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Franklin Eugene McCain, Sr.

Born: January 03, 1941
Died: January 09, 2014

Franklin E. McCain Sr., 73 years old of Charlotte, NC, moved onto Glory after a short illness at the Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC. He peacefully left us on the evening of January 9, 2014.

McCain was born Jan. 3, 1941, in Union County, N.C., and grew up in Washington, D.C. McCain attended North Carolina A&T State University. He is best known for being a member of the “Greensboro Four,” a group of college freshmen from NC A&T State University who started the Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-In movement. This movement which started in Greensboro, NC and spread subsequently across the country, changed the world. This courageous act led to the integration of all restaurants and other public facilities. Martin Luther King Jr., referred to it as the birth of the “Modern Day Civil Rights Movement.”

McCain graduated from A&T in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology. In the year after he graduated, McCain married his Bennett College sweetheart, Bettye Davis. He worked for the Hoechst Celanese Corporation in Charlotte N.C. for almost 35 years. While in Charlotte, he continued to be involved with civic and community organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Board of Governors of the North Carolina University System, the Board of Trustees of NC A&T State University and North Carolina Central University and numerous others organizations that were champions of young people, education and advocacy for the under-represented.


In 1994, McCain received an honorary doctorate from N.C A&T State University for his contributions to the civil rights movement. Mr. McCain received numerous awards and commendations, one of his most honorable awards was the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (NC’s highest civilian award).


Mr. McCain is survived by three sons and six grandchildren. The sons: Franklin E. McCain Jr. (Vicki), Wendell McCain (Lori) and Bert (Keisha). The six grandchildren: Taylor Davis, Franklin “Mac” III, Davis Alan, Charles Alan, Alayna Martha Jean, and Amanda Rose McCain. His sisters include Warner M. Copeland, Pecolia Davis and Ishtor Green and a host of extended family and friends.


There will be a memorial service held in Harrison Auditorium on the campus of NC A&T State University in Greensboro, NC on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. On Friday, January 17, 2014, the funeral service will commence at 2:00 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church (3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC). Visitation for the service will be held from 12:00p.m-2:00p.m. The interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.


The funeral will be officiated by Reverend Doctor Edward Newberry and the funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Alexander Funeral Home, Inc. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Franklin E. McCain Sr. Family Scholarship Fund at North Carolina A & T State University, 200 N. Benbow Rd, Greensboro, N.C. 27411.

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