Special to the Tribune
Buncombe County – Buncombe County Commissioner Mike Fryar has died. “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce Commissioner Mike Fryar passed away on Sunday, Feb. 2,” said an email from Buncombe County. “A resident of Buncombe County for more than 55 years, Mike attended A.C. Reynolds High School and then served in the U.S. Navy. He was a small business owner for 32 years and started his career for the legendary NASCAR driver Banjo Matthews. There he displayed his tenacity and knowledge to work his way up and eventually start his own engine company, Fryar Performance.” Fryar was the representative for North Buncombe and much of the Leicester area.
“In 2012, Mike was elected to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners representing District 2. He was a respected member of the Board and passionate about representing the people of his district and the entirety of Buncombe County. Mike’s imprint on our organization and the community at-large is undeniable, and he leaves a legacy of having an unwavering dedication of making life better for everyone in Buncombe County,” continued the email.