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Cornell "Connie" Fisher

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Cornell "Connie" Fisher Obituary
Fisher, Cornell "Connie"
75, a decorated retired Army veteran, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in south Phoenix on Jan. 24, 2016. Son of Cornell Fisher Sr. and Florence Johnson Roybal, Cornell was born Mar. 13, 1940, in Phoenix and attended Mesa High School. At 18, he joined the U.S. Army and traveled the world, proudly serving for 22 years as a drill sergeant and race relations officer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. At age 20, he met the love of his life, Victoria Fisher, with whom he had four children. A high school dropout, Cornell completed his GED and later earned a bachelors degree in psychology from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He was a devotee of self-help books, metaphysics and transcendental meditation. After retiring from the Army, he worked as a supervisor for the Social Services Administration in Fayetteville and Las Vegas. He later moved back to his hometown Phoenix, where he cared for his ailing mother and his partner of 27 years, Victoria Hunter. Cornell enjoyed tending his roses, cooking, watching sports and holding court with relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Cornell Sr. and Florence, his wife Victoria Fisher, his son Gary Fisher, his partner Victoria Hunter, his brother Larry Fisher and his sister Sandra Grubbs. He is survived by his three daughters, Leslie Fisher of Oakland, California, Luchina Fisher of New Fairfield, Connecticut, and Crystal Fisher of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; son-in-law David Parr and daughter-in-law Judy Gilbert; four grandchildren, Jazmin Fisher, Giles Parr, Luc Parr and Mateo Parr; four sisters, Raydean King, Genevieve Culver, Darry Lee Flores and Gail Guyton; and various relatives. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the American Legion Post at 2125 Industrial Park Avenue, Tempe. A repast will follow at the same location. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Crystal Fisher Fund.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 30, 2016
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