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Celebrating the life of
Walter Javan Fraser, Jr.
September 24, 1936 - March 24, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Celebration of Life
  • 11:30am - Saturday, April 01, 2017
  • Plantation Club
  • 1 Cottonwood Lane (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31411

  • 912-598-3525

May the God of peace comfort you during this difficult time (Philippians 4:6,7). Take comfort in God's promise to do away with pain, suffering and death (Revelation 21:3,4). My condolences to the family.

D Tucker, Locust Grove, GA

Lynn-This is so strange, I thought of you this morning-April 5 as if something told me I needed to get in touch. I am so sorry to just learn of the Jay's passing. I remember I used to call him my boyfriend Jay when we first met and worked together. I will always remember his charm and sense of humor. I do hope to see you soon. I have many friends who live in the Landings. Best to you-Joanne

Joanne Chopak-Foss, Statesboro, GA

I am very sorry for the lost of your beloved Jay. Please be assured that God is love, and that He does not want any of us to suffer. He gives us the wonderful promise that He will soon eliminate death forever. (1 John 4:8) (Rev 21:3&4) I invite you to visit www.jw.org for consoling answers to questions like: What is the meaning of life? What happens when you die? Is God to blame for our sufferings? and more..

J. Casique, Loganville, GA

Dear Lynn and family, So sorry to hear of Jay's passing. I have thought of you many times over the years. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Kate

Mary Kate Pung, Statesboro, GA

My condolences to the family. I pray God comforts the family during this difficult time. May the wonderful and cherished memories of Walter give his family and friends lasting comfort. Psalm 147:3 "He swallows up death forever, he binds up their wounds." The family is in my prayers.

Lisa, North Charleston, SC

My deepest sympathy to Lynn and the Fraser family. Jay represented one of the finest professionals in the academy. I remember so fondly the work we did together setting up some panels at professional meetings on civil rights/equality issues. He had a brilliant mind and was so willing to share with others. I will miss him greatly and glad that I had the chance to know him while teaching/researching at Georgia Southern. Lois Duke Whitaker, Columbia, SC

Lois Duke Whitaker, Ph.D., Columbia, S.C.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Lynn and Jay's family. Jay was a great man:brilliant, witty, deeply intelligent, insightful and extremely well read. He was a great guy to be with. We, along with so many others , will miss him

Alice &Howard Welt, Savannah, GA

We have very fond memories of Jay. He will be greatly missed. His insightful and humorous comments were particularly appreciated at Wednesday Book Club.

2 Seafarers Circle, Savannah, GA

Dear Lynn et al. I was sorry to read of Jay's passing in the Post and Courier today. You have my deepest sympathy. I have many fond memories of our many years together at The Citadel. If there is some place to send a donation in Jay's memory please let me know.

Dennis M Forsythe, Charleston, SC

We celebrate the life of our beloved friend.

Rick & Judy Garner, Savannah,

My condolences to the Fraser Family on the passing of your loved one. Please know that your loss is shared and that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has promised to resurrect our loved ones from the dead. John 2:28,29. Msy fond memories of Jay linger in your hearts and bring you peace in the days ahead. Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, Lawrenceville, GA

I cannot say I knew him well, but I remember a hearty laugh and a great spirit of fun from the occasions when we were together at family weddings. My heartfelt condolences to those he left behind. Such a large presence in the lives of those he loved, will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with the entire extended family.

Mary Katherine Goode Polo, Dearborn , MI

Jay and I became friends when we were both members of the Liberal Arts Council, at Georgia Southern University. We became very close and I thought of him as one of my very best friends. We both had properties on Fripp Island and enjoyed surfing, crabbing and simply, the island. I am grieved that we could not have spent more time together. Jay had told me that the Hunting Island Lighthouse was one of the only remaining working lighthouses on the east coast. I told my son and after he had visited it he told me that Jay (the noted historian) had been in error. After that it was know as the only working-non-working lighthouses on the coast

Addington, David, Medford , OR

Dear Lynn, George & I will be in Atlanta this weekend at the Egger wedding. We will be thinking about you and are sorry we will not be there with you to share in the celebration of life for Jay. He will be missed by many.....we remember many good times with you both when you lived here. Fondly, Cathy

Cathy & George Shriver, Statesboro, Ga

Jay was a fine historian and a wonderful colleague during my years at Georgia Southern. I enjoyed working with him on the book, Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War. He will be missed by a large circle of friends.

