Ethel Horton Frazier
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Ethel Horton Frazier

Shreveport, LA - This is the story of the life of my mother, Ethel Horton Frazier, as seen through the eyes of her only child and felt in the heart of the four-year-old who grew into the 73-year-old with her always by my side. Mom was born on April 5, 1923 and lived to the ripe old age of 97 ½. She was born in Gandy, Louisiana to Lemuel Hall and Pearl Farris Horton. She passed away at Colonial Oaks Rehabilitation Center due to COVID complications on Friday, November 20, 2020. Her two loving caregivers and friends, Brooke and Katelyn, were at her side.

My dad, Mom's true love throughout life, L.C. Frazier, was killed in a logging accident when Mom was 27 years old. She was left with me, a four-year-old, and $75.00. We moved in with my paternal grandparents in Bentley, Louisiana. Mom decided to do the only thing she had experience in—open a grocery store. My grandfather had an empty building in Bentley and let her start her business in it. We lived in an L-shaped apartment connected to the store. She was then, until she took her last breath, the strongest, most dedicated woman I have ever or shall ever know.

Her store, Ethel's Grocery, became the heart and hangout of Bentley and surrounding communities. It became known as "The store that friends built!" Customers far and wide knew she had the coldest cokes around; customers also knew that if they fell on hard times, she would "tear up" their charge tickets until they got back on their feet. She worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, closing only on Christmas day. Some may think she did not have time to rear a child—on the contrary, in my eyes, she was always there! She disciplined, educated, and stood by me, and later my family, through the good and bad times. She was a single parent when it was not prevalent, and she made it work.

After 32 years in the store, she sold it and moved to Anacoco to be near my family. Her granddaughters, Kristie and Ashley, and their friends were spoiled by her newfound love for cooking and catering to them. She also found employment again! When I moved to Shreveport, it was not very long until she realized we needed to be close once again.

Mom found a new home at Holy Cross Villas West in Shreveport, where she became friends with all of the residents. She loved playing bingo and attending the birthday and holiday lunches they shared. She was known for her Five-Cup Salad, which was always requested.

Due to growing health issues, Mom moved out of Holy Cross in March of 2020 when the coronavirus lockdown started. She moved into Colonial Oaks Rehabilitation Center in April 2020, and our only contact with her was through doctor visits and hospital stays. She never stopped wishing to be back in her apartment. We never stopped wishing for long personal visits and days of shopping and going out to eat —both of which she loved.

Mom was preceded in death by the love of her life, my dad; her parents; her sister, Edith Horton Davis; her half-brothers and sister, Arthur Horton, Floyd Horton, Luther Horton, and Edna Simmons; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Willie and Hattie Barton Frazier; her sister-in-law, Carolyn Frazier Cathey; her brother-in-law, Bill Frazier; and her special pet of 14 years, Millie the cat.

She is survived by her loving family, her only child, Patricia Schwartz and husband, Robert of Benton, LA; her granddaughters, Kristie Crawford Buckner and Ashley Crawford De Lapp and husband, David; her five great-grandsons, Matthew and William Buckner and Nicholas, Andrew, and Christian De Lapp; her two step-grandchildren, Mason and Ashley De Lapp; and former son-in-law, Billy Crawford.

Honoring her as pallbearers will be Matthew Buckner, William Buckner, Billy Crawford, Christian De Lapp, David De Lapp, and Richard Schwartz.

A graveside service honoring the life of Ethel Horton Frazier will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2020 at Dry Prong Cemetery in Dry Prong, Louisiana. Officiating will be Reverend Leland Briggs. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Bentley United Pentecostal Church, Highway 167, Bentley, Louisiana.

Mom, MaMa, Miss Ethel will be missed by all who knew her. Heaven gained a very special angel. Thank you, Mom, for the memories and for letting me live this special story. You lived a good and faithful life.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020.
Graveside service
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November 23, 2020
Beautiful tribute to your lovely mother, Patricia. We, especially Phillip, have fond memories of Ms Ethel. God bless you during this difficult time of grief.
Phillip and Cory Brunson
November 23, 2020
Dear Patricia, This is Frances Preuett, daughter of Granvel and Era Preuett. Your mother was one in a million. She was the "backbone" of
the community. Who else would open their store at 3:00 in the morning to allow a mom to get cold or cough medicine for their child. She was always ready to go the extra mile for those in need. Here store was truly the meeting place for everyone. If you needed to get caught up on those in the community, you went to Ethel's Grocery. I can still, to this day, see the older guys sitting in front of the store just catching up and discussing the latest. She meant so much to everyone without even realizing it. Your obituary showed what a wonderful women she was. Not only that, she raised a wonderful daughter, was a wonderful friend to everyone and was a shining example to those who knew her. Heart felt sympathy to you and your family during this time, but rest assured she will be in all of our hearts for a very long time.
Frances Preuett
November 22, 2020
This a tribute to a classy little lady that was always on point!!! You may have heard of Foxy Brown, well that was Mrs. Foxy Cream. Mrs. Ethel was always looking beautiful and smell Amazing, she was the total package of what a lady is supposed to be and represent when they steps out of their front door,,,Rest little lady Rest. Because of you their are Awesome young men and beautiful ladies that will carry on your legacy. It has been a pleasure to have met such a delightful person, because of you my life is complete and for that I thank You
Tracy Coleman Moore
Tracy & Xavier Moore
November 22, 2020
I spent time in the Fairfield community with my grandmother Maxine Richards as a little girl . I don’t remember a day that we didn’t go to Ethels grocery . She was always so nice and my grandma thought the world of her . And to a little girl Mrs Ethel was quite the inspiration. So sorry to hear of her passing
Misty Campbell
November 22, 2020
When we moved to Dry Prong in November of 1978 I was working in Alexandria. I would stop at Miss Ethel's now and then for groceries. One of those times I didn't realize I had no cash until I was checking out! I was so embarrassed! But she said to me not to worry I can bring the money next time I stop by!!!!!! Being from Lafayette I was very surprised that she was trusting a total stranger! She didn't even know my name! Needless to say every chance I got I stopped at her store!
I was so impressed by her friendliness! I live in Bentley now and always wondered what happened to "Miss Ethel"! Now I know. Rest In Peace Miss Ethel!
Such a precious lady!
Juanita Daigrepont
November 21, 2020
Patricia. I am so sorry for your loss. May the coming days be filled with happy memories of your precious mother
Janice Dykes Martin
November 21, 2020
So sorry for your loss to you and your family she was a wonderful strong and special woman and I pray for peace and comfort in days weeks months and years
November 21, 2020
Our hearts are breaking for you Patricia on the loss of your Mama. Mrs. Ethyl was the sweetest thing and always was dressed impeccably with every hair in place. She always had a smile and a kind words. Many a coke and candy bar she "put on the bill" that Mama would pay out each month. I remember the store before the remodel when the cash register was at the back of the store with a big cookie jar on the counter
Please know that we will be praying for comfort for all of you in the days and weeks ahead. We loved you very much Mrs Ethyl and you will always have a special place in our hearts and memories.
The Maxwell Family.
Thellos, Gloria and Linda
Linda Maxwell
November 21, 2020
Patricia, I’m so sorry about the loss of your Mother. I loved her story and I can tell she was a wonderful lady. I remember how you have always spoken so fondly of her. I know she will be missed but know the memories of her will keep you going. Our prayers for peace and comfort are with you and your family.
Mary & Dale Weir
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