Spring City Chamber Honors Harold Fisher

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Rhea County Commissioner Harold Fisher is honored at Spring City Chamber Banquet on September 25, 2018. Left to right: Amy Murray, Cindy Ross, Brittany Dean, George Thacker, Harold Fisher,, Jeromy Hixson, Ryon McKinney and Bailey Hufstetler.(Photo: Valerie Landreth McCoy)

Fisher Awarded Lucille Maybery Community Service Award

September 2018

Spring City, TN —  Rhea County Commissioner Harold Fisher was recently honored with the Lucille Maybery Community Service Award.  The presentation occurred at the 2018 Annual Membership Banquet on September 25, 2018.  The award honors Lucille Maybery, who will always be remembered for her community service and for all the voluntary hours she dedicated her time into.  Every year the Spring City Chamber of Commerce awards someone with the distinct honor of the Lucille Maybery Award for outstanding spirit of volunteerism in the community and for their dedicated service.

Spring City Chamber President Jeromy Hixson said,  “This year’s recipient is no stranger to the community.  He is an active leader, volunteer, and farmer.  He dedicates a lot of his time to the county.  He has made an impact many lives he has come into contact with and works with honor and integrity.”

Short Biography of Harold Fisher.

Harold Eugene Fisher was born on April Fool’s Day in 1948, but his momma didn’t raise no fool! As a homegrown boy, his roots grew deeply into this community. He and his high school sweetheart, both graduates of Spring City High School in 1967, will celebrate 50 years of marriage in December. As a husband, father, grandfather, and community leader, he has always had a servant’s heart.

Soon after graduation from Nashville Auto-Diesel Mechanic school in Nashville, he was drafted by the Army in July of 1968. Eventually, he was sent to Vietnam and then discharged in 1970. A few years later, he began his career at TVA.

During this time, he and his wife Jane had a desire to grow their family. After several miscarriages, they began to lose hope, however; God already had a little girl for them. On November 4th, 1975, at only five days old, they brought Bethany home. True to their steadfastness and belief, Jane gave birth to their son Aaron, nine months and twelve days later. In 1980, Brittany was born.

As their children began to want to participate in activities, Harold saw this as an opportunity to serve as a coach and board member for the Spring City Red Dogs, and did so for over ten years. As his children grew, he also was active in the Spring City Bulldogs Booster club and Rhea County High School Boosters.

In 1982, Harold was first elected to the Rhea County Commission. At the completion of his current term, he will have served for 30 years. As a commissioner, he was instrumental in establishing both Spring City Elementary and Middle Schools and Graysville Elementary School.

In his tenure as commissioner, he helped initiate the Fire Authority Board, on which he has served as the chairman since 1984. He also served many years as a volunteer firefighter.
In furthering our community’s development, he continues to serve as chairman of the Watts Bar Utility District Board. He is also an active member of the Rhea Medical Center Board of Directors, and played a pivotal role in establishing the current hospital.
Harold and his wife are lifelong members of Wolf Creek Baptist Church. In 1992 he was ordained as a Deacon. He actively serves as church treasurer and coordinator of Benevolence.

Many years ago, the Rhea Rural Fair in Spring City was the romantic spot for Harold and Jane’s first date. It was the perfect place. It represented agriculture, farming, and community engagement. Nearly twelve years ago Harold had a vision to see this idea restored. Through his leadership and guidance, he enlisted a few others who helped see his vision through fruition. Although he continues to pour his heart and soul into the community, his effort has paid off. The Rhea County Fair is established, thriving, and is the current Champion of Champion Fairs in the state of Tennessee. Now, he gets to take his sweetheart back to the fair every year.

Harold retired from TVA over eight years ago and perhaps works even harder now. He remains active in farming, community politics, and volunteering. Though he has always encouraged his three children and six grandchildren to spread their wings, he has also taught them that there truly is “no place like home”.

Harold’s contributions to our community continue to grow. He is a man of integrity who walks his talk. If you know him well, you have heard him say “these blues eyes don’t lie”. It is true, your gifts, your leadership, and your purpose is not about you. A life of significance is about serving those who need your gifts, your leadership, and your purpose.

Thanks so much to Bethany Fisher Horton for sharing details about dad’s life.

 

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