Franklin Ferrell Obituary

Franklin  Henry Ferrell
Franklin Henry Ferrell

October 23, 1947 - April 26, 2019
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
Resided in Blanchester, Ohio
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Franklin Henry Ferrell, age 71, went to be with the Lord on April 26, 2019. He was fiercely loyal, a prayer warrior, dry-humored, a Civil War aficionado, music loving, but most importantly he was a Christian, a faithful husband, loving Dad and adoring Pawpaw.

Frank was born October 23, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Henry and Juanita Ferrell. He had a beautiful, crystal-clear, high tenor voice. He was a part of the Chancellors, a traveling Southern Gospel quartet in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The quartet had a concert in Cincinnati in January of 1971. It was here that a beautiful young lady with long, dark hair named Connie Bosley was sitting in the front row. They locked eyes and it was pretty much love at first sight and the beginning of a beautiful love story. Six months later, Frank sang “Love Story” to Connie as she walked down the aisle at their wedding. They enjoyed the next 47 years and 10 months together.

God blessed Frank and Connie with their first daughter, Heather Kathleen, in May of 1975, and then their second, Megan Elizabeth, in January of 1978. Frank loved his girls and never failed to tell them how beautiful they were and how proud he was of them, even in his last days. He always made sure the family was active in their church. Frank and Connie worked in the young married class and bus ministry at Landmark Baptist Church. Next was Wilmington Baptist Temple, where Frank served as Minister of Music and Choir Director for 18 years. After this, he attended Lighthouse Baptist Church and finally Morning Star Baptist Church, where he was active in the music ministry as long as his health would allow.

Frank held an AA degree in Engineering from Cincinnati Technical College. He was a very talented draftsman, earning the title of Chief Designer at Ellis and Watts, along with positions at several other companies. The highlight of his career was being part of the design team behind the cooling system for the Aegis ballistic missile defense in the mid-1980s.

Anyone who knew Frank and his sarcastic form of humor probably heard him quote “Ferrell’s Law”, which states “If it can go wrong, it will.” (And yes, he made this up!) This seemed to be strangely true for him. He had a spinal cord injury in 1997, which left him paralyzed from the waist down and drastically changed the course of his life. His paralysis progressed gradually over the years. He actively served the Lord and continued his career as long as he could. He was forced to retire in 2004. Connie cared for him at home until 2014 when her health would no longer allow it. He then moved into Otterbein nursing home in Lebanon, but he was a witness to the staff and residents there. In September 2017, he had to have both legs amputated and moved to The Laurels in Blanchester.

Aside from Connie, Heather and Megan, Frank’s pride and joy was his 6 grandchildren, who adored their Pawpaw. Anyone who talked to him would inevitably hear about how wonderful and perfect they were! He would tell them all about Heather’s children: Kimberly Brooke, and how she is studying to be a chemistry teacher at The Ohio State University; Brandon Michael, who is working on his BSN at Wright State and will be the best nurse ever; Caleb Matthew, who can fix anything and should be an engineer just like his Pawpaw. Then he would talk about Megan’s girls: Morgan Grace, how he loved her spunk and sarcasm, which is so much like his; Madison Faith, how she plays the guitar and writes her own songs and sings beautifully; and the last one, Molly Hope, who is always so sweet, smiley and a pure ray of sunshine.

In addition to the above, Frank is also survived by a son (in-law), Jason Anacker; brother, Daniel Ferrell; 3 nephews and 2 nieces. He was preceded in death by both parents and an infant brother, David.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Frank’s care team at The Laurels of Blanchester. Frank loved to aggravate and tease those he cared about, so some of you should have felt pretty loved!

Friends will be received on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm at Bible Baptist Church, 55 Megan Drive Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

A Celebration of Frank’s Life will be held on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 1:00 PM, also at Bible Baptist Church in Wilmington, OH.

He will be missed dearly, but we have confidence that he is running the streets of gold on his perfect legs and singing with that beautiful tenor voice in the heavenly choir! His song on earth may have ended, but the melody will linger on forever.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to help the family with funeral expenses.

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Visitation
Bible Baptist Church Wilmington
55 Megan Dr
Wilmington, OH US 45177
Thursday, May 2, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Funeral
Bible Baptist Church Wilmington
55 Megan Dr
Wilmington, OH US 45177
Friday, May 3, 2019
1:00 PM
Burial
Martinsville IOOF Cemetery
550 Cemetery Rd.
Martinsville, OH US 45146
Friday, May 3, 2019