Bryce Dale Franklin Sr., 84, died July 21 at his home in Monroe, La.
Born in Whitesburg, he was a son of the late Annis and A.K. Franklin, the father of the late Jan Franklin Collins, and a brother of the late Burtis Franklin and Bobby Franklin.
Franklin was graduated from Whitesburg High School, where he played football and also played cornet as a member of the Whitesburg High School Band. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in World War II in the South Pacific in campaigns at Peleliu, Okinawa, and China. He also served in the Marine Corps Band.
He attended Kentucky Wesleyan College and was graduated from the University of Kentucky, and was recalled to active duty in the Marines during the Korean War.
Franklin worked for the J.C. Penney Co. and Aldens Inc., and was manager of several department stores. After managing The Palace in Monroe, La., he purchased his own store in Bloomington, Ind., and later retired to northeast Louisiana..
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Franklin; a daughter, Britt Eads, of Lexington; a son Bryce Dale Franklin Jr. and wife Kathy of Lexington; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Madeline Gosser of Lexington; and a brother Beryl Franklin and wife Nancy of Monroe, La.
Burial will be in the Mill Springs National Cemetery at Nancy at 2:30 p.m. on September 28..