Barry Lynn Franks, Sr. was born on November 22, 1952 in Annapolis, Maryland to the union of Louis Franks Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Chew-Franks. Barry’s spiritual inclinations blossomed early and led him to accept Christ at a young age.
He briefly attended Arizona State University before joining the United States Navy. In 1994, after proudly serving his country, he settled into Seattle. The next year he met his life-long love of 18 years, Buna Faircloth a€" whom he often referred to as Mrs. Franksa€"Buna Faircloth
Barry then became a successful, self-employed, businessman. From the late 1990s until his death, he served the Seattle, Renton, Bellevue, and Kent areas as a prominent and passionate recycler. He enjoyed his profession so much that he was often applauded for his ability and foresight to turn what many perceived as valueless discarded car parts into a valuable and lucrative business.
Along with his business acumen, Barry was a likeable and humorous person. He enjoyed and had an unwavering love for his family and friends. He was one of a kind and worked hard to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Barry was preceded in death by his brother, Miles Franks Sr. He also leaves to cherish his memory: his parents Louis Franks Sr. and Mary E. Franks; sons Barry Franks Jr., Jarred Franks and Gregory Ennis; brothers Louis Franks III (Mitzela), Gil Franks (Pam), and Lateef Franks; sisters Curline Franks-Addison (Michael), Kimberly Franks-McDonald, and Sherri Franks; three grand children; and a host of other family and friends.