Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Robert Joseph Franklin

01/03/1941 - 08/10/2017

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 5pm, Saturday, August 19, 2017
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Chapel
7246 Granby Street Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Interment-Private

ROBERT “BOB” JOSEPH FRANKLIN, 76, of Chesapeake, Virginia, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at his home. Born January 3, 1941 in Pilgrim Knob, Virginia, he was the son of the late Lokie and Odell Wall. He was a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend. He loved his family without boundaries or limitations and was well thought of by his friends, whom he chose carefully. Bob led by example, and taught us all about developing and maintaining a strong family foundation based on love, respect, honor and integrity. He was a devout fisherman, an astute businessman, and loved his family like there was no tomorrow. He was a retired veteran of the United States Navy, joining at the young age of 17 on February 14, 1958. He continued to serve over the next 20 years, including three tours of duty during the height of the Vietnam War, and multiple US and overseas Fleet and shore assignments. Throughout his stellar military career, he received numerous personal, service, and campaign awards. After retiring from the US Navy, he settled in Sanford, FL in order to be close to his father, mother, brothers, and sisters. After meeting his wife Cheryl in 1979, they later married in Sanford where he founded B&C Home Repair and led the company to over 20 years of success. He fully retired from B&C Home Repair in 2003. In 2008, he and Cheryl relocated to Virginia in order to be closer to their children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his children, Jon and wife Mindy Franklin of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Michael Franklin of Bartlett, Tennessee, Tricia and husband Tony Christoffer of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Toni and husband Paul Scoggins of Florida. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Kyle, Austin, Tyler, Jacob, Trevor, Robert, Evan, Aiden, Matthew and Kahlan; great-grandson, Aiden; five brothers, Larry, Darrell, Doug, Willie, and Jeffrey; two sisters, Teresa, Gloria; and dozens of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Zachary, and his brother Lloyd. Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Services, 7246 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia with Lieutenant Commander Edward Erwin, CHC, USN, a US Navy Chaplain, officiating.

Gloria waldrop Bobby was my oldest brother and a friend. We would go out to clubs together and we had so much fun. He was a good dancer. He loved fishing and he likes servings his country. He was loved by so many people. He will be greatly missed. I love you Bobby.
Posted: 8/18/2017
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Tiana Franklin I have been reading all the stories everyone has been posting and I wish I would have known Bobby longer. I am so grateful that I got to meet him. I still smile thinking about the first time I walked in and shook his hand, he pulled me closer and said I need to see you better. I told him I would scare him and he laughed and said oh no. The smile on his face was so warming and welcoming. I knew at that moment that he was an amazing, sweet and humble man. I sat and listened to the stories they were all exchanging and it touched my heart to see and hear how much he loves his wife. Cheryl I am so sorry for your loss. I truly understand every feeling you are going through. Just remember this: Those we love don't go away They walk beside us everyday Unseen, unheard but always near Still loved, still missed and very dear. Rest in Peace Bobby. Many prayers for all. God bless!!
Posted: 8/17/2017
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Carolyn Franklin Bobby it's so hard to believe you are not here with us anymore. I will never forget the day we met 50 years ago when you and Barbara skipped school and went to the movies you and Claude brought her home who would have thought that day Claude would end up being my husband and making our family's one... I will miss you and always hold you in my heart. R.I.P Bobby Love you always....
Posted: 8/17/2017
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Sony Franklin Bobby you may be gone from this Earth but you will always remain here in all of our hearts. I will never forget all the memories the fishing trips sitting around the table laughing and cutting up but most of all the big old bear hugs you always gave... R.I.P love ya always....Fly high
Posted: 8/17/2017
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Keith and Tiana Franklin John 14: 1-4 Jesus Comforts His Disciples 14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” We are broken hearted yet again my cousin Bobby Joe has earned his Angel Wings. Our thoughts and prayers for Cheryl and the entire Franklin family. I will always remember the fun times we had fishing together while growing up in Sanford. I also will remeber Bobby's gift for making you laugh and smile as well even if you were having a bad day. R.I.P. Bobby gone but not forgotten, until we meet again.
Posted: 8/17/2017
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Pat spee I was saddened to hear of Bobs passing. He was a really good friend and coworker. He loved his family beyond words, and I am sure he will be missed. Rest In Peace Bob
Posted: 8/17/2017
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Carroll Geesaman (nee: Franklin) Thoughts and prayers being sent to Cheryl and the entire family. I remember my father and mother always called him "Bobby Joe." And, that is how I will always remember him. Love from The Geesaman's
Posted: 8/16/2017
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Nicole I'm truly sorry for your loss of your loved one. Losing someone so special is heartbreaking. God sees your tears and promises to wipe them away, Revelation 21:4. He is near those who are broken-hearted. May He(Psalm 83:18) strengthen you for the days to come.
Posted: 8/16/2017
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Toni Scoggins Dear Dad, I never thought I would be writing this, but I wanted you to know how much you meant to me growing up. I have a lot of memories of us going fishing and hunting as a child. Especially in the Navy. You were my world. Always have been and always will be. You have taught me how to be a better person I am today with Love and Kindness. I am a better mother to my children and step children, and wife because of you. You have taught me to never give up and to always keep Family first. It saddens me to see you go, but I know deep down in my heart and soul, we will see you again. Much love to Cheryl and the Family. You will FOREVER BE IN MY HEART.
Posted: 8/16/2017
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Teresa Janowicz So many memories of my brother Bob,teaching my boys to fish, poker nights at my house and holding my newborn daughter while playing and almost always winning, but the memory that I will never forget is when I lost my son David in 2008 and Bob was still grieving over the loss of his grandson Zachary but he came to see me and we sat and talked for such a long time and we were both so glad that we had each other to share our tremendous sadness. Thats the brother that I knew and loved. RIP BOB.Ilove you@
Posted: 8/16/2017
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Cheryl Baby. I cannot believe you are gone. Know that you will live on in my heart and our children's hearts, you will never be forgotten and we will cherish the wonderful life we had together and hold those memories until we meet again. You will always be the "one" and I will love you forever Save a place at the table, leave the light on we will be together again. I love you always and forever , Cheryl
Posted: 8/16/2017
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MaryAnn We are so sorry for your loss. The death of a love one can be extremely difficult to cope with. Many have found comfort through the promises found there in Gods word the Bible especially the promises found there at 1Cor.15:26 and Acts 24:15. The Bible repeatedly speaks about the elimination of death and a time when we will see our love ones again. Take comfort in those verses mentioned earlier and do know our prayers are with you during this difficult time...Mary Ann
Posted: 8/12/2017
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