Beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Alton Bryan Fry gave up this life and accepted his reward in Heaven on an early spring-like Tuesday morning in February. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Ruby Mae; sons, Keith Bryan and his wife, Sharon, and Kenneth Durrell; three loving grandchildren, Rachel Fry Lett, Matthew Bryan Fry, and Hannah Fry Smith and their spouses. He is also survived by three great grandchildren; his sister Janine Williams, brother Lee Fry, and sister Elaine Barnett, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Born at home, with the assistance of a doctor, in Durant, Oklahoma in 1935, time and opportunity brought the family to Texas when Al was six years old. He graduated from W. H. Adamson High School in Oak Cliff in the early 1950’s where he excelled in track and field. After high school, while out dancing one evening at the It’ll Do Club in Dallas, he met the love of his life, Ruby. Less than a year later they were married. Soon afterward, he was drafted into the U. S. Army. Stationed in Ft. Sill Oklahoma, he served as a radio technician for two years. After his service to the nation, the family, which now included their first son, moved back to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas where they settled and raised their family.
Alton chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined him in the electrical trade where he proudly and loyally learned and performed his skills with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 59 and 20 until his retirement.
Alton was a hardworking, loyal, and steadfast provider for his family. As a family man, his pleasures were simple and included social events with neighbors, friends, and family, talking to strangers, and working in his yard, always willing to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors as he was able. He continued to enjoy dancing with Ruby, camping, boating, water skiing with his family, and drinking beer. Playing heated games of 42 with his family late into the night on the weekends was also a frequent pastime. After his retirement, he and Ruby traveled the country and the coast lines in their quest for adventure, always ready to hit the road again in the RV.
He was also active in the USO, comforting our troops on the events of their departures and returns of their tours of duty. His later years consisted mostly of caring for his home, yard, and cultivating sanctuary for his bluebirds and the other wild birds that visited his yard. He also enjoyed caring for their pond, its fish, terrapins, and frogs.
His life was long and his joys simple: A little breakfast, a little television, work in the yard, and a couple of cold Miller High Life beers at sundown. Until we meet again, we pray for love and peaceful rest for Alton.
Services will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023, 11:00 AM, at Waxahachie Bible Church, 621 Grande Avenue N, Waxahachie, TX, 75165, with lunch for all guests to follow. Interment will be at 2:30 PM at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX, 75211. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to Waxahachie Bible Church, the USO, or another charitable veteran’s organization of your choosing. Thank you for your support, love, and friendship.