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Charles H. "Brother" Fryer Jr., 77, of Furnace Acres, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at home.
Born Sept. 9, 1939, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Charles H. Fryer Sr. and Elizabeth (Malamphy) Fryer. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Jane (Brant) Fryer; and a brother, Joseph Fryer.
Charlie was a graduate of Ridgeley High School, class of 1959. He was in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, having served during the Berlin Crisis. For the next 26 years, he worked in production for the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company. Mr. Fryer had worked for Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company, followed by LaVale Beauty and Barber Supply. From 1991 to 2011, Brother, as he was affectionately known, worked for Nelson Auto Sales.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish-St. Patrick's, Cumberland, having served on the parish council and was active in the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Brother was a member and past president of the Ridgeley Lions Club. He was the Ridgeley Lion of the Year in 1996 and recipient of the Leonard Jarrett Award. In addition, he was a lifetime member of both Gold Star Post 6752, V.F.W. and Cumberland Council 586, Knights of Columbus. Charlie had served as president and on the board of directors for the Furnace Acres Community. In 1974, he started the Wiley Ford Baseball League.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie (Cline) Fryer; three sons, C. Gregory Fryer and wife, Beth, Ashburn, Va., Kenneth G. Lepley and wife, Pam, Fayetteville, N.C., and Patrick E. Lepley, Fairborn, Ohio; three daughters, Teresa L. Lepley and Chris, Fairborn, Lucinda A. Bradshaw and Steve, Ridgeley, Michele A. Buser and husband, Christopher, Ridgeley; two brothers, Msgr. Patrick L. Fryer, Gerrardstown, and Stephen Fryer and wife, Cathy, Wiley Ford; three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Andrews, Keyser, Cecelia "Sheila" Mickey and Richard, Furnace Acres, and Camilla Whiteman and husband, Roy, Carpendale; grandchildren, Andrea Cox and husband, Matthew, Margo Lepley, Brittany Fryer, Brandon Fryer, Carissa Wharton and husband, Adam, Carly, Stefan and Micah Buser, and Kyle Lepley; great-grandchildren, Austin and Chase Cox, and Brennan and Gracelynne Wharton; brothers-in-law, James Cline, Frostburg, and Lt. H.B. Martz and wife, Crissy, Mount Savage; sisters-in-law, Hazel Davis and husband, Jim, Ellerslie, and Joan Frame and husband, Johnnie, Berkeley Springs; several nieces and nephews, including Dennis Mickey and Kevin Whiteman; and special friends, Jim Kennell, Claude Sponaugle, and Roger Hutzell.
Friends will be received at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Cumberland, on Friday, July 14, 2017, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m.
Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Fort Cumberland Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Our Lady of the Mountains Parish or St. Anthony's Place, 300 E. Oldtown Road, Cumberland, MD 21502.
Condolences to the family may be posted after Mr. Fryer's obituary at www.upchurchfh.com.
Published on July 11, 2017
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