When his wife, Debrah, passed away, Franklin received orders from the military to remain home in Louisiana for a position that would allow him to raise his children in Haynesville with the help of his mother.
“She always said, ‘That boy’s gonna be special,” remembers Franklin, now a sixth-grade science teacher and assistant police chief in nearby Cullen.
“And I didn’t know what she was gonna be talking about at the time, but he wasn’t like the other kids. The other kids were sneaky — but not Joseph. The only thing Joseph was sneaky about was walking through the night sneaking into the refrigerator. The other ones, when I would be at work, they would try to sneak and find things to drink or smoke cigarettes and stuff like that.”