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Lettie Harris Frazier
Lettie Harris Frazier
Lettie Harris Frazier was born on Nov. 19, 1922, to the Rev. Paul Jones and Malissia “Lissie” Wells Harris in Waverly, in Camden County. Their children, Onither “Ronie,” Nolan “Bubba,” Lettie “Sister,” Rhoda “Baby,” and Quessie “Coot” was the family born to P.J. and Lissie Harris.

Lettie was 7 years old when the Great Depression of 1929 occurred. Herbert Hoover was president. Lettie’s parents called it Hoover Time. No group was harder hit than African-Americans, and half of black America was out of work.

She saw in 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt elected president and heard his promise to end the Great Depression. She was here to see desperate people in Germany elect the notorious Adolph Hitler as chancellor in 1933. World War II began in 1939.

She was here in 1941, when Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She was here when the civil rights movement began and lasted from 1954-1968. She danced as a girl to the earliest jazz and blues recordings in the 1920s and 30s. She also wrote in her memories that, at 86 years old, she lived to see a great thing happen in history, “on tomorrow January 13, 2009, a black family will move in the White House in Washington, D.C. -Praise God!”

She joined the Christian family and was baptized at an early age at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Waverly. Guided by her mother and father, she found joy in serving the Lord and loved Sunday school. She attended the public school at the old wooden one-room school in Waverly and attended it to 10th grade, the highest grade it offered.

She met and married Nolan Frazier in 1939 and made Waverly their lifelong home. She was 16 and Nolan was 19 years old. Five children were born to them and she mothered six children altogether: Charlie, Joe “Peas man,” Eloise “Weise,” Emma “Leah,” Malissia “Ann,” and baby boy Timothy.

She loved and helped to raise two grandsons whom she loved dearly: Raynard “Bookman” (deceased) and Timothy “Mikey.” Also, Renee Williams (deceased) lived with them in her youth, and she loved her as her own.

Nolan and Lettie were people who helped others, even with the little they had. Nolan was called Lettie’s husband but everybody’s man. She and Nolan shared 54 years of marriage before he passed. Lettie often talked of the hard times they had in Hoover Time and how she had to be resourceful.

She learned to sew and made clothing and quilts for her family and the neighborhood. She attended beauty school in Jacksonville, Fla., and was the neighborhood “hair fixer.” She could cook anything (tame or wild), and Nolan was a hunter. She and Mama Lissie planted a garden and raised vegetables for their family and friends. She was loved by her brother and sisters and Nolan’s brothers and sisters. She shared her prayers, talents and resourcefulness with them all.

After all of the other original family members had passed, she became the family matriarch. She lived to see four generations of her children born. As Mama Lissie was, Lettie’s life was a model of inherited strength, love, courage, respect and obedience. She received many honors and awards in her time, the latest being interviewed and making a video by the Ralph Bunche High Alumni Association and being one of the honored at the banquet in 2013.

Lettie served on the voter registration board of Camden County for many years. She was a commodity food and summer lunch volunteer under the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority Inc. for 20 years. She was the church choir president of Mt. Orum Baptist Church for over 30 years and still sang in the choir as a soprano.

She was the mother of the church, mission president, deaconess, served on the trustee board, and as a section, she served under several pastors, presently Rev. Johnny Wrice. She had many friends and was loved in the community for her gentle but firm opinions of what God required.

When she was asked, “How did you stay here this long (91 years) in 2013?” she said, “Jesus haven’t called me yet.” Longevity is blessed in her family and her father passed at the age of 89, her mother at the age of 98 1/2, and her brother (Rev. Nolan Harris) at the age of 90.

Proverbs 31: 27-29 — “She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.”

She leaves to remember her life two sisters, Rhoda Shannon of Brunswick and Quessie Murray of Jacksonville, Fla.; her loving children Charlie (Ella) Frazier McDonald, Joe (Inez) Frazier, Eloise (Freddy) Massey, Emma Frazier Rogers, Malissia Frazier Chance, and Timothy (Cynthia) Frazier, all of Camden County; three brothers-in-law, John Frazier of Brunswick, Jimmy (Ann) Frazier of Richmond, Va., and Elijah (Hyacinth) Frazier of New York; grandchildren Bruce Frazier, Ezekiel (Vivian) Tate Jr., Kipp (Carolyn) Tate, Denene (Eddie) Poole, Heather Massey, Latorria Frazier, Jesse (Renee) Alston, Kosena (Corey) Dawson, Timothy Jermaine Frazier, Darrell (Paula) Rogers, Darren (Toi) Rogers, Tia (Charles) Allen, Kimberly (Dallas) Smith, Kristy Chance Starke, Jason (Kim) Chance, Debra (Bruce)Young, Kim McDonald, Jeanette White, Leon (Doris) Frazier, Roger (Angelina) Frazier, Gloria Frazier, Aaron Butler, Terry White, Glenda Jackson, Cory Rainge, Beverly (Hector) Arguello, Derrick (Lori) Rainge, Alicia Wells, and Phillip Rainge; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Cora Grace Robinson, and Nancy (Willie) Hopkins; many nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbors and friends. The family thanks Heartland Hospice employees for their efficiency, vigilance and assistance.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 07, 2014, at Mt. Orum Baptist Church, Waverly. Interment followed in Rising Daughter Cemetery, Waverly.

Hall, Jones and Brown Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.