“Brothers and sisters, we do not want to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” I Thessalonians 4:13 – 14.
William Henry Fairley was a man known for his interesting personality, provoking lively discussions, and quick wit, passed away at the age of 77, Thursday, April 27, 2023 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He left us far too soon and unexpectedly, with a new great-grandchild, he was looking forward to seeing. Despite spending time in and out of the hospital, he lived life to the fullest and in stride.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Bumgarner Family Funeral Service and Crematorium Chapel.
Born August 27, 1945, in Scotland County, was the son of the late James Luther and Elise Stubbs Fairley. William graduated high school and pursued higher education while attending NC Central University, he was inducted in the Fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha as an honorary member and he retired as a Flood Manager for Goodyear Tire.
William cultivated many interests and hobbies; he was a talented seasoned songwriter, published musician who played the trumpet and multiple instruments for many years, and his love for music was shared with all who knew him. He had a passion for the outdoors that showed through his meticulous care of his floral garden and his beloved dog Princess.
Hosting family gathering was an essential part of his life, as he cherished the time spent with loved one and his love for cooking was meticulous well-known among his family and friends. He was also drafting a book and made various charitable contributions to organizations. He had an enthusiastic sense of humor and was always ready to tell a joke and make someone laugh.
William was funny, thoughtful, and left a legacy of unconventional thinking and boundless curiosity for life for those who crossed his path.
He is survived by his first wife, Patricia Fairley of Fayetteville, NC; and second wife, Mary Fairley of Parkton, NC; children, Michael G. Miller, and wife, Stephanie Miller of Laurinburg, Cynthia Booker, and husband, Karl Booker of Twinsburg, OH, James L. Fairley of Fayetteville, NC, and wife, Bernadette Fairley of Virginia, and William A. Fairley of Parkton. He also leaves behind eleven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by the daughter of his fiancée, Charlotte Bailey. William was preceded in death by his brother, John Fairley; and his fiancée, Joyce Carolyn Bailey.
Bumgarner Family Funeral Service and Crematorium is assisting the family.
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