Owen David Frei

December 30, 1944January 11, 2019

Frei, David 74 of Knoxville, TN passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 11, 2019. He was a graduate of Rule High School. Over his 45 year career, David began working as a projectionist at Dixie Lee Junction Drive-In and continued working as a projectionist at most of the Knoxville Theatres before retiring after 17 years as manager at Carmike 10. He was a former member of the IATSE, a member of the Mason's, Shriner's, and an Eagle Scout. David was a long time member of New Salem United Methodist Church. He enjoyed going to the movies and the local car shows. David was preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Grace Frei; brother, Charles Porter Frei. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Evelyn Frei; sisters-in-law, Samita Frei and family, Betty (Ben) McCammon, Jody Sayne; nieces, Cindy (Rick) Shephard and Tammy McCammon; nephew, Frank (Carolyn) McCammon; great nieces, Evelyn and Ashlyn; great nephews, Garrison and Donovan. David also leaves behind many friends at his church, theater and gym. Family will receive friends Tuesday, January 15th from 12-2pm at Berry Highland South on Simpson Road with funeral service following at 2pm. Dr. David Lord officiating. Burial will take place immediately following services at Berry Highland South Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to New Salem United Methodist Church 1220 Tipton Station Road Knoxville, TN 37920


  • New Salem United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Owen David Frei

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Lisa Davis

February 13, 2019

David, I am glad that we got to know each other a bit while out exercising on our beautiful street. I will miss seeing you out there! Thank you for your kindness in trying to befriend and pet my shy dog, Lucy.I will think of you when I walk.
" Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!" - Dr. Suess

Norman Cagle

January 15, 2019

Your in My throughts and prayers .he will be very missed.

Nancy Sikes

January 14, 2019

Sending deepest sympathies.
RIP David

Nancy Frye Sikes
RHS 62

Bobby Gorman

January 13, 2019

Family and friends. I am so saddened and sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy. David and I attended all 12 years of public school together and I have fond memories of him. I will be out of town and unable to attend services, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP, David.

Bobby Gorman
Rule High School, Class of 1962

Michelle Morse

January 13, 2019

I have known Dave for over 20 years. He was a kind, funny, goofy, never-boring, great listener, and sooo much more!!! I’m so sad to hear of his passing. My husband and I both offer our deepest condolences to his wife, family, and friends. Til we meet again, my friend... fly high!