He was born on July 21, 1940 in Hamilton County, Florida, the son of John Marvin and Marjorie Mary (Stalvey) Stone. He attended Dixie Hollins Vocational High School and took auto mechanics at Tomlison Vocational School.
Franklin was baptized in June of 1955. He lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, for many years where he met Patricia. They were united in marriage on June 24, 1961. In October 1962 they moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked for St. Regis Paper Company until returning to St. Petersburg in July of 1967 and going to work for his father as a carpet installer. Their daughter, Monica, was born on April 10, 1970, and in 1979 they moved to a farm in Elk Creek, Missouri. He went to work at Hunter Oil Company in 1994 driving a truck; after a stroke in 1999 he worked on the fuel dock for the next 11 years. He always enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading his favorite author Zane Grey, and especially spending time with family.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Johnnie.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of the home; his daughter, Monica Robertson and husband Donald; and grandson Shane all of Springfield, Missouri; and a sister, Marlena Yates of St. Petersburg, Florida. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2015, at Cabool Cemetery with Terry Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Donald Robertson, Carl Crabtree, Curtis Crabtree, Tony Estep, Jacob Estep and Chad Walker. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.