1980s

07 Jun. 2012

Feeling the name “Franklin Discount Company” no longer reflected its services, the Company adopted the new name, “1st Franklin Financial Corporation” in 1983. In 1984, construction was completed on a major expansion of the Corporate Headquarters and Investment Center facilities and remains their home today. In 1987, loan operations expanded into neighboring South Carolina with the opening of the Clemson office. Sadly, in September 1988, the Company experienced the passing of Founder Ben F. Cheek, Jr. His unfailing efforts to see each employee take pride in being fair, honest and friendly to our customers, earned us the reputation of being known as the “Friendly Franklin Folks” still today.