Lory M. Frey, Jr
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Lory Mayfield Frey, Jr., 90, a dedicated Christian, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, and teacher, went to be with the Lord on December 22, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center. Lory Frey, the epitome of a true Southern gentleman, loved life and gave love unconditionally - to his Lord, his family, his friends, his students, his Sunday School class and his church,.
Born in Haynesville, Louisiana, on September 21, 1923, Lory was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 61 years, Bettye Acklin Frey; his parents, Lorry Mayfield Frey, Sr. and Thelma Miller Frey; brothers, Curtis Miller Frey and Dr. Jerry Wayne Frey.
He graduated from Ouachita Parish High School in 1940 and then attended the New Mexico Military Institute. During World War II, he served in the famed 3rd Infantry Division. After traveling to Naples, Italy, he found himself in the Anzio campaign where he spent 60 days in a foxhole, being shelled night and day. He spent two and one-half years in the European theater. He spent a short period of time "on loan" to the French Fourth Army and received the prestigious Croix de Guerre medal. He also received the Combat Infantryman Badge, a Presidential Unit Citation, and numerous ribbons. In 2001, the French consul in New Orleans presented him with a special plaque and citation for his part in the liberation of France. He was proud to be a member of the Greatest Generation.
After the war, he received a B.A. in economics from Southern Methodist University, where he was a Phi Delta Theta. He then earned a M.A.in English from University of Mississippi, and during his Ole Miss days, he was invited to Rowan Oak to meet William Faulkner. He earned his next degree, an Education Specialist's degree from the University of Arkansas.
During his 40 plus years as an educator at Minden High School, Ouachita High School, NLU, Riverfield Academy, Ridgedale Academy, and West Monroe High School he touched the lives of thousands of students, many of whom stayed in contact with him until his death recounting their days with him. While he was at West High School, upon the urging of a group of students, he led the charge to form the first high school dance line in the state of Louisiana. He was very proud to the be the founding father of the renowned Rebel Raiders-not only a danceline, but an outlet for women to participate in a sport that allowed young women to utilize their athletic talents, as well as teaching them poise and grace and what it meant to be a true lady. He also mentored over 60 student teachers during his career which allowed his gentle style to touch the lives of even more students.
He was a former member of Memorial Methodist Church and was currently an active member of First United Methodist Church. While a member of FUMC, he served on multiple committees including the committee to establish a day care center-he was quite proud of this ministry. He was also a member of his beloved Anna Gray Noe Sunday School class where he and Betty shared many wonderful times.
While the above are certainly accomplishments, his greatest accomplishment was that he was the greatest father and husband. He filled our lives with joy, laughter, sunshine and unconditional love each and every day. To be in the room with him you could simply feel his love.
Survivors include his two daughters and their spouses, Lori and Bob Sherba and Lisa and Lyle Miller. Grandchildren are Shelby Sherba, NatalieMiller, Lauren Miller, and David Miller. He had two great grandchildren and several very special nieces and nephews. He also was father to many special people-especially all of "his girls".
Active Pall Bearers will be Frank Bennett, Fred Bennett, Paul Crew, Scott Hart, Rand Killgore and Dan Robertson. Honorary Pall Bearers are Gene Baker, Barry Delcamber, Judge Larry Lolly, Larry Stafford, Ed Theus, Ken Theus and the Anna Gray Noe Sunday School Class members.
Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of the service at 11:00 on Tuesday, December 24 at First United Methodist Church on Loop Road in Monroe. Following the service will be a private family graveside service at Mulhearn Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Dean Stockstill and his staff for their loving, gentle care-Dr. Dean always put him atease with his jovial spirit. Additionally, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the St. Francis ER staff that gracefully held our hands and guided us through sending our father to be his with his Father led by Dr. Louie Crook and his compassionate staff. Special thanks to his loved neighbor Frances Curty for being his entertainment provider and dear friend. Additionally, we owe a debt of gratitude to his loving caregiving Sarah Richards. The family also extends their sincere appreciation to Elton Farrar and "the Fred's pharmacy gang" for their professionalism and genuine concern for our father and his needs.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church of Monroe or the Frey Family Rebel Raider Scholarship Fund at West Monroe High School. Contact for the scholarship at WM-Mary Bernard or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online condolences can be made to the family ay www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.
Kilpatrick Funeral Home
Kilpatrick Funeral Home
1200 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Published in The News Star on Dec. 24, 2013