Brenda Noble Franklin

October 25, 1927 ~ April 30, 2021 (age 93)


Brenda Noble Franklin, 93, of Goodview, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, April 30, 2021. She was born in Roanoke, VA on October 25, 1927 to the late Leonard Banks and Mattie Lee Oakes Jacobs. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed cooking, gardening, and travel, especially with her sister Mazie. She was a faithful Christian who loved the Lord and was a lifelong member of Beaverdam Baptist Church and supporter of Bedrock Church, Roanoke. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and was retired from Fred Whittaker and Orvis. She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Harry Leftwich; son, Joseph William Franklin; granddaughter, Erin Leigh Franklin, and siblings, Ida Mae (Mazie) Moles, Clyde Jacobs, Leonard B. Jacobs, Edward Jacobs, Nancy Tyree, Louis E. Jacobs, Richard Jacobs, Vernon Jacobs, and Virginia L. Jacobs.

Surviving family includes her children, David Lynn Franklin of Goodview, Annette F. Thompson and husband, Ralph of Spring Branch, TX, and daughter-in-law, Linda Franklin of Roanoke; grandchildren, David Shane Franklin (Michelle), and Megan Slater of Wilmington, NC; great-grandchildren, Gabe and Jonah; brothers and sisters, James C. Jacobs (Wanda), Leroy Jacobs (Judy), and Patsy Wheeler; extended family members, Katherine and Ted Rooke of Greenville, SC, Max Rooke of Sturgis, SD, Hal, Stephanie, and Acelyn Thompson of Farmington, NM, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the Lotz Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Pastor Joe Hedrick and Pastor Jake Roudebush officiating. Interment will follow in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. The family wished to thank Gentle Shepherd Hospice for their loving care over the last two months. A special thanks to Patricia Emory in the final weeks. In lieu of flowers consider donations to the Chamblissburg First Aid and Rescue Squad, Beaverdam Baptist Church, or Bedrock Church Roanoke. Online condolences and a live webcast may be found at

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May 3, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Vinton, VA 24179

May 4, 2021

2:00 PM to TBD
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305 E. Washington Ave
Vinton, VA 24179


Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery
10665 Stewartsville Rd
Vinton, VA 24179

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