June 30, 1946 – February 6, 2022
Robert “Big Rob” Franklin was born in Auburn, AL on June 30, 1946 and was a lifelong member of the community. He loved to travel, whether by plane, motorhome or “my Harley”, as often and as far as he could, but he always returned home to the most beautiful village. He had a larger than life personality and impressed everyone he met. He dabbled in several careers, including electrician, truck driver, and professional wrestler, until he found his calling in the auto repair industry. He went into business on April 1, 1970, proclaiming he was a jerk ever since, and Franklin Tire & Auto still serves the Auburn/Opelika community to this day.
He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Dowdell, his father, Austin Franklin, his brother, Merrill Franklin and his sister, Winnie Logan and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews. He leaves to mourn his proudest achievements; son, David (Krista) Franklin, daughter, Robin (Chuck) Cobb, granddaughters, Skylar Cobb and Amelia Watson, niece, Donna (Tyler) Roland, nephew, Jeff (Juanita) Franklin, niece, Tonya (Scott) Hicks with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Special thanks to her caregivers, hospice and staff at Bethany House.
A Celebration of Life/Story Sharing session will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Franklin Tire and Auto.
‘Of course now you will be greatly missed.
Published by The Opelika-Auburn News on February 11, 2022.