P. Allen Fry CHARLOTTE - Perry Allen Fry, 88, joined his beloved wife Carolyn in heaven on April 15, 2014. Born in Startown, on Jan. 5, 1926, Allen was one of nine children born to farmer George Franklin Fry and homemaker Mattie Miller Fry. Allen graduated from Startown High School as Valedictorian of the Class of 1943. That fall, he attended Coyne Electrical School of Chicago before joining the Navy on Jan. 1, 1944. Following basic training in Great Lakes, Ill., and Gulfport, Miss., Allen attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin in 1945, graduating in 1948 with a degree in electrical engineering. Allen then returned to N.C. and began a long career with Duke Power Company (1950-1960 and 1973-1991 in Charlotte; 1960-1973 in Spartanburg, S.C.). At the time he retired from the company, Allen was serving as Manager of Engineering, Operations, and Distribution for the Central Division. Allen's priorities were his Christian faith and his family. He was a devoted and loving husband to Carolyn, whom he married on Aug. 27, 1950, as well as a wonderful father to their daughters, Carol and Susan, who benefited from his enjoyment of mathematics and science, his enthusiasm for photo-documentation, and his sense of adventure on the family's many road trips. Allen was very active in the church throughout his life. He served on the Church Council at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Charlotte and at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spartanburg. He served as Sunday School Superintendent at St. John's and at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Startown. He chaired the Building Committee at St. John's, which was tasked with the construction of a new education building and church renovations. He also served on the Property Committee at St. Mark's for many years. He derived great pleasure from religious choral music. He sang in the choir of every church that he attended and was honored to contribute his melodic bass voice to the Billy Graham Crusade choir in Charlotte. Allen greatly enjoyed playing golf and was proud of his two holes-in-one! He was also a successful bowler, enjoyed playing softball and bridge, and was active in the Spartanburg Lions Club. In addition to his parents, Allen was predeceased by his siblings George Fry, Glenn Frye, Paul Fry, Linda Hilton, and Laura Jones. He is survived by his daughter Carol Fry Bohlin and Carol's husband Roy of Fresno, Calif.; his daughter Susan Fry Ginns and Susan's husband Marc Ginns of Huntersville; three beloved grandchildren, Christopher Bohlin, Ashley Ginns and Virginia Ginns; brother Earl Fry and his wife Patsy of Redondo Beach, Calif; brother Homer Fry and his wife Alice of Startown; and sister Ruth Jenkins of Columbia, Mo.; and many special nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1001 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. Inurnment will follow the service in the church's columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center. Online condolences may be shared at www.carolinafuneral.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 18, 2014