Born on February 19, 1925

Departed on April 5, 2018 and resided in West Nashville, TN

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Harry Douglas Fairbanks- Age 93, left this world on Thursday, April 5, 2018, joining his beloved wife of 68 years, Mildred Fairbanks.

Harry was the only child born to Albert and Amanda Fairbanks in Kansas City, Missouri on February 19, 1925. He enlisted in the United States Navy on February 19, 1942, his 17th birthday. He was on two ships that sank, but luckily survived. He served serval tours in Africa, Philippines, New Guam, New Zealand. He was a proud veteran serving during World War II as a radio operator receiving his Purple Heart and other commendations for his valor during combat.

When he returned from war, he married his childhood sweetheart of 68 years. Together, they started and operated Fairbanks Antiques for many years.

Harry was admired for his work ethic, business sense, and most of all, he was a master craftsman in woodworking and fine antique furniture restoration. Harry loved and admired all things nature. He loved his wife and three girls, books, fishing, hunting, and history. He was a longtime member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church.  As he approached the end of life with grace, wit and dignity, he never complained and was always quick to think of all of his caregivers at The Meadows.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Fairbanks; his two daughters, Judy Smith, and Jeannie Fairbanks.

Survived by his daughter, Janet Fairbanks Steakley; grandchildren, Gloria Gray, Tammy (Cregg) Wiese, Crystal Long and Casey (Marcia) Steakley; 11 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren, and special family friend, Fred McCrary; and several extended family members and friends.



A Celebration of Life will be on Monday, April 9, 2018, at 11:00am, at West Harpeth Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Hamilton and Brother Dave Werner officiating. Interment will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Visitation with the family will be on Sunday from 2:00pm until 6:00pm, and on Monday from 10:00am until 11:00am at West Harpeth Funeral Home

8 Comments to Mr. Harry D. Fairbanks (FAIRBANKS ANTIQUES)

  1. Gloria (Gigi) Gray
    April 6, 2018 7:49 pm

    I already miss you Papo!! Rest easy. I love you.

  2. Maggie McAllister
    April 7, 2018 1:12 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Gigi, and your entire family, God bless ❤

  3. Tiffinney A Rhodes
    April 7, 2018 2:18 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Fairbanks was good friends with my grandfather Bill Sullivan. He was a very good man. May God bless your family in your time of mourning. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  4. Betty Leach
    April 9, 2018 10:54 am

    I remember Mr & Mrs Fairbanks from Park Avenue several years ago. They were great Christian people and have left a wonderful legacy for their family. The best memory I have of them was the year Park Avenue was talking of cancelling the Easter play because of lack of funding, and the Fairbanks stepped up and covered the cost for that year.

  5. Leonard and Carolyn Thurman
    April 11, 2018 3:45 pm

    Our condolences to the family for your loss. Not being close by, it’s been years since we saw Mildred and Harry, but Mildred was a jewel and Harry was a prince. We sent them AZ Highways Calendars for years. Aunt Helen kept us updated through the years, so we knew Harry wasn’t doing well, but are still sad he is gone. Leonard, as a child, knew him better than I did, but I smile when I remember that great old barn-building filled with treasures of the past — Mildred’s love for her ancestry, and so many memories.
    It’s always gratifying to know a life was well lived, which increases the size of the hole left in our hearts when they are gone. Wishing you many memories to fill the empty spaces.
    Leonard and Carolyn Thurman

  6. Bobbie Perkins Willia
    June 17, 2018 9:54 pm

    Sorry to hear of Harry’s passing just today , June 17. R I P. Bobbie Perkins Williams

  7. Bobbie Perkins Williams
    June 17, 2018 10:01 pm

    Sorry to hear of Harry’s passing just today , June 17. R I P. Bobbie Perkins Williams

  8. Virginia Teague
    June 26, 2018 1:44 pm

    Just heard about Mr Fairbanks..He was a wonderful…. knowledgeable man..we loved to sit and listen to his stories about things in his past..This ole world we live in will never have any one as fine as the “2 “of them were…Love

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