May 27, 1938 ~ February 20, 2021
Rev. Thomas “Tom” Fairfax, age 82 of Cerro Gordo, finished his earthly journey and began resting in the arms of his Savior on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
Pastor Tom was born on May 27, 1938 in Columbus County, to the late Tilman Preston and Mattie Strickland Fairfax. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Joseph Fairfax, George Fairfax, and an infant sister.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at China Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Mack Hutson and Rev. Tommy Shelley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1:30-2:45, prior to the service.
Pastor Tom was a faithful and noble soldier in the Army of the Lord, always willing and ready to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. He served in the ministry for over 53 years and was currently serving as Pastor of China Grove Missionary Baptist Church, which he began pastoring in October of 2004; he also previously served as Pastor of Valley Forge Baptist Church, Lake Swamp Baptist Church, and North Whiteville Baptist Church. Pastor Tom had a smile that could light up a room and a humble spirit that seemed to spill over into the lives of those around him. Today, he is rejoicing in the presence of his Lord, as he heard the Savior say “It was worth it after all, child.”
Survivors include his beloved wife and best friend of 59 years, Helen Green Fairfax of the home; daughters, Denna F. Mercer (Darren) of Cerro Gordo, Lisa F. Stephens (Matthew) of Lumberton; grandchildren, Kayla Graham (Ken), Jake Mercer, Caroline Stephens, Hope Stephens, Mattilyn Stephens, and one great-grandson, Colton Graham; he also leaves behind one sister, Josephine Fairfax Nobles, of Cerro Gordo and a special niece, Nancy Nobles (Junior), also of Cerro Gordo.