Jessie ‘June’ Franklin Jr.

Published 6:21 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mr. Jessie “June” Franklin Jr. was born on April 1, 1933, in Churchill, Mississippi, to the late Mr. Jessie Franklin, Sr. and Mrs. Emma Franklin.

He worked in his later years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District Mat Sinking Unit, and Memphis District Bank Grading Unit. June worked many years for Runyon Construction Company as a heavy equipment operator. He leveled many foundations for many malls and buildings throughout the south.

June along with his wife, Ruby operated several businesses to include The Wagon Wheel Lounge, Open House Café and Joanna Night Club.

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Jessie is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mrs. Ruby West Franklin. On Monday morning, Oct. 1, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., he answered God’s call to eternal rest.

Jessie is survived by his sons, Terry Franklin of Biloxi and Darryle Franklin of Vicksburg; daughters, Ruby G. Franklin, LaJune Scott, Debra Polk-Sampson, all of Vicksburg, Michelle Franklin of Lafayette, Louisiana, Harriet Polk-Moore of Chicago, Illinois and Eunice M. Polk of Anniston, Alabama; brother, James Albert Franklin of Texarkana, Texas; 26 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Mount Zion No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church, 920 Fifth North Street, with the Rev. Johnny L. Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home from 1 to 7 p.m., with family present from 5 to 7 p.m.