|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1913|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 2008|
Fay Hatcher was my music teacher and a close friend of our family as I was growing up. I remember going to her house on US 301 south of Summerfield many times for piano lessons (photo on this memorial page that I snapped on one of those trips to her house in 1957). She was a jewel. Photo of her at the piano to the right was made May 29, 1954 at a piano recital for her students at Weirsdale School.
Before her marriage, she taught public school in Marion County Florida. She taught both of my older brothers in 3rd and 4th grade at the old Weirsdale School. As the first female member of the Marion County School Board, she was the one who handed the diploma to me when I graduated from high school at Lake Weir in 1963.
My oldest brother got osteomyelitis, a bone infection in his leg during one of the years Fay was his teacher. She spent a tremendous amount of time tutoring him so he could keep up his school work, as he was out of school a good while for treatment at Harry Anna Crippled Childrens Hospital in Umatilla. Our family has been forever grateful to her, as they were unable to afford any special help for him.
Fay's cremains are buried next to her husband's who also has a marker in the plot with Robert Sumner, Fay's brother.
Fay Sumner Hatcher
Fay Hatcher, 94, died Jan. 5, 2008, at Tuscany House, Summerfield. She was born in Belleview, Fla. on Nov. 11, 1913, the oldest of five children born to Robert Lewis Sumner and Virginia Etheridge Sumner.
Her childhood was filled with fond memories of family, friends, activities and walking wherever she needed to go in town without fear of harm except when the gypsies came to town.
She played games with other children. Their toys did not need batteries or electricity to be enjoyable. She shared secrets with friends and bonded for life.
In her teen years, Fay spent time with her friends at Smith Lake on weekends, trips to Eichelberger Cave, sitting on the porch swing talking with family and friends and felt those were the big events. Once a week a silent movie was shown for 10 cents at the town hall. She played the background music on the piano for these movies.
She met Robert M. "Bob" Hatcher and they were married in 1944. Bob was in the Marines and they lived in many different locations before settling down in Summerfield. After Bob passed away in 1988, she moved to Belleview. Fay and Bob had no children so she devoted her vocation to teaching children. Her summers were spent with her niece, "Janie" Sumner Hughes, daughter of her late brother, Arthur Donald Sumner.
Fay graduated from Florida Southern College and taught school and music for 24 years. She was elected to the Marion County School Board in 1962 and served for four years, becoming the first woman elected to the school board.
"Aunt Fay," as many knew her, enjoyed serving the community she loved so much. She served as choir director and organist at Belleview United Methodist Church for many years. She helped establish the Delta Delta Chapter of Epsilon Rho, and was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Her mother was a charter member of the Belleview Chapter of the Eastern Star, of which Fay later became a member. She was a charter member of the Belleview/South Marion Historic Society. Her love for Belleview inspired her to compile the historical calendar for many years to help preserve the history of south Marion County.
It was a real joy to be with Aunt Fay in her later years. Even though her eyes, ears and knees were failing her, her mind was still functioning at full capacity. As she needed help to clean her house, write her checks, transportation to the store, hairdresser and many doctor appointments, someone would always come into her life at the needed time to help willingly. Aunt Fay has lived her life as such an example to so many and this is their way of giving back to her to show their love and respect. Aunt Fay will be truly missed.
Survivors include her sister, Claire Streets; brother, Daniel Burton "Burt" (Gerry) Sumner; sister-in-law, Mirian Sumner; niece, Novella "Janie" Sumner (David) Hughes; and many nieces and nephews.
Fay is preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Hatcher; brothers, Robert L. Sumner and Arthur D. Sumner Sr.; nephew, Barry Streets; and great-niece, Stephanie Hope Ballard.
Jan. 17, 2008
Belleview - Virginia "Fay" Sumner Hatcher, 94, died January 5, 2008 at Tuscany House, Summerfield. A native of Belleview, she taught school and music for 24 years, was a member of Belleview United Methodist Church where she served as choir director and organist, a member of Delta Delta Chapter of Epsilon Rho, United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Eastern Star, and charter member of the Belleview/South Marion Historical Society. Fay and her late husband, Robert "Bob", were previous owners of Belleview Hardware and Belleview Gas. She Is survived by a sister, Claire Streets, brother, Daniel Burton "Burt" (Gerry) Sumner, sister-in-law, Mirian Sumner, niece, Novella "Janie" Sumner (David) Hughes and many nieces, nephews, great and great-great. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Belleview United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements handled by HIERS-BAXLEY FUNERAL SERVICES, Belleview.
Published in the Ocala Star-Banner from 1/11/2008 - 1/12/2008
Robert McGhee Hatcher (1918 - 1988)
Created by: Wayne
Record added: Jun 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53422483
Fay Hatcher, what a jewel. Now playing music with the angels. Thank you for the contributions you made to my life in teaching me music which you so loved.|
Added: Jun. 8, 2010