Peggy Jean Frye

Retired Lt. Col. Peggy Jean Frye, 72, of Pocola, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Peggy was born Nov. 16, 1940, in Yoestown, Ark. to Leonard and May Dell (Spradley) Gregory. Peggy was a member of Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church of Roland. Peggy graduated from Van Buren High School in 1959, Sparks School of Nursing R.N. Program in 1962 and completed her BSN in 1987 from Saint Joseph’s College. She retired as nursing coordinator at LeFlore County Health Department.  Peggy received her commission in 1974 U.S. Air Force Nurse Corp. She was the first female in the 188th Tactical Fighter Group to be promoted to lieutenant colonel. She served 15 years with the 188th Medical Squadron.  Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Oliver Frye III; son, Michael Kelly Frye; two brothers; and one sister.Survivors include her son, Charles “Sonny” Frye and wife Debbie of Pocola; grandson, Scott and wife Tabitha Frye; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn of Poteau; granddaughter, Amanda Lively and husband Blair of Fort Smith, Ark.; five sisters and seven brothers; other relatives, loved ones and friends.Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Fort Smith National Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Cheshier officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors.Evans and Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.