Luke Andrew Franklin

November 19, 1985 - September 15, 2008

11/19/1985 - 09/15/2008

Past Services

Friday September 19, 2008
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Saturday September 20, 2008
1:00 pm
Knotts Island Cemetery
Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach; Luke Andrew Franklin, 22, passed away Monday, September 15, 2008 unexpectedly.

Luke was born in Virginia Beach November 19, 1985, the son of Patrick N. Franklin, Sr. and Louise A. Franklin of Virginia Beach. He attended school at Landstown he loved playing the violin including the school orchestra. He served in US Army earning his marksman medal. Luke was a video Game Master, he loved music, fishing and spending time with his family. He loved to make people smile and laugh.

Besides his parents he is survived by his wife Melissa Anne and his daughter Isabella Marie; brothers, Patrick N. Franklin, Jr. and his wife Sarah, Isaac J. Franklin; sister, Anna L. Franklin all of Virginia Beach; Maternal grandparents, Russell and Louise Simpson, Jr. of Knotts Island, VA; Paternal Grandmother, Lillian Mae King of Virginia Beach; uncles, Rex Franklin and his wife Carol of MD, Russell Edward Simpson, IV of Knotts Island, Virginia Beach; aunt, Jane Clarke and her husband Ray of Elizabeth City, NC; several beloved cousins and his close friends, David Hill and Mark Strader; his mother and father-in-law George and Sandra Valyo of PA and numerous brother and sister in-laws and their families.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 20, 2008, at 1:00 PM in Knotts Island Cemetery. Reverend Frank Jennings and Reverend David Cunningham will officiate. Following the service friends and family will gather at the home of his parents in Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to his daughter Isabella in care of Luke’s mother Louise Franklin. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Ann Coviello Beatty
8 years ago

Dear Lou Ann, Rick and Family, I wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God bless you. Ann from Putnam and Goode era

Bobby & Paula Speight
8 years ago

Dear Rick, LouAnne, Sarah and Patrick

We are so sorry for your loss. I only wish there was something we could say or do to help you get through this. I can tell you that there will come in time a day that you will be able to think of Luke and smile with no tears. Right now I know that is impossible. Remember that as long as we have their memories they never leave us. Luke is now resting in the cradle of God’s arms. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers,if you ever need us we are only a phone call away. God Bless all of you.

Bobby & Paula

8 years ago

Family and friends are headed back to the outerbanks tom like we used to do when you were alive. I wished I would of made more of those trips with u when u was alive. its the eve before the trip and I miss you bad bro. Thinkin of the time me u and Isaac stayed up all night an made a tower of beer and dad woke up lik wtf where is all the beer did u guys go to sleep. I love you and miss u brother. IM SORRY

Gina Hofacker
8 years ago

Franklin Family,

I was so sad to hear about the loss of your beautiful son. I was one of his 7th grade teachers. I taught Luke science and everyday he made me smile. He was such a special young man and he will be truly missed.

Valyo Family
8 years ago

From: Missy’s Parents.

We miss you, you were like a son to us. hope to see you soon one day in heaven with god.

From: Christine.

i love & miss you luke.

you were the best uncle ever. <3

Debbie Hill
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of Luke this week brought back wonderful memories of the times we had with all the kids, including the time we rode around Washington DC for 2 hours trying to find the zoo. I love you all. God Bless you.

Bev Hill
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your tragic loss. You are in my prayers that the Lord will comfort and strengthen you during this time.

Megan Davila fka McElveen
8 years ago

I signed the guestbook on pilotonline but thought that I would sign it on here too. Luke and I were good friends in Middle School. When I left VA Beach to move down here after 9th grade, I tried my best to keep in contact with him. He was such a wonderful friend and could always make me smile when I was upset. I miss him so much. May the Lord be with you and yours during this time of hardship and may his memory live on forever.

Joann Jones
8 years ago

I would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family. Remember God will never give us more than we can bear, and he is with you through every step. I hope the wonderful memories you have will help you make it through this difficult time. Your family is in my prayers.

