MARION LAFAYETTE FISHER
Marion Lafayette Fisher died on January 16, 2009, in Carrollton, Georgia. Mr. Fisher was born in Rome, Georgia on November 29, 1916, to Marion L. Fisher and Beatrice Taylor Fisher. His family moved to Carrollton when he was seven years old. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1933 and was a member of the first class at West Georgia College in the same year. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce from the University of Georgia in 1937. At UGA he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. After graduation he became a merchant with stores in Bremen and Summerville.
In 1942 Mr. Fisher enlisted in the United States Navy and was commissioned as ensign. He attended Harvard Business College, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and became a paymaster. He served aboard the USS Zeilin APA3 for three years as paymaster, assistant to the supply officer, and division officer in the Pacific Fleet. The USS Zeilin survived a crash by a Kamikaze plane. Lt. Fisher was awarded the Unit Commendation Medal from the Secretary of the Navy, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Pacific Asiatic Medal, the World War II Victory Medal with a silver star among other awards. He was detached from duty aboard the USS Zeilin and ordered to the Navy Yard, Charleston, SC, as Assistant to the District Supply Officer; and in November 1945 was released from active duty and assigned to the US Navy Reserve as Lieutenant, USNR Supply Corps.
Mr. Fisher reentered the retail store business until 1966 when he was employed as auditor by the State of Georgia, a position which he held until 1982. He was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, served on the Board, and was a member of the Menâs Bible Class. He served on the Carrollton Board of Education for eight years and was chairman during the period of integration. He was a charter member of the Sunset Hills Country Club, a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #169, a member emeritus of Carroll Masonic Lodge #69, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Curtis McDaniel Camp #165. Mr. Fisher was an organizing member of Friends of McIntosh Reserve and was the first treasurer of the organization, remaining in office until he resigned. He continued to serve on the Board of Directors. While residing at Merrill Gardens, he was inducted into the Nineties Society for residents who have reached ninety years of age.
Mr. Fisher was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Fisher, his first wife Sally Clodfelter Fisher, a brother Marion Taylor Fisher, sisters Beatrice Taylor Fisher Dye, and Helen Fisher Weems.
He is survived by his wife Douglass McFerrin Fisher, his daughters Marena Fisher Smith and her husband Lynn Smith of Winterville, Georgia; Jayne Hallman and her husband Bill Hallman of Conyers; step-children Jan Ruskell and Julia Ruskell of Carrollton; G. Channing Ruskell, IV, of Canton; and Elizabeth Ruskell Gould and her husband Scott Gould of West Monroe, Louisiana; grandchildren Keith Smith and his wife Amy Smith; Marilyn Smith; Kelly Murray Tanner and her husband Michael Tanner; Katie Murray; step grandchildren Jessica Mitchell Gray; Annie Summers; and Caitlyn Ruskell; and four great grandchildren, one step great grandchild, three nieces Bixie Weems Pearson, Angela Fisher Allen, Sally Fisher; and two nephews James Dye, Jr., and Marion Taylor Fisher, Jr.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19 at 2 oâclock at the Carrollton First United Methodist Church with visitation from noon until the funeral hour in the Gathering Room. The body will lie in state in the sanctuary from noon until the funeral. The Rev. Karla Otroszko, Associate Pastor of CFUM Church, Dr. James Thurman, the Rev. Martha Dye, and the Rev. Larry Pearson will officiate. Interment will be in Carroll Memory Garden. Pallbearers will be Bob Tatum, Tom Richards, Chris Bass, Ronnie Almon, Larry Smith, Jimmy Dye, III, Douglas Almon, and Rob Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Menâs Bible Class and Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Camp 165. The American Legion Post #143 will fold and present the flag.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of West Georgia Foundation, 1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30118.
Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton in charge of arrangements.