George A. Frazier
(September 21, 1933 - August 18, 2009)
George A. Frazier, 75, of Shelbyville, died at 9:14 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at his home in Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 21, 2009 in the First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville with Rev. Jeff Grote officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville and one hour before services Friday in the church. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
George was born on September 21, 1933, in Shelbyville, son of Rennie L. and Mary I. Fleming Frazier. He was publisher of the Shelbyville Daily Union for all of his adult life, until he retired in 1999.
He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1951 and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1955.
George was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville, where he served as an elder, and the Shelbyville Rotary Club, where he served as president and received the Paul Harris Award. George also was a member of Jackson Lodge #53 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Shelbyville, the Scottish Rite and Ansar Shrine in Springfield.
George is survived by his wife, Sue Lawder Frazier, whom he married on July 27, 1973, children Mike Frazier of Shelbyville and Beth Fahey and son-in-law Kevin of Crest Hill, IL and infant grandchildren Ashley and Max Fahey. He is preceded in death by his sister Frances, his infant brother Dwight, and his parents.
The son of a newspaperman, George worked at the Shelbyville Daily Union for his entire life, except for his years at college, until he retired in 1999. George and his sister, Frances, edited and published the daily newspaper, which they inherited from their father.
George won numerous state and national newspaper awards for his coverage of Shelby County.
After retiring from the newspaper, George served on the Shelby County Board from December 4, 2000 to his death, and served as the county board chairman from July 10, 2002 to December 1, 2008.
George enjoyed flying planes, shooting high-powered and accurate rifles, hunting, fishing and playing the bagpipe. In recent months, George especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville or Angel of Love in Shelbyville.