Franklin “Frank” S. Gribble III, 67, of Kokomo, went to be with the Lord at 4:23 am Thursday, April 26, 2018. He was born June 26, 1950, in Charlotte, NC, to Franklin S. & Romaine (Brown) Gribble Jr. On July 7, 1973, in Florence, S.C., he married Karen L. Jones and she survives.
Frank was a 1968 graduate of Woodrow High School in Dallas, Tx. He then attended Dallas Baptist Jr. College. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Charlotte, NC and a master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He served as Pastor for the Hanover Baptist Church from 1979-1982 in Hanover, IN; Calvary Baptist Church in Kokomo from 1982-2003; College Park Baptist Church in Florence, SC from 2003-2008; Fieldale Baptist Church in Fieldale, VA from 2008-2013; and at the time of his death, he was pastoring at the Faith, Hope, and Love Baptist Church, a church plant, which started in 2013.
Frank served as Deputy Chief for the Kokomo County Township from 2015 to present. He was active in developing the Kokomo Police Department Chaplaincy Program and served as Senior Volunteer Chaplain from 1989-2003. He was on the board of directors for the American Red Cross in Howard County from 2001-2003. Frank served on the Senior Adult Committee of Indiana Baptist Convention from 1993-2003. He was very involved in Mission Work including 13 trips to Piatra Neamt, Romania in which he led many of them. He enjoyed bowling and golfing and had a deep passion for missions, along with a God given talent for music and singing in which he shared with many people.
Along with his wife, Karen, Frank is survived by his sons, Steven Gribble, Kokomo, and Wesley (Christine) Gribble, Asheville, NC; granddaughter, Harper Gribble; brothers, Patrick (Abby) Gribble, Benjamin (Mary) Gribble, and David Gribble; sister-in-law, Cindy Gribble, along with many nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jonathan Gribble.
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm Monday, May 21 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1967 W. Boulevard, Kokomo, which he served for 22 years, with Pastors Rick Lucas, Kenn Freeland, and Dr. Rev. Robert Lee officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 3-5 pm on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s memory to the Romanian Missions. Stout & Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.