By Mike Steely
For more than 60 years Alvin Frye has been pumping gas in Fountain City and his EXXON Station at the corner of Broadway and Essary Road has been home for him and his crew for 25 years. The 92 year old veteran of World War II and Korea is getting medical care now but the announcement that his historic filling station will be closing soon has generated a lot of public response.
This sad sign greets people when visiting Alvin Frye’s Exxon Station in Fountain City. The station will close at the end of the month but there’s a Cash Mob schedule there Thursday to honor the owner’s 60 years of service. (Photo by Mike Steely)
Frye, a civic leader and proud military veteran, has offered real old-fashioned service including attendants who fill your tank instead of self-service. His “No Beer, No Lottery” sign is iconic and known Frye is known throughout the region as travelers come by for full service and take photos of him and the sign.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett organized one last Cash Mob Thursday, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. to show appreciation to Fry. The station will be completely closed on December 31st.
Frye has been honored by his native Fountain City citizens’ “Man of the Year” and two years ago was given a surprise Birthday Celebration to recognize his 90 years of life and service.
Currently battling health issues the Fountain City Lions Club is accepting donations to the “Alvin Frye Fund” to help the family and cover expenses for this treatment and care. Checks can be mailed to the Fountain City Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 5276, Knoxville, Tn. 37928.