From the Winston-Salem Journal
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA – The Rev. Stacey Frazier, pastor at Friendship Baptist Church, died Tuesday of natural causes.
He was 36 and had served as pastor of Friendship for six years.
“He was a dedicated servant of the Lord,” said Patricia Frazier, his mother. “He was willing to help anyone at any time.”
Frazier started preaching when he was 10, said his mother and the Rev. Cardes Brown, the pastor at New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro.
Brown said he was skeptical when the young Frazier first told him that he was called by God to preach, but soon realized that Frazier was committed to serving the Lord. Before coming to Friendship, Frazier served as an associate pastor at New Light.
“He did more in the short life than most people would do if they lived to be 100 years old,” said Brown, who will deliver the eulogy at Frazier’s funeral on Saturday. “I was proud of him. He was like a son to me.”
Frazier, who suffered from sickle-cell anemia, realized that he might live a short life, Brown said. Sickle cell is a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.
“He handled that extremely well,” Brown said.
Frazier graduated from Dudley High School in Greensboro and Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he received a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy, according to his biography on the Friendship’s website. Frazier also studied at the Duke University Divinity School and the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Frazier received a doctorate in divinity at Apex School of Theology in Durham.
Frazier was the youngest person to be inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Hoard of Preachers at Morehouse College, according to his biography. He also had worked as a White House intern in the Clinton administration and was on the staff of former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller.
“He will be sorely missed,” Brown said.