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Paul Jewell Franklin


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Paul Jewell Franklin, 90, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Paul’s family at www.andersonbethany.com

Services: Memorial Services are scheduled for Paul, formerly of Hagerman, NM, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Waymaker Church, 202 S Sunset Blvd., Roswell, NM, at 4:00 PM. Officiating the service will be Pastor Joel Wood of Waymaker Church.

Paul J. Franklin was born on October 13, 1928, in Buffalo Valley, a rural countryside on the eastern outskirts of Hagerman, NM.

Preceded: Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel L. and Annis N. Franklin; brothers, David, Pete, Ernest, and J.D. Franklin; sisters: Mary Troublefield and Lottie Yielding.

Survivors: Those left to cherish the memories of Paul are his wife of 67 years, Zora Maye Franklin (Barton); sons: Paul Jay Franklin and wife Debora of Roswell, and Chris Franklin of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren: Anthony and Samantha Franklin, Tim Franklin, Angelica Franklin, and Zarina Franklin, all of Roswell; great-grandchildren, Paul’s little angels, are Isaac Cottrell, Caleb Rupe, O’rion and Adalaya Franklin, Jade and Tristen Franklin, “Little Tim” Franklin, and Destiny Burns.

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Paul was a Military Veteran who served his country in both the Army and Navy. He was assigned duty in the Korean conflict. Paul pursued his dream of flying and became a pilot, flying for Dick Callens Flying Service and Hirst AeroSpray, Inc. He was a crop duster, serving New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma for over 30 years.

Also being involved in law enforcement, Paul served as a State Police Officer, Roswell Police Department Motorcycle Division, and was a Deputy Sheriff in Chaves County. He was also an avid truck driver in the off season from flying, driving for numerous trucking companies in the Pecos Valley.

During his life, Paul’s favorite past-times included camping, playing cards, softball, dominoes, and watching his westerns. He always enjoyed the company of family and was an excellent provider for his family. Paul will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, some special people who were a very special part of Paul’s life, Karl and Maxine Dennis, Janice and Raymond Derrick, Richard Franklin, and Paul Scott Troublefield. Thank you from the Franklin family and God Bless You.

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