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Dr Isaac Lafayette "Fate" English
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1858
Death: Feb. 5, 1930

Axie's youngest son, Isaac Lafayette (known as Fate) went away to medical college. On graduation, he chose to return with little fanfare and served these pioneering people among whom he grew up. He traveled on horseback over the mountains night or day, cold or not, wet or dry, through the icy creeks to any place he was called. When a man knocked on his door, Dr. English knew someone was suffering. Quite often a new baby was not waiting for improved weather conditions or for the light of day to emerge from his cozy cocoon. With his familiar saddle-bags thrown across the saddle, Dr. English mounted his faithful gray horse and accompanied the anxious man to his dwelling place, be it near or some distance away. In later years, when roads were imp;roved and cars were available, he drove a T-model Ford.

With his compassionate heart, Fate English considered that the majority of these mountain people were very poor and had to work hard to provide for their families the bare necessities. So, his charge was small, sometimes as little as $1.00, which was two days' wages for the man in need. The doctor was usually paid, but if he was not, the fact was never known among the neighbors. He never took mortgage on anyones land, nor drove away the milk cow.

It seemed not to occur to Dr. English and his ever helpful, devoted wife, Olive, that they should accumulate a large estate. His son, Arthur, went to college and became a successful doctor also, but he, with his sister, Fushia English Briggs, had been taught the lessons of humility, thrift, and frugality.

Dr. Fate English ranks high among the unsung heroes of the late 1800's and early 1900's. He died literally "with his boots on".
He had answered a sick call to the home of Zade Ramsey and accepted their invitation to eat lunch. Immediately folowing a harty meal, he collapsed of a heart attack and died in February, 1930.

Family links: 
  William Creasenberry English (1826 - 1866)
  Axia Mariah Phillips English (1831 - 1895)
  Olive Matilda English (1861 - 1935)*
  Oliver Hunter English (1848 - 1921)*
  Delia English Banks (1850 - 1919)*
  William Mack English (1852 - 1932)*
  Isaac Lafayette English (1858 - 1930)
*Calculated relationship
Lower English Cemetery
Mars Hill
Madison County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Gary Hall
Record added: Aug 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94681928
Dr Isaac Lafayette Fate English
Added by: Gary Hall
Dr Isaac Lafayette Fate English
Added by: Gary Hall
Dr Isaac Lafayette Fate English
Added by: Gary Hall
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