Mrs. Mary Terry Fetner — 1926-2019

Published 9:09 pm Monday, September 16, 2019

Mrs. Mary Terry Fetner, 92, of the Shawmut Community of Valley, passed away on Sept. 15 at the EAMC Lanier Nursing Home in Valley. 

Born on Nov. 27, 1926, Mary was the fourth child of William H. and Lillian Glass Terry, of Shawmut. She graduated from Valley High School in Fairfax in 1945. On Aug. 28, 1948, she married Gwin E. Fetner, of Roanoke, and they settled down and enjoyed their years together in Shawmut. 

Shortly after graduating from high school, she began working in clerical positions at Langdale Mill and soon moved to the Shawmut Mill where she worked as a secretary to Mr. L.F. Underwood, personnel manager, and later became the assistant to personnel manager, Mr. Wayne Roughton. She retired from West Point Pepperell after 45 years of service. Following her retirement, she worked for two years as a part-time employee for H&R Block. 

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During her years of retirement, she enjoyed quilting, the Atlanta Braves Baseball games, traveling with her friends, serving as a volunteer at Lanier Memorial Nursing Home, Red Cross Blood Drives, taking part in the Valley Community Senior Games where she enjoyed playing Rook, Dominoes, Ping Ball, Shuffleboard and other activities. She had an abundance of medals from these games.  

Mary was a lifetime member of Shawmut Baptist Church where early on, she taught Sunday School, and until her health started to decline, sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Little Boston Club of Shawmut. 

Mary is survived by one sister, Ms. Janice Dallas, of West Point; two sisters-in-law, Ms. Judy Scales Terry, of Columbus, and Ms. Margie Smith Terry, of Montgomery; 14 nieces; six nephews; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gwin E. Fetner; three sisters, Madge Terry Van Houton, Sybil Terry Holmes and Patsy Terry DeLoach; four brothers, John D. Terry, James L. Terry, Roy H. Terry, and Maj. Ret. Danny C. Terry, all who had served their country in branches of the Army and Air Force. 

Funeral services will be held on Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. EDT. at the First Baptist Church of Shawmut with the Rev. Chuck Anderson and the Rev. Mark McGee officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. EDT until the service hour. Interment will follow in Shawmut Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Shawmut. 

Please visit her memorial tribute page at to leave a condolence for her family, share a memory of Mrs. Fetner, or to light a remembrance candle in her memory. 

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.