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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Saturday October 10th, 2020

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Larry Dean "Bear" Franklin




Larry Dean “Bear” Franklin, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 surrounded by his family.


He was born on October 9, 1949 to the late Jack and Genouse Lawing Franklin.


He is survived by his “current” wife, Brenda Smith Franklin, two children, David (Lisa), Deana Greene (Jason), 8 grandchildren: Garrison Greene, Jack Franklin, Gabriel Greene, Audrey Franklin, Moriah Greene, Harper Franklin, Jessa Greene, and Reese Greene, and one brother Wayne Franklin.


He cofounded Action Tool Service with Sam Purdy in 1978 and dedicated himself to making it a success.  He was never concerned about worldly success or impressing others.  He considered success to be measured by his relationship to God, his family and friends. He was a loving husband, wonderful dad, doting PawPaw, caring friend, father figure and mentor to many who came across his path.  He was hilariously funny, generous, and always honest in his dealings with everyone.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Although he has lived in Hampton, VA for 50 years, in his heart he was always a Sugar Hill boy so his remains are going back to North Carolina.  There will be a memorial service in the chapel of Beam Funeral Service in Marion NC on October 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Larry will be laid to rest at McDowell Memorial Park in Marion, NC.

For his many family and friends in Virginia, there will be a celebration of his life in the chapel at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA on Sunday, October 18 at 2 pm.  Casual attire is requested, masks required.


He loved to help someone in need, so in lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made in his memory to an organization that specializes in helping others:      Operation Blessing (www.ob.org) 977 Centerville Turnpike, VA Beach, VA 23465 or Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org) PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.




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Brenda, Please know our thoughts are with you and your sweet family..Bear was a one of a kind friend, loved by so very many..Treasure your beautiful memories, may they bring peace and comfort..

Wayne and Nellene Oct 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Franklin

Nancy Bowen Parker Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

Brenda and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss! Our prayers and thoughts are with you! May God give you comfort and strength during this difficult time!

June and Jim Burnett Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Franklin

Rita White Christopher Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

Brenda and Family
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Very fond memories of our school days.
Thoughts and prayers being lifted up for you in the coming days.

Paul and Penny Barnes Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

Sweet Brenda, know that we all are saddened by your loss. All the wonderful and precious memories of you and Bear will forever be treasured. Love and prayers for you and your family from your "class of 1967 family".

Denny and Ann Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

Harper, You had a great Pawpaw who loved you and loved being with you and having fun. He enjoyed everything you did together.

Marie Seagle Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

Larry was more brother than brother in law. Our family loved him very much. Daddy always looked forward to adventures with Larry. Mother needed a new car and guess who made sure she got one.

Marie Seagle Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Larry Franklin

Lois Morgan Buchanan Oct 5 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry about the passing of Bear he did not die he just changed addresses. Our minds can only imagine what he is experiencing. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Hall Huffman Oct 3 2020 12:00 AM

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