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Thomas Harry Frazier


Thomas Harry Frazier was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on June 28, 1945 to Harry and Viola Frazier. As a small child he lived in Chicago, and his family moved to Florida in 1952. He graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1963 and went on to attend the University of Florida, where he received Bachelor's and Master's degrees and where he met his wife, Katherine Howard. Tom and Katherine were married for 45 years and raised their family in Pensacola.

Tom worked many years for the School District of Escambia County. His proudest accomplishment in his work was being the founding principal of Jim Bailey Middle School.

While living in Pensacola, Tom was active with the Pensacola Jaycees, Pensacola Little Theater, Northwest Florida Gator Club, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist.

He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, and playing cards, and was an accomplished pianist. In 2012 Tom and Katherine moved to Saint Augustine to live near their grandchildren. His greatest joy in the last year and a half came from the time that he was able to spend with those three little boys. Another happy result of the move was living near Gainesville and being able to go to lots of Gator functions. In Saint Augustine he was a member of the Christian Science church and the Gator Club of Historic Saint Augustine and took classes at Saint Johns River State College.

Tom was a loving husband and father and the best Grampa to his boys. He was a joyful, fun-loving, intelligent, helpful, wonderful person—a true blessing to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his mother and his father. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; his daughters and son-in-law, Holly Frazier and Suzanne and Jared Sandoval; his three grandsons, Jonah James Sandoval, Elijah Thomas Sandoval, and Silas Jaxon Sandoval; his brother- and sister-in-law, Keith and Laura Howard; and his nieces, Katie Howard and Annie Howard.

The memorial service will be held at Faith Chapel Funeral Home, 100 Beverly Parkway, on Monday at 12 noon. Visitation preceding the service will begin at 10:30.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation (earmarked for Bailey Middle School), 30 E. Texar Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, 2013
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