Max Delano Fisher

Saturday, June 18, 1938 - Sunday, October 17, 2021

A Life Well Lived

Photo of Max Delano Fisher  - 1938-2021

“To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven” -Ecclesiastes 3:1

This season brings the passing of a man who was a blessing each and every single day of his life. Max Delano Fisher, entered into his glorious eternal place of peace and rest on Sunday evening, October 17, 2021. Max left us with wonderful memories that we each will hold onto forever and most importantly lessons in life to make us more caring and giving people.

Max’s life journey began June 18, 1938 and we give thanks for the 83 years of his full and wonderful life.  He was the son of the late Ben Fisher and the late Birdie Blaine Fisher and his childhood days of growing up in Canton were filled with fun, laughter, and great happiness. He was a 1956 graduate of Canton High School and Max is remembered by his fellow classmates as being one of the kindest and finest members of their class. His life became complete when Max married his high school sweetheart, Lorna Cagle and together they shared 62 years of marriage and were blessed with three wonderful children. He began his working career with Wards Piano Company in Canton and later became employed with Champion International where he retired with 42 years of faithful service. Max enjoyed life and his days of fox hunting with his family and summer days spent at their houseboat at Lake Fontana are great memories of the entire Fisher family. His grandchildren were the light of his life and just listening to Max speak about them would bring a smile to your face.  He was a man of strong faith and a member of Morning Star United Methodist Church. Max and Lorna were loved by everyone in the community and their beautiful home was a place where everyone was made to feel welcome and their delightful holiday decorations always brought great excitement to the neighborhood. The Fisher’s front porch was also a wonderful place to enjoy company, share stories, and simply “rest a bit” and Max’s friendly presence will be deeply missed by everyone passing by. Time changes all things and during later years Max became a devoted caregiver to his beloved Lorna, tenderly and compassionately taking care of her for 12 years before her passing in 2017. Max will always be remembered as an inspiration to others. His immeasurable love of his family, his caring and giving heart, and his thankful spirit will never be forgotten.  Max Delano Fisher was a true southern gentleman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lorna Cagle Fisher; his sisters, Martha Strickland and Christine Dunevant.

Max’s memory will continue to live on in the hearts of his surviving family, Joel Fisher, DVM and Kenny Wall of Wake Forest, Jeff Fisher and Noel Fisher of Clyde, and Rhonda Crow of Clyde; grandchildren, Josie Rathbone and Brian Rathbone, and Morgan Anderson and Macy Fisher; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Sawyer, and Bennett Rathbone; siblings, Francis Monteith and Mickey of Lake Junaluska, Kay “Red” Fisher and Karen of Canton, Don Fisher and Norma of Waynesville, Gerald Fisher and Alice of Canton, Edna Reece and Randy of Candler, and Gail Mull and Doug of Canton; and a multitude of good friends.

A private family service of remembrance to honor the life of Max will be held in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Facial masks and COVID-19 regulations will be observed.  

Memorials may be made in Mr. Fisher’s memory to Broyhill Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, 111 Sneed Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Fisher family.


The live stream of the service is available here



Condolences from family and friends

Our family thought the world of Max and Lorna, and I often believed Daddy considered Max a younger brother. I remember how Daddy enjoyed Max when he first came into the machine shop at Champion and immediately gave Daddy the nickname "Baldy". When we brought Mother home from rehab after she broke her hip, Max was right there with a wheelchair to help us get her from the car into the house. He was always there for my parents and I felt better knowing he lived so close to them. He was a wonderful human being and a great friend! Max will be greatly missed by the community as well as his family.
Deb Williams
My condolences to all the Fisher family a very well liked and respect family in the Canton community. Don't ever remember not knowing most of them in school and at work my prayers and thoughts are with you God bless you all
Bobby messer
Max will be missed by so many. Know that all the family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Alba Jo Sanford
Our hearts break for each of you. Max and Lorna welcomed us into their family with open arms. We had so many wonderful times at the lake! They were such a blessing to many!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys! Love to you all!!
Phyllis & Steve Burchfield
My condolences to all the Fisher family........I always love going by his yard to see how neat and beautiful it always was....Don, Gerald, Gayle praying for you and your extended family members...May God give you peace and beautiful memories with your brother.....
Janie Cox
A bright light has been extinguished here on earth, but I know it is shining bright in Heaven with his beloved Lorna and other family members that preceded him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Juanita Dixon
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah High Class of 1975
My thoughts are with the wonderful family and extended family that , "Dad," Fisher left you will find peace in wonderful memories ! All my love!
Bonnie Rosenmeier
So sorry to hear about the passing of Max. Prayers for the family Sandra and Doug
Sandra Lawrence Sorrells
Joel, Jeff, Rhonda and family: I’m sorry for your loss. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of times spent with cousins or at Max and Lorna’s house. You will be in my prayers. Much love to you all. ❤️
Becky Fisher Trull
Sincere condolences to Joel and Kenny and the rest of the family What an extraordinary man!
Anne Marie Kubacz
Loved visiting with you in the mountains. Your smile was so uplifting! God bless
Julie Secovnie
Our sincere sympathy to Mr. Fisher’s family and especially Joel and Kenny. We were fortunate to meet your father, Joel, and we enjoyed being included in some of your family gatherings. He always made us feel welcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Our love to you all.
Becky & Keith Harrison
Our sincere sympathy to Mr. Fisher’s family and especially Joel and Kenny. We were fortunate to meet your father, Joel, and we enjoyed being included in some of your family gatherings. He always made us feel welcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Our love to you all.
Becky & Keith Harrison
Fisher family, we are sorry to hear of the passing of Max he was a pleasure to work with and there was never a dull moment around him .
Ronnie and Brenda Pace
What a beautiful tribute to a very special man and his life. Max and Lorna were two of God's greatest gifts. Not just to each other in their love, but to everyone who knew them and anyone of their children, grandchildren. So many cherished memories and now sadness, but that is not what either one would want. May all your memories help you through these times. Each of you were blessed and always loved.
Sandy and Randy Denman
Sincere condolences to my friend Joel and the entire family. Tue southern gentleman for sure. I had the privilege to share some "front porch time" with the Fisher family and was made to feel so welcomed. Celebrate a life well lived.
Kathleen Landon
So sorry for your loss. With all our prayers
Steve & Lynn Sellars
My love and caring goes out to Joel, Ken, Rhonda, Jeff and all of the Fisher family and friends. Max and Lorna were such wonderful, thoughtful, and caring friends to me as well as my deceased husband, Frank and my whole family for so many years. I cannot begin to tell you the wonderful, fun and happy times we had together! I am so lucky to have been a part of this extraordinary family. I will treasure all of our happy times together!
Karen Kauffman Fletcher
I send my condolences to the entire Fisher family. Max and my Dad spent many nights fox hunting and all us boys would visit and have fun playing. Our grandmothers were sisters and I' m proud to be related to such a great family.
Dwight Donaldson