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    - Morry & Linda Watkins
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    - Gail Williams
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Fitzhugh "Toddy" Fennell, Jr., went to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Wilmington on May 28, 1929, Toddy was predeceased by his parents, Fitzhugh "Jake" Fennell, Sr. and Pauline Hall Fennell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Dorothy Jennings Fennell; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Miriam Fennell and their children, Olivia and Nicholas, all of Wilmington; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Wanda Fennell and their daughters, Dara and Charlotte all of Fredericksburg, VA; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Faye Fennell of Jacksonville, FL; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clarence and Anne Jennings of Tampa, FL; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and a host of friends.

Toddy graduated from New Hanover High School. He received a basketball scholarship to East Carolina Teacher's College (now East Carolina University) where he met Dorothy. He received a B.S. in physical education and social studies, graduating in 1952 and later completed a master's degree in education at East Carolina.

Following his marriage to Dorothy in June 1952, Toddy enlisted in the US Army, serving for two years before returning to NC.

He served as an educator for many years, teaching and coaching in public school systems before moving to administration at Cape Fear Technical Institute (now Cape Fear Community College). In 1968 Toddy coached the New Hanover High School basketball team to a State 4-A Championship and was named the NC 4-A Coach of the Year.

A lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church, Toddy served there in numerous capacities including deacon and Sunday School teacher. Following his retirement from Cape Fear Technical Institute, Toddy served his Lord as pastor of Gospel Center Church in Varnumtown and as interim pastor of numerous other churches.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Andrews Mortuary Market Chapel.

A celebration of the life of Toddy Fennell will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church 423 North 23rd Street, Wilmington, with Dr. Donnie Lovette officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, 2012