Martha Epps Frye age 97 passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021 at her home.

Martha was born January 1, 1924 in Latta, South Carolina to Silas Wightman Epps and Caroline Monroe Epps. She graduated from Latta High School and Lander College. She was a retired high school math teacher, having taught 34 years in McColl, SC; Pinehurst High School, Carthage High School and Union Pines High School. On September 24, 1949 she married Radford Lee Frye. She was a member of Summer Hill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Frances and Ruth and five brothers, Marion, James Wightman, William, Ethan and Olin; niece, Pat Dunn and nephew, Michael Frye.

She is survived by ten nieces, Jane Martin & husband, Jerry; Frances Spivey; Carol Garner & husband, Donald; Elaine Jones & husband, Paul; Ann Ellis & husband, Gary; Donna Brown & husband, Mike; Kay Thomas & husband, Greg; Leona Riddle; Linda Reynolds; & Janet McNeill; nine nephews, David Epps & wife, Raye, Jim Epps & wife, Nellie, Phil Epps & wife, Judy, Bill Epps & wife, Carol; Lacy Frye & wife, Charlotte; Dan Thomas & wife, Marie; Wayne Frye & wife, Joyce; Jerry Frye & wife, Robyn and John Williamson & wife, Linda; three great nieces, Karlie Epps, Heather Holliday & husband, Daniel, Anna Thorne & husband, Jeremy;
four great nephews, Jerry Martin, II, John Epps, Michael Epps, Corey Epps & wife, Michelle, two great great nieces, Harper Jane Epps and Abigail Margaret Holliday.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7pm on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Summer Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Arnold Comer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Summer Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 663 Summer Hill Church Road, Carthage, NC 28327.




Visitation: December 15, 2021 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: December 16, 2021 11:00 am

Summer Hill Baptist Church
663 Summer Hill Church Road
Carthage, NC 28327


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  1. So sorry to hear about Mrs Frye. I always liked math, so obviously she was one of my favorite teachers. I can’t count the times she said “Do you get what I say?”, and surprisingly I did. They don’t make teachers like that anymore. R.I.P. Mrs Frye, you will be missed.

    Benny Cole

  2. One of my favorite teachers. Shall always remember her encouragement…and her tireless acceptance of my “tom foolery”.

  3. Martha Frye was an exceptional teacher, a fine lady, and a role model for many of us, for those who were her students and those who were priviledged to work with her.

  4. Mrs Frye was my home room teacher: she was strict, witty, and always helpful. When having problems with math from others teachers (namely Mr Stanley and Col Dawson), she would smile and offer simple, easily understood explanations. A great teacher and I only had her for home room.

  5. Mrs. Frye was a good algebra teacher at Union Pines. She made learning easy. She was away easy to talk to. RIP Mrs. Frye. You lived a long long good life.

  6. She was a wonderful teacher and someone I truly admired. “Aunt Martha” has had a huge impact on so many lives. I will miss her.

  7. What an amazing life! She was always so pleasant around UPHS! My thoughts are with her large and wonderful family!

  8. She was a great teacher to me and many others. She instilled an interest in math that led me into engineering and science. Thank you Mrs Frye, we will miss you.

  9. Such a great lady! One of the best teachers at Union Pines High School Here’s to a life well lived. Prayers for the family.

  10. Mrs. Frye was an inspiration to me to be a better student. She exhibited the qualities of an excellent teacher and lived a wonderful and true Christian life.. May God richly bless her in eternity.

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