Happy anniversary Baby. 5 years ago today we went to get our marriage license, not sure if we could get married that day or not. We had the church reserved for the 22nd but just wanted to go through a little ceremony before the church wedding so you could move in. We weren't getting any sleep because we couldn't bear to be apart. You would stay until 3 and then have to drive to Harrah and take Bear for his walk. We were only sleeping 3 or 4 hours a night and you had just finished chemo a couple of weeks before. After we got our license we went to Spaghetti Warehouse for a late lunch and we were so nervous that we couldn't stop shaking.you held me and called Bobby Dee to see if he could marry us. And we called Carol,Anne, and Sharon to see if they wanted to come and be witnesses. The "wedding" was going to be a couple of weeks later with the kids there, friends, and acquaintances, and I hated the idea! I never wanted a wedding in my life, just a private ceremony. But we were going to have one for the kids. That didn't work out after we had the little private ceremony. But, I want to thank you John, for loving me, not giving up for three years, for marrying me, taking me on two honeymoons to Florida, trips to Tennessee ,Dallas,Chicago, and so many trips to Branson. You made me sing again, introduced me to hundreds of people, took me everywhere you went, loved buying me presents, taking me to movies. And everywhere we went people came to our table and said"Someday I want to be in love like you guys". That amazed us that people just saw how much we loved each other when we were just sitting together talking or eating. I adored you and you adored me. And I know that will last forever.you were always so proud of me, and I was proud to be your wife.thank you for the absolute joy in living, the courage and passion that were such a huge part of the essence of John Fisher.i listen to your CDs and am astounded by the unique power and beauty of your voice. Your incredible voice, talking or singing. Thank you for those CDs and videos, I never want to forget your voice. Thank you for a million beautiful moments, a four year honeymoon. Thank you for changing me and blessing me, and healing my broken heart and spirit. Thank you for saving my life. I miss you with every fiber of my being, every heartbeat. I love you with all my heart my John Fisher. My beautiful boy.
John, it has been over a year. So many anniversaries the last two months. Sept. 11 when I finally gave you my number and we talked until 3 AM. Then we couldn't stop talking on the phone. It was 3 or later every day. Then the day before our first real date you raced from Harrah to Denny's on I35 just to give me a hug and sit and talk. You were singing at the Fair that afternoon and we met at IHOP on Meridian afterward. We always sat next to each other in the booth and couldn't stop talking. You wanted me right beside you, against your shoulder. Tuesday night was our first date and the first time I rode with you in your car. The moonroof was open and it was beautiful.just riding beside you.You took me to Spaghetti Warehouse and we could barely eat. Then for a carriage ride and walking holding hands along the canal.It was warm and beautiful and the air was soft and golden on our skin. Then to a movie, and back to Denny's after that because we didn't want it to end. After you took me home about 2:00 we talked on the phone while you drove home and took bear out for his walk. I finally went to sleep listening to your Elvis CD. You called the next morning and we spent the day and the evening together until 2 AM and talked until you got home and took Bear out again. That was the pattern of our lives, our days and nights. You told me on our first date that you were going to marry me no matter if it took 10 years, and that terrified me but thrilled me too. It had taken 3 years for be to say yes to a date, but I knew by then that I loved you.I told you it wouldn't take much time if you were the man that I saw in your eyes. I knew we didn't have years to waste, you were going to start chemo again the next week. And I went with you and held your hand and prayed with you and for you and the hours flew by. You were so proud to introduce me to the nurses and the doctor. So proud always of me, of us. Every day that week we went to your chemo and then spent the rest of the day together. Oh John I miss you. Every minute,every breath, every heartbeat, I miss you. We spent every second together except for a few hours in the early morning when you went home to sleep. And sleep was our enemy because it robbed us of conscious time together. You drove me to DFW Airport when I was going on the cruise to The Virgin Islands that Jan and Maria had paid for because you didn't want me sitting there for 3 or 4 hours between planes. Besides the drive meant we would be together for another day before we were separated. You sat and held my hand and held me and we both cried so much that they pulled me out of line and X-rayed me. I guess they thought I must be a suicide bomber saying goodbye for the last time. We weren't good at being apart. We always hated it. I still do.You gave me so much,loved me so much, and transformed my life. I thank God for you John. I thank God for every day we had together. I'm keeping my promises, I'm still singing. Your birthday is Sunday. Your second one in Heaven. Happy birthday baby. I love you
We are coming up on the first anniversary of your heavenly flight John and just wanted you know that we miss you and look forward to our reunion in the sky with you and Jesus and all our other loved ones. We are still praying for Donna and love you both very much!!!! Tom & Debby Lakin
Still cannot thank you enough for the joy you brought to my sister Donna. You gave her the courage to sing again and gave her love that she had never known before. We miss you John. You were an inspiration to everyone around you. Your memories will be in our hearts forever.
