Clipped From The Paris News
Olen J. Franklin BOGATA — Olen J. Franklin, 48, of Tyler, whose brother, Jack Franklin, lives at Bogata, and sister, Mrs. Irene Walker, lives at Deport, died Friday afternoon in a Dallas hospital of a sudden illness. He was a Tyler junior high school principal. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Glenwood United Methodist Church in Tyler. The Rev. David Williamson and the Rev. J. Larry Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Mason Cemetery at Arp under direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home of Tyler. Mr. Franklin was born in Sherman. He graduated from East Texas State University. He had been a teacher and administrator in Tyler Independent School District since 1953. He taught mathematics in Hogg Junior High School, 1953-56, and served as principal at Marsh Elementary School and Roberts Junior High School before becoming principal at Hogg. He was a veteran of the Korean War and received the Purple Heart. Mr. Franklin was a member of the Tyler Optimist Club; Glenwood United Methodist Church, where he was vice chairman of the Administrative Board; and a former church school superintendent. He also was coach of the Glenwood Boy's Softball Team and president of the Two-by-Two Sunday School Class at Glenwood. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Aileen Mullens Franklin of Tyler; two sons, Jay Olen Franklin of Tyler and Neal James Franklin of Tyler; one daughter, Amy Franklin of Tyler; four brothers, Eddie Franklin of California, Dulon Franklin of Seminole, Herman Franklin of Vernon and Jack Franklin of Bogata; three sisters, Mrs. Irene Walker of Deport, Mrs. Opal Fletcher of Dallas and Mrs. Edith Fleming of St. Helena, Ore.