Reverend Edward J. Fairbanks

East Tawas, Michigan
February 27, 1929 - August 11, 2010

Visitations

Sunday, August 15, 2010
2 - 4 & 6 - 9 PM
At the Buresh & Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City, Michigan

Service Location

416 Whittemore Street, Tawas City, MI 48763

Services

Monday, August 16, 2010
11:00 AM
At the East Tawas Assembly of God

Obituary Notice

Reverend Edward J. Fairbanks

Age 81, of East Tawas, MI died peacefully on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at his home. Edward was born in Flint, MI on February 27, 1929. He graduated from Clio High School in 1948 and later Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, PA in 1951. Edward then married the former Willmetta R. Goheen on October 1, 1951 in Clio, MI at the Faith Tabernacle Church and began as the Pastor at the Cornerstone Assembly to God in Beulah, MI. He was the pioneer and Pastor at the Tuscola A/G in Tuscola, MI. Edward also served at the St. Ignace A/G and he retired after 23 years as Pastor at the East Tawas Assembly of God in 1994. He was very active within the Michigan District of the Assembly of God and was honored for 50 years of ordained ministry in the fellowship of the Assemblies of God on May 3, 2010. Edward enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and he loved to travel. He will be remembered for his love to whistle and sing hymns. Edward is survived by his wife Willmetta, 5 sons, Phillip of Bay City, MI, Jonathon (Karen) of East Tawas, MI, Paul (Marianne) of Tawas City, MI, Dennis (Karen) of Harrison, MI, James (Nipa) of National City, MI; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Shirley Lumpkin of Arizona. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lela Fairbanks (nee Wilcox). Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 16, 2010 - 11 am at the East Tawas Assembly of God (in state at 10 am). Interment will take place in Flint Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City, MI. If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to the East Tawas Assembly of God, 311 East Lincoln Street, East Tawas, MI. or Angelic Hospice Care, 430 M-55 Tawas City, MI. and you may offer condolences at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com


Memorials

East Tawas Assembly of God Church
116 West State
East Tawas, MI 48730

Angelic Hospice Care
430 M - 55
Tawas City, MI 48763

Cemetery

Flint Memorial Park
Mt. Morris, Michigan

Condolences

Praying for the family. You are loved and appreciated. Due to Harold's recent surgery, we are unable to attend. So sorry we cannot be with you.
— Harold & Ardus Berkley
We are so sorry for your loss. Nancy and I loved Ed and are thankful that we knew him. He touched many lives. Our prayers are with you.
— Doug and Nancy Hamond
So sorry for your loss! It's never easy losing a loved one but we all know heaven is a better place. I have many wonderful memories from my teen years while Edward was preaching. Thanks to all and may God Bless you.
— Debbie (Bublitz) McKenny
Nancy and I will always be indebted to Pastor Fairbanks and Tawas Assembly for their generosity to Michigan Home Missions churches. It was their offering that allowed the Albright Shores parsonage to become livable. That investment lives on today. What a legacy!
— Matt & Nancy Place
I am so sorry for your loss. Sorry that I cant make it to the serive, as I now live out of state
— Brett J. Mason
Our fond memories at Lost Valley Camp and fellowship dinners with you will long be with us. May God bless and sustain you at this time. We will keep you in our prayers.
— Dennis & Helen Goodrow
We have so many wonderful memories of our time at East Tawas Assembly of God under Pastor Fairbanks. Pastor and Sister Fairbanks took us "under their wing," and we will be forever grateful. May God bless the Fairbanks family during this time of loss.
— Wayne & Nikki Yost
I have so many memories of him as my pastor while a child and the many fun visits. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen you all.
— Sheila Trimble
I love you grandpa, and will never forget you. You have always been there for me and I will truly miss you.
— Jason Flowers
Our love and prayers go out to Willmetta and the family.
We go back a few years knowing Ed & Metta. Ed married Carol and I November 23, 1963 at Tuscola A/G. But before that, as a teen, I went to the old church in Tuscola. Ed would take us to C.A. rallys at different churches around Michigan. I have so many memories. Ed was a very special person. He keep me in tune with God as a teen. Willmetta, remember when us kids would stay at your house, when you lived in back of the church, after morning worship on sundays and then go home with my mom after Sunday night service. We would eat a lot of popcorn. We love you Willmetta as we did Ed. You are in our prayers. May God bless you, I know HE will. All our love,
Jerry & Carol
— Jerry & Carol Howell
Dear Dennis & Karen

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you.

In Christian Love
Nate & Lisa
— Nate & Lisa Blury
Praying for the family. You are loved and appreciated. Due to Harold's recent surgery, we are unable to attend. So sorry we cannot be with you.
— Harold & Ardus Berkley
Nancy and I will always be indebted to Pastor Fairbanks and Tawas Assembly for their generosity to Michigan Home Missions churches. It was their offering that allowed the Albright Shores parsonage to become livable. That investment lives on today. What a legacy!
— Matt & Nancy Place
Our fond memories at Lost Valley Camp and fellowship dinners with you will long be with us. May God bless and sustain you at this time. We will keep you in our prayers.
— Dennis & Helen Goodrow
We have so many wonderful memories of our time at East Tawas Assembly of God under Pastor Fairbanks. Pastor and Sister Fairbanks took us "under their wing," and we will be forever grateful. May God bless the Fairbanks family during this time of loss.
— Wayne & Nikki Yost
Our love and prayers go out to Willmetta and the family.
We go back a few years knowing Ed & Metta. Ed married Carol and I November 23, 1963 at Tuscola A/G. But before that, as a teen, I went to the old church in Tuscola. Ed would take us to C.A. rallys at different churches around Michigan. I have so many memories. Ed was a very special person. He keep me in tune with God as a teen. Willmetta, remember when us kids would stay at your house, when you lived in back of the church, after morning worship on sundays and then go home with my mom after Sunday night service. We would eat a lot of popcorn. We love you Willmetta as we did Ed. You are in our prayers. May God bless you, I know HE will. All our love,
Jerry & Carol
— Jerry & Carol Howell
Dear Dennis & Karen

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you.

In Christian Love
Nate & Lisa
— Nate & Lisa Blury

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