Fantasia Jean Franklin, 21, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at McLeod Regional Center, Florence. Born on December 22, 1991, in Columbia (Richland County), she was the daughter of Terry Franklin and Velisa Chatman Ward. She attended the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Pee Dee Regional Disability and Special Needs Board, Florence. At an early age she attended Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: her parents; one brother, Emmanuel Glenn Franklin; her grandmothers, Dorothy Baldwin Chatman and Rosa Franklin Gibson; her grandfather, James Chatman; step grandfather, Parnell Gibson; great grandmother, Mary Choice Baldwin; her aunt, Valeria (Randy) Chatman Scott of Columbia; two uncles, Timothy Kelly (Millie) of Sumter, Terrance Tomlin of Florence; a special cousin, Portia James (Rodderick) of Columbia; a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Amos Alton Franklin, and a sister, Jessica Lacole Ward.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, December 21, 2013 from the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 305 South Harvin Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. Marion H. Newton, Senior Pastor, Rev. Ricky Simmons, Youth Pastor, eulogist.
The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home of her mother, 509 East Charlotte Avenue, Sumter, and her grandmother, Dorothy Baldwin Chatman, 1306 Covent Garden Drive, Sumter.
The Remains will be place in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The funeral possession will leave from the home of her grandmother at 10:30 a. m.
Floral bearers and pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park, 802 North Guignard Drive, Sumter.