NORMAN — Kenneth Dale “Kenny” Franklin, 59, died Sunday, April 18. He was born March 21, 1951, in Norman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Rita Franklin and three sisters.
Survivors include his brother, Carl Franklin and wife Kay of Oklahoma City, sister and husband, Roberta Tarp and husband K.D. of Slaughtersville; two-brothers-in-law, Jim Short of Checotah; and Richard Cochran of Noble; 11 nieces and nephews,19 great-nieces and nephews and seven great- great- nieces and nephews.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel in Purcell. Interment will be at the Fairview Maguire Cemetery in Noble.
Kenny was a good friend of mine in school and we had several classes together. He was kind of insecure and always wanted my advice on things. We had a special bond in that his birthday was the day before mine. A couple of years after graduation he was hired at John Roberts, the class ring manufacturer and I trained him on some jobs there. I last time I spoke to him was at our 25th reunion and he said he was doing very well. In the end I can honestly say...He was my friend.