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August 25, 2007

Malcolm Fry

Funeral services for Dr. Malcolm Craig Fry, 79, Locust Grove, are Friday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m., at Donelson Free Will Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Burial will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Wayne Phillips will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Locust Grove First Free Will Baptist Church Monday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m., and in Nashville, Tenn, on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Donelson Free Will Baptist Church. Services are under the direction of Key Funeral Home of Locust Grove.

Fry was born June 6, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., to Dwight and Adrienne (Craig) Fry. He died Aug. 24, in Locust Grove. A native of Detroit, Mich., Dr. Fry was a Free Will Baptist minister for 54 years. He pastored 25 years in five states - Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Tennessee. He twice served as a home missionary.

He was a denominational leader in developing church training materials and Sunday School curriculum. He was a highly regarded meeting planner. He served 18 years with two Free Will Baptist national agencies (Church Training Service and the Sunday School Department). He served in a number of roles, including director, assistant director, adult curriculum director and Writer’s Conference coordinator.

A profile Bible teacher, writer and vocalist, he published seven books and recorded three albums. He served two years in the U.S. Army and six years in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from four colleges and seminaries, eventually earning the Doctor of Ministry degree at Luther Rice Seminary.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. Malcolm Craig Fry, Jr., and wife, Christi, Kingsport, Tenn. and the Rev. Matthew D. Fry and wife, Martha, Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Pamela Mae Vaughan and husband, Mike, Four Oaks, N.C. and Rebecca Dawn Gwartney and husband, Curt, Locust Grove; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richardson Fry, Jerusalem, Israel and Donald Fry, Weatherford, Texas; and one sister, Ann Knowles, Fayetteville, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Myrtle Mae Fry.

In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to Free Will Baptist International Missions or Free Will Baptist Home Missions at PO Box 5002, Antioch, Tenn., 37011-5002.

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