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This is a discussion on A truely great man has passed within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I had the privalege to not only work with but to know Mr. Gene Franklin. He truely was one of the good guys and a ...
I had the privalege to not only work with but to know Mr. Gene Franklin. He truely was one of the good guys and a true role model for many men and women alike. He loved what he did and that was helping people. If you all would keep his family in your prayers because I am sure they will need all the support they can get in this time of need. He was one of the finest people I have ever worked with and he will be truely missed.
The Sumter Fire Department is reeling from the loss of a beloved chaplain who was killed Tuesday afternoon in Dalzell when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car on Black River Road.
The Rev. William Eugene "Gene" Franklin, 64, died about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday after being air-lifted to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, said Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore on Wednesday. She said Franklin died from trauma to the head.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Trevor Clinton said Franklin was traveling south on a 1999 Honda motorcycle on Black River Road when he was hit by a northbound 1995 Lincoln Town Car driven by Henry C. Edens Jr., 84, of 3905 Black River Road. SCHP Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson said Franklin was wearing a helmet.
Edens is being charged with failure to yield of right way, Clinton said.
On Tuesday, Franklin was making rounds and visiting people on the fire department's prayer list, said Sumter Fire Department Chief Karl Ford.
"It's a big loss for us," he said, noting that Franklin had over 30 years of service with the fire department and once held the rank of major, but wanted to spend more time with his family and his church community.
Franklin pastored at High Hills of Santee Baptist Church for 42 years, said his wife Christine "Tina" Franklin, which was where he was ordained. They were married in December 1966.
"A well loved man," she said, echoing the sentiment of many in the community. "Many, many, many, many, lives he touched that we didn't know about and we're just finding out."
She said her husband served as chaplain at Wateree River Correctional Institution for 25 years, and pastored at Calvary Baptist Church as well. He leaves behind two daughters — Chris Courson, 40, and Patti Johns, 36, and a son, William "Trey" E. Franklin III, 33, as well as 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
"He had a servant's heart," Tina Franklin said. "He was truly a servant at heart."
Ford said that Franklin served as the unofficial chaplain throughout his career, often consoling and ministering to firefighters and families affected by traumatic situations.
"We lost the person we turn to in times of tragedy," he said. "He's gone."
Ford said fire departments throughout the state have responded to Franklin's death, and Columbia firefighters are set to standby on Friday so Sumter firefighters can attend services, which are scheduled for 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church.
"We're getting calls from all over the state," he said of the outpouring of support. "He was very well known in the fire service and well known in the church community."
Sumter County Courthouse Bailiff Susan Bagwell said her husband David served with Franklin at the fire department and they've known Franklin for about 10 years. She said he was "a very giving and Christian man," and "one of the finest men to walk the earth."
"Truly yesterday everyone lost an awesome friend," she said Wednesday. "But it was Heaven's gain."
Ford said what Franklin truly enjoyed doing was "taking care of people."
"He's always been our chaplain for a long time — he's always taken care of that role," he said. "But more than that, he was my friend."
Fire Department Capt. Joey Duggan, who has known and served with Franklin for nearly 20 years, praised his friend's character.
"Gene was a man who not only stood for pride, honor and integrity, he walked it, he talked it and lived by it," he said. "He was the kind of man that most men would strive
You have my prayers
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The loss of good men is a loss indeed. I am praying for his family's comfort, and for more men to be encouraged to step up and try to fill his shoes.
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