Pastor Curtis W. Frye Jr., 64, of Mashpee, passed away after a long illness on March 6, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Joyce Frye and son of Curtis and the late Clarice Frye.
Curtis received the professional leadership award given by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in 2008. He also received The Barnstable Municipal airport of dedication of service and commitment to safety award.
Curtis Frye’s calling was to be a preacher. He loved the Lord and loved serving Him and caring for His people. He provided his native tribe (The Wampanoags) by giving them spiritual guidance, wisdom but most of all by loving them unconditionally. The biggest crowd he ever preached to was at the Village Green in Hyannis where all the churches on Cape Cod came together. That impacted the churches throughout this region and will always be remembered.
He would do anything for anyone at any time. He always had a heart for the poor and would bring them food and encouragement when they needed it. He reached out to those who needed to be loved and always had the compassion of Christ.
He was a great listener, friend, companion, mentor, and father. Anyone who talked with him would feel loved and cared for. His laugh was so contagious and would brighten up any room he came into. He could always make people laugh with his witty facial expressions and demeanor.
Curtis worked at Island Airlines for 17 years. He started off by detailing the planes and quickly moved up to the manager of the ground crew and safety officer. He cared that things were done well and done correctly. He then served the Mashpee Baptist Church as a pastor from 2007-2014. He made a huge impact on his community and followed in his great, great, great grandfather’s footsteps; the famed Blind Joe Amos. They both cared and shepherd God’s people. After a few years, his health kept declining and caused him to lay down his passion of preaching. However, that didn’t stop him from sharing the gospel with the people and impacting their lives. His desire was for people to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ. He will be greatly missed and loved by his family and friends.
In addition to his loving wife Joyce of 38 years, Curtis is survived by 5 children, Michelle Patterson and husband James of Scituate, Scott Hollis of Chester, VT, Curtis Frye III and wife Tammy of Falmouth, Christopher Frye and wife Robyn of New Bern, NC, Amy Bigger and husband Gary of Cadillac, MI, 10 Siblings, Karen Mattos, Marie Murdock, Dale Frye, Christine Lopes, Deborah Pease, Allison Martin, Brian Stephen Frye, Darren Curtis Frye, Naomi Frye, Lillianne Frye, 18 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Leah Gomes.
A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home 74 Algonquin Ave. (Rte 151) Mashpee on Friday March 10, 2017 from 4PM to 7PM. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 11:00am. Burial will follow at the Old Indian Cemetery in Mashpee. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Curtis to the Church of the Redeemer P.O. Box 861 West Yarmouth , MA 02673.