Eunice Pierce

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Eunice Delores

Fryar Lindsay Pierre

POUGHKEEPSIE - Eunice Delores Fryar Lindsay Pierre, fell asleep in death on Tuesday July 5th 2011 at Vassar Brothers Hospital. She was 72 years old. She was born on Feb.25,1939 in Duplin County, N.C. to the late Mr. Elliot and Mrs. Annie Mae King Fryar. She was the only child of that union. Eunice was predeceased by a newborn son Keith Lindsay in 1967.

Eunice graduated from Bland High School in Harrells,North Carolina in 1957.

She completed a real estate course at Orange County Community College in 1972.

Eunice was the First African American Bank Teller in the City of Newburgh N.Y. She was employed at the County National Bank. Later she became the first African American office manager for the bank

She was Executive Director of Varick Homes in Newburgh, N.Y. when she retired after 25 years of service.

Eunice had many hobbies many interests. Among them were sports,especially basketball.

Eunice had many loves but her three great loves were God, family and knowledge through education.

Eunice loved her family and her family loved her deeply as well. She was a devoted and attentive daughter to both her parents until their deaths. Eunice meticulously kept track of family lineage birth, marriage and death records. She proudly collected and saved any and all newspaper articles or clippings of family member's accomplishments. She also had similar records of world, national and events particularly noteworthy to the Black Community.

She, along with her parents, was foster parents to four children for a time.

Eunice loved God and expressed a strong faith at an early age. She was admirably tolerant and respectful of others' belief as well. She became a member of the A.M.E. Zion Church of Newburgh, N.Y. in 1965. She was a member there for thirty years until moving to poughkeepsie. During that time she served in many capacities including Sunday School Teacher in the Children's Department, then Superintendant of the Buds of Promise. Ms Pierre was the founder and first President of the Helen A. Coppedge Missionary Society. This Society had as its mission to raise funds to support missionary workers and families in Africa, Europe and the West Indies. She was also elected by the congregation to the Board of Trustees. She served as its secretary then as Chairperson until 1991. Eunice was also elected Secretrary of the church's Quarterly Conference for a time. After moving to Poughkeepsie, Eunice became a member of Smith Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church. She really enjoyed attending service and did so as often as her health would allow. She served as a Deaconess, missionary and steward until her death.

She had an engaging warm smile that would usually be followed up by an equally warm embrace for friends and loved ones. She possessed a quiet dignity that could be seen for miles. If you were the rare person that did not love and admire her, you were at least forced to respect her.

Although an only child, Eunice did not believe she was without siblings. She was close to many of her cousins but especially to the eleven children of the late Mr. James and Mattie King Fryar. James was her father's brother and Mattie was her mother's sister. At times during Eunice's early years the two families lived under one roof. So from this branch of her family, Eunice inherited Brothers, Sisters, Nieces, Nephews and even children

Left to cherish her memories are her " Daughter" Cynthia Draufhon Ebbert ( Mark) of Poughkeepsie N.Y. " Brothers"-Fred Fryar and Issac Fryar(Doris) of Enfield, N.C. Leon Fryar(Gloria) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida "Sisters"-Marie Daise and Blondie Atily(Alex) of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mae Bryant(Otha) of Bronx, N.Y.

Patricia Cooper(Adrian) of Erwin,N.C. Special"Nephew" Chad Patterson of poughkeepsie,N.Y. Special"Niece" Shelia Bernard LassiterI(Glenn) of Poughkeepsie,N.Y.

Special " Big Sister" Carrie Clinton of Wadesboro, N.C.

Special " Sister-In-Law" Margrtet Fryar of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Maternal Uncle- John Henry King of Newton Grove, N.C. Long Time Best Friend- Delores Kennedy of Newburgh, N.Y.

Funeral Services were held Friday July 15th 2011 at Smith Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church 124 Smith Street Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601

Viewing will start at 10am. Service begins at 11am

The Rev. Dr. H. Dwight Bolton, Officiating.

Arrangements under direction of Rhodes Funeral Home

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 16, 2011
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