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Wilbur Franklin Sr.

Wilbur Franklin Sr.

Rev. Wilbur “Web” M. Franklin, Sr, 86, of Tilden, IL, born August 24, 1931 in Clarmin, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon, IL. Rev. Franklin was a retired coal miner and IL State Safety Inspector at large for the Department of Mines and Minerals. For over 50 years he had been a minister in several Southern Baptist churches before retiring from the First Baptist Church in Tilden, IL. He had been a member of the Masons, Ainad Shriners, Tilden Lions Club, the Sparta, IL School Board, Tilden, IL Village Board and a past member of the UMWA. Rev. Franklin was also on the committee that helped get the veterans memorial placed at the Tilden Cemetery in Tilden, IL.

Rev. Franklin was preceded in death by his parents; Ollie and Lela (Wilkerson) Franklin and also by his 3 brothers; Arkel, Ted and Floyd Franklin.

“Web” as he was affectionately known, is survived by his loving wife, Edna M. (Alexander) Franklin of Tilden, IL, who he married on May 11, 1951 in Paragould, Ark, 3 children; Wilbur M. Franklin, Jr. of Tilden, IL, Robert (Tammy) Franklin of Willisville, IL and Cynthia (Pat) Jones of Marissa, IL, 7 grandchildren; Stacie (Jason) Henson, Jeff Franklin, Maegan (Chris) Tombrella, William Franklin, Ashleigh Franklin, Dustin Krzyzanoski and Krystal (Westin) Finks, 8 great grandchildren; Asher Henson, Mabrey Tombrella, Myles Franklin, Erin Franklin, Caden Finks, Lacy Finks, Lilly Finks and Kayla Pence

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Baptist Church in Tilden, IL.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation; Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from and 9 to 11 a.m on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Tilden, IL.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Tilden, IL with Pastor Paul Hahn officiating. Interment will be at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Administrator says:

    In loving memory of a awesome man, a good uncle (and good brother to my father), a man of strong faith who was a friend and support to all. We will love you and miss you always.

    Posted by: Elaine Schmidt – Springfield, IL – family Apr 16, 2018

  2. Administrator says:

    So sorry for your loss…remember your family well from Rend City Baptist Church…you have my prayers.

    Posted by: Dixie Miller – Sesser, IL – Friend Apr 16, 2018

  3. Administrator says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your husband, father, uncle, and minister. You will never get over this loss, but with Gods help, you will get through it. We know that Wilbur is in Gods hands, and his memories of his walk of faith will continue to bless us.

    Posted by: Elizabeth Herrera – Misawa AB, Japan – friend Apr 17, 2018

  4. Administrator says:

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

    Posted by: Lynn Golliday Meisenheimer – Alton, IL – Coworker Apr 17, 2018

  5. Administrator says:

    Wil, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. May you all find peace and happiness soon. Hugs to you and your family.

    Posted by: Natalie Creen – Annapolis, MO – Friend Apr 17, 2018

  6. Administrator says:

    I was so sorry to see obituary that Elaine shared with me. I was hoping to have a visit with the family when we travel to Illinois in July. So happy that I have been able to know him and other Franklin kinfolks over the past few years. My condolences to Ms. Edna and family.

    Posted by: Fern Franklin Albin – Alexandria, LA – family Apr 18, 2018

  7. Administrator says:

    Such a good man.

    Posted by: Turner family Apr 18, 2018

  8. Administrator says:

    Uncle Web will always be remembered as a kind and loving soul who touched my life even as I witnessed him touching the lives of so many others. He was a good man, and a man of God, and I know that he is being rewarded in Heaven! Joe and I send our condolences to the family and friends who mourn his passing and celebrate the legacy he leaves behind.

    Posted by: Jean Middleton – Family Apr 18, 2018

  9. Administrator says:

    To Web’s family and friends

    Web was a man of God who served the Lord faithfully. In his life as a minister he helped countless families and friends. He will always be remembered as a supporter of God’s churches.

    Our deepest sympathy

    Pastor Mike & Carolyn and the
    congregation of Clarmin Baptist

    Posted by: Mike Higgerson – IL – Friend Apr 19, 2018

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