Thursday, September 21st, 1944 - Friday, August 28th, 2020
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Franklin, Matthew Therone, age 75, of Trotwood, OH, passed away peacefully at home from long term illness on Friday, August 28, 2020. He was surrounded by his family. Matthew was born in Hemingway, S.C. on September 21, 1944. He was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Rose Franklin, and his brother Ben (Jo Carol).

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Charlette; his daughters Krista Franklin, of Chicago IL, Nakeyia Worley Allen, of Trotwood, OH; beloved grandson, Lawrence Joseph Jr.; brothers Allen and Albert (Minnie); and a host of wonderful nieces, nephews and friends.

Matthew was raised in Warren, OH, where he attended high school. He is a graduate of Central State University, class of 1967, and a former employee of the Bell System, the Mead Corporation, Xerox Corporation, Pitney Bowes, and was a retiree of the State of Ohio Public Defenders Office. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and the Optimist Club. Matthew enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was an avid bid whist and checkers player.

Matthew was admired and beloved by his family and friends and all with whom he came into contact. He will be remembered for his generosity, his willingness to help anyone in need, and that unfailing sense of humor.

Due to the coronavirus, Matthew will be memorialized in a private family service at his home in Trotwood, OH. Arrangements entrusted to THOMAS FUNERAL HOME, 4520 Salem Ave. You may express condolences to the family at
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John Swindle

Posted at 10:07pm
I am at a lost of words😢😢. I was thinking about you this week and said I needed to call you cause I hadn’t talked to you in several months. I usually would call you to see how you were doing and occasionally we would go Grab something to eat and play catch up on time.I was just going through obituaries on this site and seen you Matt. (Brought tears to my eyes 😢) I really appreciate and had told Matt on special occasions that he really impacted my life from the urban league days him and Otis crusoe would speak life to me when I felt I had no hope as a troubled teen and they helped make me into the man I am today😊thank mr. Franklin
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Barbara Bass

Posted at 03:16am
To the family of Therone (that’s what we called him at Ohio Bell) our deepest condolences. He was a good person. We remember that wide smile and deep laugh.

Bob and Barbara Bass

Calvin D. Heard

Posted at 04:47pm
Therone will be missed! Sorry to hear about the family's loss.

Claud Brooks

Posted at 04:53am
Sorry for your loss he was a good man
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Posted at 11:37am
Your loved have left you with many memories to comfort you today and in the days ahead. "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials."

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