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Roy "Buddy" Franklin III

January 21, 1958 - August 11, 2019

“Buddy” Franklin passed away in his sleep at his mother’s home in Melissa, Texas on August 11, 2019 at the age of 61. He was born on January 21, 1958 to Roy L. Franklin Jr. and Martha M. Franklin in Odessa, Texas. Buddy graduated from Permian High School and continued his education at Odessa College where he was a member of the swim team. He married Irene Franklin on June 4, 1983 and they later moved to Austin. Roy loved hunting with his family and crafting knives. He could fix anything that needed fixing, often his children’s cars, and enjoyed woodworking. Buddy was never afraid to put his body on the line to get the job done and often scared his family half to death with injuries he sustained, but he made it through. He worked as a Superintendent in the City of Round Rock for almost 20 years.

Buddy is survived by his wife of 36 years, Irene Franklin, who loved him dearly; his daughter, Casey Nicole Franklin and significant other, Dustin Fuerst; sons, Douglas Allen Franklin and Ryan Alex Franklin; mother, Martha McGill; sister, Kathy Eggar and husband, Tom Eggar; brothers, Matthew Franklin and Craig Franklin; father-in-law, George C. Allen; brother-in-law, Greg Martin and wife, Amy Martin; sister-in-law, Frances Allen; brother-in-law, Gary Martin; brother-in-law, Rus Allen; Audrey Bone and Sarah Alvizo, who he was like a father to; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy L. Franklin, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd. Austin, Texas 78750.

Flowers and other donations can be sent to the church.

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Irene and family --- We have such great memories of Buddy. The parties at Rick and Kathy's, PJ's wedding, no matter what the occasion, the party was filled with laughter and great times because Buddy was there. Our hearts are very saddened by his passing and wish you all strength during this challenging time. Lori and Fran Dumas, August 19, 2019 He was a great guy and will be greatly missed, deepest condolences to all the family and friends. RIP BUDDY, Clyde Alan Vickrey and family
Clyde Alan vickrey, August 17, 2019 Our hearts are broken for all of you. May you find some peace in memories, and healing within your family’s love. It will take time, but know you are always loved, always supported. Peggy and Ron Mayfield , August 17, 2019 Irene I am so sorry for your loss. You and your beautiful family are in my prayers. I have so many fond memories of Buddy putting up with our crazy Bunco group in August. May you guys find strength and comfort in our Lord. Love you! Jennifer Howitt, August 16, 2019 It was an honor to work with Buddy at the City of Round Rock. My deepest condolences to his family. May his memory be eternal. Will Hampton, August 16, 2019 I had the good fortune of knowing Buddy for over 20 years while he was working at the City. Buddy was always professional and dedicated to his job but he was also fair-minded and had a great sense of humor. I will miss his laid back manner that hid a sharp, inquisitive mind. God bless you Buddy. Jean Radtke, August 16, 2019 I graduated with Buddy from Permian in 1976. I had some classes with him and I will say this, Buddy was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He was very quiet, didn't have favorites, talked to everybody and treated everybody the same. Prayers going out to the family of Buddy, I know he will be missed greatly!
Rick Coskrey, August 16, 2019 On behalf of the Keesee family, we share in this time of grief but also share in the love and memories of Buddy. He was a part of our family for 45 years and his passing brings us all deep sadness and heartache. Buddy was a kind, good soul who touched our lives and will be greatly missed. Kelly, Kay and Nancy Kay Keesee Stewart, August 16, 2019 I was so sorry to hear about Buddy. All the Franklins were so much a part of our family when our kids were growing up. I have lots of memories of Buddy and the swim team. You are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.
Michael DeMarco Sr., August 16, 2019 So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of your family during this heart breaking time. Buddy was such a fun loving person and loved by many. May God keep you in his arms and get your family through this time of healing. Love you, Aunt Jane Jane Mashburn, August 16, 2019 Buddy you will be greatly missed. You were loved by all who knew you. RIP. I love you.
Kim Hall, August 15, 2019 The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one. And, you were one. God speed.
G. Mann, August 14, 2019 You were such a truly good man, loved by all who knew you. I am blessed to have known you all these years. God rest your soul. Gregory Myhra, August 14, 2019 Buddy was a very honest and hard working man. We talked about him retiring soon and making knives. He talked highly of his family he loved so much. Buddy has such a good calm demeanor about him no matter the situation. He was rock solid and will be missed by all. Blessings to his family.
Cary Brown , August 14, 2019 I was saddened to hear of Buddy’s passing. I worked with him at the City of Round Rock for 7 1/2 years. A longtime friend of mine knew Buddy’s mother and we often talked about them. My condolences to his wife and family. He was truly a nice and gentle man.
Linda Borden, August 14, 2019 I am so sorry for your loss, Buddy was my first boss at the City of Round Rock. I have such great memories of him. I can still hear him answering his phone "This is Buddy". Prayers for Irene and his family.
Sharon Parker, August 14, 2019 Irene and family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. Don and Lynda Horne, August 13, 2019