Douglas Kyle Frith

September 2, 1931October 6, 2013

Douglas Kyle Frith, 82, of 1409 Whittle Road in Martinsville, died Sunday, October 6, 2013. He was a lifelong resident of Henry County, where he was born on September 2, 1931, to Jacob Ewell Frith and Sally Ada Nunn Frith. After graduating from Roanoke College in 1952, he served as an order of battle specialist in the U.S. Army, doing military intelligence work during the Korean War. He earned his law degree at Washington & Lee University in 1957

A member of the Virginia State Bar, he practiced law for 42 years before retiring in 1999. He had served as president of the Martinsville-Henry County Bar Association and state director of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He served as a substitute judge for the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts of the 21st Judicial District for nine years. He was a widely respected and active practitioner of the law, and was admitted before all Courts of the Commonwealth, including the Supreme Court of Virginia. In addition, he practiced before the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the U. S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and a deacon.

Many public service contributions included serving as attorney for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, a volunteer for the Central Business District’s uptown renewal, and a board member of Virginia National Bank, now Bank of America. Further, he was a board member and president of the Patrick Henry Scholarship Foundation, and a long and active member of the Martinsville Kiwanis Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ella Tuck Frith, and two brothers, James Burness Frith and Coy Bernard Frith. He is survived by his daughters, Margaret Frith Ringers of Tallahassee, FL, and Susan Elaine Frith, of Orlando, FL; four grandchildren, Madeline and Kyle Ringers, and Sarah and Alison Walker; and one brother, Floyd Earl Frith of Floyd, Virginia, and well as several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Friday, October 11, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Martinsville, with the Rev. John Fulcher and Dr. Dennis Knight officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday, October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Martinsville and other times at the residence on Whittle Road. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to First Baptist Church of Martinsville, 23 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112.

Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville. To express condolences on line, please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2013

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Peter Ramsey

October 12, 2013

I met Doug at the 2006 Frith Reunion at Oak Level Ruritan. He was a gentle, good man with an engaging curiosity in any conversation-a man I am proud to call Cousin. Prayers and condolences to his family and extended family. I know his absence creates a void in the greater community of the area that will be felt for as long as his memory endures. May he rest in peace.

October 11, 2013

Margaret, Larry, Madeline, Kyle, Susan, John, Sarah and Alison, you have our Sympathy and we know that God will see you through. You are in our Prayers. Love You. Leroy and Odessie

Tricia Kohlbeck

October 10, 2013

Margaret and Susan,

I enjoyed reading the book that your dad wrote. I enjoyed seeing him at my mother's 80th birthday party. He was such a kind gentleman. He thanked me for inviting him to the party but indicated that he had to leave to take care of your mom. He was a class act!

Tricia Draper Charles Kohlbeck (Patsy Draper's daughter)

October 10, 2013

I met Doug at the Courthouse in Radford, Va. at a time when I was working for other lawyers and trying to gain entry into law school. We became friends instantly and he asked me to do some research for him. Our friendship continued as he encouraged me to pursue a legal career and I made a point to see him whenever in Martinsville. A wonderful man, a great lawyer and a true friend who will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Pete Beller, Radford, Va.

Grace Chapel Ministries

October 10, 2013

The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord(Romans 6:23). To the family, may God wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you during this time and the times ahead. Our prayers are with you.

Pastor Mandell & Elder Eunice Motley
Grace Chapel Ministries
182 Blackberry Rd
PO Box 1210
Bassett, Va 24055

October 9, 2013

Margaret and Susan, my sympathy and condolences are with you and your families.
Roseann Wells

Johnsie Tate

October 9, 2013

My sympathy and condolences are with you and your family at this time. Mr. Fritz was a very sweet person who I will always remember when dealing in the profession of an Attorney. May God Continue to Bless your family. To God Be The Glory. Sister Johnsie P. Finney-Tate, Roanoke, Virginia

Rebecca Tuck-White

October 9, 2013

Margaret and Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. I imagine that Uncle Doug and Aunt Ella are together again for eternity without pain or age to slow them down. Your parents were, for me growing up, the epitome of what true southern grace and hospitality should encompass and being in their presence was to be in the presence of warmth, sincerity, intellect and style. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.