Former Rep. George Fraley dies, aged 85

George Fraley, a former state representative and Franklin County mayor, died Wednesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville two days after he had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, reports the Winchester Herald Chronicle. He was 85.

His wife, Betty, confirmed that her husband had passed away at 10:50 a.m.

“He really will be missed,” she said.

Mrs. Fraley said visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Friday at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with services set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Winchester Church of Christ.

Mr. Fraley had apparently fallen out of bed just before 12:30 a.m. Monday and had hit his head, becoming incoherent. Mrs. Fraley said she called for medical attention, and Mr. Fraley was taken to Southern Tennessee Regional Health System and was later transported to Vanderbilt by helicopter ambulance where he was placed in intensive care.

…She said family, friends and fellow political officials have extended their support to aid her and Mr. Fraley while he was in intensive care, and she is very appreciative of their kind gestures.

“We’ve had so many people reach out to us,” Mrs. Fraley said. “It’s unreal. I’m so grateful to everyone who has offered to help and pray. We solicit their continued prayers.”

She said her husband’s political legacy was known far and wide. Mrs. Fraley referred to a Vanderbilt nurse who had referenced Mr. Fraley’s stance against a state income tax while a college student in Texas and had attributed his efforts to shaping her political outlook.

Mr. Fraley served as county commissioner in Franklin County from 1969 to 1982. He then served as county executive from 1990 to 1994. Later, Middle Tennessee State University honored Fraley as being the school’s outstanding alumnae for his service to the community.

In 1996, Mr. Fraley joined the Tennessee State House of Representatives and served until 2010. Fraley, a Democrat, was defeated by Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester, in the November general election that year.