April 28, 1921 ~ September 28, 2016

Born in: Rutherfordton NC,
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Worth Frady, 95, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital. Mr. Frady was a native of Rutherford County, NC and the son of George Madison Frady and Mamie Marlow Frady. Worth graduated from Rutherford-Spindale High School and Appalachian State University with a bachelor and masters degree in science and education. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in WWII and was a member of Trinity of Fairview Baptist Church. He taught Science at Mill Spring High School in Polk County and Clyde A. Erwin High School in Asheville. He is survived by his wife, Elfreta McBrayer Frady; two nephews, Darrell Crotts and wife, Sue of Virginia and Douglas Crotts and wife, Beverly of Virginia and a niece, Carolyn Lammons and husband, Jim of Florida. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 3, 2016 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Pastor Stacey Harris officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Rutherfordton. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the funeral home on Monday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity of Fairview Baptist Church, 646 Concord Road, Fletcher, NC 28732.

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  1. Worth and I go back 50+ years to that summer in 1963 when I cut hay in Lynch’s Bottom and took my first spending money to buy a CB radio. Worth was one of the first persons I talked to on the radio. He was KDB 2804 and I was KDD 4087. From that time forward we were friends for life. Worth was the eternal optimist His glass was always half full. There was a curiosity in Worth’s eyes that was contagious. He made you want to explore. He, Elfreta Mom and Dad, being close neighbors, were close friends and always playing jokes on each other. That was very special. They were all educators and touched many lives. Over the years I have spoken with many of Worth’s students from Erwin High School and all had nothing but high praise for the way he taught them the thirst for knowledge. Worth made a difference. In fact, one gentleman I met told me that Worth was the reason he became a teacher himself. What a legacy! I am so thankful that Worth and Elfreta had many retirement years together. Many are not so fortunate. It will be different not seeing Worth on his tractor or tending to his flowers as I pass by 77 Hollywood Road. But, to know he is in no more pain should give all of us peace. Worth now roams fields of clover with none of this world’s burdens. I will miss you Worth. We will meet again. You will always be in my heart.

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  2. Worth you were one of the best of friends, you made my life better just knowing you I will miss you ,but I know you are in a better place. Larry Brookshire

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  3. Mr. and Mrs. Frady were two of the kindest and most generous people you will ever meet. So sorry to hear of Mr. Frady’s passing. May God give strength and blessing to the family and friends.

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  4. Mr. Frady was my 9th grade science teacher. He was a good teacher and I had much respect for him. I believe every student liked him.
    Mr. & Mrs. Frady attended all of our Erwin 1963 graduate reunions. A group of us would meet on one of our birthdays and Mr. & Mrs. Frady were always there. I remember that he brought my husband a big tomato plant on one of his birthdays and another year, he gave him a Laurel bush. I have a wooden block that he made me and it has my birth year of coins in each slot that he carved. He also gave me a book, ‘The Story’ in April 2013. He loved to share his love for God and the need to spread His word. Mrs. Frady is a beautiful woman inside and out. Always laughing with the rest of us when Worth would tell one of his jokes. Our deepest condolences to Mrs. Frady and family and friends. Mr. Frady has just seen all of the beauty that God has created for His people.
    Deepest sympathy,
    Phil and Joyce D. Evans

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  5. My deepest sympathies to the Frady family. I’m so sorry for your loss. May ‘the God of all comfort’ give all of you the needed strength to get through each day. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) The Bible tells us that Jesus wept when his dear friend Lazarus died. Yet, just minutes later, Jesus performed an astounding miracle – he raised Lazarus back to life! (John 11:32-44) In doing so, he gave all mankind solid grounds for faith in the amazing promise he had made earlier in his ministry when he said: ‘Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.’ (John 5:28,29) What this can mean for you is the real hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones. May the precious promise of the resurrection hope give you a measure of peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  6. Mr Frady was a favorite teacher when I attended Erwin in the early 70’s…. I am sorry to hear of his passing but from reading the obituary I will see him again..

