First Posted: 6/3/2009
ELKIN Mrs. Betty Ray Loflen Frye of Elkin and Westfield, Mass., joined her husband, the Rev. Hassell Frye, in their heavenly home on June 2, 2009. Betty was born in Mount Airy on May 23, 1923, one of three children of Dillard Wilson Loflen and Jettie Irene Moody. She was proud of her family heritage being a direct descendent of Pleasant B. Moody, one of the early settlers of Surry County, and Ruel Moody, who fought in the Civil War and also voted in the first election in Mount Airy. Betty graduated from Mount Airy High School in 1940 and worked at the telephone company before marrying Hassell Frye in 1943. They had a son, Hassell Frye Jr., and moved to Elkin, where her husband played semi-pro baseball for Chathams. Betty worked as secretary at the First Methodist Church and also at radio station WIFM in Elkin before becoming a full-time pastors wife when her husband was ordained as minister in 1961. Betty enjoyed working with the preschoolers in the numerous churches they served. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years; and a sister-in-law, Martha Loflen. Survivors include her son, Hassell A. Frye Jr. and wife Cathy of Westfield, Mass.; two brothers, Lester A. Loflen and wife Kathryn of Columbia, S.C., and Dillard Wade Loflen of Mount Airy; two granddaughters, Caroline M. Babinski and husband Jason of Westfield, Mass., and Cynthia R. Gilbert and husband James of Enfield, Conn.; and six great-grandchildren, David Crichton, Cory Babinski, Adrian Crichton, Kayce Babinski, Kayla Gilbert and James Gilbert Jr.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and her two doggies, Lucky and Sandy. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Moody-Davis Funeral Chapel in Dobson with the service conducted by the Rev. James Holbrook with interment to follow in Crestwood Memorial Gardens on Highway 21, State Road. The family will receive friends at Moody-Davis Funeral Home Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to honor Betty Frye to Shiloh Baptist Church, 5532 St. Paul Church Road, Hamptonville, NC 27020. Moody Funeral Service is serving the Frye family. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.