Dr. Harold Nichols Frazier Jr. died suddenly on Sept. 2 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Dr. Frazier was the senior partner at Watauga Surgical Group in Boone where he practiced since moving to Boone, in 1988 with his beloved wife, Martha, and children, Virginia and Harold III.
Born in Vance County in 1956, he was the son of Harold N. Frazier Sr. and Jane Renn Frazier of Henderson, NC.
Specializing in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Frazier was certified through the American Board of Surgery; was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; and was a member of the American Medical Society, North Carolina Medical Society, Watauga County Medical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha, the honorary medical society.
Known for his benevolent spirit, Dr. Frazier was involved in medical missions since 1977, providing surgical care in hospitals both at home and around the world including Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Kenya and Zaire.
Dr. Frazier received his bachelor's degree in biology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., 1977, and his doctorate of medicine from Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, 1982. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, 1982-88.
He was a gifted violinist, sharing his musicianship in many settings during his life. As active members of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, he and his family were involved in the music and Hispanic ministries.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Martha Garrett Frazier; his son, Dr. Harold N. Frazier III of Chapel Hill; his daughter, Virginia Frazier Gest and husband, Seth, of Charlotte; two sisters, Melody Frazier Doster and husband, Dan, of Raleigh, and Elisa Renn Frazier Freeze and husband, the Rev. Woodrow Freeze, of Bullock; and many beloved uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 6 at First Baptist Church in Henderson. Burial was at the New Bethel Church Cemetery near his boyhood home in Epsom, NC.
A memorial was held on Sept. 8 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone by the medical community, patients, friends and family in celebration of Dr. Frazier's life.
He dedicated his life to obeying the will of God, then to loving his family, then to the service of those who were sick. He is remembered best for his unrelenting compassion for the sick, his drive for excellence in how best to care for others, and the unending self sacrifice of his personal life as he consistently rose to meet the needs of those whom he loved. He will be forever missed.
All memorials may be made to World Medical Missions, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607, in honor of his life of mission work.