Leon Franklin

Leon Franklin

Sunday, July 19th, 1959 - Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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“‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremaih 3:15

God planted a seed and on July 19, 1959 that seed was birth to Lubertha Williams and Oscar Franklin whom they lovingly named Leon Franklin. Pastor Franklin was a man who loved life, family, people, his community, football, kids and his GOD. So, it was on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, God sent His angel to St. James Parish Hospital to harvest a life well lived by a man who loved God whole heartedly. Pastor departed this earthly land knowing that God had signed his name in the Book.

When a man finds himself a wife, he has found a good thing; on September 1, 1985, Pastor Franklin was joined into holy matrimony to his good thing, First Lady Brenda Zenon Franklin. To this union they had two sons: Dontrell Franklin and Darrellion (Kimberly) Zenon. Pastor Franklin was the great shepherd of St. Luke Baptist Church of Moonshine, LA where he pastored 9 years until his passing. He was an employee of Zachary Inc at the Bayer-Monsanto Plant in Luling, LA. He was a graduate of the class of 1977 of St. James High School in St. James, LA.
Pastor Franklin accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized by the late Pastor Joseph Thomas on April 19, 1989 in the Mighty Mississippi River. He was a follower of his commitment to GOD as he studied in the Word and on June 5, 1993 Pastor Franklin was ordained by the Central Union Mission Association. Pastor served the St. Luke Baptist Church faithfully as the Sunday School Superintendent until the passing of Pastor Thomas. Pastor Franklin was installed as the pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church on April 8, 2011.

Pastor Franklin will be missed by all because he loved all. He had a jolly spirit on the inside and outside. Pastor always flashed his big smile and offered out kisses and hugs to everyone. A man who loved to eat never allowed a visiting church to leave Moonshine, LA on an empty stomach.

Pastor leaves to cherish is memories, his wife Brenda Z. Franklin, their 2 sons: Dontrell Franklin of Georgia and Darrellion (Kimberly) Zenon of Texas. 8 grandchildren: Tyren Jasmin, D’Andrea Zenon, Darrellion Zenon, Jr., Karron Stewart, Jaharon Steward, Jaheim Stewart, Jacei Anthony (Pumpkin Pie) and Edward. 1 brother and 1 sister: Oscar (Brenda) Franklin, Jr, and Dorothy (Irvin) Isaac. 1 aunt: Eula Bergeron. Sister in laws and brother in laws: Linda (Carl) Hilaire, Cynthia Benoit, Larry (Cynthia) Zenon, David Zenon, Victor (Donner) Zenon and Ronnie (Shirley) Zenon.

He was proceeded in death by his parents: Lubertha Williams and Oscar Franklin, parents-in-law: Sementha and Earl Zenon, Jr. Brother: Dolan Franklin; Sister in law: Betty Z. Franklin; brother in laws: Bruce Zenon and Kenneth Zenon. Aunts Luvera Charles and Jessie Mae Smith; uncles: Ford Charles, Sr., Ernest Smith, Levi Williams and Jules Bergeron.

To share condolences and thoughts, and to sign guest book, please visit: Final care entrusted to Treasures of Life Funeral Services, 315 E. Airline Highway, Gramercy, LA 70052.

Due to the circumstances beyond the family’s control the family has planned a private service and ask that everyone accept their apologies. Your telephone calls, texts, prayers and social media presence are deeply appreciated. Please continue to pray for the family and St. Luke Baptist Church.

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Judy Jacob

Posted at 09:21am
Friend to the end that was our code after we end our phone call or text. I miss him so dearly. I remember the fun we share , like it was yesterday, especially when we play word search yes he did cheated, because I was good at that , we laugh all the time an yes sometime we had sad moments ,I think that happens in everyone life. I loved when we pray together. He loved when I tell him about my Sunday school lessons my best friend to the end was a very good listener. I also loved when he show an tell me about his sermon, I always make fun an call him pimp daddy, because he be looking so sharp. We always send pictures of food and each of ourselves what we brought or wore his last picture was a nice big new truck food was some main pictures ,especially for him he loved to cook an it looked good too, an yes he always brought some to work for us, sometimes we have a debate that's what I call it, on who food is better his or mind we even sometime get another coworker involved she never pick side but just laugh. I never thought it would come to a end. When they let me go after 18 years that was the end of that job, but wasn't the end for our friendship. We still text an talk an yes it ended saying friend to the end, he even sometimes send me a video with to skelton clapping hands out of a grave saying friend to the end I thought that was cute, not thinking that moment would come. When I heard about he pass away it was like a strom came an I didn't know why, my best friend to the end was in it an I cried. I miss Rev yes I do say his name which he say I say rev with a b instead of a v he had jokes always correcting my speech, he love when I get fanatic let's say mad, but it don't last. Peple on the job loved the relationship we had . He didn't let no one disrespect me sometimes he acted like a big brother, but he was a big baby I call him sometimes I fix us toast bread an butter in the morning, then some we eat lunch I told him I have to stop eating all thisfood, he knew I love to eat him too. I went to his church for an event when it was over they serve food my friend gave me 2 plates he seen I finished the 1st plate fast i told him I'm good he said no my friend can eat I'm going to take careof my best friend to the end. I have so much to say but not enough space in time. I miss himso dearly ,he will always be my friend to the endin my heart
I still have his texts an picture, sometimes looking knowing my friend was truly a friend to the end. High 5 my friend see you in heaven you earn your wings maybe then you can beat me in word search game no cheating lol. Love alwasy friend to the end Judy


Carlatta C Jones

Posted at 12:40am
Franklin family,
God be you through this time of sorrow, remember the good times.
Carlatta Cole and Danny A Jones Gonzales, LA.

Lacy Williams

Posted at 09:50am
Rest easy Rev. You were a joy to work with over the years a heart of gold sending prayers to your family may God bless and keep them you will be missed. Lacy Oubre-Williams 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Regina Woodland

Posted at 03:15pm
God definitely used His Servant to teach and preach the Word. Fond memories live forever.

With a heartfelt wish that even in the midst of pain and sorrow, you will find comfort in knowing that your loved one lives forever in the presence of God. With sympathy and prayers. . .
The Woodland Family

Deanna Sparks-Aubert

Posted at 08:10pm
So blessed by the many wonderful memories. Well Done Faithful Servant.

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