On the morning of May 29, 2021, Major Alex White Franklin joined the Lord at the age of 94. We rejoice for the peace his soul has found, but our hearts our heavy as the world has become a less interesting and caring place without him. His upbringing on the family farm near Plainville, GA endowed him with immense strength both physically and mentally. This strength served him well as an 18-year-old fighting in WW2, as an Army officer in Germany and Korea, and as a USAID agricultural advisor during the Vietnam War. Ironically, his most intense combat was likely while consulting on flood irrigation systems in the Mekong Delta for 5 years until the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.
Following his retirement from Foreign Service, Alex came back to the farm where he met his lovely wife Mary Helen Franklin. Together they retired to Foley, AL were Alex played golf most days with his many friends. He loved to keep Helen well stocked with fresh flowers and thoughtful gifts while she equally pampered him. Those who knew Alex loved him and marveled at his unique mix of strength with tenderness, loyalty with forgiveness, and hardship with joyfulness. It added up to the very best friend, brother, uncle and husband. He is survived by his wife Helen and brother Col. James A Franklin, along with many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed. God rest his soul.
This is a courtesy announcement on the behalf of the Franklin family by Thomas Funeral Home.