Charlie Frasher

February 22, 1935 - April 12, 2024

Charlie Portis Frasher was reunited with his beloved wife Joy on Friday April 12, 2024. His children Beth and Chuck were by his side while he transitioned.
Charlie was born in Fort Gay, WV on February 22, 1935 an event that gave rise to his first claim to fame in life: his birth weight - 11 lbs. 13 oz. Charlie was the youngest of three children. When his mother was asked by one of her grandchildren why she didn’t have anymore than three children, she replied that Charlie sealed the deal on having anymore.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents Charles Lace Frasher and Myrtle Lee Portis Frasher, his brother Jack Frasher, his sister Patty Frasher Wallace and his cherished wife Joyce Johnson Frasher.

Charlie graduated from Fort Gay High School in 1953 where he was a member of the marching band, and the football and basketball teams.

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Washington State and in Ulm, Germany from June 1954 to November 1957. He continued his service in the National Guard until 1960. His service to his country was a defining time in his life. It provided him a chance to see parts of the world he had only dreamed of, experience different cultures and learn a little bit of a foreign language which he never seemed to forget. He was a great admirer of Gen. George S. Patton.

Charlie viewed his most important life accomplishment as convincing Joy to be his wife. And then having his two children with her. One thing is for sure - he loved his family fiercely. And that included all of his nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great grand nieces and nephews. He kept up with them all over the years right up to the end. It is said that two grand-nephews were once overheard discussing that if they ever got a tattoo it would be of Uncle Charlie!

Charlie attended West Virginia University School of Pharmacy graduating in 1968. Over the years he practiced pharmacy in Louisa, KY, Hamlin, WV and Fort Gay, WV serving those communities as an independent pharmacist and staff pharmacist at Three Rivers Hospital in Louisa. He once said that his favorite part of being a pharmacist was making home deliveries to the elderly and housebound - especially in deep new snow in his refurbished 1950’s Army truck!

Charlie and Joy loved the adventure of travel and visited multiple U.S. states and foreign countries over the years. They enjoyed many adventures sailing in the U.S Virgin Islands. Even so, they were always very happy to return home. They loved their home in Louisa, KY where they lived for over 40 years.

Charlie and Joy moved to the Lodge at Old Trail in Crozet, VA in 2019 to be close to their daughter and son. The Lodge became home to the whole family and supported the family unflinchingly during the last years.

Charlie and the love of his life Joy will be missed and fondly remembered by many. The family will hold a private graveside service at Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland, KY where Charlie and Joy will be interred together. Just as they wanted.