James "Jim" Cecil Franklin, 80, of Sevierville passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017. He attended Pathways Church of Sevierville. Jim was a United States Air Force Veteran. He retired after 25 years as a Federal Firefighter. After his retirement, he was a beloved Usher for 16 years at Dollywood's Pines Theater, where he never met a stranger. His most favorite pastime was spending time with his family whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Myrtle Franklin; brothers, Robert M. Franklin and Eugene Franklin; and sister, Iona Webb.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Zelma Franklin; son, Barry Franklin and wife, Samantha Franklin; granddaughter, Kelli Davis and husband, Lynn Davis; brother, Herbert Franklin; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends that were like family.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 PM Thursday with the funeral service to follow at 7 PM in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. Pastor Tommy Bellamy will be officiating. Family and friends will meet 2 PM Friday at Mt. Zion Cemetery for the graveside service and interment. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post #104. Online condolences may be made at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com