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Juanita May Fike

May 14, 1934 ~ July 30, 2022 (age 88)

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Juanita May Fike, age 88, from Rossville, Georgia, passed away at 2:00 A.M. on July 30, 2022, after a courageous battle with severe complications from a stroke she incurred in May of this year. Juanita was one of ten children and was born on May 14, 1934 in Edinburg, Texas to Frank and Nora Drewry.

She graduated from Edinburg High School in only ten years, two years early. Juanita was married to George O. Fike on August 9, 1952. George and Juanita would have celebrated their 70th   wedding anniversary on August 9, 2022.

She also resided in Texas until she moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, when her husband went to Bible College at Tennessee Temple College in the early sixties. She resided in Archshofen and Wiesbaden, Germany, as they served as foreign missionaries in West Germany for 12 years. She also resided near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for several years where they served as home missionaries.

Juanita loved playing basketball in high school, enjoyed singing, and was a member of the Triple Trebles. She also sang as a soloist or with a duet in the churches where her husband served as pastor. Some of her favorite songs to sing were “Little is Much When God is In It,” “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus.” In her younger days she loved to cook and entertain the family for special events or holidays. She was often teased for making one pie per person.

Juanita May Fike is survived by husband George O. Fike from Rossville, Georgia. Other survivors are sons: Bryan Fike from Lawrenceville, Georgia; Curtis Fike and Stephen Fike from Macon, Georgia; and Jon Fike from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Daughter-In-Laws: Patricia Fike, Gloria Fike, Barbara Fike, and Tanya Fike. Grandchildren: Matthew Fike, Andrew Fike, Christopher Fike, Angie Fike Rhodes, Lia Fike, Rebecca Fike, Andy Fike, Christian Parker, Jakes Joebere and four great grandchildren.

Juanita was predeceased by her 9 siblings and her mother and father Frank and Nora Drewry. Favorite pets were Buttercup the cat, and Chico and Toby, her favorite family dogs.

A family graveside service will be held at Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery this week. Arrangements were graciously handled by Covenant Funeral and Crematory.

Juanita’s family had much to say about their mother and wife and spoke of her as a person who loved God, prayed for them constantly, cheered them on when they had successes, and encouraged them during hard times. They also spoke of her as being selfless, considerate, and loyal. Faithful, prayerful, loved her grandchildren were also among their comments. George reflected on her good ideas and said she was very opinionated, orderly, compassionate, and forgiving.

To describe her in three words:

Legacy: Her greatest legacy is her four sons whom she loved dearly. Their success in life, in marriage, and in the workplace speaks to their early training and her constant prayers.

Smart: Her intelligence, even late in life, never ceased to amaze.

Tenacity: Juanita fought hard for what she believed in every aspect of life; and in the end, she fought for her life. She never gave up until Jesus had her mansion ready and called her home.

To describe her in one word: Forgiveness. Because of the sacrifice, victory, and grace of Christ, Juanita was able to live and love in peace through many difficult circumstances. Because of the regular prayers of Juanita and her husband George for all her family, the love and grace of Christ continues to ripple out in ongoing redemption. What a testimony, what a Savior!

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