‘Bubble Gum’ Smith will be inducted in OSHS Hall of Fame

  • Franklin Smith as a football player at OSHS

  • Franklin Smith serving in the U.S. Air Force

Franklin “Bubble Gum” Smith will be inducted into the Oliver Springs High School football “Hall of Fame,” Friday Dec. 7 in the Oliver Spring High School gym.

The induction will be in between basketball games of the girls and the boys.

Franklin played football all four years but, his senior year he was the captain of his team, most valuable player, most tackles in a game, and 1958 all conference game.

He went on to higher education with three associate degrees.

He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, 18 years with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, was a sales associate with Carper Real Estate in South Carolina, spent 30 years as a South Carolina Sports Official, and an Investigator for Attorney Bryan “Double Ought” Ramey.

He was a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and the Senior Saints Director at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C.

Franklin is the son of Fred and Kathleen Smith, has two brothers George and Rick, two sisters Marybeth and Peggy, and Grandson of Historian John T. Smith.

Franklin was married 46 years to Brenda Bunch Smith of Clinton.

They have two sons, Alan Breck of Dallas, Texas, and Darren Lee of Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, Cory of Clinton, Sara of Dallas, Texas, Connor, Christa, Cameron and Chloe of Greenville, S.C. and one great granddaughter, Brylee Smith of Easley, S.C.

Franklin Washington Smith passed away in 2008.