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Franklin Plank

January 5, 1936 — March 7, 2014

Franklin Lee Plank, Sr., age 78, of Shelby, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at his residence. A native of Bluff City, TN he is the son of the late John E. Plank Sr. and Vergie Lee Hicks Plank. He had worked as a truck driver for most of his life and retired from Turner Trucking Company. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and worked in the Army Corp of Engineers for 13 years. He loved Dale Earnhardt racing, the Dallas Cowboys, John Wayne, and really loved driving his truck. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers, John Plank Jr., Paul Plank, G.L. Plank, and H.C. Plank; three sisters, Shirley E. Plank, Margaret Elizabeth Turner, and Sarah E. Roberts.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Rolle Plank of the home; four daughters, Wanda Ruth Dean of Shelby, Barbara Ann Buchanan of Wilmington, NC, Monika P. Barnes of Charleston, SC, and Rosa Faber and husband Georg of Germany; one son, Franklin Lee Plank Jr. of Greensboro; one sister, Molly Ball of Winston-Salem; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

  • Visitation

    March 11, 2014
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Cleveland Funeral Services

    2518 W. Dixon Blvd.
    Shelby, NC
    (704) 487-5811
  • Funeral Service

    March 11, 2014
    6:00 PM

    Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel

    2518 W. Dixon Blvd.
    Shelby, NC
    (704) 487-5811
  • Interment

    March 12, 2014
    12:00 PM

    Western North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery

    962 Old US 70 Highway
    Black Mountain, NC
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