In Memory . . .

 

 

 

 

Terry Glen Fairbanks

1936 - 2006

 

The Rev. Terry Glen Fairbanks, 69, retired American Baptist Minister and

1957-1958 West Virginia University Football Captain, departed this life Monday afternoon,

January 16, 2006, after being stricken with a massive heart attach while driving along

the Dry Fork River at Hendricks, W.V.  He was a former resident of Tucker County

and more recently a resident of Morgantown, WV.

 

He was born Tuesday, December 15, 1936, at Parsons, WV, a son of

the late Benjamin Warren Fairbanks and Pauline Delaney Mullenax Fairbanks

and was raised by his grandmother, Myrtle Delaney Dye.

 

On October 28, 1956, at Parsons, WV., he was married to the former

Judy Dale Barr, who survives.  They had celebrated 49 years of marriage. 

Also surviving are five sons, Robert Fairbanks and wife, Barbara, of Reedsville,

Danny Fairbanks and wife, Laura, of Atlanta, GA.,

Michael Fairbanks and wife, Elizabeth, of Morgantown,

Patrick and Timothy Fairbanks, both of Morgantown;

one daughter, Terra Hamrick and husband, Travis, of Canaan Valley,

15 grandchildren, Jason, Adam, Brandon, Briana, Bethany, Brady,

Christian, Jackson, Benjamin, Lacey, Allyson, Tyler and Megan Fairbanks

and Travis and Brandyn Hamrick; and one great-granddaughter, Natalie Belle;

one brother, Lenny Delaney and wife, Jenny, of Morgantown;

 mother-in-law, Evelyn Barr, Parsons; and sister-in-law,

Madonna DiBacco and husband, Jerome;

 two nephews; and a niece, all of Parsons.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one infant son,

Anthony Scott Fairbanks; and one sister, Reba Williams.

 

He was a graduate of Parsons High School with the Class of 1955,

where he was Valedictorian, class president and earned All State Honors in football,

basketball and baseball.  He earned a four-year scholarship from the former

Coach Art Lewis at WVU.  While playing football at WVU, Terry was

team captain while wearing the number 45, Academic All-American,

played offensive and defensive end and was awarded the

1958 Pittsburgh Curbstone Coaches-Most Valuable Player Award.

 

He graduated from WVU in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering

and entered the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant, where he also played football for

the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and served as an Artillery officer

 in the Target Acquisition Battalion at Fort Sill, OK.

 

After his military service, Terry worked as a watershed engineer with the

 Soil Conservation Service for 34 years.  Among the many watershed projects he

worked with are those at Wheeling Creek, Hughes River, South Branch

of the Potomac, and the Mud River.  He initiated planning for the

emergency channel cleanup on the Scotts Run and led emergency

Soil Conservation Service work after the 1985 flood.  On the national level,

 he helped establish training programs for dam safety.  He also worked

for Blaine Engineering to plan the flood control wall in Tucker County.

 

Terry was ordained by the Sabraton Baptist Church and the

Goshen Association in 1985, after completing education

course work in pastoral ministry through the

West Virginia American Baptist Convention.  Terry preached in

many churches throughout the state, including a 27 year ministry

at Bethel Baptist and retired from the ministry

at the First Baptist Church of Masontown.

 

Terry was a Chaplin for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and

played on many softball teams in the area.  He also coached the

Sabraton Junior High School Football Team and was

instrumental in starting a Junior High Football program in Morgantown.

 

He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer,

and all of his children starred in Morgantown sports.

 

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons

from 3-5 and 7-9 P.M., Thursday, January 19, 2006.  Services were held at

Saint John's United Methodist Church at Parsons on Friday, January 20. 

Final rites were conducted at 11 A.M., with the Rev. James Cooley and the

Rev. David Spence officiating. Burial was at the Bethel Cemetery at

Holly Meadows, where the H. W. Daniel's Post 29 American Legion and the

Tygarts Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted full military rites.

 

Terry and Judy, Senior Prom

Taken at the Coach n Four

 

 

 

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