MAGGIE (JACKIE) THORNHILL FRANKLYN
Maggie (Jackie) Thornhill Franklyn went home to be with the Lord on June 24, 2014. She was Pentecostal. She was a retired men's hairstylist. She moved to the Ocala area in 1984 after living in Key West for 26 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, George C. Franklyn and one daughter, GeorgiAnne Franklyn. She is also preceded in death by her father and mother, Virgil Thornhill and Lucy (Roberts) Thornhill, as well as five brothers, Henry Thornhill, Clem Thornhill, Berry Thornhill, Paul Lee Thornhill, and John S. Thornhill and three sisters, Irene (Thornhill) Price, Virgie (Thornhill) Schumann, and Donzie (Thornhill) Williamson. She is survived by her remaining daughter, Jacquelyn Franklyn.
She led a long and interesting life. She grew up in Jayess, Lawrence County, Mississippi and in 1941 she went to the National Youth Administration training camp and learned to weld. She was a lead woman welder and inspector in the shipyard in Mobile, Alabama during World War II. After the war, she traveled between Miami, Fla. and Houston, Texas, working in various industries. At one time, she worked for Howard Hughes at Hughes Tools in Houston, Texas welding oil drill bits using industrial diamonds. She also worked at Birdseye Packing plant in Houston. While in Florida, she worked in South Miami and Perrine. She also attended the International Bible College in San Antonio, Texas and spent two years playing guitar and singing with an evangelist.
In 1956, while working in Miami in an aluminum chair factory, she began barber college, where she entered a hair cutting contest at a barber's convention and won 1st place for cutting a flat-top while still a student. She became the first woman barber in the state of Florida. While in barber school, her teacher became enchanted with her and after barbercollege, they married. It was at this time that she and her husband moved to Key West to manage a shop for a former colleague. They remained at this location for approximately four months when one of their customers offered to help them start their own shop on Duval Street in early 1958 and they called the barbershop "Your Barbershop." During this time on Duval Street, they became surrogate family for many members of the military that were stationed in Key West with the Fleet Sonar School, sub tender USS Bushnell, U.S. Coast Guard cutter Gilmore, as well as many others stationed on the Main Base as well as Boca Chica Naval Air Station. For many years their home was always open for any of the military that wanted to come to their home for any of the holidays.
While in business in Key West, in 1968, she moved her part of the business out of the downtown area and opened her own shop on Stock Island called "Jackie's Barbershop." This business was in operation until she retired in 1984. During the years that she was a men's hair stylist, she had the opportunity to meet and cut the hair of various celebrities that visited Key West or lived there.
In 1978, along with her daughter, she attended night classes to become an EMT and volunteered with the Stock Island Fire Department for several years. During the following year, she also took classes to become a certified CPR instructor with the American Heart Association.
She had a passion for fishing and building fishing rods. Anytime the weather was good, she was out in the boat fishing. After retiring to Ocala, she had a vegetable garden and tended to her yard and plants. She was a great lover of animals and raised at least four squirrels. During her time in church, she tended the flowerbeds and planted many, many flowers and shrubs around the church yard.
Her last request was to be cremated and her ashes spread over the waters in Key West.
No service or visitation is scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ASPCA, The Humane Society, World Wildlife Fund or the Marion County Animal Shelter.