Billy U. “B.U.” Franklin, age 77 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2006. B. U. was a lifetime resident of Gwinnett County, where he enjoyed a career that spanned 50 years in the building business. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves and was a member of Luxomni Masonic Lodge for over 53 years and a member of the Yaarab Temple. B.U. was a man of uncommon wisdom, common sense and compassion for his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Lanny Franklin. He is survived by his wife: Mildred Franklin; children & spouses: Edwin & Natalie Franklin of Duluth, GA, Deborah & Bob Cunningham of Athens, GA, Jeff & Leisha Franklin of Lawrenceville, GA; brothers & sisters in law: Ray & Jo Franklin of Bethlehem, GA, Ronnie & Connie Franklin of Lawrenceville, GA, Randy & Sandra Franklin of Lawrenceville, GA; sisters & brothers in law: Edna & John Telles, Marie & Hoyt Tuggle, all of Lawrenceville, GA; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 at 2:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Sandra Franklin & Rev. Jerry Cline officiating. Burial will be at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.