Veteran songsmith dead at 85

Hershel Frazier

(Editor’s Note–George Hershel Frazier – George H. to some and Hershel to most -passed away on Monday, May 13, at the age of 85. Frazier was a veteran, firefighter, storyteller, songwriter and musician. He was a member of the Le Chien Cookers Dutch Oven Society and was recently featured on KPLC-TV’s Hometown Patriot. He was often seen at the wheel of Ole Charlemayne, the city’s oldest firetruck.)

George Hershel Frazier, a native and resident of DeQuincy was born on Aug. 18, 1933 and passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the age of 85.

Hershel proudly served his country in the United States Army. He loved to write songs, sing and could play any stringed instrument. Hershel served as Secretary-Treasurer for many years with the DeQuincy Fire Department. He was very active in his community and loved to participate in the local parades riding proudly with the Veterans. Hershel was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in DeQuincy. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He will be greatly missed by his family and by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruby C. Frazier and son, Arlon Hershel Frazier and wife, Lea Ann; grandchildren, J.P. Richardson and wife, Shannon and Brandon Berry and wife, Michelle along with three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Johnsie Frazier and companion, Elaine; and his sister, Mary “Bug” Frazier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry Frazier and Mary White Frazier; daughter, Theresa Marie Frazier, great-grandchild, Lukas Grady Richardson; brothers, Edward Frazier and Kenneth Frazier; and sisters, Lou Alice Royer and Robbie Lee Manuel.

Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, and the funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. at First United Pentecostal Church, 230 Smith St., DeQuincy. A Prayer Service will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, with interment to follow at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

(Paid Memorial)