Anthony “Tony” Franklin

February 11, 1968 ‒ December 15, 2014

Chesterville, Ohio

Anthony “Tony” Franklin, age 46, of Chesterville, died Monday afternoon, December 15, 2014, at his residence following a battle with cancer.

He was born on February 11, 1968, the son of Paul I. and Ida Christeen (VanHoose) Franklin, in Delaware, OH. Tony grew up in Ashley and graduated from Buckeye Valley High School in the class of 1986, where he enjoyed playing football and basketball.

On August 10, 1991, Tony married Jerri I. McDaniel in Lewis Center, OH. Together they shared 23 wonderful years of marriage.

Tony had a heart of gold, he enjoyed working for Delaware Hayes High School where he was a teacher’s aid in the multiple handicap classroom. He also enjoyed sharing God’s word as a preacher at the North Woodbury Freewill Baptist Church.

Tony truly was a family man. He loved spending time with his children and wife. He loved to joke, laugh, and truly cared about those around him.

In his spare time he enjoyed going fishing, playing the guitar, singing, and hunting for treasures at local yard sales. Tony had a strong faith in the Lord and loved going to church and various church related activities such as camps and plays.

A little over two years ago, Tony was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. That is where his faith and trust was really put to the test. With all of the struggles he had, he never complained and always kept a smile on his face because he knew God had him under His wings and was taking care of him. Putting his struggles in God’s hands made him not to worry and realize with God he’s a winner either way. Tony sure won his ultimate prize.

Tony will be missed by his wife, Jerri; children: Skylar, Abbie, Addie, and Shayla Franklin of Chesterville; mother, Ida Christeen Franklin of Ashley; siblings: Paul “Mike” (Boneita) Franklin of Cardington, Chris (Mark) Rice-Mehaffey of Ashley, and Robert (Patty) Franklin of Ashley; nieces and nephews: Nikita, Matt, Patty, Justin, Jessica, Brock, and Andrew; great nieces and nephews: Sophia, Bianca, Cecelia, Carrie, Nicholas, and Levi; a brother-in-law, Ronnie “Mitchel” (Heather) VanHoose; a father and mother-in-law, David (Peggy) McDaniel; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul.

Family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. A funeral service will be held there on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 11:00 am, with Pastor Rob Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the North Woodbury Freewill Baptist Church or Delaware County Special Olympics and can be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Tony’s family and your condolences can be expressed to them by visiting

  • Our deepest sympathy to your family.
    Love and prayers.
    Randy and Shelly Whited Kemmer and Family

  • Jerri and family,

    All of us at Highland Local Schools send our thoughts and prayers your way. Tony will be greatly missed by all of us. My our Lord bless you now and always.

    In His love,
    Judy DeIuliis

  • Prayers and thoughts to the Frankin Family. Tony will be deeply missed by all who knew him. I have many memories working with Tony from Hickory Knoll to the High School.

  • I was so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing….I so enjoyed his singing and teaching….and his sense of humour….he will be missed….prayers sent to all of his family

  • Our prayers and condolences go out to the family. Our deepest sympathy to you.
    Carol and Keith Munger

  • I am truly sorry, I pray comfort for the family in there time of loss, but be at peace knowing Tony is with our Lord and Savior! I love you all!

  • Tony will be missed by everyone. He is with our father now and is perfect. A lot of good memories. Prayers and thoughts he is at peace.

  • Words can not convey, only God’s grace and glory can provide you with our hearts cry… Our prayers are with you.

  • Sorry for ur loss. Heather I didn’t know your sister but I know you. Knew his dad when we lived in Ashley. Prayers for the family…

  • I’m sorry for your loss. We’ve known Tony for several years, got to enjoy hearing him preach many times and was a good singer. Our condolences to the family.

  • so sorry to hear that his battel was lost. But he will be a warrior in heaven. Cancer sucks! Prayers to the family’s.

  • my thoughts go out to tony family. He was an amazing counselor to me and everyone around him

    Ashley Poling

  • Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Your Dad was a gentle soul and it was our pleasure to know him.
    We will continue to pray for all of you at this time. Take comfort in knowing that he is with our Father and has received his ultimate promise.

