The Valdosta Daily Times
William Franklin Cason died on March 10, 2014, after 75 years of life. The home place is silent today. There are no sounds of hammers driving nails or tractors pulling stumps. The dogs lay on the porch motionless as if they’ve lost a friend. The distant sound of clanging metal against metal no longer echoes from the barn. Even the wind that rustles the leaves of the trees has taken notice that life has changed and stands still.
William Franklin Cason, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, began his life on the 20th of April, 1938.
After serving his country in the U.S. Army, he came home and began a life with his wife, Mary Ann, as they raised their three children, Steve, Teresa and Brian. Working hard all of his life, he provided a good home that was filled with love. Franklin built his home with his own hands while teaching his children the morals that were passed to him from his parents, Howard W. and Ruby Pearl (Cherry) Cason. Franklin spent everyday fabricating every room of his house, every piece of equipment for his tractors, making the needed repairs to his automobiles, appliances, plumbing, electrical, dug his own wells with a shovel, or anything else that provided for the needs of his family.
A devout Christian, Franklin became a Baptist minister and led several churches through the years until his failing health prevented him from standing and speaking.
After realizing that there was a need for foster parents, Franklin and Mary Ann offered their home and took in 100+ children over many years. Franklin also worked in the sign business after getting out of the Army until he started his own business in 1990.
His grandchildren are Steve Jr., Andy, Amy, Katie, Sarah, and Jonathan and one great-grandchild, Emily.
Cancer attacked Franklin and was the one opponent that he was unable to stand against. Still, he continued to live each day doing his part to help others.
He will be missed by his wife, children and grandchildren; his brother, Howard Jr.; sisters, Evelyn McDonald, Mary Lou Blackwood and Jane Wiggins. He will also be missed by countless friends, but don’t grieve over his death. He would not want that. His advice would be, to go love your families and make happy memories. Work hard and enjoy the small things of life. The small things are what really matters the most.
This writer holds a special place in his heart for Franklin. I will never know another person that can hold a candle to the compassion that he showed or the strength he possessed. His honesty and wisdom are unparallel. He has left a legacy that will be hard to live up to.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 14, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Maxwell-Miller Chapel with the Rev. Art Harris and the Rev. Jessie Bennefield.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, March 13 from 6-8 p.m.
Condolences may be conveyed online at www.maxwellmillerfuneralhome.com — Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.