- Michael Ezra
Frazier, Joe (12 January 1944–07 November 2011), heavyweight boxing champion, was born Billy Joe Frazier in Beaufort, South Carolina, the youngest of Rubin and Dolly Alston Frazier’s twelve children. The Frazier family owned a farm, made bootleg corn liquor, raised livestock, cut wood, and worked the fields for white farmers. Dolly worked seasonally at crab and tomato canneries, and Rubin was a plantation overseer. Times were financially tough, and Frazier early wanted to leave the stifling environs of the Jim Crow South. Expelled from high school, and after several physical and verbal confrontations with local whites, Frazier left Beaufort in 1959. He made his way first to New York, and then Philadelphia, where he worked in a slaughterhouse from 1961 to 1964, and began his amateur boxing career in 1962. Frazier married Florence Smith in 1963. They had five children together and divorced in 1985. Frazier also fathered several children outside of marriage....