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Pastor Lemings travels to Oklahoma for World War II veteran’s graveside service

Singer Toby Keith and Lt. Col. Harry P Frizzel in 2016

A very special funeral service was held in Cornelius at Grace Covenant Church recently, while the graveside service was held in Oklahoma, with Rev. Farrell Lemings presiding. It was the first time Lemings had traveled out of state for a burial.

It was all for a very special man: Lt. Col. Harry P Frizzel, whose son Pat and daughter Renee live in Cornelius.

Frizzel, 95, served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. All told, 35 years.

Singer Toby Keith honored Frizzel during a 2016 concert in Charlotte and again later that year in front of 90,000 football fans at the Oklahoma-Texas Tech game.  “It takes a lot to get me to break down,” Keith said. “He’s so dedicated to his passion for what he did as a military person….he really wore it on his sleeve. I can’t think of anyone who was more deserved of such recognition than Harry Frizzel.”

Frizzel had peace-keeping assignments in Germany and in the U.S. and was a Master Army Aviator with over 4,000 hours of flight time. During his military career, he earned the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal.

He earned a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma, and all four of his children graduated from the same college.

While the funeral service was held in Cornelius, the family burial was in Cushing, OK. This was the first time Lemings has ever flown out of state to conduct a burial.

“For me the trip to Oklahoma was a huge privilege,” said Lemmings. “It was an opportunity to say thank you Harry Frizzel for your service to this nation, for being willing to cross the seas to provide my family all that we enjoy today and the freedoms we have in this nation.”

In addition to his Cornelius family, Frizzel is survived by his wife Carmen, son Russell and family of Brandon FL, brothers Bob and Bill, and their families, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren nieces and nephews.

The family asks that  memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka Kansas 66675-8517.