Rebecca Jane Powell Franklin

Rebecca Jane Powell Franklin, of Fredericksburg, Va., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

Rebecca was the fourth of five children, born to Frank Preston Powell and Mary Glades Powell, of Sweetwater. She graduated from Sweetwater High School, and then attended Stephens College of Columbia, Mo., and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1958. Rebecca then graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in 1960. She received her Master of Education from Auburn University in 1978.

Rebecca married Marion McCoy Franklin of Madisonville in 1960, and together they raised two children, Elizabeth “Betsy” McCoy Franklin Lewis and James Christopher Franklin. She taught English, French, gifted education and art, to the elementary through the high school levels in Lenoir City, Decatur, Ga., Whitesburg, Ky., Mt. Juliet, West Point, Ga., La Grange, Ga., and Tupelo, Miss.

Rebecca was an accomplished artist, trained at the University of Tennessee and Auburn University, and was a member of the Mississippi Art Colony. She and her husband, Coy, retired to Banner Elk, N.C. in 2003, and lived there together until 2016.

Rebecca was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, and friend, who encouraged and celebrated creativity.

She was 80 years old.

Survivors include: her husband of 58 years, McCoy Franklin;

Daughter, Betsy Lewis (Ralph) of Fredericksburg, Va.;

Son, James Franklin (Whitney) of Delaware, Ohio;

Grandchildren, Emma Lewis, Cailey Franklin, Eva Lewis, Samuel Lewis, Logan Franklin;

Sister, Mary Beth Rogers of Americus, Ga.;

Many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Madisonville Presbyterian Church in Madisonville.

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