|Our parents are gone and we are left to carry on. The loneliness we feel will be swept away by the legacy of Faith, Hope and Love that our parents blessed us with.
Life is rich, life is precious, everything is possible, look for the best in people and you shall find God. These are the things we grew up with. In a real and meaningful way our family life represented these things. We never had much money but our lives were filled with a richness beyond imagination.
It is hard to talk about our Mom without talking about our Dad. Their lives were so entwined and they had so many great experiences together.
They were married after Dad graduated from Centenary and Mom graduated from Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Mississippi and LSU in Baton Rouge. Mom taught school in Nashville while Dad attended Seminary at Vanderbilt and served the Park Avenue Church. He also served the West End Church in Nashville with Bishop Carol. Dad joined the Army during WWII. They went to Fort Brague and then Chaplain’s School at Harvard before being separated when he was shipped overseas with the 100th Infantry. After surviving a World War, they were reunited and shortly thereafter started a family with the birth of their first son, David Andrew Fraser.
The young family moved to Southington. Connecticut, where Dad attended graduate school at Yale and my parents served the Southington Church. They moved back to Louisiana when he joined the staff at Centenary College as Dean of Students and Head of the Department of Bible and Religion. While teaching at Centenary, they served the Blanchard Church. During this time, my sister and I were born, Susan Elizabeth Fraser and John Keith “Jack” Fraser. My name sake was John Keith Benton, Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School.
After leaving Centenary, they served churches in Plaquemine, Homer, Bossier City, Lake Charles, and Alexandria. In addition, they were District Superintendent of the Hammond District and worked together at the Methodist Home for Abused and Neglected Children in
Their rich and full life is evidenced by the relationships they nurtured and the lifelong friendships they treasured.
Lottie Maye H. Fraser was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Hoyt of Cheneyville, Louisiana and was born November 2, 1917. She died February 14, 1996 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Survivors include 3 children; David Fraser and wife Carol of Lake Charles; Jack Fraser and wife Theresa of Shreveport; Susan and husband Steve Matthews of New Orleans and more recently Shreveport. My parents’ hopes and aspirations are reflected in the grandchildren; Julia and Andrew Fraser of Lake Charles and Allen and Jonathan Fraser of Shreveport.
We would like to thank all of the many friends and loved ones that have been so special to our parents and family down through the years.
Our parents were on a mission and we were grateful to get to go along for the ride. They dedicated their lives to a common goal and joined together to form a remarkable team. While we recognize our parents were far from perfect, their commitment, faith, and unquestioning love is our beacon of light that we can only aspire to achieve and leave as a legacy to our children. God Bless Our Parents.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 277, By David, Jack and Susan|