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.


Visitation: November 19, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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


Funeral Service: November 21, 2019 12:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Ima Jean was married to my biological fathers brother….I didnt have a great relationship with that side of my family but she was always so sweet to me. She was a kind and gentle soul. Prayers for her family.

  2. I’m so sorry for the Fox family… Ima Jean and her whole family were/are a very important part of life…I know in my heart she is with all her family in Heaven!

  3. I am so so honored to have had the chance to know her and love her dearly. She is so dearly missed by her family and friends. Ima Jean, you are now at rest with Jesus and the family that loved you.

  4. Dear Family of Ima Jean:
    So sorry to learn about Ima Jean. We grew up together as part of the “family” at Bent Creek Baptist Church. What great memories I have of all of us together. The names of McKinney, Fox, McGlamery and Faulkners always bring a smile. As we grew up and went to high school at Enka together, the memories continued. I remember when we both got our first real jobs after high school – we alternated weeks riding downtown together to our places of employment that we were so thrilled to have. But most of all, we both had brand new cars, Ima Jean a Camaro and a Mustang for me! I love those memories. In recent years, we only saw each other at the grocery or the Post Office – but we always talked about those wonderful years of growing up together. Many hugs go out to Donna Gail and Joyce and Ima Jean’s children and their families. Phyllis McKinney Jamison

  5. To the family of Ima Jean
    You all have my love, my prayers, and my deepest sympathy. I am thinking of years past ands what a blessing the Fox family has been to mine. Even though we haven’t been able to visit much I know we will all get together again someday. And when we gather up There we will get to hear Ralph play his music & hear him sing once again

  6. Ima Jean was a wonderful woman. Not only did she touch the lives of her family, but also all those she came in contact with. She was a friend of our family and was a pleasant addition to our family gatherings. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fox and Franklin families. May peace be with you all.

    With Love, Nathan and Teresa Moery

  7. I have so many memories of you when I was growing up. You are so very special to me. I do have peace that I will see you again in Glory.. Love you!
    Nicole Gardner

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