Charles H. "Brother" Fryer, Jr. Saturday, September 9, 1939 - Sunday, July 9, 2017

Furnace Acres, WV-

Charles H. “Brother” Fryer, Jr., 77, of Furnace Acres, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at home.

Born September 9, 1939 in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Charles H. Fryer, Sr. and Elizabeth (Malamphy) Fryer.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Jane (Brant) Fryer, and a brother, Joseph Fryer.

Charlie was a graduate of Ridgeley High School, Class of 1959.

He was in the U.S. Army from 1959-1961, having served during the Berlin Crisis.

For the next 26 years, he worked in Production for the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company. Mr. Fryer had worked for Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company, followed by LaVale Beauty & Barber Supply. From 1991-2011,
“Brother,” as he was affectionately known, worked for Nelson Auto Sales.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish-St. Patrick’s, Cumberland, having served on the parish council and was active in the St. Vincent DePaul Society. “Brother” was a member and past president of the Ridgeley Lions Club. He was the Ridgeley Lion of the Year in 1996 and recipient of the Leonard Jarrett Award. In addition, he was a lifetime member of both Gold Star Post #6752, V.F.W. and Cumberland Council #586, Knights of Columbus. Charlie had served as president and on the board of directors for the Furnace Acres Community. In 1974, he started the Wiley Ford Baseball League.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie (Cline) Fryer; three sons, C. Gregory Fryer, and wife Beth, Ashburn, VA, Kenneth G. Lepley and wife Pam, Fayetteville, NC, and Patrick E. Lepley, Fairborn, OH; three daughters, Teresa L. Lepley and Chris, Fairborn, OH, Lucinda A. Bradshaw and Steve, Ridgeley, Michele A. Buser and husband Christopher, Ridgeley; two brothers, Msgr. Patrick L. Fryer, Gerrardstown, WV, and Stephen Fryer and wife Cathy, Wiley Ford; three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Andrews, Keyser, Cecelia “Sheila” Mickey and Richard, Furnace Acres, and Camilla Whiteman and husband Roy, Carpendale; grandchildren, Andrea Cox and husband Matthew, Margo Lepley, Brittany Fryer, Brandon Fryer, Carissa Wharton and husband Adam, Carly, Stefan and Micah Buser, and Kyle Lepley; great-grandchildren, Austin and Chase Cox, and Brennan and Gracelynne Wharton; brothers-in-law, James Cline, Frostburg, and Lt. H.B. Martz and wife Crissy, Mt. Savage; sisters-in-law, Hazel Davis and husband Jim, Ellerslie, and Joan Frame and husband Johnnie, Berkeley Springs; several nieces and nephews, including Dennis Mickey and Kevin Whiteman; and, special friends, Jim Kennell, Claude Sponaugle, and Roger Hutzell.

Friends will be received at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Cumberland, on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 10-11 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM.

Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Ft. Cumberland Post #13 Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Our Lady of the Mountains Parish or St. Anthony’s Place (300 E. Oldtown Road, Cumberland, MD 21502).

Condolences to the family may be posted after Mr. Fryer’s obituary at

Good memories of growing up in Ridgeley with Brother and all of the thoughts & prayers are with all of & hugs to everyone!!  Pat Lindsay Grove..

Carly, we send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family

Sincere sympathy and prayers

Nellie and family....
We are very sorry the passing of Charlie. No words can ease the loss you feel but know you are in our thoughts. May your memories comfort you at this time.