Fred Dexter Frank

July 4, 1935June 5, 2021

Sophia, NC

Fred Dexter Frank, 85, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021 at his residence following several years of declining health.

Fred was born in Switzer, WV, July 4, 1935, a son of the late Steve Frank and Gertrude Dillon Frank. He owned and operated Frank's Shoe Repair in both Greensboro and High Point for over 60 years. Fred mentored underprivileged youth in the communities he served, teaching them necessary life and professional skills. He loved good food and enjoyed sharing meals with his family and friends. Fred loved his "farm" in Randolph County and was very devoted to his wife and family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary Helen Molnar Frank and two brothers, Johnny and James Frank.

Surviving are three daughters, Yolanda Kish (Bill), Tracey Frank, Kim Simmons (Ken); three sons, Freddie Frank (Donnet), James Frank (Melonie) and Billy Frank (Karen); twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; his mentored family, Derrick Miller, Keith Miller, Bo Harris and Steve Frank, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Fred's life will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Sechrest-Davis Funeral Chapel, 976 Phillips Ave., by Rev. Roger Carmichael. Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 until 9 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Randolph County or any youth program. Online condolences may be made at


  • Steve & Gertrude Dillon Frank, Parents (deceased)
  • Mary Helen Molnor Frank, Wife (deceased)
  • Yolanda Kish & husband Bill, Daughter
  • Tracey Frank, Daughter
  • Kim Simmons & husband Ken, Daughter
  • Freddie Frank & wife Donnet, Son
  • James Frank & wife Melonie, Son
  • Billy Frank & wife Karen, Son
  • Johnny Frank, Brother (deceased)
  • James Frank, Brother (deceased)
  • Derrick Miller, Mentored Family
  • Keith Miller, Mentored Family
  • Steve Frank, Mentored Family
  • Mr. Frank is also survived by twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces & nephews.

  • Brandon Frank
  • Garrett Frank
  • Miles Frank
  • Seth McCall
  • Derrick Miller
  • Drew Simmons
  • Dexter Simmons

  • Hospice of Randolph County
  • Any Youth Program


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Fred Dexter Frank

have a memory or condolence to add?

Kalah Meadows

June 18, 2021

This man was great always carrying my grandfather was his brother and they both was great men I wish I had more time to say thangs I wanted to say I miss and ant marry so much just started coming around more love thee family im so sorry for your loss sending my love

Angela Idol

June 9, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this. He was such a sweet man. I always took my shoes and pocket books to him for repairs. He always done a great job. My prayers to the family .

Debbie Gordon

June 9, 2021

Prayers for such a lovely family. You " Franks" leave such big shoes to fill in all you do. His life spoke volumes of his love for his family, his community and his faith. Such a blessing.

April Gordon

June 8, 2021

To the family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained another Angel. I am so thankful to still have all the memories from my childhood growing up with the Frank’s. We had such good times. Both Fred and Mary always made me and my mom feel welcome! My first beach trip was made possible by the Frank’s. Fred is now reunited with the love of his life. Rest In Peace 🙏

Karen Smith Honeycutt

June 8, 2021

Our prayers are with all the Frank family. He will be missed.

Dale Crouse

June 7, 2021

Such an amazing family. There are no words of comfort that I can offer at this time, I know. I am so glad that I knew this man, and his family. Praising God for the generational impact his family will have. God bless!💜


June 7, 2021

Hello to the entire Frank Family during this difficult time. I extend my condolences to you all. I am not sure if you remember me or not, I lived with Aunt Arewilder Hedgecock and the family. Jim Bob worked at the shoe shop as did many of you. Yolando I would appreciate an email from you, just to catch up when things settle down for you. I remember looking at you and always thinking what a beautiful woman you were and how I prayed to be just half as pretty as you were. I was sorry to read that your lovely Mother passed and I want you ALL to know you had an amazing family who always welcomed us when we visited. I loved that big white house. I am trying to find 20* acres in that area actually. I have lived in Florida since 1995 and it's time to come back to N.C. God Bless and keep you ALL through this time and all I ever know to say at times like this is that there are no rules to the griefing process and it is an individual process without rules or pain. Sending hugs to you all. <3

Kristina Giles

June 6, 2021

My earliest memories of Papaw were at the shoe shop in Greensboro. As a young child in the elementary years I used to work side by side with the workers. I was given various jobs to do like Dust the shoe polish cans, sweeping the floors, and getting the glue off of the glue container. Sometimes I got to help look for the shoes when customers came to pick them up. I witnessed how Papa Frank treated all kinds of people. He employed minorities when it was still shunned and has stuck by them through the years even in their ups and downs. It taught me to love everyone equally and to love them with all of my heart. And since love is the greatest gift of all that is what I'm learned from Papaw Frank. A great gift.

Tina Hoover

June 6, 2021

Tracey and family
My heart breaks for you but celebrates that Dad is whole again. He and mom are watching over you all. Hugs and prayers through these difficult times.
Love you
Tina, Joey, Brantley and Gabe

Mark Blair

June 6, 2021

Rest In Peace Pops. I will always cherish our time watching cowboy movies and looking at the song birds together.

Mark Blair