William Albert “Bill” Fitton 70 of Albemarle died Tuesday evening, February 9, 2010 at Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle. Services will be Friday, February 12, 2010 at 11:00 am in South Stanly Baptist Church. Rev. Mike Rinehardt and Rev. Bobby Mowery will officiate and interment will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm at Edwards Funeral Home of Norwood.
Mr. Fitton was born Dec. 26, 1939 in Detroit MI, the son of the late Albert and Ivy May Potterton Fitton. He was owner of Fitton’s Used Cars and a member of South Stanly Baptist Church where he was a teacher of the Men’s Sunday School Class. He was a US Army veteran, serving as truck maintenance instructor.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Peake Fitton, of the home; 2 sons: Daniel Fitton of Norwood and Tim Hartle of Tampa FL; a daughter, Michelle Adams of Norwood, 4 grandchildren, Paige Fitton, Brandy Adams, Max and Mason Hartle; and 2 great grandchildren: Lucas and Isaac Alexander.
Memorials may be made to South Stanly Baptist Church Building Fund, 40907 South Stanly School Road, Norwood NC 28128.
The third annual Stanly County PRAYS will be Jan. 24 beginning at 4 p.m. in the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center auditorium.
The purpose of the event is to bring the community together in a mindset of prayer as a way to address challenges faced by the entire community.
When the event first started in 2008, the goal was to pray for the drought the county was facing.
“There were between 600 and 800 people that came together to pray, and it is amazing to see how God has worked through that. The lakes and rivers within the county have not dried up but continue to flow,” said The Rev. Keith Allen, pastor of Norwood Church of God.
“This year, we’re facing a different kind of drought. So many, even within Stanly County, are being hit hard by the economic crisis the nation is facing, and we hope to see God move in a similar way with a similar response.”
This year, the event will include scripture readings, testimonials, praise and worship songs, as well as traditional hymns. It is a free event that is open to any and everyone.
“There are no restrictions as far as who can attend. It doesn’t matter your cultural background, your ethnicity, your denomination or if you’re a Christian. This is a time for everyone to come together to pray for the needs of the community,” Allen said.
Several churches within the county have partnered with the Stanly County YMCA to sponsor the event. A donation will be collected at the end of the service, the proceeds for which will be given to local charities such as the Stanly Community Christian Ministry, the Pregnancy Resource Center and others.