Fort Mill Times

Mother of 60-year-old Lake Wylie drowning victim says ‘he loved life’

Dana Franklin
Dana Franklin

A York County family is cherishing their memories of 60-year-old drowning victim Dana Lynn Franklin as they prepare for his funeral Friday.

“The Lord doesn’t put anything more on our shoulders than we can handle, and we’re trying,” his mother, Sylvia Franklin of River Hills, said. “We were very close. We talked about the Bible, we talked about everything. I cherish that now.

“He loved his job. He loved life,” she said. “He’s home now.”

The York County Coroner’s Office identified Dana Franklin of Fort Mill on Tuesday after his body was found by a fisherman at 6 a.m. Monday floating in Lake Wylie, about 15 feet from shore near River Hills Marina. Coroner Sabrina Gast said Wednesday the case remains under investigation, and cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology report.

The man who found Franklin said he had seen him Sunday night at the community swimming pool.

Franklin was the second person found dead in the lake Monday. About 4:30 a.m., divers recovered the body of Jeremiah Tate, 19, under the Buster Boyd Bridge. Tate, a counselor at Camp Thunderbird, had jumped from the bridge with another camp counselor.

Franklin’s mother said she last talked to her son that night at about 10 p.m.

“He was with us that night,” she said. “I’m sure he went down there and hit his head. It was an accident.”

Franklin was employed at Con-way Freight in Charlotte. His mother said he “loved driving that 18-wheeler and loved his family.”

Franklin, a native of Greeneville, Tenn., is survived by his mother and father, RG, wife of almost four years, Mary Ellen Franklin, brother Keith Franklin of Atlanta, two daughters and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, with Pastor Jason Bryant officiating.

Herald reporter Teddy Kulmala contributed to this article.