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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – November/December 2013

DAWES Robert E “Bob” Dawes, 80, of LaFontaine, Indiana, went peacefully to be with Jesus on September 9, 2013. His life was dedicated to his Lord, his family, his friends and his church family. He was born May 7, 1933, in Wabash. Indiana, to Harold F. Dawes and Ruth (Gillespie) Dawes. He married Theda (Snider) Dawes on August 21, 1955. Bob was a 1951 graduate of LaFontaine High School, received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Manchester College in 1956, an M.A. in Education from Ball State University and attended seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He taught one year at Noble Township in Wabash County, Indiana, three years at Somerset High School and 37 years at Southwood High School as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, athletic director and guidance counselor. Bob was an avid sports fan. He was often found keeping detailed stats or holding a stopwatch on the sidelines of a sporting event. He loved following his grandchildren in their numerous activities and spent hours supporting them and other students in the community by his attendance. Bob was very instrumental in helping keep his retired teacher/coach friends in contact on the third Thursday of each month. Bob’s greatest desire was to interact with and to share his faith with people from all walks of life. He loved being around people. He especially had a passion for helping young people strive to reach their fullest educational potential and to develop a relationship with Christ. He spent many years investing in students’ lives by being the sponsor of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a very active Member of the Wabash Friends Church in Wabash, Indiana. He is survived by his four children: Brent (Susan) Dawes of Wabash, Indiana, Brian (Donna) Dawes of Leesburg, Indiana, Cindi (Mark) Lantz of Milford, and Lori (Steve) Heath of LaFontaine, Indiana; and his brother, Ralph (Janice) Dawes of LaFontaine. He is also survived by 12 devoted grandchildren and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife, Theda on June 5, 2010.

ELKINS Mary Elizabeth Elkins, 69, of Siler City, North Carolina, died August 12, 2013 at her residence. Mrs. Elkins was born in Chatham County, North Carolina, on August 19, 1943 to Lewis and Hattie (Lewis) Thompson. Mrs. Elkins was a graduate of Silk Hope School and Central Carolina Community College. She had worked in the accounting office at Boling Chair, Inc. and later established her own company, Professional Business Solutions. Mary was a member of Rocky River Friends Meeting where she served as recording clerk, assistant treasurer, and Sunday School teacher. Mary was proud of her Quaker upbringing and the self-disciplined character and morals it embodied. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband: William Lee Elkins; one brother, Harvey Lewis Thompson of Alabama; and nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Chrisman, Elizabeth Thompson, Loretta Kivett and Amy Elkins.

FRY Margaret J. “Peggy” Fry went to be with her Lord February 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after a short illness. Born December 9, 1948 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Thomas Isaiah and Dorothy Pearl (Koon) Wall. A graduate of Curwensville High School, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pennsylvania State University. She taught kindergarten for 34 years in the Clearfield Area School District, 28 years at Leonard Grade School and six years at the new Clearfield Elementary School. During her career she helped shape the lives of 1,575 children. She was a birthright member of West Branch Meeting, Religious Society of Friends, Grampian, Pennsylvania, where she had served as adult leader of Quaker Youth Fellowship, recording clerk, and treasurer of the First Day School. In 1983, she authored a history of the meeting in celebration of the meeting’s 150th anniversary as a monthly meeting. She was a representative of to Baltimore Yearly Meeting. At various times, she served on the advancement and outreach committee, the nominating committee, the educational funding resources committee where she served a term as clerk and as a trustee. She was a recording clerk for Centre Quarterly Meeting. She was co-clerk of the 1999 Triennial planning committee of Friends United Meeting. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as registrar of the former Susquehanna Chapter and as regent of the current DuBois/Susquehanna Chapter. She was also a member of Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. She held life memberships in the Pennsylvania State Grange and Penn Grange #534, Penn State Alumni Association and Zeta Tau Alpha. On June 14, 1975 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, she wed Walter T. Fry, Jr. who survives along with numerous cousins and extended family of her husband. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister.