Eddie Maitland SCV 1993
8 years ago

I’m sory to here of your lost our pryars go out to you and your family.

Stephanie and Thomas Owens
8 years ago

It is times like these that we stop and look around us and realize all that we must appreciate. To Rick and Louanne, the graciousness and generosity of spirit we have had the honor to witness the last few days has humbled us. To be so conscience of others in this impossible time truly shows the character that you bring to all 4 of your children. To Pat, Anna and Isaac, your love for you brother was evident in your every action this weekend, we felt so lucky to see how tightly you came together in support of each other. To Sarah, my love, I have never been so proud of you. To the extended Franklin clan, a family united is sure to hold each other together through difficult times, I have no doubts you can count on each other. Thank you so much for including us in your family, we have only come to realize just what that means. To Luke, I truly wish I had known you better but I know, at least, you are at peace. You will be sorely missed.

Jamie Haven
8 years ago

It’s hard to believe it’s already been six months… thinking of you, Luke.

Roxie & Mark Strader
8 years ago

Luke will live in the hearts of everyone who loved him. With each memory…….we meet again with those we love, for the heart never forgets. We want to express our deepest sympathy to you and to let you know that you are held in gentle thought and prayer.

Petar&Tatiana and Family
8 years ago

May God be with you in this very difficult time. Our condolences for your loss. We will always remember him in our hearts.

Joseph DeVore
8 years ago

Me and my Sister were friends of his

up in New Hampshire, I tried to keep in touch via email…

I am so grieved to hear about what happened. ;_; I just lost my mother

to Cancer back in Oct5’07. and

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to respond via Text message on 09/06/2008, when he tried reaching out to me ;_;

He had told me he had joined the Army… He looked so much better in the Picture’s he had showed me on his myspace Page..

To his Family my condolences, whom which I have never met…

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Valyo
8 years ago

Missy, Isabella, and the entire Franklin Family…Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Luke…Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness…May God bless you and hold you all in his arms as you try to recover from this tragedy…

Darryl Strader
8 years ago

My condolences go out to the Franklin family. I am at a loss of words. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God’s grace and peace comfort you in these hard times, his healing hand be upon your your hearts.

Patrick Franklin
8 years ago

My little brother….I think about you everyday and like everyone else I wish I was the one who would of done a little more to prevent this…U relize now how much everyone loves you..I wish I would of said it to you more….U know now!!!!!!!I look foward to seeing you again one day…we will have fun like we used toooooo…. U are finally at peace my brother…As the oldest brother I failed and I am sorry I wont make that mistake again…I love you my brother…I will see u again one day….but not today!!!!!!!!! A brothers love is a brothers love….

Victoria & Miesha Worthy
8 years ago

Our prayers are with all of you in your time of loss. Miesha has told me a many fund memories of Luke.

Kathy Nicholson
8 years ago

Rick, Lou Ann and family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. We just wanted you to know what an honor it was knowing your son and he will always be rememebered for the wonderful person he was.

Kathy & Hunter Nicholson

Cathy and Dave
8 years ago

RIP Luke;You are loved and missed.

8 years ago

To Luke, my best friend and “little brother” –

I just want you to know that I and everyone here in NH miss you so much. We all loved you, you were such a great guy. You always could put a smile on my face in such dark times. I know God will do a good job at taking care of you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and others, I cannot express to you how much I am going to miss you .

To the family and friends: If there is anything you need, you have my support. I wish you all well and take care of yourselves. Luke had so much love for the people in his life – he’d want you to be happy.

Rest in Peace, we’ll meet again *hug*

Phyllis Hernandez & Michael Rinaca
8 years ago

We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. We knew Luke through our daughters Darci and Nikki and also through Dianna. Luke was a wonderful guy and one that we watched turn into a terrific man.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family at this time of sorrow.

Luke may you find peace and comfort in the Lords arms. We will hold you in our hearts till we meet again in heaven. Luke you will be missed greatly.