Gary Franklin Fisher

June 21, 1939 - December 29, 2021
Gary Franklin Fisher


Gray Franklin Fisher, loving father and proud grandfather entered eternal rest on December 29, 2021. Gary, 82, of Wilmington, NC was proceeded in death by his mother Elizabeth Fisher, his father Hancel Fisher and sister Janet Smith (Fisher) He is survived by his loving wife Pat Landers Fisher, his children Robin Fisher (David), Jamie Eldenburg (Larry) and Gary Fisher Jr. (Denise) Grandchildren Brandy Lee (Steve) Valerie Sampson, Spenser Sydney, Freddie Wingate, Brooke Anspach (Justin) , Emily Ockerman (Caleb), Travis Hall, Alisha Fisher, Hoku Fisher and 8 great grandchildren.

Born June 21, 1939, he was a 1958 graduate of Nitro High School in Nitro, WV where he was a talented basketball player. He went on to serve many years in the WV Air National Guard. He was proud to have served during both the Cuban and Berlin Crisis. Gary retired from The Charleston Housing Authority in Charleston, WV after a 24 year career.

“Big” Gary was known for his craftsmanship and talent in building and remodeling. He also had an affinity for becoming bored with his work and needing a new project. Often times only notifying his wife with a new “For Sale” sign in the yard of a home he’d seen as “finished”. There were very few people who knew him who didn’t have a memory that involved a project. He built many porches and decks for friends and family.

Perhaps some of the fondest memories of Gary surround his love of the kitchen. Though he enjoyed cooking, it is believed that love was at the root of his hobby. He could often be seen smiling at the house full of family and friends that a pot of spaghetti or a Sunday meatloaf would draw in. He was fairly good at it, except knowing when things were done. He leaves behind a set of scorched pots and pans and two kitchen remodels from what we lovingly refer to as “incidents”.

Gary was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He spoke often about their talents and successes. If he didn’t hear from you, he would bust out the archaic flip phone and give you a ring. You knew if that number popped up, he was tracking you down.

He was full of “isms”, sayings and nicknames. We all treasure our assigned silliness and memories. There are so very many. He measured his life in love.

Arrangements are with Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, Wilmington, NC.

Friends may call at 2pm, Sunday January 2, 2022. Service begins at 3pm at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A celebration of life will be planned post cremation in his home state of West Virginia.

Service will be live-streamed below for those unable to attend.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.

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  • January 01, 2022
    Ronald Hall says:
    I am so sorry for this loss. Gary was an awesome person who I always enjoyed spending time with. He will be greatly missed! My prayers and thoughts are with family.

  • January 01, 2022
    Joy Mitchell says:
    Pat, this was the perfect description of Gary. I'm sure it will brings many smiles and nods from friends and family far and wide. What a wonderful life he lived and so many stories he has left behind to be shared!!! He will live on, in the stories of so many !!!

  • January 01, 2022
    Ann Morgan Smith Negstad says:
    What a beautiful eulogy for Gary. His sister Janet was my sister-in-law and my connection with Gary was mainly through her and in high school. So very sorry for your family's loss.

  • January 02, 2022
    Paula and Sonny Duncan says:
    Pat, so sorry to hear about Gary's passing. We have good memories of 18th Street in Dunbar with our children and your children. God bless you and your family.

  • January 02, 2022
    Judy Pennington says:
    Pat, my heart breaks for you and your family. I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers