Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


January 9, 2013

Andrew Lane “Andy” Fannette

JACKSONVILLE — Andrew Lane (Andy) Fannette was born Sept. 12, 1937 in Houston to Benjamin A. and Laura Greer Fannette.  His family moved to the Navasota,  area when he was 10 years old.  

He passed from this life on Sat., Jan. 5, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Tyler surrounded by his family, pastor and friends.  

Funeral services are to be Fri., Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at People’s Church in Jacksonville with burial to follow at Still Waters Memorial Gardens.  Pastor David Butler and Rev. Jerry Walles will officiate.

Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Andy and his family moved to Jacksonville in 1965 where he was pastor of the United Pentecostal Church until 1981.  During this time he was involved with several business endeavors such as Andy’s Mobile Homes, building of the original Holiday Inn, Gibson’s Store (which was among the first discount stores in Jacksonville), Andy’s Lumber & Hardware, and registered Braham cattle.  Since 1989 the Fannette family business has been Century 21 Action Team.  Andy enjoyed buying and selling land and the development of some of these properties.

Andy served as president of Gateway College of Evangelism in St. Louis, MO from 1981 to 1983.

Andy retired from pastoring and spent about twenty-five years living at Reklaw, Texas.  While in his sixties, Andy felt lead to start another church in Jacksonville.  Through the blessings of the Lord and the help of many wonderful people, People’s Church on Hwy. 79 East in Jacksonville became a reality.  He resigned from this pastorate due to health reasons in 2010.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Vera Carr of Willis, TX, Billy Jo Dixon and Barbara Loftin of Navasota and his only brother, Benjamin Fannette, who passed away in 2011 while living at Reklaw.

Survivors are his wife of fifty-seven years, Mary A. Fannette, son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Nancy Fannette of Jacksonville, granddaughters and husbands Melissa and David Trawick of Jacksonville, and Rachel and Justin Robinson of Jacksonville.  Great grandchildren are Sarah, Gracie and Benjamin Trawick of Jacksonville.  Sisters and brothers-in-law are Sara and Bill McDaniel of Angleton and Elaine and Clinton Trncak of Tyler, Kay Williams of Bryan, and Marie Fazzino of Millican.  Nieces and nephews include Darrell Carr of Lake Striker.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Carr, Justin Robinson, David Trawick, Nick Maestas, Steve McFarland, and Phillip Evans.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Powell, Smitty Hill, George Payne, James Tennison, Bill Permenter, John Ament, Robert McNatt, James Brazier, Nathan Jones, Bruce Mehlenbacher, Glen Rhodes, and Charles Dickerson.

Visitation will be from 6 -8 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10,  at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Memorials may be made to People’s Church 14089 U. S. Hwy. 79 E  Jacksonville, TX. 75766.


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