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Barbara Groomes Franklin

September 10, 1950 - August 20, 2022

Barbara Ann Groomes Franklin transitioned on Saturday August 20, 2022, at Lynchburg General Hospital.  Barbara  was the daughter of the late Hector and Louise Groomes. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by three sisters; Rita Parker, Odaris Groomes, and Brenda Groomes.

Barbara is survived by her husband Leroy Franklin; two daughters, Melody Franklin Henry, Kelly Lee Franklin; two granddaughters, Rianna Henry, and Raniya Henry; three fur babies, Pheobe Lee, Sir Nigel, and Cosmo; two nieces, Teresa Johnson, and Leticia Parker; and a host of great and great-great nieces’ nephews, cousins, and friends.

Barbara was a faithful member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church where she served as a member of the Senior Usher Board, The Missionary’s Club, Kitchen Committee, Paradise Singers, and the Mass Choir. Barbara was employed at the Central Virginia Training Center for over 40 years.

Barbara had a charitable heart and was always willing to give a helping hand.

Romans 12: 4-8

A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday August 27, 2022, at the Forest Hill Burial Park. Her remains will lie in repose Thursday August 25, 2022, and Friday August 26, 2022 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday August 27, 2022, prior to the service.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Condolences in the loss of our dearly beloved Barbara! I spoke with her recently and shall remember that conversation! I’ve missed her presence and strong voice singing those great songs of praise at church but am glad she made it to the Senior Missionaries last anniversary! Barbara served our Church, the Missionaries, the Ushers, the Hospitality Committee, Paradise Singers freely and supported our Sunday School and other ministries! Gone but will not be forgotten! Rest In Peace.

Posted by Cynthia D Coles on August 25, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to the family. We remember her beautiful face and smile, She always had an encouraging word. May you find strength and peace in the days to come. I know God will see you through! Sending love, Earl & Vernessa Harvey

Posted by Vernessa Harvey on August 25, 2022

The pastor, members and friends of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of our dear devoted member, Sister Barbara G. Franklin. Please do not hesitate to call upon us as needed. May God watch over you in this time of bereavement.

Posted by Anonymous on August 23, 2022

To Mel, Kelly and family- my sincere condolences on the loss of your matriarch. I will always remember the warmth of your Mom’s smile and hugs at church. Not too mention her fashionable style and her Love for serving God and others. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Cherra Barbour-Smith on August 23, 2022

I am so sorry to learn of Barbara’s death. As well as my neighbor, I worked with her years ago at “TheTraining School”. She was always upbeat, patient and kind, treating everyone, residents and staff members with equal respect. She really loved her family❤️

Posted by Winkie schoew on August 23, 2022

To Melody and family; I send you my deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Franklin. My prayers are with you now and in the days ahead.

Posted by Dorothy Thomas on August 23, 2022

My Deepest Condolences to Leroy, Mel, Kelly, and Barbara's heartbeats...Rianna and Raniya!! May God provide you all with the comfort needed during this difficult time and surround you with peace and reminders of great memories that you shared! With sincere sympathy, Kimberly and Mildred Smith

Posted by Kimberly Smith - Wills on August 23, 2022

Barbara, will be surely missed by all that knew and loved her. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I will miss our phone conversations that we shared regularly. Rest In Peace my cousin.

Posted by Nancy Lewis on August 22, 2022

You’re be truly missed. Love you 😘. Prayers for the Family 🙏🙏🙏🙏💖

Posted by Patricia Baxley on August 22, 2022

You’re be truly missed. Love you 😘. Prayers for the Family 🙏🙏🙏🙏💖

Posted by Patricia Baxley on August 22, 2022

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