Funeral services for Rodger Eugene “Gene” Frazier, of Payne Springs, were held Feb. 27, 2015, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank, with Rev. Steve Glosup and Rev. Don Teague officiating. Interment followed at Payne Springs Cemetery.
Gene was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Payne Springs, to parents George L. Frazier and Annie Wilma (Simpson) Frazier, and passed away Feb. 22, 2015, at the age of 89.
A lifetime resident of this area, he served as the first Fire Chief of Eustace Volunteer Fire Dept. and was a 60-year member of the Eustace Masonic Lodge #1199 AF&AM and past Worshipful Master, as well as a member of Sharon Shriners of North America.
He was a Civil Service heavy equipment operator and constructed roads in Guam before his employment with the Tarrant County Water Board from 1964 to 1989. He later worked for the Texas Department of Transportation.
Methodist by faith, he attended the Payne Springs United Methodist Church and was a lifelong member of the Payne Springs Cemetery Association.
Gene was kind, polite and patient, and loved the outdoors, horses, cattle, rodeos, building fences and working with the earth. Most of all, he loved being with his family; it was his favorite time and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, wife Opal Frazier, daughter Carolyn Hyde, grandson W. Cody Cornelius, brother Roy D. Frazier and wife Wanda, sisters Dale Tigert, Gale Smith, Jackie Meredith and husband J.D. and Mary Lee Pelham and husband Clifford; brother-in-law Luther McManus, son-in-law Archie Lewis, niece Terri Smith, nephew Steve Smith and former wife Mable Frazier.
He is survived by his daughters, Deborah Eubank and husband Robert of Mabank, Pamela Lewis of Trinidad; son Dr. Ben Cornelius and wife Vickie of Eustace, grandchildren Kristi Cornelius of Eustace, Katy Landeck and husband Mark of Houston, Sunny Baker of Mabank, Jennifer Raines of Austin, Alesha Eubank of Rogers, Ark., Eddie Connor and wife Lacy of Trinidad; great-grandchildren Ryan and Sarah Caldwell, Evan and Myah Landeck, Dakota and Sierra Baker, Lucas and Madelyne Conner and Kris Mastin; sisters Wilma Childress and husband Hugh, Twyla McManus and Nelda Reynolds and husband Glenn; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com