I miss you every moment but know you are healed completely,young and beautiful.You can sing now and never get tired.I will love you forever.Donna
We miss you John. We know the Lord will watch over Donna, you were one blessed man with her as your wife. May you enjoy singing in the heavenly choir until we all join you. Love, Art and Bobbie Stone
This candle I light for my Uncle John, we miss you, but we know you are in Heaven, singing, watching over us til the day we can join you & other family, & friends, God Bless You!
My darling,My beautiful husband.I miss your face and your smell and your taste.Loved your kisses and that deep sexy voice when you said"Donna Baby, I love you".I miss going to sleep in your arms and waking up smiling and hurrying to say I love you first.I miss talks,walks, drives,singing together or just listening to you sing or play CDs we liked.I miss watching tv with you,going to movies with you and pigging out on popcorn.I miss driving up 540 in Arkansas,or down 69 to Eufaula.I miss going to circuses, ice shows,the zoo,car shows, going to concerts.Singing in Branson, singing in Texas on television.I miss our Florida honeymoons and relaxing on the beach.I miss you voice, your beautiful blue eyes.and your infectious adorable grin.I miss your wide hands and broad shoulders and stocky muscular legs. Your wide feet and your narrow hips.I miss my constant companion and best friend.
What an awesome man of God John was/is. The first time I met John was the first time I sang in Branson at Jammin for Jesus. John sat right beside me on stage, and we were joking and cutt'n up before each of us went on. He helped me to feel like I belonged. I'll miss him alot, but know he's finished his race, it's up to me to finish mine so I can see him again.
I just got on my hotmail account for the first time today - in over a month - and the first thing I see is the CMSA posting of John's passing... Lucas just lost his mentor in Nashville to cancer - and now he has lost his mentor in OKLAHOMA! John was sooooo special to Lucas. He supported him and encouraged him and was a great role model. We will miss him. But our loss is Heaven's Gain - and someday we will all sing together again. Donna - we will be praying for you. Love and Blessings! Bridget & Lucas Ciliberti
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I Am so sorry to hear this he is the reason i got into the C.M.S.A John my friend you will be greatly missed
I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO EVEN BEGIN. HE GAVE ME SO MUCH CONFIDENCE IN MY MUSIC. HE MADE ME WANT TO SING FOR THE LORD FROM THE MOMENT I JOINED CMSA IN 2008.HIM AND DONNA TOOK ME TO BRANSON AND LIT A FIRE. I HAD ALWAYS SANG FOR GOD. BUT HE REALLY MADE ME WANT IT MORE AND MORE.HE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL FRIEND
I LOVED HIS DEVOTIONS AND HIS MUSIC. HE TRULY LOVED THE LORD AND HE LIVED IT.I KNOW HE IS SINGING WITH THE LORD RIGHT NOW.HE GOT ME STARTED SINGING WITH THE LAYMAN'S. HE HAS REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE.WE LOVE YOU JOHN
AND YOU WILL BE MISSED.
We cannot express the impact John had on our lives. He will always be our shining example of how to be encouraging and supportive to those around us. He had a special gift. It is hard to explain or even describe but everyone blessed enough to come in contact with John knows exactly what I am talking about. He will be missed but never forgotton.
Kayleigh, Lisa and Rodney
Almost 4 years ago a wonderful, Christian man saw my sister walk into Jaime's Grill on the Hill and came over to her table and sang "I can't help falling in love", and the magic began. He tried and tried to get her attention and she kept running away until eventually she decided maybe there is something to this guy. All I know is that John Fisher gave me sister back her smile and the joy that wa...s taken away by the death of her husband George. Donna was barely hanging on after George's death. When I met John and saw them together, I told him "thank you for saving my sister's life". She was happy, and smiling again and when I hugged her she no longer felt like she was hanging on by a thread. You see, John took that thread and sewed everything up with laughter, love, orneriness, and that never ending smile of his and he loved her with his entire being. Thank you John Fisher for giving my sister the best 4 years of your life, which ended up being 4 of the best years of her life. You are such a sweet, compassionate, kind man that loved the Lord and sang for Him every chance you got. I did get to tell you a lot of that before you went to be with Jesus, but I truly cannot thank you enough. Love and miss you already.
I met John and Donna through my daughter ( The Bryants ) at some of the Gospel Music meetings in Branson. I have prayed for him for many months. When someone on my prayer list passes away I circle the name on the list. So now, John Fisher has a circle around his name. "Precious in the Lord is the death of His saints " ( Psalm 116:15). I loved hearing both him and Donna singing. Keep your beautiful smile, Donna.
We miss you already Jonh
and we know you with The Lord now and in as better placew without th suffering
We knew John from our days singing with Layman's on the radio. We always enjoyed his music and his zest for life. John encouraged everyone, regardless of their talent, to sing for Jesus. We know that now he is doing that in person. Our thoughts and prayers are with John's family as they cope with losing such a big part of their lives. We knew John from Grand Blvd Baptist, Layman's, and CMSA
John you will be sadly missed. We enjoyed your singing and humor. Your family are in our prayers.
