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 Debbie <I>Greer</I> Santos

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Debbie Greer Santos

Birth
Death 28 Oct 1971 (aged 74)
Hearne, Robertson County, Texas, USA
Burial Hearne, Robertson County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 5 Lot 36A
Memorial ID 80060105 View Source

Texas Certificate of Death
NOTE: Born 4 September 1904 per certificate
Father: Finiss L. Greer
Mother: Alta A. Moore
Informant: Joe Santos

1910 Federal Census shows she was born in 1897 to Finis L. and Alta A. Greer. They were living in Taylor Ward 1, Williamson County, Texas

Bio below is by Randall R.
Debbie D. Greer Frye Santos was born in Taylor Texas to Alta and Finis Greer, her parents originally from Tennessee. Debbie, although from humble roots, was no small-town girl.

In the 1920's she moved out to sunny California where she became a dancer with the Los Angeles Follies, performing at downtown Los Angeles. This, it is thought, where she likely met her first husband, soon-to-be aviation legend Jack Frye. Shortly after, they were married on September 4, 1924 at Tijuana, Mexico. (Cited by Jack Frye's long-time TWA executive secretary Jean Phillips).

Jack and Debbie lived in Santa Monica, Inglewood, Los Angeles, and later Kansas City. Residents of the Frye household were Debbie and Jack, her mother Alta, Jack's sister Sunny, and at one time, Jack's brother Don. Debbie was always a go-getter and worked during mid-1920's as a manager at a Mercantile at Western and Manchester Avenue(s). Jack's sister Sunny Frye would come in and help Debbie at times by getting change for the clerks, etc., and running errands.

During mid-1920's, at the infancy of aviation, Debbie helped her husband Jack greatly as he built up Burdett Airfield operations into the largest private airport on the west coast. During this time, Standard Air Lines initiated the very first passenger service between Los Angeles-Phoenix-Tucson-El Paso, and later, the very first trans-continental-rail passenger service for the United States. Debbie was a beloved early fixture of Burdett Flying School Airport, Aero Corporation of California, and Standard Air Lines, all of which her husband served as founder-president. Debbie was a V.I.P. celebrity at all the early milestone inaugural events, which were well covered by the press, nationwide.

By 1930, her husband Jack was an executive of Western Air Express, with an office at downtown Los Angeles. The Fryes had moved up in the world of high-finance and business. Shortly after, Debbie witnessed her husband found Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc., or TWA, as we know it, a move that made Jack Frye an aviation legend in the airline industry. Debbie Greer was right there at his side, front and center, and many monumental decisions which affected the world of aviation were planned around the Frye kitchen table.

Debbie Greer Frye was warmly credited by Jack Frye's sister as helping her brother (Jack) get started on his illustrious aviation career, in the earliest days, when not only money was tight, but the emotional toll of starting a fledgling airline was enormous.

The Fryes were divorced around 1932, at which time Jack had recently transferred to Kansas City Missouri, a locale which became the new operational base of TWA.

After Debbie's marriage to Jack she was to live in Hawaii and marry a second husband Joe Santos.

Debbie is a beloved in memory, certainly she can not be forgotten, as she occupied a front row seat at the beginning of our country's airline history and the founding of TWA!


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  • Created by: Ricky Joe
  • Added: 7 Nov 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 80060105
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/80060105/debbie-santos : accessed ), memorial page for Debbie Greer Santos (4 Sep 1897–28 Oct 1971), Find a Grave Memorial ID 80060105, citing Norwood Cemetery, Hearne, Robertson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ricky Joe (contributor 47093167) .