Franklin D.W. Brown was born Nov. 2, 1940, in Terre Haute, to Mallissa Thompson and Dock Brown. He passed away Jan. 27, 2018.
Franklin was united in marriage on Oct. 30, 1965, to Joyce Ann Carter Brown, who preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, also preceding him in death are a stepmother, Mary Brown; brothers, James and John Thompson, Charles Chaumley, and Wayman and Danny Brown; sister, Sandra Brown; brother-in-law, Richard Taylor; sister-in-law, Helen Thompson; and nephew, Barrett Ray Brown.
Franklin is survived by three sisters, Margaret Taylor, Lucretia Cunningham (Richard) and Patricia Jackson (Ronald); and two brothers, Robert Brown (Sandy) and Roger Brown; and three surviving sisters-in-law, SaRetta Brown and JoEller and Janice Carter.
Franklin is survived by four sons, Franklin W. (Stacey), Hodari Sr. (Bridgette), Tatu (Annalee) and Ajabu; and two daughters, Tuere and Elaine. Also surviving Franklin are 15 grandchildren, Cierra, Hodari Jr., Elijah, Ayanna, Madison, Rehema, Amani, Noah, Manzili, Leilani, Akili, Nyla, Malachi, Oliver and Zuri; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Franklin graduated from Wiley High School in 1958. He completed his service in the Army in 1969. He retired from JI Case in Terre Haute in 1976. Franklin worked tenaciously on local civil rights issues in the 1960s and 1970s, helping to integrate schools, businesses and city services. He protested civil rights concerns with the Nixon administration, and once represented himself in a discrimination case all the way to the United States Supreme Court of Appeals. He helped secure the funding and land for the Charles T. Hyte Community Center in the 1970s, and helped manage the soup kitchen for the Hyte Center until 2012.
Franklin was influential to young men of multiple generations in the community, including many friends of his sons. He and his wife regularly fed and looked after children in the neighborhood. He helped coach a few youth basketball teams at the original Boys Club. He was a member of Saints Home Church of God in Christ. He was an avid gardener, taking pride in his peach tree, tomatoes and many other vegetables.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Saints Home Church of God in Christ, 2210 N. 13th St., Terre Haute, Ind., Pastor Mark J. Blade officiating. There will be no viewing. Repass will be immediately following the interment at St Paul's Annex, at 1000 S. 15th St., Terre Haute, Ind. Russell Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.
Published on January 31, 2018