Erika Rachelle Diaz July 28, 1984 – March 15, 2021

Funeral services for Erika Rachelle Diaz, 36, of Thomasville, GA, are on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the First Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Chris Allen will officiate.  Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, GA.  Mrs. Diaz passed away at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA, on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Active pallbearers will be Raul Diaz Hernandez, Jonathan Franklin, Jesse Woodcock, Jerry Bishop, Mark Bishop and Nathaniel Bishop.

Mrs. Diaz was born on July 28, 1984, in Frederick MD, to Charles Wilson Franklin, Jr. and Jacquelyn Marie Henderson Franklin. On July 15, 2017, she married Raul Diaz Hernandez, who survives.  Erika was District Migrant Coordinator and Elementary ESOL Teacher for the Thomas County Board of Education.  She was a member of the Cairo First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: her husband, Raul Diaz Hernandez of Thomasville, GA; children, Evelyn Diaz and Mirelle Diaz, both of Thomasville, GA; parents, Wil and Jackie Franklin of Sautee, GA; brother, Jonathan Franklin of Atlanta, GA; and a sister, Marlaina Woodcock (Jesse) of Thomasville, GA.

She was preceded in death by: her grandparents, C. Wilson and Lyla M. Franklin, Sr.; great-aunts, Elizabeth Franklin Larsen, Mary E. Franklin, Leeanna Franklin, Margaret V.  Franklin; and cousins, Cheryl Henderson, William Henderson.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Diaz’s memory to: Migrant Students Program, c/o Thomas County Public Schools, 200 N. Pinetree Blvd., Thomasville, GA 31792.


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