FRANKLIN DELANORE ASHER, age, 78, of LaFayette passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014.
Franklin has been a member of the Bethel Memorial Baptist Church for 32 years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. At the age of 17 he began his duty in the Battle on Pork Chop Hill where he was awarded two purple hearts after being wounded in battle. He also was awarded the CIB badge for serving for over ninety days in combat. Franklin loved and served for 22 years with the children’s bus ministry with his church. Franklin had a burden for Missions, and was a part of mission trips, one trip being to Mexico and he gave to missions ever month. He and his other brothers in Christ participated in mission trips as long as they were able. Franklin also served in the jail ministry for over 28 years.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved flowers, but not at funerals. He would not let Cleo send flowers. He always told her to give the money to their family. If you would like to give money in lieu of flowers, money may be given to his daughters. Donations in Franklins memory may also be given to the Missionary fund at Bethel Memorial Baptist Church on Pledger St. in LaFayette.
He was preceded in death by his father Shelby Asher; sister Catherine Dennison; and two brothers Owen and Howard Asher.
Survived by his wife of 51 years Cleo Middleton Asher; mother Jennie B. “Granny” Asher of LaFayette; daughters and sons-in-law Samantha (Thomas) Duke, of Cartersville, Tabitha (Brian) Russell and Carla Asher all of LaFayette; sisters and brothers-in-law Christine Jackson, Millie (Billy) Oliver, and Gertrude (Kelly) Edwards all of LaFayette; brothers and sisters-in-law Vernon Asher, Edward (Maxine) Asher, and Richard (Denise) Asher all of LaFayette; grandchildren Brandon and Rachel Smith, Brett Asher, Briana, Jake and Molly Russell, Destiny Lewis, Elizabeth and Tommy Duke and Dianaha Beal; great grandchildren Olivia Harris, Abby Smith, Rylan Lewis, Cayden Asher and Lexi Beal; several nieces, nephews and special friends Pastor Bud and wife Jennie Martenn their children Joel, Brandon, Windy and Marlie. Also special friends Rusty Simeone, Cindy Weyman, Jessica and Kayleigh also survive.
Funeral from the Bethel Memorial Baptist Church Sunday, November 02, at 4:00 P.M. with Pastor Bud Martenn officiating.
Interment in the LaFayette Cemetery.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, November 01 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Franklin will lie in state at the church on Sunday from 3:00 P.M. until service time at 4:00 P.M.
The arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.