A passion for helping Native American students achieve their educational goals

Jefferson Davis “Sonny” Frazier was born in 1946 in Stonewall, Oklahoma. He graduated from Tupelo High School and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from East Central University.

Jefferson enjoyed a long career as an educator. He provided counseling in the Oklahoma public school system for seven years before taking over as director of education for the Chickasaw Nation, a position in which he remained for 17 years.

He also served as director of Carter Seminary Boarding School in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and was able to fulfill his passion for helping Native American students achieve their educational goals.

His faith was an important part of his life. He was the pastor for Boiling Springs United Methodist Church near Lula, Oklahoma, where he shared his culture and heritage by using both Native language and hymns in his services. He additionally acted as a pastoral minister for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, as well as the chaplain for the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center.

Jefferson Frazier died February 4, 2012, at the age of 65. He left a true legacy within the Chickasaw Nation through his service and ministry.