Wellsville, NY - Walter L. Franklin, age 65,of 70 Johnson Street passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born on February 1, 1949 in Wellsville to James and Dorothy Moshier Franklin. Walter had married Barbara James who predeceased him in 1969. He then married Shirley Kemp who survives him and later he married Constance Lawrence who also survives.
Walter was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville area. He was a devoted son who worked with his father in the family logging business. Walter was also a devoted father and grandfather who loved his children and especially his grand children.
Survivors include 2 sons, Kenny Franklin of Wellsville and Darren (Nichole) Franklin of Hornell; 3 daughters, Carol Franklin of Eldred, Pennsylvania, Michele 'Franklin' France of Hornell and Laura (John) Willson of Belmont; 14 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a sister Cora (Clint) Tallman of Port St. Lucie, Florida; 2 great aunts, Betty Mathews of Wellsville and Bea Barnett of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews; longtime friends Diane Snyder and her children.
Walter was predeceased by his first wife Barbara and their infant daughter Marsha.
Friends are invited to call on Monday, July 7, 2014, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. The funeral service will be at 2 pm in the funeral home following the calling hours. Reverend Carl Knitter will preside over the service with burial in Knights Creek Cemetery. Memorials in Walter's name may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.