Patricia Frazier

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After being apart for only a very short time, Patricia has gone to join her beloved Peter J.

She was born in Badin, NC to Dr. John Frazier and Sara Heider Frazier in 1926, and grew up in Salisbury, NC. Pat was a cheerleader at Boyden High School, an excellent junior golfer, archer, swimming star, and all around athlete. Local legend has it that Pete once intercepted a pass; Pat outran him to the goal line, and was waiting for him in the end zone to give him a hug. Pat attended Duke University, where she studied nursing. She was a member of the Duke Diving Team. She continued to golf, swim, and play bridge with her friends all through life.

On her birthday, December 22, 1946, she married Pete Watkins, her high school sweetheart. The joke was that she picked this date for Pete, so he would only have to buy one present, instead of three, but he always bought separate presents for all three events (a very smart man!).

They moved to Wilmington in 1948, and soon joined Grace United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime Sunday school teacher and pillar of the church. Pat was a lifelong scholar of biblical studies, and visited the Middle East on an archaeological tour to further her knowledge.

Pat was a true Christian, and believed in helping the poor and oppressed. Before 1969, there were no public school kindergartens. In the mid-sixties, while doing outreach, Pat identified a need to prepare the children in the Grace Church neighborhood for 1st grade. Through perseverance, persuasion, and her passion, she helped to create an inter¬racial preschool/kindergarten for the local children, hosted by the church. Anyone living in Wilmington at that time can imagine what an enormous accomplishment that was. She was on the board of the Salvation Army, The Girls Club and many other service organizations where she put her beliefs into action. Her greatest legacy may be the sense of fairness and love she passed down to her children, her grandchildren and her friends.

She is survived by her children: Sally, Ann, Mark, Bruce & wife Pam, and her two grandchildren Lillian Casey Watkins and Peter Judson Watkins IV.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Monday, March 21, at Grace United Methodist Church on the corner of 4th and Grace St. Visitation will follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, the Methodist Home for Children, 1041 Washington St., Raleigh, NC 27605 or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Andrews Market Street Chapel

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 20, 2011
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