Michael Franklin, 56

Wine distributor

May 22, 2007

Michael Vernon Franklin, who owned a wine distribution business, died of a heart attack May 14 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 56.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Glen Burnie, he attended Glen Burnie High School, where he played lacrosse and was named an All-American player. Drafted for military service, he served in the Army before receiving an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector in 1972.

After earning a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he briefly taught English at Lansdowne High School.

Mr. Franklin became a salesman for Wells Liquors in North Baltimore and Charlie Eckman's Discount Liquors on Ritchie Highway before founding Franklin Selections Inc., a wine import, wholesale and distribution business. He was a member of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association and had sales locations in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina.

In his free time, Mr. Franklin played golf.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. May 31 at the Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave. in Elkridge.

Survivors include a son, Alec Franklin of Baltimore; a daughter, Rachel Franklin of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three brothers, Clyte Franklin, Dale Franklin and Charles Franklin, all of Baltimore; and three sisters, Linda Garber of Rhinelander, Wis., Debbie Peterson of Zephyr Hills, Fla., and Christine Franklin of Baltimore. His marriage to Jeanne Castranda ended in divorce.

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