September 15, 2014
Date of Service: September 18, 2014
Interment Location: Garden of Devotion
Mrs. Hazel T. Frazier Boatright, age 95, formerly of Elizabethton, TN passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 in the Bristol Regional Medical Center. A native of Wise County, VA she was the daughter of the late Teddy B. and Ada Dacey Minton Frazier. She finished high school at Nickelsville High School in May of 1937 and attended the general secretary classes at Johnson City Business College for two years from September 1937 to 1940. Mrs. Boatright took general education classes for three quarters in 1960 at East Tennessee State University, she received a certificate and completed 120 hours of secretarial science supplement and stenographer from September 18, 1970 through June 28, 1971. She was employed by 7 Up Bottling Company in Johnson City from 1940 – 1941 as a secretary and bookkeeper; ET & WNC Railroad in Johnson City from 1942 through 1943 as an IBM key punch operator; First Baptist Church in Elizabethton from 1966 – 1967 as assistant secretary and East Side Baptist Church from 1973 through 1975 as secretary. Mrs. Boatright was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church where she served as president of the W.M.U. and as the “Welcome” Hostess. She also taught the Junior Girls’ Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church Elizabethton as well as serving as the W.M.U. president at First Baptist. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police where she served as secretary from 1956 through 1958. She joined the Elizabethton Woman’s Club in 1966 and served as president in 1980 – 1982, 1988 – 1990 and 1994 – 1996. She also joined the Doe River Home Demonstration Club in 1973 where she had been secretary and treasurer. She served to help “Feed the Multitude” at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Mike Boatright, a former Sheriff and Chief of Police in Elizabethton; two sisters, Lou Ellen Wampler and Peggy Marie Fields; a brother, Harold Grover Frazier and an infant brother, Lawrence Frazier and a step-son, Charles Walter Boatright. Survivors include her children, a son, Michael Boatright and wife Patti, Bristol, TN a daughter, Ann Boatright Carter and husband Bill, Elizabethton and a son, William Boatright, Cary, NC; four grandchildren, Becki Carter James and husband Stephen, Wytheville, VA, Chad William Carter and wife Renata, Myrtle Beach, SC, Kathi Elizabeth Boatright and husband Adam Kennedy, Bristol, VA and Jacob “Jake” Boatright, Bristol TN; two great-grandchildren, Karrah James, Wytheville, VA and Nykolas Carter, Myrtle Beach, SC and a sister, Carmen Jane Bond, Gate City, VA. Several nieces and nephews also survive as well as special caregivers, Tammy Ruston, Tina Endres and the staff of Broadmore Assisted Living.
A service to honor the life of Mrs. Hazel T. Frazier Boatright will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Travis Biller officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. on Thursday prior to the funeral service. Graveside service and interment will follow the funeral service in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Roger Frazier, Chad Carter, Jacob Boatright, Adam Kennedy, Mark Fields, Ronnie Wampler, Gary Bond and Bill Carter. Honorary pallbearers will be Howard Matherly, Dick Oatman, Ralph Gardner and Macel Gardner, Judge Arden Hill, Dr. Harold Lingerfelt, Eddie Walker, Elmer Carter, Stephen James, Bobby Fetzer and Ted Frazier.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, Immanuel Baptist Church, 205 Hunter Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or to the charity of their choice.