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Frank Mitchell Earle
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Frank Mitchell Earle, age 89 years, of Middlesboro, passed away after a brief illness, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital with his family at his side. He was born on September 20, 1927 in Middlesboro, the tenth of twelve children, to parents Harry Grant Earle and Sarah Ann Carey Earle.

He graduated from Middlesboro High School in 1946. He played football at MHS under Coach W. W. Campbell, playing center and linebacker on the 1944 and 1945 teams that were undefeated and unscored on in the Cumberland Valley Conference. Later, he served on the Selection Committee of the MHS Sports Hall of Fame, and was elected to the MHS Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

For several years, he was baseball coach of the Daily News sponsored-teams in the Middlesboro Babe Ruth League. He was manager of the 1957 Middlesboro Babe Ruth All-Star Team that won the Kentucky State Championship and participated in the Babe Ruth World Series in Portage, Wisconsin.

After high school he was employed with the Kroger Company on Cumberland Avenue, and later with the Dixie Feed Co. He was soon employed with the Middlesboro Daily News, initially as Circulation Manager, and was later trained as a Linotype operator. Most of his working career was with the Daily News. He later was a part-time bus driver with the Middlesboro Independent School System. Frank was an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats. For many years he enjoyed gatherings with family and friends at his cabin at Lakeview on Norris Lake.

Frank was predeceased by his wife of over 65 years, Aileen Ramsey Earle; his parents Harry Earle and Sarah Carey Earle; and siblings Hester (Ligon) Rodgers, Floyd (Effie) Earle, Guyer (Lucille) Earle, Margaret (Claude) White, Albert (Madge) Earle, Melvin Earle, Hazel Earle, and Nadine Earle.

He is survived by his children Frank Michael (Brenda) Earle and David Ramsey Earle; grandchildren Sarah (Justin) Coast and Wayne Earle; and great-grandchildren Brendan Earle and Brooklyn Coast; and three sisters, Edith (Jake) Roark, Ruby Dell (Bill) Conkle, and Lois Ann (John) Curran.

Frank also leaves behind many friends, nephews, nieces, and other family members. Dewey and Marie Partin have been special friends. Frank enjoyed morning walks on the Fitness Trail and other trails in the National Park with Dewey after retirement.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27th at Shumate Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will follow. Graveside services at Green Hills Memorial Gardens will be held Wednesday, June 28th at 11 a.m., followed by receiving of family and friends at Covenant United Methodist Church in Middlesboro. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Tri-State Health and Rehabilitation Center and Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital for the care of Frank during his brief illness.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Covenant United Methodist Church, 602 Dorchester Avenue, Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965, or to Middlesboro High School Sports Hall of Fame, P. O. Box 1891, Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965.

Shumate Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.

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Shumate Funeral Home

2321 Cumberland Avenue
Middlesboro, KY 40965





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Shumate Funeral Home

2321 Cumberland Avenue
Middlesboro, KY 40965





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Green Hills Memorial Gardens

Middlesboro, KY 40965


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