Obituary Details

Donald Franklin Fraley

October 5, 1947 - February 21, 2015

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Location:
North Raleigh United Methodist Church
Date:
Friday, February 27, 2015
Service Time:
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Notes

Donald Franklin Fraley, 67, passed away on February 21, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, friend and human being. His quick wit, amazing sense of humor, kindness and generosity will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him.

Don was born October 5, 1947, to the late Arthur and Anna May Fraley in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville and West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia, where he met his wife and the love of his life, Deborah.

Don’s long career in land development, home building and real estate began in 1969 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He and his family made Raleigh home in 1984. Don loved his work and particularly enjoyed the many friends he made over the course of his career. He was a Past President of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, a former Director of the National Association of Home Builders, and a Board Member to several area banks. Don also had a strong sense of community and served as Chairman to the Raleigh Civic Authority and was a Board Member and Past President to the North Carolina Theatre. One of Don’s favorite pastimes was to play golf, and he had many great times and made many friends at North Ridge Country Club.

Don’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. Whether it was a family trip to Lake Gaston, a visit with his sisters and family in Jacksonville, a vacation with friends, birthday celebrations, holiday get-togethers, or simply enjoying a glass of wine on the porch with Deborah, his favorite time was time that was spent with his loved ones. He was exceedingly proud of his four grandchildren and he was equally loved and adored by them.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Deborah Hughes Fraley; his two children, Don, Jr., and wife, Brandi, and Julie Hollowell, and husband, Chuck; his four grandchildren, Madeleine and Tripp Fraley, and Hill and Holden Hollowell; his sister DeDe Long, and husband, Jim; his sister Dana Blair; his aunt Betty Sanders; his uncle Norman Wilcox; four nephews and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Don to the North Carolina Theatre (www.nctheatre.com), the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County Charitable Foundation (www.hbawake.com), or Transitions LifeCare (www.transitionslifecare.org).

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6-8pm at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Friday at 2pm at North Raleigh United Methodist Church, 8501 Honeycutt Road.
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Posted on:
February 24, 2015
New Album Name: Don when he was a proud 1965 graduate of Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
Posted by:
Woody Claris
Posted on:
October 5, 2015
I just want to tell the family how truly saddened by the news. I have had my head in the sand I guess and had not heard of Don's passing and I am stunned and left feeling like we lost someone really special. I have not seen Don for quite some time but I served on the HBA with him many years ago and once he went on the most hilarious one man routine that had us all rolling in the restaurant. We were crying. A lot like Robin Williams really. I saw mentions of his humor and truly does not do him justice. A great guy.
You are so lucky to have had him in your lives for so long. He certainly enriched mine for that short time. God Bless.
Posted by:
Julie Byers
Posted on:
February 27, 2015
I am very sorry we have lost someone so special. May warm and funny memories lighten your sorrow. Our deepest sympathy to the Fraley family.

Julie Byers and the
Majestic Family
Raleigh, NC
Posted by:
John Grant
Posted on:
February 27, 2015
Fraley family,
I am stunned and sadden by the news my friend and bunk has left me behind. We have only connected periodically since we shared an apartment at West Georgia College, but I looked forward to reconnecting with Don and Debbie (Deborah) when I retired this year. Over the years since the time we spent together I have always felt confident I could call on Don and Debbie if I ever needed them, and the reverse was always an option for them. Leigh Anne and I feel like we have lost a piece of our past. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Your memories of this fine man will give you strength to face the void Don has left.

