It is with great sadness that I report to you that longtime board member Henry Fairley III passed away on February 17, 2012. Henry began his service to the board in 1990 and was honored with emeritus status in 2005. During his tenure he served as secretary and was a member of the executive committee.
He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was awarded a Coast Guard Administrative Merit Award and a Department of Transportation Meritorious Service Award.
Although his parents were residents of Texas, Henry was born in Maxton Township, North Carolina on January 14, 1930, the son of Henry Fairley Jr. and Margaret McLaughlin Fairley. He attended Texas Country Day School, New Mexico Military Institute, Hatch Preparatory School, University of Texas and Southern Methodist University. He served two years in the army. Henry's work background involved farming, cattle, excavation, oil, real estate and banking. He was a director of State National Bank of Caddo Mills, Bank of Dallas, and M Bank Market Center. He was also a member of the Presidential Roundtable and the Republican Congressional Committee.
He is preceded in death by both parents and a long time companion Fayetta Gannon. He is survived by nephew Shaw and wife Tate Garrison and their children from North Carolina and many friends in Dallas. Friend of ambassadors and rogues alike, Henry will be remembered as a true old school gentleman.
A Celebration of his life will be held at Noon Thursday February 23 at Church of the Holy Cross 4052 Herschel Ave. Dallas. Interment will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery 3920 Samuell Blvd. (at route 30 exit 50A). To view the full obituary and leave an online condolence, click here. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Henry's honor may be made to the Coast Guard Foundation 394 Taugwonk Rd. Stonington, CT 06378 or at this link.