Memorial Biographies of General Baptist Ministers
Rev. D. L. Fraser
The Rev. D. L. Fraser, son of Rev. Miles and Sara Ann Fraser, was born March 6, 1861, near Sebree, Kentucky. He professed hope in Christ in March, 1874, at the age of 13, and joined Mt. Lebanon General Baptist Church. He often referred to the fact that he was following in his mother's footsteps. He was born in the same month of the year as she was, was baptized in the same creek and at the same age, 13, and joined the same church, Mt. Lebanon. Both passed away at the age of 86 years.
He was received a member of the Presbytery in May, 1886, and preached his first sermon at Mt. Lebanon August, 1886; was ordained to the full work of the ministry January 16, 1887. He served 58 years and 4 months in the ministry. He taught school for 33 terms, teaching in the Poole Academy, Poole, Kentucky, and Theology in Oakland City, College, Oakland City, Indiana. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 58 years, and the Knights of Pythias for 35 years.
He held pastorates in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and in 1921 he went to Nebraska where he held pastorates with several Baptist churches, retiring from pastoral work in March, 1945, just a few days before his 83rd birthday. churches he pastored in Kentucky were Mt. Lebanon, Sharon, Green's Chapel, Mt. Gilead, Dixon, Cedar Grove, Sebree, Pleasant Valley, and possibly others. He pastored the following churches in Indiana; Oakland City, Columbia, Enon, Forsythe, Hazleton, Union Hill, Mt. Vernon, Boonville and Princeton.
He quietly and peacefully slipped through the sunset gate to his eternal rest at noon November 29, 1947, age 86 years, 8 months and 23 days, at Wahoo, Nebraska. Funeral services were held at the Meade Emanuel Baptist Church, Meade, Nebraska, and he was brought to Kentucky to his beloved Mt. lLebanonchurch, of which he died a member, and he was buried there December 3, 1947, with Rev. E. Y. Laslie conducting the service.
Rev. Fraser possessed a rare and deep quality of soul through which the radiance of His Lord shone unhindered by any shadow of self. His life was characterized by deep and tender concern for others, a true love for the souls of men, and the capacity for unselfish service that will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew him.