Jacob B. Franklin

Jacob B. Franklin, 87, formerly of Oberlin Gardens and Steelton, died Friday, April 14, 2006 in West Shore Health & Rehabilitation Center, East Pennsboro Twp.

He was a retired Medical Chief Warrant Officer in the US Army serving during World War II with the 93rd Infantry Buffalo Soldiers and a commissioned Second Lieutenant with the PA National Guard.

He was a graduate of H.E. Dolan College of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia, Thompson Institute of Business, and attended Cleveland College of Forensic Pathology and Walter Reed College of Pathology Research.

He was a Pathology Assistant at the former Polyclinic Medical Center, Harrisburg and Supervisor of the former J.B. Franklin Funeral Home, Steelton and an Associate Funeral Director at the Winfield Funeral Home. He was a former Health Officer for Swatara Twp. and owner and operator of J.B. Franklin Public Accounting. He was the former Secretary-Treasurer of the Dauphin County Funeral Directors Assn. and a former Deputy Coroner for Dauphin County. He was a member of the Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, Enhaut, Paxton Lodge No. 16, F&AM, Steelton, Cyrene Lodge No. 169 Order of Elks, Bishop J.W. Shanahan General Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and a former member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Enhaut.

He was the widow of Odessa Clore Franklin and is survived by three sons, Fabian F. Franklin and his wife, Joeann, Upper Marlboro, MD, Charles E. Franklin and his wife, Dorothy, Columbia, MD and Craig A. Franklin and his wife, Jo Ann, Oberlin Gardens; one daughter, Renae L. Franklin-McGahee and her husband, Raynard, Piscataway, NJ; seven grandchildren, Laverne, Andrea, Kasha-Amour, Eric, Allen, Jacob and Kiara; one sister, Estelle Fletcher, Happy Creek, VA.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 12 Noon in Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Livingston St., Enhaut with Rev. Dr. Leon X. Eichelberger, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Churchville Cemetery, Oberlin, with military honors. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 9:00 am until 12 Noon in his church. Arrangements are being handled by Wiedeman Funeral Home, Steelton.

Memorial contributions may be made to his church, 100 Livingston St., Enhaut, Steelton, PA 17113.