|Birth: ||May 1, 1943|
|Death: ||May 15, 2009|
Tommy Joe Frazier was born in Waldron, Arkansas, on May 1, 1943 and peacefully ascended into his eternal home on May 15, 2009 at the age of 66, after losing his courageous battle with cancer. He attended school in Meridian, Guthrie and Luther, OK and joined the U.S. Navy in 1961, where he served as a radar man aboard the USS King. After his tour in the service, he hired on at Tinker AFB, starting in the warehouse, moved to financial management, and lastly to labor relations, where he retired in March, 1993. While working at Tinker, he attended college and received degrees from Rose State College and from the University of Central Oklahoma. After retirement his love for the road prompted him to buy a truck and start a second career as a trucker. However, being a devoted, loving son, he ended this profession to remain close to home due to the declining health of his mother. Tommy married a local girl, Shirley Bagwell, on June 11, 1965 in Arcadia, OK. There were no children from this 43-year marriage. They were always there encouraging one another, whether it was racing motorcycles, flying airplanes, or just working side-by-side. Together they enjoyed many memorable vacations on their motorcycle, then later while exploring the wilderness trails of the mountains in their four-wheel drive vehicle. Wherever they traveled, they were always captivated at the majestic beauty of this great nation. Friends & family will vouch that Tommy was never afraid of hard work, a quality he learned as a small boy from his loving mother and his step-dad, Winston Cleek. They also taught him, "you can't do it unless you try," and there was very little Tommy could not do. He is preceded in death by his step-father, Ivan Winston Cleek father, J.C. Frazier step-father, Chester E. Hill and by his beloved mother, Alice May. He leaves behind his wife, Shirley, of the home several special aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and many devoted friends. Shirley would like to extend her gratitude to the Furseth Family, Dr. Mark Lynn & Staff, Companion Home Health, & Dr. Craig Reitz. Tommy was a strong, hard-working man with a soft heart & was always ready to help anyone in need. He lived each day to the fullest & touched many lives during his time on this earth. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. If you wish to honor the life of Tommy through a memorial gift in lieu of flowers, the charity most dear to his heart was the animal sanctuary: Free to Live, P.O. Box 5884, Edmond, OK 73083. Visitation will take place at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19th at the Oakdale Baptist Church, located at Hefner & Sooner Rd., with burial following at the Arcadia IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Brown's Funeral Parlor in Luther.
Published in The Oklahoman on 5/18/2009
Arcadia IOOF Cemetery
Created by: Phil & Donna (Stricklan)...
Record added: May 18, 2009
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