Local industrialist Oscar Smith Frasier passes

Published 11:27pm Saturday, June 23, 2012

The family of Selma industrialist Oscar Smith Frasier will receive friends Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Calhoun Parlor of Church Street United Methodist Church. His death occurred Friday, June 22 after a lengthy illness. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in New Live Oak Cemetery.

Born October 1, 1924, Frasier was one of the three sons of Evelyn Byrd and Harmon Hunt Frasier. He was predeceased by his brothers Hunt and John Frasier. A graduate of Albert G. Parrish in Selma Oscar attended Auburn University, School of Architecture, where he was president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Later employed by Mississippi Power Company he returned to Selma and worked with Centrala Farmers Co-op for a number of years.

In 1961 Frasier established Frasier-Seymore Architectural Construction Firm, which in 1980 became Frasier-Deason. Although he retired in 1990 the firm is currently operating as Frasier-Ousley Construction and Engineering Firm.

In addition to operating his successful business firm Frasier assumed a prominent role in the business, community and religious life of Selma. He served for 15 years on the City of Selma Planning Board and initiated the Architectural Review Board.

A member of the Chamber of Commerce, he served four terms on its Board of Directors and was a charter member of the Industrial Development Committee, working with the Chamber, City and County in obtaining new businesses and industries for this area.

A lifelong member of Church Street United Methodist Church he served two terms on the Board of Trustees. And for 18 years Frasier was a member of the Board of Directors of City National and AmSouth Bank.

Too numerous to list are the local industrial projects in which his firm had a hand in plans, engineering and construction. Among these were Hammermill, All-Lock and Selma Apparel.

Married for more than 66 years to Georgene McDowell Frasier, who survives him, he is the father of two children, David Frasier of Marion and Susan Knight and the grandfather of four.

His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Selma Animal Shelter. They also wish to express their gratitude to the staff and friends at Cedar Hill Assisted Living and to Aseracare Hospice for their caring concern and support for him and to his family.


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