Irene Lavon Frazier, affectionately known as ‘Rene’, was born April 1, 1953, in Moncks Corner, SC. She was the daughter of Dorothy R. Frazier and the late James Frazier.
She departed this life on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Lexington Medical Center. Irene was educated in the Berkeley County Public School System. She graduated from Berkeley Training High School in 1970 and attended South Carolina State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Irene was quiet, fiercely independent and exceedingly accomplished. She worked as a hematologist at Dorn VA Medical Center from 1981 to 2019. She dutifully protected our country as an officer in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) Medical Service Corp. She reached the rank of Colonel and served as the Commander of the 7226th Medical Support Unit. Irene was called to active duty during Operation Enduring Freedom where she served as the Commander of a military Blood Donor Unit where she oversaw the blood bank operations for one of the largest installations on the East coast. Irene retired from the USAR, on April 1, 2013. Her service to our nation underscores her deep devotion to God and family.
Irene maintained her lifelong membership at Moncks Corner A.M.E. Church while also serving as a member of Bibleway Church of Atlas Road in Columbia, SC, where she lived. She was an active member of Bibleway’s singles ministry.
Irene was preceded in death by her father. She leaves to cherish her memory and continue her legacy of love: Her mother Dorothy R. Frazier of Moncks Corner, SC; son Jamie Frazier of Chicago, IL; and best friend Evetta Gregg of Columbia, SC. Ronnie Bennett, aka Lil’ Bit, was another friend who provided Irene with compassion and care. Her dearest pet dog, NeNe, continues to await their reunion faithfully. She was also “another mother” to many young people whom she loved and cared for, including Trevon Harvey, Marquise Robinson, Yasmin “Yazzy” McGhee, Omyiah “Miya” McGhee, Jordin Smith, and Noel Gethers. Finally, she is survived and celebrated by her special cousin Danny Fludd, a host of other cousins, former co-workers, fellow soldiers, and friends.
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