James “Vernon” Fisher, of Ripley passed away peacefully on September 14, 2018 at Ravenswood Care Centre in Ravenswood, WV.

He was born May 18, 1922 at Tug Fork, WV a son of the late James Conrad and Alwilda Dee Fisher.

He is survived by a son Robert D. Fisher and his wife Judy of Evans; daughter Dee Fisher Shockley and her husband Greg of Clarksburg; granddaughters Alexis Leigh Fisher-Stein and husband Charles of Brooklyn, NY; Alison Dee Gray and husband Nathan of South Hadley, MA; Abby Elizabeth Fisher of Charleston;  Great Granddaughter Emma Rose Stein of Brooklyn, NY; niece Elvera Fisher Duvall of Whiting, NJ; nephews R. Alan Fisher and wife Mary Grace of Tallulah Falls, GA; James Arthur Fisher and wife Sherry of Ormond Beach, FL; and several great nephews and nieces.

Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years Roberta Jean Coe Fisher, Brothers Warren Hillard Fisher and Ralph Alvin Fisher and sister-in-law’s Genavee Casto Fisher and Ruth Coe Fisher.

Vernon graduated from Gilmore High School in Sandyville, where he was the Valedictorian of his class.  He continued to run the family farm in Sandyville after graduating until he joined the army during World War II.  Vernon served in the 12th Armored Division in the European Theater for 3 years as a Military Policeman.  After being discharged from the Army, Vernon attended WVU where he obtained his BS and MS in Agriculture.  

Vernon married the late Roberta Jean Coe on November 26, 1947.  He returned to Jackson County where he taught VoAg for a number of years at Mason County and Ripley High School.

Vernon left teaching and owned the Fisher Feed Store in Ripley for several years before going to work at the First National Bank of Ripley which later became United National Bank.  Vernon retired as a Vice President of the Bank in 1984.

 Vernon was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church.  He was active, and held several offices, in the Board of Trustees, the Golden Rule Sunday School Class and the Parsonage Committee.

Vernon had a lifetime love of learning and was always reading and studying the Bible.  Vernon always saw the best in people and was an inspiration to so many.

He loved spending time with his family, being active in his Church and other organizations, all types of crafts, and helping others.  Vernon enjoyed carpentry work and, for many years, worked at the Church and the Church parsonage doing repairs and alterations.  Vernon also worked on his son’s and daughter’s home and his son’s office.  Although everyone considered Vernon to be an excellent carpenter, he always said his work was “rough”.

In honor of Vernon’s wishes he has been cremated and there will be no formal funeral service or Memorial Service. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 299 North Church Street, Ripley, WV  25271 or HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV  26387-2536.

A special thanks to the Epworth United Methodist Church Family, the Ravenswood Care Centre staff, and the HospiceCare staff