Carolyn Fryer Windham, 64, possessed a gift for helping others in need

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Carolyn Fryer Windham
Carolyn Fryer Windham

Carolyn Fryer Windham, of Wilmington, died suddenly Aug. 19, 2015, at her home with her loving husband, Grady. She was 64.

Carolyn was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Carolyn was born in Wilmington, at 9:34 p.m. on July 7, 1951. She was the oldest of two children born to Gloria and Harry Fryer.

At a very early age, Carolyn was very interested in reading and always excelled in school. As a child, you could frequently find Carolyn with a book close by. She continued to achieve high grades throughout elementary school and into high school as a graduate of New Hanover High School and a member of the National Honors Society.

Carolyn decided to attend UNC Wilmington and major in education with plans to become a teacher. She went on to be an educator at the elementary, high school and college levels and was a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi.

She met her husband Grady at age 19 and they were married on Aug. 19, 1972. Over the 43 years of Carolyn and Grady’s marriage, they traveled all over the world. One of their most memorable and talked-about trips was their trip to Australia and Tahiti. Carolyn loved to see, learn and appreciate the cultures of others.

One of Carolyn’s many gifts was the ability to notice when others needed help. Carolyn was always willing to help those less fortunate. She was an excellent example of the verse from Matthew 25:40: “Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Carolyn was constantly making sure that she and Grady were helping organizations that supported the homeless, hungry and needy. Another passion of Carolyn’s was rescuing cats. She could not bear to see anyone or anything in need and not reach out to help in some way. This was a very special gift that she possessed.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Betty Windham; sister-in-law, Carolyn Bersch; and niece, Sondra Bersch.

She is survived by her loving and loyal husband, Grady; parents, Gloria and Harry Fryer; sister, Cathy Brewington and her husband, Ernie; niece, Kary Massengill and her husband, Wil; great-niece, Lily Massengill; and great friends of many years, Bundy and Winston Henderson and their children, Winn and Ann.

Special thanks to Dr.Neill Musselwhite and his staff at New Hanover Medical Group for his longtime care of Carolyn.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Masonboro Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Masonboro Baptist Church earmarked for the Homeless and Poor Ministry, 1501 Beasley Road, Wilmington, NC 28409.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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