Henry Gerald Frazier gained his heavenly reward on June 17, 2019. He passed peacefully at home with his family at his side. Born on January 17, 1942, he was the son of Clyde and Carolyn Frazier who preceded him in death.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jackie. Daughter Leslie Ann Burke (Rick) Neon, KY. and son Henry Bart (Stephanie) of Pikeville, Ky. Two grandsons, Jordan Ilic and Tyler Burke and one granddaughter Kaitlyne Burke. One great granddaughter Madison Grace. Brothers: Rokie (Joyce) Whitesburg, KY, Doug (Janie) The Villages FL and Sam (Jenny) Shelbyville, KY Sisters: Cheryl Webb (late Cossie) and Marsha Howard (Hillard) The Villages FL. He also has many nieces, nephews and cousins whom he loved.
Gerald graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in education. He taught Social Studies and History for 33 years at Whitesburg High School. His dedication to education included teaching summer school in addition to regular term, coaching and he served as a bus driver for 46 years. Gerald enjoyed kids whether it was in the classroom, on the football field or taking them to and from school. He retired from teaching and education services in 1995.
Gerald loved the outdoors. He had a green thumb whether it was in the garden growing vegetables, flowers in the years and he was especially proud of his apple trees.
He enjoyed family times together – especially family reunions. He was well informed on his family genealogy and loved to share it with others.
The greatest day of Gerald’s life was when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He joined the Faith Baptist Church in Myra, Ky. He enjoyed his time with his church family, was a devoted member and he studied his Bible daily.
Gerald was a good neighbor. He and Jackie especially loved Paxton and Peyton Hammonds who they thought of as additional grandkids.
His greatest enjoyment in his later life was his back porch. He felt like it was his personal paradise. He loved to cookout whether it was just for him and Jackie or a huge gathering. His motto was “the more the better.” He loved to heat up the grill. He also enjoyed Saturday morning breakfasts with his family and friends on the porch.
When Gerald faced his serious health problems …. He faced them with a positive attitude, a strong will and the faith that God was always in control.
He always expressed his appreciation to everyone who helped care for him or came to him a time of need. He especially loved Michelle Blair, his nurse at Letcher Manor and at home, the therapists at Letcher Manor along with the therapists at East Kentucky Physical Therapy who worked so diligently to help him regain his strength. He had special friends in the Whitesburg Police Department and Whitesburg Fire Department who helped him so many times. He also had so much love for Donna Fleming who pampered him so much and the Neon Ambulance Crew.
There is much comfort in knowing that Gerald is with his Lord and Savior. He is at peace. He has received God’s amazing grace – he is healed – His cup overflows and he is running down the streets of gold with two strong legs and a song on his heart!
Celebration of Life: 11:00 O'clock A.M. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Letcher Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Dave Hammonds and Reverend Tony Brown officiating. Visitation: 4:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Letcher Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Fields Family Cemetery at Whitesburg, Kentucky.