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Gary Lee Fisher
Date: 11/5/2018
Location: Thomasville

Gary Lee Fisher, 70, of Thomasville, NC passed away on Monday, November 5th 2018, at his home after a brave battle with ALS. Gary was born in Rosman, NC to the late James B. Fisher and Beatrice Shelton Fisher Riggins. He was the eldest of three children. Gary graduated from Rosman High School. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fl. He attended Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA for a degree in Computer Science, Western Carolina University in Sylva, NC for a degree in Counseling, Wytheville Community College in Wytheville VA, for a degree in Accounting and John Wesley College in NC, graduating Magna Cum Lauda in Theology. Gary served in the US Marine Corps during Vietnam, the Marine Reserves, the Army Reserves and retired from the National Guard as a Master Sergeant with 23 years of service. Gary pastored several churches in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina over a span of 25 years. He was a child care worker at Baptist Children’s Home of NC, in Thomasville and American Children’s Homes in Lexington, NC. He taught special education at South Davidson High School in Denton, NC. He retired from Old Dominion Freight Line in Greensboro, NC. Gary was married to his college sweetheart, Beverly Hayes Fisher, for 47 years. He was a devoted father to five daughters and a loving “Papa” to twelve grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his brother, Lemuel E. Fisher. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, his daughters, Dawn Russell (Jame) of Albemarle, Eve Pierce (Jeff) of Thomasville, Sara Becker (Donald) of Thomasville, April Lackey (David) of Thomasville and Rhonda Sosa (Abel) of Charleston, SC. His grandchildren are Joshua Steele, Jillian Steele Clark, Seth Finch, Zoe Finch, Toby Becker, Cameron Becker, Jackson Becker, Cailsen Lackey, Joda Lackey, Byan Lackey, Lyree Royall and Nylah Royall. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Merrill, step-father, Gene Riggins, and many nieces and nephews. Gary and Beverly are members of Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in Thomasville. Visitation of the family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church, 222 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Thomasville. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 5:00 PM. Arrangements will be entrusted to J.C. Green Funeral Home in Thomasville. Gary donated his body to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for the study of ALS. Gary will be remembered by his family, friends and pastoral staff for his devotion to the Lord’s work and his far-reaching prayer ministry. The family would like to thank the following people and agencies who made it possible for Gary to receive excellent care at home until the very end: The W.G. “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center Home Based Primary Care team, Bayada Home Health Nursing staff, and Hospice of the Piedmont staff. The family would also like to give special thanks to Lisa Cook as well, for her loving care of “Mr. Gary”.


   
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I am at a loss for words here. Gary and your family always meant so much to Bob and I . When you pastured in Penn. we were almost inseparable . I will always cherish the memories of our times together , especially all the holidays . We love you all so much . Someday there will be no pain, sickness , no parting . When we all get to our final reward. He sure fought the good fight of faith . In the hard times and the better times Gary was a faithful warrior for Jesus . I know him and Bob are worshipping around the throne together . Prayers for you all
~ Margie Legg Lake wales , Florida
Please except my condolences. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. John 5:28, 29 gives this assurance.
~ Ms Allison Durham , North Carolina
Dawn: I know you are heart broken but he is healed now. God's peace and strength will get you through and your friends are here for you to lean on. Praying for you and your family. Love you Lynn and Annette
~ ANNETTE HOWELL ALBEMARLE , North Carolina
Mrs. Beverly Fisher, Dawn ( My sister for ever) , your Mr. Gary Fisher ( Husband, Dad ) was an inspiration to achievement for serving. First, the Lord, then Family, then Country, then anything he could find to serve. I have no doubt that this man heard, " Well Done thou good and faithful servant." What a wonderful legacy and memory to cherish, but that of a true servant that lived in my lifetime of both the 20th and 21st century's. This man has been one that I have shared with so many others throughout the years as a tool for the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope your memories are good. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you have prayer warriors throughout. If God be for us, then nobody and nothing stands a dangburn chance.( David version) . I love you all!
~ David Boward Waynesboro , Pennsylvania
We are so sorry for your loss. Sara we love you and are keeping the family in our prayers. ♡
~ John & Jennifer L Thomasville , North Carolina
We met Gary while attending Mt Zion. What a special, sweet man he was. Praying for his family .
~ Mike & Kathy Godwin Trinity , North Carolina
Beverly, So sorry to hear of your lose. My prayers are that Father will comfort you all but the great news is that soon we will all crossover to be with our LORD and King forever. Blessings Tom
~ Thomas J. Mosley III Hurst , Texas
Gary was a special friend, teacher and father. Both Gary and Beverly arrived in my life exactly when I needed it most. He taught me to not fear life and showed me what fatherly love was like. I will miss him dearly and always keep him in my heart.
~ Maribel Torres Thomasville , North Carolina