Farley Lionel Fite

Farley Lionel Fite

Farley Lionel Fite

January 6, 1951

January 14, 2018

Services for Mr. Farley Lionel Fite, 67, of Mexia, were held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Northcrest Church of Christ with Rev. Alfreda Henderson, of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church of Coolidge, officiating. Burial followed at Brown-McGee Cemetery in Coolidge under the special care of Moore's Angelic Funeral Home of Teague. Mr. Fite went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 14, after a brief illness. Mr. Fite was born January 6, 1951 in Longview (Gregg County) to Ladell Fite and Anna Lee Williams Fite. His grandparents were Earlie and Laura Speed Fite, and Perry and Alluter Jones Williams. At an early age, he united with Growing Valley Baptist Church Longview under the leadership of the late Rev. R.B. Bradley. As a child, Mr. Fite attended the Gregg County schools of Janie Daniel Elementary and Maggie B. Hudson Junior High School. He graduated from Mary C. Womack High School in 1969. On July 15, 1969, he joined the United States Air Force ranking as a Staff Sergeant and serving his country from 1969 to 1973. He completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. During his military career, he was assigned to Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi; Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska; Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California; Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, Phillipines; and again on December 23, 1972, Mather Air Force Base. This tour of duty ended July 15, 1973, with an honorable discharge. He served in the Texas National Guard Reserves from 1975 to 1977. Mr. Fite attended Paul Quinn College in Waco from 1974 to 1977. He graduated July 17, 1977, earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Elementary Education. On August 11, 1981, Mr. Fite earned a Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Elementary Education from Prairie View A&M University in Hempstead, Texas. His affiliations included serving as president of the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity during his college years. He was also a captain of the Paul Quinn College track team. He was a member of the National Education Association (N.E.A.) and Texas State Teachers Association (T.S.T.A.). He was a teacher in the Mexia Independent School District for 27 years (1977-2004). Mr. Fite was also a member and trustee of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Coolidge. On Saturday, July 23, 1977, Mr. Fite was married to the love of his life, Lillian Henderson (Fite) in Coolidge, by Associate Pastor Rev. Richmond Stoglin of Carver Park Baptist Church of Waco. To this marriage, three children were born. This marriage has lasted for 40 years. Those preceding him in death are: his parents; grandparents; one brother, Ladell Fite, II; aunts, Perryline Williams Fite, Laura Mae Williams Fite; uncles, Horace Fite and Marcellas Fite; one angel; and mother-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Jane Henderson who joined him a few days later.

 

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