Obituary, Birmingham News, 11 Mar 1956, pB6. (attached)
Obituary of his father- Birmingham News, 30 Sep 1948, p59. (attached)
"Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J6TZ-W4M : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Arthur Smith Franklin, 10 Mar 1956; citing reference 5372, Department of Health, Montgomery; FHL microfilm 1908907-
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Arthur by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: