BELLE JANE MCGEE-FRYE was born on February 26, 1928, in Halifax County, North Carolina, to Willie McGee and Ellen Harvey-McGee and was the seventh child of ten siblings: Bill, Esther, Myrean, Williemae, Ava, Jessie, Willie, Haywood, and Minnie. She transitioned from this earthly life to her heavenly reward on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at her home in Hollister, North Carolina, surrounded by her loving family.
When she was twenty years old, Belle was united in marriage to Clarence Frye, who preceded her in death. She became the mother of five children: Cynthia, Beverly, Winnie, Sharon, and Jeffrey; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and ten great-great-grandchildren.
After only a third grade education and raising her children as a single parent, Belle enrolled in adult education classes, attended Coppin State Community College in Baltimore, Maryland, and furthered her studies at the University of Maryland at College Park where she studied Energy Conservation. Belle resided in Baltimore for forty years before returning to her home town of Hollister in 1982.
Belle was a member of the Haliwa Saponi Tribe, the Halifax County State Democratic Executive Committee, the National People’s Campaign, and served on the Board of Native Opportunity Way. She was an elected Delegate of the North Carolina First Congressional District, a charter member of the Campus Division of the Society of Advancement of Management, and the Maryland State Senate Resolution of Dedicated Services to the citizens of Baltimore as a leader and activist.
Belle’s life was dedicated to helping people. As a philanthropist for the community of Hollister, she spent her days assisting people with finding resources to provide for family and community needs. She received numerous awards and certificates recognizing her efforts from local and national forums. In 2005, Belle received an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award from the International Society of Poets.
In addition to her parents and husband, Belle was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Frye Grant; and five of her siblings, Bill, Esther, Myrean, Williemae, and Willie.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and to share the legacy of her love are four children, Beverly Tillman, Laurenda “Winnie” Frye, Sharon Eldridge, and Robert “Jeff” Bunn; four siblings, Ava, Haywood, Jessie, and Minnie; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
A wake will be held at 11:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, Jr. will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Pine Chapel Memorial Gardens, Hollister, NC.