Donald E. Frederick

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Donald Eugene Frederick, 87, of Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Manchester, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Life Care Center of Gray.

Born Jan. 16, 1925, in Manchester, he was the son of the late Samuel and Alice Frederick. He was the husband of Zelda Frederick, his wife of 61 years.

He was a 1942 graduate of Manchester High School. He graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from New York Theological Seminary in New York City in 1955 with a Master of Divinity degree.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy in the Pacific. Prior to entering college, he worked as a partner with his father in the plumbing and heating business.

He began his ministry in the United Presbyterian Church of North America in 1955. He had served churches in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., Phillipsburg, N.J., Johnson City, Winter Park, Fla., and Columbia, Tenn. In his retirement he served as interim pastor of several churches and as parish associate of Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church. He served as a volunteer chaplain for 13 years at Johnson City Medical Center. In the '60s he led his Watauga Avenue Presbyterian congregation into integration and took into membership more than 30 members from the Afro-American Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons the Rev. Dr. Kevin E. Frederick and wife Mary Jane, of Valdese, N.C., and Keith B. Frederick, of Johnson City; a daughter, Karen A. Frederick, of Johnson City; and grandchildren Eleanor A. and Samuel G. Frederick, both of Valdese.

He was predeceased by a brother, David Frederick; and a sister, Margaret Frederick.

A witness to the resurrection and memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 23, at Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, with the Rev. George Rolling officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601; or the , 207 N. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604.

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Arrangements are by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services in Johnson City.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Sept. 11, 2012
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