November 29, 1930 – May 5th, 2004
DANVILLE, VA. – Alfred Whitmer Fairer III peacefully passed away at his residence in Danville, VA on May 5th, 2004 with family and friends by his side. Born November 29, 1930 in Charleston, West Virginia and grew up in Danville, VA; he was the son of Alfred W. Fairer Jr. and Mozelle Myers Fairer. Al graduated from Woodberry Forest School in 1948 and Cornell University in 1953 with honors. While at Cornell, he was a member of the ROTC and Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. After graduation, Al served in the Army Signal Corp during the Korean War. He lived in Charlotte, NC for 10 years and Rutherfordton, NC for 20 years; after retiring from Elmore Corporation he moved to Danville, VA.
Mr. Fairer is lovingly remembered by his wife, Kaye; children, Whit Fairer of Charlotte, NC, Rebecca Fairer Melton and her husband Rick of Rutherfordton, NC, Martha Fairer of Myrtle Beach, SC, Michelle King and her husband Russell of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Grace and Caroline Melton; brother, George Fairer of Boulder, CO. Al was widowed by Dorsey Cosby Fairer in October 1989.
Al was an active member of the VFW Post 14000, American Legion Post 325, Virginia-Carolina Scottish Society, and NC Region of the Sports Car Club of America, serving on the Board as Member-At-Large and, most recently, Secretary. As a member of the SCCA, he traveled all over the country participating in sports car races as a Divisional Administrator of Starters and National Chief Steward. Al was actively involved in the revitalization of Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, VA.
A family memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the SCCA Foundation, P.O. Box 299, Topeka KS 66619.
Published in the Danville Register & Bee on 5/7/2004.