Frank Marcus "Mark" Rabren

Born in Paul, AL on February 12, 1926

Departed on November 3, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Frank Marcus (Mark) Rabren, 93, of Hendersonville, passed away peacefully
Sunday, November 3, 2019. Mark was born February 12,1926 in Paul, Alabama.
He was preceded in death by his parents Austin and Beatrice Rabren, his
beloved wife Mildred, his son Kenny, his brother Paul, and his sister Marie Salter.
He is survived by daughter Shirley King, brothers Harold (Dot - deceased) and
companion Faye Carroll of Montgomery, AL, Donald (Nancy) of Pike Road, AL, Carlos
(Carolyn) of Notasulga, AL, Wayne (Charlene) of Pike Road, AL, sisters Kay Dilbeck
(Ed - deceased) of Auburn, AL, Patricia Mitchell (Earl) of Opelika, AL, brother-in-law Ed
Salter (Marie - deceased) of Milton, FL, grandchildren Suzie King, Tracey Dindore
(Joshua), Jason King (Jenny), Angie Saxton, Tara Allen (Jerry), Lee Rabren, Drew
Rabren (Jessica), nine great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mark moved with his family to Andalusia, AL in 1927. He was drafted after
graduating from Andalusia High School in 1944. He joined the Navy even though he
didn't know how to swim. The first time he ever went north was to Signalman training
school in Rochester, NY to learn Morse code, which he never forgot. He was always
unconsciously tapping out Morse code on the kitchen table. He was discharged from the
Navy in 1946 after being in the Pacific and leaving Pearl Harbor. He entered Auburn
University under the GI Bill in 1946 and graduated in 1949.

Mark married his college sweetheart, Mildred, August 29, 1948 and they were
happily married for 62 years until she passed. Family was always very important to him.
Nothing made him happier than to be surrounded by relatives, sharing stories, and
laughing about the past. No one could remember details and events better than he.
Everyone would sit for hours just listening.

He worked a short time as a manager at a drive-in theater and then began
working at Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1951. He worked there for 38 years. He
started as an office and credit manager in a Firestone store in Montgomery, AL .After
many moves and promotions, Mark ended his long career as manager of Retail and
Wholesale Accounting, Banking, and Accounts Payable in Brook Park, OH. He was
always well respected by those whom he worked for and who worked for him.
Mark accepted Christ in 1941 at West Highland Baptist Church in Andalusia, AL.

His faith was very important to him. Because of that, he was ordained as a deacon in
1959 at Eastland Heights Baptist Church in Marietta, GA. He also taught men's Sunday
School classes in Norcross, GA, Decatur, IL, and Parma, OH. Mark moved to
Hendersonville in 1992 and enjoyed being a member of the First Baptist Church there
until his death.

Mark was a quiet man with a huge heart. He was willing to help anyone in any
way he could. Everyone who met him grew to love and respect him in a matter of
minutes. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in
Hendersonville Chapel from 9-11 AM. The funeral service will follow at 11 AM in the
Chapel. Burial will be at Hendersonville Memory Gardens after the service.

8 Comments to Frank Marcus "Mark" Rabren

  1. Bill Powell
    November 5, 2019 8:28 pm

    Don, so sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to your family.

  2. Wayne & Betty Williamson
    November 6, 2019 12:24 am

    Mark and Mildred were a very good Christian couple. We will truly miss the times that we have spent together. They have gone on to that home in Heaven prepared for God’s people.

  3. Lavar Thomas
    November 6, 2019 4:59 am

    Din out blessing s to you and all your family, praying for orsce comfort, Myra and Lavar

  4. Barbara Sims
    November 6, 2019 8:51 am

    Praying for the Rabren Family

  5. Gene & Sharon Binkley
    November 6, 2019 7:53 pm

    It’s been a joy to know and love Mark. Such a kind loving caring Christian man.
    Blessings to Mark’s family.

  6. Gene Stephens
    November 6, 2019 11:37 pm

    I remember Mark Rabren well from my days at Firestone. I am so sad to learn of his passing.

  7. Ken Weaver
    November 7, 2019 11:28 am

    I worked for Mark in the 80’s at Firestone. As a young leader I am sure I tested his patience on more than one occasion. I remember him looking over his glasses at me when he was correcting my latest mistake and I am sure he was wondering if I would ever learn. He was always very kind and supportive as he helped me learn how to manage people. I consider him one of my leadership role models. He exemplified the servant leader as a true Christian.

  8. Phil Kincaid
    November 7, 2019 1:13 pm

    I remember Mark for our many years at Firestone, especially for the time I spent in Retail. Mark was a great help in doing the accounting for the stores on the West Coast. I always had a special bond with Mark in that we both graduated from
    Auburn. He was always a gentlemen and ready to help anybody. He will be missed.

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