SMITHVILLE — Ozro K. Franklin, 98 years old, of the Blue Springs Community of Smithville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 29, at DeKalb Community Hospital.
He was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tn., and the American Legion.
He was a heavily decorated 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army, 17 of which he served overseas. He participated at Normandy on the second day of combat and went all the way through Europe to the Rhine River while helping liberate one prison camp, surrounded in the Battle of the Bulge, and also served two tours of duty in the Korean War, and also spent time in Panama and the Philippines.
He was also a retired ETSU police officer.
The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tim Singleton will officiate with burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the service time at 1:00 p.m.
He was preceded in death by his parents, General and Julia Berry Franklin; wife, Lydia Mae Franklin; two sisters, Earlene Carver and Ivory Yates; and three brothers, Ronald, Conley and Donald Franklin.
He is survived by one son, Benjamin G. Franklin and wife, Linda; one granddaughter, Misty and husband, Daniel Agee; and special caregiver, Pat Arnold, all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements. (615) 597-5275