Mr. Joseph Franklin Fraser, 63, of 1029 Brittlebank Road, Walterboro, died Wednesday afternoon, October 8, 2008, at his residence under the care of Palmetto Health Hospice.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 oclock Saturday afternoon, October 11, 2008, from The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Chapel, Walterboro with The Reverend Godfrey Ritter and The Reverend Ricky Crosby officiating. Interment, with military honors provided by the United States Army, will follow in Evergreen Christian Church Cemetery, Bells Highway, Walterboro.
Mr. Fraser was born August 27, 1945, in Colleton County and was a son of the late Witsell Fraser, Sr. and the late Essie Lou Evans Fraser. He served his country faithfully in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict having been stationed in Germany and the Panama Canal. He was a lifelong Colleton County Farmer, and was a retired Beamer Helper from CCX in Walterboro. He also for many years was employed with American Gas Company and Besteel. An active and dedicated member of Evergreen Christian Church, he was a member of the Ben R Sunday School Class and the Mens Fellowship. He served his church as a Deacon for many years and was awarded Deacon Emeritus. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Strickland Camp No. 55 in Walterboro. Franklin will always be remembered for his love of children, for always sharing the harvest of his crops with those he loved, and eating at the local Shoneys. He always had something for his nieces and nephews whenever he saw them and especially loved his great nieces and nephews.
Surviving are: three brothers, Witsell Fraser, Jr. and his longtime friend Helen Butler, Fred Fraser and his wife Doris, and Gerald Fraser and his wife Lynn all of Walterboro; six sisters, Frances Herndon and her husband Jimmy of Walterboro, Florence Nettles and her husband Gordon of Ruffin, Catherine Flader and her husband Lew of Hanahan, Delores Stevens and her husband Ben of El Paso, Texas, Mae Hancock and her husband Roy of Blythewood, and Frances Bazzle of Goose Creek; and two aunts, Ethel Craven and Sallie Mae Craven both of Walterboro. There are several nieces and nephews as well as several great nieces and nephews that also survive. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Williams and Gayle Fraser.
The family would like to express their appreciation to their friends at Palmetto Health Hospice to include, Angela Ward - CNA, Jamie Fuseler - RN, Renee Wilson " Social Worker, and also the Chaplin who came and spent so much time with Franklin and the family in their home. Also would like to thank Mrs. Pat McShan for all her care and attention to Franklin.
Flowers will be accepted, or for those that wish, memorials may be directed to: Evergreen Christian Church, for use with either the Cemetery Fund or Food Ministry Fund, 1701 Bells Highway, Walterboro, SC 29488.
For those that wish, online messages and thoughts may be made to the family at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.
Family and friends are invited to call from 6:00 until 9:00 this Friday evening at THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERALHOMES, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro, 843.538.5408.