Sunset: July 22, 2022
“Lake City, SC—Eugene Frierson, Jr., affectionately known as “June” entered eternal rest on Friday, July 22, 2022, at his home in Lake Worth, Florida. He was born September 10, 1948, in Florence County, South Carolina, the second of nine children born to the Late Eugene Frierson, Sr., and the Late Betty Jo Burgess Frierson. He was reared on the farm in Lake City, South Carolina and attended the Florence County Public Schools. He was a 1968 graduate of Carver High School.
Eugene Frierson, Jr. attended and joined Jordan Chapel Freewill Baptist Church at an early age. He also drove the school bus for Florence School District Three. He later moved to New Jersey until he was drafted for military service in the United States Army. He was inducted into the United States Army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina on March 19, 1970, with the rank of Private E-1 and was promoted to the rank of Specialist on October 22, 1971. His military job assignment was Food Service Specialist. He was part of the 8th Army which falls under the United States Army Pacific and served oversees in Korea. His commendations included the National Defense Service Medal, Army Expert Marksmanship “Sharpshooter” Badge on the M-14 rifle, Marksman Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar on the M-16 rifle, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in Korea, and the Good Conduct Medal. Additionally, Eugene was a paratrooper (parachutist) while in the military. Upon returning from oversees, he was honorably discharged from active duty and transferred to the United Stated Army Reserve Control Group in St. Louis, Missouri with a service commitment until March 1976. Following his military career, Eugene moved to Florida where he lived for over 20 years. He returned to his hometown of Lake City, SC where he lived for several years until the death of his mother. He then returned to Lake Worth, Florida until his passing.
Throughout his life, June worked several jobs including Jerry's On The Road Tire Service (Lake City, SC), Don’s Scrap Iron & Metal Company (Hemingway, SC), and Myers Savage, LLC (Coward, SC). He was a tire technician and great at his trade and line of work.
June was fun to be around and loved to laugh and tell jokes. He was well versed in history and cars. He loved to work on cars, watch the History Channel, and watch Western movies.
Lasting memories of Eugene Frierson, Jr.’s life are left in the hearts of his wife Helen Frierson of Florence, SC, three sons Letwandre Eugene Frierson, III of Florence, SC, Jamie Epps of Lake City, SC, and Larry of Riviera Beach, FL, seven siblings Jannie Mae Graham, Zetta Mae Frierson, Linda Mae (Laverne) Chandler, Deacon West Frierson, and Betty Faye (Sylvester) Washington, all of Lake City, SC, Gloria Jean (Deacon Allen, Jr.) Edwards of Scranton, SC, and Johnnie Mae (Lerone, Jr.) Burgess of Kingstree, SC.; one aunt Elmena Frierson of Cades, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Additionally, he leaves his beloved cat Angel who has been adopted by another family. Eugene Frierson, Jr. was preceded in death by his sister Betty Jean Frierson and his brother-in-law Nathaniel Graham.