Anne J. Bailey, Cleburne, TX

Jay was a fine historian and a wonderful colleague during my years at Georgia Southern. I enjoyed working with him on the book, Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War. He will be missed by a large circle of friends.

Anne J. Bailey, Cleburne, TX

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in Isaiah 26:19 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

Trotty Family, Atlanta , GA

I am saddened by the news but I have so many memories of Jay--in the History Department to be sure, but also on the golf course and tennis court. One of my favorite memories is Halloween 1983 when Jay came to my house dressed as Colonel Sanders and Lynn came as GSC's remarkable Hester Newton Building! He will be missed. Chuck

Chuck Thomas, Winston-Salem, NC

Walter Javan Fraser Jr., known to friends as “Jay,” died Friday, March 24, 2017, one week after entering hospice care at Spanish Oaks in Savannah, Ga.

Fraser was a historian, professor and scholar of the American South whose work often highlighted social and racial inequities that underpinned the history of a complex region he loved deeply.

Jay was the author of four books: Patriots, Pistols and Petticoats (Charleston’s bicentennial history); Charleston! Charleston!: The History of a Southern Port City; Savannah in the Old South; and Lowcountry Hurricanes. He was the coauthor or coeditor of several additional books, including Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War (with Anne J. Bailey); The Web of Southern Social Relations (ed. with R. Frank Sanders Jr. and Jon L. Wakelyn); and From the Old South to the New (ed. with Winifred B. Moore, Jr.)

Jay labored on his last book, “Savannah in the New South: From Reconstruction to the Twenty-first Century”, until the very end of a courageous three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

The beautiful Appalachians and the Lowcountry coast were his favorite spots — many cherished family memories include innumerable fishing and crabbing expeditions.  A gentleman with a marvelous laugh and a great sense of humor, Jay loved books, news, politics, his standard poodles — Lizzie, Garbo and Clio — good conversation, and sports, especially the Tennessee Volunteers.

Fraser was born Sept. 24, 1936 in Norfolk, Va.  He received a BA in history from the University of Virginia (1958). He then served his country with Army Security, Europe, in West Germany.  After earning an MA in history from East Carolina University, he completed his PhD at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1970. Jay taught at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., for 19 years before becoming professor and chair of the department of history at Georgia Southern University.  He retired from Georgia Southern in 2000 and moved to Savannah.

Jay was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Wise Fraser; his father, Walter Javan Fraser; and his brother, William Perry Fraser.

Jay Fraser is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lynn Wolfe of Savannah. He is also survived by a son, Walter Javan Fraser III, his wife Erin, and their children, Fernanda Smith Fraser, Philippa Wise Fraser, and Walter Javan Fraser IV, all of Bronxville, New York. His youngest son, Thomas Alexander Wise Fraser, lives in Knoxville, as does Jay’s first wife, Anna Candler Smith Fraser.

Jay Fraser was proud of his Scottish heritage and he epitomized the motto on Clan Fraser’s coat of arms, Je suis prest, (“I am ready”), as he departed this world in peace and grace.

A memorial service will be held at The Landings Plantation Clubhouse, on Skidaway Island, Ga. at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1. A reception will follow.

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May the God of peace comfort you during this difficult time (Philippians 4:6,7). Take comfort in God's promise to do away with pain, suffering and death (Revelation 21:3,4). My condolences to the family.

D Tucker, Locust Grove, GA

Lynn-This is so strange, I thought of you this morning-April 5 as if something told me I needed to get in touch. I am so sorry to just learn of the Jay's passing. I remember I used to call him my boyfriend Jay when we first met and worked together. I will always remember his charm and sense of humor. I do hope to see you soon. I have many friends who live in the Landings. Best to you-Joanne

Joanne Chopak-Foss, Statesboro, GA

I am very sorry for the lost of your beloved Jay. Please be assured that God is love, and that He does not want any of us to suffer. He gives us the wonderful promise that He will soon eliminate death forever. (1 John 4:8) (Rev 21:3&4) I invite you to visit www.jw.org for consoling answers to questions like: What is the meaning of life? What happens when you die? Is God to blame for our sufferings? and more..

