Frazier, Frances Upchurch (Mrs. Percy Mac)


Frances Frazier was born March 16, 1934, in Louisville, Mississippi and passed away November 24th, 1989 in Franklinton, Louisiana. Frances was a member of the Washington Parish Association of Educators and the Louisiana Association of Educators; also a member of the Beta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was an active member of the Centenary UMC, serving as a member of choir and UMW. She was a member of the Zoning Commission for the Town of Franklinton.
After my call into the ministry, Frances was an active supporter and critic, and she excelled in those responsibilities and duties of being a preacher’s wife. During those waning moments prior to her death she, seeing her life in a limited sense, sought not to draw attention to herself. She requested that her funeral not draw attention to her, but rather that the words offered might give the glory to God. Frances wanted to be a channel through which the light of Christ could shine. One of her favorite texts was Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Frances taught school for 29 years and most of her students will avow that she taught more than the three “R’s.” She taught values and discipline, and a favorite motto in her classroom was, “This classroom will maintain an atmosphere where learning can take place.”
Her joy of life was manifested through her heart and love for people. She continually reiterated to our two daughters, Faith and Pari, the necessity of doing things in a good spirit. She would say, “If anything is worth doing, it must be done with JOY.”
One of her ways of witnessing to God was with the gift he gave her, a beautiful voice. She was most especially remembered for the hymns she sang, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “0 Holy Night,” just to name a few. Frances used her voice to minister to others in solos at weddings and funerals and in gatherings of family and friends.
The writer of the Book of Proverbs says it beautifully,
“A good wife, who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her
And he has no lack of gain.
She does him good and not harm
All the days of her life.”
Proverbs 31:10-12
As I reflect upon Frances’ transformation from this earthly life to that Heavenly realm, it leaves me with more than just the loss of a good wife, but also the loss of my best friend.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1990; p. 223…………….By Percy M. Frazier

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