OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- James Curry Franklin, 85, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019, at his home.

He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in St. Charles, the son of Herschel Lee Franklin and Sarah Eunice Suttle Franklin. He served with the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 where he attained the rank of 1st lieutenant. Dr. Franklin retired from Martin Marietta Energy Systems where he was a chemist at the Y-12 Plant.

He was a member of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. He was an avid learner and educator and taught at Pellissippi State Community College. He enjoyed taking classes himself on many diverse subjects. He enjoyed reading and cooking and especially loved to fish. He loved his family and was a devoted friend.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, James Curry Franklin Jr; toddler brother, Herschel Lee Franklin Jr.; and sisters, Lois Royal and Rose Duncan.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Jean Gosa Franklin. They would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Oct. 7 of this year. He is also survived by daughter Margie McDannald and husband Jim of Gallatin, Tennessee; sisters Mollie Trunell, of Gilbertsville and Cheryl Mintz and husband Graham, of Princeton; brother-in-law Jim Duncan,of Owensboro; grandchildren Lyndsay Franklin Crews and husband Scott of Mooresville, North Carolina, Jamie McDannald Sachette and husband Guy of Columbia, and David McDannald and wife Dawn of Gallatin, Tennessee; great-grandchildren Matthew, Katie, Tatum and Nathan Crews, Bradley McDannald and wife Shanna, Mitchell McDannald and wife Whitney and Britnie McDannald; and three great-great-grandchildren, Theia, Wynter, Owen; and many loved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. The service will follow at 11 a.m. with Dr. Don Morris and the Rev. Dan Taylor officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Tennessee National Guard. In keeping with his wishes, Dr. Franklin will be cremated.

The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to the healthcare professionals that cared for Dr. Franklin, from UT Hospice and Home Care. They treated Dr. Franklin with expertise, kindness and a sincere concern for his well-being. Additionally, the members of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church have been a steadfast and loyal congregation with prayer and concerns; and to the faithful friends that walked this walk every step of the way -- Thank You!

Memorials can be made to Kern Memorial United Methodist Church, 451 E. Tennessee Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN or to New Prospect Church, c/o Janice Harris, 4135 Mulberry Road, Sulligent, AL 35586. Arrangements by Weatherford Mortuary.

An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.