Rev. Homer Edgar Fry

November 5, 1927October 28, 2018

Rev. Homer Edgar Fry went home to be with the Lord Sunday, October 28, 2018 at his residence.

He was born November 5, 1927 in Catawba County, the son of the late George Franklin Fry, Sr. and Mattie Anna (Miller) Fry.

Rev. Fry was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University (BA) in 1951 and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (MD) in 1955. He was ordained by the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 1955 and served Luther’s, Richfield from 1955 -1957, Christ, Stanley from 1957 – 1962, Holly Grove, Lexington from 1962-1964, Cross of Christ (formerly Prosperity), Concord from 1964-1971, New Covenant, Archdale from 1972-1973, Reformation, Taylorsville from 1973-1975, Sardis, Hickory from 1975-1985. He was Vice Pastor at various congregations. He served on the Board of North Carolina Lutheran Homes from 1971-1973 and retired in 2002.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Linda Hilton and Laura Jones, as well as four brothers, George Fry, Jr., Glenn Frye, Paul Fry and Allen Fry.

Rev. Fry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alice Eldora (Barnhardt) Fry; daughter, Trudy Reese of Morganton; 2 sons, Frank Fry and wife, Sherry of Hickory, and Nelson Fry and wife, Teresa of Hickory; grandchildren, Ashley Byrd and husband Matt, Tyler Fry and wife, Kelsey of Wake Forest, Trevor Fry, Hailey Fry and Lacey Callahan, all of Hickory, Taylor Cansler and husband, Dillon of Conover, Ana-Len Csobady of Hickory; five great-grandchildren, Avery Byrd, Finley Byrd, Riley Fry, River Fry and Caroline Cansler; brother, Earl Fry of Redondo Beach, CA; and sister, Ruth Jenkins of Hallsville, MO.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA –Startown, with Rev. Ralph Kraft officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Memorial Park, Hwy. 10, Newton, NC.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA-Startown, 3761 Startown Road, Newton, NC 28658.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the loving staff of Carolina Caring Hospice in Newton.


  • George Franklin Fry Sr., Father
  • Mattie Anna Fry, Mother
  • Alice Eldora Fry, Wife of 62 Years
  • Trudy Reese, Daughter
  • Frank Fry and wife, Sherry, Son
  • Nelson Fry and wife, Teresa, Son
  • Ashley Byrd and husband, Matt, Grandchild
  • Tyler Fry and wife, Kelsey, Grandchild
  • Trevor Fry, Grandchild
  • Hailey Fry, Grandchild
  • Lacey Callahan, Grandchild
  • Taylor Cansler and husband, Dillon, Grandchild
  • Ana-Len Csobady, Grandchild
  • Avery Byrd, Great Grandchild
  • Finley Byrd, Great Grandchild
  • Riley Fry, Great Grandchild
  • River Fry, Great Grandchild
  • Caroline Cansler, Great Grandchild
  • Linda Hilton, Sister
  • Laura Jones, Sister
  • Ruth Jenkins, Sister
  • George Fry Jr., Brother
  • Glenn Frye, Brother
  • Paul Fry, Brother
  • Allen Fry, Brother
  • Earl Fry, Brother

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA-Startown


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 1, 2018

Rev. Homer Edgar Fry

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Carole Yost Parrott

November 1, 2018

So sorry to hear about the passing of Pastor Fry. He was my very first pastor and was the one who baptized me at Cross of Christ Lutheran, Concord, NC in October of 1968 (my parents are Rand and Yvonne Yost). He also served as a reference for my parents when I was adopted. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to your entire family!

Loretta Stephenson

October 29, 2018

Thinking of all Homer's family with memories dating back to LTSS where he and my dear Jim graduated at the same time. We enjoyed his humor. May God's peace be with you as you celebrate his earthly life and eternal life.

Loretta Stephensnon

Leonard Boluck

October 29, 2018

Pastor Frye served as interim pastor ( for a good number of years) at St Mark’s. Near Blowing Rock) He was appreciated so very much by my parents and other relatives. Prayers of thanksgiving for his life, faith and ministry ! Rita & Leonard Bolick