Allen W. Frith, Sr. of Johnson City, passed away on February 3, 2011 at the VA Medical Center. Born in Nashville, TN, he was the son of the late John A. and Eva Talley Frith.
He proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean conflict.
Mr. Frith graduated from Tennessee High where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. Allen had served as president, manager, and umpire of the Bristol Western Little League. He worked for United Inter-Mountain Telephone for over thirty six years without missing a days work, (he had also worked at American Tread company). Allen was a charter member and secretary of the Avoca Civitan Club, member of the Bristol Elks club, and Rosemont Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Frith moved to Marion, VA where he was Chairman of the Board of Deacons at Royal Oak Presbyterian Church, manager of United Telephone, served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, Marion Mets baseball team, United Way, president of Holston Hills Country Club, vice-president of the Marion Kiwanis club.
He then moved to Greenville, TN, where his list of accomplishments include: elder and chairman of building committee at First Presbyterian Church, two time president of Chamber of Commerce, president of United Way, Main Street program, Keep Greenville Clean, three year chairman for Walk America, Kiwanian of the Year, chairman community relations team, major gift program at Tusculum College, Lt. Governor of KY-TN district of Kiwanis, lifetime honorary member of Chamber of Commerce, board of directors at Takoma Hospital Foundation, chairman of Greenville Heart Association, First Tennessee Bank board of directors, Greene County Center for Technology advisory board, Erwin and Kingsport economic development board.
While living in Johnson City his accomplishments include: manager of United Telephone, president of Kiwanis and Kiwanian of the year, board of directors chamber of commerce, president of advisory board at Pine Oaks Golf course, member of the Chuck Wagon Gang, allocation board of United Way, chairman of Christmas parade, March of Dimes, Walk America, Appalachian Girl Scouts, board of directors and fund development committee of Northeast TN industrial development association, chairman of Governors reception, foundation board at ETSU, member of junior achievement, president of Crossing Golf Club for two years. He was a member at Westminster Presbyterian Church of America where he served as chairman of the Deacon Board.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his wife Donetta Koontz Frith, Johnson City; son: Allen W. Frith, Jr., Sevierville, sister-in-laws: Edith K. Cullop, Bristol, Hedy Frith, East Palatica, FL; several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Dr. James Richter and Dr. Angus Shaw officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until time of the service. A Committal service will follow in the Mausoleum Chapel of Washington County Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Doug Richards, Dick Clemmer, Mike Frith, Randy Frith, Bart Koontz, and Joe Koontz. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Johnson City daytime Kiwanis Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church 2343 Knob Creek Road Johnson City 37604, or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements for the Frith family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171.