James Cecil Fisher, 91, of Shelbina, Mo., passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Monroe Manor in Paris, Mo.
He was born on March 21, 1931, in rural Monroe County, Mo., the son of Joseph and Addie Mary Layten Fisher. On June 20, 1953, he was united in marriage to Lena Margaret Thrasher of Lentner, Mo
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Lena Margaret, one son, Dennis Fisher of Shelbina, one daughter, Janet Klocke (Randy) of Ewing, Mo., and one grandson, Timothy Fisher (fiancée Kaylee Brown and Rhett Pease) of Lentner. Special loved ones, Audra Lanpher, Braxton Lanpher, Baylee Lanpher and Haislee, many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Joe W. Fisher, two sisters, Florence Stepp and Virginia Robertson, brothers-in-law, Carl Stepp, Furnish Robertson, Leon Thrasher, Danny Thrasher; sisters-in-law, Judy Thrasher and Jane Fisher Maupin, and one niece, Betty Johnson.
Cecil attended Oak Ridge and Moreman country schools and later attended the Reisch College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa and graduated in 1951 as Col. Cecil Fisher. He was a faithful member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and served as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and Church Treasurer. He served on the UMB Bank Board, Shelby County Public Water Board and received the Shelbina Farmers Day award.
Cecil was a farmer and auctioneer who served God. He took pride in living on the family farm and enjoyed taking care of his cattle and working outdoors. Cecil and Lena Margaret were co-owners with Eddie and Judy Smock of the Shelbina Livestock Auction and Fisher and Smock Auction Service for 28 years.
His hobbies included antiquing and collecting Precious Moments with his wife. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and loved being with his family. He looked forward to spending time with his grandson and instilled in him a love for farm life. They enjoyed fishing and camping and he loved attending his grandson’s ball games.
Visitation was held on Sunday, January 29, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Greening Eagan Hayes funeral home in Shelbina.
The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 30, at First Baptist Church in Shelbina. Burial was held in the Shelbina Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be made to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, Baptist Homes Healthcare or South Shelby Booster Club.