Tina Lee Frazier


     Couisin Tina (born 1893) joined the Methodist Church in Mulberry in 1927. She was a niece of Elizabeth “Bettie” Hall, and the daughter of Charles Shurer Frazier (1849-1916) and wife Mary Ann “Mollie” Tyree (1852-1914).

    The parents of Bettie and Charles were Albert E. Frazier (born 1823) and Nancy A. Leek, born the same year. Albert and Nancy were married in 1848 in Tennessee. Other children (between 1851 and ’69) were Sarah, Mary, Thomas, Franklin, and Ada. Bettie was born in 1865. Albert’s father was John Frazier, farmer, born in Virginia in 1799.

photo: Clayton Hall on a river boat in 1923, and a trip with family to

Tennessee. Tina may have come to Texas with her Aunt Bettie’s family at this time.

    Among the children of Charles Shurer and Mollie Frazier (in addition to Tina) were Florence,  John C., Susan, Rosa, Martha, Sophia A., and Tennie (born between 1872 and ’91). 1900 census: married 28 years; 11 children, 8 living.

    A photograph in Mulberry, “310 S. Fifth St. Nashville, Tenn”, with penciled notations on verso, possibly by Tina, is assumed to be the family of Charles and Mollie Frazier. When Tina returned to Nashville in the spring of 1934, Vera Hall followed soon by train and was met by “Martha and Ann”. Tina died at a TB hospital at 3 a.m. on August 14. Vera in Mulberry: “We received a wire at 4 a.m.”

Tina’s gravestone in Smithville, Tennessee

    Odie Crumby will write Vera a letter of condolence, and Methodist pastor Guy Purdue, for the newspaper: “In Memory of Miss Tina Frazier.

“In Memory...”

by Rev. Perdue,

“Her Pastor”

    Miss Tina Frazier has been a member of the Mulberry Methodist church for more than ten years. Two years before she joined this church she was selected to teach the primary class in our little Sunday School. She has continued ... until the time of her illness. There are no more loyal and devoted Christians than was Miss Frazier. Her thoughts were always of others and she gave her time and talents  to the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

    In my ministry I have lost some fine and noble Christian characters that could not be replaced but I have never lost one that I have missed like I have this Christian character. It is because she was always found doing the things that needed to be done and those things that were for the betterment of those with whom she came in contact. Our hearts are made heavy as we learn of her going away, but we will not grieve because we know that she has gone to that land of happiness an eternal rest. Death for her was not an execution but it was an admittance into the Kingdom of God. Her friends, which are many, will miss her but we know that Heaven will be made sweeter because another lily of purity has been planted there.... [ending with Tennyson’s “Twilight and evening bells and after that the dark....”]

“The right of Mama is Tennie ... next one to Tennie is Arleen Luck

3rd child ... left of Papa is Tina ... next one to Tina is Rosa Jennings 5th child ... next to Rosa is Martha Taylor 4th child ... next one Neal 7th child  ... the right of Neal Susie Hopper 6th child ...”

photo (below):

“Bride and Groom” skit in Mulberry,

Tina (left) and

Frances Lambert


    Dear Odie [Vera wrote], I am sure you haven’t heard about Tina’s going away.... Of course we have been knowing for sometime she might go most any hour. But death when it comes, Oh! what a sting. Tina was one of the sweetest Characters I have ever known.... Never to speak to me again.... Heaven is more beautiful now to me than ever, and to know that she is over there waiting for me. I promised her...the most trying week Lelia and I have ever experienced.

    I don’t think under these circumstances I could serve on your program for Sunday night, or could even attend a program like you plan to have. We girls are glad to be of any service at any time in League, Sunday School, Church, and School. With love.

    Dearest Vera [Odie replied], Please accept my sincerest apologies.... I mean to say, I just never thought....

    Listen, Vera, you have my deepest sympathy from the very bottom of my heart. I know that Death is horrible; yet it is one of the sweetest things on earth. I know the sting it leaves us all to bear...[can] express our grief only to Jesus...through experience, I know of no better thing to do but “Take Your Troubles to the Lord and Leave Them There”...I’ve experienced it all. I know Tina to be your Comforter here on earth....

    At our August Dinner this year I was troubled. The crowd wasn’t complete. There was one missing.... I’m afraid before we have another August dinner, there’ll be some more dear ones missing.... Her thoughts were of helping the needy.... Again I want to say...I fully realize the meaning of Death. Come to see us, Your friend.   

Back in May, among so many she received -

“Fight hard.” -

another card and note from Mulberry, Clayton and Gladys: “Hello Tina”

    and know this:

... as the collapse of the Hall estate came nearer

on the horizon,

with “Promissory Note,”

Tina was there, in those years,

to see and understand,

hence the solace of a “long chat” .

Other Tennessee Fraziers

    from A Bicentennial History of DeKalb County, Tennessee by Thomas Gray Well (1995):

    Fall Creek seems to have been settled a little earlier. Abraham Cantrell in 1810 located about two miles southeast of present-day Smithville. James Lockhart was probably on the creek by 1812 near what is now Evins’ Mill.... In 1820, John, Joseph, and Levi Frazier were probably living in this area, with Thomas Bradford living somewhat farther out the road near Snow’s Hill.

    For additional reference, Lockhart family members and Snow’s Hill are included in Hall family associations with the Smithville area.

    Tina’s father, Charles Shurer Frazier (1849-1916) was twice elected sheriff of DeKalb county (in 1878-80 and 1882-84). Bettie, Charles and their siblings were the children of Albert E. Frazier (born 1823) and Nancy Leek. (Albert’s father was one John Frazier, a farmer, born in Virginia.) Now two additional Frazier brothers, Thomas Jefferson (1857-1916) and Franklin Jackson (1864-94) can be introduced.

    Thomas Frazier married Mary Annie Hayes (1868-1917) in Tennessee in 1886. The photo below shows this Thomas and Mary with a grown son, Willie Isaac, born in DeKalb county, and a younger son, Robert (born 1906).

    Isaac Frazier (1887-1945) married Mary Franklin Frazier (1893-1966) in 1909. She was  a daughter of his uncle Franklin Frazier, who had married Exie Cooper (1877-1901). Isaac died in Fannin county, Texas. His daughter, Bessie Lou (born 1926 in Dunlap, Tennessee) lives in Bonham, and knew “Aunt Bettie’s” family in Mulberry. “Uncle Bob spoke about all the Halls down there.”

probably Jackson Frazier’s home in Tennessee