James Ray Frye, 51, of Logan, departed this life at home on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 following a valiant battle with cancer. The son of Judith (Duncan) and Kenneth Ray Frye of Stollings, Jim was born February 21, 1965 in Man, WV. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Wayne and Carmie Fry and John Duncan.
Jim wanted to make a difference. He dedicated his time and poured his heart into his family, his community, the arts, and education. He was a member of Logan High School class of 1983, and graduated with a degree in business and marking from Marshall University 1991. Jim had a strong work ethic, and at a very young age he began working collecting bottles for the Pepsi plant in Stollings, WV. He held positions of increasing responsibility early in his career at Super America/Speedway before eventually returning to the same Pepsi plant where he collected bottles as boy in the role of Plant Manager. Jim worked his way up through a variety of positions until his most recent assignment of Senior Key Account Manager. â¦.. With his work through Pepsi, Jim championed the creation of scholarships for local high school band students, the procurement of new scoreboards for area schools. Jim was a True Blue Award recipient in 2014 and 2015, one of Pepsiâs highest honors. Through his work with the Board of Education Jim spearheaded new turf fields for the area high schools, the building of the Holden gym and new classrooms. Renovations to the Man High School Fieldhouse and the upcoming construction of the new Chapmanville Elementary School.
Jim was an active member of the community. He was President of the Logan County Board of Education, past President of Logan County Chamber of Commerce, and former President of The Aracoma Story, Inc. He a former board member as well as camp counselor of the WE CAN program for at risk children. Jim was past President of the West Virginia Beverage Association. He was on the Foundation Board for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Jim was also active in the Logan Kiwanis Club.
He had a passion for the arts and took great joy in mentoring young actors. In addition to serving as President of The Aracoma Story, Inc., audiences may remember him in the roles of the Cowardly Lion in âThe Wizard of Ozâ, Horton in âSeussical the Musicalâ, Daddy Warbucks in âAnnieâ and Burl Sanders in âSmoke on the Mountain.â
Jim was a man of God. He was a member of West Logan Church of God, and a past member of Claypool United Methodist Church in Davin, WV.
Jim married the love of his life Melissa (Roach) Frye on July 18, 1992. The love they shared leaves behind two fine young men, James Jackson Frye (18) and Griffin Patrick James Frye (10) who will never forget the many precious memories they shared with their father.
Jim is survived in death by his parents, his wife and two sons, his brother Kenneth Ray Frye, Jr., his maternal grandmother Julia Duncan of Darlington, SC, father-in-law Jim Roach, mother-in-law Patricia (Brooks) Roach, brother-in-law John Jeffery âJJâ Lynch, sister-in-law Rebecca (Roach) Lynch, nieces Annabella Brooke and Grace Elizabeth of Bloomfield, NJ, along with a host of loving aunts, uncles, and cousins who will forever be blessed by knowing and loving Jim Frye.
The family also sends heartfelt thanks to the nurses and many caregivers, especially those from Dignity Hospice of Chapmanville, for the support and kindness they provided to Jim and the family during his illness.
All arrangements will be held at West Logan Church of God. Visitation will be Friday 6-9pm; Funeral service will be Saturday at 2pm. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark McGrew, Jack Doty, the Honorable Eric OâBriant, Jack Lynch, Bill Collins, Carlos Barker Jr. A scholarship fund is being set up in Jimâs memory. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations to the Memorial Scholarship Fund be sent. James Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may left at www.jamesfh.com.