Former Twiggs election chief Fair dies

mstucka@macon.comMarch 1, 2013 

Marette Fair, former Twiggs County election supervisor, is being remembered as an effective, kind public servant.

Fair, 70, died Wednesday at her home after a long fight with cancer. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, with funeral services on Monday.

Ray Bennett, a former county commission chairman who worked with Fair for 12 years, described her as someone always working for the benefit of others.

“She was an outstanding lady and brought a high degree of respect and professionalism to the elections office. She was there until December when she resigned,” he said. “I know that her friends and family will sorely miss her, and the community’s sore for losing her.”

Bennett said Fair ran the elections office to the acclaim of everyone. She was so respected by people she worked with that Secretary of State Brian Kemp attended her retirement party.

“She had a pleasant smile and something positive to say about everyone,” Bennett said Friday.

Debra Stevens is now running the elections office, said County Administrator Terry Bates.

Fair had also worked as the chief registrar for the Twiggs County schools, as a civilian employee at Robins Air Force base, and as owner of The House of Flowers in Warner Robins, according to her obituary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Fair, who was killed in 2005 when a tree fell on him as he did yard work at a church.

Reece Funeral Home of Jeffersonville has charge of the arrangements for Marette Fair. Visitation is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with services beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins. Burial will be in New Richland Baptist Church Cemetery.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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