August 17, 1948 ~ November 17, 2019
Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Ima Jean Fox Franklin, 71, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at the CarePartners Solace Center.
An Asheville native, Ima Jean was a daughter of the late Ralph Leonard, Sr., and Iva Jean Morgan Fox. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Philip Franklin; brothers, Gordon Fox and Ralph Leonard Fox, Jr.; grandson, Vincent Franklin, and a great-grandchild.
Mrs. Franklin is survived by her daughter, Debby Flinn (Russ); sons, Christian A. Franklin (Stephanie), Kevin C. Franklin, Philip “Chuck” Franklin, and William Franklin; sisters, Donna Lefler and Joyce Reece; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many special cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Franklin’s family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, November 19, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place two days later on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel. Interment will follow in the cemetery.
Mrs. Franklin knew the importance of helping others and gave as much as she could to many charities. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that you make a donation to a charity of your choice in her honor.
Funeral Service: November 21, 2019 12:00 pm
Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711