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Dr. William Lowell Fairley


2/19/27 - 8/13/13 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  William Lowell Fairley Obituary
Dr. William Lowell Fairley 2/19/27 -8/13/13 Dr. W. Lowell Fairley, Fullerton Ca. Dr. W. Lowell Fairley, age 86, died August 13, 2013 at Bradford Square Assisted Living, Placentia CA, of complications due to Alzheimer's disease. He was the only child of Herbert and Viola Fairley of Bakersfield. Upon his graduation in 1953 from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia PA, where he also received his honorary Doctorate in 1976, he became an ordained American Baptist Pastor. In the 45 years he has dedicated to Christian Ministry Dr. Fairley had pastored churches in Bakersfield, Sacramento, Pasadena, Scottsdale AZ, and Fullerton CA. From 1978 to 1992 he was the Executive Pastor of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest and Hawaii, at the time a region consisting of more than 250 American Baptist Congregations. As a sought after pulpit speaker he had led Spiritual Renewal Conferences in churches throughout the United States. He was especially gifted in the use of the spoken word to convey his passion and love for the Lord and His Word, and in calling people into a greater commitment to the mission of Jesus Christ. As a devoted husband father Lowell was married to Carol Poteete Fairley for 63 beautiful years. Together they raised three children and rejoiced to see their family expand into two grandsons, three granddaughters, and one great granddaughter. Lowell loved the natural world and especially the sea, and Seashells. He also was an avid fisherman and would go to great lengths to catch the "wily trout." He is survived by his wife Carol, his children Deanne Heitzman (Lynn), Rev. Brian Fairley (T L),Rev. Joel Fairley (Sue), his grandchildren; Rev. Brendon Fairley (Shanna), Brooks Fairley, Laura Anderson (Kristopher), Megan Fairley, Rebekah Fairley, and great granddaughter Grace Fairley. A Celebration of the life and ministry Lowell Fairley will be held October 12, 10:30 am at Wilshire Avenue Community Church, 212 E. Wilshire Ave. Fullerton California, 92832 www.bakersfield.com/obits

This obituary was originally published in the Bakersfield Californian.
Published online on Oct. 6, 2013 courtesy of Bakersfield Californian.
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