Franklin "Frank" S. Gribble III

Born: Mon., Jun. 26, 1950
Died: Thu., Apr. 26, 2018


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Mon., May 21, 2018
Location: Calvary Baptist Church

Memorial Service

5:00 PM Mon., May 21, 2018
Location: Calvary Baptist Church

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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

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Becky Morgan
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018
I have been struggling with what to say about the loss of Frank Gribble. He became the pastor of my childhood church when I was in 5th grade. He had a great sense of humor, caring, supportive, offering comfort to those who were sick, youth programs and missions, song writer and bowler are just a few I can think of.

Frank made many trips to Riley Children's Hospital when my sister Jennifer Farr was fighting cancer. He was a big comfort to my family during this time.

He took the youth kids to Green Lake, WI one summer for a work week. He lead many a week at Tippy Canoe Baptist Camp. That was when I learned a new song called 'The Great White Throne'.

He started a band at Calvary of all of us kids that played an instrument. He worked with us until we had the music just right before performing live on Sunday.

He was a gifted singer as well as Karen, Steven and Wesley. That was one of my favorite times was listening to him sing. He even sang at my wedding.

Your time on this Earth was too short, but we will see you again.

A. Marie Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Thu May 17, 2018
Family & Friends of Franklin Gribble III,
There are few experiences more difficult than losing a loved one in death; no doubt Mr. Gribble will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May you find comfort in knowing death was not God’s purpose for mankind and his purpose has not changed. His word is clear, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4)
Further, Jesus guaranteed the coming resurrection (John 5:21, 28, 29), he performed resurrections and was himself resurrected by his Father. All resurrections took place on earth, giving us a glimpse of what is to come.... seeing our loved ones again! (Acts 24:15)
Until his promises are fulfilled, may Jehovah God continue to bless & comfort you in the days ahead....

Pat Speer
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
I met Frank's brother Ben at Oklahoma Baptist University. Ben and I lived on the same floor of the dorm and went to the same church (Calvary Baptist in Shawnee, OK). When I told Ben that I was going to Southern Seminary after graduating from OBU, Ben told me that his brother Frank was a student there. When I got to the seminary I looked Frank up and became acquainted with him. I started going to church with Frank and Karen at First Southern Baptist Church in Clarksville, IN, where Frank was on staff. I immediately came to love Frank and Karen and felt a connection to them. I was sad to learn of Frank's passing, but I know he is now in the presence of his Savior whom he served for so many years while he was here on earth. May God bless Karen and the rest of the family.