Frederick William Wolfe was born in Asheville, N.C., in 1894, the seventh child and fourth son of Julia Elizabeth Westall and William Oliver Wolfe. He was educated in Asheville schools and worked as a salesman in Dayton, Ohio, before serving in the Navy during World War I. After his naval service, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, graduating in 1922. Fred Wolfe worked in Atlanta for Fairbanks, Morse and Company for about seven years, and then held several sales jobs in High Point, N.C., and Harrisonburg, Pa. In 1934, he joined the Blue Bird Ice Cream Company of Spartanburg, S.C., as a salesman, a position he held until the early 1960s. He married Mary Burris in 1943. In his later years, Fred Wolfe devoted himself to perpetuating the memory of his brother, Thomas Wolfe, through the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association and in speeches at colleges and universities. Fred Wolfe died in 1980 and is buried in the family plot in Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, N.C.