Monday, April 6, 2015

Judge Dan Fairly's Obituary

Beautifully written and poignant, below is Judge Dan Fairly's obituary.  His memorial service is today at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder.

Daniel Hendrick Fairly, Brandon, MS

Daniel Hendrick "Dan" Fairly passed away Friday afternoon, April 3rd, 2015. He is survived by Jennifer Jones Fairly, his wife of thirty-six years, his son Daniel Hendrick Fairly, Jr. (Stefanie Fairly), his daughter, Christina Fairly Burrage (Ryan Burrage), a grandson, Knox McClain Fairly, a granddaughter, Jane Graham Fairly, and his brother Ken Fairly (Becky Fairly), nephews and nieces Graham Fairly, Rebecca Fairly Blakeney, and Anna Fairly, Chad and Matthew Waldrop, Taylor Greenhill and Cathrine Jones.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Wise Fairly and his mother Clariece Graham Fairly.

Dan was born in Jackson, Mississippi on October 26, 1956 in Jackson, MS and lived in Jackson and then Rankin County his entire life. He attended Jackson Prep, graduated from Belhaven College in 1978 and Ole Miss Law School in 1981. For years, he was a partner with Wells, Marble and Hurst, in Jackson, MS, a firm filled with men he dearly loved and respected. His last years were spent in Chancery Court of Rankin County, where new friendships were built and old ones renewed. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, MS and then Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Brandon, MS, where he served for many years.

While we deeply mourn his untimely passing and search for understanding, we are thanking God for what his life meant to us. He gave us all he had. He was a wonderful provider, a loyal big brother, a deeply loving father and husband who raised his children up to be followers of Jesus. He was fierce in his love and protection of his family and friends. For all those whom his passion and kindness touched, we are grateful. He loved helping others. No matter how you came to know him, he left a mark on you in some way. His life was marked indelibly by the person of Jesus Christ and he trusted him fully even when he could not trust himself. Dan always fell at the feet of His Savior, Our Lord Jesus, in whom is our hope and salvation now and forevermore. Dan shared his faith and trust in Jesus Christ with many, many people, and if there was ever a man who trusted his soul to Christ rather than men or himself, it was Dan. He knew what was in the heart of man and he grieved over the sin that enslaves human hearts and separates us from the God of the universe. But thanks be to God for the reconciliation He has provided in the person of Jesus.

Dan wore many hats, almost too many to name: Lawyer, judge, elder, baseball coach, hunter, daddy, papa, lay evangelist, Sunday School teacher, preacher of many funerals and weddings. He was a man of great emotion, tenacity, and humor. He was a talented and impressive man in so many respects, a man who knew how to get things taken care of. His life was filled, mostly, by so much joy and happiness. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed by us and all those around him. He leaves a void in our hearts that cannot be filled.

Dan died on Good Friday. It was his sin, mine, and yours that drove Our Lord Jesus to bare his cross in agony and defeat, as darkness fell upon Golgotha and the Father placed upon His Son the iniquity of us all. And He will raise us up on the Last Day. We know this because He has raised His Son, and He sits at the right hand of God the Father, making intercession for those who cannot save themselves and oh how grateful we are for the blood, the resurrection, and the life everlasting. He is Risen. He is Risen indeed. This is what Dan would have wanted you to know and where this family puts its trust and hope. In this, he never wavered.

A private graveside service will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 followed by an 11:00 am memorial service at Lakeside Presbyterian Church.