Bennie G. Fryar
Local businessman passes away

SALEM — A local businessman who was injured in a car 
accident last fall has died. According to incomplete 
obituary information, Bennie G. Fryar, 57, died at 
1:45 p.m. Tuesday at Doctor’s Nursing Home in Salem.

“He was such a great guy,” said Jefferson County Chamber 
Executive Director Brandon Bullard. “He was very active 
in the Chamber and in this community. I don’t think there 
was anything he didn’t love doing.”

Mr. Fryar was the owner of Airex Heating and Air Conditioning 
located on Johnson Street and the former owner of Bennie’s 
Burger Barn. He was also a member of the Downtown Mt Vernon 
Development Corporation and the Sportsman Club.. 

He was involved in an early morning car accident Oct. 3 and 
was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital before being transferred 
to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was eventually 
transferred to Doctor’s Nursing Home for his care.

“He was a great businessman and loved,” Bullard added. 
“Everyone had a great perception of Bennie and he always had 
a smile on his face. He will certainly be missed.”

Funeral arrangments for Mr. Fryar are pending and entrusted 
to Hughey Funeral Home. For more information or to send condolences, 
you may call 242-3348 or visit

Mt. Vernon Register News
May 12, 2009

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News Date: May 12, 14, 2009 Submitted by: Janet Fryar Rohlfs

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