Hugh Edward Fisher|
LAFAYETTE - Hugh Edward Fisher, 94, passed away peacefully following a brief illness on September 20, 2013, at Cornerstone Village South nursing home in Lafayette, where he resided for the past 3 ½ years.
Hugh was born August 21, 1919, in rural Middle Tennessee near the Caney Fork River to Harry Edward and Agnes Gann Fisher, and was raised with his six siblings on a small tobacco farm near Greenbrier, TN. The four Fisher Boys became well-known baseball players in the Nashville semi-pro leagues, but after graduation from high school during WWII, Hugh volunteered for service in the Army Air Force. Intending to be a paratrooper, he was instead routed to Keesler Field, MS, where he rose to the rank of staff sergeant and trained airplane mechanics with the important job of keeping U.S. warplanes in first-rate fighting condition. The GI Bill was his ticket off the tobacco farm and into Vanderbilt University, where he received a BS degree in electrical engineering and lettered in baseball. Upon graduation in 1950, he was hired by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company but turned down a job in the Houston lab, preferring to learn the business literally from the ground up. He opted instead to lay pipeline in Perry County, where he met his bride Leta Gilmer. He finally accepted the promotion to Houston, where he and Leta were married in 1952. His two oldest children were born there.
He spent his entire career with TGP (later a division of Tenneco). From Houston, he returned to West Tennessee as division engineer and later division manager; his two youngest children were born during these years. In 1970 the family of six moved to Lafayette when Hugh was promoted to division manager to oversee development of the company's extensive pipeline network in Gulf coastal regions. He was promoted to vice-president of operations in 1981 and finished his career in Houston, where he retired in 1984.
The bulk of Hugh's retirement was spent in his wife's hometown of Lobelville, TN, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, tinkering, family time and daily games of cards and dominoes. A gifted public speaker, he also served throughout his life as a lay preacher in the United Methodist Church. Hugh and Leta moved back to Lafayette in January of 2010, where Leta passed away on Christmas Day in 2011.
Hugh is survived by his brother, Dr. George Denton Fisher, former athletic director at Austin Peay State University, and his wife Myra of Clarksville, TN; and four children: Cherry Fisher May and John Hugh Fisher, both of Lafayette; Michelle Fisher Wenger of Southaven, MS; and Shawn Gilmer Fisher of Las Vegas, NV. He is also survived by his son-in-law Steve May and two daughters-in-law, Brenda and Julie Fisher; ten grandchildren, including Chris, Natalee, Joshua and Ryan Fisher; Morgan, Bailey and Carter Wenger; Emma May; Brannon May and his wife, the former Nicole Brandt; and Erin May (formerly Fitzgerald); and six great-grandchildren: Brenna, Zachary, Tyler May and Taggert, Lily and Alexander Fitzgerald.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings: Martha Elizabeth Givan of Lebanon, TN; Charles Burgess Fisher and Wilma Faye Fort of Greenbrier, TN; and Larry Lajoie Fisher of Springfield, TN.
Visitation will be Friday, September 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home in Lobelville, TN; graveside services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. at Gilmer Cemetery. Pastor Ron Jones will preside and longtime family friend Joe Sweeney will offer the eulogy. Pall bearers will be Hugh's son-in-law Steve, grandsons Chris, Carter, Joshua and Ryan; and Dr. Greg Jenkins, fiancée of Michelle Wenger.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Hugh's name to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street, Ste. 200, Lafayette, LA, 70503.
For their compassionate care and companionship, the family would like to thank the fine staff of Cornerstone South, especially Patricia Crochet, Paulette Washington and Emily Morrison; Mary Arceneaux and her team of round-the-clock sitters, including Rose Thomas, Terese Gary and Janet Wright; and the volunteers and nurses of Hospice of Acadiana, especially Pat Richard.
Final arrangements were handled jointly by Fountain Memorial Home & Cemetery of Lafayette and McDonald Funeral Home of Lobelville, TN.
Published in the The Advertiser on Sept. 22, 2013