June R. Frazier of Fairfield Glade - co-founder of the Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity (with her husband Larry), community advocate and lifelong "professional volunteer" - passed away June 26, 2017, at the Woodbury Health and Rehab Center in Woodbury, TN, from complications of dementia. She was 96.
June was born Sept. 12, 1920, in South Bend, IN, the only child of Elmer C. and Theckla Rockstroh Rowland. She was a graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) in 1942, where she studied journalism and worked on the Indiana Daily Student, the student newspaper.
She met her future husband, Larry, a fellow student, on a blind date at I.U. and became pen pals throughout World War II. They were finally united in marriage in 1946 after Larry was discharged from the Army. They began married life in Plymouth, IN, where both taught in the Marshall County schools.
When an opportunity came for Larry to teach in his hometown of Alexandria, IN, June and Larry moved there where their three children were born. After all three were in school, June joined the professional Girl Scout ranks, serving 24 years as public relations director for Wapehani Council, Daleville, IN. She also was very active in church and community work. During this time, June also earned a master's degree ('75) in public relations and counseling from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.
June believed in giving back to the community and church, serving in various capacities and positions at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, including singing in the choir. June was a lifelong member of the Business and Professional Women (BPW), working and being honored in several capacities. She also faithfully volunteered for six years with Battered Women, Inc., now known as Avalon.
Her greatest passion, however, has been Cumberland County Habitat, which she founded in 1996 with Larry. June continued to volunteer for years, serving as first president, helping with public relations, fundraising and even swinging a hammer at construction sites. She was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for her vision and commitment.
June and Larry enjoyed many fulfilling years serving, golfing and traveling to visit friends and family, including a trip back to Italy in 1996. They revisited many of the sites Larry helped liberate with the 88th Infantry Division during World War II. Larry passed away in August 2009. They enjoyed 63 happy years of marriage together.
A "Celebration of Life" service for June will be held July 8 or 9 in the afternoon at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. The date has not been confirmed as of this writing, so the family asks you to call the church office at (931) 484-3473. The ladies will have the correct date and time of the service.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Wayne (wife Alana) of Bumpass, VA, and Scott (wife Sharon) of Stevens Point, WI; daughter, Larrilee, now of Fairfield Glade. Surviving family members include two granddaughters, Janelle Beckwith (Stephen) and newborn great grandson Isaiah in East Asia; and Allison, Washington, D.C.; and grandsons by marriage Adam Pristas (wife Kristie) and their three children of Winston Salem, NC; and Todd Pristas (wife Christin) of Fredericksburg, VA, and their three children.
Other surviving relatives include Tim Douglas of Terre Haute, IN; and several cousins including Dorie Shaffer, South Bend, IN; Lee Chrisman (wife Ruth Ann) Winona Lake, IN; and Betty Overman of Woodland Hills, CA.
Published on June 30, 2017