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James Lee Frazier

Friday, June 28, 2024
James Lee Frazier

James Lee Frazier, 92, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2024, at the age of 92. A lifelong resident of Ruston, James was born on March 26, 1932.

Graduating from Louisiana Tech University and serving in the United States Air Force, James exemplified dedication and service in every aspect of his life. He was a career employee at T.L. James & Co., a longtime member of Temple Baptist Church, and an active participant in the Ruston Lions Club, where he served as president.

James shared his life with his cherished wife, Jessie Mae, for 66 wonderful years. Together, they built a life filled with love, teamwork, and mutual support. They were known for their devoted volunteer work at the local hospital and their dedicated involvement in the church, where they served faithfully together. Their partnership was evident in every aspect of their lives.

James was also a talented craftsman, well known for his beautifully carved and handpainted duck decoys. His patience and joy in his craft were mirrored in his love of fishing, a passion he shared with his sons, Jim and Tom. Whether on a fishing trip or hosting a family cookout, James found profound joy in life’s simple moments.

His dedication to family was unwavering. As a steadfast source of support, pride, and happiness, James’s respectfulness and kindness endeared him to all who knew him.

His family — sons Jim (Karen) of Longview, Texas, and Tom (Melody) of Seven Lakes, N. C., along with his grandchildren Randi Anderson (Josh), Ross Frazier, Andrew Frazier, and Travis Frazier ( Lauren), and seven great-grandchildren — are immensely proud of him and feel blessed to have had him in their lives.

James’s character was encapsulated in the principles of the poem “ Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann, which he displayed in his workshop. The poem’s call for peace, integrity, and acceptance resonated deeply with him, reflecting the quiet strength and profound contentment that characterized his life.

James Lee Frazier leaves a legacy of excellence, integrity, and goodness in every facet of life. He lived with simplicity, joy, and love. Though deeply mourned, his legacy of love and service will continue to inspire his family and friends.

James was laid to rest on June 20, 2024, during a private graveside service attended — in person and in spirit — by those who loved him most and whom he cherished dearly.