IRVINGTON - Frymire, L.H. "Dick," 87, went home to be with the Lord on Friday September 6, 2013 at his residence in Irvington.
He was born in Rumsey, KY on August 18, 1926. He was preceded in death by his parents Anna Ellis Frymire, and Junius Miller Frymire, and a brother John Frymire, all of Webster, KY. He was a graduate of Irvington High School after having entered the U.S. Navy as a 17-year old. He was a veteran, having fought as a seaman in World War II in Okinawa.
Mr. Frymire leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Blanche Marie Stith Frymire. Blanche and Dick had two children, Elizabeth Ann Frymire (Thomas) Robinson and Junius Leslie "J.L." (Stacy) Frymire. There are 10 grandchildren, Troy (Lanore) Jones, Melissa (Tommy) Blackburn, Ashley Jones, Jennifer Johnson, Brianne (Mike) Oliver, Jeremy Frymire, Clayton Frymire, Lindsay Frymire and Hannah Frymire and Barret Frymire. There are 12 great-grandchildren and there are two living siblings, Al Frymire of Stonebridge, GA, and Mary Ann Smith of Brandenburg, KY.
Mr. Frymire spent much of his life serving the public. He was the owner/distributor for Gulf Oil Company. He served as a Judge and Magistrate in Breckinridge County. He was the Commonwealth Railroad Commissioner in 1975.
Perhaps best remembered as a weather prognosticator and folklorist, Mr. Frymire traveled the U.S. giving speeches on any folklore topic. People always looked forward to taping his winter forecasts to their refrigerators on September 1. His homespun ways led to many appearances across various media. He drew many laughs as a guest of Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Bill Cosby and Ludlow Porch as well as, CNN and many, many regional and local telecasts.
He was most proud elevating the underdog and donating the property for the Veterans Memorial in Irvington, Kentucky. He was also the founder of the Irvington Youth League in 1954 spending endless hours giving youth an opportunity to hone their athletic/citizenship skills. He was endeared for his 30 plus years serving as a Sunday school teacher, as well as, being active in various other Committees at the Irvington United Methodist Church. He was appointed a permanent Good Will Ambassador for Kentucky in 1980 and a Kentucky Colonel in 1962. He never met a stranger and had a joyous nickname for everyone.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. EDT at Irvington United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Irvington. Visitation will be Monday from noon to 9 p.m. EDT at Alexander Funeral Home & after 9 a.m. EDT Tuesday at the church.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 8, 2013