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Floyd Ray Frazier

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Dec. 21, 1940 - Sept. 21, 2008 Resident of Orlando, FL Floyd Ray Frazier born in Marshall, Texas on December 21, 1940 to Sidney and Verdell Frazier died of a sudden illness on Sunday a September 21, 2008 in Orlando, Florida was preceded in death by his parents Verdell Frazier-Moore and his father Sidney Frazier, his sister Connie L. Moore. Floyd Ray grew up in the Harbor Home projects and on 5th & Pine Streets in West Oakland. He graduated from Mc Clymonds High School n 1959. Two months after graduation, Floyd moved to Los Angeles where he attended Los Angeles City College, there he earned an A.A. degree in Business Administration. A week after receiving his degree, he went on his first professional job interview with Kraft Food Corporation, in hand his A.A. degree, with his 6' 7" frame and his handsome features, he was selected on his initial interview to a Corporate position with Kraft Foods. Floyd Ray then married his college sweetheart Bertha of Los Angeles, CA; from this union were two sons and one daughter whom he raised in West Hollywood. Floyd was employed as an Executive with Kraft Food for over 10 years. Always actively involved in politics, upon leaving Kraft Foods, Floyd served as Staff Assistant to Senator Diane E. Watson of Los Angeles. Upon retirement from Senator Watson's office, he became a self-employed Businessman. He and Bertha purchased their first Liquor Mini-Mart from this business; he was able to become involved in numerous other business activities. Floyd was very religious and served as a Deacon in several churches in the Los Angeles area. Floyd retired in 2000 after which time he moved to Orlando, Florida. After retirement, he traveled to Africa numerous times through programs which were developed to assist Africans in need. He was a Board member of the American Diabetes Association. Floyd had associations with many health organizations. In 2006 he ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida. Floyd Ray is survived by his son Zane Frazier, daughter in-law Jolee Frazier of Phoenix, Arizona, son Farron Frazier and his daughter Sidney Frazier, Floyd's only grandchild of Los Vegas, NV, and daughter Erica Felicia Frazier of Delaware. His brother Herbert Gray Frazier, sister-in-law Eleanor Frazier and their daughter Angela D. Frazier of Oceanside, CA, brothers Michael H. Rice of Phoenix, Arizona, Sidney Jr., Kenneth, Randy and Ricky Frazier all of Marshall, Texas; his "Big Sister" Dr. Annette Faye Day, Ph.D. whom was extremely proud of her "Handsome Big" brother, her husband, Joseph J. Day, III., his brother-in-law of 38 years; sisters Janice Moore, Ava Moore, Joyce Moore-Foreman-Robertson and Monica J. Rice-Walker ahd her husband Bennie Walker, Sr., all of Oakland, CA. Sisters Helen E. Hall, Patricia Butler and Gail V. Jones all of Marshall, Texas. Floyd Ray is also survived by his former wives Bertha Frazier-Tolson of Delaware; Gerald Frazier of Atlanta, GA and Barbara Frazier of Orlando, Florida. Locally, there are a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; nieces Angela L. West; Cassandra D. Gaar, Carmen Gaar, Connie Gaar, Benica Verdell Walker, Michael J.C. Rice, Constance f. Rice, Aishia Wilingham-Rice and Megan Foreman. Nephews Tony Gaar, Jr., Cameron Rice, Alerick Foreman, Bennie H. Walker, Jr., all of Oakland, Jerrel Rice and Kristian Rice of Phoenix, of Arizona. Cousins; Emery and Bill Green, Van Frazier and Jacqueline Robinson all of Los Angeles, California; Theresa Moore and Family of Inglewood, California, Clara and Mohsen Ahmed of Chula Vista, California; Rosetta and Claude Bennet of San Diego, California; Guindolyn and Foster Washington; Marylin Chandler and husband; Don Singletary, Henderson Singletary and their father Albert Singletary of Texas. Edward Leon Robinson, Jr., and Kurt Robinson of Vallejo, California, Toni Alexander and Don Robinson both of Oakland. His dearest cousin Herman Jean Gardere and her family of Richmond, California. As soon as Floyd would arrive in Oakland, he would always contact two of his buddies, Charles Atkins and the Rev. Richard Williams both of Oakland. Prior to Floyd's death, he was employed part-time in the security industry. Floyd Ray prepared himself to be with the Lord, before admitting himself to the hospital three weeks ago; he made his important documents available to his children by placing them on his bed along with instructions. There was no need to look for anything. Funeral Arrangements were Entrusted to Harrison Ross Mortuaries. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 3, from 9 am to 10 am and 11 am to 9 pm. View Park Chapel, 4601 South Crenshaw, Los Angels, CA 90043 (323) 584-1230 Homegoing Celebration, October 4, 2008 at 10:00 am, Phillips Temple CME Church, 973 East 43rd Street, Los Angeles, California 90011 (323) 233-4783 Repast: Please join the family for refreshments at 4900 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90043 Final Homegoing Celebration, Marshall, Texas Interment: Longridge Cemetery, Marshall, Texas.
Published in East Bay Times on Oct. 1, 2008
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