Emerson Eugene Fritch, 81, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Emerson was a loving husband and father to two children. He served in the Navy as a flight engineer. He was a machine repairman for Allison Transmission and retired after over thirty years of service. He loved fishing and hunting and was a big racing fan. He raised sheep for his children to show in 4H.\n\nHe was saved at Faith Baptist Church in Avon, Indiana, where he served in the jail ministry. He did whatever needed to be done for the Lord and had a deep love for missionaries. That took him to India twice where he led the charge to the first graduating class of Tabernacle Bible College run by his dear friend, Joseph Athyalil.\n\nHe and his predeceased wife, Evelyn, purchased the Canary Motel in 1985 and ran it until 1998. He loved his family and was a faithful servant of the Lord, always witnessing to anyone he met.\n\nHe is preceded in death by his parents, James and Gladys Fritch; sisters: Rosemary Fields, Betty Michael, Juanita Reed, and Violet Fritch; and brothers: Ronald, George and Lester Fritch. \n\nSurviving is his wife, Shirley A. Fritch; daughter, Meloney Fritch; son, Bret W. Fritch (Cheryl) and step-children, Jennifer Johnson and Joey Johnson; He is also survived bygrandchildren: Sam (Courtney) Beason; Katelyn Beason; Jennifer (Cody) Miller; Joey Koehl; Ricky Fritch, Kim Cook; Kari Werth, Jennifer Casino; Kaitlyn Farmer; Trevor Johnson and Kendra (Kris) Kenney; and great-grandchildren. Ricky, Alex and Alyssa Fritch, Savannah Cook, Taylor King, Camden Cole, Emmalynn Kenney and Charlie, Chase and Ruby Miller.\n\nA visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, March 11, 2016, at Yates Thaggard Baptist Church, 3820 Vass-Carthage Road, Carthage, NC 28327, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM with funeral service at 5:00 PM. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Indiana.\n\nIn lieu of flowers the family requests memorial gifts be made to Joseph Athyalil, c/o Tabernacle Baptist Church, 717 Whitehurst Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-2301.