Sincerely John & Leigh Anne Grant
Posted by:
Duke Fentress.
Posted on:
February 27, 2015
Deborah and family,
Our thoughts and prayers have been with you since learning of Don's hospitalization. The past two weeks have been unusually crazy, and Don's passing was a complete shock. We regret that we have not been with you for the services, but the lack of power and the frigid conditions prevented us from moving around at all.
Please know that Don's friendship and support on the board of NCT was always highly appreciated by all who worked with him. Our best to you all. And we look forward to seeing you soon.
Duke and Brenda Fentress
Posted by:
Laura Caldwell
Posted on:
February 27, 2015
I met Don when I was selling homes at Hasentree. He had a great sense of humor. My funniest memory of him was on Saint Patrick's day. He was late for the sales meeting and came in after the meeting had started. Of course he was all decked out for St Patrick's day wearing green. He apologized for being late and said he had a "run in" at the gas station. We were all concerned and asked what happened. He said he was minding his own business pumping gas and some people tried to abduct him...they thought he was a real leprechaun!!
On a more serious note, Don was a kind, caring person and always there for me when I reached out to him for advise through the years. He was incredibly knowledgable about everything in the home building industry and just a great kind man!!
I will miss him - he was truly one of the Angels in my life. Now he's a real Angel. Rest in peace Don and my condolences to his family.
Laura Caldwell
Posted by:
peggy makepeace
Posted on:
February 26, 2015
I met Don in early 90's in Raleigh in real estate business. In a conversation, he said "When I came to Raleigh I was 6 ft. tall. This is what happens after applying for building permits"! He was a "giant" among men. Everyone loved Don. His family can be proud of him.
Peggy Makepeace
Makepeace Real Estate Services
Sugar Mountain, Seven Lakes, N.C.
Posted by:
cliff zinner
Posted on:
February 26, 2015
Thru all the ups and down from buying lots from him in hope valley farms to mi homes and lots of looking at land deals and catching up he always had a smile, quick laugh and was never to busy to " catch up". I can still see him beaming driving gkids around white chapel in camo 4 wheeler.
Posted by:
Jodi Sauerbier
Posted on:
February 25, 2015
Don, you will be greatly missed, not only for your kind soul but the knowledge that you shared that benefited not only myself but the entire building industry! Thank you for your dedication, commitment and friendship that you gave to us all! May our lord be with you on your journey home. Rest in peace Don.

Jodi M Sauerbier & TEAM
New Homes & Ideas Magaine
Posted by:
Sheryl Williams
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
So very sorry for your loss. Don was one of the friendliest, nicest people in high school and throughout his life. Sheryl Williams, Class of 65
Posted by:
Bill Wynn
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
I only had the opportunity to get to know Don during the past year but right away we became friends. I am so appreciative of the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that he was so generous to share with me. I will miss him.
Posted by:
Larry Wilson
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
Don was a good friend and always seemed to be in a good mood. He had a wondful sense of humor, was a great person and was someone you just enjoyed being around.
May the Peace of Christ be with you and your fanily.
Posted by:
Stuart Jones
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
I knew Don from home builders, always good to see him, always a quick wit!

I remember two events: at a Home Builders Asso planning meeting, we were having dinner, he got up to go to the bathroom. We got a kid's booster seat, and placed it in his seat. He just jumped up and finished his meal- "wishing he had thought of it years ago"!
At the same weekend, he told me his "best" Christmas present came in small box from Deborah. He opened it up and found a credit card cut up- he said he cried in happiness.

Don was a wonderful man, knowledgeable in business, fun to have around, well respected. We will miss him.

prayers for your family!
Posted by:
Jack Lichtner
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
I will miss Don's smile and a sense of humor. We had a lot of good laughs and always listened to his advice about building issues. My condolences to Deborah and the family.

Jack Lichtner
Posted by:
Wayne and Gail Cannady
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
So sorry to hear about Don. He was always so friendly and inviting to us when we would see him. I enjoyed playing golf with him in the past. He always made my day more enjoyable. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

Wayne and Gail Cannady
Posted by:
Janis Betz Lampe
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
I will always remember Don and his amazing gift to bring joy and laughter to everyone around him. We shared a lot of love, laughter and sorrow through our 55 years of friendship. I will cherish the many wonderful memories and I will miss him terribly. May your family find comfort in knowing that so many of us share your pain and your loss. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Janis Betz Lampe
Posted by:
Gary and Gayle Pinholster
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
Deborah,

We graduated with Don from Terry Parker High School almost 50 years ago. I remember that in our senior class superlatives, Don was voted the “friendliest” … and he was just that, a friend to everyone he met. Always funny, warm and friendly … Don will be missed by many.

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.

Gary and Gayle Pinholster
Posted by:
Joanne Marnien Redick
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
It was a wonderful experience to have shared high school memories with Don. He was a great person and friend. Joanne Marnien Redick class of '65
Posted by:
Eddie Casanave
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
It was an honor to have Don install me as President of the HBA in 2001. And, it was always good to see him and his smile at all the Past President lunches and HBA events. I appreciate all of the advice, and especially his friendship.
Posted by:
bill clark
Posted on:
February 24, 2015
I have known Don for many years. He was a business competitor, a consultant, and most of all a friend. His word was his bond.
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