Richard Talmadge Frazier, 80, passed away Monday, February 27, 2006, in a Niceville healthcare facility. He was born December 12, 1925, in Kinston, AL, the son of George Dallis Frazier and Lee Annie Margaret Byrd Frazier.
He was known to some as R.T., to some as Talmadge, to some as Dick, and to the rest of us as Papa.
He loved music and he loved to dance. What he lacked in talent he made up for with enthusiasm.
He loved to make improvements to his home and built beautiful patios and walkways and landscaping. He enjoyed frying mullet for family and friends on the patio and always enjoyed having a house full of friends and family to enjoy Viona’s good cooking. He loved to watch the birds in the-trees and the turtles sunning themselves on the logs in the backyard pond.
We will miss him, but we are happy to picture him again with his beloved brother, Nix, entertaining the angels by doing what they always loved doing most; sitting at the table, telling the old stories about funny things and one-of-a-[kind] relatives, laughing until they cried and their sides hurt and then laughing some more.
He is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Hinton Nix Frazier. The family wishes to think the kind and loving staff of Sterling House in Niceville, Covenant Hospice and Dr. Kenneth Ponder for taking such good care of papa.
Among survivors are his wife, Viona White Frazier; his daughters, Pamela K. Frazier-Tanner and huband, Michael, of Navarre, and Tana Renee Frazier of Niceville; three grandchildren; Rachel Renne Thompson, Dustin K. Thompson and wife, Amanda, and Matthew D. Frazier; his great-grandson, Travis Paul Thompson; his brother, Dillis R. Frazier and wife, Pam of Crestview; his sisters-in-law, Geri A. Frazier, of Minneapolis, MN, Leona Ingram, of DeFuniak Springs, Cil Mitchell, of Panama City, and Gladys Fountain; of Florala; his brother-in-law, Eldridge Kemp, of Waco, TX; family by choice, Ouida and Jim Long, of Niceville, and Doris and Larry Di Polo, of Crestview, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made in Frazier’s memory to Covenant [Hospice] or to Alzheimer’s Foundation. A time of visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2006 from 1 to 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Niceville. Funeral services were scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2006, with Reverend J. C. McLendon ofﬁciating with family graveside service to follow.
[Source: The DeFuniak Springs Herald, March 2, 2006, Page 9-B]