  • My heartfelt condolences to the family. Praying for God’s peace, love and mercy for all who loved him. I know Shayla, she played softball with my daughter, Sarah. My love and prayers are with with his wife and children.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Chris, if you need anything, we are here for you.

  • I never got to meet Tony personally. But every time I saw him at church he always had a smiling face and I could always see the light of God through him. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know he’s enjoying Heaven and all it’s glory! And I know the Lord welcomed him with open arms! 🙂

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. It was easy to see that Tony enjoyed his family tremendously.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of Tony. I will always remember him as I dropped & picked up kids at RU recreation unlimited. He will be greatly missed. What a GREAT guy.

  • Tony was not only my son’s teacher, he was like a big brother. He truly cared about the students and they loved him too. What a blessing he was to our family and all who knew him.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you . Tony had an amazing way of bringing people together. He never gave up on his students, colleagues, family, or friends. I will always remember his grace, kindness, and laughter.

  • Tony will always have a special place in my heart. While I was a senior in high school, he helped me form a club for teenagers to work with other teenagers with disabilities, “Club SPORT.” Little did I know that 15 years later, Tony would be caring for my own son who has Cerebral Palsy through Recreation Unlimited. He told me of his diagnosis and I was shocked, almost numb, and he grabbed me by the arm and told me, “everything will be ok. The big man upstairs knows what he’s doing.” I learned and modeled my compassion through watching Tony in high school, and then my second generation son did the same. He will be deeply missed. Fly high, Tony! And while you’re up there, give a squeeze to my little girl. I know she’ll be welcoming you at the pearly gates.

    Much, much love,

  • Great person. He touched so many ppl. His love for the Lord was so abundant. He now is with his Heavenly Father. We all will miss him.

  • Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to your Mom and family also. My prayers are with you and Patty [Sister] and the kids and the family. I am so glad that you got to spend the last weeks with your Brother, making even more memories that will last a lifetime. May God Bless You in your time of sorrow and in your celebration of Tony’s reunion with Jesus. Amen!!!! We Love You Guys and are here if you need anything. Love Terry

  • My sincerest condolences to Tony’s extended family. I was a teacher at Hayes High School during the time that Tony worked there as an aide. I remember him as a very caring and attentive aide for the children with whom he worked. He always had a smile for me when our paths crossed in the busy hallways. He was a very good man, and I know you will miss him dearly. Hopefully wonderful memories of him will be a comfort to all of you.

  • We express our deepest sympathy to Tony’s family. We saw him in different settings and he was a great Man of faith in the Lord. He loved his wife and children. We talked at school practices, games, church events etc.
    He was a good father. His wife and daughters were very loving and supportive with him. May God’s peace and love be with your family.

    with love from all of us,

    Tim, Jesse, Caleb, Dave and Dana Matos

  • So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. what a wonderful man he had become,I worked with him at Hickory Knoll many years ago, so many memories..
    Rest in Peace Tony.

  • Jerri, so sorry to hear about your loss. I think about you often , miss talking to you. Blessings to you and your family.

  • When I saw the obituary for Tony Franklin, I was deeply saddened about the loss of such a fine person. Tony was an eighth grade student of mine at Ashley Elementary in the early 1080’s. I remember him as a positive, energetic, and respectful student. Those memories came to me even before I read the information in the obituary. It appears that he has expanded those qualities in a way that helped and enriched the lives of others. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

    Jan Confer, retired Buckeye Valley teacher

  • I didn’t get to make it out today as I would have liked, but I am sincerely thinking of all of you. You guys were all so friendly at Tony’s 5K. I worked with Tony at RU and he was my Day Camp Assistant for a few years. He once gave a speech to our staff that spoke multitudes of the depth of his heart and of his faith. Making many moved to tears. He knew people wanted to be just like “us” and he was dedicated to giving them that experience. I worked with Tony on some respite weekends and he could be seen “preaching” or just simply telling a story that could open our young minds. While Tony was older than all of us, he could connect to us and could garner respect easily. He was a gentle soul and all he taught me on love, faith, hard work, and friendship won’t be forgotten. I was blessed to see him in September and know he will be your angel.

  • My deepest sympathy to Tony’s family and friends. I so enjoyed working with him at Hickory Knoll School. He was one of the best.