Howard Franklin Frye, 82, of Brunswick, MD (formerly of Petersville, MD, and Jefferson, MD) passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at Vindobona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Braddock Heights, MD.
Born February 28, 1940, in Lovettsville, VA, he was a son of the late Arthur F. and Virginia E. Frye. He is the last of his immediate family.
Howard was a graduate of Middletown High School, Middletown, MD, Class of 1960. In 1996, he retired from the Frederick County Board of Education, with more than 20 years working as a school custodian.
In his younger days, Howard's only mode of transportation was his trusty bicycle, where he put in many miles traveling the local countryside. He also dappled in several small businesses that included selling burglar alarm systems, rubber stamping supplies, shoes, and wooden items he crafted. He also had an artistic streak and enjoyed painting signs and murals. Howard enjoyed traditional country music, watching wrestling on television, attending family and high school reunions, and telling corny jokes (some that couldn't be told in mixed company). Howard always had a funny story or joke to share with everyone he encountered. In earlier years, he also enjoyed challenging his maternal grandmother in competitive games of checkers.
He is survived by his nieces Karen Summers (Mike), Diane Smith, and Rhonda Souers (Sonny), all of Jefferson, MD; his special cousin and friend, Joy Hahn, of Brownsville, MD; his cousin, Lillie Kelley, of Lucketts, VA; his cousin, Daniel Cooper, of Lovettsville, VA; his great nephew, Keith Frye, Jr.; and several other cousins and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and numerous other family members, but more recently by his sister, Dorothy Stine (2019); his brother-in-law, Meredith Stine (2020); his brother, Charles “Junior” Frye (2021); his sister-in-law, Leva "Chick" Frye (2018); and his nephew, Keith Frye (2014).
The family will receive friends from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1100 North Maple Avenue, Brunswick, MD. The funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at the funeral home, with Pastor Clayton Clark officiating. Interment will be in Lovettsville Union Cemetery, Lovettsville, VA.
The family would like to thank those who lovingly cared for and offered their assistance along the way.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Kidney Fund, Inc., 11921 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.