Ira Frame

Ira Ellsworth "Dick" Frame

Monday, September 19th, 1938 - Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
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Donald G. Ford Funeral Home
P.O. Box 5
Grafton, WV 26354

Ira E. "Dick" Frame age 81 of Thornton, WV passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the Fairmont Health and Rehab Center in Fairmont, WV. He was born September 19, 1938 the son of the late Paul Frame and Lovenia May (Hershman) Frame in Phillipi, WV.

Dick was the beloved husband of 60 years to Barbara Jean (Wolfe) Frame. He is survived by two children: Son; Stephen Gregory Frame and wife Ingrid of Hedgesville , WV and daughter Melissa Lynn Bolyard and husband Roger of Parsons, WV: five grandchildren: Jebediah, Tobias Frame of Hedgesville, Kaitlynd Bolyard and husband Austin of Terra Alta, WV, Brooklyn Bolyard and Addison Bolyard both of Parsons, WV; survived by one sister; Mary Curkendall of Vienna, WV, one aunt; Lona Mae Smoot of Fayetteville, NC; also several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dick graduated from Philip Barbour High School with the Class of 1956 and also Alderson Broaddus College with top honors with the Class of 1960. He was a teacher for the Preston County Board of Education , teaching English for 34 years.

Dick was preceded in death by five sisters: Ann Phillips, Shirley Jones, Loretta Bosley, Norma Jean Frame and Bonnie Smoot.

He was a member of NRA (National Rifle Association). He and his wife supported `Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child by doing over 1000 shoeboxes a year. He enjoyed his family and was an incredibly passionate reader. He enjoyed hunting with his family and friends and was a lifelong avid fan of New York Yankees and WVU sports.

Family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home Sunday, September 6, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home and Monday, September 7, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. till the funeral hour at 11:00 a.m. Monday September 7, 2020 with Pastor Garry Whitescarver officiating. Interment will follow at Evansville Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, September 6th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Donald G. Ford Funeral Home
    950 George Washington Hwy.
    US Rt. 50 West
    GRAFTON, WV 26354
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  • Service

    Monday, September 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, September 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Donald G. Ford Funeral Home
    950 George Washington Hwy.
    US Rt. 50 West
    GRAFTON, WV 26354
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Garry Whitescarver
  • Interment

    Evansville Cemetery
    Rt. 1
    TUNNELTON, WV 26444
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Stephen N. Reed

Posted at 06:01pm
Mr. Frame was our introduction to Junior High--no more recess as in the elementary grades, but I didn't miss it because Mr. Frame treated us as adults. Learning was still fun--he could be quite witty and good-humored--but now education had a more serious, responsible edge to it in his classrooms.

He is my best and most favorite teacher, for both his soft-spoken yet gregarious personality and because I have used his English lessons every day since leaving eighth grade--as a journslist, grant writer, and a communications director.

He really prepared me for my life. May God bless his family as they realize more than ever what a treasure they shared with us all.

Stephen N. Reed Posted at 06:03pm


Stephen N. Reed Posted at 06:03pm


Toddi Steelman

Posted at 08:45am
Please accept my condolences to your family on the passing of Mr. Frame. When you look back on your life and identify those who had influence on you, I find Mr. Frame on that list for me. He was passionate and completely committed to his students’ learning grammar and the rules of the English language. I recall wanting to do well for him and worked hard that I could do so. He cared. He would go through the class one by one at his desk testing us. That dedication made a world of difference for me. The successes we have later in life are built upon a foundation of those who have invested in us throughout our lives. I hope that the family of Mr. Frame takes comfort in knowing how many lives he touched, the impact he had and the fondness and respect he continues to invoke to this day. May he Rest In Peace. His influence lives on in many ways.

Toddi Steelman
Kingwood, WV and Raleigh, NC
Dean and Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University

Ewanna Wiley

Posted at 11:37pm
Mr Frame was a force to be remembered in education. Tough but fair, he was probably the sole reason I have great command of English to this day. He was a teacher I shall never forget and wish we had more of, as that level of attention detail is not often found. We were saddened to hear of his passing. I hope I find my place beside his desk one day up yonder, as I’m still a talker and I’m pretty sure he will still be on point. Thank you Mr Frame. You are going to be missed.

Karen Strawser

Posted at 08:04pm
I had Mr. Frame for English two years in a row and I think I learned more in his class then any other Engish class I took. I remember I said the word ain't one time in class and he was going to flunk me for the year unless I could find ain't in that thick dictionary in his room. I did find the word in the dictionary and he laughed at and then told me he knew it was in the dictionary. I like having him for a teacher.

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