Franklin F. Blackmon departed from his earthly life to his heavenly home on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at Baptist South Hospital, Montgomery, Alabama, at the age of 85.

Franklin was the youngest of nine children. Born March 31, 1937, to James Farley Blackmon and Sarah Alice Dickson Blackmon in Fredonia, Alabama. He had an amazing life growing up in a fine Christian home.

Franklin became a Christian at a young age. He made a profession of faith and was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church in Fredonia. His life was always Christ-centered.

He graduated from Five Points High School, Five Points, Alabama, where he loved playing basketball. Franklin married the love of his life, Carolyn Cole, on July 27, 1957. They made their home in LaFayette and were blessed with a daughter, Carla and a son, Cole.

He was an active member of LaFayette Heights Baptist Church. He has served as a deacon in several churches since 1964. After retiring from Michelin Tire Co. after 31 years he became involved in volunteer work, including the Chambers County Museum, LaFayette Cemetery Committee and LaFayette City Improvement Committee. He was also dedicated to helping others in need.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Carolyn C. Blackmon; son, Alan Cole; brother, Bobby Blackmon (Gail); sister, Betty Story; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carla Leigh; parents: James and Alice; brother, Sanford; sisters: Francis Griffin, Helen Smith, Ruby Moseley, Edna Thompson and Dorothy Mason.

Funeral services were held at LaFayette Heights Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. A family graveside service followed at LaFayette City Cemetery. The Revs. Paul Howard and Taylor Kendrick presided.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to:

LaFayette Heights Youth Ministry
1200 HWY 77 N. LaFayette, Alabama 36862 or

The LaFayette Cemetery Fund, c/o Carolyn Wheeler, P.O. Box 35, 36862.


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