Celebrating the life of Lacy S. Fitzgerald
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Lacy was educated in the public schools of Nottoway County, VA and Baltimore, MD. She continued her education at the Apex College in Richmond, VA, and through the School of Continuing Education at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.
Lacy was licensed by the Virginia State Board of Registered Beauticians, and was the manager of Scott’s Beauty Shop in Blackstone for twenty-two years. In addition, Lacy also worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Piedmont State Hospital for two years. During her late husband’s illness, she became certified in home hemo-dialysis by McGuire Veteran’s Hospital in Richmond, VA.
Affectionately known as “Nixie”, Lacy married Floyd Thomas Fitzgerald (whom preceded her in death) in September, 1939. They were blessed with five children. One grandson, W. Yahonne Garris, II also preceded her in death.
Throughout her life, Lacy has been a productive and contributing member or her church and community. She held membership at Mt. Gazerine Baptist Church for more than seventy years, teaching Sunday School for fifty of those years. She was active in the Senior Choir (President), the Junior Choir (Sponsor), the Deaconess Board (President), the Missionary Circle (Treasurer), and the Pastor’s Aid Circle (Secretary). In the community, Lacy served as a member of the Nottoway County PTA, the Ebenezer District Missionary Department, a life time member of the Virginia Baptist State Convention, a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Convention Missionary Department, and a member of Rosary Chapter 177, Order of Eastern Star of Virginia, PHA, and the King David Lodge. Lacy served as President of the Ebenezer Baptist Convention Missionary Department for fifteen years, and as Vice President for fifteen years.
In 1985, Lacy was awarded a Certificate of Completion by Virginia Union University for her participation and successful completion of the Church Women United in Virginia Women’s Leadership School, in November, 2009, she was honored by Rosary Chapter 177, Order of Eastern Star of Virginia, PHA for fifty years of service.
Lacy’s life has been a blessing to all who have known her. She leaves to celebrate her life: four daughters, Barbara Garris (Walter), Dorinda Bridgeforth (Allen), Floydette McCoy-Patterson (James), and Jacqueline Robinson (Jerome); one son, Ralph Fitzgerald; six grandchildren, Allen Bridgeforth, Jr. (Cinda), Sean Garris, Ashley McCoy, Jerome Robinson II, Joshua Robinson, and Jared Robinson; and five sisters-in-law. Lacy’s life is also celebrated by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends which includes Mary Powell, Estelle Epps, Mary Carter and Hilda Hawkins. Her life and her children have been especially blessed by Mildred Coleman (niece), and Ethel Coleman (caregiver and friend).
Funeral Service Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Gazerine Baptist Church, Blackstone with interment in the church cemetery.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of the arrangements.
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