John Douglas Fairburn

Born: Tue., Jan. 24, 1939
Died: Sun., Jul. 6, 2014


Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
Location: Reception Following Service

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
Location: Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church

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John Douglas Fairburn
John Douglas Fairburn of Greensboro, GA, born January 24, 1939 went home to be with his Lord And Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the age of 75.  He was born in Philadelphia, PA to Mildred Dreyer Fairburn and John Douglas Montegue Fairburn, who preceded him in death along with his older sister, Dorothy Fairburn Roberts.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janice Jones Fairburn and sister, Lynne Gabriel (Dennis) , 6 nephews and 2 nieces.  John graduated from Grady High in Atlanta in 1956 and attended the Citadel from 1956-1957.  He graduated from Ohio Christian School with a Master’s degree and served in the Coast Guard Reserves for several years.  He was employed at Atlanta-Journal Constitution from 1962-1964 in advertising sales.  From 1964-1992 he was employed by Planters Life Savers Candy Division as a wholesale-retail sales representative covering many stores in two-thirds of Georgia.  After living in Covington for 25 years, they moved to Asheville, NC living there for 8 years and returned to Georgia where they retired at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee in 2004.  John was a member of First Baptist Church, Atlanta (Charles Stanley, pastor) and also attended Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Men’s Bible Study Group.  He loved studying God’s Holy Word and depending on his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as his anchor.
Memorial Services will be held, Friday, July 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church, 113 Scott Road, Eatonton, GA 31024 with Rev. John McMillian, Sr. officiating.  The family will receive friends after the service at the church.  Serving as honorary pallbearers are members of the Men’s Bible Study Group, his golfing buddies, the Birthday Bunch, and the CBS Sisters.  The family requests that any memorials be made to Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church, 113 Scott Road, Eatonton, GA 31024 or the Christian Jew Foundation, 611 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78215.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA  (706) 453-2626 is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Jane Cobb
   Posted Tue July 08, 2014
My love, prayers and deepest sympathy. Praying for the Lord to give you extra strength during these hard days and happy memories in the days ahead.

Bill and Julie Heil
   Posted Tue July 08, 2014
We are thinking about you and would hope you will call on us if we can help you in any way.

Bill and Julie

Trish Klein
   Posted Wed July 09, 2014
My thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are with you at this time. My last memory of you and John will be what seems just a few short weeks ago when I saw the two of you together at McDonald's looking like two teenagers on a date. I hope such happy memories will provide solace for you during this time. Please call on me if there are ways I can help. I hold much admiration for you. Love, Trish

Linda S Martin
   Posted Wed July 09, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss of John. He will be missed.

Jane Prewett
   Posted Wed July 09, 2014
Praying for God to give you comfort and strength. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sheryl Causey
   Posted Wed July 09, 2014
My thoughts and prayers have centered on you, Janice, since John's passing. I pray that your love of Jesus Christ is of great comfort to you now, and that you can rest in the blessed assurance Christ has given us who love and believe in Him.

God bless you and your family.

Sheryl Causey

Louis Skaggs
   Posted Wed July 09, 2014
Janice, I will keep you in my prayers. I will miss John and think of him when I go to Bible study.--Louie

L.C. and Faye Anderson
   Posted Wed July 09, 2014
May you find comfort in knowing that John is no longer in pain, nor suffering.
May the memories that you made together give you peace and joy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May God bless you and keep you safe in His care.
We love you.
L.C. and Faye

Diane Smith
   Posted Wed July 09, 2014
Janice, I pray you will find comfort in the many years of love and faith in your happy marriage. You are a strong person and will endure this heartache with grace in the days ahead. You are greatly admired by many.

Margaret and Larry Stanford
   Posted Fri July 11, 2014
Janice: We were surprised and saddened to learn today of John's passing. I know you will miss him terribly but your unwavering faith and many friends and neighbors will help you through this trying time. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Marcia Schaefer
   Posted Fri July 11, 2014
Dear Janice,I am so sorry for your loss and ask that God send strength
for you and your Family in the days ahead.

Rick and Cheryl Arscott
   Posted Fri July 11, 2014
As your neighbors just down the street, please feel free to ask me to help in any way I can. Both Cheryl and I are so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing him in his yard that he loved so much.

All the Best,

Rick and Cheryl Arscott

Harold and Gwen Wade
   Posted Fri July 11, 2014
Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathy. We will always remember the warm welcome extended by you and John to us when we moved to Reynolds.

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Diana Fuchs Wright
   Posted Sun July 13, 2014
My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time. When I visit Mom and Dad in Skyline, I still call your old home "the Fairburn's house". I think of you when I pass by. May The Lord comfort you.

Ken Harrell
   Posted Mon July 14, 2014
Janice i am so sorry to hear about my Brother in Christ so many many memories of the times on the road out of town when we discussed our relationship with our Lord and Savior and the times over coffee we talked about the things we knew were important i will see John my brother again and he will welcome me home we love you Janice ken and Beverly and family precious memories

Marie C.
   Posted Tue July 15, 2014
My sincere condolences to the Fairburn Family. I pray these words will bring you comfort at this sad time. Knowing that our dead loved ones have fallen asleep in death, and if they are in God’s memory. They will be resurrected on a paradise earth free of the problems that plague mankind in God's due time.(psalms 37:9,10,11)This hope can give us solace and kindle our desire to carry on with the days ahead. May God bless you a give you peace of heart.

Natalie Anderson Ramsden
   Posted Thu July 17, 2014
We will sorely miss John. He was a blessing to so many, and I’m grateful to have had him in my life from day one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we can celebrate that he is in a better place.
Much love, Natalie Anderson Ramsden

Faye Richmond Massey
   Posted Fri July 18, 2014
I am truly sorry about your loss. I pray you have comfort and peace.