Jane Garrison Fairbetter was born on December 16, 1932 in Cleveland, OH. Raised on the family farm in rural Baugh, TN, this vibrant red head learned the value of hard work and took pleasure in helping others, a trait that characterized the rest of her life. She learned to play the piano as a young girl, led the Elkton High School cheer squad, and sang in her ever-popular school sextet. On July 6, 1952, at the age of 19, Jane married her handsome Sunday school teacher, Paul Fairbetter. Taking advantage of a transfer with the company Chemstrand, the couple left Decatur, AL in 1960 and headed for the newly formed Research Triangle. They made Cary, NC their permanent home where Jane was a homemaker, a substitute teacher at Cary Elementary, and finally a sales associate and data processor for Southern Bell in downtown Raleigh. For fifty years, Jane played the piano for both her Ellis-Bland Sunday School class at the First United Methodist Church and Edith Chapter 160 of the order of Eastern Star. Jane joyfully lived out her life for others and spread kindness, warmth, and light all along the way.
She was the loving mother of Paul David (Brenda) Fairbetter of Blowing Rock, NC, Gail (Marty) Allen of Apex, Ginger (Mike) Hayes of Cary, and Jan (Frank) Yarborough of Cary and the sweet grandmother of Spencer and William Fairbetter; Presha Bradley; Gene, Britt and Paul Michael Allen; Wildon and Tucker Hayes; Blair Smith; and Kyle, Dale and Jack Yarborough. She also leaves behind nine great grandchildren: Caleb and Conner Allen; Cade, Wyatt and Tatum Bradley; Shilas Fairbetter; Lillian and Bennett Fairbetter and Raine Allen.
Honorary gifts can be made to Jane’s beloved hometown church Elkton United Methodist, c/o 505 Prospect Elkton Road, Prospect, TN 38477.
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