Elton Frerichs, age 69, of Vonore, Tennessee, beloved father, grandfather, brother, friend, and educator, passed away suddenly on Dec. 6, 2019, at UT Medical Center.
Elton was a lifelong learner. He was a Vonore High School graduate with the Class of 1967. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1972 from the University of Tennessee, his master’s degree in 1974 from the University of Tennessee, his Ed.S. in 1989 from TN Tech University, and his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Tennessee. He was also second lieutenant, infantry, in the Tennessee National Guard.
Elton worked for the Monroe County School system for 32 years. He was a teacher at Vonore High School from 1973-74, a guidance counselor at Vonore High School from 1987-1992, a guidance counselor at Monroe County’s Voc. Tech Center from 1992-1995, a principal at Vonore Elementary from 1995-2001, the federal programs director, assistant director of schools, secondary supervisor and vocational director in the Monroe County Central Office from 2001-2010, and the CTE (Career & Technical Education) director from 2010-2019.
Elton dedicated his life to loving his family and educating the students of Monroe County. He loved playing with his grandchildren more than anything else in the world. He was an avid reader, a collector of campaign buttons, and he loved sitting on his porch watching the deer on his property.
Elton was preceded in death by: his father, Elton F. Frerichs Sr.; and son, Matt Frerichs.
He is survived by: his son, Major Frerichs, and daughter-in-law, Dawn Frerichs, of Sweetwater;
Daughter, Abby Foster, and son-in-law, Eli Foster, of Vonore;
Mother of his children, Beverly Dunn;
His grandchildren, Taylor, Major II, and Henry Frerichs, and Meredith Foster;
Mother, Lenis Frerichs, of Vonore;
Sister, Joy Frerichs and William Simon, of Chatsworth, Georgia;
Sister, Bonnie Sheeley, and brother-in-law, Lynn Sheeley III;
Nephew, Lynn Sheeley IV, all of Knoxville;
Best friend and colleague, Sherry McConkey.
His body is gone from this world, but his legacy will remain with us forever.
The family received friends on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A memorial service immediately followed in the Biereley-Hale Chapel with Rev. Denny Moore and Jarvis Bivens officiating.
Interment was at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at Oak Grove Cemetery.