thomas fanjoySTATESVILLE, N.C. — Thomas Alison Fanjoy, an industry veteran and a long-time sales representative, died Sept. 21, at home surrounded by family. He was 89.

Fanjoy was born July 10, 1931, in Charlotte to Albert and Alison Fanjoy, and later the family moved to Statesville where he was raised.. He married Mary Frances Allen in 1953 and graduated in 1954 from Princeton University.

The couple moved to Oceanside, Calif., where Fanjoy accepted a commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton. Following his service, the family returned to Statesville.

After several years as president of Bylo Furniture, Fanjoy joined his father as a partner in Fanjoy and Company for a career as a manufacturer’s representative in the furniture industry.

Fanjoy served on the boards of The McCallie School, St. Mary’s School in Raleigh and Mitchell Community College in Statesville. In addition, he served the city of Statesville as mayor from 1973-1979 and on the boards of First Union National Bank, Iredell Memorial Hospital and Ruthie’s Day Care Center.

Fanjoy is survived by three children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Frances A. Fanjoy Endowment at Trinity Episcopal Church, 801 Henkel Road, Statesville, NC 28677.

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