February 24, 1927 ~ April 5, 2021

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

Irene Shelton Franklin, 94, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Irene was a native of Madison Co., born to the late Eldridge and Susie Norton Shelton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Franklin, who died in 2012; and brothers, Jimmy Joe, Paul, and Ralph Shelton.

Mrs. Franklin is survived by her daughter, Anna Bernice Franklin and her children, Christina Cairnes and husband Andy, Scott Jenkins, Michael Conley and wife Katherin, and Melinda Jacobs and husband Greg; son, Albert Delmot Franklin and wife Lisa and their children, Tinny Howe Franklin, Bobby Melton Franklin, Edward Franklin, and Daniel Hollifield; and many great-grandchildren.

The graveside service for Mrs. Franklin will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Green Hills Cemetery.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


Graveside Service: April 7, 2021 2:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Anna and family, We hated getting this news about your mom. You showed such grace and love while caring for her and your dad over these past two decades and we pray for your peace. Take care loves.

  2. It’s hard to put into words the love I feel for my sweet mamaw. From the day I was born she was right there helping in raising me, from picking blueberries, working the garden, cooking me the best homemade food from the garden, taking me on long weekend trips to Madison County, letting me wear her shoes and playing dress up, to driving my papaw crazy running around the house together being silly. Then as I grew older she picked up with loving my kids the same way she loved me. Mamaw was a sweet, loving, caring, brave, and very strong woman. So fly high mamaw this is not our goodbye this is a until we meet again. I love you!

  3. Sorry sorry to hear about Irene passing.
    She and my mom Roxie Franklin and my Aunt Josie were good friends. They loved to gab on the phone or when they would meet up.
    I always enjoyed seeing her and talking with her when she was in Madison. I will always remember her sweet smile and kind and gentle voice.
    Love and prayers


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