J. Casique, Loganville, GA

Dear Lynn and family, So sorry to hear of Jay's passing. I have thought of you many times over the years. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Kate

Mary Kate Pung, Statesboro, GA

My condolences to the family. I pray God comforts the family during this difficult time. May the wonderful and cherished memories of Walter give his family and friends lasting comfort. Psalm 147:3 "He swallows up death forever, he binds up their wounds." The family is in my prayers.

Lisa, North Charleston, SC

My deepest sympathy to Lynn and the Fraser family. Jay represented one of the finest professionals in the academy. I remember so fondly the work we did together setting up some panels at professional meetings on civil rights/equality issues. He had a brilliant mind and was so willing to share with others. I will miss him greatly and glad that I had the chance to know him while teaching/researching at Georgia Southern. Lois Duke Whitaker, Columbia, SC

Lois Duke Whitaker, Ph.D., Columbia, S.C.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Lynn and Jay's family. Jay was a great man:brilliant, witty, deeply intelligent, insightful and extremely well read. He was a great guy to be with. We, along with so many others , will miss him

Alice &Howard Welt, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Judy & Bob Williams — Georgia

We have very fond memories of Jay. He will be greatly missed. His insightful and humorous comments were particularly appreciated at Wednesday Book Club.

2 Seafarers Circle, Savannah, GA

Dear Lynn et al. I was sorry to read of Jay's passing in the Post and Courier today. You have my deepest sympathy. I have many fond memories of our many years together at The Citadel. If there is some place to send a donation in Jay's memory please let me know.

Dennis M Forsythe, Charleston, SC

We celebrate the life of our beloved friend.

Rick & Judy Garner, Savannah,

My condolences to the Fraser Family on the passing of your loved one. Please know that your loss is shared and that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has promised to resurrect our loved ones from the dead. John 2:28,29. Msy fond memories of Jay linger in your hearts and bring you peace in the days ahead. Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, Lawrenceville, GA

I cannot say I knew him well, but I remember a hearty laugh and a great spirit of fun from the occasions when we were together at family weddings. My heartfelt condolences to those he left behind. Such a large presence in the lives of those he loved, will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with the entire extended family.

Mary Katherine Goode Polo, Dearborn , MI

Candle tribute lit by Mary Kay Polo — Michigan

Jay and I became friends when we were both members of the Liberal Arts Council, at Georgia Southern University. We became very close and I thought of him as one of my very best friends. We both had properties on Fripp Island and enjoyed surfing, crabbing and simply, the island. I am grieved that we could not have spent more time together. Jay had told me that the Hunting Island Lighthouse was one of the only remaining working lighthouses on the east coast. I told my son and after he had visited it he told me that Jay (the noted historian) had been in error. After that it was know as the only working-non-working lighthouses on the coast

Addington, David, Medford , OR

Dear Lynn, George & I will be in Atlanta this weekend at the Egger wedding. We will be thinking about you and are sorry we will not be there with you to share in the celebration of life for Jay. He will be missed by many.....we remember many good times with you both when you lived here. Fondly, Cathy

Cathy & George Shriver, Statesboro, Ga

Jay was a fine historian and a wonderful colleague during my years at Georgia Southern. I enjoyed working with him on the book, Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War. He will be missed by a large circle of friends.

Anne J. Bailey, Cleburne, TX

Jay was a fine historian and a wonderful colleague during my years at Georgia Southern. I enjoyed working with him on the book, Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War. He will be missed by a large circle of friends.

Anne J. Bailey, Cleburne, TX

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in Isaiah 26:19 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

Trotty Family, Atlanta , GA

I am saddened by the news but I have so many memories of Jay--in the History Department to be sure, but also on the golf course and tennis court. One of my favorite memories is Halloween 1983 when Jay came to my house dressed as Colonel Sanders and Lynn came as GSC's remarkable Hester Newton Building! He will be missed. Chuck

Chuck Thomas, Winston-Salem, NC


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