Edwin Becton Frazier passed away peacefully at his home in Rockwall, Texas, April 17, 2016.
He was born Oct. 16, 1920, the second son of Aline and Felix Frazier of Greenville, Texas, who predeceased him.
Also deceased are his beloved wife of 64 years, Margaret "Maggie" Dyer Frazier; his older brother, Felix "F.A." Frazier; and Dorothy Spray Frazier, his wife; Ed's sister, Mary Ann Saffold; his brother-in-law, Charlie Dyer; and his son-in-law, William Groth.
He is survived by his daughter, Breton "Becky" Frazier of St. Augustine, Fla.; his son, Lt. Col. Ed "Chip" Frazier (US Air Force Retired) and his wife, Susan "Sue" of Omaha, Neb.; granddaughter Stephanie Hjermstad, her husband, Scott and their children Max and Nina of Louisville, Neb.; his grandson, Lt. Col. Edwin B. Frazier III, USAF, his wife, Corrine "Cory" and their children, Edwin "Beck" and Ashleigh Frazier IV at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio; his brother-in-law, Albert Saffold; his sister-in-law, Martha Dyer; his special friend, Glenna Phillips; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
Ed graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in May of 1941 with a B.A. in prelaw and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps flying cadet program June 1 training in Arizona and California. He received his wings in January of 1942, one month after Pearl Harbor, and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He remained as a flight instructor and flight training supervisor at several air bases, despite volunteering to fly fighter aircraft. Late in 1944, Ed was assigned to fly the P-40 pursuit fighter. He went on to complete combat crew training in the P-51 in Florida. He served in the Pacific on Saipan and then on Guam.
He flew many kinds of planes from bi-wing trainers and transport aircraft to Sabrejets. Ed was a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and also the Armed Forces Staff College. He was an assistant professor of Air Science and Tactics at the University of New Mexico and at North Texas State University. Ed served in many high level staff and command positions with Far East Air Force in Tokyo, Japan, at the Pentagon; and he was the Air Force Defense Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador at NATO headquarters in Paris.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and numerous other medals for service in World War II and Korea.
Ed retired from the Air Force after 29 years in 1970, as a full colonel. He taught Aerospace Education for several years at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, before putting down roots in Rockwall.
He was a member and past commander of the Rockwall American Legion Post 117, the Military Officers Association and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a charter member of the Shores Country Club and for several years volunteered at the Emergency Assistance Food Pantry of Helping Hands.
Ed was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Rockwall where he served on the Administrative Board, the Nominating Committee, the Board of Trustees and in the Society of St. Stephen. One of his real joys was to teach the Friendship Adult Sunday School Class for 22 years and to study the Bible. Another real joy was the fellowship of his retired golfers group for 27 years.
His funeral service was held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at First United Methodist Church in Rockwall, 1200 Yellow Jacket Lane, in the new sanctuary with Dr. Joe Pool officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Rest Haven Memorial Park.
The family received friends April 19 at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers were David Dyer, Paul Hamm, George Mussotter, Kirk Ragsdale, Russell Phelps and Ed Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were James Baird, Robert "Bob" Crane, Tim Gormley, Ralph Hall, James Patton, Robert McCutcheon and George Roberts.
As an alternative to flowers, contributions will be gratefully accepted by the Margaret "Maggie" Frazier Memorial Fund or the Building Fund of First United Methodist Church of Rockwall, PO Box 158, Rockwall, TX 75087.
Published on April 20, 2016