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By Kevin Fuller
Staff Writer 

Family Recalls Impact Of The Late Lloyd Fisher


Last updated 9/23/2016 at 3:28pm

Lloyd Fisher spends times with his granddaughter, Caroline. (Courtesy photo)

Longtime Brevard community member Lloyd Fisher hardly ever said, "No."

"I never knew him to tell anybody no when they asked him to serve on a board," said Mary Kathryn Fisher, who was married to Lloyd for 44 years.

Fisher, who started Fisher Realty, died peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, Sept. 18, after an illness. The list of boards he served on told you exactly what type of person he was.

"He loved to serve the community," said Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris, who served with him on the Board of Trustees at Brevard College. "He always gave back to the community."

The list includes actively being a member of the Board of Directors of Transylvania Vocational Services and the Board of Directors at United Community Bank, among prior stints on other boards.

Fisher was a leader from the start. He was captain of the Brevard High football team, which was the first integrated football team in North Carolina, leading his team to the state championship in 1963. His talents landed him a spot in the 1963 Shrine Bowl game.

He then took his talents to UNC-Chapel Hill the following year, where he formed lifelong bonds.

"He had excellent relationships with every one of his teammates," said his daughter, Amy. "It really showed in the number of teammates that came to visit him the last days of his life."

The Fisher family was shocked at the number of calls and visits from ex-teammates he received.

Football was a way of life. It stuck with him. He applied his grit and determination he was known for as a linebacker in everything he did in life.

"I think that was an underlayment of his business success," said his son, Art.

Lloyd broke into the real estate business in the 1970s, where he later opened his own agency, Fisher Realty, turning into the successful family business it is today.

As much as he was known for his tenacity in the boardroom, Fisher wasn't always just business or football.

The Fisher family liked to travel. They visited all seven continents and more than 80 countries.

"When my friends were getting cars at 16, we were traveling the world," said Amy.

Fisher was also good for a laugh.

"He always jokes he was offered to play at Duke but said he wasn't smart enough," said Art, referring to his father's self-deprecating sense of humor.

While Fisher was as tough as they came on the football field, he was as soft inside as the grass he tackled his opponent on. Amy Fisher recalls a particular Christmas Eve, years ago. She said she was about 8 years old when her father put her in the car, on the night before Christmas, and they went to visit a man who'd owed her father rent.

He pulled into the man's driveway and said "Kids, I'm going to show you what Christmas is all about."

Fisher went up and knocked on the door. The man opened the door and apologetically explained that he didn't have the rent.

Lloyd then proceeded to tell the man he wasn't there to collect rent, pulled a wad of cash out of his pocket, handed it to the man and said, "Merry Christmas."

"That stuck with me the rest of my life," Amy said.

For those who knew Lloyd, it wasn't out of the ordinary.

"He always seemed to gravitate towards helping people," Art said.

Art looks back at his father's tenure on the Board of Directors at Transylvania Vocational Services, saying it was his father's hard work, coupled with the rest of the board and Nancy Stricker, the head of the TVS, that helped turn the organization into the well-oiled machine it is today.

"He always seemed to be a champion of people who perhaps have had their backs turned to them by society," Art said. "He was always rooting for people."

While some would say he lost his battle with life, his family would beg to differ.

Fisher was a leader from the start. He was captain of the Brevard High football team, which was the first integrated football team in North Carolina, leading his team to the state championship in 1963.

"In his last years, he truly had everything he ever wanted," said Amy, who like Art, was a business partner of Lloyd's at the firm.

His last great life success came in the form of his only granddaughter, Caroline, who is now nearly 4-years-old.

"When I told him I was pregnant, he told me he felt like breakdancing," said Amy, with a laugh.

Amy said Caroline became the old football player's best friend immediately.

"She was the only one who ever appreciated his singing," she laughed.

A service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Brevard College Porter Center. For more details, see Lloyd Fisher's obituary in the obituary announcement section online.


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