Earl Edward Fickling
FRANKLIN - Earl Edward Fickling, 83, of Franklin, left this life for his heavenly home on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was the son the late Grady Henry Fickling and Maude Horne Fickling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Talmadge Fickling.
Earl was a member of the U.S. Air National Guard and was the co-owner of Fickling Brothers Inc. Building Contractors before his retirement.
Earl attended First Baptist Church in Jacksonville and Iotla Baptist Church in Franklin. He enjoyed antique cars, tractors, pedal tractors, ranching and was an avid NASCAR fan.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Fickling; two daughters, Cindy Cavender (Ken) of Franklin and Sheila Higgs (Jack) of Jacksonville; sister, Bernice Waas of Jacksonville; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
On March 19, 1957, Earl was one of the 19 people involved in the courthouse elevator accident in Jacksonville and one of the last survivors.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Cedar Bay Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The Revs. Steve Reeves and Bill Tyler will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, February 21, at Peeples Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Macon Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.