Joseph Frye Obituary, Longtime Supporter Of Vass-Lakeview Alumni Association Has Died

Joseph Frye Obituary, Death – We mourn the loss of our dear Joseph Franklin Frye, age 82, of Vass, who died on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, surrounded by his loving family. He was a true warrior in his fight against cancer, but his earthly body eventually gave out.

The family will welcome family and friends at Cox Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from 6-8 pm. Pastors Bill Davis and Timothy Caudle will officiate at a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Vass. Masonic and military rites will be performed at Johnson Grove Cemetery. Joe was born on November 2, 1940, in Vass, North Carolina, to the late Lucian Brooks Frye and Virginia “Gladys” Smith Frye.

He was predeceased by three sisters, Ruth Frye Hendricks (Deland, Fla.), Rebecca “Betty” Frye King (Vass, NC), and Rachel Frye Thomas (Concord, NC), as well as three nephews and a niece. Joe was a loving father and grandfather who had been married to his darling wife Ruth Chilton Frye for 56 years. He lived a rich life that touched everyone who knew him. Joe was recognized for his kind and friendly nature throughout his life. He possessed a heart that was filled with love and a smile that could light up a room.

He enjoyed working in his yard and fishing with his granddaughter on occasion, and he always put others first. Joe honorably served his country in the United States Army and has been a member of the Masonic Lodge, Southern Pines AF & AM No. 484, for 46 years.
Joe had amazing bravery and resilience during his cancer struggle. He confronted each day with bravery and tenacity, inspiring everyone around him with his unshakeable faith and upbeat attitude.

His legacy will live on through the innumerable people he impacted and the memories he left behind. Joe is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Susan Frye Stroder, granddaughter Lauren Brooks Stroder, siblings William Brooks Frye (Bill), Samuel Morris Frye (Sam), Ann Frye Wallace, and various nieces and nephews. All who knew him will miss him greatly, but his spirit will live on in the hearts of those he touched.