SANDIA, Texas - Richard Preston Franklin, 69, passed away June 10, 2007 at his home at Pernitas Point. He was born January 31, 1938 in Poteet, Texas, to Henry M. and Willie Lee Franklin. Richard worked for Exxon on the King Ranch and was a resident of Premont for many years. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Alice County Club and the Exxon Traveling Group.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Franklin of Sandia, Texas; three daughters, Rebecca Lynne (Jacob Eddie) Brown III of Angel Fire, N.M., Carole Diane (Joseph Michael) Tray of Fort Worth, Texas, and Melissa Kaye Sizemore of Las Vegas, Nev.; one son, Richard Preston (Patricia) Franklin of Fredricksburg, Va.; two step-daughters, Mary Katherine (Jeff) Gaynier of Carrollton, Texas, and Robin Ann (Michael) Stevens of Sugarland, Texas; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

There was a tree planting ceremony in memory of Richard on Friday, June 15, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alice Country Club followed by a reception at the home of Jim and Rose Yawn.

Arrangements entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc.

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