Beloved St. James Parish pastor dies from the Coronavirus

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In front of St. Luke Baptist Church in St. James Parish, sits an empty parking space for a pastor.

“He loved his congregation, he loved singing, he loved preaching.”

For now, that space will remain empty. Wednesday, Pastor Leon Franklin who once occupied it, died as a result of the coronavirus.

“By it hitting him, you make it real.”

Friend and fellow Minister, Johnnie Mcgee described Franklin as a man who would give you the world.

“He was more than a friend man, he was a comrade, Leon Franklin was somebody to be respected. He would give you the shirt off his back and when it happened to him. . . ” said McGee.

The death of a beloved pastor, husband and father sent shock waves through the Saint James community.

“He was a strong guy, he was a role model to a lot of our kids in the community always was able to lend a helping hand. So, he really made a difference, had an impact on a lot of residents not only in the Vacherie community but in the St. James and river parish.”

The love Franklin shared is now being poured back into his family. the community he served is now making donations as his wife who is in quarantine deal with the death of her love.

“We definitely want to be there and support her as far as providing her supplies, food for the next couple of weeks that way she can grieve and not have to worry about getting additional supplies for her home” said Ken Brass.

Now that the virus has struck close to home. The friends say, there’s a message out of this tragic.

“Just lets kind of band together and get through this together.”
“Just cooperate until we weather the storm. It won’t be forever you know. It’s going to take a couple of weeks but what’s a couple of weeks versus a lifetime.”

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