Shirley “Sue” Goins Franklin was born to Robert “Babe” Goins and Joy Henderson Wise on September 2, 1947, in Winnfield, Louisiana.
She was married to John R Franklin for 54 years. They had two sons, Michael Franklin (Blake) and Joshua Franklin (Jennifer). She was very proud of her sons; she bragged about their accomplishments as long as they weren’t around to hear.
Sue went by many names, but none she loved better than Meme to her grandsons, Bryce and Trent Franklin.
Her siblings are Robert Goins (Linda), Charles Goins (Phyllis), and Teresa Goins Brooks (Jimmy). Being Sue’s younger siblings helped “toughen them up.”
Besides her family and friends, Sue loved animals, but especially HORSES, including the one that threw her and broke her leg when she was 68 years old while trying to break him and the one that broke her back while riding saddle broncs. She was a barrel racer for years and a rodeo photographer. She bred horses and loved raising and training the colts…
Sue loved old houses, old furniture, and “good stuff” she rescued from dumpsters. Her favorite job was working as a carpenter with her brother, Charles. While working, they explored a lot of abandoned houses and ate a lot of good food.
Sue was Very Frugal with her money but generous with her time.
Through her 19 year fight with ovarian cancer, she faced it head on. We shared a lot of laughs, and she didn’t have a pity party. When asked how she kept beating it, she jokingly said, “God didn’t want her yet.”
God wanted Sue on October 27, 2022; she left this world having lived a full life with few regrets and will be greatly missed by so many!
Services will be held at the Expo center in Ruston on November 19th, visitation at 2:00, Service at 3:00. Bring your stories and Sue mementos.
Boots and jeans are welcome.
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