William Wayne ‘Cotton” Frazier, Sr.
Published 5:24 pm Monday, March 12, 2012
Mr. William Wayne Frazier, Sr., 73, died on Sunday March 11, 2012 after an extended illness. He was a native of Evergreen, and lived in Brewton, for the last 36 years where he retired from the NFL and worked with his wife Wilodyne Williams Frazier, in her local State Farm business.
Frazier is best known for his football talent, which began in the sandlot pickup games in Evergreen. He was All SEC Center and Linebacker playing for the Auburn Tigers under coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan (58-61). He went on to play professional football for the San Diego Chargers (1962), Houston Oilers (1965), Buffalo Bills (1966) and later for the Kansas City Chiefs (1966 – 1967). On January 15, 1967, the Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers in what would later become known as the Super Bowl I. Frazier, as the starting center for the visiting Kansas City Chiefs has the distinction of being the first football player introduced in the history of the Super Bowl. In later life his greatest joy came from his involvement in church, mission trips and philanthropic activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Cora Lee Frazier; and his son, Troy Michael Frazier.
He is survived by his wife, Wilodyne Williams Frazier of Brewton; three sons, William Wayne (Beverly Jones) Frazier, Jr. of Enterprise, Sean McNeal of Charleston, Ill., and Will McNeal (Keela) of Brewton; a daughter, Tara Frazier (Jamie) Pribula of Vero Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Shirley Frazier (Beth) Taylor of Texas, and Jimmy (Fran) Frazier of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Ramona Wilson of Andalusia and Naomi (Jerry) Kelly of Brewton; and five grandchildren, William Wayne Frazier III, Mary Kathryn Frazier, Ellis Benjamin Frazier, Lila, and J.J.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 13, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at the Brewton First United Methodist Church Brewton.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 14, at 1 p.m. at Brewton First United Methodist Church with Dr. Ed Glaize officiating. Burial will follow in Brownville Memorial Gardens in Evergreen, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.