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William “Butch” Alexander Franklin, Jr., M.D., 76, transitioned at home on February 27, 2021.  He was born on December 22, 1944, in Richmond, Virginia, the eldest of two sons born to Dr. William A. Franklin, Sr. and Isadora Morton Franklin.  Both his parents and his brother, Julian (Buster) Morton Franklin, preceded him in death.

He received his primary education in West Point, Virginia and his secondary education in Newport News, Virginia. As a result of segregation and unequal funding for black schools, his family left West Point to pursue a better education for him. He completed his secondary education at George Washington Carver High School in Newport News, VA.

Butch received a football scholarship to Michigan State University in 1963; his desire to come back home took control and he transferred to and graduated from Hampton University (Institute), Hampton, VA in 1967, with dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Math.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN in 1972, his father’s alma mater.  Before graduating from Meharry, he took a year off to earn a degree in Mortuary Science in 1968 in Ohio.  However, the practice of medicine has long been a family tradition so he couldn’t stay away; his grandfather and father both leading the way.

In 1972, Butch started his internship and was Chief Resident at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) now Norfolk Sentara.  His best friend of over 46 years, Dr. Melvin Green, joined him there in 1973, which began their long-lasting personal and professional relationship.

Dr. Franklin operated his own Internal Medicine private practice for 45 years in Hampton and Newport News. He was on staff for 35 years and served as Chief of Staff for Hampton General Hospital. He loved practicing medicine and he loved his patients even more. His tough love approach to medicine, while also joking with them, is what many of his patients will remember him for.

Butch had an extremely rich, full life filled with many storytelling life events.  He loved to create those stories and then hold you captive by sharing them.

Butch had two major social passions, Gambling & Golf, and they were not mutually exclusive.  His entertaining storytelling involved many of those two activities.

In 1971, he married Patsy Jo Dobbins of Houston, TX. She preceded him in death in November 1985.  Their union gave them Barrett Jason Franklin (Tiffany Andrews) and grandsons, Alexander Julian and Patrick Joseph; son, Brian Patrick Franklin (Candi Culbreth) and grandsons, Blake Alexander and Brycen Patrick; grandson, Brandon Ikaika Alexander Noa and great-grandson, Kayden Ikaika Alexander Noa.

In 1988, Butch married Adrienne Lee Brandon and their union gave them Beau Alexander Franklin and Brandon Adrian Franklin.

Butch enjoyed the love of his two marriages, four sons, five grandsons and one great grandson along with numerous family members and friends.

He is now at peace.

Due to COVID-19, the family had a private Memorial Service. In Butch’s memory please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association,  870 Greenbrier Circle, #404, Chesapeake, VA 23320 or The Boys & Girls Club: Greater Hampton Roads, 11825 Rock Landing Drove, Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#25 Parks Family 2021-03-17 09:27
Condolences from our family to yours. Always great to be around Dr. Franklin. Hit em long and straight! Rest easy.
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#24 Joyce Richardson 2021-03-16 16:36
I’m so sorry to hear of Cousin Butch’s passing. My condolences to the family.

Joyce Richardson
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#23 Saphronia D Austin 2021-03-15 22:25
Dr. Franklin treated four generations of my family: from my grandfather, who loved Dr. Franklin dearly, to my mother, to me and my siblings, to my children. He loved his patients as much, if not more than they loved him. There will never be another doctor like him. He was truly one of a kind. My love, prayers & deepest condolences to his family. REST IN PARADISE DR. FRANKLIN. YOU WILL ALWAYS HOLD A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN THE HEARTS OF ME & MY FAMILY!!

Peace, Love & Blessings,
Saphronia D. Austin & Family
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#22 Walter Washington 2021-03-13 22:24
My deepest condolences to the family. Sorry to hear that my golfing buddy has passed away. May he rest in
peace.
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#21 Paul and Betty Bowes 2021-03-12 14:53
God be with the family
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#20 Paul and Betty Bowes 2021-03-12 14:52
Butch was a great man and a good doctor we we're sorry to hear about his passing God be with the family
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#19 Felecia Tabb Revis 2021-03-08 03:34
Adrienne
My sincere condolences to you and family on the passing of a dear coworker. I worked with Butch at Hampton University. He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.God bless you all.
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#18 Conway Downing 2021-03-07 21:42
See you on the other side bro'! No staking the kitty!
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#17 Donna R. Jackson 2021-03-07 19:22
I Send my condolences to the family Dr. Franklin was my doctor for over 25 yrs. He was a wonderful doctor and will be greatly missed. He was a great friend to my husband and myself.
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#16 MS J Hawkins 2021-03-07 02:08
Dear Adrienne and Family, My sincerest condolences are extended to You during the transition of Your beloved husband. Those we love never truly leave us. They live eternally in our hearts and on our minds. Hold fast to Your Faith and Family during the days ahead. Fondly, Ms Hawkins and Family.
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#15 Alfrado and Sherri P 2021-03-05 00:13
Our sincerest condolences to the family on the passing of your loved one. Nothing but prayers and positive thoughts we extend and you are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Alfrado and Sherri Parsons
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#14 Angela Hickman 2021-03-04 00:25
Adrienne,
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.
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#13 Shireem Turner 2021-03-03 23:53
I'm so sorry to learn of this passing of Dr. Franklin. Condolences to Adrienne and the Franklin family. Dr. Franklin will be missed by all who knew him as their doctor, friend, and of course loved family member.
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#12 Patricia Polson 2021-03-03 22:40
Rest in peace my childhood friend. Our friendship began when our fathers were in practice together in West Point,and continued through the years. We last spoke in 2005,when my father died. My prayers are with your family.
Patricia Polson Satterfield
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#11 Laura Stewart-Green 2021-03-03 21:42
To the family of William Franklin, my former classmate and outstanding graduate of G W Carver, Class of 1962, I send my sincere condolences, sympathies and prayers. Rest in Heaven, William.
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#10 Laura Stewart-Green 2021-03-03 21:38
Condolences, sympathies and prayers to the family members of my former classmate and outstanding graduate in our class at G W Carver High School, Clas if 1962. Rest in Heaven, William
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#9 Trudy Henry 2021-03-03 19:59
"The very best Medical Doctor" I know! He will be deeply missed.
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#8 Billy & ANottingham 2021-03-03 18:38
Our deepest condolences are extended to the Franklin family. Dr Franklin's compassionate care will be greatly missed. We are keeping your family in thoughts and prayer. God bless your family.
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#7 chuck wooding 2021-03-03 16:41
The loss of my friend ,my golf partner, my brother from another mother, cannot be measured. My prayers are with the Franklin Family. Peace and love always.
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#6 Danielle Hundley 2021-03-03 15:54
Adrienne I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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#5 Ramona Sullivan Mann 2021-03-03 14:54
Adrienne, I am saddened to learn of his passing. You and the Franklin family are in my thoughts and prayers. Ramona
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#4 Jim & Denia Watkins 2021-03-03 02:15
Our deepest condolences to the Franklin family on their loss. We shall miss our dear friend, golfing teacher and storyteller!
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#3 Betty Selden Shelton 2021-03-03 02:11
Adrienne, may your heart and the hearts of your family be lightened in knowing that Butch is resting peacefully in the glory of our Lord,Jesus.
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#2 Mattie Trumble Jenki 2021-03-02 21:26
We are so sorry for your loss. God bless your family.
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#1 Gail Morton Brown 2021-03-02 17:46
Adrienne, may your memories of all the good times
lift your spirit. I am so grateful to have known him, both professionally and personally. He WILL be remembered . Gail
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