REDFIELD James David Franklin, 57, of Redfield, died Thursday, August 29, 2013.

REDFIELD James David Franklin, 57, of Redfield, died Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Born October 27, 1955, in Morehouse Parish, La., he was a son of the late J.D. Franklin and Alice Reed Franklin.

David had worked maintenance for the Historic Arkansas Museum prior to his lengthy battle with cancer. He loved his job and was proud to be there. Family and friends always came first with him, David will be remembered as a loving husband and father.

Whether earning a living or in passing the time, David enjoyed working with his hands.

A true craftsman, he enjoyed wood work and knife making.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Justin Franklin.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 30 years, Lesa Copeland Franklin, to whom he was married, December 29, 1983; sons, Joshua and James Franklin; brothers, Ronny Stringfellow, Boyd Allen, and Danny Allen; sisters, Sherry McElyea and LaJuan Painter; and many other loving family and friends.

A Memorial Gathering will be Saturday, from 1-3 p.m.

at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

The family will gather at the Franklin residence.

Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com