David Fryar Jr., 83; owned dry cleaners

Posted: May 15, 2013

David Fryar Jr., 83, of Browns Mills, owner of Burlington County dry-cleaning stores, died of lung cancer Friday, May 3, at his home.

Mr. Fryar was the father of Irving Fryar, a wide receiver for the Eagles in the 1990s and now pastor of New Jerusalem Church of God in Mount Holly.

David Fryar owned Fryar's Dry Cleaners in Browns Mills, Hainesport, and Mount Holly at various times, his daughter Melinda Jones said.

"He was working at U.S. Pipe at the same time," she said, as a batch mixer at the plant in Burlington City for 32 years.

For more than 50 years, she said, her father was a singer and bass player for the Nu-Tone Gospel Singers.

"It was something he and his brothers and friends did," she said, performing "in churches all over - Philadelphia, Delaware, North Carolina."

Born in Clinton, N.C., Mr. Fry-ar was educated in schools there and moved to Camden in 1954.

Besides his daughter and son, Mr. Fryar is survived by his wife, Eliza; sons Brandon, David, and Gary; daughters Linda Henderson, Faith Loftin, Hope Wiley, and Mona; a brother and three sisters; 15 grandchildren; and four great-granchildren.

Services were Monday, May 13.

Condolences may be offered to the family at the W.R. Woody Funeral Home, 465 High St., Burlington, N.J. 08016.


Contact Walter F. Naedele

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