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Willis Frazer retires from banking

Willis Frazer

Willis Frazer in the Clarksdale office of Planters Bank is retiring after a 45-year career, most of it in banking.

Frazier is a native of Clarksdale and has spent most of his life in the Mississippi Delta. He graduated from Clarksdale High School and received his BBA degree in accounting from Ole Miss in 1973. He furthered his studies by receiving his CPA in 1976. Frazier’s career started as a CPA, but became a community banker, following in the footsteps of his father, William H. Frazer, Jr., also a long-time Clarksdale banker.

Frazier had early stints in banking at First Tennessee Bank and United Southern Bank, but in 2000, he and banker Freddie Britt formed a new bank, Covenant Bank, in Clarksdale, where he was Chairman and CEO. In 2016, Covenant merged with Planters Bank.

Frazier is past president of the Clarksdale Rotary Club, Past Director of the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Coahoma County Industrial Foundation, Past Director of the Clarksdale Community Theater, Past Director of the Lula Rich Foundation and the Delta State University Foundation, Past Director of the University of Mississippi School of Accountancy, Past Director of the Ole Miss M Club, Past Director of the Mississippi Bankers Association, Past Director and Officer of Delta Council, and a Past Director of the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the BSA for his leadership in 2016. Willis has also been active at First Presbyterian Church as an Elder,a Deacon andserved for 10 years on the PCA Foundation Board.

Frazier is married to the former Jodie Mohead also of Clarksdale and they are the parents of three children, Mary Randolph, Willis, and Benjamin and three granddaughters.


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