He was retired and was of the Baptist faith.
He spent his life selflessly caring and providing for his family whom he loved with all his heart.
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 ½ years: Bonnie Jean Franklin; two sons: David Paul Franklin of Jonesborough, TN, Eric Steven Franklin (Trista Dingus) of Gray; a daughter: Valerie (Charles) Grant;granddaughter: Frances Grant, all of NY; brother-in-law: James Marshall; sisters-in-law: Anna Sue (Roy) Roberts, both of Whitesburg, Aleda (Ronnie) Self; several nieces and nephews.
He was the son of the late Lola and Laura Franklin.
Paul requested that there be no services. His body will be cremated.
Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Franklin family at www.kiserrosehillfuneralhome.com.