George H. Frailey

Died July 19, 2017


George H. Frailey, 91, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, from pneumonia (complicated by renal and congestive heart failure). He was admitted to Weatherford Regional Medical Center on June 21 for fluid build-up, and was moved to ICU June 28. He died peacefully while his hands were held by his wife Nellie and youngest son James.

He leaves four sons, David, Daniel, Paul and James; eight grandchildren, Shannon, Christopher, Mark, Timothy, Sherri, Hannah, Asher and Taylor; and four great-grandchildren, Ian and Devin Smith, Aiden and Olivia. He also leaves his older brother, Leroy of St. Petersburg, Fla.

He was preceded in death by parents, Walter A. Frailey (in 1981, aged 79) and Mercia L. (Hulett) Frailey (in 1971, aged 68).

George was born in Harvey, Ill., on July 18, 1926. His father worked as an accountant and his mother as a homemaker. He was drafted and served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps (as a radio operator in the Korean War). After he was discharged from the Marine Corps he studied chemistry at Ohio State University, and met his wife Nellie (of 61 years) while renting a room from her parents. It was also here that George met Jesus Christ while reading a New Testament, when he needed a break from his studies. He read all the way to Romans and then said, “Lord, I'll do whatever you want me to do.” This forever changed the course of his life, those who have been blessed by his work and ministry, and those of us who follow. He and Nellie were married Aug. 27, 1955, and both felt called to spend the next three years attending the missions program at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Next, they moved to New York where George attended and graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island with an undergraduate in medicine, and he was then accepted by the State University of New York where he graduated in June 1964 with a Doctor of Medicine. Internships and residencies followed in Youngstown, Ohio; Kalamazoo; and York, Pa.; and then a year of emergency room medicine in Portland, Ore.

In 1970 George and Nellie moved to Fairview, where he joined a medical practice in Mio with Warren Bontrager, and had hospital and surgery privileges at Tolfree Memorial Hospital in West Branch. They would call this area of Oscoda County home for the next 30 years. George was the quintessential “country doctor,” frequently making house calls and accepting patients at all hours of the day or night. And, somehow, also finding time to serve as a stand-in pastor, a deacon and adult Sunday school teacher.

In 2008 George and Nellie effectively moved to Weatherford, Texas (next to his youngest son James), after he underwent triple-bypass heart surgery and, almost simultaneously, suffered partial renal failure.

George has touched the lives of many — professionally, through his ministry for Christ, and those in his family. He will be dearly missed.

The funeral service will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in West Branch on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Calvary Baptist Cemetery with military honors. Pastor Tom Teall will officiate.

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