It is with heavy hearts that the family of Frank (James Franklin) Pyrtle, Sr. 66
announce his passing on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. Frank was an extremely outgoing
man who touched many lives and the outpouring of love, thoughts and prayers has been
uplifting, to say the least. He is survived by son Frankie Pyrtle, Jr. of
Greensboro, NC, daughter, Kellie Palmer and son-in-law, Steven Palmer of Los
Angeles, CA, and his life long friend Pat Horner Pyrtle. He was preceded in death by
his parents, Joseph R. Pyrtle and Nellie P. Creswell, sister Brenda P. Macon and
brother Randy R. Pyrtle.
Frank was one of the first couriers for Biomedical Reference Laboratories, later to
become LabCorp, and could often be spotted driving around the Burlington area
'sticking' on his steering wheel. Frank's true passion in life was music and being
behind the drumset for as long as any of us can remember. He spent many years,
beginning in his mid-teens, drumming for numerous local bands, and backing up many
national artists touring the Southeast. He later began selling drums and teaching at
The Music Barn in Greensboro, and continued teaching there for 20 years. Frank
studied under Hank Dempsey and Jeff Sipe to keep challenging both himself and his
students. His love for music and children made the perfect combination and he was a
wonderful friend, encourager, mentor, and guide to his many students. His greatest
joy in life was giving back, and he gave back in any way he could.
As Frank's wishes were to not have a service, please celebrate his life and continue
his legacy of 'paying it forward' by supporting music and the arts for children,
reaching out to others, being a friend to those hurting and in need. Donations to
Carolina Poodle Rescue, 6705 Union Hwy, Pacolet, SC 29372 in memory of his beloved
companion Chrissie (or an animal rescue/shelter of your choice) are appreciated.