Martha Franks Retirement Community: Pollyanna Franks’ Radiant Legacy of Service

April 15, 2024

As Pollyanna Franks, the Executive Director of Martha Franks Retirement Community in Laurens approaches retirement after decades of dedicated service, she leaves behind an extraordinary legacy that has impacted the aging services industry and so many people who have enjoyed living at Martha Franks Retirement Community.

Her recent recognition with the Leading Age of South Carolina Association’s prestigious Award of Honor exemplifies her exceptional contributions and the indelible mark she has left on this field. During the 2024 Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach on April 8th, Franks was honored with the Award of Honor, a testament to her unique and outstanding service.  This award recognizes individuals whose work has not only advanced the mission of the organization but has also positively influenced the quality of care and services for seniors across the state.

Known for her positivity and unwavering commitment to seniors, Franks embodied the spirit of community and service throughout her tenure at Martha Franks Retirement Community. It was often said of Ms. Martha Franks, that “Everywhere she goes, she leaves a trail of sunshine. The phrase “Go Be the Sunshine” is one that Pollyanna Franks would say at the end of every staff meeting and something that will be remembered for years to come.

“My mother who is 98 years old, has always told me to bloom where I was planted.  Where there is sunshine there are blooms,” said Franks. “All of us can make a difference in someone’s life today by sharing a smile, encouraging word or just being present with someone who is going through a difficult time.”

Under Frank’s leadership, Martha Franks Retirement Community has thrived as a beacon of Christ-centered care in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. This Southern Baptist-affiliated community has become synonymous with warmth, close-knit relationships, and purposeful living. Residents and staff alike speak of Martha Franks as more than a retirement home—it’s a place where living abundantly and serving with purpose are core values.

One of Franks’ enduring legacies will be her emphasis on the importance of relationships and continued service in retirement. At Martha Franks, seniors are encouraged to remain active and engaged, drawing upon their lifetime of experience and passion for service to benefit both the community within the retirement home and the larger surrounding community.

Reflecting on her illustrious career, Franks has served in various capacities within the long-term care sector across multiple states, amassing over 40 years of invaluable experience. Her journey has been marked by numerous accolades and awards, reflecting her dedication and commitment to the well-being and dignity of seniors.

As Franks prepares to pass the torch to her successor, she leaves big shoes to fill—not merely in terms of leadership but in embodying the spirit of compassion, service, and positivity that has defined her tenure. Her own words, “Go Be the Sunshine,” echo the ethos of Martha Franks Retirement Community and will resonate for years to come.

Franks leaves a legacy of blooms.  As she transitions to retirement, she wants to see how God will continue to use her in the service to His people.  She will continue to “bloom” as she carries the sunshine with her.

Martha Franks Retirement Community will undoubtedly continue to thrive under new leadership, guided by Franks’ enduring vision of community, purpose, and faith. Her spirit of sunshine and service will forever be ingrained in its fabric.


Here are a few pictures of Pollyanna over the years.