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Rhonda Hall Franklin

Memorial for Rhonda Hall Franklin

Born in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 19, 1969
Departed on Mar. 12, 2013 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Mar. 15, 2013
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013
11:00 am
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Rhonda was born on January 19, 1969 in San Antonio, Texas, the fourth child of Jimmy and Ruby Hall. At an early age she became active at the Faith Temple Apostolic Church attending Sunday school and weekly church services. She received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost at the age of seven years old. Jimmy Hall began the First Pentecostal Church in Bastrop, Texas in 1972 and later relocated to Austin, Texas. Thereafter, under the pastoral leadership of Suffragan Bishop Ruby Hall, Rhonda served as choir director, praise team member, finance officer, pulpit assistant, and Sunday school seminarian.

Rhonda graduated from Reagan High School in 1987. She furthered her postsecondary career at Huston-Tillotson University and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelors of Arts in English and Government. She received a Master in Education Administration from Tarleton State University in 2002. Rhonda received various awards and recognition in her educational profession: Recipient of the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, Delta National English Honor Society, Citation of Excellence in Leadership in the area of Social Studies, Webb Middle School Teacher of the Year (2000), Educators for Social Responsibility Member, and Texas Middle School Conference and Alliance of Black School Educators Presenter.

Rhonda began her employment in Austin ISD at Webb Middle School in 1994 where she served as a mentor teacher, Social Studies Department Chair, Academic Team Leader, Supervising Teacher for Student Teachers, and Campus Advisory Committee Member. In 2000, she became Assistant Principal of Taylor Middle School in Taylor ISD and supervised various duties including summer school principal, Gifted and Talented and LPAC Administrator, District Assessment Committee Member, and developed and implemented the New Teacher Induction Program. She became a High School Assistant Principal at Westwood High School in Round Rock ISD in 2004 where she supervised grade level discipline and attendance, assisted in developing the Campus Improvement Plan, and maintained and balanced grade level budgets. Rhonda rejoined the Austin ISD family in 2008 at Austin High School where she supervised the Special Education Department, Paraprofessional and Custodial Staff, and Building Facilities and RTI Coordinator. In 2010, she became the Academic Director of the LBJ Early College High School. She performed various duties such as implementation of campus wide academic instructional programming, Early College High School Administrator, supervised Instructional Coaches, facilitated professional development, supervised master scheduling, mentored Assistant Principals, and coordinated the Summer Bridge Camps for rising freshmen.

Rhonda found the love of her life, Ethelton Franklin (nicknamed "E") and they were united in Holy Matrimony on March 21, 2009. Proverbs 18:22-Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord. Ethelton found a good thing which brought favor upon their union.

Rhonda was well traveled. She took her first national convention trip at the young age of sixteen and continued annually. She was also a gifted shopper and a lover of fine garments. She had a fashionable taste for shoes, clothing, and accessories. Other hobbies included listening to gospel music, reading, and spending time with young children.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband Ethelton and stepdaughter E'varria Franklin; father Jimmy (Sherry) and mother Ruby Hall; sisters Michelle and Debra Hall; brothers James (Regina), Chris (Ora), and Bruce Hall; great-aunt Dorothy Montgomery of San Antonio; godmother Cindy Williams of San Antonio; aunts Shirley Session and Vivian Ingram of Jacksonville, Dorothy (Charles) Jordan of Austin, Johnnie Mae Herman of Tyler, Thelma King of Columbus, Georgia; uncles Lonnie (Mary) Hall of San Antonio, Audrey (Shirley) Hall of California, and Elmer Hall of Tyler; mother-in-law Flora Smith (William) of Austin; sisters-in-law Joyce (Rodney) King of Arlington, Rochelle Steveson of Austin, Vashti (Jamie) Lockett of Chireno, and Denise (Roosevellt)McTier of Austin; brother-in-law James Morrison (Sharon)of Austin; nephews Philip Dockery, Jonathan, Christopher, Jr., and Jeffrey Hall, and Terrance Hart; great-niece Da'nae Dockery; great-nephew Ka'jon Dockery; and godchildren Destiney Sanders and Deshawn (Omar) Rainey, all of Austin. She also leaves behind a host of other relatives and friends. Several relatives preceded her in death including a brother, Jimmy Jr.

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