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In Memory of

F. Miles Ezell

December 12, 1927 - September 15, 2016

Obituary


F. Miles Ezell, Jr. was born on March 12, 1927 and died on September 15, 2016 at the age of 89.

Preceded in death by parents; Miles and Estelle Ezell; wife Gerry Rader Ezell; brother, Bill Ezell; sister, Bettye Ezell Thomas; granddaughter, Misty Ezell George and great-grandson, Jackson Ezell.

Survived by his wife of 20 years, Linda McConville Ezell; daughter, Mila Ezell (Mike) McDonald; sons: Stan (LeEllen) Ezell, Gil (April) Ezell; Mark (Martha) Ezell; thirteen grandchildren; Amy McDonald (Josh) Young; Lance (Paige) McDonald; Ryan (Melissa) Ezell; Justin (Beth) Ezell; Houston (Sarah) Ezell; Bethany...

F. Miles Ezell, Jr. was born on March 12, 1927 and died on September 15, 2016 at the age of 89.

Preceded in death by parents; Miles and Estelle Ezell; wife Gerry Rader Ezell; brother, Bill Ezell; sister, Bettye Ezell Thomas; granddaughter, Misty Ezell George and great-grandson, Jackson Ezell.

Survived by his wife of 20 years, Linda McConville Ezell; daughter, Mila Ezell (Mike) McDonald; sons: Stan (LeEllen) Ezell, Gil (April) Ezell; Mark (Martha) Ezell; thirteen grandchildren; Amy McDonald (Josh) Young; Lance (Paige) McDonald; Ryan (Melissa) Ezell; Justin (Beth) Ezell; Houston (Sarah) Ezell; Bethany Ezell (Ryan) Cernoch; Laura Ezell; Anna Ezell; Heather Ezell (Luke) Flener; Mary Katherine Ezell (Will) Smith; Taylor (Kim) Ezell; and Virginia Ezell (Larkin) Briley; grand-son-in-law, Jeremy George and 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Roy (Marian) Ezell; sister-in-law, Marilyn Ezell; and aunt, Sara Ezell Young.

Ezell was born in Davidson County on his father’s dairy farm on Edmondson Pike and lived on dairy farms until he was 18. He attended Robertson Academy, Cane Ridge and Tusculum elementary schools and graduated from Donelson High School in 1945 where he was on the football and basketball teams. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII he attended David Lipscomb College for two years where he was a member of the Bison basketball team. After marrying the former Gerry Rader in 1948, they moved to Columbus, Ohio where Ezell received a degree in Dairy Technology in 1950 from The Ohio State University.

He joined his father’s company, Purity Dairies, and during the next sixty-six years served as controller, treasurer, president, and chairman of the board. At the time of his death, he was serving as Senior Chairman. He served on the board and as chairman in several dairy-industry associations, including: Tennessee Dairy Products Association; Master Dairies; and the Milk Industry Foundation in Washington, D.C., for which he was the national spokesman for the Dairy Industry for two years. In 1977 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture at The Ohio State University. Other honors include: Red Cross “Man of the Year” Award in 2002; Nat’l. Ass’n. of Professional Fundraisers “Philanthropist of the Year” award in 1996; AGAPE “Man of the Year” in 2006; Lipscomb University “Torch Award” in 2001, Operation Andrew “Joe and Honey Rodgers Award” in 2008 and Youth Encouragement Services “Generations Award” in 2013.

Ezell has been a member of the Una Church of Christ since 1941 and served as an elder for 30 years and as a Bible teacher for 50 years. He was a member of the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees for twenty years, serving as chair for six years. He served on the board and was chair of Fanning Foundation, Youth Encouragement Services, and was a founding member and several-times chairman of A.G.A.P.E. Other community activities included: Board of Directors of Nashville’s First American National Bank, 1980-1998; Board of Directors, Nashville Chapter, The American Red Cross 1986-2000 and chairman, 1996-1998; Tennessee Chapter, The Nature Conservancy, 1980-1999 and chairman 1990-1994; He was a member of the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission in 1965-1975 and a member of the board of the Washington Foundation from 1988 until 2014. As long time president of Ezell Foundation his last years were devoted to leading the foundation and blessing many Christian ministries and charitable causes in Middle Tennessee and throughout the world.

Ezell was a serious amateur photographer, having studied this subject at Ohio State. He had hiked much of the Appalachian Trail and backpacked in many locations in the U.S. He made over 500 scuba dives around the world, mostly with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Linda had travelled to more than 80 countries on all seven continents.

Visitation will be held from one o’ clock in the afternoon until eight on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Una Church of Christ, 1917 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, 37217. Funeral Service will be held at eleven o’ clock in the morning on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Una Church of Christ, with visitation one hour prior. Private entombment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Lipscomb University, AGAPE and Una Church of Christ “Mission Fund”.