GARY L. FREDERICK
Gary Lynn Frederick, 56, of Bible Grove died Monday, December 8, 2008 at Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
He was born the son of John M. and Geneva Marridee (Spray) Frederick on August 27, 1952 in Kirksville.
Gary was an accomplished road and asphalt layer, winning several awards during his 20 years working for the Norris Asphalt Co. He also farmed.
In his spare time, Gary enjoyed raising and riding his quarter horses. He was an avid deer hunter. Gary also was quite a dancer, very smooth in his movements, according to his family. He rarely missed a Friday evening dance, be it in Lancaster, Edina, or Kirksville.
Gary enjoyed watching westerns, especially films with John Wayne. It is believed he watched the miniseries Lonesome Dove at least 100 times.
But more than anything, Gary treasured the time he spent with his family. Gary came from a large family, and he enjoyed the family gatherings in the summer and on holidays. Gary’s house was always open to anyone. His brother John said that over the years Gary had opened his home to over 20 people to live with him at one time or another. His daughter, Ashlee, said there never was a dull moment when her Dad was around.
Gary was preceded in death by his grandparents; a sister, Marilyn Childress; two nephews and one niece.
He is survived by his children, Ashlee Frederick of Bible Grove, Philip Padget of Houston, TX, and Clayton and wife Faith Ann Miller of Memphis; his parents, John and Marridee Frederick of Bible Grove; one brother, John and wife Marie Frederick of Bible Grove; two sisters, Elsie and husband Albert Brassfield of Memphis and Rita and husband Fred West of Burlington, IA; four grandsons; a large extended family and host of friends.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2008 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Larry Smith, pastor of the Downing Christian Church, officiating. Lonnie and Jessica Ervin performed Why Me Lord and the Old Rugged Cross. Gus Kapfer, Mike Stauffer, Rick Allen, Jason Emel, Larry Spray, and Dave Frederick served as pallbearers. Scott Brassfield, Shane Witherow, Terry Johnson, Ron Kice, Leslie Watkins, Steve Bradley, Stanley Barker, James Spray, Albert Brassfield, Andy Wright, Gene Walters, John Frederick, Bruce Childress and Fred West served as honorary pallbearers. Burial was in the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.
Memorials may be sent to Mr. Frederick’s family via email at [email protected]
Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.