Ride in Peace: Dealer principal Ralph Frazier Jr.

Publish Date: 
Jul 12, 2012

BUFORD, Ga. – Frazier’s Harley-Davidson in Buford is mourning owner Ralph Frazier Jr., who was killed last week as he rode his motorcycle in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Frazier, 50, was killed when a falling tree limb struck him on the head about a half mile east of the Townsend Wye. He was transported to a hospital in Maryville, Tenn., where he was pronounced dead, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We have experienced a tragedy in our family. Ralph Jr. was killed late yesterday afternoon when a tree blew off the mountain during a storm and struck him while riding his motorcycle near Cades Cove on Little River Road. Ralph's passenger is OK with an injury to her right leg but is OK and back home,” says a message on the dealer’s website. “Thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Services were at First Baptist Church in Buford, handled by Flanagan Funeral Home.

The dealership started in 1970 with a small barn with a tin roof and a woodburning stove and became an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership in 1992, according to the website.

"He was one of the most genuine guys I've ever known," said Bryan Blanott, parts manager at Frazier Harley-Davidson. "He had no qualms about telling it like it was, good or bad."

Blannott told the newspaper Frazier left  on a camping trip with his girlfriend and two other friends. He said Frazier's girlfriend, who was on the bike with him, was treated at the hospital and released.

The storms hit at the west end of the 500,000-acre park on the Tennessee-North Carolina line. Most of the damage appeared to be in the Cades Cove area of the park and in communities just outside the park boundaries.

Posted by Holly Wagner