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  7. I remember Mr. Frady as a fine science teacher and friend to students from Erwin High School. He is one of the reasons I pursued science when I later attended college. I had the pleasure of running into him at a home improvement store, many years after he retired. We had a warm conversation and shared some memories from back in the day. I’m sorry to read of his passing, but I can say the he left many with fond memories.

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  8. Dear Family, Upon hearing the promotion of Mr. Frady to Heaven, my heart is so saddened, but I rejoice in knowing him during part of my life. He was such a kind man and I loved sitting under his teachings while at Fairview Baptist Church. He also had such an impact on my sons as youth there in the 80’s. My son worked with him one summer at his home and he really learned a lot about hard work. Mr. Frady was such a blessing on our family. We will see you later, Mr. Frady. ON HEAVEN’S BRIGHT SHORE! With heart felt sympathy to the family and friends and Alfreda. Love in Christ

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  9. Dear Frady Family,
    You would not know me but I served in the NC House with Former Rep. Nathan Ramsey and I have heard what a wonderful person Mr. Frady was. Working in education for local and state office I know our great teachers and I would like you to know how much I appreciate his service to our nation and state. May God bless your family as you remember his life.

    NC Rep. Linda Johnson

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  10. A wonderful man and teacher. He was always smiling. A dedicated teacher.
    I had him for biology my sophomore year at Erwin High School

    God’s Peace to his family

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  11. Of course we were saddened to hear of the loss of Uncle Worth but we know he has just made Heaven a little brighter (if that is possible). There are a lot of people in the Asheville school system who are a lot better off because of the teaching ministry of Uncle Worth and Aunt Elfreta. Our love and prayers go out to Aunt Elfreta as she certainly will miss him although she had not heard him speak in over two years. Just Uncle Worth’s countenance brightened her life. We have fond memories of our yearly visits to Mamaw and Papaw Frady’s when Uncle Worth and Aunt Elfreta would visit. He always had wonderful stories to tell and was always so encouraging. We personally want to thank Roy and Becky Ramsey for the huge help they have been to Uncle Worth and Aunt Elfreta. Although we have never met them, they kept us informed about Uncle Worth and Aunt Elfreta and has been there for them all these years. We also know that you now have that perfect body, Uncle Worth.

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  12. Dear family,
    I am sorry to hear of Mr. Frady passing. Just heard online. I remember him from when I served at Fairview Baptist. He was always a very supportive member. May Jesus bring you peace during this time as you wait to see him again.

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  13. I knew Mr Frady from Erwin many many years ago. He was always fun and tried to make his classes fun. He never seemed to get flustered no matter what some of his students tried to do in his science classes. He will be missed for sure. I will keep your family in my prayers, Victoria Austin Jennings. EHS class of 1972.

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  14. Mr. Frady was one of the finest educators I encountered in both high school and college. Very much of a fine man and great example for students in the 60’s. Mr. and Mrs. Fradys’ presence will be missed at our reunions and his loss is very much a personal and community loss.

    My sincere condolences to the Frady Family.

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  15. My condolences on your loss. Mr. Frady was a wonderful teacher at Erwin High for many years. He had a such a great sense-of-humor.

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  16. I was in Mr Frady science class, at Erwin high school class of ’81 he was one of most greats teacher in the world to me he will be missed, my prayers go out to the family.

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  17. Mr Frady was my biology teacher from the class of ’64 at Erwin. I still remember his sense of humor, and unmeasurable patience with the boy who sat directly in front of his desk and took things off of it while Mr Frady had his back turned making Mr Frady look high and low and scratch his head in puzzlement. Then he would see the boy playing with the pencil or whatever and demand it back. I’m sure he played along for the laughter it brought because it was a regular happening! But I’m just as sure he would have happily strangled the boy for the disruption he regularly caused in the classroom. We loved it! The boy had a problem paying attention and Mr Frady recognized this long before it became known as ADHD. Mr Frady was a brilliant, compassionate man and I’m glad he had a long lifetime to share his talents to many who loved him.

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  18. I don’t know if you had the privilege of having this wonderful man for a science teacher, but I did and I was totally blessed (I remember my science project with Mr. Frady so well). What an awesome teacher and he will most certainly be missed. Thank you, Mr. Frady, for your service to our country in WWII, and the many hours of teaching where you inspired so many students through science.

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