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Originally published: 2013-05-07 16:58:30
Last modified: 2013-05-09 14:42:29

Joanne Elizabeth Franklin

Joanne Elizabeth McGhee Franklin, 83, of Banner Elk, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, in her daughter’s home in York, S.C.
Franklin was born April 1, 1930, in Marion. She graduated from North Cove High School with honors as Valedictorian. Most of her life was spent in Linville Falls, where she reared a family and was very active in the community. Among her many accomplishments were serving as pianist in Linville Falls Community Church for many years and involvement in the Community Club. Later she moved to Banner Elk where she enjoyed leadership in various organizations including the Banner Elk Garden Club. She worked at Lees-McRae College in Public Relations for many years and enjoyed the camaraderie of her coworkers.
Franklin is survived by daughter, Leigh Ann Greene of York, S.C.; granddaughter, Tesia Nicole Earley; sister, Sydney McGhee Harwood of Swannanoa; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Franklin; two step-grandsons and wives; four great-grandchildren; one niece with husband and children; four nephews with wives and children.
Franklin will be remembered most as a devoted mother and grandmother who loved each of her family members unconditionally, and for her constant selflessness, always putting family and others before her own needs.
Memorial services for Franklin will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home in Boone. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of S.C., 1230 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, S.C. 29732.
The love, compassion, and respect from Hospice in her last days are immeasurable.
Online condolences may be shared with the Franklin family at
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Franklin family.
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