Paul Gibson Frye, 94, of Iredell County, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at Iredell Memorial Hospital after a short stay. Paul was born June 15, 1927, to the late Thomas Eugene and Mary Elizabeth Blackwelder Frye.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mae Christopher Frye; brothers, Fred E. Frye (Betty) and Harry Frye (Charlotte); and brother-in-law, David Teague.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Vickie Frye Degges (Andrew) of Greensboro, N.C.; son, Thomas Christopher Frye (Freida) of Harmony; companion, Hazel Privette Frye; grandchildren: Sabrina Lane Frye (Dave Hoagland) and Thomas Christopher Frye II (Kimberly); great-grandchild, Natalie Snead; sister, Carolyn Frye Teague; and 18 nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

Paul served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a lifelong member of Rose Chapel UMC. He also attended Liberty Wesleyan Church with his companion Hazel. Paul started a daycare business on Turnersburg Highway, which then grew to be named Small Beginnings under the management of Gwen Morrison. He was the owner of Frye Grading and Repair Inc., which served the home building industry, and his son and grandson will carry on the family business. Paul was a member of the Ruritan Club. Paul loved to tell a good story when he was around his buddies, and he survived many mishaps outdoors!

The family wishes to thank Paul’s caregivers at Sherrie’s In Home Care for the fine care Paul received, and Iredell Memorial Hospital for their respectful treatments.

Services for Paul will include a Lie-In-Repose on Friday, April 1, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Rose Chapel UMC Cemetery on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Gary Camp officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Paul’s honor to Rose Chapel UMC, 813 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, NC 28625, or Liberty Wesleyan Church, 2106 Sheffield Dr., Harmony, NC, 28634.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com for the Frye family.

Bunch-Johnson is honored to be serving the Frye family.

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