Sheila Owens Franklin-Bankston was born in Atlanta, Georgia at Grady Hospital on June 21, 1959, to the late Mose Owens and Sylvia Louise Owens. Sheila grew up in Martel Homes in East Point, Georgia. She attended Quillian Elementary School and Russell High School in East Point. At a young age she loved to sing and perform, something she admired from her father Mose Owens and brother Morris “Lab” Owens. She would perform throughout her life in bands but especially in church.
Sheila attended Control Data Institute and Atlanta Area Tech where she studied controlled data and child development, respectively. She would marry John Franklin and together they had two children Johnny Franklin and Shelita Franklin. She would later remarry to John Bankston.
Her childhood friend Howard Pullins would provide support, care, kindness, and love to Sheila in her last days. He was ever present to attend to her needs without concern for acknowledgment or praise. He provided companionship, friendship, and love. He will always be loved as Family.
Sheila loved her family and friends and she showed support by coming to any event, graduation, wedding, birthday party, or anniversary party and brought her sense of humor, fun, and laughter with her. Her presence and fun loving spirit will truly be missed by all who came across her path.
Sheila is preceded in death by her parents Mose and Sylvia Owens, and brother Morris Owens.
Sheila’s is survived by her children Johnny Franklin and Shelita Franklin; sister Vita Jones; Nieces and Nephews Merinda Bryant, Sonya Walls, Tonya Owens, Liveta Jones, Sherdeira Jones, Jamila Jones, Gabriel Jones, Morris Owens Jr., Danielle Jones, Richard Jones, Joshua Jones, Landreika Jones, Jarvious Jones; and a host of great nieces and nephews.
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