Funeral being held for public servant who died in Wednesday car accident

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A Pitt County Detention Officer was laid to rest Sunday afternoon. Taylor Frank died in a single car accident just outside of Kinston Wednesday morning.

He crashed on Tilghman Mill Road. Responding officers say the car flipped multiple times landing in the Hugo Fire Department lawn, where Frink volunteered since he was 13 years old.

“He was one of those guys that would light up a room and if you needed anything he would be the first person there. He would always have a smile on his face and always asked if you needed any help,” said Pastor Mitch Sugg.

Sugg says they will celebrate and honor his life tonight, even though his life was cut too short.


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Church members of Tanglewood Church in Kinston say Taylor Frink’s visitation and funeral will be held this weekend. The visitation happened on Saturday, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the church.

Frink was an active member of the Tanglewood Church congregation. Some members there tell WNCT the community there held a celebration of life service Wednesday night to honor Frink. They say they could not be more proud of the person he was to his friends and family.


A Pitt County Detention Officer died Wednesday morning after a single car accident just outside of Kinston. Highway Patrol First Sgt. Robert Bowen says Taylor Frink, 24, of Kinston was driving home from work Wednesday morning when he crashed on Tilghman Mill Road, just north of Kinston. Bowen says the car flipped multiple times, landing in the Hugo Fire Department lawn, where Frink volunteered since he was 13 years old. He was thrown from the vehicle and died on the scene. Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says he hired Frink to be a detention officer just a few months ago, but he always knew there was something special about him.

“I was so impressed with him,” says Elks. “His involvement in the community, his responsibility he took as a young man. The responsibility it took on at his church. How much he helped his mom and his brother in their every day life as well.”

Elks says that sense of selflessness served Frink until the end.

“After doing such a fine job at the end of his shift, still he was on the way to help his mom,” says Elks. “She had a situation she needed his help on and he was still willing to do that before he went to bed.”

Those who knew Frink say that’s just the kind of person he was. Always giving, with the biggest smile.

WNCT’s Katie Harden reached out to the Hugo Volunteer Fire Department on their Facebook page. In a private message, they responded: “At this time we can tell you this. He was the most caring person in the world. One who would give you anything he had if you needed it. He was loved by anyone he ever came in contact with. He always had a big smile and could put a smile on anyone’s face. He will truly be missed by his big circle of friends and Hugo Fire and Rescue.”

HVFR also said they were with Frink’s family. The flag at the fire station is lowered to half mast in his honor. They shared this photo of Frink in a suit the crew says he was planning to wear in a friend’s upcoming wedding.

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The community continues to show an outpouring of love and support for Frink’s friends and family. Some local first responders shared these photos to social media Wednesday afternoon.


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