May 30, 2024
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Wanda Fitzgerald

1937 – 2021

Funeral services for Wanda Fitzgerald, 83, of Athens, were held January 25 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Wayne Wolfe officiated. 

Interment followed in Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Ronnie Watkins, Sr., Ronnie Watkins Jr., Will Lazarchick, Dean Fitzgerald and Donald Griffin. 

Mrs. Fitzgerald died on January 21, 2021, at the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. She was born to Homer Griffin and Lucille Griffin on August 25, 1937, in Dallas. She married Dennis Fitzgerald in 1953 in Hugo, Okla. She worked with the Visiting Nurses of Athens before retiring.

Mrs. Fitzgerald is survived by her husband of Athens; daughter, Vicky Watkins and husband, Ronnie Watkins Sr. of Holly Lake Ranch; grandchildren, Ronnie Watkins Jr. and wife Katy, Valerie Lazarchick and husband Will, Harley Fitzgerald, Shana Ray Fitzgerald and husband Adam, and Mae Whitman and husband Michael; great-grandchildren, Lillie and Jason Lazarchick, Tripp and Hattie Watkins, Brayden and Aiden Whitman and Bre Ray and Adalie Willis and Junior Fitzgerald; and brother, Donald Ray Griffin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry Fitzgerald; brother, Ronald Griffin; and sister, Joyce Strickland. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Tapp Funeral Home. An online register can be signed at