We will miss u John you were one of the first people we met at the CMSA and u made us feel so welcome with ur big smiling face and great voice you were always so kind to Ariel and always offering her advice in her music till we meet again dear friend
The Steidley family
My Great Friend. I wull miss you greatly. You always made my life brighter.
I was honored to have had the privilege to meet John and Donna. John was full of laughter and songs. He will be missed by all. Heaven got another singer.
John my first memory of you was with Shirley and everyone always having a good time and laughing. You have gone to be with Shirley, Tom, Jan, Sue, Nancy, Charles,Merle,Ralph,we are going to sorely miss you daily, we have wonderful memories. You were a light in this world. RIP sweet and funny man.
What a nice man and a big heart. John always makes those around him feel welcome and important.
John you are gonna be missed dearly. But we know you are singing in heaven. Until we meet again . Mary Cole
John was synomous with the initials CMSA, He Was a true supporter of our organization and will be sorely missed.
Donna, You are in our prayers, and our hearts are heavy just thinking about the loss of John. The good news is that he is in Heaven, and as Christians we know this is not the end. We will see him again! John was always so supportive of Emily and her endeavors. His encouragement meant so much to her. We will never forget his quick smile, great hugs, and love. We love you, and we will be here to support you in the days ahead. XOXO, The Northcutt and Reeder families
We will never forget John Fisher!! His encouragement to us meant alot. Tho miles separate us now, he is still close to our hearts. Our thoughts are with Donna and family as well as the CMSA family!
John's voice was great to hear. He was a great supporter to me in singing and God's word. He will be missed by all very much.
There are really no words to express the deep greif, we feel with the lost of our dear friend. John knew how we felt about him and Donna both. We had always been friends, but when Kevin became his VP, we became inseperable. We worked so hard, togehter, trying to make CMSA a great organization. We spent alot of hours, discussing and planning. He loves singers, and his desire was see them promoted, encouraged and loved. He and Donna both did that. Now , he is up there, in Glory, with our other friends who we have lost over the last 5 years, including my dad, whom John loved. We love you so much, and now we will just have to love Donna for the both of you!!
John, You were so loved by so many. We will miss you my friend. Start organizing the Celebration Choir that we will have when we get there. It won't be long!
Tom and I will be looking forward to our reunion in heaven! We will miss your smiling face and fun loving sweet nature. May God continually give you rest and joy till we see you again!
John you touched so many lives with your beautiful voice and dedication to Gospel and Country Music. You reached out to the young people, the teenagers and the more mature. Your titles, trophies and acknowledgements are endless but the one most cherished is your final award to join so many that are enjoying eternity. Your wit, humor and serious side will long be remembered by many. We teased you a lot with all your titles and hats that you were but it was all in fun. The Gong Show will never be the same without out as Chuck Barris. You went above and beyond to help young people perform on stage and also to help those less fortunate fighting cancer. RIP John Fisher you will be missed
You will truly be missed - our loss is heaven's gain. Our prayers are with the family during this time of grief.
Dale & Judy Smith
You were a great and funny man, I only got to know you last year at NACMAI! You will really missed! You were always smiling! God has a great angel in his choir now, along with your other two friends.
John, Thank you for coming to sing with us at the nursing homes. You are missed very much by the residence and by us. I know you are singing for God now and God is enjoying it. You have been an inspiration for many. We will miss you here on earth but know that you are well and happy in heaven. Looking forward to seeing you again one day. Love you, Dale and Chery Tiller
I truly enjoyed visting with John at the Country Music Singers Association (CMSA) in Del City. John was a very kind gentleman that always encourged all of us to enjoy great songs sung by many.
Thank you John for your friendship and the invites to enjoy the many talents of CMSA.
To Johns Family, we are so sorry for your loss and will indeed keep you in our prayers during this most difficult time.
The members of the Mustang Western Day's committee are so saddened and will miss John so much. John played such a big part in the success of our annual event. John lined up the music entertainment for many years for both Friday night and all day Saturday which included lots of local gospel and country groups from across the state. Before the big Western Day's weekend in September, when John attended the weekly meetings, he would be asked "How's the entertainment line up John?" His reply would always be "No worries. It's all ready to go." John's statements were always true. He did it right and there were "no worries." Although our hearts are heavy at this time, we have "No worries" as to where John is right now. We know he's helping in lining up the heavenly bands on high.
RIP John You will always be remembered for your contributions to Country and Gospel Music. I am sure you are part of the heavenly choir. We will miss you.
May you feel comfort at this time. I will always remember John's bright smile and beautiful voice when sang. God Bless
I will always remember meeting him for the first time. He was always smiling and making people laugh. He was always trying to help others in music. A great man, brother-in-law and husband for my sister. Love you John and you will be missed by us.
I enjoyed meeting John and visiting with him about his passion for music and encouraging musicians to not let their talent go to waste. My condolences to the family.