J ohn C. Fisher, Jr., Co-founder of Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home, Inc. was born May 22, 1921 in Lynchburg, Virginia, a son of the late John C. Fisher, Sr. and the late Ophelia S. Fisher. He was married to Evelyn Hairston Fisher, who predeceased him. John was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II and was a graduate of Virginia State College and the American Academy of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in New York. He was a Funeral Director for nearly 50 years and was an active member of the Virginia Morticians Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. John was an impressive man. Brilliant and determined, John refused to give in to obstacles in his life. He was a man dedicated to his profession and this dedication shared by his partner, Waverly is evident in the heritage they passed on. He passed away on October 17, 1998.
Waverly E. Watkns, Sr., was a mortician whose lifelong dream was to go into business. He was born February 16, 1921 in Danville, a son of the late Warner Edward Watkins and the late Dora Carter Watkins. He was married to Virginia Finley Watkins, who survives. Waverly was a graduate of the Atlanta Georgia School of Mortuary Science. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army where he served in World War II and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a licensed embalmer for over 50 years. After working in mortuaries in Danville and Roanoke, Virginia for thirty years, he and his partner, John made their lifelong dream a reality. Waverly was known by his friends and colleagues alike as a man of integrity, an honorable and fair man. He passed away on October 1, 1999.