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Ralph FISHER

FISHER, Ralph 85, of Tampa, passed from this earth March 12, 2013. Ralph was born in Tampa to Houston and Grace Fisher. Ralph was a graduate of Hillsborough High School where he served as salutatorian for the class of 1946. He also led the Hillsborough Terrier Band Drum Major Team for two years. He obtained his Master's Degree from USF. Ralph served in the U.S. Navy V-5 program following WWII. After serving with the military, Ralph went into Christian ministry and public education. Ralph taught in the Hillsborough County School System for 22 years: Memorial Jr. High - teacher, Wilson Jr. High - Guidance Counselor, Monroe Jr. High Guidance Counselor and Dean, Van Buren Jr. High - Dean and Assistant Principal. His ministries included: Buffington Road Christian Church in College Park, GA, First Christian Church in St. Cloud, First Christian Church in Lake Wales, Valley Forge Christian Church in Elizabethton, TN, Valley View Christian Church in Tulsa, OK, Palma Ceia Christian Church in Tampa. He did volunteer ministries at: Murdock Christian Church in Port Charlotte, Dade City Christian Church in Dade City, Forest Hills Christian church in Tampa. Ralph served as Director of the Lake Aurora Christian Assembly in Lake Wales, Fl. for three years and served as Trustee for Florida Christian College in Kissimmee for two terms. Ralph touched many lives in his years as educator and in service to the Lord. Ralph was a devoted husband and family man. He loved the Lord above all else and had a great desire to follow God's truth accurately. He and Nancy have attended North Boulevard Church of Christ for the past five years. Ralph's spiritual wisdom, Godliness, love of brethren as well as his amazing wit will be greatly missed. He will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him. Predeceased by parents Houston and Grace Fisher; and sister Grace Joyce Branch. Ralph is survived by his loving wife Nancy Rose Fisher; sister Bernadette Dunn; daughters Jan Odell and husband Rob of Texas, Lucy Craig and husband Ed of Tennessee; stepchildren Kathleen Green & husband Steve of Tampa, Carolyn Swanson and, Eric of Tampa, Christopher Foster & wife Marcianne of Tampa; grandchildren Jay Ayala, Quint and Beau Craig, Charlie Hughes & wife Tiffany, Chelsie Worley and husband Cody, Molly Casey & husband Ryan and Matt Green; great-grandsons Colton Hughes & Trig Worley. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to LifePath Hospice of Tampa. Memorial Services March 30th, 4 pm, at North Boulevard Church of Christ, 14901 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33613. Condolences may be expressed online at: www.macdonaldfuneral.com. MacDonald Funeral Home / Tampa (813) 933-4950


Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 24, 2013
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