The first African American elected to serve on Hinesville’s city council died yesterday. Former Hinesville mayor pro-tem Charles Frasier’s death was confirmed by local government officials this morning.
Frasier immersed himself in local politics and the community. He was active in the local Democratic Party, served on the Board of Trustees at Pleasant Grove AME Church, was president of the Liberty County High Alumni Association and was a member of the Eleven Black Men. He was a military veteran who served in the Vietnam War.
Frasier’s son followed his late father’s example regarding public service. Justin Frasier serves as District 2 Commissioner on the Liberty County Board of Commissioners.
Liberty County Chairman Donald Lovette commented on his friend’s passing.
“Charles was the ultimate public servant. He was willing to give his time to any worthy cause. He especially loved government. He had a heart for people and a heart for Hinesville and Liberty County. His experiences with segregation and serving in the Vietnam War fueled his fire to fight for inclusion and the opportunity to be the voice for the voiceless.
“Having seen the Civil Rights gains made in America, Charles had the calling to ensure those gains were enjoyed in his local community. He sought and was successful in becoming Hinesville’s first African American City Council member. Many of the infrastructure improvements in the traditional African American neighborhoods in the city of Hinesville can be attributed to Charles’ work on the council. His dedicated years of service on city council and the love and vision he had for his beloved community has helped to make Hinesville and Liberty County the vibrant community it is today. The community has lost one of its greatest pillars.”
A full memorial article will run in Wednesday's Courier.