FRYE Willie Richard Frye, 81, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died Monday, September 9, 2013, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Willie Richard Frye was born in Henry County, Virginia on September 26, 1931, to Willie Richard Frye, Sr. and Hester Draper Frye. He graduated from John Wesley College in High Point, North Carolina and from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He married Agnes Jones Frye in 1951. Willie was a Quaker pastor who served meetings throughout North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends for 39 years. After his retirement from the ministry, he worked at Forsyth Technical Community College until the age of 80. Willie took seriously the scriptural commandment to love his God with all of his heart and to love his neighbors as he loved himself. Even though it was often unpopular and he met with resistance, Willie was an activist for social justice. He advocated for civil rights, pacifism and gay rights. During the Viet Nam War, Willie traveled to Paris to promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Willie and Agnes helped to organize support groups for LGBT individuals and their families. Willie savored life and enjoyed hobbies such as woodworking, writing, building furniture and traveling. He cherished time with his wife and family and their friends. He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Kathy Adams and husband Bill of Pfafftown, North Carolina; his son, Rick Frye and partner Scottie Carratello of Jamestown, North Carolina; his son, Bob Frye and wife Nancy of Gilbert, Arizona. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Nathan Adams and wife Mary Beth; Jessica Williams; Brooks Frye and wife Sarah; and Brandon Frye. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Justin Williams and Oliver Adams; a brother, Buford Frye (Wanda) of Burlington, North Carolina; sisters, Mollie Arrington of Bassett, Virginia; Doris Ferguson of Collinsville, Virginia; Loretta Saben (David) of Waynesboro, Virginia; Mary Ziglar (Fred) of Collinsville, Virginia; and Ruth McColley (Dean) of Hurst, Texas.

SCOTT Florence Carraway Scott, 91, of Greensboro, North Carolina, died Saturday, August 31, 2013. Florence Carraway Scott was born in Wayne County, North Carolina, on May 4, 1922 to the late John Thomas Carraway and Nettie Hollowell Carraway. She graduated from Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, and received a diploma from King’s Business College in 1941. In 1940 she married William Frank Scott. Florence retired from civil service as an Employee Specialist at Seymour Johnson Air Force base. She was a member of Goldsboro Friends Meeting until she moved to Friends Home in 2008. She then transferred her membership to First Friends Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. A birthright Quaker, Florence was active at local, regional and state levels where she served on varied committees and work groups. She was particularly devoted to the United Society of Friends Women (USFW). For many years Florence was a committed member of the Wayne County Council on Adolescent Pregnancy and the National Association of Federal Retired Employees (NAFRE). She was known for her love of her church and family as well as hummingbirds, genealogy, and angels. Surviving are her son, Michael Leon Scott and his wife Sally, of Purlear, North Carolina; William Hollowell Scott and his wife Elaine, of North Topsail Beach, North Carolina; her daughter, Mariedna Scott Taylor and her husband Terence Taylor of Akron, Ohio; a sister, Edna Carraway Luongo of Apopka, Florida; and a sister-in-law, Linda Carraway of Greensboro, North Carolina. She has two living great grandchildren, Brandon and Bradley; five living grandchildren, Kimberly Scott, Sara Scott, Erica Taylor, Phal Sum and his wife Savanna, and Anna Scott; a number of nieces and nephews, and one deceased grandson, Ian Hollowell Scott. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Scott, two brothers Joseph and Kenneth Carraway, and her brother-in-law, Michael Luongo.

STEELE Aaron “Brent” Steele, 25, of Snow Camp, North Carolina died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in an auto accident. A native of Alamance County, North Carolina, he was the son of Larry Steele and Debbie McBane Steele, who survive. He was a 2006 graduate of Southern Alamance High School and attended Alamance Community College in the Welding Program. Brent was employed as a welder with Industrial Air, Inc. in Greensboro, North Carolina and was a community volunteer. He was a member of Chatham Friends Meeting. Brent loved life and lived it to the fullest as he and his friends enjoyed fishing, shooting, bonfires and diesel engine big trucks. In addition to his parents, survivors include his maternal grandparents, Dan and Alice McBane of Snow Camp, North Carolina; niece, Jeanna Coleman of Snow Camp, North Carolina; three brothers, Raymond Lee Steele of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Bryan Keith Steele and wife Michelle of Elon, North Carolina and Phillip Brandon Steele and wife Ashley of Wilmington, North Carolina; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Ruth Steele,