Adelaide Henry was born April 1, 1923, in Concord, North Carolina, a small mill town near Charlotte. She was the youngest of three children. Her father, Charles Aubrey Henry, had a barbershop in town and her mother, Pearl Stuart, was a homemaker.
Before she graduated from high school in Concord, her interest in the theater was evident. She played in a production of “Little Women.” This love of the theater endured throughout her life and was indulged by her frequent trips to London with her beloved brother Stuart and also her husband.
In the early 1940’s, she moved to Miami, Florida, to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables. During those years she lived with relatives, her aunt Helena. It was there that she met her husband, Clyde Frazier. They married in Jacksonville, Florida on June 3, 1946.
After graduating from college with a degree in English, she and her husband moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where they lived while Clyde attended seminary at Emory University. On August 22, 1947, her first son, Clyde Frazier, III was born. Adelaide returned to her parents’ home in Concord for the birth.
The young couple moved to Louisiana in the late 1940’s when Clyde was assigned to the Louisiana Methodist Conference. They started their 50-year Louisiana residency in Tensas parish at St. Joseph, Louisiana. Adelaide taught English and was very happy with the move, since it brought her closer to her brother, Stuart, an ordained Presbyterian minister who served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Natchez, Mississippi, from 1937-1955. On January 2, 1950 her daughter, Adelaide Stuart, was born in Natchez.
In 1951 the family moved to New Orleans, where Clyde served as pastor of the Lake Vista Methodist Church, a job he held for 18 years. A year later, on August 16, 1952, William Aubrey Frazier was born. Adelaide kept busy rearing the three children, teaching Sunday school, giving book reviews for women's organizations, leading a Girl Scout troop, playing bridge, square dancing, and playing golf with Clyde. Around 1965 she took a creative writing class at Tulane University. She also taught in a program designed to help poor, unemployed women improve their English skills to re-enter the job market.
Another move occurred in 1969 to Monroe, Louisiana, when Clyde went to St. Paul’s. With the two older children away at college, she enrolled in the Master’s program at Northeast Louisiana University. She wrote her thesis on the southern writer Carson McCullers. She joined the English faculty at Northeast as an Instructor in the early 1970’s and continued teaching for over 20 years.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2007; p. 252.