An article in today’s Altoona (PA) Mirror celebrates the life of Fred C. Ebersole, Jr. (pictured), of the Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church in Hollidaysburg, PA (Roger K. Myers, pastor) who died this past week in an ultralight aircraft crash. To read the entire article, click on
BROOKES MILLS — Fred C. Ebersole Jr. and his wife, Joan, went to Sam’s Club to buy supplies Aug. 31 for The Door youth ministry in Bellwood.The couple put things in the cart without thinking about the cost of the items.
Fred planned to use the money he received at his 70th birthday party weeks earlier at Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church.
“He said that there wasn’t anything he wanted or needed,” Joan said Friday.Joan went to get the van while Fred checked out. When he came out of the store, he was shaking his head, laughing and smiling. He asked Joan if she had any idea how much the supplies cost.
“I thought it had something to do with the money he got at the party,” she said. “So I said $385.”
“$380.29,” he said.
Fred was given $380.
“It was another providence of God,” Joan said.
The supply run for The Door was one of the last good deeds Fred Ebersole would perform. He died the next day in an ultralight crash at the Blue Knob Airport.
Family and friends remembered Fred’s life and his personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a funeral service Friday at the Vicksburg church. The personal relationship with Jesus Christ is what motivated Fred’s life of good deeds toward family and neighbors, Joan said.