George Wallace Fisher, a life-long resident of New Kent County, passed away on September 6, 2022 at the age of 87. He was born in Richmond, VA, son of the late Hugh Pearson and Alice Moore Fisher, on July 23, 1935. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Sandra Chadwell Fisher; three sisters Ella Mae Johnson, Frances Martin, Harriet Minor Fisher and a brother Dr. Hugh P. Fisher, Jr. He is survived by his devoted son, George Wallace Fisher, Jr, a sister Mabel Fisher Ward and a special niece, Harriet Ward Gavin. There are also many loving nephews, nieces, and cousins.
George graduated from New Kent High School and furthered his education by attending and graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1958 with a major in agronomy. While at Tech he was in the Corps of Cadets, graduating as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and stationed in Texas. He enjoyed watching Tech football games on TV and remained a Hokie Fan.
George had a great affection for “Ashland Farm” the 200-acre farm owned and operated by his father in New Kent and the place where he grew up. An outdoorsman at heart, he left his job working in Richmond for the State Dept of Agriculture and joined his father on the farm. George loved the land and the wide-open spaces and disliked acres of rural land being lost to development.
He served the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District from 2000 to 2006 and was on the USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee from 1968 to 1972 and again from 1987 to 2006. George was honored by the Charles City and New Kent Corn Club for having the highest yield for 1971. He set a club record by producing 1898.54 bushels of corn per acre.
Among his pastimes were growing a vegetable garden and sharing the fruits of his labor with friends and neighbors and attending his son’s baseball games.
George had an unwavering cheerful disposition and greeted everyone with a smile. A good man, he is remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, his integrity, his thoughtfulness and devotion to his family. He passed away at home on the farm that he dearly loved.
The family is appreciative of the excellent care provided by Hospice of VA during George’s final months.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, 4001 New Kent Highway in Quinton, VA. Memorial gifts may be made to Quinton Fire and EMS or Providence United Methodist Church Memorial Association.