Melvin Edgar Franklin, 85, of Orange, passed away April 21, at Oakwood Manor in Vidor.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be from  5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Kelly, La, Aug. 11, 1929, he was the son of Joseph Edgar Franklin and Frances Ethel Volentine Franklin. Melvin worked as a process operator at DuPont SRW for 37 years before retiring. He was a devoted family man who enjoyed fishing and gardening. Melvin was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by many.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clara Marie Guidry Franklin; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Franklin and his grandson, Daniel Jacob Salim.

Melvin is survived by his children, Annette Shaw and husband, Edward of Orange and Beverly Salim and husband, Sam of Lumberton; granddaughter, Maria Michelle Salim; three great-grandchildren, Jakob, Gavin, and Lyra and his brother, Sherrill M. Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.