Rev. William Thomas “Tom” Frady

Published 6:23 pm Monday, November 28, 2016

Rev. William Thomas “Tom” Frady, 82 went to Heaven on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 at Hospice of Rutherford County.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Sue Sims Frady, parents Leroy and Fannie Lynch Frady, brothers Herman Frady and Wayne Frady, and one sister Inez Frady who passed away prior to Tom’s birth.

Rev. Frady served as pastor of numerous churches in western North Carolina prior to his retirement, was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Columbus, N.C. and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

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He is survived by one daughter Cheryl Lee and her husband Jeff of Rutherfordton, N.C.; one son Rev. Brent Frady and his wife Missi of Columbus, N.C.; one sister Maizel Kobyashi and her husband Tom of Boynton Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Lee, Kevin Lee, Matt Frady, and Kayla Frady Fortenberry and her husband Josh.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Piedmont Baptist Church, 1050 Maple Creek Road, Rutherfordton, N.C. with Rev. William Swink, Rev. Don Hollifield and Rev. Bill Abrams officiating.

Burial followed in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Rutherford County Veterans Honor Guard. The family received friends from 5–8 p.m., Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Crowe’s Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 368 Hickory Grove Church Road, Columbus, NC 28722.

Online condolences may be made at

Crowe’s Mortuary, 118 US Hwy 74A, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 is assisting the family of Rev. Tom Frady.

Crowe’s Mortuary
Rutherfordton, N.C.