George Franklin Marshburn

01/30/1942 - 12/18/2021


Obituary For George Franklin Marshburn

George ‘Franklin’ Marshburn (79) of Jacksonville passed away peacefully December 18, 2021 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, NC. Born on Gum Branch, January 30, 1942, Franklin was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He was Area Manager for the A&P Grocery Store chain in Jacksonville for several years. Later on, he became a Federal Crop Insurance Adjustor and Instructor. Franklin was also a Sales Representative for G-Funk’s Seed Corn, and Produce Manager for the Commissary at New River Air Station. He owned and operated several businesses throughout his lifetime, in addition to maintaining the family farm; which he dearly loved. As the unofficial mayor of Gum Branch, stopping by Frank’s Oyster Hut was a nearly mandatory obligation for friends and family. Although working was his hobby, he always had a great appreciation for music, especially gospel music. His greatest joy came from his faith, his family and his friends. He never met a stranger. A big part of his life involved helping others, in whatever way he could. He was known for his kind-hearted, loving and generous spirit. His smile and laughter would always light-up a room. Franklin will be missed, but never forgotten by all who knew him. A long-time member of the Richlands Masonic Lodge, and First Baptist Church of Richlands, Franklin was a man of devotion. He married his high school sweetheart, Edna Penuel Marshburn on June 30, 1962. They lived happily in the home that he built for nearly 60 years. Franklin is preceded in death by his parents George Frank Marshburn and Mana Harrell Marshburn, and his siblings; Maitland Marshburn, Margaret Marshburn Thompson, Dan Marshburn, and Jerome Marshburn. He is survived by his wife Edna of the home, son Kevin Marshburn (Lisa) of Austin, TX, daughter Kathryn Marshburn Faircloth (Ashley) of Jacksonville, and four grandchildren Justin and Jacob Faircloth of Jacksonville, Colton and Catherine ‘Cate’ Marshburn of Austin, TX, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church of Richlands on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. followed by visitation. There will be a private graveside service for the family. Flowers can be sent to Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville and donations can be made to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, NC.
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  • 01/02/2022

    Dwight and Donna McMaster honor the life of Mr Franklin. He was such a joy to us at FBCR, and we miss him so. Mrs Edna, along with Kathy and family, also Kevin and family --- please know you are in our prayers.

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  • 12/31/2021

    Franklin was a unique and special Christian man. He had the biggest heart of any man I have ever met. There aren't enough words to say about him. You would fall in love with him the minute you met him. He had that big smile or a wink or that twinkle in his eye and always a hug. A man who loved his family and would do anything he could to help them. Franklin will be truly missed by so many. I know I will miss him. He never met a stranger. My heart goes out to the family. I wish I could take away some of the pain. But just remember Franklin is at peace now. He will be missed but he's in his heavenly home. God will take special care of him. May God bless you all during this difficult time. We love you all dearly ♥️ Bonnie and Roy Melton

  • 12/29/2021

    Edna and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Franklins passing...he was truly one of a'll be in our prayers...

  • 12/29/2021

    I am so sorry for you loss. I thought a lot of your dad . He was an awesome person as well as a friend. I will always remember how he and my dad would talk about old times. No matter where he was or who he was with he always found time to speak to me. My love and prayers are with you all, Ms. Edna, Kathy and Kevin.

  • 12/28/2021

    I was so saddened when Bill called me about Franklin's passing. He was one of God's special blessings to our family in our time of need. I can remember the days that he would just drop by and check on mother. She loved him greatly. He will be missed by so many. God bless all of you. Ann Baggett Horne & Kenny Horne

  • 12/24/2021

    I was saddened this morning to read of Franklin's passing. I taught both of his children and grew to know Franklin through them. I always enjoyed being around him. Whether on the golf course, at a pig picking or just running in to him in town he was always full of life & a great person to be around. Edna, Cathy & Kevin - Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of a great human being.

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