Date of Birth: August 5, 1936
Date of Death: October 20, 2018
October 25, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary
Gayle Franklin, 82, of Huntington, WV passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Gayle was born August 5, 1936 in Huntington, WV, a daughter of the late Gene Pickering and Virginia Healy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, David Franklin. Gayle is survived by three children: Kelly Franklin and his wife Shelly of FL, John Franklin and his wife Haeley of Huntington, WV, and Julie Thompson and her husband Brent of Proctorville, OH; ten grandchildren: Stephen, Lindsay and Zachary Franklin, Ally Ransbottom and her husband Sam, Virginia “Ginna” and Molly Franklin, Alex, Robert, Sydney and Victoria Thompson; a sister, Joanna Brown and her husband Charlie, and a brother, Skip Healy.
She was a dedicated wife and mother, always making time for her children. She was also very involved in her grandchildren's lives, taking the time to make them feel special and loved. Gayle was passionate about sports her whole life. She influenced generations of young girls through coaching basketball and softball. Many of them still kept in touch throughout their lives with Coach Franklin. As a young woman, she was very athletic, even before there were organized sports teams for girls. She was also a professional bowler and won many tournaments, representing WV and traveling around the country. She was a lifelong UK and Marshall fan and loved to watch the games.
She loved boating on Grayson Lake with her family and photographing the ducks and nature. Gayle was very involved in her community and worked to better the quality of education. She was PTA president and she ran for Board of Education in Cabell County.
She was a wonderful friend and neighbor. She was always ready to jump in and help anyone who needed it. She was funny, kind and always great company. She was loved by many and will be missed greatly. Visitation will be from 5 – 7PM, Thursday October 25, 2018 at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary with a memorial service starting at 7PM by Rev. Greg Creasy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Family guestbook at www.klingelcarpenter.com.
From: Carmen Archer Oct 23 2018 2:40PM Kelly, John, & Julie and family my deepest condolences for your all on the loss of your mother. She was a great woman and I admired her greatly. She was always a joy to be around and kept you in stitches. I spoke with her a few weeks ago and she still had her humor to her and she will be missed along with your dad, whom I used to work with for years. I loved them both and know that they are happy to be together again. Praying for you all. God Bless. From: Ann Adkins Enthoven Oct 26 2018 12:37AM Julie, John, and Kelly,
I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Mrs. Franklin was a great athlete and coach - I loved playing on her softball teams. She was so supportive to all the kids in their sports endeavors and always kept things in the proper perspective. I feel so lucky to have had such strong female mentors like her in my youth, who were not only great moms, but coaches, community leaders, and friends. My thoughts are with all of you. She will be missed.
Ann Adkins Enthoven