Robert Lewis "Bob" Fairchild



Robert Lewis “Bob” Fairchild, 90, of Center, Texas passed away on December 1, 2019 in Center, Texas.  Born Januray 31, 1929, in Beaumont, Texas.  Robert is the son of the late Robert Carl and Anna Dagma (Lewis) Fairchild.  Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11AM at First Baptist Church, Center, Texas.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas.  


Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.  


Bob was born in Beaumont, Texas, raised in Chester, Tyler County. Texas.  After graduating from Chester High School in 1946, he attended the University of Texas in Austin where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1951 and Bachelor of Law Degree in Janurary 1954, however, he was licensed to practice Law in July 1953.  He passed the Bar before graduation from Law School with authority to practice in all Texas State Courts, and later admitted to practice in the US Dsctirct Court for the Eastern District of Texas, US Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, and the US Supreme Court.  He was a member of the Shelby County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation; Advocate, East Texas Chapter of American Board of Trial advocates; in 2003 he was honored by the State Bar of Texas for 50 years of service to the Bar.  Bob entered retirement in 1994.


He was faithful to the Lord, serving as a Sunday School Teacher of The Fellowship Class for many years; Bob served as an active Deacon of First Baptist Church since 1979.  He was President of Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, a member of The Texas Houste of Representatives from 1961 to 1963, President of the Shelby County Bar Association since 1973.  Bob also helped organize Little League Baseball, along with others, in Center, Texas in 1954.


Bob is survived by his loving wife, Patsy of Center, Texas; son, David Fairchild of Lufkin, Texas; daughter, Karla Fairchild O’Fiel and husband, Hugh of Center, Texas; sister in law, Mary Neal of Woodville, Texas; grandchildren, Carrie Fairchild Neal and husband, Calvin of Montgomery, Texas, RC Fairchild, Philip Massey and wife, Danielle of Shreveport, Louisiana, Matt O’Fiel and wife Brittany of Mauriceville, Texas, Britney Fairchild of Houston, Texas, and Eric Fairchild of Center, Texas; seven great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Carl Fairchild and Anna Dagma Fairchild; son, Robert F. Fairchild; and daughter, Jan Ellen Massey.


In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to your favorite charity in his honor. 

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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.

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