Graveside services are sc heduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at South Park Cemetery, for Andrew Jackson “A.J.” Franklin, 80, of Roswell, who passed away Jan. 13, 2013. Matt Brooks with the First Baptist Church will officiate.
A.J. was born in Roswell, on March 16, 1932, to Hattie Mae and Ben Franklin. On Aug. 18, 1949, he married and shared his life with his loyal and devoted wife Nadine Blaylock, until her death in 2010.
He was self-educated and made his life working in agriculture. He traveled around New Mexico selling agricultural goods. You could often find A.J. making friends with travelers as he made his living selling hay, fruits and piñons; trying his luck at the race track; or spending time with Nadine, his family and his dog Bashful.
He was a true patriarch of his family and always showed his great generosity to anyone in need. His family loved him dearly and knew they could count on him for help with anything. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to help those he loved. He will be greatly missed.
A.J. was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ben Franklin, Jr. and Aurthur Franklin; three sisters, Johnnie May Wynne, Lougena Brazil and Shirley Likes; an infant son Randy Jay Franklin; and one daughter Karen Kay Lawrence.
Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his beloved and devoted daughter Pamela Gray and her husband Rusty Gray, of Roswell, who loyally and lovingly cared for him through his extended illness. He is also survived by his granddaughters who he loved dearly, Renee Lawrence, of Roswell, Jennifer Whitcamp and her husband Kelly, of Roswell, and Melissa Jones and her husband Chris, of Carlsbad; and his grandson Andrew Gray (who shared his name) and his wife Teresa, of Watrous.
Great grandchildren include Savannah and her husband Jessie Burrola, Lane Lawrence, Taylor, Mackenzie and Madison Whitcamp, Keith, K.C. and Kyler Jones, Lacy Beasley, and Alyssa and Alia Gray; four great-great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews; and his lifelong, friends Bob Koonce and James Franzoy.
The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Anita Marrujo, Rosalia Bravo and all the caregivers with VistaCare Hospice, who brought much comfort and joy to his last years, and to Ana Arnett for her gracious care.
Friends are asked to send memorials online to lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.