FELIX E. FLY, age 84, passed away peacefully after a brief illness Saturday morning, the 5th of March 2005, in Houston, TX. Mr. Fly was born in Nashville, TN and moved to Gallatin after marrying Beatrice Ford. He served two years in the 79th Infantry during World War II and was awarded four Bronze Stars. He moved to Gallatin and began a work and service-oriented life which continues to impact Gallatin to this day. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and served in virtually every capacity, including his chairing of the Administrative Board. He was a Past President of the Gallatin Rotary Club and served on the boards of the American Red Cross, The Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, and the Sumner County Regional Hospital. Mr. Fly was also a former city councilman. Until his retirement, Mr. Fly was the owner of Ross & Fly Insurance Agency and was Vice-President of Security Federal Savings and Loan Association. Realizing the need for jobs in the area, Mr. Fly and other community leaders founded the Economic and Community Development Committee. The committee provided the State of Tennessee with information on Gallatin and what the town might offer to industry.Mr. Fly's first involvement with an industry was with Yale & Town, (Eaton Corp.). Other projects and industries attracted to Gallatin through Mr. Fly's efforts include Hamilton Cosco, the Shafer Corp., Donnelley Printing, and Hoeganaes Corp. Mr. Fly was also instrumental in the building of Gallatin's library, the Carmack Library. He was chosen as one of Gov. Frank Clement's "Ten from Tennessee" committee which was instrumental in securing industry to locate across the state. Before moving to Houston in 2000, Mr. Fly was honored at a luncheon where he was recognized by many of his colleagues for his contributions to the community. The luncheon was a very meaningful event for both Mr. Fly and his family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 39 years, Beatrice Ford; his son, Felix A. Fly, M.D.; and a sister, Jean Fly Minatra of Nashville, TN Mr. Fly is survived by his daughters, Melinda Fly Berkman and her husband, Norman L. Berkman, M.D., of Houston, TX, and Rebecca Beatrice "Becky" Fly of Jackson, TN. He is also survived by his late son's daughter, Catherine Fly of Seattle, WA. The family desires to acknowledge and express their appreciation to the caring and dedicated staff at the Belmont Village Assisted Living Community. A memorial service celebrating his life will be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 12th of March, at The First Methodist Church in Gallatin, TN with Rev. Felix M. Snell and Bishop William W. Morris officiating. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends during a reception in the adjacent Ramsey Hall. In Tennessee, the Newby Funeral Home has been selected to assist the family with arrangements in Gallatin. Inquiries in Tennessee may be directed to their office at 615.452.3370. In Houston, the arrangements were entrusted to Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, Funeral Directors Since 1936. Inquiries in Texas may be directed to their offices at 713.789.3005. In lieu of usual remembrances, the family has suggested that memorials in Mr. Fly's name be directed to The First United Methodist Church, 149 W. Main St., Gallatin, TN, 37066; The Felix A. Fly, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund, Battle Ground Academy, 336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin, TN, 37069; or to the charity of one's choice.