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Betty Estelle Franklin

March 24, 1939 - February 20, 2023

Betty Estelle Franklin of Lynchburg, Virginia was called home to be with the Lord on February 20, 2023.

Betty was born on March 24, 1939, to the late Thomas Lee Franklin, Sr. and Mary Brown Franklin in Amherst County, Virginia. In addition to her parents Betty was preceded in death by her siblings; Edward, Thomas Jr., John, Wesley, Benjamin, Robert “Mack”, Mary Sparrow, and her grandson Thomas “Tommy” Franklin.

Betty was a homemaker who took delight in cooking. She also enjoyed listening to Reverend Fletcher Hubbard’s Gospel Station and watching soap operas. She loved going to church services such as revivals and alternating her attendance between Rivermont Baptist Church and Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She appreciated taking walks throughout the neighborhood and would even walk to church every Sunday. She loved her family immensely and relished spending time with them.

She leaves five children to cherish her memory: three sons, David (Maria) of California, Kenny Franklin, and Mark Franklin of Lynchburg, VA; her two daughters Annette (Marvin) Scott of Maryland, and Lisa (Clyde) Eldridge of Lynchburg, VA; one beloved sister, Barbara Ann Bowling of Lynchburg, Virginia; her sister-in-law, Kathleen Franklin of Madison Heights, Virginia; and one devoted nephew Lester Bowling. She has 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at Scott Zion Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

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

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Posted by Phyllis Sparrow on February 24, 2023

Querida Abuela, yo siempre te voy a poner tu ofrenda de de flores. You already know! 🖤

Posted by WEndy Gabriela on February 22, 2023

Grandmother, my Queen , Matriarch... I know your resting easy with our good Ancestors. Nonetheless ,your death pains me so much and anger follows in its wake. Im so sorry circumstances did not permit us to spend more time together. You and I had so much catching up to do. A whole lifetimes worth. Thank you for treating me with genuine love and kindness. Knowing you was such a game changer in my life. You helped me gain a stronger sense of identity. I cherish every single moment spent with you. Your stories , your advice. Im gonna miss talking to you, your voice, your expressions, who am I gonna call now? I am going to miss holding your hand , the way our hands fit perfectly together , a perfect match because I am your Grandaughter and I inherited many of your physical traits. I love that I look like you. I lost one of the loves of my life , my greatest treasure this past Monday. You left me on our Black History Month, oh Grandmother. 💔 I lit you a candle to help guide your path into the ancestral realm. Its still burning , I hope it helped. I love you infinitely and I will forever be grateful that you are my Grandmother. Thank you for everything. You live on within me and all your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sincerely, your Grandaughter Wendy Gabriela.

Posted by Wendy Gabriela on February 22, 2023

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