Lloyd M. Franklin, 86, of the Hopewell Community near Holton passed away at 2:40am, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in the Forest Corner Community northwest of Holton on January 11, 1933 the son of Walter and Rhoda Morris Franklin. He was married to Luella Cumberworth on July 23, 1955 and his wife of 63 years survives. Other survivors include one son Steven (Kathy) Franklin, and one daughter Diann (Tony) Jackson both of the Hopewell Community; four grandchildren Trevor (Livi) Downey of Versailles, Marsha (Ed) Byard of Butlerville, and Jessica (Josh) Schmidt, and Kayla Franklin both of Holton; 5 great-grandchildren Dalton and Kimberlynn Byard, Lane Downey, and Steven and Abbie Schmidt; two brothers Lowell (Kay) Franklin and Duane (Carol) Franklin both of Holton; one sister Edyth Hollandsworth of North Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Odetta Burton. Mr. Franklin was a 1951 graduate of Holton High School where he played on the Warhorse basketball team. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1953 to 1957. He was a 37 year employee of Cummins Engine in Columbus where he worked on the assembly line, retiring in 2000. Lloyd was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, church moderator, and song leader. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, April 11th at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm and will also be held at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Building Fund in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.