Freddy George Fryar
Freddy George Fryar, age 85, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Mr. Fryar, son of Elmo and Marybell (Trower) Fryar, was born on February 15, 1935, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. On August 14, 2004, he was united in marriage to Georgia Stringer at Roaring River State Park. Freddy was a member of the Masonic Lodge #601, York Rite, and the Alhambra Shrine Temple, all of Chattanooga Tennessee.
Freddy, who was known as “The Beaumont Flyer” and “The Bayou Bandit” was a well-known race car driver who started racing at the age of fourteen. He won over 826 features throughout his career including winning the Snowball Derby in 1979 and 1981. Freddy retired from racing in 1987; subsequently he became crew chief for various race teams including Seal Tech Racing, Jack Rousch Racing, Richard Petty Racing, and Spears Motor Sports Racing. He was inducted into the Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers Hall of Fame, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, Nashville Tennessee Racing Hall of Fame, and The Ozark Racing Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Freddy’s grandson Jared Fryar decided to follow in his footsteps and won The Super Modified Cars Tour Championship in 2018. He was his number one fan and his biggest supporter.
Freddy loved working on and collecting old cars. He never missed a chance to watch a race and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Freddy lived life to the fullest and made many friends and fond memories throughout his life. He left a lasting impression on all our lives and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife Georgia Fryar, of Cassville; two sons, Marc Fryar and his wife Charlcie, of Trinity, North Carolina, and Freddy Clint Fryar, of Pinesbrook, Florida; three daughters, Cindy Ontiveros and her husband Ray, of Coweta, Oklahoma, Tracy Buntin and her husband Caleb, of Cassville, and Kelly Williams and her husband Brandon, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, Candice Fryar Smith, Jared Fryar, Jenna Giesow, Tyler Clere, Jacob Clere, Savannah Buntin, Elizabeth Buntin, Silas Buntin, and Ethan Markwardt; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby Fryar, of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one sister, Virginia Delaney and her husband Howard, of Ringold, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Caleb Clere; two brothers, Billy Fryar and Harold Fryar; and one sister, Peggy Wynn.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Cassville, Missouri, with Pastor Rick Cooper officiating; burial to follow at Munsey Cemetery in Eagle Rock with full military honors.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th at the White Funeral Home and Crematory in Cassville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory, P.O. Box 890 Cassville, MO 65625.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, Missouri.