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July 19, 2012

Franklin, Bob

Robert Lee “Bob” Franklin Jr., former director of missions for Montgomery Baptist Association, died July 8. He was 78.

A native of Center Point, Franklin graduated from Howard College (now Samford University) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

He served as minister of education for Highland Baptist Church, Florence; Woodlawn Baptist Church, Birmingham; Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham; and First Baptist Church, Huntsville.

He then served Judson College in Marion from 1971–1977 in development, recruitment and church relations roles.

From 1977–1985, Franklin served as the director of missions for Montgomery Association. During his service at the association, Sunday School enrollment increased 149 percent.

He then served as director of missions for Noonday Baptist Association in Marietta, Ga. 

In 1997 he began serving as director of associational strategy for Southern Baptist associations at the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

He retired from NAMB in 2002 and served as director of missions for Macon Baptist Association in Macon, Ga., until 2011. 

Franklin started more than 50 churches during his ministry as a director of missions and led many missions trips.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Louise; three sons; and 11 grandchildren.  

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