John L. Frye, Sr

john frye, sr

John Lennig Frye, Sr., passed away Friday morning, October 7, 2011. A lifetime resident of Robbins, NC, he was born on November 14, 1919 to Charles C. and Alma Greene Frye. A graduate of the Elise Academy, 'Dink' attended Elon College on football and baseball scholarships before being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served with the 43rd Infantry Division, 172nd Regiment, in the Pacific and made five beachhead landings, including Guadalcanal, New Georgia Island, Rendova and Arundel. He received the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge among other military awards and decorations. After returning from the war, he began operating John L. Frye Co., a general department store and railroad cross-tie business which was started in 1896 by his father and was at one time the largest independent cross-tie brokerage in the United States. He served on the Town Council from 1950 to 1979, serving as mayor of Robbins from 1958 to 1979. He was a member of the Board of Directors of First Bank and had served in the past on the Board of Trustees of First Health Moore Regional Hospital. He was invested into the order of the Masons. He was also the recipient of several community service awards, among them, The Distinguished Citizen Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in 1981. He was a lifetime member of Elise Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon and Elder. Dink was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Lou Hardy Frye, his sisters, Aureade Frye, Helen Muse, and his brother Cameron Frye. His survivors include his children, the Reverend Dr. John L. Frye, Jr. (Denise Deibler) of Gastonia, N.C., Martha Frye Baker (Thompson S., II) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL., Mary Frye Erwin (John) of Burlington, NC, and his grandchildren, John L. Frye, III, Mary Cameron Baker, Julia Baker, Sam Baker, Will Erwin and Jack Erwin. He is also survived by his special friend, Betty Britt Morphis and her dear children, Barry, Eddie, Rob and Donna. The visitation will be held at the Kennedy Funeral Home, 241 Middleton St., Robbins, on Sunday, October 9th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Elise Presbyterian Church , 200 N. Middleton St., Robbins, on Monday, October 10th at 11:00 AM. A private internment with full military honors will precede the funeral at Pine Rest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers , donations can be made to Elise Presbyterian Church's Building Fund, P.O Box 637 Robbins, NC 27325, Foundation of First Health, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or Elon University, c/o John Frye Athletic Scholarship, Campus Box 2500, Elon, NC 27244.
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Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Frye family.

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  1. Johnny, Martha, and Mary, your father will be missed by all. But always admired by those that knew him. Prayers for your families from The Clark Family.

  2. Robbins has lost a dear Friend and a Icon. We will miss him. Our prayers go out to the Family.

  3. Attn.:John L. Frye, Jr.My prayers & love are with you & all your family. Wish I had had the chance to know him.
    My very best,
    Charlton Torrence, Jr.

  4. Your dad was always so encouraging to me when I was young and had a love for politics. He and your mother were two people that I really admired and loved. We have lost a great citizen and a real gentleman. Deepest sympathy to the family. J.Dale Frye

  5. We are so sorry to hear of your loss and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We were neighbors and friends for years and I will always cherish the moments we had together.

  6. Your dad was a very special person and loved by all. Robbins will so miss him. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Trish Dillon -love and respect to you all -i am so sorry for your lose- lit a candle for John L. Frye, Sr.

  8. We never know how life will twist and turn..but the people we meet help shape us into what we are and what we become… "Dink" was a very good friend of my father and I had the pleasure of playing golf many times with both of them. The stories I

  9. Dr. John Frye and family, Please know how much you are in our thoughts and prayers. Both Liz and I had wonderful fathers, know the blessings and cherish the mories. We are truly greatful for Dink who did it right, especially for so many who never had the

  10. Dink Frye never, never gave up on Robbins. A giant of man whose good cheer and wise heart has gone home.

  11. Dear Mary,
    I know i only met your Dad a few times, butfrom what i read about his life he accomplished many great things.
    he seemed like a wonderful man. He raised great kids. No one can doubt your love for him and the care you provided. I am so

  12. Mary Martha and John please know my thoughts are with your family. The town of Robbins and Moore County has lost a great historian. He will be missed.

  13. John, Joyce and I are so sorry for your great loss, and wish we were there to be of comfort. Dan LaFar

  14. Dear Martha, Reading about your father’s full and committed life, I see where you get your sense of community and service. He must have been so proud of you! With love and sorrow for your loss, Deborah Heald

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