Cecil Dennis “The Plant Doctor” Franklin, 57, of Orange died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, in Bridge City.
Funeral services were Monday from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating was Chaplain Kevin Trinkle. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City. 

Dennis was born on Feb. 16, 1952, in Orange, the son of Reginald Trezevant and Mae (Riser) Franklin. Dennis loved playing his trumpet and was instrumental in the reorganization of the Orange Community Band. He wrote “The Plant Doctor” column in the Beaumont Enterprise and hosted KLVI’s weekly “Ask The Plant Doctor.” He also hosted a TV show on Channel 4 on Thursday mornings. He taught Master Gardener classes for the Jefferson County Extension Office and the U.S. Forest Service commissioned him as the primary consultant to prepare and move the first living National Christmas tree to Washington, D.C., in 1991.

Dennis received a bachelor’s degree in botany from McNeese State in 1974. In 1977, he graduated with a master’s degree from Texas A&M and then a doctorate in 1981. He also received a post doctorate degree from Purdue University in 1986.

He was preceded in death by his father, Reginald Trezevant Franklin.

He is survived by his mother, Mae Franklin of Orange; brother, Reginald Davis Franklin of Beaumont, and sister Jo Ann Franklin of Moss Bluff, La., along with numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange  Community Band by calling Robert Strickland at 886-6299.