Mary Ann Raines Fritts

Born in Abbeville, SC on June 23, 1925

Departed on December 17, 2017 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mary Ann Raines Fritts resident of Hendersonville passed away on Sunday December 17, 2017 at the age of 92 of Alzheimer’s disease. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Fritts a long-time DuPont employee, and also by their first child, Marian Nyle Fritts. She is survived by four children, Joanne Fritts Ricks of Goodlettsville, TN, Raines R. Fritts of Lexington, KY, James E. Fritts of Ardmore, TN and Thomas J. Fritts of Houston, TX; thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a niece Becky Harris Meyer of GA and a nephew, Fred Raines, Jr. of Abbeville, SC. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dolores Joyce Fritts. Mary Ann was born on June 23, 1925 to the late James and Willie (Landrum) Raines of Abbeville, SC. She was the youngest and last surviving of 11 children growing up on the family farm during the depression. Mary was raised and educated in Abbeville, graduating from High School at the age of 17. During the Second World War, Mary went to live at Smyrna Air Base with a sister and brother-in-law. She went to beauty school while there and later switched over to a business school. Later she moved to Miami, FL where she met her late husband while attending Arthur Murray Dance School. Mary worked at a small air cargo company while in Miami. Following their marriage, they moved back to SC when Mr. Fritts began his career with DuPont. They moved to TN and settled in Hendersonville in the early 1960s where she remained in the home she had raised her family in until very recently. Mary was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an avid family historian often traveling in her efforts to learn more about the roots of her family. She also loved to work in her yard, and make sewing machine quilts which she did for many of her family members. She loved her Lord and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Goodlettsville. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM with a Life Celebration Service at 11:30 AM at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

5 Comments to Mary Ann Raines Fritts

  1. Donnie R Loman
    December 19, 2017 1:03 pm

    Joanne you probably will not remember me but I worked with your dad at DuPont. I was at their place in
    Hendersonville while you were still at home. Your dad made some wooden inserts for my motorcycle. I lived in the apartments on New Shackle Island Road. I met you and your mom on more than one occasion and I was a pall
    bearer for your dad. I still think about him occasionally. I am sorry for your loss of your mom. I hope you will put your faith and trust in the Lord during this sad time. He can ease your burden. And we know that your mom is in
    a place where we long to be someday. My condolences.

    • Joanne Fritts Ricks
      December 25, 2017 1:59 am

      Yes, Donnie. I do remember you. As I recall you were a Civil War Relic hunter like he was. He thought very highly of you. Actually, your name came up recently in a discussion with my brother, Jim. I hope you and your family are well. Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Donnie R Loman
    December 19, 2017 1:04 pm

    Our sympathy

  3. Jackson Family
    December 23, 2017 11:40 am

    We would like to like to express our deepest sympathy. May all your good memories out weigh your sadness during this difficult time.
    Isaiah 25:8

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