Amanda Reynolds Frymier

Published 4:31 pm Thursday, September 28, 2023

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October 26, 1932 – September 27, 2023

Amanda Estelle Reynolds Frymier of Plymouth, NC passed away on September 27, 2023 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Amanda was born in Tyrell County, North Carolina on October 26, 1932 to the late Henry Lewis Reynolds and Bertha Dillon Reynolds.  She was married to the late Paul Dexter Frymier, Sr. for 49 years.  They had many adventures traveling together in retirement.

Amanda graduated from Columbia High School and attended East Carolina College afterwards. She had several jobs throughout her life, including working for the Washington County School System, Weyerhauser, and Plymouth Oil Company.  She also spent many years at home with her children.

Amanda enjoyed gardening, playing bridge with her regular bridge group, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Plymouth, where she was devoted to her prayer group. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, and enjoyed the camaraderie of the group.  She was a talented seamstress and sewed many special garments for her family.  One of her passions was genealogy, and she kept the family records meticulously and shared stories of her ancestors.  More recently, she enjoyed quieter pursuits, such as playing games and reading the New York Times on her I-pad.  She was a voracious reader who continued to learn new things throughout her life.  She loved her grandchildren, who remember her as loving them and accepting them exactly as they are and for who they are.

She was one of the original matriarchs of Bateman’s Beach.  She loved all kinds of seafood and spending time at the Albemarle Sound.  Many happy times were spent raising children together with the families on the sound.

Amanda exuded compassion and was genuinely kind.   She was a person who lived her Christian faith, always encouraging others to be their best selves.  She had great fortitude and was never a complainer.  She was a woman with integrity and was calm in a crisis.  She will be remembered for her beautiful smile.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Frymier, and her brother and sister-in-law, C.L. and Carrie Lee Reynolds.

She is survived by her children, Lisa Frymier Hodges and husband David Carraway, Paul Dexter Frymier and wife Kerri Martin, and Ellen Frymier Chambers and husband Bill.  She has six grandchildren:  Alex Hodges, Kate van Mook, Fiona Martin, Gwen Frymier, Madeline Chambers, and Paige Chambers.  She has one great grandchild, Annika Julia van Mook.  She also has many nieces and nephews whom she loved.

In honor of her love of the outdoors, the family will receive friends outside at her home on Saturday, September 30 from 1 -3.  Per Amanda’s wishes, a private memorial service will be held a later date.

Sometimes as a blessing before a meal Amanda would say, “Are you thankful?”  The answer is yes.  We are all thankful for the love and example she set of a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Preservation Society.  (BPBCPS, 265 Reynolds Road, Columbia NC 27925.)

Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service at Hampton Academy.