 205 N. Country Club Road, Mattoon, IL, 61938. The Reverend Derold Doughty will officiate, with the assistance of the Reverend Shine Doughty and the Reverend Jeremy Doughty. A jail service will follow immediately at Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon, IL. The military rites will be conducted by Mattoon VFW Post 4325. Visitations will be from 1:00 pm until the time of church service. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL, 61938, is in charge of services.

Brad was born May 26, 1952 in Vandalia, Illinois to the late Billy Davis and Valeria June (Reeves) Franklin. He married Annette Yvonne Sanders on February 19, 1986, she survives and resides in Mattoon, IL.

He is also survived by four children: Shannon D. Franklin of South Bend, IN, Travis J. Franklin of Effingham, IL, Myles A Franklin of Mattoon, IL, Ashley N. Franklin of Mattoon, IL; one brother, Brett A. Franklin of Charleston, IL; and nine grandchildren: Gage A., Gunner J., Remmy L., Harper R., Maddox D., Coen W. and Isabella S. Franklin, Harper S. and Everly G. Thacker.

Brad proudly served our country in the United States Air Force and National Guard as a caliber Marine, stationed at Loring Air Force Base in Maine. After his honorable release, Brad enrolled at Lakeland College in Mattoon, IL, and then served in the Mattoon Police Department. Brad finally found his true passion in auto sales. For many years, he worked at Comer Nissan Mazda as a former manager, and for the past seventeen years in the sales department of KC Summers Auto Group in Mattoon, Illinois. A constant fixture within the community, Brad has thrived on meeting and visiting everyone. He has never met a stranger, only a friend.

Dedicated to his faith, Brad has been actively involved with the Apostolic Center Church in Mattoon, IL. Always generous with his time, he wanted to spread his faith among others on many missionary trips to the Dominican Republic and Honduras over the years.

In his youth, and among his many accomplishments, Brad was offered the opportunity to play on a minor league baseball team. A true family man, Brad declined the offer to be with his wife and raise their children. However, his passion for the sport never waned and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and New England Patriots.

Brad was happiest when surrounded by his wife, kids, grandchildren and dog Rosie. He always looked forward to Friday night football games, recitals for his grandchildren and a good round of golf.

He had the gift of offering kindness and compassion to all he knew. Above all else, Brad will be remembered as a pious man, a dear friend and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Please visit www.mitchell-jerdan.com or www.facebook.com/mitchelljerdanfuneralhome to light a virtual candle in his honor or share a memory with the family.

Published by Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on November 11, 2021.

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