Niles Meriwether “Stitz” Fargason


Niles Meriwether “Stitz” Fargason

Sewanee, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA
Death 7 Mar 1967 (aged 59)
Orangeburg, Rockland County, New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Ashes remained with the Hugh E White Funeral Home in Nyack, NY
Memorial ID 170963347 View Source
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The Journal News (White Plains, New York), 9 March 1967, Thursday

Niles M. Fargason, who played with such big name bands as Paul Whiteman's and Benny Goodman's, died Tuesday in Nyack Hospital. A native of Tennessee, Mr. Fargason, 59, had lived in South Nyack for 18 years.

He played clarinet, saxophone, flute and piccolo. He began his career with the orchestra at the Paramount Theater in 1930 and then moved to the NBC network Orchestra.

He played flute obligato for Patrice Munsel and also performed on the Martin and Lewis show. He cut recordings with Ella Fitzgerald and also played under Toscanini's direction.

Surviving are his wife Marguerite Brittingham Fargason; two sons, Chief Warrent Officer John R. Fargason of Okinawa and Barry Ferguson of 21 Benson Ave., West Nyack, and a brother, David, of Memphis.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Saturday at the Hugh E White funeral home, 43 S. Broadway, Nyack.

Per the Rockland County Archives 2016

Niles M. Fargason born of David D. and Lucy Betts-Fieldman 8/18/1907 in Sewanee, Tenn.

Died 3/7/1967 in Orangeburg NY. He was 59 yrs old at the time.

He was cremated by the Ferncliff Crematorium in Hartsdale, NY. His remains were sent to the Hugh E White Funeral Home in Nyack NY. The funeral home closed in 1994.

The fee was paid for by his wife Marguarite and she lived at 321 S. Broadway Nyack, NY at that time.

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