TWR veterans remember Dr. Milton Frazier for the pastor’s heart and steadfast evangelical convictions he exemplified during more than five decades on the TWR board of directors.
Frazier passed away Oct. 10, 2015, at the age of 90, and the funeral took place in Hartsville, South Carolina. His wife of 68 years, Patricia Agsten Frazier, survives him.
Frazier joined the TWR board in 1956, only a couple of years after the ministry’s first broadcasts in Tangier, Morocco. Tom Lowell, current chairman and former president of TWR, said Frazier was a close friend and supporter of ministry founder Paul Freed.
“He was a pastor and had a pastor's heart, which was an encouragement to Dr. Freed as the ministry struggled in those early days,” Lowell said. “He was easy to work with, and considering that he came from a conservative, evangelical background, he was instrumental in keeping TWR committed to primarily teaching the Word.”
Lowell recalled that as he advanced through leadership roles at TWR, he could always count on Frazier’s support. That support was especially valuable as Lowell guided the ministry through a transition that brought international members and women on to the board of directors.
Frazier was born in Eden, North Carolina, to Charles and Alice Virginia Frazier. He served in the Army during World War II, graduated from Piedmont Bible Institute, and from 1958 to 1994 was pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hartsville, where he also founded Emmanuel Christian School. He sat on the boards of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools and of Piedmont International University, where he served more than a decade as chaplain and was presented an honorary doctorate in missiology.
For many years Frazier was the host of Christian radio and TV programs, sometimes working alongside Patricia.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.