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FANROY, JR., Jesse Harris Was born in Nashville, TN on May 6, 1928. He passed away on June 21, 2013. Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Sr. and Lena Fanroy; and siblings, Harriett Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Herbert and Henry Fanroy. Jesse was known affectionately by friends as "Fanroy" and by his family as "Junior." He was an alumnus of Pearl High School (Class of 1950) and Tennessee A&I State University School of Engineering, Department of Industrial Education (Class of 1959). As a young man, Junior worked alongside his father at Fanroy's Ice & Coal. Later he proudly served in the United States Army (1952-1954) and is a veteran of the Korean War. Jesse worked as a teacher and counselor at the State Vocational School in Pikeville, TN (1959-1962); served as the first African-American U.S. Deputy Marshall in Middle District of Tennessee; was a coordinator of the OMAT program at Tennessee State University; and worked tirelessly for Matthew Walker Health Center, Meharry Medical College, and Fisk University. He was also always available to lend a hand to his friends at Mary's Barbeque Pit. Jesse is survived by his beloved wife, Mable G. Fanroy; daughters, Malette (Rick) Stevens and Willette Fanroy; sisters-in-law, Alma Gipson of Columbia, SC, Lila (Willie) White of Carson, CA, Bille-Ann Gadison of Hazle Crest, IL; grandchildren, Alena and Brevin Stevens; dedicated nephew and nieces, Joseph (Catherine) Herbert and Brenda Hayes; cousin, Sam (Ruby) Fanroy; godchildren, Alice Anderson (Maurico) Croom, Ruth Anderson (Jeffrey) Gates, Robert Anderson, Jr., LaTasha and Dr. Lindel Brookes; grand-godchildren, James and Cara Croom; devoted friends, Warner B. Jenkins, Billy King, B. Crow, Clair Manning, Wendell (Inez) Collins, Dr. Thomas Walden and Milton (Diane) Woods; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and friends. Public viewing Tuesday, June 25th, 1-6 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Smith Brothers Funeral Home, Pastor Bryant A. Herbert, Eulogist. Interment Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. SMITH BROTHERS FUNERAL DIRECTORS INC., 706 Monroe St., (615) 726-1476. Still family owned and operated.
Smith Brothers Funeral Directors
706 Monroe St. Nashville, TN 37208
Published in The Tennessean on June 25, 2013