Tom Franklin entered funeral service in the 1960's by joining his family firm in Parkersburg, WV. As a licensed funeral director and embalmer, he has served bereaved families for nearly 60 years. Tom is licensed in WV, Texas and SC. He earned a Degree in Theology from Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN, a Degree in Higher Accounting from Mountain State College, Parkersburg, WV, a diploma in Mortuary Science, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, OH, a BA in Business and an MBA from California Coast University in Santa Ana, CA. He has owned and operated funeral homes in WV, TX and SC.
Tom served as the Pulpit Minister for churches in Belmont, MS, Parkersburg, WV, Charlottesville, VA and Colorado City, TX and is a member of Holland Park Church, Mauldin, SC. He is a past president of the South Texas Funeral Directors Association and a past president of the Rotary Club and of the Kiwanis Club, Kingsville, TX. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow in The Rotary Clubs. He served as Sponsor of the Kingsville, Texas Boy Scouts Troup and District Chairman for Scouting in South Texas.
Tom married the former Charlene Kemp in 1958 and they have four children, ten grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
After retiring, Tom decided to re-enter funeral service by joining the Thomas McAfee firms in 2014.