Marjorie L. Fisher

Mrs. Marjorie L. Fisher, 89, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Coliseum Park Nursing Home, Hampton, Va. She was born on July 13, 1924, to the late James E. and Helen B. Lewis in Petersburg. She spent many of her formative years living in Newark, N.J., where she excelled at a level so advanced she was actually skipped two grade levels when returning back to Petersburg. At the age of 14, Margie was a member of the melodic club, script staff, a member in the cast of "Everybody's Crazy Now," a part of the girls basketball team, and was voted "most dependable" as well as graduating salutatorian of her class in 1940.

She entered Virginia State College (University) at the age of 15 majoring in French and minoring in English. She pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. at the age of 16, (needing her mother's permission) and graduated from Virginia State College with honors in 1944.

Margie began her career teaching in the Petersburg Public School System in the fall of 1944 at the age of 19 and taught at that same school throughout her entire career. During her career she was chairman of the English Department, editor of the school's newspaper, "The Script" and served on various committees and boards.

She was a lifelong member of Zion Baptist Church where she served as superintendant of the Sunday school and taught the women's Sunday school class for decades. As a child, she played the baritone horn under the direction of band director Jackson. She had a special love for the Rev. Dr. Andrew J. White Sr.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Junious E. Fisher; brothers, Duke W. Lewis and Roland E. Lewis Sr.; and niece, Dr. Geneva E. Lewis-Willis.

She leaves to cherish her memories: son, Mark E. Fisher; grandson, Mark E. Fisher II; nephews, Roland E. Lewis Jr. (Monica) and Michael Lewis; sisters-in-law, Thelma S. Lewis and Francis Lewis.

Each and every student that she touched, she called, "one of her own." She will live in the hearts of many through the lessons and discipline that she taught all while with a smile as her peaceful soul would speak.

A local viewing will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the M.E. Fisher Funeral Home Chapel, located at 2117 Madison Ave., Newport News, Va.

A viewing in her home city will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Bland's Funeral Home, located at 137 Harrison St., Petersburg, Va.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Zion Baptist Church, located at 225 Byrne St., Petersburg, Va.

Interment will follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery where she will rest beside her husband, Mr. Junious E. Fisher.

Services of Celebration and Remembrance are entrusted to the M.E. Fisher and Bland Funeral Homes. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at or

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M.E. Fisher Funeral Home - Newport News
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Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 8 to Apr. 12, 2014