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Drew Franklin Obituary

Drew Franklin Obituary

Andrew Franklin, born August 25, 1984, went to his home in Heaven on October 5, 2016 after an arduous battle with cancer.  Andrew leaves behind his wife of ten years, Melissa (Greenwood), three children, Braydon (6 years), Blake (3 years), and Reese (2 years), his mother Elizabeth, his sister Victoria, her husband Aziz and their son Owen, his brother Kirby and his wife Chrissy, his brother Asa, Melissa’s parents, Bill and Debbie Greenwood, their children, Drew’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Drew attended Gloucester County Christian School from kindergarten through twelfth grade, where he graduated as the valedictorian of his class.  He attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College, then transferred to Drexel University where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Information Systems.  He continued his education at Capitol College where he earned a Master’s degree in Information Assurance, again graduating with honors.

Drew worked for Defense Information Systems Agency, IBM, and DuPont as a senior incident response analyst.  His co-workers held him in high regard.

An avid fisherman, Drew enjoyed fishing the ponds of Monroeville with his father and friends, even traveling to Canada on several occasions for the annual church fishing trip.  Drew was a loyal Flyers fan and played on a roller hockey team called Fire Antz, which played regularly at Skaters’ Choice in Hurffville.

Drew attended Hardingville Bible Church in Monroeville, NJ, most of his life.  He came to understand his need of a Savior at eight years old and had a lifelong desire to please God.  In all aspects of his life including employment, hobbies, and church activity, Drew’s desire was to bring glory to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Drew served as a deacon and an Awana commander at Chambersburg Bible Church in Chambersburg, PA, and upon returning to Hardingville, he served as a King’s Kids leader, a Sunday School teacher, a deacon, a leader, and an overall example of the Christian life.

The funeral service will be on Monday, October 10, 2016, at 11 AM at the Hardingville Bible Church on Whig Lane and Elk Rd in Hardingville, NJ.  Seating will begin at 10:30 with a time for quiet reflection.  The interment will follow the service at the Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Elmer, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Gloucester County Christian School or to Hardingville Bible Church with a designation for the scholarship fund established in his father’s name to encourage young men from Hardingville who are pursuing full-time ministry.

About Pastor Andy Merkle
Pastor Andy Merkle joined the staff of HBC in 2015 as an Assistant Pastor for administration and young adult. For more details, visit the church staff page.