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thomas Wayne Fisher

thomas Wayne Fisher

Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 9:40 am

Thomas Wayne Fisher, 101, of Dresden, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation Center in Huntingdon. Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dresden First United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Jerry Hassell, Jim Calhoun and Jim Cooper officiating. Burial was at Sunset Cemetery. Jim Fisher, Joe Fisher, Bill High, Bobby Akers, Jimmy Trentham, Charles Smith, James Westbrook Jr. and Charles Henry McWherter served as pallbearers. Fisher was born Dec. 28, 1906, son of the late Delmer and Delia Tice Fisher. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1930 from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He served as principal of both Palmersville and Sharon high schools and later was elected superintendent of Weakley County Schools. As superintendent, he initiated the first school busing system in the county. He served as clerk and master of the Weakley County Chancery Court for 24 years. He was also the mayor of the city of Dresden. In 1953, he was appointed to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and served on the board for 28 years, In 1994, the University of Tennessee at Martin honored him with the Chancellor’s Award for University Service. He was a life member of the Dresden Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was a member of the Dresden Lions Club and also a trustee for the Dresden Sunset Cemetery Association. He was a member of Huntingdon First United Methodist Church and Dresden First United Methodist Church where he served as lay leader, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, trustee, chair of the Building Committee and on the Administrative Board. Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Fisher (Roy) Tarwater of Huntingdon; a sister, Mildred Clarke of Knoxville; two brothers, Russell Fisher of Kingsport and Warner Fisher of Queen’s Creek, Ariz.; and a grandson, John Harrell Tarwater of Indianapolis, Ind. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Ivania Hawks Fisher; a twin brother, Wendell Fisher; and a grandson, David Wayne Tarwater. The family requests memorials be made to the Dresden First United Methodist Church Building Fund, the Huntingdon First United Methodist Church Building Fund or to the University of Tennessee at Martin. Web site: wcp 12-23-08


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