Phyllis Godwin Frymier

June 4, 1951 - March 11, 2013

06/04/1951 - 03/11/2013

Past Services

Wednesday March 13, 2013
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Thursday March 14, 2013
2:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions

AHOSKIE – Phyllis Godwin Frymier, age 61, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at her home.

Mrs. Frymier was born in Hertford County on June 4, 1951, a daughter of the late Vera Harrell and Paul Mitchell Godwin, Sr. She was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church. Phyllis worked with the Roanoke Chowan News Herald for over 25 years and later served as Executive Director of The Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce until her retirement. She, with her late husband, Gary Dean Frymier, also owned and operated Ahoskie Floral Gardens.

Left to cherish her memory are her brothers, Paul M. Godwin, Jr. and wife, Nancy, and Donald W. Godwin and wife, Thelma, all of Ahoskie.

A celebration of life service will be conducted on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie with the Rev. Greg Hurdle officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Brenda Harmon Allen
11 years ago

I have been friends with Phyllis for 39 years, since she began working with the News-Herald and also with her work at The Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce.

In July of 1998 my father was killed in a horrible accident. I remember Phyllis vising my family and myself how how compassionate she was. She felt my sorrow with me and gave very comforting words.

I also go back in time and remember how generous she was. While working with her at the newspaper and being a single mother it was hard to make ends meet. Phyllis and I were about the same size and she would frequently bring me clothes to wear. She would say she did not wear them anymore or had outgrown them. But I know in my heart it was her way of helping me out without making me feel bad about needing to take things from someone. She was truly a great friend and I will surely miss her. To her brothers: I know you will surely miss your “Little Sister” and there will be a place in your heart that will be empty. To Phyllis: “Love you girl and will see you in heaven.

Barbara Basnight
11 years ago

I remember so many smiles and so much kindness in this dear lady always. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brenda H. Allen
11 years ago

To Phyllis’s family: I feel sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a great person. Take comfort in knowing that she is in a better place and that you can see her again one day.

Thelma Williams
11 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m so sorry for your loss.


Freida Ingram
11 years ago

So sorry to hear of your loss. Phyllis was such a sweet person and a great asset to her community. She gave a lot of herself and will be greatly missed.

Wendy Johnson Marks
11 years ago

I remember Phyllis back in the days when Nancy Carol and I were teenagers and she was starting out at the paper. Thinking of you all with fond memories and with prayers at this time.

Melanie Hedgepeth Storey
11 years ago

Phyllis touched many lives during her time here on earth, leaving fond memories for those who knew her. I worked with Phyllis at the News Herald many years ago, and communicated and did business with her after that. I will always remember her chilli which she shared the recipe with me. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Richard Jernigan
11 years ago

To her brothers and their families I pray that God will give you the peace within your hearts to know that Phyliss was always a sweet,loving,and kind person that will be missed by the ones that knew her. God bless.

Cindi Jernigan
11 years ago

I have so many memories of growing up with Phyllis and the times spent with each other on Sunday afternoon. I am reminded how fragile life is. She will be missed. I am so sorry for the family’s loss.

Anita H. Brown
11 years ago

So sorry for your lost. She will be greatly missed…