Helen Rice Franklin

helen franklin

February 4, 1930 ~ February 17, 2023

Born in: Madison Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Helen Rice Franklin, 93, passed away Friday, February 17, 2023, at Givens Health Center.

Mrs. Franklin was born February 4, 1930, in Madison County to the late Troy Lewis and Ellenia Shelton Rice. She was married to Kenneth Bon “Sonny” Franklin, who died in 1992. Mrs. Franklin was a member of Victory Baptist Church for 66 years. For 49 years, she taught Sunday School for young children. She sang in the choir and was a member of the Dorcas Class.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Franklin, her son, Kenneth D. Franklin and his wife Wanda; a grandson Kenneth B. Franklin and his wife Alison; two great-grandchildren, Charlotte M. Franklin and Kenneth “William” Franklin; and a sister, Pereda Paty. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Rice.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Victory Baptist Church with burial following at New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. The Reverend Larry Sprinkle will officiate.

Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victory Baptist Church Food Program, 80 Olivette Road, Asheville, NC 28804.

Her family and friends will miss her home canned green beans and strawberry preserves.


Funeral Service: February 26, 2023 2:30 pm

Victory Baptist Church
80 Olivette Road
Asheville, NC 28804

Visitation: February 26, 2023 1:30 pm - February 24, 2024 2:30 pm

Victory Baptist Church
80 Olivette Road
Asheville, NC 28804


New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
Olivette Road
Asheville, NC 28804

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. It was one of my greatest honors to can beans with Helen and share so many wonderful stories.
    Rest in peace lovely lady. You will be missed.

  2. I had the pleasure of knowing “Helen Nana” for 50+ years because Betty and I were college room mates. Helen always welcomed my family when we came to Asheville for a visit. Many wonderful meals were eaten at her kitchen table. That table was also the place where we would sit & talk for hours. Helen was a kind & gentle soul who loved the Lord and her life showed that every day. I will miss the times at that kitchen table, but the memories will last a lifetime. Rest in His arms, sweet Helen Nana. You will be missed.

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