Born Sunday, November 30, 1924
Died Friday, September 4, 2020
Sylvester Franklin was born in Paris, TX on November 30, 1924 to Vera Lee Wright and Alfred Franklin. At an early age, both of Sylvester’s parents passed; he was raised in Taft, Oklahoma by his Aunt Minnie Jones. During World War II, when Franklin was a senior in high school, he joined the Navy. He was so mesmerized and enthralled by the ship and all the instruments on the USS Chilton, he determined that after his time in the Navy, he would return home, finish high school, and pursue a degree in science and math. In 1943, he married Victoria Wells, relocated his family to Langston, Oklahoma to attend Langston University (HBCU), earned a bachelor’s degree in science/math. He attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and earned a master’s degree. Franklin received a job offer from Haskell, Booker T. Washington School, he accepted, moved his family to Haskell, Oklahoma where he resided for the next seventy (70) years. In mid-1970, Franklin was hired at Haskell Middle School where he taught until his complete retirement at age ninety (90).
Franklin was very proud of the accomplishments in his life; he always said that he had to “encourage himself.” He was a member, deacon, and superintendent of Eastside First Baptist Church, Haskell; he was inducted into the Oklahoma African American Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City; and he taught 65 years in the Haskell School System, as well as teaching GED night classes. Franklin loved Haskell, the town, the people, his co-workers, the students, and his family. He was just so delighted when he received the news that the Event Center would be named in his honor.
Franklin leaves behind his three daughters, Zondra Woodruff (James), Carol Harris (Melvin), & Bonnie Hiriams, one son, Sylvester; nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews; his special friends, Sherman, Charles, Ms. Sofia, and Jeannie.
The FRANKLIN FAMILY along with EASTSIDE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH FAMILY of Haskell have requested a PRIVATE FUNERAL to be conducted, FRIDAY, September 11,2020 during the hours of 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel of HOUSE OF WINN FUNERAL HOME, 2200 Military Blvd. Muskogee,OK. MASKS ARE MANDATORY
On Saturday, September 12, 2020 a PUBLIC VISITATION at HASKELL HIGH SCHOOL GYM will be observed during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Colleagues, VFW members, former students, friends and acquaintances all are encouraged to stop by and pay last respects, to "Prof" Franklin. MASKS ARE MANDATORY
The funeral procession will leave at 11:30 a.m. for Mr. Franklin's final resting place at HASKELL CITY CEMETERY, where the Haskell VFW will perform military honors. "Prof" Franklin is a U.S. Navy veteran. MASKS ARE MANDATORY
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home, Muskogee.