Mildred Hendrix Franklin, 88, of Morganton died Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Valdese. Born February 8, 1923 in Caldwell County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Walter Jones Hendrix and Bertha Mae Correll Hendrix. Mildred was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernie Gary Franklin; brothers, Charles "Dub" Hendrix and Jerry "Rick" Hendrix; and a sister, Margie Beach.Mildred is survived by a son, Ronnie Franklin and wife, Diane of Morganton; daughters, Angela Ann Benson and husband, Benny of Spartanburg, SC, Melody Dawn Franklin of Los Angeles, CA, Kathy Lynn Watson and husband, Jim of Atlanta, GA, and Karen Lisa Franklin of Morganton; grandchildren, Frankie, Clint, Melissa, Amanda, Kristin, Megan, John Paul, and Caroline; great-grandchildren, Dusty, Julie Ann, Sofie, Ruby Mae, Levi, and Makenna; a great-great-grandchild, Addison; and a sister, Ava Lee Maher, and brothers, Fred Hendrix and Jack Hendrix, all of Caldwell County, NC.Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Christ United Methodist Church in Drexel with the Reverends Martha Buff Welch, Don Smith, and Harold Joplin officiating. Burial will follow at the Drexel First Church of God Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.

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