Brian Keith Franklin, 55, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday morning, May 21, 2020, in Snellville.

He was surely greeted in Heaven by his mother, Gwynell James Franklin Christenson, and David Christenson, Bill and Kay Ward, Alexander Boehmer, Ethelene B. and William P. James (grandparents), Oscar Oliver Franklin (grandfather) and Alice May Bolton Franklin; Vera Dell Wells Franklin Williams (grandmother) and Floyd Williams.

He was diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago, and he battled bravely. Brian was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Brian leaves behind his pride and joy, his best buddy, co-worker, his No. 1 son, Jessie Ward Franklin of Snellville; beloved wife of 34 years, Angela Ward Franklin; Charles Douglas (father) and Linda Franklin of Loganville; Jennifer (sister) and Chris Broughton of Piedmont, South Carolina; Vicki Huff (sister) of Loganville; Doug Boyd (brother) and Kim Chasteen of Yorktown, Virginia; Steve (brother) and Kim Boyd of Loganville; Matt (brother) and Lisa Ward of Loganville; Wendy Smith of Port Huron, Michigan; Marie and Kenneth Tolan; Lynne and Paul Teichert; Elaine and William Conner; Tommy and Betty Franklin; Curtis and Joyce Franklin; Gary and Yvonne Franklin; Harold and Beverly Franklin; Tawana (niece) and Michael Boehmer; Amy (niece) Justice; James Smith (nephew); Dylan (nephew) and Aubrey Ward (niece); Adam, Andy, and Alex Huff (nephews); Rachel (niece) and Hunter (nephew) Boyd; David (nephew) and Brenna (niece) Chasteen-Boyd; Gracie (grandniece) Thompson and Trinity (grandniece) Boehmer, and his devoted dog, Sugar. Brian leaves behind a wealth of cousins and friends, more precious than gold…

Brian graduated from Central Gwinnett High School in 1983, where he excelled in track and cross country. He began working in golf course maintenance in 1984 at Northwood Golf and Country Club, ending with Northwood’s closure in October 2019. Brian and his family made their home in Gwinnett and Walton counties. He made a lot of friends while working at Northwood. It was a place very close to his heart; his home away from home. You have to love something a lot to do it seven days a week, and Brian loved working outside.

Brian was committed to his family, friends and faith. He was passionate about gardening, landscaping, UFC, football and the Georgia Bulldogs, Spartan and Tough Mudder races – OCR was a passion he picked up, a hobby he got to share with his son. He loved movies; sci-fi series; Bigfoot and Star Wars. He was convinced there is treasure on Oak Island, Nova Scotia. His dry wit and practical jokes kept his friends and family entertained for many years.

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. — 1 Corinthians 16:13

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no services at this time.

Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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The Walton Tribune | May 23-24, 2020