The Obit For Soapy Frech

Robert Adair Frech Jr.

Published in The Tennessean on March 20, 2013

Frech, JR., Robert Adair (Soapy)Age 88 of Nashville, TN. March 18, 2013. Preceded in death by the love of his life, wife, Juanita Reynolds; parents, Robert A. Frech, Sr. and Fannie Elizabeth Cotham; sister, Faye Parham.

Survived by son, Bob (Sharon); grandson, Robert Jason (Sheena) and granddaughter, Cortney Pendley (Justin), and great- grandson, Robert Grayson Frech.

"Soapy" grew up on Greenwood Ave. in East Nashville with wonderful friends like "Moon", "Slug", "Wort", "Mutt" and "Mullins" just to name a few. He graduated from East High in 1943 and was an Army Medical Corpsman, serving in Italy during WWII.

Returning home in 1946, he played minor league baseball for a short time, prior to beginning a 35 year career with the telephone company.

"Soapy" loved the outdoors and sports. He played city league baseball (NABRICO), was a well-known local golfer (Bluegrass CC, Shelby and Two Rivers Municipal courses), an avid duck hunter (Springville bottoms) and a die-hard Vanderbilt Commodore fan. He was a long time member of Eastwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where for many years, he taught the Kindergarten Sunday School class, worked with the property committee, served as a deacon and later as an Elder.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 21st from 2 p.m. till 8 p.m., at Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home, and on Friday, March 22nd at Eastwood Christian Church (1601 Eastland Ave.) from 11 a.m. till 12:45 p.m., prior to A Celebration of Life held at 1 p.m. Rev. Jay Hartley officiating. Interment Spring Hill Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers: Alan Gibson, Sandy Holt, Lynn Ray, Eric Sanders, Carol Forrester Sullivan, Mike Wilson. Honorary Pallbearers: Owen and Jo Sanders, Elders and Deacons of Eastwood Christian Church, and members of the Cooper Creek Fishing Association.

Memorials may be made to Eastwood Christian Church or the American Cancer Society, 1-800-ACS-2345. Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home, (615) 262-3312.