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April 25, 1940 ~ August 31, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Geraldine Franklin was born on April 25, 1940, in Centreville Mississippi to Andrew and Odeal Franklin. Gerrie was a loving and supportive mother to her three boys and husband James Lynch to whom she was married to for 28 years. They married on August 12, 1995, and enjoyed a loving and spiritual life with the Lord and each other.
Gerrie joined New Hope Baptist Church at an early age and served as an Usher and member of the choir. Her faith in the Lord was rooted early in life and remained with her forever as a faithful servant of God.
Gerrie was a strong promoter of education. She worked for Grand Rapids Public Schools at the Kent Skills Center, for Flint Public Schools as a teacher and continued her love for teaching in Enfield NC.
She instilled excellence in her sons, grandchildren, cousins, and everyone she met. Gerrie felt a sense of obligation to help children, young men and women to recognize what was inside of them to reach their potential in life and achieve their goals.
Gerrie had a love for politics and community activism. While living in Enfield NC, she volunteered her time to support her local community. She went door-to-door asking members in the area to support her initiative to have a public water system developed to bring in fresh water to the Enfield area. As with everything she did, Gerrie did it with enthusiasm and determination and today freshwater flows into Enfield NC.
Working at the grassroots level, she volunteered her time to educate her community on the importance of voting and how their vote could have influence in society. She helped register people to vote and served as voting monitor. Gerrie was also an active member of the local Senior Citizens Community Center.
Those who knew Gerrie, know of her love as a member of The Order of the Eastern Star. She joined the International Order of the Eastern on April 7, 1976, as a member of Marian Anderson #4 in Flint Michigan. She reached the highest levels having served as Grand Matron of the State of Michigan, National Grand Matron and Supreme Secretary of Education. She dedicated her life to the sisterhood for 47 years with excellence and pride.
In everything that Gerrie did, she gave it her all, she treated everyone with respect, dignity, and compassion. She cared deeply for her family and friends, and you could always count on her support. She touched the lives of many through random acts of kindness which is a testament to a life well lived!
Gerrie is preceded in death by her parents Odeal and Andrew Franklin. She leaves to honor her memory her husband of 28 years, James Lynch; her sons Wesley Green IV, Derrick (Denise) Barner, Patrick Barner (Felicia Dixon) all of Winston Salem, North Carolina, Stepchildren, Andre Lynch and Cornel Lynch of Detroit Michigan and Pamela Lennox of Baltimore Maryland.
Grandchildren, Fonda English and Nikeyia Perkins, of Grand Rapids Michigan Shaquita Ferguson of Lakeland Florida, Wesley Green V of Winston Salem, North Carolina, Sasha Green of Woodbridge, Virgina, Avonte Jones of Greensboro, North Carolina, Justin Jones of Tampa, Florida, Chequera Dixon of Fayetteville North Carolina , Derrick Barner Jr. of Baltimore Maryland, Jeremiah Alexander, Wesley Alexander, and Darius Alexander of Winston Salem, North Carolina and sixteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild . Gerrie also leaves behind a host of cousins, friends, and family members that she adored.