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William Arthur Frazee


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William Arthur Frazee Obituary
William Arthur Frazee

Memphis, tn

William Arthur Frazee, age 70, departed this life on July 7, 2018 due to complications from multiple myeloma. He died at home and was surrounded by his family.

Bill was born in Dickson, TN, and soon afterward moved to Memphis. He graduated from Central Highschool in 1965, where he played the trumpet in the band and held office as Band President his Senior Year. Bill attended Southern Methodist University and he was member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. During his senior year he met Susan McGraw, whom he married the following year. He then obtained a master's degree in accounting from S.M.U. before moving back to Memphis to work in his father's accounting practice. He there began a lifelong, successful career in which he gained the deep respect and trust of both his clients and colleagues, many of whom became lifelong friends. In 1997, Bill started Frazee Investment Consulting. For the last five years of his life, he had the great privilege of working with his son, Robert.

Bill was devoted to his family throughout his life. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Susan; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Scott Johnson; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Courtney Frazee; and six grandchildren, Susanna, Daniel, and Thomas Johnson and William, Jennings and Laurel Frazee. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Murray Bern and their son, Alan Bern and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Menno Frazee and Priscilla Wheeler Frazee.

Bill gave generously of his time and resources and pursued a variety of interests. He was a member of First Evangelical Church, where he served as a Deacon. In 1983, he presided over the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, of which he was a longtime member. He served on various boards including Evangelical Christian School, Young Life, and the M. A. Lightman Bridge Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and he appreciated many types of music. He and Susan together loved traveling, playing duplicate bridge, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Bill will be remembered as a loyal friend and a loving husband and father. He maintained his sense of humor throughout his illness, and he looked with hope to his eternal home.

The family will begin receiving friends at 1:30pm on Tuesday, July 10, at First Evangelical Church, with a memorial service celebrating his life to follow at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Church Health Center or First Evangelical Church Missions Fund.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 10, 2018
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