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Mrs. Shirley Mae Freeman Franklin, 76, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 2, 2021 at College Pines Nursing Home, following a period of declining health.
Shirley was born on September 10, 1944 in Burke County to the late Boyd Freeman and Carrie Stillwell Freeman. She was previously employed in the textile industry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Hazelene Bollinger, one brother, Gene Freeman, and one granddaughter, Brittany Franklin.
Survivors include her husband, William Franklin of the home, her three children, Charles Franklin of the home, Renae Mitchell and husband Gary of Conover, and Karen Edwards and husband Barry of Connelly Springs, one brother, Benny Ray Freeman, and three sisters, Christine Robinson, Ailene McCraken and Rita Setzer. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Chris Burns and wife Lauren, Brandon Burns and companion Samantha Croft, Samantha Edwards, and Heather Mitchell Young, and three great-grandchildren; Jordan Young, Trey Kincaid, and Paige Kincaid.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service.
Memorials may be sent to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Franklin.

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