PERCY PRINGLE REMEMBERS:
MEMORIES OF THE PASCAGOULA PLOWBOY
STORY & PHOTOS BY PERCIVAL PRINGLE III

As a fan of Gulf Coast Wrestling during the late 1960s and the 1970s, Stan Frazier’s name on the marquee always guaranteed us an entertaining evening at the matches. Whether you recognized him as “Tiny” Frazier, “Uncle Elmer,” or as “The Pascagoula Plowboy,” Stan is still remembered as a ring legend in the south to this very day.

Gulf Coast Wrestling was basically a “small man” territory back in then. When Stan was on the card, he dominated the line-up not just in size but in charisma as well. Just the fact that he was from nearby Pascagoula, Mississippi made him a fan favorite. Many times he displayed his tremendous strength by lifting the rear end of an automobile. He was a good guy in every sense of the word. Frazier & Hussien

I didn’t get to know Stan personally until I had already began in the business. In fact, the first time I met him in a dressing room environment was when I was booked against him in 1978. Yes imagine that, Percy Pringle versus “The Pascagoula Plowboy.” I was really intimidated by “Tiny,” mainly because of all of the tickets I had bought to see him. Now here I was in the ring with him, in Mississippi no less. I really don’t remember too much about the match, except that it was quite short, and a body slam that I had to take from him. When Stan picked me up, with no help from me by the way, I felt as though I was looking down from The Empire State Building. As he positioned me for my trip to the canvas, I freaked out and held tightly to the straps of his overalls. “Let go boy.” I remembered Plowboy saying, as he tugged me away from my death grip. Later as I tried to apologize, he shrugged it off, saying that he understood and that I wasn’t the first to hang on to his patented ring ware.

I didn’t see Stan in person again, until I was working for Texas’ World Class Wrestling during the late 1980’s. In addition to my managerial duties, I ran my own shows for The Von Erich Family. I booked a show at a local Dallas racetrack, and Stan was in the area for a couple of weeks, so I was proud to add him to my card. He had already finished his run as “Uncle Elmer” in New York, and I certainly couldn’t go wrong advertising him. As I paid him that evening, I felt that I had come full circle with “The Plowboy.” I had known him as a fan, as a ring brother, and as a promoter. He was always a class act to me.

A few years later in 1992, after I had began my own run in New York; I heard that he passed away. I was shocked, as he was only 54. Here I am in 2004, and I am 50-years old myself. It’s kind of scary when you think about it. I am also proud to say that my friend and Webmaster Kurt Nielsen, also runs this website dedicated to “The Pascagoula Plowboy.”

Thanks for the memories neighbor! We will no doubt meet again in that big ‘rasslin arena in the sky.

Gulf Coast battle royal
An early 70s Gulf Coast battle royal, featuring Tiny Frazier

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