Richard Edward Fry, 77, died at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville at 12:08 a.m. on January 22, 2022 of an internaial hemorrhage.
He is survived by his wife (Joy) Wanda Joyce Boatright (Fry), his daughter Laura (Matt) Durbin, his granddaughters Loni Joy Watts, Emily (John) Kirkland, his great-grandsons Blake Lay, (Jack ) John Andrew Kirkland, his great-granddaughters. Courtney Lay and Abigail Joy Kirkland, brother David Fry, sister Doris (Robert) Koffman and sister-in-law Mary Fry.
He was predeceased by his daughter Holly Fry and brother Michael Fry.
Richard is a graduate of Allen Military, Brayn, Texas, University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri, and received his Master’s degree from Keller Graduate School of Business Management in Chicago, Illinois. Richard joined the Army in 1964, received his basic training at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. He was in the German Army Security Agency and served with distinction in Vietnam where he earned a Purple Heart. He retired as a purchasing manager as West Argo in Kansas City, Missouri.
Richard liked to paint and write, he played the accordion as well as the great Highland bagpipes as well as the small parlor bagpipes. He first played for neighborhood children. They gathered in our garden to hear him practice. He played in several marching bands in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, around Chicago, and in mass bands with up to 1,000 other pipers at the Milwaukee Highland Games as well as weddings and funerals, as well as children’s schools.
Richard loved the Lord and prayed for his church. I miss him but I can’t mourn him, I can only rejoice that he is in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 19 at the First Baptist Church at 108 E. Grundy St., Tullahoma, at 1 p.m.
Tullahoma News – February 13, 2022