Lillie Mae Madison Blanks Kelly, 80, a resident and native of Franklin, LA, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 3:20 P. M. at the Kaplan Healthcare Center in Kaplan.
A public viewing will be conducted from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Jones Funeral Home 1101 Main Street Franklin, LA. (All visitors are asked to adhere to the CDC/local regulations by wearing masks and practicing social distancing). A private service will be held with the family’s invited guest only. Pastor Wynord Thomas will officiate. Services will be accessible by viewing the Jones Funeral Home, Inc. Facebook Page at 10:00 A. M. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Lillie Mae will be laid to in the Franklin Main Street Cemetery in Franklin.
Life’s Journey on Earth
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” - John 5:24
Lillie Mae Madison Blanks Kelly, 80, a lifelong resident of Franklin, Louisiana was born July 9, 1939 to Henry Madison Sr. and Lillie Mae Tucker Madison. She was lovingly known as “Tee-Notchie” by family and friends, although she no longer wanted to be called this name after becoming a believer in Christ Jesus. From then on, she lived a bold life of faith in sharing the good news of the gospel even to the completion of her journey on earth. She peacefully went onward to a greater eternal glory on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 3:20 pm at the Kaplan HealthCare Center in Kaplan, Louisiana.
Lillie committed her life to Jesus and served in ministry of House of Prayer and Christian Fellowship Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Leroy and Billie Mae Phillips. There she shared the goodness of Jesus to many souls through God’s Word and her testimonies of many victories in her life’s journey.
She demonstrated her love for people in her service to accepting and caring for family and love ones into her home. She worked for many years at Maison Teche in Jeanerette, LA where she retired. In her years of retirement, she enjoyed watching Texas Ranger Walker and hosting bible study and prayer. She was the queen of fried chicken and baked hen as she hosted weekly prayer and bible study for family, friends, and neighbors. Many were baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost during these prayers and bible studies.
She leaves in God’s hand, her husband, James Kelly of Franklin, LA; three sisters, Bishop Billie Mae Phillips and Pastor Fannie Nettles of Franklin, LA., and Paula Fine of Orange, TX; two brothers, Henry “Sugar Babe” (Delores) Madison Jr. of Franklin, LA. and Diamond “Butch” Madison of Houston, TX; two sons, Blaine Keith Blanks and Paris Laboris Madison of Franklin, LA.; two daughters, Linda Peters and Chandra Walker of Franklin, LA.; a step-daughter, Dawn Michelle Kelly Maxon; one aunt, Catherine Elliot and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends.
Lillie was proceeded in death by her parents, Henry Madison Sr. and Lillie Mae Tucker Madison; her brother Richard Madison, sister, Veronica Felton; her son Jesse Wayne Blanks, grandsons, Rayden Madison and Ty’Zell Williams.
The Family of Lillie Mae Blanks Kelly expresses sincere appreciation for the many acts of kindness, prayers, words of encouragements, cards, florals, phone calls, personal visits and other acts of condolences. Special thanks to Jones Funeral Homes, the Physicians, Nurses and Staff of Kaplan Hospital, Kaplan HealthCare Center, and Lafayette Rehabilitation Center for their dedicated services. Thank you, our dear sister in Christ, Margie Harts, for your genuine friendship especially during the times of hardship. Thanks also to our sister in Christ, Shirley Boykins for her commitment of frequent visits to the Rehabilitation Center. Thank you, Mrs. Sophie Mallet, for your constant prayer and kindness as a neighbor, and expressive gratitude to Aunt Beverly Ann Madison for many years of acceptance into her home.
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