OBITUARY

Rev. Frank Jacob Ebel Jr.

September 14, 1927April 24, 2021
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Frank Jacob Ebel, Jr., age 93 of Nashville, TN passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his home. Frank was born September 14, 1927 in New Orleans, LA to Frank J. Ebel, Sr. and Julia Caroline Davison. He had one older sibling, Frederick Charles Ebel.

Frank served in the army at the end of World War II. After the war was over and he was discharged from his army duties, Frank attended Tulane University, graduating in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering. Even though he attended church most of his life, he did not come to know Christ as his personal Savior until Easter Sunday, 1950. After graduating from Tulane, Frank felt that God was calling him into the ministry.

Frank married Isobel Gillies Moodie on June 1st, 1956. They moved to Dallas, TX where he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Theology on May 14, 1957. That summer, they attended the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma and then went to Brazil with the Unevangelized Fields Mission.

Three children were born to Frank and Isobel while they were on the mission field. They served in Roriama, Brazil to the Shirishana Indians from 1958 to 1963 until Isobel and Chip contracted life-threatening illnesses. After returning to the states, Frank pastored churches in Cushing, OK and Electra, TX and then in September of 1966, he was called to Woodmont Independent Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He continued as pastor of the church until his retirement in 1993.

Following his retirement, Frank received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Nashville Bible College, where he served on the faculty. He continued to faithfully serve his Lord and Savior until the end of his life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. His life verse was Philippians 4:19: "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus".

Frank is survived by his son, Frank J. Ebel, III and his daughter, Jeanie Ebel Roberson, married to Phil Roberson, Jr.; his grandchildren, Kathryn Roberson and Christopher Roberson, married to Mayci West Roberson and great-granddaughter, Aurora Roberson. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Isobel Moodie Ebel, his daughter, Janet Caroline Ebel (Lindy); his granddaughter, Kelley Danielle Roberson, his parents, Frank and Julie Ebel, and his brother, Frederick Charles Ebel.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 12:30pm in the afternoon until 1:30pm in the afternoon on Friday, April 30th, followed by A Celebration of Life Service at 1:30pm in the afternoon at Woodlawn's Dignity Hall, 660 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204, with Rev. Robert Morgan officiating. The burial will be immediately following the memorial service in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Masks are required inside the funeral home. They are not required outside.

The service will be streamed live on Facebook. Please join by visiting the Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Facebook page: @WoodlawnRoesch (https://www.facebook.com/WoodlawnRoesch/)

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Crossworld (previously Unevangelized Fields Mission). Donations may be securely made online by following the link below or mail your donations to: https://crossworld.org/give Finance Department, 10000 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City MO 64155

Please Indicate the gift is to honor Frank Ebel by using the following Worker Account: 57430. The current missionary working on translation is "Boa Vista - MEVA Jacqueline dos Santos". Crossworld is very close to completing the entire Bible in the language of the Shirishana Indians.

Frank also faithfully supported The Gideon's International; please donate Bibles through the link below.

Services

  • Gatheringof Family and Friends

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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Carolyn Hillis

May 2, 2021

Frank was a loving a faithful shepherd to us when we were members of Woodmont Presbyterian, Independent. When we moved away from Nashville, we missed his wonderful teaching and Christlike example. May Christ comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Carolyn and Bill

Iveli Alt

April 29, 2021

I have good memories of my teenage years , when we got to know Frank and Isobel, who came to our city , in Rio Brazil to learn Portuguese.
They attended the church were my dad was the pastor.
My sister Ione, babysat for their children, while they studied Portuguese.
He had a great voice and to this day we remember the beautiful solos he sang at the services.
Iveli Alt Diniz

Gary Phillips

April 29, 2021

Frank Ebel deeply impacted my life as a young Christian. Frank was my pastor when I was at Vanderbilt, and later I was privileged to serve under Frank in a pastoral internship at Woodmont Presbyterian. (He was extraordinarily patient!) Together Frank and Isobel were wonderful models for me and my wife Betsy--they were filled with the joy of the Lord, contagious laughter, and gracious love. And for me, Frank was the model of a "good and faithful servant." God bless you, Chip and Jeanie, and your family. We are thankful for your Dad's legacy, and will pray for you in this temporary time of separation.
Gary and Betsy Phillips

Stuart Brown

April 29, 2021

Praise to God for His servant and my friend who led me to Christ many years ago and gave me a spiritual foundation from the Word of God.
Chip and Jeanie, my prayers and thoughts to you in your honorable memories of your mother and dad.
Stuart

John Peters

April 26, 2021

My wife, Lorraine, and I served with Frank and Isobel, specifically at the Mucajai station among the Shirishana in Brazil. This was rugged, and unpredictable jungle life. Frank and Isobel were committed and gifted, as well as caring and loving. They left Brazil and continued service for our Lord in their homeland in the USA. So many were blest. John Peters, Ontario, Canada.

Joy Christofferson

April 26, 2021

Dear Jeanie and Chip,
Your father and mother were truly our best friends for the last 50 years, Our relationship included our pastor, teacher, counselor, listener, comforter, laugh sharer, game player, golfer, and friend. My Bible is full of notes taken while listening to your dad expositing the scripture. When it was necessary for our family to find a new church home, it was your dad who pointed us to TDF.
I know you will miss him greatly. but take comfort in knowing the impact he had on so many.
Love to you all. Mrs. Chris

Jimmie Roberson

April 26, 2021

Dear Phil & Jeanie, Chip, Kathryn, & Christopher & family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Bampa. We love you all

Boppy & Nana

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