Warsaw - Mrs. Sadie Faison, 84 of 527 W. College St. transitioned to her heavenly home Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.
She was born to the late West and Janie Bishop Easter in Lexington, NC (Davidson County) on January 30, 1936. Her parents moved to Winston-Salem, NC when she was three years old where she remained until her young adult years. After graduating from Atkins High School in 1954, Mrs. Faison attended and graduated from Winston-Salem Teachers College (now Winston-Salem State University) with a BS in Elementary Education. Subsequently, Mrs. Faison laid down her new roots in Warsaw, NC in 1958 to pursue her love for teaching as an 8th-grade teacher at Douglas High School. Mrs. Faison completed further studies at NC A&T University in earth science, UNC-Chapel Hill in art, and East Carolina University becoming a certified reading specialist. In total, she served the public school system, nurturing and shaping young minds, for 34 years (31 years in Duplin County and 3 years in Wilson, NC). In 1960 she joined Walter Lee Faison in a beautiful union of marriage and their union continued until his death in 1999.
Mrs. Faison was a dedicated volunteer in several public service organizations. A leader in our community, her participation in organizations, such as the St. Stephen AME Zion Church since 1960, Modern Matrons Club, Martin Luther King Committee where she was instrumental in pursuing the designation of the Martin Luther King Highway in Warsaw. Beautification of Warsaw, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People where she was hailed as one of their most enthusiastic and leading membership recruiters and a 1999 Citizen of The Year, Golden Jewel No. 71 Order of the Eastern Star, and Duplin County Alumnae Chapter Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she became a member at 70 years young. All of these activities are a testimony of her commitment to our community. Most of her volunteerism could not be measured. When she was thriving, she often visited the weak and sick. She also transported people back and forth to various medical appointments because they were unable to drive themselves. Mrs. Faison was passionate about her involvement in her church, St. Stephens AME Zion Church. She volunteered in the following activities while a member: Senior Choir; Assistant Senior Choir Director; Coordinator, Calendar Tea; Treasurer, Building Fund and Trustee.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings Mildred Long, John Easter, Malindy Good, Alice Douglas, Silas Good, Walter Good and Robert Good. Survivors include her loving children, Walter Lee (Desdemona Karen) Faison, Jr., of Durham, NC and Dr. Warachal Eileen Faison of Jersey City, NJ; two beautiful devoted granddaughters, Dr. Keia Faison of Chapel Hill, NC and Iyana Faison, MSW of Durham, NC; siblings Hattie (James) Fulwood, Tommie (Ann) Easter, Harold (Audrey) Easter, Leroy Easter, sister-in-law Juanita Easter and a host of nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Faison was a woman of love, grace, elegance, and charm—always greeting people with a warm smile and a hearty laugh. These attributes will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
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