Wanda Franklin, 41, of Nunley Knolls, Morganton, NC died unexpectedly Friday, June 9, 2006 at her residence. Born in Manatee County, FL on August 31, 1964, she was a daughter of the late William E. Gardner, Sr. and Mona Cothern Gardner. Wanda had been employed at Tenneco Packing and Sara Lee Knit Products. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by a sister, YeVon Gardner and a friend, Bryson Fox.

Surviving are her daughter, Melissa Louise Franklin and her fiancée, Andrew Reid Krall of Morganton; brothers, Johnny Gardner and William "Butch" Gardner, Jr. both of Palmetto, FL; sisters, Terry Nation of Monticello, FL and Wendy Gardner of Palmetto, FL; and dear friends, Thomas Epley, Jannell Fox, and Marsha Lyle all of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Bobby Hipps officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour before the service.

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