Emery Fannin, age 87, of Orient, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Riverside Hospital, Columbus.
He was born on Aug. 27, 1928, in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, to the late Frances and Goldie (Cox) Fannin.
Emery was a lifetime farmer who loved the land. He was a 1947 graduate of Scioto Township High School and a 62-year member of Neoacacia Lodge 595 F.& A.M.
He was preceded in death by his wife and high school sweetheart of 59 years, Margaret (Peggy) Davis Fannin, in 2009; brothers, Ivan Fannin and Rufus Fannin; and sisters, Faye Fannin Miller and Lovetta Fannin Burns.
Emery is survived by his son, Curtis (Karen) Fannin of Ashville; daughter, Barbara (David) Groves of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a very special niece, Lori (Art) Weaver of Circleville. Emery was blessed with seven grandkids whom he deeply loved, Brandon (Cari) Fannin, Barton (Nichole) Fannin, Brooke (JT) Wright, Brent (Mallory) Fannin, David (Heather) Groves, Angel (Mark) Warren and Daniel (Jackie) Groves; and 12 great-grandkids who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by two brothers, Willis Fannin of Circleville and Chandler (Faye) Fannin of Columbus; brother-in-law, Richard (Vi) Davis of Grove City; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.
He leaves behind many friends at his home at Brookdale Assisted Living in Grove City and friends in Florida where they made their winter home for many years.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Beckett Cemetery, Commercial Point, with grandson, Pastor Daniel Groves, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions in memory of Emery be made to The Pickaway County Fair Ag Society Building Fund, 415 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, OH 43113; or The Visitation Dept. of Grove City Nazarene Church, c/o Owen Stots, 4770 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Oliver-Cheek Funeral Home, Ashville. Visit www.olivercheekfuneralhome.com.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal