Terry Glen Fairbanks
Rev. Terry Glen Fairbanks, 69, retired American Baptist Minister and
West Virginia University Football Captain, departed this life Monday
16, 2006, after being stricken with a massive heart attach while driving
Dry Fork River at Hendricks, W.V. He was a former resident of
more recently a resident of Morgantown, WV.
was born Tuesday, December 15, 1936, at Parsons, WV, a son of
late Benjamin Warren Fairbanks and Pauline Delaney Mullenax Fairbanks
was raised by his grandmother, Myrtle Delaney Dye.
October 28, 1956, at Parsons, WV., he was married to the former
Dale Barr, who survives. They had celebrated 49 years of
surviving are five sons, Robert Fairbanks and wife, Barbara, of
Fairbanks and wife, Laura, of Atlanta, GA.,
Fairbanks and wife, Elizabeth, of Morgantown,
and Timothy Fairbanks, both of Morgantown;
daughter, Terra Hamrick and husband, Travis, of Canaan Valley,
grandchildren, Jason, Adam, Brandon, Briana, Bethany, Brady,
Jackson, Benjamin, Lacey, Allyson, Tyler and Megan Fairbanks
Travis and Brandyn Hamrick; and one great-granddaughter, Natalie Belle;
brother, Lenny Delaney and wife, Jenny, of Morgantown;
Evelyn Barr, Parsons; and sister-in-law,
DiBacco and husband, Jerome;
nephews; and a niece, all of Parsons.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one infant son,
Scott Fairbanks; and one sister, Reba Williams.
was a graduate of Parsons High School with the Class of 1955,
he was Valedictorian, class president and earned All State Honors in
and baseball. He earned a four-year scholarship from the former
Art Lewis at WVU. While playing football at WVU, Terry was
captain while wearing the number 45, Academic All-American,
offensive and defensive end and was awarded the
Pittsburgh Curbstone Coaches-Most Valuable Player Award.
graduated from WVU in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil
entered the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant, where he also played football for
82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and served as an Artillery
the Target Acquisition Battalion at Fort Sill, OK.
his military service, Terry worked as a watershed engineer with the
Conservation Service for 34 years. Among the many watershed
with are those at Wheeling Creek, Hughes River,
the Potomac, and the Mud River. He initiated planning for the
channel cleanup on the Scotts Run and led emergency
Conservation Service work after the 1985 flood. On the national
helped establish training programs for dam safety. He also worked
Blaine Engineering to plan the flood control wall in Tucker County.
was ordained by the Sabraton Baptist Church and the
Association in 1985, after completing education
work in pastoral ministry through the
Virginia American Baptist Convention. Terry preached in
churches throughout the state, including a 27 year ministry
Bethel Baptist and retired from the ministry
the First Baptist Church of Masontown.
was a Chaplin for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and
on many softball teams in the area. He also coached the
Junior High School Football Team and was
in starting a Junior High Football program in Morgantown.
was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer,
all of his children starred in Morgantown sports.
family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons
3-5 and 7-9 P.M., Thursday, January 19, 2006. Services were held
John's United Methodist Church at Parsons on Friday, January 20.
rites were conducted at 11 A.M., with the Rev. James Cooley and the
David Spence officiating. Burial was at the
Bethel Cemetery at
Meadows, where the H. W. Daniel's Post 29 American Legion and the
Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted full military rites.
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