William “Bill” Mack Franklin, 71, of Jonesboro, Arkansas passed away at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital on July 1, 2022. He was born on June 4, 1951 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Lee William Franklin and Eva Lavern Wrenn Franklin. Bill loved to play golf, tell jokes and stories. He had a love for history and trivia. Bill loved his time working with the American Red Cross Blood Services and the friendships he made there. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with friends and bragging about his grandchildren. Survivors include; one daughter: Jennifer L. Long (Mark) of Jonesboro, Arkansas; four grandchildren: Katelyn Long, Christopher Long, Emily Long, Luke Long; and a host of other family and friends. Bill is preceded in death by; his parents: Lee William Franklin and Eva Lavern Franklin; two brothers: Sammy Lee Creason, Gary Lynn Creason, Sr.; and one sister: Callie Sue “Suzie” Franklin. The family has requested private arrangements in the care of Faith Funeral Service in Manila, Arkansas.Print Obituary
Crystal Hatcher , Jonesboro saysJuly 6, 2022
I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill for many years and have many memories with him. He was so proud of you and loved those babies.
Nina Thompson, Jonesboro saysJuly 6, 2022
Jennifer, we are thinking of you and your Mom at this difficult time. I am at a loss of words for how you must be feeling. I don’t know if there are any “appropriate”words at a time like this. I have some happy memories of you and your family enjoying some fun times with Mike and me when you were a little girl. Your Dad always kept us laughing and shared some interesting information on many topics that kept us entertained. As years passed, you and I became more focused on your twirling future and there wasn’t much time for socializing anymore. I lost contact with your Dad after that. Most of our time was spent together as a team with you, your Mom and me. Business, business….. It was the right choice for your twirling advancement. You became a very skilled twirler in state and regional competitions, as well as a member of your high school majorette team. Both your parents were devoted supporters and #1 fans of your performances. I hope you will find some comfort in some of my memories of your Dad and will focus on some of your favorite early memories of him. Love to you and your family, Mike & Nina Thompson